Book Review: Home Economics for Girls or Tabitha Tickham and the Cake Crisis by JP Wright

Book Review: Home Economics for Girls or Tabitha Tickham and the Cake Crisis by JP WrightHome Economics for Girls or Tabitha Tickham and the Cake Crisis by JP Wright
Narrator: Claire M. James
Published by Self-published on 12-12-16
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Kids, Mystery
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audiobookworm
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Overal Rating: three-stars

A country house murder mystery of sorts, for Daughters and their Mothers, and anyone else who wants to learn the correct way to eat a scone.Violet has to prepare for her Home Ec assessment, but her Mother is running a murder mystery weekend. With a house full of guests and her sister Tabitha 'Kitty' Tickham playing at detectives, how will she ever get the work done? And if the dog did not destroy Mother's cake, who did? Did she really see someone lurking down at the gatehouse? Which one is the bay tree, and what does nutmeg look like anyway? Should self-confessed teachers be allowed out into society?All these questions must be answered before the weekend is over, with lessons to be learned along the way about baking, loyalty and just how strong a Mother can be.

There are few review about this one but they are in general extremely positive. Somehow I expected to enjoy this audiobook much more than I did. For starts, there is changing POV’s, completely unannounced. The story is told by the two sisters, who see the whole mystery and family affairs in a very different light. The book is written in a humorous tone, but the constant ramblings of both sisters got me tired really fast. I also found the book frivolous and very judgemental, and the adjective fat is often used as pejorative.

There is a completely lack of descriptions, but even like that the action is very slow, since it is constantly interrupted by numerous and unrelated ramblings. I found it very distracting and I kept zoning out throughout the book.

Claire M. James narration was good, but she made no difference between both sister’s voices, which made more the story more difficult to follow. She also used a super theatrical tone, overdoing the characters’ interpretations, that went well with the book, but was really tiring for me.

I finished this book because I was curious of the outcome, but sadly, it’s not one that I would recommend.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by J.P. Wright. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Story (Plot)
two-half-stars
Narration
three-half-stars
Overall: three-stars

My name is Elena. Since I was a little child I loved science fiction and fantasy, and I can’t resist to a good novel. In 2015, while wait I started to listen to audiobooks and I discovered the pleasure in being able to read while doing my daily tasks, so there’s always an audiobook playing on my phone. If you see me with my Bluetooth headphones on, please be gentle, I get easily startled.

I live with my boyfriend, which I met during my six year stay in Belgium, two cockatiels, five lovebirds, and two Gouldian finches in Madrid, Spain; and I like to spend my free time knitting and sewing while listening to audiobooks.

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