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Tex

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  • Two for Sorrow

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nicola Upson
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (51)

    They were the most horrific crimes of a new century: the murders of newborn innocents for which two British women were hanged at Holloway Prison in 1903. Decades later, mystery writer Josephine Tey has decided to write a novel based on Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious “Finchley baby farmers,” unaware that her research will entangle her in the desperate hunt for a modern-day killer.

    Sires says: "Mystery of the Effects on an Edwardian Crime"
    "Very dark. Very."
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    I read the first 2 books in the series and they were somewhat similar to what Tey might have written. This one is grim, dark and really unpleasant--if you don't really want to Go There. The murder was grisly, the subject a real downer. I felt betrayed. If you like modern, gory violence this is your book.

    If you like classic mysteries, run fast in the opposite direction.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Birdcage Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kate Riordan
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    George Woolfe is a young working class East London printmaker in 1900. Frustrated by the constraints of his class and station, he sees an opportunity to escape when, by chance, he meets Charles Booth, author of one of the most comprehensive social surveys of London ever undertaken. But this apparently auspicious encounter has tragic consequences for George who, within six months, is charged with the murder of a young woman. But did he do it?

    Tex says: "Grim"
    "Grim"
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    The view of working-class London is predictably grim, but the story has no uplifting moments. I read for entertainment and escape, and this one didn't work for me. Absolutely no humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Happened at Hazelwood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Innes
    • Narrated By Lucy Paterson, Christopher Webster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Simney family, of Hazlewood Hall, have a dubious history. Sir George Simney, who was travelling in Australia before the baronetcy fell to him, sleeps with a shotgun by his side. When he is found dead in the library, the Reverend Adrian Deamer will not rest until he has discovered who is responsible. This is an absorbing tale narrated by Simney's widow, Nicolette, and by young Harold, who has just joined the CID.

    Tex says: "Innes at his best!"
    "Innes at his best!"
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    No Appleby--except for a couple of references: "What would Appleby do" (WWAD?) But it's full of Innes's humor, red herrings, great characters, elaborate summation and satisfying victims and solution(s). It is told from the point of view of 2 different people, and the 2 readers were splendid.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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