Newly Wed and Slightly Dead Audiobook by Danielle Garrett (REVIEW)

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Review of: Newly Wed and Slightly Dead Audiobook
Danielle Garrett

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On January 2, 2020
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Newly Wed and Slightly Dead Audiobook

By: Danielle Garrett

Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi

Published by: Tantor Audio 09/18/19

Newly Wed and Slightly Dead (Touch of Magic Mysteries #1) by Danielle Garrett read by Amanda Ronconi

Rating: 3 hearts

Touch of Magic Mysteries #1

4 hrs and 9 mins

Genre:Cozy Mystery

Newly Wed and Slightly Dead Audiobook Sample


Newly Wed and Slightly Dead Audiobook

3 Hearts

I’ve really enjoyed the first two series I’ve listened to by Danielle Garrett, Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery and Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mystery). This series is a spinoff from those series, but takes place in the Seattle Haven. It follows Anastasia, a supernatural wedding planner as she tries to make a wedding between a human and vampire something that will never be forgotten, but not in the way it turns out.

Anastasia is getting a lot of pressure from her boss about this wedding. She has a vengeful co-worker trying to undermine her and make her look incompetent. There is also the mother of the groom who doesn’t want the wedding to go forward unless the bride-to-be agrees to be turned, which she is refusing. What could go wrong? Someone decided they had enough of the mother of the groom and kills her and the bride is the prime suspect with no alibi.

While this story has a lot of the things I love about the other series, I found I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first two series. I think my main thing was the lack of fun characters around Anastasia. I tend to enjoy secondary characters more than the main characters, but there really aren’t any great secondary characters in this story. I also think all the animosity that Anastasia is going through at work left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m going through similar types of things at my work, so it wasn’t escape that like I normally do in audiobooks. That being said, I’m not ready to give up on this series yet. I’m waiting on the next audiobook to be released and I will give it a try.

Newly Wed and Slightly Dead Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

Amanda Ronconi again does an amazing job with the narration of this series. I had no doubt that she would. She’s always great at bringing out characters’ personalities with her choice of voices and tone. I always look forward to listening to any story that Ronconi narrates.

From a young age, Danielle Garrett was obsessed with fantastic places and the stories set in them. As a lifelong bookworm, she’s gone on hundreds of adventures through the eyes of wizards, princesses, elves, and some rather wonderful everyday people as well.

Danielle now lives in Oregon and while she travels as often as possible, she wouldn’t call anywhere else home. She shares her life with her husband and their house full of animals, and when not writing, spends her time being a house servant for three extremely spoiled cats.

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Narrator: Amanda Ronconi

Narrator: Amanda Ronconi

I am an actress, narrator and writer who divides my time between New York City and Upstate New York.  I have a BFA from NYU where I studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory.  I have performed in theaters around New York City as well as regionally at The Alley, Capital Rep and many productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

My Off-Broadway solo comedy, Shirley at the Tropicana, received critical acclaim and was subsequently featured in The New York Times.  Film and TV credits include Daydream Believer (Slamdance 2001’s Best Dramatic Feature winner), The Understudy, Deadly Sins (ID Discovery), IFC’s Get Hit and Chasing Paradise. National network and regional commercials include Chase Bank, Sony and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  My voiceover work encompasses over 70 audiobooks available on

I like to thanks Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Nice review. Now that I’ve read all three books in this one, I can’t remember specifics about the first book. But I really enjoyed this series. I feel like overall, Ana takes charge of her situation more than I’ve seen in the other two heroines. But the work stuff is frustrating, and I can see why it would be worse for you. I hope you give the other two books a try!

    • I’ve read the second one. I didn’t like it much better. I don’t think this topic of cozy mystery (being weddings) is my think. I’m going to finish the third one, but if more come out from this one, I will probably not get them. I will continue with the other series though.

  2. I have this one to read as well and I’m hoping I like it. I saw it on Kim’s blog and she seemed to like it. Glad you did like it even if it wasn’t perfect.

    • I honestly believe that this is a more “me” issue than the the book. I’ve listened to the second one since writing this review and I still feel the series is probably not the best for me. I enjoy it, but there are so many on my TBR that I think I’ll like better.

    • I hope you get a chance to try the series by this author. I think you’d enjoy them.

  3. I’m seeing a lot of Danielle Garrett. I love that her books are narrated by Amanda Ronconi. It makes me want to give them a try.

    • It was Amanda Ronconi’s name that caught my eye and made me want to try her work. They team up really well together.

  4. A supernatural wedding planner sounds like a hoot. Sounds like a book I might like.

    • I hope you get a chance to try this series. The second book starts off at a wedding convention.

  5. I have been wanting to try this author Melanie and your three hearts doesn’t set me back. I can relate to a bad work environment too that was my life for the last 5 years of my work life. It was not fun it made my life hell and it was almost a relief when I had to quit to stay home and care for my disabled husband. I know sad. Thanks for sharing I do want to give this a try

    • I hope you do give this author a try. Her work is so much fun. I do think you could start with this series if you wanted. There are references to characters in the other series, but this (at least so far) stands alone just fine.

  6. It takes until book three to shake off some of the work pressure and establish some positive characters around her. Bummer about the work stress for you. 🙁

    • This year has been a little bit better at work, though still more stress than I would like. I think it will continue to get better, it is just how long will it take. I’ve listened to book two already, and still struggled a bit, but for a different reason. Still enjoyed this series, just not as much as the first two.

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