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  • Angels at the Table: A Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy Christmas Story

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (94)

    In this joyous and whimsical holiday novel, Debbie Macomber rings in the season with the return of Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy, delivering laughs, love, and a charming dose of angelic intervention. Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy know that an angel's work is never done, especially during a time as wondrous as New Year's Eve. With an apprentice angel, Will, under their wings, they descend upon Times Square in New York City eager to join in the festivities.

    Blanche says: "I love! love! love! All the Angel Books"
    "Macomber's angles are at it again!"
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    This is the latest, and best installment, in the Debbie Macomber 'angles' series. It seems like an updated, Christian fun redo of the movie, An Affair To Remember.

    The angles--Shirley, Goodness, Mercy, and the newest addition, Will are 'prayer ambassadors' from heaven who push the boundaries of their assignments. This time they cause two lonely people to meet in Times Square on New Years Eve. They have an instant attraction, but problems arise and the angels 'help' causes problems for the new couple.

    This story has a fun interest because the two people are a chef, opening a new restaurant, and a food critique for the newspaper. Since I enjoy shows on the cooking channel, this book ties in the food interest, romance, and fun with a Christian message. Good read for this Christmas season!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Mark
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    What Ian Rankin is to Edinburgh David Mark is to the seaport of Hull in Northern England. This is the beginning of a dynamic, thrilling series featuring detective Sgt. Aector McAvoy, a psychologically-probing investigator who finds patterns and motives in seemingly unrelated deaths in his hardscrabble town.

    readqueen says: "An intriguing tale"
    ""The quality of mercy....""
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    There's a new cop in the English city of Hull. No sooner does he start his job than he views a 15 year old Somalian adopted girl being slash down in their central church. He has even seen the hooded slasher. But is he a serial killer? Seems that survivors of fatal incidents are being murdered. Thus starts this gruesome murder mystery with a unique plot for a murderer.

    Perhaps some of the best parts are the development of the characters. Aector McAvoy is definitely an experienced cop, and rumors abound about his past with a dirty cop and a paid killer. Now he's supposed to be relegated to computer work because of his unique talents in finding information from a desk. His female supervisor tries to untangle his skills through his quiet personality. Aector is profoundly in love with his beautiful wife and young son. Through all this is the description of a dank and wet city of Hull.

    This was a great start for a continuing mystery series. Aector is not reminiscent of any policeman that I've previously read about. I also appreciated the twisted motive that was also unique to this story. Definitely will read more from this author. Listened to this on Audible and really appreciated the dramatic affect, especially Aector's Scottish accent amongst the English.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (512)

    International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.

    Charles Atkinson says: "It's a 5 Star Story of Revenge"
    "Revenge in Denmark"
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    In Denmark's police, Department Q deals with cold cases. Detective Carl Morck is relegated to cold cases after a tragedy ended a case that he had been working on. Now he reluctantly finds himself dragged into a fourth case with his unusual mysterious assistants, Assad and Rose. While investigating the disappearance of a brothel owner, Rita, they discover that five people disappeared that same day and were never found these twenty odd years later.

    This case goes back and forth between 1987 and today. The Purity Party has been growing secretly through time, with the goal of aborting and sterilizing , illegally if necessary, all those dreamed inferior--those of any ethnic background other than Caucasian, those of inferior minds, and those who are poor and a drain on the system. Since childhood when her mom died, Nete Hermansen, has had abuse and further abuse helped upon her. Though she had a period where she fooled the world, that changed suddenly one day, by her own hand. Then she planned an elaborate revenge on everyone who wronged her.

    These Department Q books are full of sinister behavior and down right evil, but Adler used Assad and Rose as great comic relief within his books. Carl gets pulled and drawn into these cases almost against his will, but then he goes full 'life threatening' force into the investigations. These things really draw the reader into these remarkable mysteries. I suggest starting at the beginning of this series to get the full effect of the recurring characters. I listened to this on Audible and found it added a great deal to my enjoyment if this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The All You Can Dream Buffet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Barbara O'Neal
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Barbara O’Neal’s novel of food, friendship, and the freedom to grow your dreams brings together four very different women longing to savor the true taste of happiness. Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life’s work after she’s gone.

    Ronna says: "Who will inherit the lavender farm?"
    "Who will inherit the lavender farm?"
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    This is the story of four women who are searching for changes and love. Lavender is an organic farmer specializing in honey and lavender products. She's looking to find someone to take over her farm after she dies. As a member of the blogging "Foodie Four", she invites these friends to her farm to celebrate her 85th birthday, in hopes of finding that someone. These women range from the young, pregnant, and unmarried ,Ruby, to the unhappy photographing middle-aged wife, Ginny, to Val, who was a prima ballerina and has just lost her husband and all but one teen-aged daughter to a deadly crash. As these women gather and plan Lavender's birthday celebration, they grow closer in their friendships and find some meaningful relationships with a couple of men.

    This was an interesting story of woman overcoming their difficulties and taking control of their lives. The information about the growing of lavender and extracting the oil for different uses, plus the different types of lavender, was especially interesting to me. In general, this book was very reminiscent of many other similar type woman's' stories. I listened to this on audio and thought it was done expertly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Watchman of Ephraim: Cris De Niro, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gerard de Marigny
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Cris De Niro worked his way up to the top of the hedge fund world. Yet, all of his money couldn't protect him from losing his wife on 9/11. Ten years passed since the tragedy. De Niro and his sons relocated to a sprawling ranch near Las Vegas. Turning to his faith to overcome his anguish, De Niro now lives for a higher purpose. From a biblical passage, he reads about the "Watchman of Ephraim", a defender who kept watch over the land. De Niro decides to acquire a lackluster counter-terrorism agency.

    Ronna says: "Counter-terrorism after 9/11"
    "Counter-terrorism after 9/11"
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    This is the first is a series of action adventure books about a group called The Watchman Of Ephraim based on a Bible verse that describes those who watch over the land. Cris De Niro was a high powered head of a major hedge fund until he lost his wife and unborn son in the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11. It was after this event that he bought a group of experts together to create a super counter-terrorism agency.

    Their first encounter involves a planned nuke attack over Las Vegas. Iranians, Mexicans and Russians are all involved. Strange gatherings of many people on the Mexican boarder alert the team to possible trouble, but they had to act fast to protect the country and De Niro's remaining family.

    I really liked the theme and action of this story. The idea of legal justice and/or moral justice was interesting. Reminds me of some other TV shows and books that follow along this same theme which always conflicts me, but never looses my interest. I listened to the audio which added a lot to the emotions evoked with this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seven for a Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (114)
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    From Edgar-nominated author Lyndsay Faye comes the next book in what Gillian Flynn calls, "a brilliant new mystery series." Six months after the formation of the NYPD, its most reluctant and talented officer, Timothy Wilde, thinks himself well versed in his city's dark practices - until he learns of the gruesome underworld of lies and corruption ruled by the "blackbirders," who snatch free Northerners of color from their homes, masquerade them as slaves, and sell them South to toil as plantation property. The abolitionist Timothy is horrified by these traders in human flesh.

    Amy says: "A Solid Sequel to Gods of Gotham"
    "1948 and new NYPD solves mysteries of free blacks"
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    It's 1846 in New York, and the second year of the NYPD. Last year, in book one, "Copper Star" Timothy Wilde, solved murders in a book that gave much of the history of the Irish immigrants and the conflicts between the Catholics and the Protestants. It's a good idea to read that book first ( THE GODS Of GATHAM) because many characters are carried through into this book. This book continues with murders associated with run away slaves and free blacks in the north. Once again, chapters are headed by quotes about this topic from authors of those times.

    Timothy's spunk, bravery, and creative determination to do what is right by law and by moral justice, gets him into trouble with everyone, including his brother Val, who is big in the Democratic Party and continues to be a scoundrel in every sense of the word. The mistress of the brothel from the first book plays a big role in the atrocities of this book. And there are a couple of children who will tug at you heart with their lives and courage.

    This historical mystery is very well documented and extremely well written. The story kept me involved with many twists and turns that I was drawn into as Timothy figured out his fast paced world. I listed to this on Audible and found the narration added much to the feeling and emotions evoked in this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Desserts

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Nellie Chalfant
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    When love-resistant dessert chef Summer Lyndon develops a taste for her delectable boss, Blake Cocharan, her legendary willpower is put to the ultimate test.

    Jessica says: "Summer.."
    "Nothing but Lucy, no substance to the story!!"
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    This book was not for me. I was hoping for a light romance with a little substance, but it was more a lust for food and lustful romance. More sex than loving relationships. Though if that is what you're looking for, the book was written fairly well.

    Summer Lyndon, super chef who commands respect and large payments for her delectable treats, is hired by Blake Cocharan, successful hotel owner, to super class his hotel restaurants. The attraction is immediate and goes through some issues before all live happily ever after.

    The best part was the narration of the book on audio. Great accents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (281)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Cayce says: "She does it again!"
    "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
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    It's 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, and the city is sharply divided by class and ethnicity. The police force is ruled by white men and women and minorities have to fight bigotry, sexism, and "good old boy" politics. Maggie Lawson comes from a poor family of cops, and has been on the force for a few years. Kate Murphy is a widowed Jewish from a rich family who is determined to make it in the world on her own. She has just joined the force, learning the job, while experiencing humiliation and teasing from most of the other policemen. Kate and Maggie find themselves teamed up against great odds as they branch out on their own to catch a serial police murderer.

    Though I love Slaughter's writing, I found this book a little disconcerting. I can definitely believe the bigotry of those times, but there were no nice people at all in this book, including Maggie's family, and everyone else involved in this story. I really liked Kate the best, as she had what Jews call hutzpah - (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity) , and great bravery in many difficult situations. Calling the serial killer " the fox" throughout the story until the reveal at the end, definitely ratcheted up the terror and suspense. Good story but not one I'd want to repeat very often. Still love Slaughter's writing though!!

    The audio version added another sense of reality to the story that I definitely believe added a great deal to the emotional feeling of the story. Very well done!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Buzz: A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker's assistant. Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as "the Christmas Stalkings". Clare'sboyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved.

    Ronna says: "Cookies can be murder"
    "Cookies can be murder"
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    Clare Cozy and almost all of our favorite Village Blend Coffeehouse characters are back in a holiday mystery while they are celebrating with cookie events with cookies from around the world. Moirin is a new young Irish employee that everyone enjoys. She bakes the cookies for the coffeehouse, but actually works at the bakery that developed the cookies. She's a music lover too, but sadly, she's bludgeoned to death at a cookie festival event. Clare found her body and is determined to find her killer with a little help from her boyfriend, family, and her baristas.

    I love this series for so many reasons. The Cleo Coyle writing team always adds numerous interesting facts, local information, and yummy sounding recipes to their mysteries. In this one, there are added characters that are a take off from reality TV that are a laugh and a half. The mystery is compelling with clues on every page. We also hear more and more about Clare's love life with her, Detective Mike Quinn, who is on a secret duty in Washington, DC. One of my very favorite cozies done in audio. The spoken accents add so much to my enjoyment of this series. Looking forward to the new one in this series coming in November 2014.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By Chandler David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
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    (29)

    From C. J. Box, the New York Times-bestselling author of the Joe Pickett novels, comes a thrilling book of suspense stories about the Wyoming he knows so well - and the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there. Over the course of eighteen books, C. J. Box has been consistently hailed for his brilliant storytelling and extraordinary skills at creating character, suspense, and a deep sense of place. All of those strengths are in the ten riveting stories - three of them never before published - that make up Shots Fired.

    justin says: "That's odd...a THREE star review within 3 hours???"
    "CJ Box masterful in the short stories too"
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    If you're a fan of CJ Box like I am, you must read everything that he writes. I'm generally not a fan of short stories, but every one of these is a winner. Especially appreciated the one that was a required 1000 words--no more and no less. Box's efficiency with just the right words made it interesting and complete.

    There are also a few that were previously only released for e readers, and I know a few people who were disappointed in not being able to read these before. A couple revolve around Joe Picket and Nate. Also a very interesting one "Pronghorns of The Third Reich" that was written around an actual picture from history.

    Great listening to them on Audible. David chandlers continues to do an excellent job narrating Box's works.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Hank Phillippi Ryan
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
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    (16)

    Hank Phillippi Ryan presents a spine-chilling, heart-wrenching suspense novel that explores a terrifying scenario striking at the heart of every family. Does a respected adoption agency have a frightening secret? Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal - reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.

    Ronna says: "Overworked child services leads to greed & murder"
    "Overworked child services leads to greed & murder"
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    This second book in the Investigative reporter, Jane Ryland, series is greatly aided by the knowledge that Hank Phillippi Ryan, a TV reporter herself, has in how a story is developed through personal investigations, police procedurals, and keeping all your sources available for inside information.

    Jane is working for a floundering Boston newspaper when her friend, Tucker, asks her to help her. Tucker has been matched up with her birth mother and they are getting along beautifully, until Tucker finds out that she's been matched with the wrong woman. At the same time, Jane's boss sends her out on a story of a murdered woman, also being investigated by her secret boyfriend, Jake, on the Boston police force. These investigations slowly collide in a larger investigation of the Brannigan Agency that matches adoptees and birth mothers, the foster care system, Child Services, and greedy individuals.

    The pace and building atmosphere of this story are superb in creating great tension and plot that made me feel that I was deeply involved with these people's lives. The problems that are present in the extremely overworked child and foster care system were aptly used in creating a very believable, but deeply troubling plot for this mystery. Definitely a memorable book. I listened to this on audio and believe that added a great deal to my enjoyment of this book !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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