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C. L. Finch

I love action and suspense embedded in a good fantasy or mystery. Sprinkles of romance okay, but no erotica please.

Seattle, WA

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  • An Uninvited Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (314)

    Alison and her resident gumshoe ghost are on their next case when the deceased Scott MacFarlane floats in worried that he accidentally killed a prominent local woman. Turns out she's still alive...that is, of course, until she's murdered - in Alison's house. Now, between the demands of her guests and the arrival of a reality television crew, Alison must find the killer before she sees reality from the other side.

    Beatrice says: "Great follow up"
    "Light and entertaining until nearly the end..."
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    This was an easy read, the author's New Jersey humor pleasant. However, as hard as I tried to suspend disbelief at the end, I just couldn't buy the viability of who did the murder and how it was possible, much less the cop's response. I will still continue to read the books regardless for their entertainment and escape value. Amanda Ronconi did a good job narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christina Dodd
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (301)

    New York Times best-selling author Christina Dodd launches a thrilling paranormal series with this scorching tale. Dropping off some urgent paperwork at her boss Jasha’s house, Ann decides to finally admit her crush on him. But things get a bit complicated when she witnesses Jasha transform into a wolf.

    Kristi says: "Finally!!!!"
    "Heavy on the romance..."
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    I enjoy a focus on fantasy adventure with a bit a romance,rather than a focus on romance with a bit of adventure. I wish books were rated more like movies. I don't enjoy porn, even soft. It's not that I'm a prude, I just prefer enjoying first hand experience rather than reading about it. So I had to keep fast forwarding through many, many parts of this book, which was annoying. I guess I need more experience at reading between the lines in the publisher's review. The book seemed long, probably due to all the sex scenes. The writing was fine, though, so I gave it 3 stars. If you enjoy this sort of thing, then I recommend it. If you don't, now you know. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1296)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Molly-o says: "Don't miss this one"
    "A beautiful work of art"
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    I felt like I was watching an artist paint, stroke by loving stroke, unique and fascinating characters onto an exquisite landscape. I laughed and I cried. I also enjoyed learning more about Botany and Gilbert's take on Darwinism. I loved the idea that God provides plants to help or heal the human body--with visual clues, such as a walnut looks like a brain and helps the brain. This book is amazing work; I don't know how she did it, but hats off to her!

    P.S. Warning, it does get a bit sad and depressing in some places, but I managed to push through those parts. However, since I hate to feel depressed even for a moment I did mark it down a point.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghouls Rush In: Peyton Clark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By H. P. Mallory
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    Looking for a fresh start, Peyton Clark becomes the proud owner of a piece of New Orleans history: an Antebellum-era two-story house in the Garden District. It’s going to take time and a fat wallet to restore the fixer-upper to its former glory, but after her recent divorce, Peyton could use the distraction. It’s not long before Peyton discovers she’s moved into the haunted home of a flirtatious paranormal prankster.

    Pamela says: "Excellent Listen..."
    "Slow"
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    The first half was an introduction to a romance story, ghosts didn't come in until much later. The ghosts were okay. I listened to this at 1.5 speed to get through it faster. I'm hoping now that all the groundwork has been done, the next book will have more action and less angst.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2820)
    Performance
    (2177)
    Story
    (2186)

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Brian Rygaard Jensen says: "How I got to loathe the story"
    "Fun book!"
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    Strong woman, great friends, witty humor, and fast moving plot. She's the perfect assassin. Sit back and enjoy the fantasy! Narrator is perfect.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: Mattie Winston Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Annelise Ryan
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (177)

    When Mattie Winston catches her husband Dr. David Winston receiving some very special loving care from R.N. Karen Owenby, she quits her job and moves out. Mattie's best friend Izzy offers her a place to stay and suggests she'd be a natural as deputy coroner. Now, instead of taking patients' pulses, Mattie's weighing their hearts and livers. But Mattie's first homicide call turns out to be for none other than Nurse Karen, and even though she saw her ex in a heated argument with the newly deceased the night before, she refuses to believe David could be a killer.

    Kathy says: "A Combo of NCIS, Bones and Physical Comedy!"
    "A fun read!"
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    Mattie is definitely a fun heroine! The book is great mind candy for a sweet escape. I was entertained throughout and loved every minute! The narrator read it perfectly, with the right level of wit, sarcasm and mortification in her voice. I'm looking forward to the next book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Free and Fatal: Savannah Reid, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By G. A. McKevett
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    There's nothing like a makeover story to get people hooked, and America is certainly addicted to the weight-loss saga of once celebrated actress Dona Papalardo. Savannah's no exception although she can't imagine wanting to shed her own hourglass figure by undergoing gastric bypass surgery like Dona did. After Dona's personal assistant is shot dead in the star's mile-long driveway, Savannah becomes her bodyguard. The victim was wearing one of Dona's fur coats, indicating that Dona was the target. And when Dona's hunky gardener takes a bullet between the eyes, Savannah and Detective Sergeant Dirk Coulter know they must act quickly.

    C. L. Finch says: "I love getting lost in Savannah's world!"
    "I love getting lost in Savannah's world!"
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    Savannah is a loyal friend, passionate investigator and an absolute hoot! The plot takes you on the usual wild ride of twists and turns and yet another crazy sister lands on her door step. A very enjoyable cozy read. Love the relationship between her and Dirk.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Corpse Suzette: Savannah Reid, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By G. A. McKevett
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Despite New Year's resolutions to avoid irritating houseguests and nerve-wracking cases, California P.I. Savannah Reid finds herself playing host to her assistant's cranky cousin - in town for an unwanted makeover at a local spa - before the Christmas fudge is even gone. But when the spa's renowned plastic surgeon goes missing, murder's on the menu. And for Savannah, it's in for a penny, in for a pound....

    C. L. Finch says: "Another success!"
    "Another success!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Another good cozy read with Savannah not only solving murder(s) but hosting yet another dysfunctional visitor. It's fun listening to her southern witticisms and sarcasm and appreciating the relationship she has with Dirk more and more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder a la Mode: Savannah Reid, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By G. A. McKevett
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    As a special birthday treat, Savannah's friends have arranged for her to compete for Lance's affections on a reality TV show called Man of My Dreams. She and four other women will be living in a medieval "castle" with Lance, trying to win his heart. Unfortunately, the antics take a sinister turn when one of the show's producers, Tess Jarvis, turns up dead. It appears she was felled by a carton of Killer Fudge ice cream, but Savannah's convinced there's more to the story.

    C. L. Finch says: "Best one yet!"
    "Best one yet!"
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    Have I said how I like getting lost in Savannah's world? Such a delight, and this time with a real hunk and an ending with a twist! Her books are like dessert after heavy reading material. They're quick and easy to read as well as fun!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cereal Killer: Savannah Reid, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By G. A. McKevett
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    In a world where stick thin women adorn fashion magazines and silver screens, plus-sized private eye Savannah Reid is grateful for the wild success - and fabulous fashion tips - of full figured model Cait Connor. When Cait is found dead after months of extreme dieting, everyone assumes the risky regimen did her in. But then a second full figured model meets an untimely end, and it's time to weigh the facts...and search for suspects.

    C. L. Finch says: "Another cheerful romp involving plus-size models"
    "Another cheerful romp involving plus-size models"
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    I love losing myself in Savannah's world, particularly in between other darker series. It lightens my mood! Dealing with yet another crazed sibling, I can't help but wonder when Savannah will, once and for all, deal with the angst that runs in her family. Until then, they definitely provide a lot of entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Chocolate: Savannah Reid, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By G. A. McKevett
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Business has been a little slow at the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency, but full-figured P.I. Savannah Reid doesn't have time to drown her sorrows in a box of double-chocolate truffles. She's too busy watching the Gourmet Network - and drooling over the sinfully scrumptious confections that Lady Eleanor ("The Queen of Chocolate") whips up on-air. But someone isn't sweet on the Queen's charming chatter - and wants her to hang up her oh-so-quaint apron - for good....

    C. L. Finch says: "Savannah just keeps getting better..."
    "Savannah just keeps getting better..."
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    Another good cozy read. I like to read these books between particularly dark books. They're like a late night dessert. In this book, we get to know more of Savannah's dysfunctional family and appreciate her strength even further as she determinedly seeks justice for all. Not a traditional detective novel, most of the important discoveries are through lucky timing, yet it's still fun to watch her in action. I look forward to more of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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