Misfortune Cookies by Linda P. Kozar

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Oct 19, 2016

Lori

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it was ok

I’m glad I didn’t read this book first or I wouldn’t have even tried any other books in this series. I think probably it was the narrator of the book that turned me off, I felt like I was a story time at the library. I did find that I was getting pummeled with the Christian theme and the character of Sue Jan was obnoxious, but having read the 3rd book already I didn’t notice those things. I guess I will give the second book a chance but not right now I need a break from these characters.

I didn’t find this book very enjoyable. Annoying and a little wierd.

Oct 10, 2016

Steve

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it was amazing

Having read/listened to the 3rd and 4th installments of this wonderful series, my wife and I thought we’d like to start back at the beginning and get some of the backstory. We were not disappointed. This is a wonderful book. It is humorous, thought provoking and a wonderful cozy mystery starring characters that we can really identify with. It is a hilarious and engaging beginning to a wonderful series.

3 Audiobook This audiobook was not for me, plain and simple. I very rarely DNF anything, usually preferring to “table” it instead, with the intention of finishing it eventually. But I will not be coming back to this story. Other reviews indicate that several of the problematic aspects of this story do not appear in the following installments, however I doubt that I’ll ever be willing to give them a try.

My three main issues with this story are 1) the highly irritating characters, 2) the

3 ★ Audiobook⎮ This audiobook was not for me, plain and simple. I very rarely DNF anything, usually preferring to “table” it instead, with the intention of finishing it eventually. But I will not be coming back to this story. Other reviews indicate that several of the problematic aspects of this story do not appear in the following installments, however I doubt that I’ll ever be willing to give them a try.

My three main issues with this story are 1) the highly irritating characters, 2) the seemingly random religious themes, and 3) the flippant way body image is approached.

I normally don’t feel it appropriate to rate or review something I have not finished, but given that I made it 84% through before being unable to continue and also given the fact that the three issues named above seemed highly unlikely to change in the final 16%, I made an exception for this title.

The writing itself was not the worst I’ve heard and I can understand how cozy mystery fans with strong Christian beliefs could enjoy this. Therefore, that is the population of readers/listeners I would recommend this book to.

Narration review: Caroline Miller gave an incredibly expressive performance. Her narration is the furthest thing from monotonous I’ve ever heard. I’m saddened that my first experience with her narration occurred simultaneously with a story that I did not enjoy. However, her narration itself was much more enjoyable than the story. I plan on checking out another of her performances in order to more properly evaluate her talent as a narrator, which I suspect I will love.

➜ This audiobook was graciously gifted to me by its narrator, Caroline Miller, in exchange for a review containing my honest thoughts and opinions. Thanks, Caroline!

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May 21, 2015

Terri

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it was amazing

I read / listened to this book in audio format via audible.com. I always go for the audio books first as the narrators tend to breathe life into the stories, thus giving them a heart beat (so to speak). Audio books allow us to read our stories and still get our work done (hands free). They make great companions on long walks and are excellent for those long road trips too!

This is a fun and exciting mystery cozy read with many, many laughs in it. When the girls get together, there is no holding

I read / listened to this book in audio format via audible.com. I always go for the audio books first as the narrators tend to breathe life into the stories, thus giving them a heart beat (so to speak). Audio books allow us to read our stories and still get our work done (hands free). They make great companions on long walks and are excellent for those long road trips too!

This is a fun and exciting mystery cozy read with many, many laughs in it. When the girls get together, there is no holding back. Read along as characters such as Sujan, Monroe, Lovita and others are off to explore a murder mystery that turns into a spy tale just like it came from the movies. It is written in such a quirky witty way that you will either be laughing in stitches or shaking your head in disbelief! When you get a bunch of ladies together, nothing is off limits! This takes me backs to some of my fun days with the girls!

This is my first read by author, Linda Kozar. She did a great job on the plot. Lots of danger, holding my interest & suspense too. Never a dull moment. The narrator, Caroline Miller delivers a flawless read filled with fun and excitement, clearly spoken and easy to follow. Well done ladies! This book just goes to show, you never know what you will find inside a fortune cookie!

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May 31, 2015

Annie

rated it

it was amazing

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

This was a very delightful and fun listen! The main character is Lovita and she is a chubby southern beautician…who owns a beauty shop with her best friend Sue Jan! They love to go to the Chinese restaurants in there town and have lunch. One day Lovita gets a fortune cookie with a mysterious message that sends her and her friends on a mystery hunt that has its hilarious ups and downs! There is a lot of references to

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

This was a very delightful and fun listen! The main character is Lovita and she is a chubby southern beautician…who owns a beauty shop with her best friend Sue Jan! They love to go to the Chinese restaurants in there town and have lunch. One day Lovita gets a fortune cookie with a mysterious message that sends her and her friends on a mystery hunt that has its hilarious ups and downs! There is a lot of references to Christianity that I found quite refreshing, and coming from a southern family myself I know how southern christian ladies can be! All Lovita and Sue Jan really want is to find true love….and in the end they do! Really fun and fabulous listen! I will definitely continue this series! 2 thumbs up and a big thank you to audiobookblast(dot)com

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Sep 24, 2015

Barb

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really liked it

MISFORTUNE COOKIES is a hilarious start to Linda Kozar’s “When the Fat Ladies Sing” series. Lovita and her best friend SueJan hide in a fallout shelter while a tornado ravages their small town of Wachita, Texas. When the dust and debris settle, Lovita’s hair salon is destroyed. Then Lovita receives a fortune cookie stating that her father, who dies when Lovita was young, was actually murdered! Thank goodness for the wonderful food at the two Chinese restaurants in town. The best friends often
MISFORTUNE COOKIES is a hilarious start to Linda Kozar’s “When the Fat Ladies Sing” series. Lovita and her best friend SueJan hide in a fallout shelter while a tornado ravages their small town of Wachita, Texas. When the dust and debris settle, Lovita’s hair salon is destroyed. Then Lovita receives a fortune cookie stating that her father, who dies when Lovita was young, was actually murdered! Thank goodness for the wonderful food at the two Chinese restaurants in town. The best friends often find themselves ordering the delicious meals there. Strangers are walking about town, allegedly conducting geologic studies. SueJan and Lovita are desperately seeking someone to love. What a tangled web Linda Kozar weaves in this entertaining story!
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Jun 03, 2015

Jan

rated it

liked it

Funny Southern cozy mystery with some interesting characters, who really are characters. The publisher’s summary gives you a clue, but the personalities are really something.
CM gives voice to each character very well, and enhances the author’s presentation with apparent ease.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no
cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast.com.

Misfortune Cookies was lot of fun to read, but it was over the top on the fat lady theme. I realize the protagonists are heavy, and it was okay to introduce them with detailed menus of what they ate at each meal. That gave the reader a sense of each character. But later, it got to be too much fluff, and I skipped over it.

The story is a lighthearted whodunnit with some serious themes underlying the plot.Makes for a pleasant read on a rainy day.

Aug 24, 2015

Deedra

rated it

it was ok

I listened to the audible edition.I’ve decided that ‘Cozy Mysteries ‘ may not be for me.I found this book full of stereotyped characters,not so funny incidents that others must have thought were funny and not much of a story.I found Caroline Millers narrations rather annoying.”I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse dot com”

Mar 21, 2015

Robin Arnold

rated it

really liked it

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to like this much, but after living for 18 years in Texas and now in Virginia, this was like being “home.” I know these women, or women just like them, real women, Texas women. What a fun read! My only criticism is for the plot focus setting which I won’t explain. I’ll reserve further thought after I’ve read more Linda Kozar. And I will!

I got this as a free ebook, and it is definitely one of those instances where you get what you pay for. I kept reading, hoping that it would get better, because it had so many good reviews. It was not my cup of tea. The mystery was far-fetched and the characters were caricatures.

Such a fun book, the fact that it has a Christian secondary theme and recipes are a bonus! I am happy there are more to read.

Aug 28, 2015

Megh

rated it

liked it

This was an enjoyable cozy, but wasn’t all that riveting. Definitely cute, fun and silly.

Loved this funny cozy mystery. I’ll definately be reading more of Linda Kozer’s books.

What a fun/cute book! It reminded me of a Janet Evanovich with a Scooby-Doo type ending. I can’t wait to read the rest!!

Nov 30, 2014

Joni

rated it

did not like it

Little to like

Didn’t care for characters and the story was sometimes hard to follow. And way too much religion and Jesus stuff.

Sep 11, 2014

Marilyn

rated it

it was amazing

Good

this story was one all about Chinese food and two friends that lived in a small town in Texas.the spies were criminals.



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