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Only two seasons matter in Coho Bay, Alaska - cruise ship and winter. Caribou King, owner of The Broken Antler Gallery, is hip-deep in tourists when her old college pal Taylor shows up asking for refuge, saying she has no place else to go. Cara is cautious; Taylor was the wife of one of Alaska's most renowned artists––Jonathan Snow, who was mauled to death by a bear the pr Only two seasons matter in Coho Bay, Alaska - cruise ship and winter. Caribou King, owner of The Broken Antler Gallery, is hip-deep in tourists when her old college pal Taylor shows up asking for refuge, saying she has no place else to go. Cara is cautious; Taylor was the wife of one of Alaska's most renowned artists––Jonathan Snow, who was mauled to death by a bear the previous year. Why would his widow want to return to the location of her tragic loss? Something about Taylor's story just doesn't ring true. Of course, she may not be the only liar in town. Taylor's former father-in-law accuses her of killing his son in front of a diner full of people, except he may have had a stronger motive. A handsome boat captain seems to fancy both Cara and Taylor but he can't make up his mind between them ––or between lying and telling the truth. The local constable mistrusts everyone, but may have a reason to be mistrusted himself. Will Cara help her old friend Taylor, or will doing so get her into a heap of trouble? When a headless body is discovered in the bay, Cara wonders just who she can trust in this tiny town.


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Only two seasons matter in Coho Bay, Alaska - cruise ship and winter. Caribou King, owner of The Broken Antler Gallery, is hip-deep in tourists when her old college pal Taylor shows up asking for refuge, saying she has no place else to go. Cara is cautious; Taylor was the wife of one of Alaska's most renowned artists––Jonathan Snow, who was mauled to death by a bear the pr Only two seasons matter in Coho Bay, Alaska - cruise ship and winter. Caribou King, owner of The Broken Antler Gallery, is hip-deep in tourists when her old college pal Taylor shows up asking for refuge, saying she has no place else to go. Cara is cautious; Taylor was the wife of one of Alaska's most renowned artists––Jonathan Snow, who was mauled to death by a bear the previous year. Why would his widow want to return to the location of her tragic loss? Something about Taylor's story just doesn't ring true. Of course, she may not be the only liar in town. Taylor's former father-in-law accuses her of killing his son in front of a diner full of people, except he may have had a stronger motive. A handsome boat captain seems to fancy both Cara and Taylor but he can't make up his mind between them ––or between lying and telling the truth. The local constable mistrusts everyone, but may have a reason to be mistrusted himself. Will Cara help her old friend Taylor, or will doing so get her into a heap of trouble? When a headless body is discovered in the bay, Cara wonders just who she can trust in this tiny town.

30 review for The Deadly Art of Deception

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    The Deadly Art of Deception is book one of the Caribou King Mysteries. Caribou King who runs the family art gallery in Coho Bay was excited when her best friend Taylor came back to town. However, Caribou did not release the effect that Taylor's return will have on her life and everything she believes in. The readers of Deadly Art of Deception will continue to follow the twist and turns to find out what happens to Taylor and Caribou. I did enjoy reading The Deadly Art of Deception. However, I fel The Deadly Art of Deception is book one of the Caribou King Mysteries. Caribou King who runs the family art gallery in Coho Bay was excited when her best friend Taylor came back to town. However, Caribou did not release the effect that Taylor's return will have on her life and everything she believes in. The readers of Deadly Art of Deception will continue to follow the twist and turns to find out what happens to Taylor and Caribou. I did enjoy reading The Deadly Art of Deception. However, I felt that it did not flow very well and parts of the story were missing. I love the cover of The Deadly Art of Deception it draws you in and makes you start to think about living in the remote township of Coho Bay. I like Linda Crowder description of the small Alaskan town of Coho Bay and the way Linda Crowder portrayed her characters. The readers of The Deadly Art of Deception will learn about working in small business in Alaska. Also, the readers of The Deadly Art of Deception will learn about the hardship that the residents of Alaska have to ensure during each season. I recommend this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Too much back and forth to make sense and mix-up in the big scene about who knew what when, why, and how. They also forgot a couple cabins and confused on the timeline... The boat fix, renter to move, and if her parents came back...

  3. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Coho Bay, Alaska was just a small town on the Alaskan coast before cruise ships made it one of their stops. Now the town is supported by “cruise ship season” which is nearing a close for the year. Everyone knows everyone’s busy and gossip travels at the speed of light. Caribou King (Cara) owns the The Broken Antler Gallery, her sister, Mel, and her husband, Bent, own and run the local diner and her parents are off in the wilderness on a Moose Count. Cara is surprised when her Dollycas’s Thoughts Coho Bay, Alaska was just a small town on the Alaskan coast before cruise ships made it one of their stops. Now the town is supported by “cruise ship season” which is nearing a close for the year. Everyone knows everyone’s busy and gossip travels at the speed of light. Caribou King (Cara) owns the The Broken Antler Gallery, her sister, Mel, and her husband, Bent, own and run the local diner and her parents are off in the wilderness on a Moose Count. Cara is surprised when her friend Taylor returns to Coho Bay. Her husband was an artist just starting to take off with his career when he was killed by a bear. Taylor left town shortly after. Cara cannot get a straight story from Taylor but it seems to be her husband’s death is in question. Soon after her arrival the town is shocked when a body sans head and hands is found in the bay. Can the deaths be connected? Does Taylor’s reappearance in town have anything to do with the dead man? Who can Cara really trust to find answers? I was familiar with this author from her Jake and Emma Mysteries so I knew this story was going to be good, and I was not disappointed. I have not read many books set in Alaska but the author’s descriptive words painted some beautiful pictures in my mind. Set near the end of the summer the weather was very changeable. One day summer like and warm, the next could bring rain or even snow. You would have to be one tough cookie to live there year round. Caribou King, the name made me shake my head a bit, but I was fine calling her Cara is a complex protagonist, smart, funny, comfortable hunting elk and moose with her father, but awkward around men and a bit naive. She is tall for a girl, was the football quarterback in high school because there weren’t enough guys to fill a team. There aren’t many men in town and most are taken or look at her as a buddy rather than a woman to date and she is fine with that. She lives in the apartment above the gallery and takes most of her meals at the diner, where she helps out every morning at 5:30 a.m. The story focuses on Cara and her family, Taylor, her friend from college, Taylor’s ex-father-in-law, the local police officer and visitor who has booked a cabin for the summer. Ms. Crowder wraps them in terrific mystery that had both me and Cara twisted up in knots trying to figure out whodunit. At times the story became very suspenseful making the book hard to put down and easy to read in one sitting. I really enjoyed this book and think we have hit just the tip of the iceberg with these characters. I am excited to see what book number brings. Maybe a little romance for Cara??

  4. 5 out of 5

    IslandRiverScribe

    Every single character in this novel, except our main protagonist, Cara King, is lying to everybody else. And, not to be outdone, Cara King is lying to herself. There are so many lies being told by so many people, either to prove that a murder rather than an accident has occurred or to escape from being charged with said murder, that the whole plot bogs down into a confusion worthy of a small migraine. And then another body shows up. Or does it? Then a boat captain and a saw mill operator go miss Every single character in this novel, except our main protagonist, Cara King, is lying to everybody else. And, not to be outdone, Cara King is lying to herself. There are so many lies being told by so many people, either to prove that a murder rather than an accident has occurred or to escape from being charged with said murder, that the whole plot bogs down into a confusion worthy of a small migraine. And then another body shows up. Or does it? Then a boat captain and a saw mill operator go missing. Or do they? And one of the main characters may be using a fake name and ID. Or is he using the real one now and used the fake one earlier? See - confusion, mental quicksand, headache! Many of the lies voiced in the plot are fabricated on the theory that the best lie is always based on as much truth as possible. Unfortunately, by the end of the novel, the author chooses not to adequately explain to the reader what is “lie” and what is “truth.” Therefore, in the end, even though I am an experienced, hard-core mystery reader, I had a headache from trying to separate the wheat from the chaff and from trying to understand the complicated, convoluted ploy that allowed the final conflict to succeed. Even Cara passed out from the confusion at the end of that scene. Believe me, I know how she felt!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mariel

    The Deadly Art of Deception (Caribou King Mysteries Book 1) by Linda Crowder Narrated by Michelle Babb I received a complimentary copy and I am voluntarily leaving a review. The unusually named Caribou King or Cara for short, is the owner of the local art gallery, The Broken Antler, situated in the picturesque tourist small town of Coho Bay in Alaska while her sister owns the eatery for the area. One day Cara's friend from school, Taylor, arrives unannounced which is totally unlike her and to make t The Deadly Art of Deception (Caribou King Mysteries Book 1) by Linda Crowder Narrated by Michelle Babb I received a complimentary copy and I am voluntarily leaving a review. The unusually named Caribou King or Cara for short, is the owner of the local art gallery, The Broken Antler, situated in the picturesque tourist small town of Coho Bay in Alaska while her sister owns the eatery for the area. One day Cara's friend from school, Taylor, arrives unannounced which is totally unlike her and to make things even more confusing, Cara seems to be the only one pleased to see her. The reason becomes apparent after learning that Taylor married another of Caras' schoolfriends, Jonathan Snow. Jonathan, a talented virtually undiscovered artist. Cara even displays some of his remaining artwork, growing in popularity after his death. Because dead he is, tragically killed in an accident involving a bear, this is Alaska after all. Cara being the genuinely nice person that she is always stood up for Taylor even if Taylor could be selfish and abrasive at times. As Taylors' stay lengthens, Cara begins to suspect that something isn't quite right, that the truth isn't being told not only by Taylor but also Frank the boat captain who stops being his usual self. Will Cara continue to support Taylor despite the lies and doubt? This is a great story, a type of cozy mystery which is full of suspense, thrills and questions of who and why. The characters are interesting and lifelike , Cara being far too nice and even referred to as a doormat due to her amiability and as the female protaganist she is witty, clever, funny and capable of holding her own. Alaska has always been a place I would love to visit and the area and culture is described beautifully. I was carried along nicely with the lives of the inhabitants of this little town which is portrayed as being very family and community orientated. The story flows nicely, hints and clues are dangled right until the end, the plot thickens and it is a pleasant surprise when the truth is finally revealed. The story is narrated by Michelle Babb who does an amazing job with the visual descriptions and she portrays the different characters well with accents and her use of tone. She is well suited to the story but I felt in some cases the dialogue was a little rushed compared to her text narration. Would definitely recommend and looking forward to the second book in the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    April

    The Deadly Art of Deception: A Caribou King Mystery : Linda Crowder This book starts out sort of being a ozy mystery that morphs into a murder mysteery, suspense with hints of romance. The descriptions and imagery of small town Alaska is very inviting. The characters all seem to be hiding secrets from everyone else. Lies lies and more lies. People go missing or are they away on a hnting trip? Who's body do they fish out of the water? Twïsts, turns and mayham all keep the listener on the edge of th The Deadly Art of Deception: A Caribou King Mystery : Linda Crowder This book starts out sort of being a ozy mystery that morphs into a murder mysteery, suspense with hints of romance. The descriptions and imagery of small town Alaska is very inviting. The characters all seem to be hiding secrets from everyone else. Lies lies and more lies. People go missing or are they away on a hnting trip? Who's body do they fish out of the water? Twïsts, turns and mayham all keep the listener on the edge of their sea all the way to the end. I hope there will be more books in this series since this is listed as book 1. The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. I have to say the passages about electronic thingy for reading versus physical books made me chuckle. I am an auditory learner so electronic thingy would be my choice, and Michelle Babb adds to the enjoyment! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jan Middendorf

    Entertaining book, but a bit convoluted.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ike Standifird

    Good scene setting but the storyline was way too convoluted and unbelievable.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elise Stone

    I have to say that this book kept me engaged enough to keep turning the pages. In fact, I read it from start to finish in one day, which is very unusual for me. But, in the end, I was frustrated with the main character and confused by the ending. I had a very hard time understanding how Caribou "Cara" King could ever consider Taylor Lennon/Snow a friend. Taylor consistently sleeps with men Cara is interested in, luring them away with her magical appeal. It's not new behavior for Taylor, so when i I have to say that this book kept me engaged enough to keep turning the pages. In fact, I read it from start to finish in one day, which is very unusual for me. But, in the end, I was frustrated with the main character and confused by the ending. I had a very hard time understanding how Caribou "Cara" King could ever consider Taylor Lennon/Snow a friend. Taylor consistently sleeps with men Cara is interested in, luring them away with her magical appeal. It's not new behavior for Taylor, so when it happens again, the fact that Cara manages to convince herself that it's her own fault is beyond believable. The ending is a muddle of people lying. I think this was an attempt by the author to have multiple plot twists, but it didn't work for me. Every major character is guilty--until they're not. (view spoiler)[ This includes Frank, Taylor's ex-husband, or possibly still-husband, who was just starting a romantic relationship with Cara earlier in the book. His actions don't engender trust, so the fact that the book ends with him and Cara getting together is unbelievable. If I were Cara, I'd probably leave Coho Harbor and find a place where the people weren't so deceitful. (hide spoiler)] There's a lot to like about this story, but I won't be in a hurry to read the sequel.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    I wanted so badly to give this book four stars but it caused me to get so confused with all the characters lying to each other I lost interest towards the end of the book .

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Relationships! I struggled to finish this novel, set in Alaska. The author has little to say about the surroundings, which is a shame. The main character keeps fainting! She is an impulsive person, driven by emotion. She has trouble sorting events and people, and is loyal long beyond what would be sensible. Hard to like, or even appreciate.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dizey

    The Alaskan setting was interesting. The story was OK, but the plot became very confusing, with enough red herrings to open a canning factory. Towards the end, the dialogue was so rushed that it was difficult to tell who was speaking to whom. Forced humour, for example where a relatively banal comment had the main character fall to the ground laughing. All in all, the idea was great, but the execution fell short.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dasha

    Too complicated, so ultimately unsatisfying. Beggared belief with all the convolutions, yet well written.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leila Kheiry

    This started rough for me, but improved as I read further. I do think a little more research into Alaska would have been helpful to the author. Maybe an editor who lives here? (And PLEASE learn how to spell Jane Austen's name.) The story was generally fun. It got a little confusing near the end, though, and then things suddenly wrapped up into a too-tidy package. This started rough for me, but improved as I read further. I do think a little more research into Alaska would have been helpful to the author. Maybe an editor who lives here? (And PLEASE learn how to spell Jane Austen's name.) The story was generally fun. It got a little confusing near the end, though, and then things suddenly wrapped up into a too-tidy package.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Nice take on Alaska Enjoyed the book, although plot became a bit hard to follow with twists. I liked the characters, and the view of an Alaskan town.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Walch

    This was the first EBook that I’ve read in a long time that didn’t have real page numbers and had the chapter numbers at the left hand side of the page indented as if they were the first sentence in a new paragraph and that’s an unusual formatting to say the lease. I have read many great mysteries that were set in the state of Alaska and featured female protagonist but this wasn’t one of them and not one that I would recommend to my followers here on Goodreads. Linda Crowder is a master at writi This was the first EBook that I’ve read in a long time that didn’t have real page numbers and had the chapter numbers at the left hand side of the page indented as if they were the first sentence in a new paragraph and that’s an unusual formatting to say the lease. I have read many great mysteries that were set in the state of Alaska and featured female protagonist but this wasn’t one of them and not one that I would recommend to my followers here on Goodreads. Linda Crowder is a master at writing description that paints such a vivid mental picture that the reader feel as if they are right there with the character, see firsthand what the characters are seeing and doing. The dialogue and the interplay between the characters reminded me of a TV soap opera and that reminded me of why I have never watched a soap opera. I intend to finish this book simply because the characters are really likable and I’m curious as to where Crowder is going with this story. This book is more for the woman reader or guys who really get off on reading chic-lit and not guys who get on fast paced, action packed, blood and guts like me. I’m only about one-sixth of the way through this book at this point, my view could change when I get further into the story, but I seriously doubt it. I’ve reached chapter six and this story is still nothing more than a soap opera. I’m still going to finish it but it’s a book that I will never read again. It’s definitely written for someone who loves chic-lit. It’s far from what I would consider a hard boiled mystery, I’m over a third of the way through this book and there still aren’t any dead bodies showing up, at least not unless you consider the artist who died, apparently at the paws and maw of a bear before the story begins a body and I don’t. I’m starting chapter seven now, almost halfway through this book. Yes this book is definitely a soap opera. Also, and I won’t say like all female writer because some really do know weapons, but it is evident that Linda Crowder doesn’t. Crowder had her heroine, Cara repeatedly checking her gun to make sure the safety is on. The general rule is that revolvers and we know she is pacing a revolver because she was dropping the bullets as she tried to load it, don’t have safeties. Some older, now antique revolvers did have a catch safety but no modern revolver has a safety to switch on an off and it’s mistakes like these that turn a knowledgeable reader like me off on to read books by this author. Finally, just before we are halfway through this melodrama we have a body turn up in the bay, could it be Frank. We’ll have to wait for the state police to do their thing with DNA evidence since the bodies head was unidentifiable. Maybe the second half of this book will be more exciting than the first. As we approach the two-thirds mark we begins to suspect that maybe Tailor, AKA Tey, with the help of a male cohort, may have been involved in Johnny’s death and the death of Frank, at least it looks at this point if the body in the bay was Frank’s. Still a melodrama but the plot thickens. Cara discovers the blood and gore at Jack’s mill. The saw mill equipment was used to cut up a human body, so was the body pulled out of the Bay Frank’s body or Jack’s body? If it was Jack’s body, where is Frank? Time to call in the State Troopers CSI teem again. I’ve reached chapter 11, 84 percent of the way through the book and it’s still a melodrama, just like the TV soap operas that I compared it to earlier but the main characters—Mel, Bent, Dan, and Caribou, AKA Cara—are really likeable people and makes you want to see the story end with a happy ending. With that said, would I read it again or another book by Linda Crowder—absolutely not! I finished it finally. The ending was so convoluted that it had me guessing right up to the last second. I won’t say any more than that just in case someone reading this is really into melodrama and decides to read this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    ( Format : Audiobook ) "Everybody wants Taylor." I suppose living in a small town in Alaska, where everyone is supposed to know everything about everyone, and there are only two single men about her age (and one of them is the only cop) thus restricting marriage choice potential, might make any art gallery owner begin to doubt her attractiveness, especially one who is a bit gun toting Calamity Jane in the Winter months and a trusting, fainting flower when the tourist cruise ships discharge custome ( Format : Audiobook ) "Everybody wants Taylor." I suppose living in a small town in Alaska, where everyone is supposed to know everything about everyone, and there are only two single men about her age (and one of them is the only cop) thus restricting marriage choice potential, might make any art gallery owner begin to doubt her attractiveness, especially one who is a bit gun toting Calamity Jane in the Winter months and a trusting, fainting flower when the tourist cruise ships discharge customers in the summer. When local girl Caribou King's best friend from college arrives unexpectedly during the cruise ship tourist season, she offers friend Taylor a place to stay and a job on the till of her obviously thriving art gallery, a position she had held before when married to the local rising art success, Johnnie. Sadly, he and Taylor only had two years of married bliss before the value of his art work rose, following his tragic death, mauled by a bear, almost exactly one year prior to her unexpected return to the town. Unexpected and, apparently unwelcome, as evidenced by the silence which fell over the restaurant owned and run by Caribou's pregnant sister and super chef brother-in-!law. That reception could be down to the town's resident drunk, Johnnie's father, vocally accusing her of his son's murder, Of course, this cold reception doesn't stop Taylor from apparently trying to seduce the only two prospective (from Caribou's point of view) love interests available, something she had also been prone to do back in their student days. Then a headless, handless body is reported as being found and one of the residents goes missing, soon to be followed by the disappearance of the deceased artist's father. Mysterious feet are seen near Caribou's home and she, when not conducting business in her gallery, spends most of her time eating, panicking, fainting ignoring advice to be careful and having nightmares. Nothing, or rather no one, is as they seem. I think. But the whole is such a convoluted muddle, it was more like a tangled ball of string than a satisfying mystery. And in the end this reader remained unconvinced that there had been a true crime committed at anyway - or were there many, with the accused actually being no more guilty than everybody else? Apart from Caribou, of course. Ah, well. Even the delectable tones of narrator, Michelle Babb, who as always performed the reading with impeccable pace, and individual voicings of the characters, and with as much understanding as was possible, failed to make this book a worthwhile listen. Unless, of course, the reader takes the whole thing as an elaborate joke perpetrated by the author on her audience. Read like that, it actually is quite fun.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elena Alvarez Dosil

    Review originally published at: http://www.lomeraniel.com/audiobookre... Caribou King has her own art gallery in Coho Bay, but business there just stay open during the cruise season, since Alaskan winters are hard and nobody visits the Bay during those months. Towards the end of the cruise season Taylor, who also used to work at the Broken Antler Art Gallery, decides to come back without giving enough explanations. There is still the matter of her dead husband, a renowned local artist, and the fa Review originally published at: http://www.lomeraniel.com/audiobookre... Caribou King has her own art gallery in Coho Bay, but business there just stay open during the cruise season, since Alaskan winters are hard and nobody visits the Bay during those months. Towards the end of the cruise season Taylor, who also used to work at the Broken Antler Art Gallery, decides to come back without giving enough explanations. There is still the matter of her dead husband, a renowned local artist, and the fact that, despite having being killed by bears, his father accuses Taylor of his death. This was a really entertaining cozy mysteries, one of those with multiple twists and turns, deaths, several possible culprits and almost no romance. I just hate when an author includes too much romance without excuse, but it’s not the case here. I liked that it was an original setting, quite different from what we are used to regarding cozy mysteries. Linda Crowder did a splendid job describing Coho Bay and its surroundings, and I was almost able to feel the snowy cold in my bones. The characters were well developed, and most of them likable enough. The dialogs were fluid and sounded quite natural. We didn’t get a complete physical description of the characters but this was not an issue to make them fully fleshed. I was able to connect especially to Cara, and to feel her fear and desperation. There are quite some twists and turns, and at several points I had serious doubts about several of the characters. The tension was palpable, and the intrigue was well built. This was a book that I couldn’t put down. One of my reasons to listen to this book is that it is narrated by Michelle Babb, one of my favorite narrators ever. She tells stories like it is the easiest thing in the world, trapping you with her voice and interpreting the characters in a way that they are alive, each with their own quirks. All characters were perfectly distinguishable and at some point I forgot that I was listening to a book. It is clear that Babb enjoys what she does, and gives soul to every book she narrates. I loved this book, and I would recommend it to anyone into cozy mysteries. Please be aware that there is almost no romance in it, which I am glad about. I’m looking forward to other books by Linda Crowder, I hope we will get more released as audiobooks. I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    The Deadly Art of Deception (Caribou King Mysteries #1) by Linda Crowder, Narrated by Michelle Babb. Caribou King, owner of The Broken Antler Gallery in Coho Bay Alaska, has her hands full with tourist as it nears the end of the tourist season. Out of the blue her college friend Taylor shows up with no place to go. Taylor is the widow of Caribou’s childhood friend and local artist Jonathan Snow. Jonathan was killed just one year before in a bear attack. Taylor’s father-in-law shows up accusing The Deadly Art of Deception (Caribou King Mysteries #1) by Linda Crowder, Narrated by Michelle Babb. Caribou King, owner of The Broken Antler Gallery in Coho Bay Alaska, has her hands full with tourist as it nears the end of the tourist season. Out of the blue her college friend Taylor shows up with no place to go. Taylor is the widow of Caribou’s childhood friend and local artist Jonathan Snow. Jonathan was killed just one year before in a bear attack. Taylor’s father-in-law shows up accusing Taylor of murdering Jonathan. But how could Taylor be responsible for a bear attack? Caribou knows Taylor is hiding something but what could it be? Other residents have started acting strange since Taylor’s arrival in town. Suddenly one morning a body is pulled from the water, is this Taylor’s father-in-law who was supposed gone fishing, Frank a man that has recently moved to Coho Bay, or the mystery man Taylor was spotted talking to behind Caribou’s gallery? What is going on with everyone, who is telling the truth? Who can Caribou trust? This is a great start to a series. I was immediately drawn in by the storyline. As all of the people in the town that are involved in the mystery seem keep changing their story or keeping information secret the story keeps twisting and turning. I stayed glued to the story never knowing (like Caribou) who to trust and who to suspect as being involved with the new murder and everything else that has been happening around Coho Bay since Taylor’s arrival. The descriptive words painted a picture of the scenery of the small Alaskan town so I was able to picture in my mind just how the village looked. The main protagonist Caribou is a smart, funny, strong, independent female. Having such an unusual name she shortened her name and goes by Cara. She was born in Coho Bay and is surrounded by her family, and since there is such a small population of single men her age she is still single. She grew up with most of the men her age and they see her a the tomboy she once was, a lot the residents still today view her as one of the guys. I listened to the audio version of this book which was narrated by Michelle Babb. I have listened to other books narrated by Mrs. Babb and this one was one of her best. She has great timing and pace. She is great with the voices you can always tell which character is speaking and understand everything being said. I believe Mrs. Babb is a natural when it comes to storytelling, she just brings you into the story, she makes you feeling like you are in story yourself.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie Howard

    This is the first book by this author I have listened to or read but it won't be the last because I really enjoyed it. It contained so many twists at the end that it was hard to keep up and I didn't see any of them coming. I liked the characters, especially Cara and her sister and there relationship. The mystery was good and as I said it kept you guessing not only over who the dead body belonged to but also over the earlier death, was it murder or accidental, not to mention who was responsible. This is the first book by this author I have listened to or read but it won't be the last because I really enjoyed it. It contained so many twists at the end that it was hard to keep up and I didn't see any of them coming. I liked the characters, especially Cara and her sister and there relationship. The mystery was good and as I said it kept you guessing not only over who the dead body belonged to but also over the earlier death, was it murder or accidental, not to mention who was responsible. I am off to start the next book. Things are winding down now that tourist season is nearly over Which is why Cara is surprised to turn around and find her old college room mate stood before her. She hasn't seen Taylor in nearly a year, not since the death of her husband. So why is she back now? With her return tempers start to fly as some people question whether the death of her husband and local celebrity artist was really the accident it was claimed. One of the men that steps in to defend her is a man who has been flirting with Cara all summer. This is normal behaviour for her old friend and its not like he is the first head that gets turned by Taylor but what is strange is the fact that after spending the night with her he goes missing and a headless body is found by fisherman. Cara wants to believe her friend had nothing to do with it but she catches her in one lie to many. Scared a killer is running around town Cara starts to lock her door for the first time every but by locking the door is keeping a killer out or In? Not sure who to trust Cara starts to question alibis and motives but it is when she stumbles over the blood crime scene and another missing person that she really starts to fear for herself and pregnant sister. Michelle Babb is a great choice for this series and is the main reason I gave this series a go in the first place. As I haven't listened to any books that she has read and not enjoyed them or came away disappointed , she gives her all to every single one

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    I appreciate a good cozy mystery and listening to Linda Crowder’s The Deadly Art of Deception: A Caribou King Mystery, as read by Michelle Babb, was very enjoyable.  It was one of those books that I was instantly in sync with. It had many twists and turns along the way to its climax and the author had this reader guessing until the end. Cara (full name Caribou—who names their daughter that, by the way?) King is a likable, realistically drawn lead character. Her reactions to the situations and pe I appreciate a good cozy mystery and listening to Linda Crowder’s The Deadly Art of Deception: A Caribou King Mystery, as read by Michelle Babb, was very enjoyable.  It was one of those books that I was instantly in sync with. It had many twists and turns along the way to its climax and the author had this reader guessing until the end. Cara (full name Caribou—who names their daughter that, by the way?) King is a likable, realistically drawn lead character. Her reactions to the situations and people around her ring true. One thing that I appreciated about the book was that Cara did not repeatedly put herself into dangerous situations. As is typical in most cozies, there is a limited number of secondary characters, some likable, some not. I liked Cara’s sister Mel and her husband, Bent. Dan and Frank had me unsure, which was part of the intrigue of the novel. I did have a difficult time understanding why Cara put up with her friend Taylor Snow so long. Taylor, Cara’s college friend who had moved up to Alaska, married a now-deceased local artist, is beautiful, narcissistic and has few redeeming qualities. Taylor left Coho Bay after her husband John’s death.  Upon her sudden and unexpected return to Coho Bay, her late husband’s father Jack accuses Taylor of killing Johnny. This seems impossible as Johnny was killed by a bear attack. Jack later disappears under suspicious circumstances.  The narration by Michelle Babb was reliably good. Cara’s voice, in particular, rang true. Her performance of Taylor was perfectly irritating, just as Taylor was written.  I recommend this book. The who’s and how’s of this mystery kept the reader guessing and made for a diverting listen. I hope the author will continue to write books featuring Cara King and Coho Bay. I was given a free copy of this book by the narrator in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own.   

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    Caribou King, a.k.a. Cara, runs the Broken Antler Art Gallery in Coho Bay, Alaska, and cruise ship season is the only season that matters, business-wise. When old college friend Taylor Snow, shows up, she's happy to put her to work, but also puzzled. Taylor had married local artist Jonathan Snow, but when he was killed by a bear two years later, she had left, heading south to Seattle. Why is she back? Given the lack of local ties other than Cara, and the hostility of Jack, her former father-in-law Caribou King, a.k.a. Cara, runs the Broken Antler Art Gallery in Coho Bay, Alaska, and cruise ship season is the only season that matters, business-wise. When old college friend Taylor Snow, shows up, she's happy to put her to work, but also puzzled. Taylor had married local artist Jonathan Snow, but when he was killed by a bear two years later, she had left, heading south to Seattle. Why is she back? Given the lack of local ties other than Cara, and the hostility of Jack, her former father-in-law, it seems a bit strange. Meanwhile, Cara's sister, Mel, and brother-in-law, Bent, are running their restaurant for the summer visitors, and making preparations for the birth of their baby. The elder Kings are doing their wildlife research, in and out of town as time allows, and hatching plans to be around for their grandchild's birth. Jack insist's his son's death wasn't an accident, and accuses Taylor, but it's not not even clear how Taylor could be responsible for the bear attack. Handsome local boat tour guide Frank seems to be pursuing Cara, then winds up spending a night with Taylor. When a headless and handless body is found in the bay, and neither Frank nor Jack can be found, Cara doesn't know what to think, or do. The local constable may also have questionable motives, and it's hard to know who to trust. Beyond her immediate family, the answer might be "no one," and Cara doesn't even know how to live that way. These are interesting characters with a real problem on their hands. This is the start of a series, so some of it is scene-setting and getting acquainted with ongoing characters, but it's a good, solid story with good characters. Recommended. I received a free copy of the audiobook from the narrator, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A wonderful introduction to a new series. It's cruise ship season in Coho Bay, Alaska and Caribou, most people call her Cara, is busy selling artwork to the droves of cruise ship passengers. Cara's old college friend Taylor, who is also the widow of Cara's friend the famous artist Jonathan Snow, shows up in her shop. Taylor somehow always seems to bring drama wherever she goes. The Sheriff, and sole member of the police force, believes Cara had something to do with the death of her husband. Some A wonderful introduction to a new series. It's cruise ship season in Coho Bay, Alaska and Caribou, most people call her Cara, is busy selling artwork to the droves of cruise ship passengers. Cara's old college friend Taylor, who is also the widow of Cara's friend the famous artist Jonathan Snow, shows up in her shop. Taylor somehow always seems to bring drama wherever she goes. The Sheriff, and sole member of the police force, believes Cara had something to do with the death of her husband. Something about Taylor's story, or lack of story, makes Cara a bit nervous. One night she notices someone watching her home and a friend tells her she needs to start locking her door. Then her friend disappears and a body, without hands, feet or head, is found in a crab trap. The Sheriff is back asking Taylor more questions. Will they find out who the killer is before they have the chance to strike again? Fans of the romance between Stephanie Plum, Joe Morelli and Ranger in Janet Evanovich's novels will be interested in the tension developing at the end of this book. I received this book for free from the narrator in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    It's hard to know where to begin. The book is set in a small coastal Alaskan town, which I thought was pretty unique. There were a fair number of characters, but it was easy to keep track of them. What was hard was figuring out if they were really who and what they wanted everyone else to think they were. Ms. Crowder has written a book that keeps you guessing until the end...over and over again. You find yourself changing your thoughts on who the bad guy is way more than the average person chang It's hard to know where to begin. The book is set in a small coastal Alaskan town, which I thought was pretty unique. There were a fair number of characters, but it was easy to keep track of them. What was hard was figuring out if they were really who and what they wanted everyone else to think they were. Ms. Crowder has written a book that keeps you guessing until the end...over and over again. You find yourself changing your thoughts on who the bad guy is way more than the average person changes their underwear! This book includes the death of an artist, an angry father, a best friend that is grieving, a would-be suitor, an unidentified body, Mr. Shoes, a boat that should work but doesn't, and wonderful food made from God knows what. Somehow it all ties up into a great mystery. The narration by Michelle Babb was very good. Her voice is great for this type of book. The pacing she uses to deliver the story adds another layer of intrigue and mystery to the story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne Rightler

    The Deadly Art of Deception by Linda Crowder is a captivating story. A little Alaskan background, a little romance and a whole lot of suspense. This new-t0-me author kept me guessing to the end as to who the 'bad guy' is! It is a well-written mystery with twists and turns to the plot and a good concoction of characters (most of them lying about something or other!), setting, and conflict. If you like a good mystery, this is a book you won't want to miss. The narrator, Michelle Babb, does a nice The Deadly Art of Deception by Linda Crowder is a captivating story. A little Alaskan background, a little romance and a whole lot of suspense. This new-t0-me author kept me guessing to the end as to who the 'bad guy' is! It is a well-written mystery with twists and turns to the plot and a good concoction of characters (most of them lying about something or other!), setting, and conflict. If you like a good mystery, this is a book you won't want to miss. The narrator, Michelle Babb, does a nice job of giving characters their unique voice, making for an enjoyable listening experience. I received a complimentary audible copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Well After a very slow start "for a supposed thriller" about half way through the plot finally becomes visible. Ms Crowder seems to think that we are all familiar with Alaska as we don't get such a descriptive view as perhaps we might. I somehow feel she has written this book purley to show people's emotions and just skimped over some of the other aspects, Perhaps a woman's book? I personally won't be reading anymore of her offerings unless I am extremely hard pushed for reading matter, But if Well After a very slow start "for a supposed thriller" about half way through the plot finally becomes visible. Ms Crowder seems to think that we are all familiar with Alaska as we don't get such a descriptive view as perhaps we might. I somehow feel she has written this book purley to show people's emotions and just skimped over some of the other aspects, Perhaps a woman's book? I personally won't be reading anymore of her offerings unless I am extremely hard pushed for reading matter, But if you like her offerings well at the moment we can still read what we like so if this is your thing go for it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    The characters are interesting, the investigation sounds good, most of the plot is not only a grabber but quite well done. But I have two problems: the mob style disposition of the body and the ending. I don't want to get into the spoiler thing, so I'll just leave it at that and you can judge for yourself. On the other hand, Michelle Babb is great as narrator with her instinctive pacing and intensity, as well as having a voice that is not only pleasant to the ear but defines characters and situat The characters are interesting, the investigation sounds good, most of the plot is not only a grabber but quite well done. But I have two problems: the mob style disposition of the body and the ending. I don't want to get into the spoiler thing, so I'll just leave it at that and you can judge for yourself. On the other hand, Michelle Babb is great as narrator with her instinctive pacing and intensity, as well as having a voice that is not only pleasant to the ear but defines characters and situations.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Reggie

    This story is set in a small Alaskan town, and that in itself intrigued me. The characters were very likable, especially the main character, Caribou King!! How great is that name? There are many suspects and you will be kept wondering the identity of the killer(s) until they very end. Well written and narrated. I must add that I really love this narrator for these types of snarky female lead characters. Definitely recommend a read/listen to this book. I accepted a complimentary copy of this book This story is set in a small Alaskan town, and that in itself intrigued me. The characters were very likable, especially the main character, Caribou King!! How great is that name? There are many suspects and you will be kept wondering the identity of the killer(s) until they very end. Well written and narrated. I must add that I really love this narrator for these types of snarky female lead characters. Definitely recommend a read/listen to this book. I accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Suzan

    The first book in the Caribou King Mysteries and I like it. The characters are interesting and the mystery is not easily given away. I love the way Linda Crowder describes the small town in Alaska. How the town has reinvented itself after it is placed on the cruise ship stops. I love how the whole town takes Thursdays off because no ships come on Thursday even the sheriff is off fishing or hunting on that day. I will be listening to more in this cozy series. This book was narrated by Michelle Ba The first book in the Caribou King Mysteries and I like it. The characters are interesting and the mystery is not easily given away. I love the way Linda Crowder describes the small town in Alaska. How the town has reinvented itself after it is placed on the cruise ship stops. I love how the whole town takes Thursdays off because no ships come on Thursday even the sheriff is off fishing or hunting on that day. I will be listening to more in this cozy series. This book was narrated by Michelle Babb and she is wonderful. The perfect fit for this story and this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    This is a twisty, cozy mystery with interesting, believable characters. The Alaska setting adds to the charm of the story. It's well paced and suspenseful. Michelle Babb's performance is outstanding. Her character voices are appropriate and distinct enough to keep dialog easy to follow. This is a promising start to a new series. NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This is a twisty, cozy mystery with interesting, believable characters. The Alaska setting adds to the charm of the story. It's well paced and suspenseful. Michelle Babb's performance is outstanding. Her character voices are appropriate and distinct enough to keep dialog easy to follow. This is a promising start to a new series. NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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