The perfect mystery for readers with an appetite for crime. Food connoisseur Chloe Carter is on a quest for the perfect meal and man. That's why the "Gourmet Girl" accepts an online date with "Dinner Dude". Too bad he's murdered in the restaurant. Leave it to Chloe to fall in love with the chef, who's also suspect number one.
What are the ingredients for a feel-good mystery story? A cup of romance, a large quantity of delicious food descriptions, and Kim McKean's wry, flirtatious voice to narrate the whole thing. Crime, food, love - this audiobook has it all. Protagonist Chloe Carter is in love with a fabulous chef - the only problem is he may be the man who murdered her previous date! Mystery lovers and food lovers will find common ground in their enjoyment of Steamed: A Gourmet Mystery.
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Slow story read by an annoying drawling reader?
Having listened to the exquisite performances of readers like Sean Barrett and Kobnah Holdbrook-Smith, this was painful in the extreme. I would suggest these authors do some massive editing of their work and hire a different reader.
The idea is good: foodie & mystery. And they obviously know quite a bit about the industry; so it was very annoying to have to wade through several chapters of preamble before anything at all happened. But I thought OK, it's the first in a series, it will have a longer set-up and I stuck with it. Sadly, no. Throughout, the story needed heavy editing, as in the mystery genre it is usual to move things along at a clip. For example - there is no need to explain that on hearing a phone ring, the heroine got out of the shower, wrapped herself in a towel and made her way to the phone. A simple 'dripping, I answered' is sufficient and keeps the plot moving along. We didn't need to hear about a quarter of the material in the book about her student placement, her induction day, her book list etc as it moves nothing along and adds nothing to her character development or the plot. There is a difference between adding colour and making things stodgy. This was very stodgy.
So that was my big disappointment: that it was so dreadfully slow and let down the premise, which was interesting.
No. Absolutely not. Unless she was reading Moon Unit Zappa's autobiography.
Her accent is dreadful? Yanno? She sounds like a Valley Girl? And ends a lot of sentences with an upward intonation? That is very annoying? And interferes with the flow and meaning of the story? Also, she has a nasal, drawling quality that is hard on the ears and she mispronounces some words (e.g. do Americans call the act of creating braids 'plateing' - like putting food on a plate? Because in the UK we pronounce it 'platting'). I've got used to some US pronunciation quirks - like 'meer' for mirror. But Ms McKean takes takes it to the extreme.
Frustration, annoyance and disappointment.
Can I have a refund?