Audiobook Review: Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Body by Jennie Marts.

This chick-lit meets romance meets cosy mystery book was a pleasure to listen to.

About the Book

Sunny’s not sure she’s even looking for Mr. Maybe, when her friends decide to find her Mr. Right. Sunny Vale considers herself a dog-loving, romance-reading homebody. But her life goes from dull to deadly when her book club fires her from her own love life and sets her up on six blind dates--one of whom might be with a murderer. 

More trouble arrives in the dead of night, in the form of Jake Landon, a mysterious stranger, who breaks into her neighbor’s house and possibly her heart. But Jake is packing more than a loaded gun in his well-fitting Levi’s. He brings an arsenal of secrets and plenty of heat to Sunny’s ho-hum summer.

Jake Landon finds himself caught up in the capers of the sexy blonde in the house next door. But he has his own agenda which doesn’t involve playing hero to a curvy second-grade teacher and babysitting her panty-puking puppy. He's got other problems like fiery explosions, a missing person...and a parade of jerks Sunny insists on dating. Could Sunny’s Mr. Right be right under her nose? Even though Jake is gorgeous, likes her dog, and has abs she can crack an egg on, can she really go out with him if he’s just murdered her next door neighbor? 

Women of all ages will enjoy this tale of humorous, women's fiction that also has a touch of cozy mystery in this small town love story

My Thoughts

I am incredibly impressed by Stacey Glemboski’s narration of this book. There is a whole cast of characters in this book ranging in age from teens to oldies, women and men. Stacey does an amazing job of bringing each of them to life with their own voice. Each voice is distinct and not once did I have an issue in identifying which character was speaking. My favourite voices were Sunny Vale's (smooth and soothing) and Edna's (creaky yet full of spirit).

This part romance/part cosy mystery – very light on the mystery – introduces us to the Page Turners, a book club comprised of a group of women who sometimes read but always eat and drink at gatherings. I wish they were real! They decide to inject some action into Sunny’s dating life by picking blind dates on her behalf. 

Each date brings out the quirks of both Sunny and her companions. While it’s clear Sunny has little in common with these men for a variety of reason I appreciated that the author never denigrated these men. Sometimes things just didn’t click. 

Sunny’s social life may be on the rise but she is attracted to her recently moved in next door neighbour. Too bad he’s the Page Turners number one pick for who’s responsible for the disappearance of their other neighbour, Walter.

As the police continue to probe, the Page Turners take advantage of situations to conduct their own haphazard investigations. Their efforts remind me of Harriet the Spy. Forever observing but drawing false conclusions about what they’ve seen or heard. The mystery is solved but I am not spilling the beans here.

This chick-lit meets romance meets cosy mystery book was a pleasure to listen to.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

About the Author

Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship and intrigue. She is a USA TODAY Best-selling author and writes for Entangled Publishing. Reviewers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and full of great characters that are “endearing and relatable.”

She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, and her latest series about hot hockey players, the Bannister Brothers Books.

About the Narrator

Stacey is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice actor who has recorded books for many best selling authors.  Though her favorite books have been for kids and teens, many other genres of narration appeal to her.  

Her acting experience has been largely experiential and has been honed through singing, plays, life, choir solos, Barbies, and eventually teaching middle school. 

For Stacey, narration is about having fun breathing life into characters and getting as lost as possible in the story she’s telling.  Outside the studio, Stacey is compulsively addicted to tennis but is not seeking any treatment for this condition.

An experienced copy editor, proofreader, and English teacher, Stacey is adept at understanding complex texts and subtleties of plot and character.