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Heather

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (202)

    It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

    Sires says: "Elly Griffith Is Back in Better Form"
    "Not really investigated by Ruth"
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    I started the series with this book. And I will give it a go with book one, but I was disappointed. It's called a Ruth Galloway investigation, but she barely investigates anything, and doesn't know what is going on outside her egocentric world most of the time. it's generally accepted that the title character in a mystery book is going to be in the middle of all the action, or fully immersed in finding out what happened, but you're not going to get that with this book. I am hoping that this is an abberation in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted Heart: Winter: The Haunted Heart (Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Lee Samuels
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Still grieving over the sudden death of his lover, antiques dealer Flynn Ambrose moves to the old, ramshackle house on Pitch Pine Lane to catalog and sell the large inventory of arcane and oddball items that once filled his late uncle's mysterious museum. But not all the items are that easy to catalog. Or get rid of... Since Alan died, Flynn isn't eating, isn't sleeping, and isn't spending a lot of time looking in mirrors. But maybe he should pay a little more attention - because something in that 18th Century mirror is looking at him.

    Heather says: "Did you see that ghost?"
    "Did you see that ghost?"
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    A new twist for Josh and I cannot wait for the next installment.

    This is a ghost story, but not about a ghost hunter.
    Flynn's pain and heartache call to a ghost caught in a mirror, can they figure out who she is and how to help her move on? and more importantly: Can Flynn learn to love again......?We'll have to wait and see.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Turkey in the Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Since Hank Calder's four-year-old niece Josie came to live with him, his life has been plenty dramatic, thank you, and the last thing he needs is a swishy, flaming twinkie to complicate things. But when Justin, the daycare worker at his gym, offers to do something incredibly nice for Hank - and for Josie - Hank is forced to reconsider. Justin may be flamboyant in his speech and gestures, but his heart and kindness are as rock steady and dependable as anyone, even Hank, could ask for.

    Amazon Customer says: "A wonderful story that made me laugh and cry!"
    "Cute fluff - no drama"
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    Hank doesn't want any drama queens, and Justin is all about the drama, so of course they are attracted to each other. Unfortunately for us no real drama occurs.
    Amy does 2 types of stories, angst filled, heart wrenching dramas; and light fluffy pieces.
    I prefer the 1st type, but when you need a lighter touch - this is a good fit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunter of Demons: Spectr, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jordan L. Hawk
    • Narrated By Brad Langer
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Unregistered paranormal Caleb Jansen only wants a normal life. But when a demon murders his brother, Caleb knows he has to avenge Ben's death, no matter what the cost. Unfortunately, his only allies belong to an extremist group who would kill Caleb if they found out about his talent. Gray is a wandering spirit, summoned to hunt and destroy demons by drinking their blood. This hunt goes horribly wrong, and for the first time in his existence Gray is trapped in a living, human body. Caleb's body - and Caleb is still in it.

    Heather says: "Interesting new twist to Paranormal romance"
    "Interesting new twist to Paranormal romance"
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    I really love Jordan L Hawk, and am saddened to write a less than stellar review of any of her books, but I can't call this one great.
    Maybe it's the narrators interpretation, but Caleb comes across as a whiny ass. I like Grey and John, but really Caleb is irritating, and the series revolves around him (and Grey inside him). I will be continuing with the series, since I find JLH's twist on a future with paranormal as a given part of society, a great story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Kinds of Tied Down

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (44)
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    (44)

    Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they've gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.

    T. Henry says: "Another Winner"
    "US Marshalls to the rescue"
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    What can you say about a Mary Calmes novel that hasn't been said before?....not much. but having said that - this is a great story, and she gives us a glimpse of Jory, Sam & the kids, interwoven with Miro learning to trust his heart, and Ian learning to show his need.

    Another great Mary Calmes story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters: Granby Knitting, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Philip Alces
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Rance Crawford is an alpaca rancher, fiber mill owner, and self-proclaimed grumpy bastard. When sweet, charming tenderfoot Ben McCutcheon moves onto Crawford's rural road, Rance is very aware that Ben makes it a grand total of two gay men in their tiny town, and even though he is instantly, painfully smitten, any move he makes could be simply chalked up to being hard up.

    Heather says: "Querky romance for a great series starter."
    "Querky romance for a great series starter."
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    Cute start to a series that gets even better.
    Although this story seems to stop short at the end, have no worries the series continues with all the characters getting involved.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2336)
    Performance
    (2127)
    Story
    (2126)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Didn't see that coming"
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    Surreal, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, thriller.

    All I can say is Wow!
    I love books that throw me for a loop. Pines did that and more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (1237)
    Story
    (1234)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Magical London"
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    Would you listen to Midnight Riot again? Why?

    Hells yeah, I would listen to Midnight Riot again, and again.

    Ben Aaronovitch has created a rich, and colorful world of magical London. I just hope that the historical asides that are presented in this book (i.e. St. Paul's Church called the actors church) are fact. I love learning new things about such an amazing city.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was well written, kept you guessing all along, and would they catch/stop the killer? Knowing that this was the first in a series I had a few moments of panic thinking that they would not finish up the story line in just one book. And while the world and the people in it continue in the next book, this story line concludes well.


    Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favorite?

    Any of the West End females, Kobna has the snarky attitude down pat.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is a book that you can put aside, and get some sleep, but it's one that you will want to listen to straight through if you can. (Unlike the Dresden files, where you sometime practically beg for the book to come to an end so the intensity will abate, this series has pauses that allow you to relax and breath again)


    Any additional comments?

    I will be adding Ben Aaronovitch to my must have authors list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fish and Ghosts: Hellsinger, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family's Gilded Age mansion, Tristan Pryce became the second generation of Pryces to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. Tristan is prepared for challenges, though not necessarily from the ghosts he's seen since childhood.

    Heather says: "Another hit for Rhys & Tristan"
    "Another hit for Rhys & Tristan"
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    Is there any story line Rhys Ford can't write? I'd say no.

    Paranormal investigator Wolf meets/investigates ghost hotel owner Tristan and all hell breaks loose. Literally! So what's a Hellsinger to do? Deny, deny, deny, and fall in love anyway.

    And I could listen to Tristan James read a phone book and enjoy the experience. Probably my favorite narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mummy Dearest: The XOXO Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    The truth is out there. Way, way, way out there! Drew Lawson is racing against the clock. He's got a twenty-four-hour window to authenticate the mummy of Princess Merneith. If he's not at his boyfriend's garden party when that window closes, it'll be the final nail in their relationship coffin. The last thing he needs traipsing on the final shred of his patience is brash, handsome reality show host Fraser Fortune, who's scheduled to film a documentary about the mummy's Halloween curse.

    Heather says: "Short and fun"
    "Short and fun"
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    Fun is not an adjective that is generally used in describing a Josh Lanyon novel, but when your leads are drunk and being chased by a guy in a mummy costume, you have to use that very word: Fun.
    This is titled as book 1, but unfortunately so far Josh has not come out with a 2nd book (yet) I live in hope, and wait to see where Drew and Fraser's lives will lead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Marshall Thornton
    • Narrated By Brad Langer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    A former police officer turned private investigator, Nick Nowak is haunted by his abrupt departure from the department, as well as, the traumatic end of his relationship with librarian Daniel Laverty. In these three stories set in Chicago during the early eighties, Nick locates a missing young man for a mysterious client, solves a case of arson at a popular nightspot, and goes undercover to prove a dramatic suicide was actually murder.

    jo says: "chicago!"
    "Gritty, gay PI stories"
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    If you like hard-boiled PI stories (think Raymond Chandler) and centering on the gay community you will like this series. there is no romance in this book - but there is sex. Sex that is just as grim and gritty as the story they are set in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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