Audio: A Sticky Inheritance by Emily James @aemmes @TantorAudio

Posted September 26, 2018 by Melanie in Book Review / 22 Comments

Audio: A Sticky Inheritance by Emily James @aemmes @TantorAudioA Sticky Inheritance by Emily James
Narrator: Andrea Emmes
Series: Maple Syrup Mysteries #1
Published by Tantor Audio on May 18, 2018
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Length: 5 hours 5 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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Sometimes the truth can be a sticky thing…

Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes feels like she’s the only failure amid a family of high achievers. Her last serious boyfriend turned out to be married and her career as a criminal defense attorney is in tatters. When her uncle passes away and leaves her his maple syrup farm in Northern Michigan, she thinks it might be time for a career change—hopefully one that allows her to stay as far away from murderers and liars as possible.

For half a day at least.

Her uncle’s suicide quickly begins to look like it wasn’t a suicide after all, but the chief of police is reluctant to investigate and soil the reputation of his serene little tourist town. Murder’s bad for business. Nicole has no choice but to search for the killer on her own, with a little help from the handsome county medical examiner—who’s exactly her type and all wrong for her.

And as she closes in, she not only risks becoming the murderer’s next victim but also starts to wonder if the truth is ever worse than the lie…

So, I started listening to cozy mysteries with the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery series, because Amanda Ronconi was the narrator and I love her. I found the genre is everything I had heard it was. So, when Andrea Emmes, who was a narrator interview over at Hot Listens, offered me a book to give her a try, I decided to try this cozy mystery. I have not read this author before and Andrea was new-to-me too, but nothing like going for something new. I’m really glad I did.

Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes is a lawyer in her parents firm. Everyone in her family is either a doctor or lawyer and since she’s not a fan of blood, lawyer it was. She’s not a huge fan of it, but wants to live up to what her parents want her to be. That is until she goes up to Michigan to settle her uncle’s estate after his death (her father’s brother and a former cardiologist). The uncle moves to a small town in Michigan after a heart scare. He bought a maple farm and was making maple syrup products. Nikki’s parents disown him for this, though Nikki did keep in touch.

It isn’t long before Nikki realizes something is up. Her uncle’s death was ruled a suicide and she knows this isn’t the case. I won’t go into how I feel like anyone is capable of suicide and hiding it from those closest to them, but in this case, Nikki is right, her uncle was murdered.

It is a cute story as Nikki continues to learn more about people in this small tourist town. The mystery was well thought out. I liked watching as Nikki worked through the small clues she finds. The other characters in the small town are delightful. I could see myself reading/listening to more of this series.

This is my first listen from Andrea Emmes. I have to say I really enjoyed her narration. She did a great job with the male and female voices (and there are really more male than female voices in this story). There is also the voice of dying woman (again, heart issues), she was very weak and Andrea did a great job with portraying that in with the voice. I thought she did a good job in bringing out the light humor in the story too. Her pace and tone were spot on. I would love to listen to Andrea Emmes narrator more books.

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About Andrea Emmes

Narrator: Andrea Emmes

Award Winning Audiobook Narrator (ABR Award – Young Adult), Andrea Emmes was born in Hollywood, FL and grew up in both Tennessee and Rhode Island, started her career in musical theater. Cutting her teeth at The Trinity Arts Center in Rhode Island, Andrea eventually made her way to Orlando and began her eclectic career singing/dancing in various shows at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Pirates’ Dinner Adventure, performing as a magician’s assistant, headlining on the Las Vegas Strip and touring Los Angeles as an L.A. Award winning artist with her album, “I’m On My Way”.

Having worked in tv, film and video games, Andrea, a total Book Nerd, now enjoys narrating audiobooks at her home studio in San Jose, California.

Her wide range of character voices and dynamic/emotionally invested performances has reviewers and listeners alike commenting on how she effortlessly pulls listeners in, and has versatility and charisma.

Fun Facts: Andrea has a Bachelor of Science in Game Art and Design; was a game designer for Disney Interactive; once interviewed Ernie Cline for his amazing novel Ready Player One as a Gamer Reviewer for and gets her gamer-geek on playing games of all kinds with her husband and their cat, Lucy.

Audible Best Selling Narrator, for “Little Women” (2017) for seven months – publisher – Spoken Realms.

Games Currently Playing: God of War (2018) – PS4, Jurassic World: Evolution – Steam, Civilization V – Just….One…More…Turn…!!! 🙂

“If an author can captivate me with their story, then that allows me to captivate my listeners.” — Andrea Emmes

About Emily James

I’m a mystery author who grew up watching TV shows like Matlock, Monk, and Murder She Wrote. (It’s pure coincidence that they all begin with an M though my current favorite show is Murdock Mysteries.)

Now I write books with quirky characters and a touch of romance. I keep them clean (no cursing, sex, or gratuitous violence) because I want my books to be the kind you could share with your teenager or your mother.

Alongside being a writer, I’m also a wife, an animal lover, and a new artist. I love coffee and painting and drinking coffee while painting. I also love to cook. I try not to do that while painting because, well, you shouldn’t eat paint.

My husband and I share our home with a blue Great Dane, six cats (all rescues), and a budgie (who is both the littlest and the loudest).

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I’m Melanie, and I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. I will read contemporary romance on occasion, but not often. I will occasionally throw in a biography, usually autobiographies of people that I find interesting. Listening to autobiographies that are narrated by the author have been great in my experience.

I started listening to audiobooks when a new book in a series was coming out and I wanted to get a refresher, but didn’t have time to read all the books (I think it was Anita Blake). I fell in love. I stayed with strictly re-reading books that I’d already read for a long time. I eventually tried an audiobook for something that I hadn’t read first and was hooked there too. Now, I listen to audio for both re-reads and first time. I have some series that I’ve given up reading and only listen. I try to get any many books/audiobooks from the library to help save on my budget. Books on CD and the newer digital downloads from the library really allow me to listen more. I then purchase my favorites (because who can wait in line for your favorite book??) and less mainstream books from Audible or some other online retailer.

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Posted September 26, 2018 by Melanie in Book Review / 22 Comments

22 responses to “Audio: A Sticky Inheritance by Emily James

  1. Michigan! Oh yes, I must try this one. I’ve slowly but surely been making my way toward loving cozy mysteries. Glad you got offered a new one to try for author and narrator and it was a hit.

  2. I am excited to hear you’re giving some cozies a try. I am not a fan of the they think it’s suicide, but it’s actually murder plot line which seems pretty common in cozies as I rather have it be clear it was murder form the start. But the maple farm and such sounds great! And it’s always fun discovering more about the town the series is set in.

    If you’re looking for any cozy recommendation, I think Maddie Day and HY Hanna both have one of their series in audio format. I read some of their books and enjoyed them so far, not sure if the audio is any good, but the ebooks were great.

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