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susan

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  • The Cruelest Month: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (988)

    It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees, and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil - until one of their party dies of fright.

    Sara says: "Spring in Three Pines"
    "Excellent, authentic atmospheric, mystery!"
    Overall

    This was my first Louise Penny book but it will not be my last. The author sets the scene beautifully with excellent, artful, subtle descriptions of everything from the Quebec woods to the brie dripping off crisp French bread. The story is intricate but not too complex, the characters have depth and there is also some comic relief and profound philosophy, all in a good mystery. The narrator was well chosen and a pleasure to hear.I will miss his accent till the next time!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2857)
    Performance
    (2402)
    Story
    (2410)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Couldn't do it, too much romance for me!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Though I love well written historical fiction and I'm sure the author did her homework here, this is more of a romance set in Scottish Highlands with dashing, chauvinistic men and women who need them. The main character sets herself up to be successful, strong and independent in present day so why does she have an alter ego, personality, past life - whatever that is anything but? Go for it if you like romance, skip it if you are looking for real historical fiction. The reading was okay but a bit breathy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Glutton

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By M.C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (110)

    When eight members of the Checkmate Singles Club come to Tommel Castle Hotel to meet their prearranged partners, things are ugly from the beginning. The couples immediately dislike each other, and soon one of the two matchmakers is found dead with an apple stuffed in her mouth.

    Anne says: "Haimish does it again"
    "Classic hotel who done it! Scottish, not English."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Scottish Highlands and the water take center stage here, a long, low burning romance between the bumbling but extremely effective local constable Hamish and the owner of the former castle Priscilla, now a hotel, adds some spice but overall not as exciting or unexpected as an Agatha Christie "who done it." When listening its a bit tough to keep all the characters (hotel guests) clear, but the author uses the police procedural to redraw them several times for the reader/listener. Davina Porter does the Scottish accent well, but you must accept a distinct female voice narrating male dialogue and thoughts at times. Reminiscent of and a nod to Agatha Christie, an enjoyable listen, MC Beaton is trying to give the British murder mystery a modern (1980's) twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wife of the Gods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kwei Quartey
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, a good family man and a remarkably intuitive sleuth, is sent to the village of Ketanu---the site of his mother's disappearance many years ago---to solve the murder of an accomplished young AIDS worker. While battling his own anger issues and concerns for his ailing son, Darko explores the motivations and secrets of the residents of Ketanu.

    Shaliali says: "Engrossing Mystery in a Fascinating Setting"
    "Fascinating glimpse into Ghana, nice "who done it""
    Overall

    This is not just a mystery set in Ghana, it is a story whose setting in Ghana is integral to the story. Wife of the Gods is written with a truly African voice. Our main character, Detective Inspector Dawson, displays the same strengths and weaknesses of a police officer anywhere. He's thoroughly human, charming and has a slight drug problem. And he's still a great investigator, dealing with terrible crimes of passion just like a NYC cop. I learned a lot about the culture while listening but it did not detract from this tale of murder, the references to religion, politics and society only enhanced the book. It was subtle and the narrator made their inclusion seem less. As much as our main character, and several others, struggle to find the murderer, they are also fighting an internal struggle that pits traditional beliefs and practices against modern medicine and current economic realities. I gave this book a 4 (four) only because I wanted more...Hopefully we will get another book soon from Kwei Quartey.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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