Book Review: “F” is for Fred by Rebecca Cantrell and Sean Black

Posted August 20, 2019 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: “F” is for Fred by Rebecca Cantrell and Sean Black"F" is for Fred (Malibu Mysteries Book 6) by Rebecca Cantrell, Sean Black
Narrator: Madeline Mrozek
Published by Self-published on 07-17-19
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-half-stars

After a caviar-related disaster, Sofia Salgado races to prevent the assassination of Maloney Investigations’ greatest celebrity—Fred the seagull.
When Sofia returns from vacation, she discovers that her “pet” seagull, Fred, has become her greatest enemy: the paparazzi. Her former agent has dressed him with a tiny camera and created a wildly successful YouTube channel using his footage. To ensure his loyalty, her agent has been bribing Fred with caviar, feeding into his addiction and stoking a fire within his tiny bird heart that can only be quenched by more caviar. So he starts hitting luxurious parties.
And that’s where it all goes south.
Fred crashes a party for caviar but ends up filming nefarious activities. When the disgruntled host uses bullets to defend his secrets, Sofia must find the bird before the host gets another chance to finish the job. Weighing her down is her insufferable fellow detective, Aidan Maloney, and her kindergartener bodyguard, Violet.
Can Sofia lead this crew to Fred before it’s too late?

Fred, Sophie’s feathered friend, plays a key role in this new mystery. A youtube celebrity exploited by Sophie’s ex-agent, Fred carries a camera around recording incredible images that are not supposed to be witnessed by anybody.

This was an entertaining and at times hilarious listen. I really enjoyed knowing more about Sophie and Aidan. There were plenty of unusual and humoristic situations. The characters were well portrayed and their conversations were fluid and realistic. The mystery was less gruesome than other cozy mysteries, thanks to the originality of it and how well the book is written, it kept my attention at all times, and the ending was something unexpected.

Madeline Mrozek did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life and transmitting their emotions. It was like listening to real people having real conversations. Each character had their voice and style, so following dialogs was easy. Mrozek is a very talented narrator, and listening to a book narrated by her is always a great experience.

This was a light and enjoyable cozy mystery. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone into this genre.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: four-half-stars