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GrandmaG

Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.

Kinnelon, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 85 reviews
  • 187 ratings
  • 302 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2015
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  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1171)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "Totally, absolutely ludicrous, but......"
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    This is the second Mrs. Polifax book I've listened to. I have mixed feelings about it, which explains my 3-star rating. It's totally ridiculous. A 60-ish, untrained widow who is bored with her life, VOLUNTEERS herself to the C.I.A. to be a spy, and what's more, they sign her up!! Never happen, of course! But.... remind yourself - this IS fiction!! So once you get past that fact, you start listening, and you keep saying to yourself, "this is almost to the point of being dumb." The other agents she meets actually accept her and work with her, instead of telling her to go home to New Jersey. Bottom line is that it's a nice, albeit silly story, with no foul language and no sexual situations. Would I listen to another? I might, but I'd rent it for free from my library.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel Court Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    As the nineteenth century draws to a close, most of Europe is in political turmoil, and terrorist threats loom large across the continent. Adding to this unrest is the controversial Sofia Delacruz, who has come to London from Spain to preach a revolutionary gospel of love and forgiveness that many consider blasphemous. Thomas Pitt, commander of Special Branch, is charged with protecting Sofia.

    Susan says: "Tired of Special Branch"
    "A bit disappointing"
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    I've listened to almost all of the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series - at least the ones that are available on audio. I love AP's Christmas novellas, and I loved her WWI series, and I'm also working my way through the Monk series. I'm a diehard fan. I pre-ordered this book and listened as soon as it became available. I felt that the story could have been longer - she could have developed more of the aspects of the story, such as the effect that Sofia Delacruz was having on his daughter, Jemima. The story felt "rushed" to me. I deducted one star due to this. That said, however, it is still somewhat engaging, and a pleasant listen. I'm not sorry I purchased it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • And Then There Were None

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (550)

    Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

    Jill Johnston says: "One of the best Christie books"
    "A thoroughly enjoyable experience"
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    I have never seen this movie, so I didn't know anything about it, other than that it was written by Agatha Christie. Knowing that, I could be confident that there would be no objectionable language or sexual situations, and I could enjoy the experience. A great mystery by the queen of mystery writers. Narrated by Dan Stevens (from Downton Abbey). He did a great job - a different voice for each of the characters - a pleasurable listen. And, I was able to get it for half price! Thanks, Audible!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Witness at the Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Carole is thrilled with the coming wedding of her once-estranged son, Stephen. She finds it odd, though, that the parents of the bride have no interest in arranging the wedding, and seem terrified at the prospect of publicizing it. Things turn deadly intriguing when the father of the bride disappears at the engagement party, only to be found brutally murdered the following morn.

    Beatrice says: "The best yet!!!"
    "Enjoyed this one!"
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    I am listening to this series in order. The plot was engaging, and I was surprised as to who the perp was. All around enjoyable listen. As in the other books, the language was not objectionable, and there were no sexual situations. Mr. Howard seems to have rid himself of his annoying habit of saying "ah" ......before he starts a sentence, and that is a plus. I WILL be downloading the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (291)

    When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen's fondness for Barry Manilow. But beyond all the fur and purrs, there's something more to these felines. When murder interrupts Mayville's Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect.

    Linda says: "Promising "Cozy" Series"
    "Gave it 45 mins."
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    I was hoping this would be like "The Cat Who" books by Lilian Jackson Braun, which is one of my favorite series. It was not. I do not like stories where the characters are catty, gossipy, critical women who spend their time focusing on other women's hair color and dress size, among other things. And the main character has a cat who....(disappears?) Give me a break!

    2 of 2 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
    (410)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (350)

    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.

    Sara says: "A Classic Cozy English Village Mystery"
    "Book contains F-bombs"
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    Listened to 3.5 hours. One F-bomb in the beginning - I excused it, thinking "maybe it's the only one", and continued on, but no, I was wrong. I really didn't care for the story anyway. Gave up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in the Museum: A Fethering Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    The life of noted man of letters Esmond Chadleigh is celebrated in the halls of Bracketts House, though most of his work remains out of print, leaving Bracketts out of funds. Carole Seddon can keep Bracketts running, in exchange for assistance on her Chadleigh biography. But the trustees are afraid the biographer is only interested in rooting out the skeletons in Chadleigh's closet, especially after uncovering one in his garden.

    Sarah says: "Simon Brett - always fun to listen to"
    "Luke warm about this one"
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    I'm currently listening to this series. I enjoyed the first three books, but this one - not so much. Not bad, just not as good as it's predecessors. I'm finding Mr. Howard's habit of beginning a sentence with "a"... irritating. Example: "a...what do you think about that?" I doubt this is in the book! Also, his narration of the American professor (female) is awful! He makes her sound like a member of the mafia! I noticed that Mr. Howard does not narrate later books in this series. I can't help but wonder why?? I DO plan to continue the series, however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New York Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    The year is 1904. Twenty-three-year-old Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt, head of Britain's Special Branch, is crossing the Atlantic. She is traveling with an acquaintance, Delphinia Cardew, who is to marry the aristocratic Brent Albright in a high-society New York wedding - a grand affair that will join together two fabulously wealthy families, titans of the international financial world. But Jemima senses a mysterious shadow darkening the occasion.

    mysteryjoart says: "Another great Ann Perry Christmas"
    "Another very enjoyable book by Anne Perry"
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    If you have followed the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, you will recognize their daughter Jemima (now age 23). While it is not difficult to figure out who the murderer is, the rest of the story is still quite enjoyable. Recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bolt

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (227)

    The privileged world of horse racing, filled with sleek thoroughbreds, burnished leather, and the silken sheen of jockeys’ colors, is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Let best-selling, internationally-popular author Dick Francis take you to the immaculate stables of the de Brescou estate, where dark forces are lurking. Someone is killing the de Brescou racehorses with a “bolt” gun, shooting them silently, leaving no clues. Before the noble family, which includes his fiancée, is torn apart, jockey Kit Fielding must find the assassin.

    Jayma Bernhard Page says: "First book I didn't bother to finish"
    "Didn't hold my attention"
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    This author was recommended to me as an author who writes mysteries with little or no undesirable language. I avoided his books for quite awhile because I just didn't think I'd enjoy mysteries about horses and horse racing. I listened for about 2 hours, and I'll agree that the language was acceptable - except for one point where a character is upset and he exclaims "J**** Ch****. However, the story just did not interest me. I bought the book during one of Audible's sales, and only paid $5 for it, so I saw it as an opportunity to try a book by this author. Glad I didn't pay more for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Body on the Beach: A Fethering Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Recently retired, Carole Seddon is residing in Fethering in the cottage she purchased with her ex-husband. There she maintains a quiet and sensible life with the companionship of Gulliver, her Labrador retriever. But everything changes when she and Gulliver, while taking their daily constitutional, find a corpse on the beach. What's more, there are two wounds on its neck. The body mysteriously disappears and the police dismiss Carole as a befuddled middle-aged woman.

    John L says: "I loved it!"
    "Reminds me of "Rosemary & Thyme" TV series"
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    This is the first book in the "Fethering" series. As in the "Rosemary & Thyme" series (which can be seen on Netflix, if you're interested), you've got two middle-aged gals who love a good mystery, and can't seem to mind their own business. I discovered the second & third books in the series at my library and therefore listened to those two before this one. (Library did not have this title). I keep notes of the books I listen to, and my notes on the 2nd & 3rd books tell me there was no objectionable language (it is possible that I just didn't notice!) This book, however, had a sprinkling here and there of language that I didn't care for, but definitely NO F-bombs. I plan to continue with the series. I deducted one star because of the language.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rooms: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James L. Rubart
    • Narrated By James L. Rubart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    One rainy day in Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic, 25-year-old letter from a great uncle he never knew. It claims a home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside out. Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a stunning, brand-new, 9,000-square-foot house. When bizarre things start happening there, locals tell cynical Micah the place is “spiritual”. But he will slowly discover the home isn’t just spiritual....

    GrandmaG says: "LOVED IT!"
    "LOVED IT!"
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    Very, very enjoyable! Glad I purchased this audio book. I also liked his book, "The Chair". I anticipate purchasing more of Mr Rubart's books. The narration was very good, also. This is Christian Fiction at it's best. Thanks, Audible, for making this genre' available!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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