This is book Two in the Aidy Westlake series of racing mysteries. I'd recommend listening to book One first because it's simply great, but you can start with this one, just as well.
As I said in my review of Did Not Finish, you do not need to be a racing fan to enjoy Hot Seat. It's a well-written seat-of-your-pants sort of mystery that keeps the reader guessing the whole way through.
There is a lot of intense action in this book, but it's never over the top with sex, swearing or violence. Only what's needed to carry the story forward.
I never like to give away plots, but suffice it to say that Aidy, his grandfather, Steve and his best friend, Dylan get themselves into and out of plenty of pickles. Pay attention, because things are not always what they seem in these books. That's half the fun of them.
I like this narrator, he brings a lot of depth to the characters and makes them easy to differentiate.
Can't wait for the next book in this series.
Even if you think you know this story- which we all do- you should listen to this version read by Tim Curry. He is simply wonderful. I plan to alternate listening to this with Alan Cummings reading of The Blue Carbuncle (Sherlock Holmes) for a new Christmas tradition.
I ended up loving this book, though I have to admit that it started out a little slow for me. What kept me with it are the wonderful characters this author created. And then I just couldn't stop listening, the story then completely won me over. It's very important in a novel told in the first person that you like that person, or at least are willing to spend 12 hours of your like with that person. Kate is very believable, both in her virtues and her faults. I also like when an author writes a child, in this case a 5 year-old, who uses age-appropriate language and doesn't come off as a miniature adult.
Monica McKey does a great job with the voices. I especially liked her Jake Bloom, who is a very complex character and required some finesse to manifest. Mary K was also well voiced. I hope Ms. McKey plans on reading more audio books, as I think she is very good with the accents.
If you like car chases and bombs exploding DO NOT buy this book. It is very thoughtful and literary. The writing is beautiful in itself, but the story that writing conveys will take you to new and unexpected places. Enjoy.
This is a great book. I read a lot of Scandinavian mysteries and this one just seems to stand out. The characters are exceptionally well-rounded and believable and the story has enough twists to keep your interest. Of course, it's got a lot of cold atmosphere, being set in the dead of winter and that adds to the suspense.
Once I finished listening to this one I immediately downloaded the next.
I like this narrator. He's good with the voices and seems to understand the humor.
If you like Simon Wood's previous books you are sure to like this one. I think he is an
author who gets better and better with each book.
This story has a fairly simple premise, but Wood gets so much plot out of it, I was quite impressed. Terry is a likable character and you can't help but root for him the whole time. He may not always make the right choices, but his heart is in the right place.
The plot has many twists and turn and surprising moments. I kept thinking I had it figured out, but never quite did.
My only complaint is that this narrator had a sort of nebulous English accent for Terry. Sometimes he even sounded Australian. But other than that his reading was good.
There is mystery, intrigue and suspense in No Show. I recommend it.
This was one of those audio books I couldn't put down. Listened to it in just two sittings. I enjoyed the story, but wish the setting had come a bit more into play in this book.
The main character, Inspector Von Veeteren, is a bit of a curmudgeon, but being a huge Morse fan, I can't complain about that. I wonder what his toothpick budget is on top of the cigarettes.
Anyway, the story is what sells this book and the characters of the victims and the suspects more than the police. The plot is definitely different to most standard mystery novels. Complex, but not overly complicated. I can't wait to listen to another book by this author.
I am probably not the most reliable reviewer for this book as I would pay good money to listen to Benedict Cumberbatch reading from the Hoboken telephone directory. He just has a wonderful voice and uses it to great advantage voicing all sorts of characters in this classic mystery.
Yes, it is abridged, but a little Ben is better than none at all.
The story is well-plotted and full of interesting and eccentric arty types. This is the book where Alleyn first meets Troy, so it has that to recommend it, as well.
I've read several of Simon Wood's books in the past and enjoyed them. But, I'm not especially into cars or car racing, so it took me by surprise just how much I loved this book. The insider look at the racing world was fascinating. The characters were believable. The plot may seem pretty straight forward at first, but watch out for those twists and turns!
I don't want to give away too many details, but there is a scene near the end, where our heroes are in peril, that it so well-written, I was almost crying for them. And it was probably made more intense by hearing it verses just reading it. I kept thinking, "There is no way they can escape from this," but, well, you'll have to listen to find out if and how they do.
I think it says a lot about a series if you finish one book and immediately want to pick up the next one. I'm on my way to download book two, Hot Seat, as soon as I'm done with this review.
I also liked the narrator, who did a good job of distinguishing the characters and inhabiting Aidy's persona.
I would say if you like car racing, listen to this book. But even if you don't, it's a great story and well-worth checking out.
Once again, Lady Georgie is stuck at Castle Rannock with her miserly sister-in-law, Fig, making her life miserable and Christmas is just around the corner. So, why not take a job on a country estate in Devon, make a little money and get far, far away from Scotland? All is fine until local people start dying. But are these deaths accidents or murder?
Once again, Darcy is on hand to lend his simmering sensuality to mix and he does distract Georgie quite a bit as she goes about trying to figure out what's going on.
This is one of my favorites in the series. I just love Lady G's spunk and how wonderfully English these books always are. And there are always several laugh out loud incidents in any of the Royal Spyness books.
I loved this reader's ability to capture personalities so well with her intonations.
If you like Marcia Muller you will like this book. I have read only a few of her books and I don't remember liking those as much as I liked this one. Sharon McCone, the story's main P.I., is an enjoyable character. She is tough and smart, but very human, as well. There is quite a lot of her personal life in the book, but that didn't bother me or digress too much from the mystery.
I loved the mystery of what happened to the missing woman all those years ago. It kept me listening on and on, well past my bedtime.
If you don't know Marcia Muller's work, I think this would be a good introduction into the series. Just don't worry too much about all the family and friends you are introduced to in the beginning and you'll do fine.
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