Audiobook Review: Scarlet Oaks Mystery Series

Audiobook Series Blog Tour: Scarlet Oaks Mystery Series by Michaela James

Author: Michaela James

Narrator: Kimberly M. Wetherell

Length: 10 hours 25 minutes

Series: Scarlet Oaks Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1

Publisher: LW Media Group Ltd.

Released: Nov. 9, 2019

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Is it possible Scarlet Oaks, the reluctant new host of a men’s call-in show, inspired the first serial killer San Francisco’s seen in some 40 years?

Struggling to pay the rent after her boyfriend’s sudden departure, continue her role as mediator in an unconventional family, and feed a micro pig who appears less micro by the day, Scarlet’s life is far from perfect. But when an eerie sounding caller is identified as the bay area’s latest serial killer, it appears her life will never be the same.

With the killer continually calling into Scarlet’s show, while managing to stay one step ahead of the San Francisco police, Scarlet begins to fear she’s his next victim. Enlisting best friends Niles and Tom and their often-hilarious help, Scarlet sets out to find the elusive Serial Caller…before he finds her.

Root for Scarlet during this heart-pounding and alternately humorous mystery thriller. Fall in love with unforgettable characters, recognize familiar family members, and hold on tight for an adrenaline-filled ride.

If you’re a Stephanie Plum fan, make room for Scarlet Oaks!

This is the first book in the Scarlet Oaks series.

Michaela lives near Reno, Nevada, where there are lovely walking trails and lots of sun. She was born and grew up in Hampshire, England, where there is less sun, but better chocolate! A professional voice over artist and the voice of a local radio station, Michaela enjoys watching great movies with her husband and grown sons, playing tennis and and drinking lots of tea.

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Narrator Bio

A bright, versatile, broad-next-door type, Kimberly M. Wetherell is rapidly becoming a sought-after talent in the voiceover market, specializing in audiobooks, commercials, and animation.

Kimberly has worn multiple hats in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. A graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, Kimberly has been an actor, a singer of musical theatre, director of both opera and film, and producer of opera, film, and most recently, commercials.

She speaks French, Italian, and German (all thanks to her 15-year career in opera), and, as a lifelong lover of language, has a large catalogue of dialects and accents from around the world at the tip of her tongue.

Equally active in the literary world, Kimberly is a published essayist and contributing editor of The Nervous Breakdown. She founded and hosted DISH, a monthly food & drink reading series at SoHo’s Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, as well as having hosted other reading series around NYC, such as NPR’s Dime Stories at Brooklyn’s Barbès and TNB’s Literary Experience at Chinatown’s Happy Endings.

Voiceover artistry is the perfect marriage of her life’s two passions, and she couldn’t be happier with this new career pursuit.

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This was such a great book! I had so much fun listening to the audiobook and it’s equally due to the plot and narrator! There are many unexpected elements to the story and this makes it even more enjoyable.

Our main character Scarlet has so much to deal with. Not only she has a problematic family, but she also has to worry about her income, has been dumped by her boyfriend and has a job she knows little about (talking “sports-ish” with people). To top it all, she seems to have inspired a killer. This guy is obsessed with her and does little to hide it. So… how much should a girl endure before taking some actions?

The writing is so warming (it made me feel comfortable while listening to it) and the plot is very entertaining. Scarlet is a great character, with a strong will and determination to stand tall against all difficulties that life may throw her way. Also, she has a very unusual pet that is also a delight to read about! I enjoyed the mystery a lot and finding out who the killer is and the reasons behind his actions.

The narration was great as well. Kimberly M. Wetherell has a great way of expressing emotions and her voice fits perfectly with the character. Voice acting was great as well and given the fact that this is a 10 hours audiobook, I was never tired to listen to her 😊

All in all, I loved this first book in the series and I cannot wait to move to the second one. A great story indeed, with a great main character and plot. Should you choose the audio version, I assure you, you will not regret it! 5 stars on my end! Enjoy!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Michaela James. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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