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Linda

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  • Red Velvet Cupcake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes!

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (302)

    New York Times best-selling author Joanne Fluke’s cozy mysteries grow in popularity with each new series entry. One summer in Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen attends the grand opening of a newly refurbished hotel, where her famous red velvet cupcakes will be served in the new Red Velvet lounge. But when a party guest falls from the hotel roof, festivities come to a screeching halt - and Hannah becomes the surprising target of a murder investigation

    Donna says: "Very cute and easy listening"
    "COOKIES AND CRIME"
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    This is an "easy listen" cozy mystery. I'm not a baker, so the recipes don't interest me. However, the food described sounds very tasty. I find it's best to listen to books in this series on a full stomach so I can more easily resist the temptation to snack while I'm listening.
    Early in the book I correctly guessed where the final confrontation between Hannah and the killer would take place. However, I didn't guess who the killer was until that final confrontation took place.
    For me, much of the charm of these books comes from the characters and the setting.
    This is a gently paced cozy. There is no explicit violence or language.
    Narrator Suzanne Toren has a pleasant, clear speaking voice.

    2 of 2 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
    (908)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (819)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade 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
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    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
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (1416)
    Story
    (1436)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "Too Violent For Me"
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    Warning - possible spoliers

    I am far outside the target age for this book. It was a Daily Special and had a number of good reviews, so I took a chance.

    The first chapter in the book deals with an insane killer. Later on another sadistic serial killer joins the story. I have a very low tolerance for explicit violence and serial killers. There was more of that than I expected to find in a book aimed at young people. It seems I am very out of touch with that age group.

    The plot was predictable. I do not have enough knowledge to judge how plausible the science is.

    Partly because I wanted to learn if my expectations of how the story would unfold were correct, I listened to the entire book. I skipped the violent and predictable chapters. The plot was what I expected.

    I won't be reading any other books in this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City and the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Geoffrey T. Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    Diaspar is Earth's last city - surrounded by deserts, on a world where the oceans have long-since dried up. It is a domed, isolated, technological marvel, run by the Central Computer. Diaspar has conquered death. People are called forth; they live for a thousand years and then are recalled, to be born thousands of years later, over and over again. No child has been born for at least 10 million years. Until Alvin....

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "A Classic"
    "My Kind of Science Fiction"
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    In this book Arthur C. Clarke creates a fascinating world of the far future. As I listened I was seeing images of it in my mind. I felt I was exploring this world.

    The story is captivating and entertaining. This is the type of book that I couldn't put down when I read it as a youngster in the 1950's. It was a delight to find it had the same effect on me now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen's fondness for Barry Manilow. But beyond all the fur and purrs, there's something more to these felines. When murder interrupts Mayville's Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect.

    Linda says: "Promising "Cozy" Series"
    "Promising "Cozy" Series"
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    I often read for relaxation, so I'm always on the lookout for new "cozy" series. This is one of the best I've found recently.

    One thing that appealed to me right away was that the story takes place in Minnesota, which is where I live. The fictional town of Mayville is situated on Lake Pepin. There are several real Minnesota towns in similar locations - it is a beautiful part of the state. I've visited the area often, so it was easy for me to visualize Mayville.

    The pace is brisk, with a mysterious death occuring early in the story. Numerous clues are found, some are "red herrings." I wasn't able to guess the final solution until it was revealed near the end of the book.

    Though I like cats, I would not describe myself as "cat person." Owen and Hercules, the main "cat characters", have some very unusual abilities that add an element of fantasy to the story.

    I liked protagonist Kathleen Paulson. Many other characters are introduced throughout the story. I'm hoping that some of them will show up in future books of this series.

    The 10 plus hours of this story went by quickly for me. I plan to listen to more books in this series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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