Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Fatal Twist of Lemon by Patrice Greenwood

Unabridged Audiobook
The last book I finished reading/listening to in 2015 was A Fatal Twist of Lemon by Patrice GreenwoodA Fatal Twist of Lemon by Patrice Greenwood is a cozy mystery novel and the first in the Wisteria Tea Room Mystery Series. 

I listened to the unabridged audio version of A Fatal Twist of Lemon, which is narrated by Dina Pearlman. Listening length for A Fatal Twist of Lemon is 8 hours, 14 minutes.

I love cozy mystery novels and I also love drinking tea. The idea of using a tearoom as a setting for a murder was also intriguing... So, choosing to listen to A Fatal Twist of Lemon by Patrice Greenwood was a no brainer for me.

First let me comment on the narrator's performance for A Fatal Twist of Lemon. I thought that Dina Pearlman did an alright job of narrating this cozy mystery novel... I didn't dislike Ms. Pearlman's narration, but I didn't love it either. I felt that she was very average in terms of her narration.

As far as A Fatal Twist of Lemon itself goes, I liked the setting for this novel as it takes place in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I enjoyed hearing about Santa Fe, New Mexico. I also enjoyed hearing about the tearoom itself and the various food and teas served in the tearoom. I also enjoyed that I wasn't able to guess whodunnit until near the end of A Fatal Twist of Lemon.

As far as the characters themselves go, I was not overly thrilled with the leading character, Ellen Rosings... She's smart, but makes too many references to Miss Manners (which makes her seem old fashioned) throughout A Fatal Twist of Lemon. Also, Ms. Rosings doesn't stand up Detective Tony Aragon early on in the novel and puts up with his rude manners and outrageous behavior. 

I also wasn't a fan of Detective Tony Aragon either. He has a major chip on his shoulder throughout the novel, but does redeem himself a little bit later on in the novel. The remaining characters in A Fatal Twist of Lemon didn't really stand out that much for me either.

The following is the plot summary for A Fatal Twist of Lemon by Patrice Greenwood from Audible:
Cops drink coffee. They don't belong in Ellen Rosings's Victorian tearoom. But when her opening day thank-you tea ends in the murder of the president of the Santa Fe Preservation Trust, the police invade her haven. Enter Detective Tony Aragon: attractive and unsympathetic, with a chip on his shoulder that goes beyond the murder investigation, and Ellen's delicate bone china cup is full. Is the murderer one of her honored guests, or the ghost rumored to haunt the building? Will Ellen solve the mystery, or will the Wisteria Tearoom's premiere turn out to be its - and Ellen's - finale?
I liked A Fatal Twist of Lemon, but didn't love it. I am giving A Fatal Twist of Lemon by Patrice Greenwood a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

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