Thanks to Jim French for keeping radio drama alive. The Harry Nile series was broadcast on a local radio station for many years and I was a regular listener. When the show disappeared from radio, I found the Harry Nile web site and ordered the shows on CD. I was delighted to find the series available on Audible.
Harry Nile is a former police officer who now works as a private detective. He is aided by Murphy, a former librarian who has become his assistant. These stories take place before the Internet age, when a librarian had the know how to find information - it just took longer.
Harry Nile is smart and ethical. Once in awhile he finds a client who can pay him well. Often, however, his clients are people of modest means who have big problems. Harry has a hard time saying no to these folks.
These stories are full in interesting historical details about Seattle (where the stories take place). They also remind the listener of how different things were in the early 50's. For instance. in one story Harry flies from Miami to Seattle. There is one flight a week and the trip takes 14 hours!
Each story is about 20 minutes long. The plots are interesting and the production is excellent.
If you enjoy listening to the "old time" radio dramas, I believe you will enjoy Harry Nile.
This book deals with a difficult period in the life of Alan Cumming. It is the story of how he came to terms with issues that had troubled him since childhood.
I usually don't seek out books like this. However, I like Alan Cumming as an actor and this title was on my "wish list." When it popped up as a "Deal of the Day", I purchased it. I'm glad I did.
In this book, Cumming relates shocking stories of childhood incidents that haunted him into his adult life. He also discusses the actions he took to come to grips with his emotional pain. He uses a "then" and "now" approach to tell the story. I liked this style very much. I might not have finished this book if it had been page after page of childhood misery
Hearing Alan Cumming tell this story in his own voice made this book very special for me. I love the tone of his voice and his Scottish accent. This book had an emotional impact on me that I don't believe would have occurred had I read it.
Understand this is not a light hearted story. It is a heartfelt story, made more impactful by the narration of the author.
I enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting and likable. The small town setting is pleasant. The mystery element is good. There are touches of humor that caused me chuckle out loud as I listened.
The only thing that didn't appeal to me was a protagonist who decided she had to solve the murder herself. In the process she ended up in mortal danger. Based on the tone of the book I expected she would be rescued, and she was. This is a common thing is many mysteries and it annoys me.
This is a good choice for an "easy listen" cozy.
I purchased this book because I have enjoyed watching the TV version on PBS.
The description of the conditions in some of the stories is heartbreaking. Sometimes I would set the book aside for weeks or months at a time because it was so troubling to me to read about the situations. The book is structured in an episodic manner, so it was easy to pick up the story where I'd left off, even if it had been many weeks.
I'm glad I finally finished the book. It ends on a hopeful and positive note. There are even some episodes that are laugh out loud funny.
Jennifer Worth has done an excellent job of making the characters and locations come to life in her descriptions. My mental images may have been enhanced by watching the TV show.
By choice I do not have children. Even so, I found this book compelling and enjoyable.
Nicola Barber's narration is superb.
I like cats. However, it seems to me that many cozy mystery series feature a protagonist who has cats. I read and enjoy some of those series. However, it is refreshing to find a series in which the protagonist does not have cats.
Nell Pratt has recently been promoted to Director of a museum in Philadelphia. I like Nell.
And I find her work, as described in this book, interesting. This is the second book of this series. The action picks up a month or two after the events in the first book. The "back story" is briefly explained in the second book. I believe a reader could enjoy this book without reading the first one.
The pace of this book is moderate. The mystery is not especially complex. What I enjoy about this book is the day to day events of Nell's life. Two unique new characters are introduced; I believe they will add interest in future books.
This is an easy going book with no graphic sex, violence or language. I don't find it as compelling as some of my favorite authors. However, I plan to read the next entry in the series because I look forward to more time with Nell.
This book has a complex plot that held some surprises for me. As the story progessed I found myself guessing how it would end . . . and I was wrong. Though I am not an opera fan, I found the parts of the book that dealt with opera to be interesting. There are many characters, all of whom I found interesting, even the ones who weren't very admirable.
There are murders in this book. However, there is no explicit violence.
This is a fascinating story made superb by the narration of Cary Elwes. He's simply amazing.
I don't remember if I first saw this movie in a theater or as a video. I do remember that I enjoyed it very much. The next time I see the film I feel certain I will enjoy it even more.
As I listened I was able to visualize the scenes, feeling as though I were there. There was never a dull moment.
If you've seen the movie and liked it even a little, I believe you will enjoy this book. Even if you haven't seen the movie, this book is entertaining and interesting.
Main character Riley Spartz is fiesty. She's also driven, smart and vulnerable. She is never boring. I like her,
This is a good mystery with a plot that had some surprising twists for me. Author Julie Kramer was a TV news reporter in the area where I live. I believe there is truth in what she writes about the way things work in local TV news.
I've read all of Julie Kramer's Riley Spartz books and never been disappointed with them. If you are looking for an entertaining mystery this is a good bet.
I have recently reread Heinlein's "Stranger In A Strange Land" and "The Puppet Masters" and enjoyed them very much.
I simply could not get interested in this book. I gave up at Chapter 12. The dialogue seemed stilted and old fashioned, like the script from a mediocre 1940's film. In fact I did an internet search to see when this book was written, thinking that it might be an early effort. I was surprised to learn that the book was published in the 1980's (if the information on Wikipedia is correct).
Perhaps one day I'll try to finish the book. I just can't listen to anymore of it right now.
I believe this book would be a good listen as "background". It would a good choice for listening while traveling by car or doing household chores. I like "quirky" characters, and there were some in this book. The pace is brisk. In fact, it felt a little rushed to me.
I may purchase more books in the series, but only if I need something to listen to while I'm also doing something else.
I expected more from the "Queen of Suspense" Carol Higgins Clark and "best sellng author" Alafair Burke. While I didn't guess the who did the crime(s). I did guess which character would be in mortal peril as the book drew to a close.
The plot was good and the pace was brisk. However, the characters were predictable and not very interesting to me. This is the first book of what may become a series. If there are more books, and the characters become more interesting, I might consider reading another book in this series.
Julie Kramer writes mysteries about a TV reporter. I find her books much more satisfying than "The Cinderella Murders."
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