I’m sorry that this is really late fam. Clearly I was having a super bad night that ended up with me getting super wasted and then sick. I’m so sorry about that fam. The goal was to have this up on time but clearly that wasn’t the case. Thank you so much to Audiobookworm Promotions for having me on this series blog tour though, and thank you for letting me post my thoughts on this novel!
Scarlet Oaks and the Serial Caller
by Michaela James
Narrated by: Kimberly M. Wetherell
Series: Scarlet Oaks Cozy Mysteries #1
Publisher: LW Media Group Ltd
Release Date: November 9, 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Is it possible Scarlet Oaks, the reluctant new host of a men’s call-in show, inspired the first serial killer San Francisco’s seen in some 40 years?
Struggling to pay the rent after her boyfriend’s sudden departure, continue her role as mediator in an unconventional family, and feed a micro pig who appears less micro by the day, Scarlet’s life is far from perfect. But when an eerie sounding caller is identified as the bay area’s latest serial killer, it appears her life will never be same.
With the killer continually calling into Scarlet’s show, while managing to stay one step ahead of the San Francisco police, Scarlet begins to fear she’s his next victim. Enlisting best friends Niles and Tom and their often-hilarious help, Scarlet sets out to find the elusive Serial Caller…before he finds her.
Root for Scarlet during this heart-pounding and alternately humorous mystery thriller. Fall in love with unforgettable characters, recognize familiar family members, and hold on tight for an adrenaline-filled ride.
If you’re a Stephanie Plum fan, make room for Scarlet Oaks!
This is the first book in the Scarlet Oaks series.
Michaela lives near Reno, Nevada, where there are lovely walking trails and lots of sun. She was born and grew up in Hampshire, England, where there is less sun, but better chocolate! A professional voice over artist and the voice of a local radio station, Michaela enjoys watching great movies with her husband and grown sons, playing tennis and and drinking lots of tea.
In Kimberly’s storied 30-year career in the Arts, she has been an actor, an opera and film director/producer, a published essayist, founder and host of several NYC reading series, and, on a brief hiatus from ‘the biz’, a professional boozy baker and restauranteur. Her bright, youthful sound, coupled with her wide-ranging and varied life experiences, brings nuance and depth to her compelling audiobook narration.
Disclaimer: I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by LW Media Group Ltd. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Okay first of all, Prudence is one of my favorite little micro piggies ever! I love that Scarlet has Prudence in her life, and all the cute outfits she gets to wear. I think she helps keep Scarlet from being alone, you know? It kind of makes me wish that I had a micro pig, although I don’t know how the dogs would feel about an additional animal in the house.
Scarlet Oaks is a character that I really don’t mind supporting during her journey. We see her trying to navigate a new job after some downs in her life. While she has had some experience being a radio host in the past, being a radio host for a men’s call-in show at night may be a little out of her purview. She does an amazing job though, but then a mistake on one of her first shows may have possibly led to the a birth of a serial killer in the San Francisco area. Clearly, this was not her intent at all and ends up finding out that this person may have ended up targeting her as one of his victims.
I can understand the need to hustle and make ends meet after a sudden shift that changes your circumstances. In this case, Scarlet’s boyfriend ends up leaving and now she has to find a way to make ends meet without that extra income. Which led to her working on the men’s call in show. Some of her callers have been pretty funny, and she’s an expert at knowing when to let someone talk a little bit and when to expertly cut them off when they go off on a tangent.
I think seeing how Scarlet was able to use her knowledge of sports from her dad helped her with this position, and helped her realize that something was wrong after finding out about a woman being murdered. It was really great to see her use things that she learned throughout her life to solve the mystery of who the real serial killer was, even when the police weren’t doing such a great job. I’m excited to see how the second book will go.