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  • Blind Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    In Blind Justice, mystery abounds in London as Hester Monk, wife of Thames River Police Commander William Monk, questions Abel Taft - a charismatic preacher accused of extortion. Taft appears guilty as sin, but his trial explodes when a star witness drops a bombshell that has the Monks scrambling to save their dear friend Oliver Rathbone.

    Nancy J says: "Excellent Victorian Mystery /Legal Thriller"
    "Perry Strikes Again"
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    I admit it right from the start. I am an Anne Perry addict! I have been reading her work as long as she had been writing, I think.

    Blind Justice is one of her best books. Monk, Hester and Oliver Rathbone are present, but the twist on the story (not a plot spoiler, no worries) is terrific, unexpected and completely engaging.

    Davina Porter's narration of this wonderful mystery is - as always - magnificent. Her voice is ideal for Perry's characters, no matter their traits, accents, quirks, etc., etc.

    This is a "must read" for Perry fans!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to the Village: A Kurland St. Mary Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Catherine Lloyd
    • Narrated By Susannah Tyrrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    A wounded soldier and a rector's daughter discover strange goings-on in the sleepy village of Kurland St. Mary in Catherine Lloyd's charming Regency-set mystery debut. Major Robert Kurland has returned to the quiet vistas of his village home to recuperate from the horrors of Waterloo. However injured his body may be, his mind is as active as ever. Too active, perhaps. When he glimpses a shadowy figure from his bedroom window struggling with a heavy load, the tranquil faade of the village begins to loom sinister....

    Sara says: "A Happy Surprise!"
    "Patience is a Virtue"
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    Sadly, patience is not one of my virtues. One must exercise more than a little of this quality when listening to this book. The story develops very s-l-o-w-l-y. The writing is excellent however as is the narration. If you are looking for a good old fashioned British mystery - I wouldn't call this 'cozy,' BTW - then you might enjoy this read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Calls: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Pirie
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle - the creator of Sherlock Holmes - studied under the pioneering forensic investigator Dr. Joseph Bell. Critically acclaimed author David Pirie has created an engrossing series of novels that pairs the two as partners in criminal investigations in the dark underworlds of Victorian England. The Night Calls chronicles a most frightening and disturbing case: their encounter with the man who prefigures Holmes's arch-nemesis Moriarty.

    paula says: "Annoying"
    "Didn't Knock My Socks Off"
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    Perhaps my expectations were too high, but The Night Calls simply did not get any traction with me. I wanted so much to love this book, but I found it tedious and - as another reader wrote - "annoying." This said, if you are looking for Dickens-like detail, this is probably a book you would enjoy. The writing is excellent, BTW, just not my cup of tea. I suggest anyone read the reviews on Amazon before purchasing this book, so you know what you are getting into.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Fortier
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.

    Glory says: "Excellent! Merits 20 hours"
    "'Valley Girls' Meet Shakespeare"
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    If you can get past the terrifically annoying 'valley girl speak' (particularly from one of the primary characters), this is a very enjoyable book. The story is intriguing, well developed and written and quite engaging. By the time I got to Part 2, I was getting really tired of
    "P-L-E-E-E-Z-E" coming out of the mouth of the two sisters who are the main players but I hung in there because I was hooked on the storyline. In fact, I plan to read Fortier's next book, hoping that the 'valley girl factor' won't be present in that novel. If you are looking for a fun, romantic, interesting read, I recommend this book. The reader's voice gets a bit grating when she's doing the main characters in present day, but when the book switches back to Italy in the 1400s, she's great with accents and keeping myriad characters straight. Give her a lot of credit for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rembrandt Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (511)

    Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

    Alexis says: "Silva and Gigante -- A Superb Team!!!"
    "A Masterpiece of a Novel"
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    Daniel Silva novels amaze me. Actually, they captivate me, hold me in their clutches, never fail to deliver on a literary promise and leave me waiting for another great Silva story.

    The Rembrandt Affair is an excellent book, particularly If you like art mixed in with your mystery. This is also a very touching, sad book, in parts (no plot spoilers), so much so that I had tears ready to spill onto my face. These sections are genuinely tender and how the author manages to write so lovingly, respectfully and - at times - brutally is beyond me.

    Even if you don't know Daniel Silva from Dan Brown, this is a Silva book you can pick up and get enough backstory to understand the characters, circumstances and conditions.

    A masterful read indeed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letters from a Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Matthews
    • Narrated By Piers Wehner
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    New York, 1891: a rapidly changing city, torn between lamplight and electric light, where the burgeoning steel and railway industries attract a flood of humanity from every corner of the globe, fuelling cutthroat gangs, corruption and vice. A prostitute is found brutally murdered. Immediately fear starts to spread. The victim bears the same hallmarks as Jack the Ripper's recent killing spree in England. Could it be that the Ripper has crossed the Atlantic to fresh killing grounds? Or is this simply a copycat murder?

    ReadingRider says: "It's a ripper!"
    "It's a ripper!"
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    I could not resist using an obvious - but nonetheless descriptive - headline. Think Jack the Ripper comes to NYC, complete with abundant gaslight atmosphere, a tightly woven mystery and great narration. If you are looking for one of those perfectly fabulous Victorian-era pieces (the story takes place on both sides of "The Pond"), this book never fails to deliver.

    Our hero is an intense chap with a troubled past that leads to a difficult present. As the brilliant criminal forensics analyst, his character is believable, captivating, charming and complex. His side-kick in NYC is a policeman with his own share of challenges. And, let me not forget to mention our protagonist's personal assistant, Lawrence, who is also awash with his own personality issues.

    I worked though this 11+ hour novel in two days, I was so entranced with it. This seems as though it is the PERFECT property for a Hollywood option. As you listen, you start to imagine who would be playing the myriad people that populate the story.

    In a phrase, "I loved this book!" If you like Anne Perry, Caleb Carr, P.D. James, you would enjoy this author's writing. For a person with a pretty weak stomach, I was able to survive the crime scenes and attendant details without feeling 'icky.' There is a certain degree of creepiness that anchors the story, but it works very well. Would love to see another book featuring these characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Painting the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

    Janice says: "Skeletons in every closet"
    "Held me in its clutches"
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    I just discovered Robert Goddard. I purchased this book because it is narrated by Michael Kitchen, the actor extraordinaire. I knew practically nothing about Goddard's writing prior to this novel.

    This is a fascinating, fabulous and captivating listen. If you are looking for an exceptional story and a true fan of high quality historical mystery, this book will be right up your alley.
    There are loads of twists and turns. Every time I thought I had solved the mystery, I was wrong!

    I don't like to compare authors, but if you are an Anne Perry fan, you will love Painting the Darkness.

    I could listen to Michael Kitchen's narration and talent until the cows come home. What a range of characters he can pull off. Brilliant narration and true acting at its finest. He should do more of this work!

    Buy it, read it, share the buzz! A must read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1000)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "She's done it again - only better!"
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    This is Louise Penny's best book to date. I loved it! I was thrilled that the good inspector is back in Three Pines, with all the 'usual suspects.'

    There are multiple stories in this novel, but they are relevant, compelling and completely engaging.

    I don't know how Ms. Penny's does it, but she's topped herself this time. A must read if you are a Penny fan or just a devotee of a fabulously written mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1539)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1006)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "What a heroine! What a book!"
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    To think that a man can create a smart-as-a-whip, chemistry-genius 11-year old girl who lives in an English manor home in a charming British hamlet is nothing short of astounding!

    Alan Bradley has conjured up the most adorable, charming, engaging and humorous character to grace the pages of books in a very long time. Bradley has a gift - an amazing gift at that. He has given Flavia de Luce every quality and characteristic to make her nothing less than completely enchanting and memorable. Having noted this, Flavia also plays tricks on her very nasty sisters (I would also given these two as siblings), has a tendency to create lies when it suits her purpose, and - of course - is a brilliant detective. All this in one character whom I have grown to love, cherish and respect. If I had had a child, I would have wanted one just like Flavia.

    The reader of this book is magnificent. She doesn't have an annoying little girl voice that could drive a listener to distraction, but makes Flavia nearly jump off the pages into your lap, her skills are so adept at reading Bradley's words. Of course, her fabulous English accent helps a good deal!

    I seriously think Mr. Bradley is worthy of an OBE, so we can call him Sir Alan. What a masterpiece! I'm reading one book in hard copy and listening to two other Flavia novels. I can't get enough of her, her family, village and Gladys, her trusty bicycle.

    I'd love to sit down with the author one day and understand how Flavia came to him and where he learned to write in such a masterful way.

    Read every book, if you want to fall in love with cozy mystery at its finest. This is the first one and what a rocket-launcher it is!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Corridor: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    The unthinkable has happened at London's Peculiar Crimes Unit. In the depths of winter, a member of staff has been found murdered, and everyone who works there is suddenly a suspect. But Arthur Bryant and John May, the eccentric elderly detectives who run London's strangest crime division, aren't on hand to solve the crime. They've ventured into the heart of the English countryside, only to become stranded on a desolate snowbound section of road.

    Lynnette B. Crocker says: "Another great Peculiar Crimes mystery"
    "Loved this book!"
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    I just finished White Corridor and am crestfallen that I have now listened to all the books in this series. I adored every one of them, but have to note that White Corridor may be my favorite. The plot is absolutely riveting, the characters complex and interesting and, of course, the two aged detectives, just as bright and captivating as always. Mr. Fowler is a brilliant writer and Tim Goodman, as narrator, is superb. I have listened to a number of the books multiple times. If you like a good, quirky, contemporary, engaging mystery with surprise twists-and-turns, you can't beat White Corridor. I highly recommend this - and all the other Bryant and May books - if this is your genre. I am missing my two detectives already!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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