Audiobook Review: Prawn of the Dead by Dakota Cassidy

A cute & fun read that'll cheer almost anyone up :)


Prawn of the Dead by Dakota Cassidy (Lemon Layne Mystery #1)
Cozy Mystery
Audiobook 5 hours and 33 minutes
Released June 2017
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My name is Lemon Layne, and if asked to describe myself, like maybe on a dating site (which is never gonna happen), I'd have to go with best convenience store/barbecue joint owner in the Pacific Northwest. I live in the tiny tourist town of Fig Harbor, Washington, with my adorably neurotic best friend, Coco Belinski, my a-little-left-of-center (read totally out there) mom, May, and my trouble-making pet monkey, Jessica Fletcher. Oh, and last but certainly not least, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool amateur sleuth. Yep. I'm literally incapable of resisting a good mystery. No matter how great or small, I love to help solve a crime. From the mysterious disappearance of Ho Hos in my store, to a lost piece of jewelry, I'm always ready to put on my Sherlock Holmes cap. When I find my mother's ex-boyfriend murdered in our convenience store bathroom with a piece of his skull missing, and my mom's a suspect in a murder investigation, my mystery solving goes from zero to a hundred. To really make matters worse, the town's local conspiracy theorist and official doomsday prepper, Cappie somehow finds out the victim isn't just missing a piece of his skull-he's missing a piece of his brain!


My Thoughts
 
Lemon Layne and her mom run a gas station/convenience store/BBQ pitstop and one morning Lemon starts off the day by finding a dead fellow in one of the bathrooms! It appears he’s been shot and later it’s revealed that a piece of his brain is missing and that he was the ex-boyfriend of her mother. Her mother had told everyone who would listen that she wanted him dead after she discovered he had been cheating. Uh oh!


So Lemon, with the help of her pet monkey and her best friend, starts a-snooping and uncovering the dirt. To find out more about the plot you will have to read the book.

This book is zany and light-hearted and will not hurt your brain or make you sad. I did not figure out the mystery but I suck at sleuthing so no surprise there. It takes place in an idyllic small coastal town in Washington and the cast is filled with eccentrics and out of all of them I loved Lemon’s mom the best. She’s feisty and just made me smile. We also have a hoard of zombie hunters, a monkey, a bossy best friend (she was not my favorite), a hunky policeman and quite a few others who come to vivid life in the audio. This is book #1 in a new series and even though I’m not a fan of following a series around until the end of time, I’d definitely read another of these to see what other wacky things are bound to happen in this little town. More murders, perhaps?!

I’d recommend the audio read by Hollie Jackson. She brings these nutty people to life and does a killer accent (I don’t know if it was accurate but I liked it anyway). She keeps the story moving and deftly moves from manly man to pissed off old lady without a hitch.

*I received a copy of this audiobook from Tantor Media. Thanks, Tantor!

 Book #2 in the Lemon Layne Mystery Series:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32608088-play-that-funky-music-white-koi

A Bit About the Writer

Dakota Cassidy is a national bestselling author with over thirty books. She writes laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, grab-some-ice erotic romance, hot and sexy alpha males, paranormal shifters, contemporary kick-ass women, and more.

Invited by Bravo TV, Dakota was the Bravoholic for a week, wherein she snarked the hell out of all the Bravo shows. She received a starred review from Publisher Weekly for Talk Dirty to Me, won an RT Reviewers Choice Award for Kiss and Hell, along with many review site recommended reads and reviewer top pick awards.

Dakota lives in the gorgeous state of Oregon with her real life hero and her dogs, and she loves hearing from readers!

Connect with Dakota online:
https://twitter.com/DakotaCassidy
https://www.facebook.com/DakotaCassidyFanPage

Comments

  1. Gotta love a pet monkey. This sounds like fun!

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    1. It was an adorable little story that managed not to irritate me (which is quite a feat, lol).

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  2. I love this series starter and can't wait to try the next one! :)

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    1. I think it's out now. I'll have to track down the audio.

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  3. A pet monkey! I can imagine all kinds of fun mayhem. I adore the covers and this series is on my must read list now:)

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  4. At first I thought this was a mid-grade book until I looked more closely. Sounds fun!.

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    1. Yeah, the cover is a little too cutesy but it does fit the tone of the story.

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    2. I just came by to check out the new post but then noticed that this was by Dakota Cassidy - who I love! I don't know how I missed that the first time lol

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  5. Looks so darn fun and I love the kitty pic. I smile every time I see it. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. It's nice to have a happy book and happy post to switch things up :)

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