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Tracy

I am an avid reader and listener. I listen to a lot of mystery novels, and especially love the "cozies". I also like most non-fiction!

Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Red Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    An archaeologist studying on a site at Whalsay discovers a set of human remains. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman is shot in a tragic accident. Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called in by her grandson - his own colleague, Sandy Wilson. Mima Wilson was a recluse. She had her land, her pride and her family.

    ACT1 says: "Enjoying Ann Cleeves"
    "Really Engaging Village Mystery"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this story - I've read or listened to all of Ann Cleeves' Vera Stonhope mysteries, and loved every one. This was my first Jimmy Perez mystery, and I found it as well written, and well told, but softer somehow. Softer, by the way, is good.

    I was really in the mood for something nice. While this isn't really a cozy mystery, it has excellent characterization, sees Perez's young deputy grow up a bit, and really does a good job of portraying the folks in an island village.

    Oh - also a good little mystery!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hush

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anne Frasier
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    It's criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap's job to unravel the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. None haunt her dreams more than the killer who took her son's life sixteen years ago, then silently disappeared into the dark. Now an urgent request for help from the Chicago police has reawakened Ivy's greatest nightmare. The Madonna Murderer has returned to fulfill his calling. This time Ivy understands the killer, and will face her greatest fear to stop him from killing again.

    Diana DC says: "Compelling and deliciously creepy"
    "Not finished, and Not Going to Bother"
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    Painful. This book is really lame - at least for me. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for a weak and unbelievable story that's mushy with romance. Maybe I've outgrown romantic thrillers.

    Basically, the main character, who was the serial killer's victim 16 years ago, and whose baby was killed by said killer, is asked to come back to help with the case when the murderer re-emerges 16 years later. Yeah. Okay. Let's just pull a damaged victim out of hiding to help catch the guy.

    The main male character is okay, has a strained relationship with his adopted son.

    Blah blah blah.

    I just can't bear to listen to any more.

    Get this book if you are a fan of romantic thrillers. You might like it. I prefer no romance with my murder, whenever possible.

    If Audible had a "Donate Your Used Book Bin", I would throw it in in a heartbeat.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Cure for All Diseases

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Convalescing in Sandytown, Dalziel befriends Charlotte Heywood who is researching the benefits of alternative therapy. With much in common, the two soon find themselves in league when trouble comes to town. Sandytown's principal landowners have grandiose plans for the resort -- none of which they can agree on. One of them has to go, and when one of them does, in spectacularly gruesome fashion, DCI Peter Pascoe is called in to investigate -- with Dalziel and Charlotte providing unwelcome support.

    Ellen says: "Excellent!"
    "Best Listen in a Long While"
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    About a year ago, after reading the final Dalziel book, Midnight Fugue, and then discovering and loving the Joe Sixsmith mysteries by Reginal Hill, I googled the author (one of my long-time faves) to find out when he'd be publishing another book, only to see that he had passed away in 2012.

    I was blue, I mourned. I mourned the real death of Dalziel, whom I'd followed from his debut in the 1970's with A Clubbable Woman.

    But then I saw this, A Cure for All Diseases, on Audible and remembered that I had missed a few in the series. I snapped this up and had one of my best Audible listens in a really long time.

    This book has excellent narration - Jonathan Keeble is the essence of Dalziel! The storyline is good - a little different than the others in the series as, for the first few chapters/ maybe half the book, it is narrated in the first person via letters and spoken diary. But super well done.

    If you like Dalziel, or like good and sometimes funny British police procedurals, you'll love this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (104)

    The most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, Blondell O’Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter and wounding her two other children. The prosecution argued that beautiful, selfish Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover. Now Blondell’s son, Niall, has recanted his testimony and demolished the case in the process. Reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get the true story, and not just for professional reasons. Blondell’s murdered daughter, Amity, was Nikki’s childhood friend.

    Janie says: "Tell me, or perhaps don't."
    "Painfully long and a tad annoying"
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    I really did not care for this book. I think the premise was good - a woman in prison for 20 years for murdering her daughter. But did she do it?

    Also, the narrator was very good. Good accents, good differentiation of characters.

    But - the good stuff ends there. At least for me. The quality of the writing is borderline romance novel. Which in itself wouldn't be bad - but, the story and the bad writing and weak characters just dragged on and on and on. Even that could have been ok if there had even been any point in the continual dragging out of the story, but there really wasn't. It was just blah-blah-blah.

    Seriously - this book could have been (should have been!) six hours, not twelve. I listened to the first five hours, got fed up and quit. Then I decided I did want to know how (or if) the mystery was solved, but without having to put up with the boring characters and bad writing. So - I skipped ahead to track 12 in part 2 of the book. Listened for 30 minutes, then skipped ahead to the last hour. And - I really just needed to listen to about 40 minutes to have the whole story summed up, and I feel like I didn't miss anything at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder, She Wrote: Coffee, Tea, or Murder?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    When Cabot Cove's own Wayne Silverton wants to debut his new airline, he invites Jessica Fletcher and other locals on the inaugural flight from Boston to London. Jessica is thrilled for the opportunity to visit a dear friend, Scotland Yard inspector George Sutherland. But the reunion hits turbulence when George is called to the airport to investigate the apparent murder of Wayne Silverton.

    chris says: "if you like Murder She Wrote ..."
    "Not bad, not awesome"
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    I used to watch the TV series, and enjoyed it, so when I was hunting for a new (for me) mystery to get into, I decided to give this book a try.

    I read mysteries off all kinds - dark and gruesome, violent and brutal, cute and funny, cozy and comfy... This one, I'd say, falls into a "cozy" category. There is no extreme violence, no blood and gore; and the characters make the plot go round. The recurring characters are good and well-developed, as are their interpersonal communications.

    However - I had two issues with this book. The "old lady" New England accent was driving me nuts; and, I really couldn't identify with a whole crew of rich retirees, writers, doctors, etc who hop on a plane and jaunt around England and solve a crime.

    Anyway, those are MY issues. But the story was good and the quality of the narration was good. So, I have to second what other reviewers have said: If you liked the TV series, you will enjoy this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • There Goes the Bride: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Bossy, impulsive, yet hopelessly romantic, Agatha is dreading the upcoming marriage of her ex-husband, James Lacey. Although she has set her sights on a handsome and beguiling new Frenchman, she can't quite stop obsessing about James. Her best intentions to move on with her life are put on hold when James's young bride is shot to death just minutes before saying "I do" and Agatha is named the prime suspect.

    connie says: "not up to Lady Rose quality"
    "Easy-listening Cozy"
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    I really enjoy cozy mysteries, and have listened to many (though not all) of the Agatha Raisin series. This one stays true to form - Agatha is her usual brusque and bossy self. She does seem to have gained a degree of maturity and self-awareness over the course of the series, which is nice (especially since she is in her fifties).

    The story was good; sort of predictable, and I did figure out "who-dunnit" before the climax, but that's fine. I enjoy these stories for their comfortable setting, familiar characters, and general lack of gruesome violence.

    One problem that I had, and that sort of gave a bit of the plot away, was the narrator. She was mostly pretty good, actually - but she got a few things wrong; namely, doing a French accent for a character who we only "discover" later can speak French. So - basically, we, the listener, knew of this character's French connection prior to the other characters in the novel.

    It was a good listen, though, and worth the credit if you are into British cozies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (234)

    Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

    Madge says: "Burnt out antiterrorist/priest deals with murder"
    "Thoroughly Delightful Cozy Mystery"
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    I am a definite fan of the cozy mystery genre, and especially enjoy British mysteries. This book - my second after Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet - was an excellent, enjoyable listen.

    This is the first in a series featuring the vicar-sleuth, Max Tudor, formerly of the MI5. He's settled into a nice, very quiet little town of Nether Monkslip (excellent name, isn't it!). We get to know some of the characters of the town (and know they will be back for the series), and get to know the town itself.

    For a cozy, it seems to move pretty fast (sometimes cozies can be a bit slow), and is fun - despite the murder of someone that not many people liked anyway :)

    I will be keeping up with this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Unto Death

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Caroline Graham
    • Narrated By Hugh Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    When Simone Hollingsworth fails to turn up at bell-ringing practice, her fellow campanologists are unsurprised. Bell-ringing, it seems to the villagers of Fawcett Green, is just Simone’s latest hobby to have fallen by the wayside. Only her neighbours suspect the worst, for Simone’s husband has been behaving very oddly. When the discovery of a body draws Chief Inspector Barnaby to the village, it soon becomes apparent that unravelling the mystery will stretch the Inspector’s powers of persuasion to the full....

    Sharon says: "Great writing, poor narration"
    "Excellent Village Mystery, Masterful Storytelling"
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    I LOVE Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby books. I've listened to five of them, now, I think.

    I've listened to them out of order - but that was just fine. Not too much changes over time (oh, someone might get married, get promoted, a child begins to grow up, but nothing that makes you feel you need to read them in order).

    This book was one of my favorites, so far. I was almost immediately captivated by the cast of characters, and by the quaint village life. Actually, there are a couple of characters that I think could have become good regulars in the series if the author had wanted to go that way:)

    There is humor, there is loss, there is, of course, murder. And everything gets settled very nicely by Barnaby in the end.

    If you did prefer to read/ listen in order:

    The Killings at Badger's Drift
    Death of a Hollow Man
    Death in Disguise
    Written in Blood
    Faithful Unto Death
    A Place of Safety
    A Ghost in the Machine

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Ghost in the Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Caroline Graham
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    When Mallory Lawson's aunt dies and leaves him her house in the country, it couldn't have come at a better time. It allows him to take early retirement from his teaching job and for his wife Kate it brings the chance to start her own company.

    Tracy says: "What a Finish!"
    "What a Finish!"
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    Okay - I am not reading this series (Chief Inspector Barnaby) in order; this was my second one in the series although it is last, chronologically.

    The series order is:
    The Killings at Badger's Drift
    Death of a Hollow Man
    Death in Disguise
    Written in Blood
    Faithful Unto Death
    A Place of Safety
    A Ghost in the Machine

    Now my review: in the end, I LOVED this book! But - I found it a bit confusing and slow for the first few hours. I was disappointed because I totally loved my first Inspector Barnaby listen (Written in Blood). Here, in my second book, almost half-way through, and STILL no Inspector Barnaby, and not much of a murder, either!

    I'll even admit that I almost gave up...okay, I DID give up, but finally, out of anything else lined up to listen to while doing a house painting job, I continued A Ghost in the Machine.

    And I am very, very happy that I did. I cannot eloquently capture how everything just....flows together, how the pace picks up, how I had become so emotionally attached to the characters (and repelled by others!).

    This was such a great listen, I am so glad I stuck with it.

    If you like British mysteries with complex characterization, intricate and skilful plotting, and a superb finish, then this is for you. I have since listened to two more books in the series (Death in Disguise and Faithful Unto Death), so I can safely say that this author will not disappoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (751)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Judith says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "Totally Fun Romantic Ride!"
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    I had a great time listening to this book. I like Evanovich in moderate doses - and as this book was a totally new book without all the same characters, I really enjoyed it. I also have read or listened to all of Goldberg's Mr. Monk books, so I knew this book would be good,.

    And it was really good. Oh - it won't win any literary prizes for sure; it was predictable, but it was a really frivolous, fun, adventurous and humorous listen!

    If you like books by Jennifer Crusie - I highly recommend The Heist by Evanovich and Goldberg. The story line is a bit far-fetched, as are some of the things that happen, but it's a total work of fiction, meant to have a bit of fun.

    So - sit back and just enjoy the heist!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (346)

    Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The classic text of these 81 verses, called the Tao Te Ching or the Great Way, offers advice and guidance that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and always concerned with working for the good.

    Jesse says: "Changed my thoughts"
    "Ok. But Dyer bugs me."
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    Actually - I've heard of Dyer before. Heard good things. And this book is worth the credit. But Dyer himself bugs me.

    He goes on a little bit about his name, and its origin, and so, therefore, he was meant to be here as a spiritual guide... (can't remember the weird connections he was making, but it was grasping at straws).

    Also, after learning about Dyer, I watched some You Tube videos, too. In one speech, he talks about a t-shirt his son had bought that Dyer basically guilted the son into giving him; in another place, Dyer seems to be talking about the same incident, but uses different language, decorates it differently, perhaps even remembers it differently, but in the new story, the son generously and willingly gives the t-shirt.

    These two versions make me just not trust Dyer. Also - I don't like how he made his name into some kind of significance.

    Buy this - it's not bad. I honestly just don't like Dyer. I much prefer Jack Kornfield (Buddhist), Eckhart Tolle (spiritualist) and Jon Kabat-Zinn (spiritualist).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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