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Valerie F. MacLeod

Facilitator & executive coach. Self employed. Health conscious, love to learn & read.

Member Since 2004

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  • 3 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 802 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Last Known Victim

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Erica Spindler
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Amid death and destruction, hurricane-savaged New Orleans has a new dark force to fear. As the rescue efforts unfold, a grisly discovery is made at one of the massive refrigerator "graveyards". One of these metal hulks contains six human hands - all female, all right hands. The press has dubbed the unknown perpetrator "The Handyman". Captain Patti O'Shay is the straight-arrow, by-the-book cop assigned to the case.

    Lia says: "Get this book"
    "Delightful Portrait of Post-Katrina New Orleans"
    Overall

    Last Known Victim describes what it is like in New Orleans after Katrina. The challenges of life and being a police officer spice the well written mystery.
    I enjoyed the feel of New Orleans, especially the French Quarter, and the story. I recommend it to others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4756)
    Performance
    (2806)
    Story
    (2807)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Great Story, Disappointing End"
    Overall

    "In the Woods" had a great story, with multiple layers, and wonderful characters. Like many other reviewers, I was disappointed by the ending, I wish the mystery of the missing children from 20 years ago was solved. This mystery was what hooked me in the beginning, but was left unresolved.
    I would definitely read another of Tana French's books. Her plot was complex enough that I didn't guess the ending too soon (that's my test for a good mystery).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl of His Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    On a rainy morning, not long after the funeral of his mother, Commissario Brunetti and Ispettore Vianello respond to a 911 call reporting a body floating near the steps in one of Venice's side canals. Reaching down to pull it out, Brunetti's wrist is caught by the silkiness of golden hair, and he sees a small foot - together he and Vianello lift a dead girl from the water.

    Alexis says: "Slow Started Really Pulls You In"
    "Lacking Pizzaz!"
    Overall

    I was hoping for a mystery that would bring the romance and mystery of Venice to life. Instead the book was slow and could have been in any city. It was all right, but I wouldn't highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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