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  • Leave the Grave Green

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    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.

    N. McCurdy says: "This will NOT be my last Crombie!"
    "Good!"
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    I read the reviews and so gave this one a skip until I read another one of Ms Crombie's books, and thought it was great, so back I came to this one (and all the rest as well). In this case, it was just too bad that the other readers weren't impressed, because I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you like your mysteries less gruesome and more cerebral, you'll probably enjoy it too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Corpse with the Silver Tongue: A Cait Morgan Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cathy Ace
    • Narrated By Cathy Ace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    In the south of France, where hatred simmers in the heat, a man seemingly admired, and certainly feared, drops dead at a dinner party. All of the guests fall under suspicion, including Welsh-Canadian professor Cait Morgan. A criminologist who specializes in profiling victims, Cait sets out to solve the murder - and clear her name. Add to this the disappearance of an ancient Celtic gold collar said to be cursed and there you have the ingredients for a Nicoise salad of death, secrets, and lies.

    Sharon says: "Why?"
    "Why?"
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    The Mensa-Member-Genius heroine is in a delightful country for a handful of days & accepts a dinner invitation from a man she hasn't seen for years and completely despises. (Why?) At dinner with her host and several other guests she has never seen before, the host drops dead into his bowl of escargot, and she is immediately Chief Suspect. (Why?) Later, surrounded by the other suspects, a glass of beer appears out of nowhere when she is alone, so our Genius gulps it down. (Why?) When she subsequently wakes up in a pitch-black tunnel with a bad headache, she is groping her way out when she pauses briefly for a "Wakeful Dream" and presto! realizes the identity of the murderer, and also (gasp) that she herself is In Danger! (What?) While all of this goes on, she mutters (un)witty little asides to herself mentally. A thoroughly annoying heroine, equally unlikeable cast of characters, farcical plot. The synopsis was the only good thing about this book. Why, oh why, did I select it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Me You're Sorry

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kevin O'Brien
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Separate incidents with two common threads - a first wife who took her own life, and a secret the victims took to their graves. Stephanie Coburn has barely recovered from her sister's mysterious suicide before her brother-in-law and his new wife are murdered, her face disfigured beyond recognition. Stephanie never met the bride, has never even seen a clear photograph. But she knew her sister, and she knows something is desperately wrong.

    Sharon says: "I am really, really sorry."
    "I am really, really sorry."
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    The reviews of "Awesome", and "You won't be sorry", led me to purchase this book expecting a really interesting ride. I just fast-forwarded to the end (at about the two thirds mark) because I could not stand any more of the following: ridiculous choices made by some of the characters (supposedly in mortal fear for themselves and their families), such as inviting a complete stranger you met on the street into your home to babysit your children; involving a potential suspect's father in your top secret investigation; not involving the police because the crimes had all taken place in different jurisdictions; tortuously detailed paragraphs along the lines of, "She stepped on the brake pedal until the car slowed to a crawl. With her hands at two and ten o'clock, she swung the steering wheel to the left to pull into the driveway. She brought the car to a halt in front of the garage doors. Reaching into a zippered pouch on the side of her purse, she pulled out the remote garage door opener. Pointing it at the garage doors, she pressed OPEN". And all of this contrived tedium was narrated in a snore-inducing drone. Definitely sorry for the wasted credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting for Wednesday: A Frieda Klein Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    Ruth Lennox, housewife and mother of three, is found dead in a pool of her own blood. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson can’t piece together a motive and calls in Frieda, hoping her talents will offer a new angle on the case. When it emerges that the mother was hiding a scandalous secret, her family closes ranks. Frieda herself is distracted, still reeling from an attempt on her life, and struggling with her own rare feelings of vulnerability. Then a patient’s chance remark sends Frieda down a dangerous path that seems to lead to a serial killer who’s long escaped detection.

    Sharon says: "Thank God it's over!"
    "Thank God it's over!"
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    Yet another in a long, dreary line of tales about a fiercely independent career woman who treats everyone who cares about her like absolute crap, never answering her phone calls or messages, etc. etc., ad nauseam. All this while being completely consumed with guilt about:
    The murders of girls she never met and didn't save because she hadn't had any reason to suspect the existence of the murderer who did them in;
    The torching of her despised arch-enemy's home by her strangely benevolent stalker;
    The fall-out suffered by the friends/family of the murderers she does identify and bring to justice.
    Sleeplessly she grapples with her overwhelming sense of responsibility towards all people known and unknown, EXCEPT of course, for the ones who care and worry and attempt to reach out to her. (Insert retching noise)
    I have read a previous Nicci French and found it enjoyable, so I won't give up on her. But this is the last time Frieda and I will ever encounter each other.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Overture to Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    It was planned as an act of charity: getting up an amusing play to finance a new piano for the parish hall. The question now under bitter discussion is, who shall play the overture? Though Eleanor Prentice wins, on the night of the performance she cannot play. Miss Campanula steps triumphantly into the breach. A chord is struck, a shot rings out, and Miss Campanula is dead, shot between the eyes.

    Kimberly says: "Not bad"
    "My favorite Ngaio Marsh"
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    The story is good old-fashioned cozy, and Ric Jerrom narrates it perfectly. Thoroughly enjoyable!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Thrall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated By Marcella Riordan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    First-year detective Kathleen Doyle is a plucky Irish redhead of humble origins and modest means. Chief Inspector Michael Acton is her antithesis: a British lord turned cop. He's tall, handsome, and enigmatic - to a fault. He also has a knack for solving London's most high-profile crimes. Acton selects Doyle out of the newbie squad to partner with him on a series of investigations because she always knows when someone is lying - a trait that comes in handy when interviewing suspects and witnesses.

    Tracey says: "Great new entry into British mysteries"
    "I'm returning it."
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    I'm taking down the Christmas decorations, not exactly a distracting process. But after less than 3 hours in, I have had to rewind a dozen times. Ms Riordan has a very pleasant voice, but her characterizations are lousy (the men often sound more like women than the women do) and inconsistent; I keep losing track of who is speaking. Her narration is also rather lifeless, which made it hard to determine if the story is any good. It certainly did not hold my attention. Going to have to exchange this one, because finishing it is out of the question.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of Sin: A Merrily Watkins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Garway church was built by medieval Knights Templar, and after seven centuries, the Welsh Border village is still shadowed by their mysteries. A few fields away, the Master House, abandoned and falling into ruin, has been sold to the Duchy of Cornawll. But renovation plans stall when a specialist builder refuses to work there, insisting it's a place that doesn't want to be restored.

    Jennifer says: "outstanding, as always"
    "My favorite Phil Rickman"
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    Sometimes the narrator contributes so much to a series that they imprint themselves in my mind as indistinguishable from the protagonist. That has definitely happened with Emma Powell. She is one of the most accomplished narrators working today, and I wish she worked non-stop. That being said, the plot here is also absorbing. Listening while I garden is a favorite hobby, and this one kept me on my knees in the dirt til after dark.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Sophy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sarah Woodward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (244)

    Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

    Carol says: "The Full Sophy"
    "Delightful!"
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    I loved this book. The narration was excellent, and the development of the attraction between the two protagonists worked perfectly for me. It ranks as one of my top three favorite Heyer books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Hollow Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Caroline Graham
    • Narrated By Hugh Ross
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    For Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby, a visit to the Causton Amateur Dramatic Society’s production of Amadeus is not an ideal evening’s entertainment. But loyalty to his wife, Joyce, means that attending the first night is a must. Backstage, nerves are fraying. The leading man is taking his role far too much to heart. For Salieri (alias Essalyn Carmichael), suspecting that his wife is having an affair, has decided to wring the truth out of the guilty party on stage. His final act proves to be a pièce de résistance and when the scene takes a particularly gruesome turn, Barnaby finds that his professional skills are called to the fore.

    Sharon says: "Thoroughly enjoyable throughout!"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable throughout!"
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    An avid Caroline Graham reader, I own them all, have listened to them repeatedly, and have finally figured out why, as a reader, Hugh Ross leaves me feeling so ambivalent. In the narration of the story line, he can be very annoying, with pauses and/or emphasis in wrong places, treating the end of each line like the end of a sentence, and so on and so forth. However, as a narrator of dialogue, he is top-notch. The only area he trips up in is the narration of occasional women's voices, sometimes lending them a harsh-edged, snooty-sounding tone that doesn't jibe with the character herself as described. However, that did not occur in Death of a Hollow Man, and I recommend it freely and heartily. In fact, it's my favorite Caroline Graham audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Winter: Max Tudor, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (114)

    In A Fatal Winter, Max Tudor - Anglican priest, former MI5 agent, and village heartthrob - investigates two deaths at Chedrow Castle. But his growing attraction to Awena Owen complicates his case, as does the recent arrival at Chedrow Castle of a raucous group of long-lost, greedy relatives, any one of whom has a motive for murder. With a cozy setting, intricate puzzles, and a handsome (non-celibate) priest doing the sleuthing, the books in this series are destined to become instant classics in the mystery world.

    Ronna says: "Reincarnation Christie updated to 21st century!!"
    "Very very dull"
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    There were readers who liked this book, and even compared Malliet to Christie et al, but it didn't work for me.The narration was not objectionable, and the plot, as described, held promise (at least for me, a lover of cozies). The hero is a likable guy. But somehow the author didn't successfully create any tension in the construction or dialogue of the story. I wish I knew more about the mechanics of creative writing, so I could understand why I was so bored that I returned the book unfinished - and after the murder had occurred.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2557)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1270)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "Delightful, if a little Rose-Colored-Glasses"
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    I just finished listening to this book this morning, and then in the dentist's office read an article by a woman whose four-year-old was making the family's life miserable because the pink color she had chosen for her bedroom walls two months before was now unacceptable and she wanted dark blue....and right now!! Instead of wondering why her daughter was behaving like such a monster, and dealing with that behavior, she was mulling over (with about 2-1/2 pages) the possible reasons that small children change their color choice.....? It made me remember that while I was reading this book, I actually thought to myself that it wouldn't hurt most of the children in the USA (or at least the ones I know) to live in Cecilia Rose's shoes for a couple months, and that article was perfectly timed to drive the point home. This theme has been visited before, but this is such a very charming rendition, with such excellent narration, that it is well worth a read. It left me feeling good, and with an ardent desire that all children who start out life in difficult - if not impossible - circumstances can then seque into life in Savannah, Georgia. Also with the desire that all children who are born into privilege and love and turn into demanding tyrants can seque into life in Ohio. At least long enough to learn better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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