Claire Cosi, manager of the iconic Village Blend coffee house, finds herself pulled into another murder investigation after finding her friend, and traveling Santa, shot dead in a nearby alley. Worried the police are going to chalk it up as a random mugging gone wrong, Claire refuses to let her friend's murderer get away.
Rebecca Gibel's performance is crisp and delightful.
This story is told by the daughter of one of the first women accused of witchery. Through Sarah Carrier's eyes we see how the family struggled with every day life during these Puritan times and how Sarah and her family dealt with Martha's imprisonment and subsequent death when accused of being a witch.
Winningham's performance was a bit dry and lacking, even though the story is meant to show how difficult life was during those times.
Things are just not going well for Sookie, she seems to have her plate full most of the time. First, the vampire king of Las Vegas, Arkansas and Louisiana is in town and causing Eric some problems. To add to Eric's woes, a young woman is found murdered in his yard and it is the same woman Eric just had a drink from.
Sam is dating a new were, the enforcer for Alcied's Longtooth pack and this were doesn't seem to like Sookie, for reasons unknown.
Sookie's fairy cousin Claude is also causing Sookie problems, just by being his usual selfish self and Sookie learns there are strange things going on at Claude's strip club.
Sookie is still worried about her rare and one-of-a-kind magical fairy object and it seems as though someone would like to take it from her, at any cost.
Fans of Sookie Stackhouse books will not be disappointed. Johanna Parker does an excellent job at the narration, in fact, her portrayal of Sookie is what drew me in to this series.
This is not a story as much as it is a history or documentary of the 1860 murder of a young boy, Saville Kent, and the well known and respected Scotland Yard detective, Jonathan Whicher. I will confess, it gets a bit boring at times so if you are looking for something with action, you may want to pass this by. If you are looking for a history lesson of the British police, their words and phrases, and how investigations were handled, you'll enjoy this book.
In this second installment of the Books of Beginning, Kate, Michael and Emma have been sent to the Edgar Allen Poe Home for Children for their safety while Dr. Pym takes care of some needed tasks.
It isn't long until the whereabouts of the children is discovered, forcing them to flee. Kate ends up going back in time and becoming trapped, while Michael and Emma remain in the present, searching for the Book of Life, known as the Fire Chronicle.
While at times you will be reminded of Harry Potter, this story does set itself apart and is very entertaining in its own right. Narrated by Jim Dale, whose performance is flawless, as I've come to expect. Listening to Dale is like being tucked in to bed with an epic adventure about to begin.
Johanna Parker is lively, animated, and entertaining in the Sookie Stackhouse books, everything she is not in this story. At times it seems like she is rushing through the sentences. The reading was so poor, I couldn't continue past the first 45 minutes of the story. I'd rather read the book myself. I can't even say if the story is engaging, since the reading turns you away.
In the fifth story of Sookie Stackhouse, our small-town waitress and champion of other-world beings, Sookie begins to notice changes in her brother Jason as full moon approaches; Jason was bit by a were-panther in the last book.
When a sniper begins shooting at the "two-natured", Sookie's name for the folks that turn at full moon, her mild concern for Jason becomes outright fear. Sookie needs to find out who is shooting at the weres and stop them before her brother ends up in the sniper's sight, or herself!
These are entertaining stories and Parker's narration is perfect, bringing Sookie to life in your mind as you listen.
Vida Winter is a much loved author of tales, the master of her craft. Although she has given interviews on her personal life, just like the tales she writes, so are the stories she tells about herself - fiction. One day, Margaret Lea, the daughter of an antiquarian bookseller, receives a letter from Ms. Winter, asking her to write Ms. Winter's biography. Margaret travels to meet Ms. Winter and agrees to write her story but Ms. Winter must tell her the truth. What Ms. Winter relays is a story of mystery, lies and secrets, and will prove to be her greatest story ever.
The first book in the series with Maddie Springer, children's shoe designer, being a reluctant and at times bumbling detective - think Inspector Clouseau. The narration was nicely done and the overall story was cute with some chuckles along the way. The only annoying part was the too often mentioned EPT test.
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