Narrator: Cindy Piller
on 26 August 2015
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
Source: Author, Submitted
The last time the police knocked on psychic Valentine Zalmanzig Cohen's door they ignored her advice and the wrong man ended up in prison for murder. Five years later the knock comes again. Another couple killed in the same house. A copycat killer? Or has the original killer struck again? The police are willing to consider that perhaps they'd been wrong, but is Val willing to risk her marriage, career, and maybe even her life to try again?
©2014 Evelyn David (P)2015 Evelyn David
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The blend of mystery and paranormal drew my attention to Mind Over Murder by Evelyn David and narrated by Cindy Piller. A third ingredient, antiques, made it irresistible.
The premise of Valentine and Jake Cohen as a married couple who own an antique business which leads them into layers of a number of mysteries and shenanigans works well. The story is told from the wife’s point of view and at times I would have liked a tad less one-sided bickering, but maybe it’s because I couldn’t just skip over the bits that annoyed like I would if I were reading it. The couple discover some interesting and unsettling coincidences involving a murder they were both pulled into for professional reasons, and where they first met, five years earlier. The mix of the Cohen’s antique collection, people from their pasts, a dead furnace along with her psychic premonitions and his encounters with the dead all make for an enjoyable adventure. The author’s research or knowledge of antiques added an interesting bit of knowledge and a bit light on the inside day-to-day antique dealers’ world. I could have done without the cliche’ clingy, disapproving mother-in-law and wish she’d been given a bit more compassion and credit. Valentine did try to be ‘nice’, but her attitude toward Mrs. Cohen made her seem a bit petty and childish at times.
If you want an entertaining listen while cleaning out that cluttered garage, folding Mt. Laundry or while on your daily commute, and a plot with an interesting cast of characters, and engaging story told in a family friendly way, this is the audio book for you.
I may give my penchant for classic films away when I say that the old “Topper” movies came to mind with the sometimes witty exchanges between Valentine and her husband Jake. I also enjoyed Jake’s dealings with the dead. Some of the minor characters were interesting, such as the bail bondsman/body-guard, but we never got to ‘see’ them very often and the narrator didn’t do them justice. There is a bit of violence, but it’s applied with as gentle a hand as possible and was important to the plot line, but not gory or gratuitous.
Cindy Piller has a very crisp and pleasant voice. I know I’ve been spoiled by the work of Stephen Fry and Kathy Bates, so don’t expect a wide range of voices, so you’ll have to pay attention when new characters enter the scene.
This is not a “I just can’t stop listening!” audio book that might make you miss your freeway exit, but it will hold your interest and you will look forward to the return.