Author: Shéa MacLeod
Narrator: Yvette Keller
Length: 4 hours 20 minutes
Series: The Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries, Book 2
Publisher: Shéa MacLeod
Release date: May 17, 2017
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Viola Roberts is at it again! The sleepy seaside town of Astoria, Oregon is the last place you’d expect to find a dead body. That is until the director of the local museum turns up dead in the study and Viola’s friend, Portia, is accused of the crime. Viola ignores her looming deadline and bout of writer’s block and sets out with her best friend, Cheryl, to solve the murder. From starting riots at local dive bars to breaking into crime scenes, Viola will stop at nothing to prove Portia innocent even if it means putting herself in the cross-hairs of the killer.
Viola Roberts cozy mysteries:
- The Corpse in the Cabana
- The Stiff in the Study
- The Poison in the Pudding
- The Body in the Bathtub
- The Venom in the Valentine
- The Remains in the Rectory
- The Death in the Drink
Shéa MacLeod writes urban fantasy post-apocalyptic sci-fi paranormal romances with a twist of steampunk. Mostly because she can’t make up her mind which genre she likes best so she decided to write them all.
After six years living in an Edwardian town house in London just a stone’s throw from the local cemetery, Shéa headed back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon. She plans to live out her days eating mushroom pizza, drinking too many caramel lattes, exploring exotic locales, and avoiding spiders.
Shéa is the author of the Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries and the bestselling Lady Rample Mysteries.
Yvette Keller’s first job as a narrator was reading aloud to keep her little brother out of trouble. Her favorite party trick is reading words upside down. Little kids need to see the pictures. Yvette lives in her beloved home town of Santa Barbara, using a lifetime of vocal stamina in her home studio. She produces technical VO industrials for Mesa Steps Consulting clients in addition to audiobooks. A lifetime of reading and speaking has proven one thing: Yvette loves stories. She is thrilled to be making books accessible and engaging through her narration work.
I was grateful the Flavel House had a burgundy carpet in the study. It made it harder to see the blood. And there was blood. Quite a bit of it. Some of it had splattered on the books lining the shelves and on the antique fire screen near the body. I winced inwardly. The body. I felt sort of badly for calling him “The Louse” now, but not too badly. The man had been a menace.
Back again with another murder to solve! The Stiff in the Study is a cozy mystery set around a murder that takes place in the quaint little town of Astoria with not much else going on. Shea MacLeod will have readers ready to dive into another mystery with Viola Roberts and her friends; this time, Voila is not the suspect. You’d think that solving one mystery would be enough, but then again–maybe Viola has a knack for this type of thing.
Viola Roberts receives a phone call from a dear friend who is in a bit of trouble…okay, a lot of trouble. Portia stumbles into the office, thinking that someone accidentally left some lights on, and finds the dead body of her boss, August Nixon. Horrified by the sight, she immediately calls Viola for help. Viola knows that her friend couldn’t hurt a fly, but she also knows that the police won’t think twice before putting her name down on the list of suspects. Viola shows up right before the police do and then everything starts tale spins from there. Portia is arrested for her prints being on the murder weapon and Viola must race against time to find proof of her innocence…or rather just find the killer! She’s done it before right?! Shouldn’t be that hard…but may be more dangerous than she originally thought that it would be. When everyone who she interviews has a solid alibi, her and her friend Cheryl may find themselves in hot water before they even know what hit them.
Shea MacLeod has a great story-line, filled with intriguing characters and a credible mystery plot. The writing appears to have been well done, but this review compliments the audiobook; therefore, the conclusion is taken from the narrator’s effortless and entertaining voice relay. This story is recommended to those who enjoy cozy mysteries and women’s fiction or chick lit. Since this is the second installment within The Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries, readers may want to read the first installment called The Corpse in the Cabana. This can be read as a standalone; however, the lives of the characters do continue to progress from one installment to the next.
A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to The Stiff in the Study by Shea MacLeod.
THE STIFF IN THE STUDY
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