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Kathi

Kathi Sterling, VA, United States Member Since 2010

Love fiction--classic to light, serious to comedic. Selective non-fiction. These days lots of mysteries (not too violent, please :-)

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  • "Absolutely delightful!"

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    Nothing makes me happier than discovering a vintage mystery series I didn't know about, unless it is also discovering that it turns out to be a great read! I gather that this book, starring Miss Withers and Inspector Piper was made into a movie at the time, and I hope to find it.

    Miss Withers, a teacher who has brought her young class to the aquarium, is there when a murder occurs at the penguin pool. She demonstrates very quickly that she has a good, grounded sort of common sense, and is able to point out things to the inspector to keep him on track during the inspection. She tends to be immediately accepted by the inspector, who realizes that as she offers good ideas and takes conversations down in shorthand, she is indispensable to solving the crime. Even though she is not officially part of the case, one quickly realizes that the author intends her to be the brains behind the process of solving it.

    This book is written with a bit of comedic touch, but I doubt the author could have possibly anticipated how much more enjoyable it would become 80 years later to a completely different audience. In these days, we have authors who create female sleuths, trying to insert them into this same time period (just around the timeout of the stock market crash), and they are are fun to read. But this is the "Real McCoy," a woman who was developed into a clever and observant detective (of sorts), even though she is not really acknowledged that way around 1930 or so.

    I love this book, and cannot wait for the next ones. The narrator does a very good job, getting the accents just right! This has been a total treat! Thanks, Audible, for bringing this one on board!

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    The Penguin Pool Murder: Hildegarde Withers, Book 1

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    • By Stuart Palmer
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    Although the Stock Market had crashed recently, it was too early for most people to predict that the Great Depression was about to get underway. For 39-year-old spinster schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers, it’s business as usual. And part of her usual business is taking her class for an outing to the aquarium to see the penguins. Instead, she spots the floating corpse of Wall Street broker Gerald Lester and quickly realizes that Inspector Oscar Piper of NYPD Homicide isn’t up to solving this tricky case.

    Kathi says: "Absolutely delightful!"
  • "A REAL TREAT for Poirot fans!"

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    This book was a wonderful surprise. As I am listening my way through all the Agatha Christie books that I read 35-40 years ago, they have so far all been narrated by the great Hugh Fraser. I mean no disloyalty to him when I say that just having listened to "Black Coffee," narrated by the late John Moffatt (one of the actors who played Hercules Poirot over the years) all I can say is, "Wow"!

    Agatha Christie originally wrote this as a play, rather than a novel, somewhat of a departure from her usual style, and Charles Osborne has put it into book form. Many years ago I actually saw the play. (Can you tell I have been a life-long Christie devotee?) As well as I recall it, I think this book is quite faithful to the play--I believe it has kept the same plot/characters/development. This is a "classic Poirot" where he actually does line all the family members up at the end to do his wonderful thing of announcing how the murder was committed, and by whom. Very pleasing to old mystery readers like myself.

    The premise of the book is that Sir Claud Amory, a scientist who has been working on a secret formula for something that has the potential to become a more powerful weapon than any currently available, has reason to believe that someone in his own household wants to steal it. So he hires Poirot to come to the house and help detect who that is. Unfortunately he arrives just in time for Amory's murder.

    This book lays out the plot well, has very good character development, neatly suggests (or leaves the reader guessing) the various possible reasons any person could have killed Sir Claud, and it all flows as well (if not better than) any Christie herself could have written. I think he was largely faithful to Christie's own language and style. My only regret is that I believe he made Poirot a *tiny* bit more pompous and narcissistic than Christie portrayed him, and left me feeling sad with the way Poirot made fun of poor Hastings. I know there was a slight suggestion of that in Christie, but I don't recall it being as strong as Osborne has made it.

    But if you listen to this book for no other reason--I would recommend that you do so just to hear the extraordinarily talented John Moffatt read the whole book, but especially the role of Poirot. It was just stupendous! There were opportunities throughout the book to speak English (mostly), French and Italian. And as far as I could tell, he spoke all three with perfection. But mostly he was able to capture the nuances of tone that left no doubt that is was, indeed, Poirot who was the main feature of the book. I'm not planning to abandon listening to Fraser, for whom I have great fondness, but I certainly am planning to listen to more of the Christies read by Moffatt. His narration was the true gem of this book.

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    Black Coffee

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    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
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    Sir Claud Amory's formula for a powerful new explosive has been stolen, presumably by a member of his large household. Sir Claud assembles his suspects in the library and locks the door, instructing them that the when the lights go out, the formula must be replaced on the table - and no questions will be asked. But when the lights come on, Sir Claud is dead. Now Hercule Poirot, assisted by Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp, must unravel a tangle of family feuds, old flames, and suspicious foreigners to find the killer and prevent a global catastrophe.

    Kathi says: "A REAL TREAT for Poirot fans!"
  • "View of a day for Scotland Yard Sup..."

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    George Gideon is a superintendent in Scotland Yard, written (I believe) in 1955. Unlike most books that are contemporary, where the heroes seem often to be on the outs with their peers in some fashion, this book (much like the Ellery Queen mysteries) still depicts the police as admirable heroes, and the criminals as somewhat stereotyped "baddies."

    This book is a bit interesting, because the author has taken a slice out of Gideon's life by making this all be about what a typical day is like for him. There are a couple of threads that go through the entire book--cases that are dangerous, important, must be given full attention with use of his forces and wits that provide the ongoing interest for the reader. But this book also humanizes him, as well as providing some back story, by having insight into his personal life which has a bitter-sweet quality to it. Gideon is portrayed as a tall, large man with good powers of observations and memory for details. He works at the Yard, and often delegates, but also feels the necessity of being on the spot with what is happening himself. He seems well-liked and respected by the other police, and appears to have earned his place with sharp, honest work.

    What is different about this book, is that it is not one case that keeps the whole force tied up for weeks or months (though they are tackling cases that have that sort of history behind them). This is all portraying things that take place in a 24 hour period of time. I think it is the introduction to a series that will most likely be told in more the conventional way. Here, serious cases get taken on/solved, though the stereotyping is what one might expect for the time. It is quite interesting, actually. At first I had thought it might not be, but as I got into it, I found it was a good window into the mindset of the times, as well as having one or two threads running through the whole book, which hold it together. I would not exactly call this a mystery, it is more a police procedural story. In the end I enjoyed it, and now plan to find more. Recommend.

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    Gideon's Day: Gideon of Scotland Yard

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    • By John Creasey (JJ Marric)
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    Available to download for the first time, The Gideon of Scotland Yard Series by 'JJ Marric' (pseudonym of Grand Master John Creasey). Gideon's day is a busy one. London is faced with the murder of a little girl and a policeman's murder. While trying to bring these killers to justice, Gideon has to deal with a criminal gang that is after one of it's own.

    Kathi says: "View of a day for Scotland Yard Supt Gideon--1955"
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  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

    "I'm in heaven"

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    Can you ask for anything better than the complete Sherlock Holmes collection narrated by Simon Vance and for just one credit. When I found this selection it went immediately into my wish list and downloaded as soon as my new credit came up. I have not had time to listen to all 58 hours yet, but have been skipping around, sampling old favorites, starting with "A Scandal in Bohemia". Holmes has never sounded so good. For Sherlock fans this is a must.

    As other reviewers have noted, the downloads do not give the names of the selections - just chapter numbers. But thanks to reviewer "Santa Fe Painter" the table of contents for each download part is listed. I did a cut-and-paste and printed out this list for reference. I did note that the numbering on his list is slightly different from how my download appears - for each download part, where his list says Chapter 2, make it Chapter 1 and adjust the numbering from there. Then off you go - the game's afoot!

  • The Moonstone

    "Mystery novel's ancestor"

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    When reading The Moonstone, it might be useful to remember the time in which it was written, and think of Victorian decor - lots of florals, stuffed cushions, and knick-knacks. The concept of "less is more" simply doesn't exist. That will prepare you for Wilkie Collins' writing style which is also a product of its time. Economy of expression does not exist, but if you can forgive the verbosity and appreciate the characters and the plot, you may enjoy this ancestor of the mystery novels genre. Personally I had mixed feelings - sometimes enraptured by the excellent character development (Mr. Betteridge and Miss Clack being especially well drawn) and then frustrated by repetition and irrelevancies. If I had not listened to it on Audble, because of the excessive descriptiveness I would have either skimmed past the wordier sections or possibly given up altogether. But the excellent reading kept me engaged.

    Judged by todays mystery/thriller standards, it is tame and overly complicated. Lives don't hang in the balance, clues are not left out in the open for the reader to be able to solve the crime along with the characters. If it had been written today with the same overstuffed style, I would rate it lower than a four, but I could clearly see the forerunner of Sherlock Holmes and of the English "cozy" mysteries in this story and appreciated it for what it was. Readers expecting action and thrills will not be so satisfied.

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  • "Visit Troy & Roderick Alleyn near t..."

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    Ngaio Marsh’s background in the theater (for which she was named a Dame of the British Empire) is evident in the “casting” of the characters that make up this ensemble. Sir Henry is a elderly, retired Shakespearian actor and head of a family full of people who are absolutely revel in their eccentricities. Indeed, the story begins when Sir Henry’s son arrives at Chief Inspector Alleyn’s wife’s London flat and begs her to do a portrait of his father. He dangles the eccentricities of his family before her, giving a quick sketch of all the personalities. Unwillingly, she becomes fascinated enough to succumb to his request.


    Ngaio Marsh is known for her characterizations, and each of the characters is drawn with enough depth for us to see both redeeming qualities in the repellent and weaknesses in the most noble. You find yourself quite liking the tantrum throwing child, “Panty” and eventually becoming sympathetic to the common, gold-digging fiancée.


    I love the stories in this series which feature Agatha Troy, Alleyn’s artist wife. This story occurs near the end of World War II when Troy and Roderick have been separated for several years due to wartime activities, and includes their reunion when Rory returns to England in time to solve the mystery. The glimpses of the British wartime lifestyle are an interesting backdrop to this tale, as are the jobs to which the Alleyn’s have been put by the war. Other stories which are key in their relationship include “Artists in Crime” where they first meet, and “Death in a White Tie” where Alleyn wins Troy’s consent to marry, and “Tied Up in Tinsel” is the story of another portrait painting job gone awry.


    I recommend this mystery both as an interesting puzzle with a surprise ending, and as one of the milestone tales in the Alleyn’s personal lives in this wonderful series.

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    Final Curtain

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    Beautiful Troy Alleyn, artist wife of Inspector Alleyn, had been warned about the famed old Shakespearean actor, and his eccentric household. But she was not prepared for their acts of malice and mischief.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Visit Troy & Roderick Alleyn near the end of WWII"

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    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 (






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    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

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    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

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    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

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    Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 2"
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    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
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    Arthur Conan Doyle never wasted time in getting his stories moving. His plots are always direct and refreshingly lucid, and the narrative has a velocity that sweeps you along right to the end. This was no doubt a large part of his immense worldwide success. Not surprisingly, each time he tried to end the series, his fans would howl in protest. But, as he says in the preface to his last collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, all good things must come to an end.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 3"
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    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won sweeping critical acclaim and an impressive collection of awards for her writing. Although other writers have tried, no one has matched King's ability to capture the allure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

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    mike says: "To all Holmes buff's,"
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    The seventh Mary Russell novel finds her searching for the missing Kimball O'Hara, the famous "Kim" of the Rudyard Kipling novel.

    Kat Coz says: "another very enjoyable trip"
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection (






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    The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

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    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

    Santa Fe Painter says: "A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes"
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    The Lions of Lucerne

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    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (






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    Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

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    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Debra says: "Very disappointing"
  • And Then There Were None (






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    And Then There Were None

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    Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

    C says: "Literally gave me chills"
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  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes (






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    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

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    Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, award-winning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form.

    Yvette says: "Pretty good production & a great value!!!"
  • The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (






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    The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

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    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King enjoys immense popularity and a resounding chorus of critical acclaim for her exquisite mysteries. The God of the Hive continues the thread King began in The Language of Bees, in which Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, face trouble with Scotland Yard and the deadliest of adversaries.

    connie says: "Imaginative and engrossing listen"
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    A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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    barbara says: "Amazing"
  • The Maltese Falcon (






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    The Maltese Falcon

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    Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

    Kathi says: "Outstanding American classic!"
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  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (






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    Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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    Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

    Jennifer says: "Masterful Performance!"
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (






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    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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    A colonel receives five seeds in the mail---and dies within weeks. A young bride disappears immediately after her wedding. An old hat and a Christmas goose are the only clues to a stolen jewel. A son is accused of his father's murder. These mysteries---and many more---are brought to the house on Baker Street where detective Sherlock Holmes resides. No case is too tricky for the world's most famous sleuth and his incredible powers of deduction.

    Richard Hoskins says: "This version is complete"
  • Mrs. McGinty's Dead: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (






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    Mrs. McGinty's Dead: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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    Well, it's no wonder. The plot - suspicion for an elderly woman's murder falls on her mysterious lodger - is from Agatha Christie. The wonderful character happens to be the world's most famous sleuth, Hercule Poirot.

    Jane says: "Poirot at his finest."
  • The Language of Bees: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (






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    The Language of Bees: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

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    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won or been nominated for every major award in mystery writing. King's beloved sleuth Mary Russell here attempts to reverse her legendary husband, Sherlock Holmes', greatest failure.

    mike says: "To all Holmes buff's,"
  • The Black Stone: A Detective Novel of 1930: A Cyrus Skeen Mystery, Book 6 (






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    The Black Stone: A Detective Novel of 1930: A Cyrus Skeen Mystery, Book 6

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    In this new case, Skeen confronts a new kind of nemesis that has been gestating in the Middle East for centuries and is now being enabled by oil companies and careless foreign policies: Islam. While investigating three murders whose savagery is unprecedented in the annals of San Francisco crime, he begins to understand that nemesis and the threat it holds.

  • Raffles: The Gentleman Thief: Raffles, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Foreman Narrated by Jeremy Clyde

    Raffles: The Gentleman Thief: Raffles, Book 1

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    • By Richard Foreman
    • Narrated By Jeremy Clyde
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    Raffles, the famous cricketer and amateur cracksman, is back in an original adventure. Harry "Bunny" Manders, Raffles' biographer and accomplice, recounts the tale of the time they broke into the bookshop Hatchard's of Piccadilly. Their mission? To steal a letter, formally owned by one Rene d'Aramis, which if published could compromise a prominent member of the government. Yet even more intriguing than their employment is their employer - a certain Mr Sherlock Holmes of 221b Baker Street.

  • Raffles: Bowled Over: Raffles, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Foreman Narrated by Jeremy Clyde

    Raffles: Bowled Over: Raffles, Book 2

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    • By Richard Foreman
    • Narrated By Jeremy Clyde
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    Raffles decides to undertake a job close to home, at the Albany. His new neighbour is Rupert Robert Fuller, a powerful - and odious - financier. In order to distract Fuller, whilst he breaks into the banker's opulent apartment, Raffles calls upon his friend - the cricketing legend C.B. Fry. Yet how much is Raffles being distracted himself Mary Flanagan, Fuller's beautiful and enigmatic maid? Has someone finally stolen the gentleman thief's heart?

  • Raffles: Stumped: Raffles, Book 5 (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Foreman Narrated by Jeremy Clyde

    Raffles: Stumped: Raffles, Book 5

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    • By Richard Foreman
    • Narrated By Jeremy Clyde
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    In this tale, Harry "Bunny" Manders finds himself badly in debt. Bunny must pay off a loan to an unscrupulous moneylender, Alexander "Shylock" Cardinal, or else lose all of his assets - or worse, his life. Bunny puts his faith in his best friend to save the day but can even Raffles pull off a job at such short notice - and raise such a large sum of money?

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  • Ransom, P.I.: Dead Eyes, Volume One (






UNABRIDGED) by Luke Shephard Narrated by Steven Jay Cohen

    Ransom, P.I.: Dead Eyes, Volume One

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    • By Luke Shephard
    • Narrated By Steven Jay Cohen
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    Foreigner and struggling private investigator Daniel Ransom takes a missing persons case that seems like any other. Before long, however, things begin to look a bit more serious, a bit more... sinister. Strange occult references turn up at the crime scene, and Daniel begins to hear word of a new hallucinogenic drug hitting the streets. A drug that sells faster than opium and, more often than not, finds its users committed to the insane asylum. Can Daniel crack the case and find the missing person before it's too late?

  • A Study in Terror (






UNABRIDGED) by Ellery Queen Narrated by Robert Fass

    A Study in Terror

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    • By Ellery Queen
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
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    Ellery Queen and Sherlock Holmes are the undisputed masters of analytical deduction - their talents and methods strikingly, almost uncannily, alike. Through the strange interlocking of events past and present, the two celebrated detectives meet to focus their razor-sharp intellects - and their brilliant powers of observation - on the mystery of…Jack the Ripper.

  • The Detective Detector (






UNABRIDGED) by O. Henry Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    The Detective Detector

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    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    Sherlock Holmes faced his nemesis Professor James Moriarty, but O. Henry’s Shamrock Jolnes faced the murderer Avery Knight. Is it possible Knight could use deductive reasoning better than the great New York detective? This delightful parody mirrors Doyle’s Holmes, but adds some well-placed humor.