Bartonville, TX | Member Since 2012
A smart, Agatha Chritie-esc series. Phryne Fisher is a well off, matter of fact aristocrat, who has acquired many important contacts and friends through her previous sleuthing adventures. Phryne is one of those characters that I wish I knew, she is a real pistol in this delightful book that offers a little bit of everything; suspense, romance, some off color characters, and a good, believable mystery.
In this episode Phryne is on a mission to locate three missing, pregnant girls who have all disappeared under similar circumstances. As her investigation proceeds she must go undercover, and while in disguise, she is aghast to come across some cruel and disturbing crimes being committed by some very unlikely characters. With the help of the law and her beloved, loyal minions, she sets out to thwart and arrest all nasty, extending tentacles that are attached to her appalling discoveries.
Stephanie Daniel is the ideal narrator for Phryne's character. Her other voices are distinct and create true personality and spirit for each in the vast cast of characters. This was my first in this series but look forward to more of her fun, fast paced mystery escapades.
This was a really fun, cute story. A great, mystical, fantasy that has all of our paranormal regulars originating from their own planets; werewolves, vampires, witches etc.. I thought that it added an interesting new twist in the origination of all non humans, each with their own set of rules and regulations. Men in Black meets all Halloween creatures of the night.
Dina Demille is an innkeeper who's guests are all non humans and use her inn as a sanctuary. She has full magical control of the interactive inn and it's extensive grounds. One afternoon Dina gets an inkling of magic being used just outside of her property and takes it upon herself to find out why and by whom. Once she finds out that it is a horrible creature called a tracker, a ruthless, intergalactic, hired hit animal that always travel in packs, the danger level goes to high. As it is her job to keep her guests safe Dina's magical protective instincts go into hyperdrive. I enjoyed this fast pace (non sciFi) story, Dina is a smart character who has an ancient set of ethics that makes her an endearing character. The narrator did a great job, I would read more of this interesting slant on an age old story should it become a series. Recommended for a light mystic read.
Liam is an ex-detective who returns to his home town after his brother and his brothers wife are murdered in their home. Upon his arrival he and an old heartthrob, who has also come back to town for the funerals, start an investigation. The local sheriff enlists Liam's help to figure out who might be behind the murder of two separate couples in their homes, within a week of each other.
The murders were of such a gruesome nature that they are immediately thought to be of a personal nature. The only survivor is a little boy who right before he slips into a coma, says over and over that it was a monster. As they get further into the investigation, deep secrets are revealed and a conspiracy plot thickens. A good mystery with relatable characters, fast paced with good narration.
3.5 * This book started out with a bang and had a great premise about a set of sister healers. I loved the story right up to the point where it turned into 50 Shades of Gray. I'm not a prude and I love a bit of romance/sex added to my favorite suspense/thrillers, however, it just felt like it became very specific and more like filler and/or an anatomy lesson. A little left to the imagination, in my opinion, is more sexy and can be more romantic. Besides that I loved the strong characters and the story, the fast pace and ever changing plot twists made it exciting. The narration was great and I will look for earlier books in the series.
Felix castor is a sarcastic, mountain of a man who was born with the ability to exorcize spirits from our earthly plain with just a tune. A dark, fun read about a paranormal group that are suddenly thrown together in order to help Felix bind and extinguish a demon entity, who already has a hold on one soul and needs one more innocent soul to return to our world.
The writing was good, had inventive characters, and the narration was fitting for the main character. I think this is probably a good series for those that love this genre.
I would not really compare this to Dresden or to The Iron Druid Chronicles. It's more along the lines of the Septimus Heap series, with the exception of some foul language. Mages are people who can see all the possible outcomes of the immediate future as long as a choice has been made. Air walkers are fairy type ancient characters who can help humans to become air like wind and can also be invisible like air. Shadow people are similar to the Rouge character in the X-men series. Touch is a curse.
This was a great adventure of good against evil with an exciting plot, fast moving story line and some original characters. There are different types of Mage's, (earth, air, mind and war), which makes the concept quite interesting. I am an arachnophobe but one of my favorite characters was an ageless, cloths designing, giant spider who has to get very close to you because of her bad vision. Hehe, very creepy (pun). This is a wonderfully fun walk in the mystical world without the age old wizard slant.
I could not put this one down. As good as NOS4A2 just not as freaky/creepy. This was a crazy, paranormal, mystery served with a little romance on the side. Joe Hill is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors because of his ability to keep a good steady pace along with original stories in each of his books.
Jude is a rock star that loves to collect macabre objects until one day when he purchases a Heart Shaped Box that sends his whole life into a tailspin. Unfortunately everyone in his life is drawn into his treacherous paranormal, nightmare that may just suck them all down the death road. Great, sinister, October read with believable characters and top notch narration.
October is a great month for a little classic horror from a master. Holmes and Watson are off to the moors for a little sleuthing around. In Holmes style he waits until the end to unfold all of the facts to catch the killer. My son informed me that the narrator Simon Prebble also was the voice of "Courage the Cowardly Dog", on Nickelodeon.
I almost stopped reading this in the first few chapters because it was so corny but I am happy I did not. It had just enough of a mystery and laugh out loud circumstances to keep me hooked and to become attached to the characters. Margie Peterson is a house Mom who has to return to the workplace and like she said, "if I was a stripper or couldn't type I would have a job tomorrow". Hehe. Quite a few funny lines made this a fun read and Margie's genuine naïveté got past the ridiculous portrayed in the start of the book. Not heavy literature but the author spun a fairly good mystery along with some good twists. The narrator did a good job and is the right voice for Margie. Recommend for a tongue in cheek, light read. I enjoyed it.
I did not know that this was published in 1967 until I was done with it. A very smart, timeless mystery.
When Dave Tellers prized race horses, that are worth millions, start mysteriously disappearing and then there is an attempt on his life, he enlists the help of Gene Hawkins, an English agent, who is known for his brilliance at solving cases. Gene is extremely methodical and has an amazing gift of perception, on the flip side he is also in a constant state of depression which he is able to hide very well.
The intricacies of the race horsing world are described and made easy to understand for the layman. The racing, siring, tattooing and care of these stately animals are all very interesting aspects of this great mystery. This story was highly engaging and I am looking forward to reading more of Dick Francis's intelligent and clean writing. Geoffrey Howard did a great job narrating and his different accents were performed extremely well.
This was a good, fast story of a hitman/bagman, Roy Cady, who during one of his contracted jobs, ends up saving a bystander prostitute. Other hired killers who arrive at his job destination at the same time were obviously there to kill him. Roy is a definite loner who finds out he has cancer and has basically relinquished any thought of living much longer. Uncharacteristically, while on the run, he finds himself feeling responsible and protective of the prostitute, Rocky and her daughter.
While Roy is trying to get to the bottom of who put a hit out on him and someway to protect his new charges, affections start to grow between these three motley characters. This is a dark and at times, very gory story that had good character development and kept me intrigued from the beginning. The narrator had a good, gravelly voice for Roy and did not try to do women's voices, a bonus. This is being produced for the big screen and due to be released sometime in 2015.
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