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Linda

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  • A Finer End: A Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    Two spellbinding mysteries, one contemporary, and one ancient - that will challenge Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James as no case ever has. Glastonbury is a town revered as the mythical burial place of King Arthur, and, according to New Age followers, a source of strong Druid power. Something terrible and bloody shattered Glastonbury Abbey's peace long ago - and now it is about to spark a violence that will reach forward into the present.

    Deborah Stein says: "Great to hear the early times in this pair"
    "Captivating"
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    When I started this book the only thing I knew about Glastonbury was that there had been music festivals there. After reading several chapters I did some research on my computer to learn a little bit more about the area. That helped me to visualize the area and understand it better. That understanding increased my enjoyment of the story.

    Other reviewers have had negative reactions to the amount of time that is spent describing the lives of the people involved in the mystery. For me that "background" was an essential part of the story. It's part of what makes this book unique

    If you have enjoyed other books in the Duncan Kincaid-Gemma James series, I believe you like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Elite: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    In this brand-new Grimnoir Chronicles story written exclusively for Audible, it's 1937 - four years after the Grimnoir Society defeated the magical alien force known as The Power. "Heavy" Jake Sullivan is summoned by his oddest ally, Dr. Wells, to stop the bombing of a new ultra-luxury airship. Amid the glitz, the gambling, and the high-society types, Sullivan races time to hunt for the saboteur. But surrounded by a blimp-full of Germans, Russians, Imperium Iron Guard, and other magical enemies - where can he even begin?

    Matthew E. Bowman says: "An Excellent Teaser"
    "Not For Me"
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    This genre doesn't appeal to me. However, the narration by Bronson Pinchot is excellent. This was a free sample. Thanks to Audible for providing this at no charge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Late Phoenix: A C.D. Sloan Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Catherine Aird
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    Decades ago, Germans bombed the houses in the village at Lamb Lane. Now, redevelopment is underway. Under the wreckage, a workman's pickaxe strikes the skeleton of a pregnant girl, a bullet lodged in her spine, and he finds the skeleton of her unborn baby, too. The trail is definitely stone cold when C.D. Sloan takes on this case. Can he solve the puzzle of this crime on so little evidence...and with such old clues?

    Dana says: "Another good mystery"
    "Might Be A Better "Read""
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    It took me 8 months to finish this book. My conclusion is that this story just wasn't as compelling for me as other authors, such as Debra Crombie and Margaret Maron, that I enjoy.

    In the past I have read and enjoyed books by this author. It may be that her writing style works better for me if I'm reading rather than listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Country Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Publishers Weekly declares that the "leaves of autumn are in full splendor, and so is Maron's talent in her 10th Deborah Knott adventure". Judge Knott is finally ready to marry her long-time friend Deputy Sheriff Dwight Bryant and settle down...or is she? She jumps at a chance to fill in for a judge in the high country of North Carolina. But ugly murder haunts the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

    Kathleen Hobel says: "Love It!"
    "Another Entertaining Adventure"
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    I discovered this series thanks to a Daily Special. I'm so glad I bought that first book. I'm working my way through the books available on Audible and haven't been disappointed in any of them.

    I like Deborah Knott, the main character. She is a District Court judge who deals primarily with lesser crimes. Sometimes she has to travel to fill in for other judges. Her travels to different places are one of my favoroite things about the series. Margaret Maron's writing makes these places very real in my mind, even though I've never visited the area where the books take place.

    Margaret Maron is an excellent story teller. Her mysteries are intricate and her characters interesting and well developed. I look forward to reading all the books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fundraising the Dead: A Museum Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    At The Society for the Preservation of Pennsylvania Antiques, fundraiser Eleanor "Nell" Pratt solicits donations - and sometimes solves crimes. When a collection of George Washington's letters is lost on the same day that an archivist is found dead, it seems strange that the Society president isn't pushing for an investigation. Nell goes digging herself, and soon uncovers a long, rich history of crime.

    Sharen says: "Good"
    "Not Sure About This Series"
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    I found the museum setting interesting. The story made me aware of the difficulties in
    the safe keeping of thousands of items, some of which have great monetary value. It also made me aware of how difficult it is to fund a non-profit museum.

    I like Eleanor Pratt, the main character. She's smart and sensible. I'm also intrigued by "Marty", another female character who plays a major role in this story.

    One criticism is that I correctly guessed the outcome early in the story. I won't go into detail to avoid "spoilers". There was also one element of the plot that seemed pointless to me - again I won't elaborate because of possible "spoilers."

    I'm undecided about whether I will read other books in this series. I will put it on my "wish list" and carefully check reviews posted by other listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (927)
    Performance
    (834)
    Story
    (837)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous fa├žade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "I Will Read More!"
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    Most of my purchases on Audible have been mysteries and classic science fiction. I bought this book when it was a "Deal of the Day". I'm very glad I did!

    I love "Max" the protagonist and teller of the story. She's smart, fearless, funny, and slightly flawed. Zara Ramm's narration was perfect for me. The tone of her voice is pleasing to my ear, and her diction is excellent.

    The next book in the series is on my Wish List.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leave the Grave Green

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    When a body is discovered floating in a Thames river lock one dreary morning, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are summoned from Scotland Yard to Chiltern Hills. The dead man is Connor Swann, son-in-law of two of London's most renowned opera personalities. And prints on the corpse's neck suggest that Swann was strangled.

    Constance says: "Interesting Character-Driven Mystery"
    "Satisfying!"
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    So far I have read six of the books in this series and I've enjoyed every one of them.

    For me the books have just the right mix of a good mystery and well defined, interesting characters. The settings in this book are described with enough detail that I can "see" them in my mind. When I finish one of these books I feel satisfied and eager to read another of the series.

    The first Deborah Crombie book I read was the first in this series. I've read the other five books out of sequence. That hasn't affected my enjoyment of the books. However, there is a developing relationship between the two main characters that might be best enjoyed if read in sequence.

    Michael Deehy's narration was excellent for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skeleton Takes a Bow: A Family Skeleton Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Leigh Perry
    • Narrated By Katina Kalin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    After years of hiding in the Thackery family house, Sid the skeleton is delighted to finally have his moment in the spotlight. He's starring in a high school production of Hamlet. Well, not so much starring in as being a prop. At least part of him has a part - he's using his head to play Yorick of "Alas, poor Yorick" fame. Every day, Georgia Thackery's daughter, Madison, who's also in the play, brings in his skull, and every night, she takes him home...

    Linda says: "Humerous, Relaxing "Cozy""
    "Humerous, Relaxing "Cozy""
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    I liked the first book in this series enough to buy the second one when it became available on Audible.

    What makes this series unique for me is that one of the main characters is a skeleton named Sid who walks, talks, and has a Facebook page, but doesn't eat or breathe. The other main characters are regular human beings who accept Sid as normal part of their lives.

    The plotting of the first book seemed more intricate and enjoyable to me. Even so, I like the main characters and the humor and liked this book. If there is a third book in the series I will read it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder at Union Station: Capital Crimes #20

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Margaret Truman
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Historic Union Station means nothing to the elderly man speeding south on the last lap of what will turn out to be a one-way journey from Tel Aviv to D.C. - on a train that will soon land him at Gate A-8 and, moments later, at St. Peter's Gate. This weary traveler, whose terminal destination is probably hell, is Louis Russo, former mob hit man and government informer. Two men are at the station to meet him.

    Linda says: "An Entertaining "Page Turner""
    "An Entertaining "Page Turner""
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    I enjoyed the style of this book. It begins by introducing the story lines of a number of interesting characters and then gradually weaves them together.

    I liked the ending, and wasn't able to guess what it would be before I read it.

    There is violence in the book. However, there is not emphasis on explicit descriptions of violence.

    Narrator Guerin Barry does a good job. As I listened I always knew which character was speaking and could easily follow the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleight of Paw: A Magical Cats Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson never wanted to be the crazy cat lady. But after Owen and Hercules followed her home, she realized her mind wasn't playing tricks on her - her cats have magical abilities.

    When the body of elderly do-gooder Agatha Shepherd is found near Kath's favorite local cafe, she knows Owen's talent for turning invisible and Hercules's ability to walk through walls will give the felines access to clues Kath couldn't get without arousing suspicion.

    Beatrice says: "I'm not a cat person"
    "Relaxing Entertainment"
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    This is my second "Magical Cats" book. I enjoyed this one as much as I did the first one.

    I'm a fan of "cozy" mysteries. This book has everything I look for in a "cozy" - small town location, a "cast" of recurring, likable characters, a bit of humor, and a good mystery without explicit violence. One reason this series appeals to me is that the location is a fictional town in Minnesota, the state I've lived in all my life.

    I enjoyed the narration by Sofie Kelly. For me she uses the the right amount of vocal distiction to each character. The tone of her voice is pleasing to my ears, and her diction is good.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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