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FULL BLOOM. Janet Evanovich & Charlotte Hughes. 2005. Read by Lorelei King. 7 cds. 8 hrs. Brilliance. 1-59600-140-2. $87.25. Vinyl; plot, reader notes. SA

Annie Fortenberry runs a bed and breakfast in her inherited South Carolina mansion, which was once, long ago, a bordello. She is no Stephanie Plum, but she does have an easily sparked temper and a rolling pin at hand. Her eccentric friends include an inherited alcoholic handyman, two elderly boarders, an obnoxious orange cat, a psychic, and an ancient retired doctor who lives next door. While preparing to host her friend's wedding, a body is discovered in her back yard and the body turns out to be that of her three-years missing husband. Murdered of course, but by whom? Surely not Annie! At about the same moment, a dashing "knight" arrives (Wes Bridges), not on a horse but a motorcycle.

While there seem to be some red herrings and incidents that go nowhere, anyone wanting a little romance, a little mystery, and a ghost or two will enjoy King's excellent narration. She sustains a variety of voices for her characters and keeps her listeners involved. Light, undemanding fun. Mary Purucker, Beverly Hills PL, Beverly Hills, CA

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Author:Purucker, Mary
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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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