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The Toby Peters Mysteries
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(4.0 based on 312 ratings)
  • 1

    Bullet for a Star: A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Toby Peters looked at the glossy photograph. Yes, that was Errol Flynn in the picture. And, yes, there was a girl with him ... a very young girl. They were both birthday naked, and seemed to be enjoying themselves. No wonder Flynn and Warner Brothers were nervous: if the photograph wasn't a fake, the studio's investment in the star was in serious jeopardy. Toby found the picture where he was supposed to find it. He wasn't planning to get hit on the head, though, or to find a corpse when he awoke.

    Carol says: "Good book, bad narrator"
    Good book, bad narrator

    I like Kaminsky's stories a lot and this one is no exception. They're lighthearted in the midst of murder and mayhem. But I'll never get another book ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 11 2006 by Carol (Kent, WA, USA)
  • 2

    Murder on the Yellow Brick Road

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (34)
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    (12)
    Story
    (12)

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  • 3

    You Bet Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    Duncan Hadley Lord seems too happy to kill himself. But then, he has no reason to sleep around, either. For three months the history professor has carried on an affair with a call girl, and for the last few weeks Chester Drum and his partner, rookie PI Jerry Trowbridge, have watched him do it. When Lord steps onto a fourth-story window ledge on Homecoming night, Drum gets through the police cordon just in time to watch the professor fall to earth.

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  • 4

    The Howard Hughes Affair: A Toby Peters Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Toby Peters is a private detective with sore feet, a bad back, and a tendency to bruise easily. He lives on a strict diet of hot dogs, tacos, shredded wheat, and disaster, and spends most of his time at the wrong end of a gun. Peters can’t get through the day without finding a corpse or losing his shoes or both, but he has a reputation for keeping his mouth shut. So when a nervous young billionaire finds a spy at his dinner party, he wants Peters on the job.

    Scott says: "Amazing trip to the past - Scott H."
    Amazing trip to the past - Scott H.

    Kaminski creates a charming, delightful and educational trip to the past.
    It is filled with mystery, nostalgia and fun.

    If you love old m..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 16 2012 by Scott (Nashville, TN, United States)
  • 5

    Never Cross a Vampire: The Toby Peters Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Coffins fill the basement of a crumbling Los Angeles movie theater. Five vampires crowd around fading horror idol Bela Lugosi, peppering him with questions. A malfunctioning plastic fang causes one of the undead-wannabes to lisp. The effect is less than fearsome, but Lugosi is terrified, for one of these oddballs has been making threats on his life. He hires Toby Peters to provide security against his unbalanced fans. The detective is not concerned, but he should be. Even fake vampires can kill.

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  • 7

    Catch a Falling Clown: A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The gorilla doesn’t like clowns. Normally that wouldn’t bother Toby Peters, since detective work tends to keep him far away from animal cages, but tonight he’s dressed as a clown and locked in with the ape. The animal’s handler told him not to worry - gorillas don’t eat people. They just like to tear their arms and legs off. What the ape doesn’t understand is that Peters is here for his protection. Earlier that week, someone electrocuted an elephant, and the gorilla, as one of the star attractions in this second-rate circus, is next on the hit list.

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  • 6

    High Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Someone wants Gary Cooper to make a movie he isn't interested in making, and whoever it is wants him badly enough to get nasty about it. Cooper takes to the hills, accompanied by a writer named Ernest Hemingway, chased by men with blood in their eyes and murder in their hearts. The problem is that Cooper can't shoot straight and Hemingway can't operate without native bearers and an elephant gun.

    Janelle Carter says: "Not up to par for this wonderful series"
    Not up to par for this wonderful series

    No. Not up to par for this series I have always enjoyed....so far. Plot not strong, and main guest character of Gary Cooper not well done. Cooper's..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 24 2014 by Janelle Carter (hannie2)
  • 8

    He Done Her Wrong: Toby Peters, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    You can't trust a man who's dressed as Mae West, especially not in Mae West's house. One of Hollywood's earliest sex symbols, the whip-smart blonde's star has fallen since the Hays Code cracked down on the racy repartee that made her famous. Her latest project is a thinly veiled autobiographical novel, whose only copy is stolen just after she finishes her first draft. Tonight she's having a Mae West party, with every guest a man dressed as her. The thief is among those in drag, and P.I. Toby Peters has come to tear off his wig. He's there as a favor to his brother, a brutal cop who had a fling with West when she first moved to Hollywood.

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  • 9

    The Fala Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    If he is surprised to find Eleanor Roosevelt waiting for him in his dingy little office, Toby Peters does not show it. Although this is his first time working for the First Lady of the United States, years of private investigations for the Hollywood elite have left him unfazed by a famous face. The First Lady comes straight to the point. Six months after Pearl Harbor, the only thing that keeps her husband from buckling under the pressures of the presidency is his dog, a sprightly black terrier named Fala.

    Scott says: "Great new voice for classic series"
    Great new voice for classic series

    It is as good or better than any version.

    Reviewed on April 14 2013 by Scott (Nashville, TN, United States)
  • 11

    The Man Who Shot Lewis Vance: A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Toby Peters wakes up with a headache, a gun in his face, and a body on the hotel-room bed. He is less surprised by the gun than by the man holding it: Marion Morrison, a.k.a John Wayne. Both of them were lured here by the dead man. The next arrival is a prostitute named Olivia, and hot on her heels is the house detective, who's come to check on the commotion in Room 303.

    MARRILEE says: "Johnny Heller Made the Difference"
    Johnny Heller Made the Difference

    The narrator made the difference in turning this from an okay, old-time P.I. story into a very enjoyable audiobook.

    Reviewed on May 23 2014 by MARRILEE (KENNESAW, GA, United States)
  • 10

    Down for the Count

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
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    (26)
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    (9)
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    (9)

    Private eye Toby Peters follows boxing as much as the next guy, but he never expected to encounter heavyweight champion Joe Louis this way: covered with blood and standing on a deserted beach next to the corpse of Peters's ex-wife's husband. The champ is innocent, but he has something to hide, and Toby agrees to protect the Brown Bomber from the police and the press.

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  • 13

    Think Fast, Mr. Peters: Toby Peters, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Hollywood detective Toby Peters is asleep on his floor when the dentist who shares his office calls, wailing that his wife has left him. While on the one hand, Toby is shocked that a woman as unpleasant as Mildred could ever attract a suitor, he's even more surprised by the name of the alleged Lothario: Peter Lorre, the scaly-voiced, bug-eyed Hollywood character actor. Though he can't imagine why the dentist would want her back, Toby agrees to track down his missing wife. He finds Lorre in a greasy spoon near the Warner Brothers' lot, but the actor doesn't know a thing about the missing Mildred....

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  • 12

    Smart Moves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Chris Lane
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Toby Peters needs to find an assassination squad of lunatic Nazis, put them out of commission while also figuring out who is trying frame Albert Einstein as a traitor and stop them. All of this without the FBI knowing. The Washington Post writes that Stuart Kaminsky has "the imagination of Scheherazade, and Toby Peters seems to have at least 1001 lives."

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  • 14

    Buried Caesars: Toby Peters, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The uniformed man standing before Toby Peters is General Douglas MacArthur, a soldier who considers himself the only man who can defeat the Japanese. But though he may be all-powerful in the South Pacific, today he is in Los Angeles with a problem only a detective can solve. The general has an eye on a postwar promotion to the White House, and an aide has stolen his war chest, his donor list, and a handful of embarrassing private letters. To get them back, Toby may need some help.

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  • 15

    Poor Butterfly: A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    The year 1942 is a bad time to stage Madame Butterfly. Although Puccini's masterpiece is a perennial favorite of the San Francisco opera crowd, its sympathetic depiction of a Japanese girl causes tension in the dark months following Pearl Harbor. Newspaper editorialists rage against the production, opera buffs picket the theater, and a note appears nailed to the house door, threatening violence against the cast and crew. When the first workman dies, the maestro calls Toby Peters, a Los Angeles detective who works discreetly for Hollywood's rich and famous.

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  • 17

    The Devil Met a Lady: A Toby Peters Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Why has the fabulous Bette Davis, the best-known face in the world behind Roosevelt and Hitler, been kidnapped—not once, not twice, but three times? What in the world does this star abduction have to do with Third Reich designs on America’s plans for a top-secret superbomber? And who else but Hollywood private eye Toby Peters to plunge into this hair-raising adventure in pursuit of the answers?

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  • 19

    Tomorrow Is Another Day

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
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    (2)

    On December 10, 1938, Atlanta burned again. In the back lot at David O. Selznick’s studio, sets from a dozen old pictures were pushed together and set alight to provide a backdrop for the climax of what Selznick promised to be the movie of the century: Gone with the Wind. Toby Peters, then just a studio security guard, was on hand to help keep the dozens of Confederate extras in line. When the fire was over, he found one of them dead, impaled on his own sword.

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  • 18

    Dancing in The Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (4)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    L.A.'s sleuth to the stars Toby Peters is getting twenty-five dollars a day plus expenses. His job: convincing a vainglorious gun moll and a semiretired gangster to leave Fred Astaire alone. It's a case choreographed for trouble and murder. Soon Toby will find himself hoofing it onstage with Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth - in front of several thousand spectators as he desperately tries to unmask a fast-stepping killer, prevent Astaire from trading in his tap shoes for cement galoshes.

    Mary A. says: "A fun old-time gumshoe story..."
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  • 20

    A Fatal Glass of Beer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart M Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    W. C. Fields hires private eye Toby Peters to nab the culprit who is robbing him one bank account at a time, but while on the thief's trail, the two find out there is another bad guy who does not want the money, but rather wants both of them dead.

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  • 21

    A Few Minutes Past Midnight: Toby Peters, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This time out, in a raucous, new Hollywood thriller, private investigator Toby Peters - who has cracked cases involving such classic movie luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, the Marx Brothers, John Wayne, and Mae West - is gumshoeing for the legendary Charlie Chaplin. Rudely awakened one midnight by a sinister visitor wielding a very large knife, Chaplin has been threatened with death unless he stops production on his latest project, a film in which a series of wealthy old women are married and then murdered for their money. Toby's discovery that six rich elderly women have recently died in the movie capital strikes him as no mere coincidence.

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  • 22

    To Catch a Spy: Toby Peters, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2)
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    It’s a lucky thing that Cary Grant once trained as an acrobat, because Toby Peters’s life is in the actor’s hands. As the two men sprint through the pitch-dark woods, trying to elude a man with a gun, they come to a canyon ledge. With nowhere to go but down, they scramble over the side. Peters slips, and Grant grabs hold of his wrist. As the killer closes in, Cary’s grip begins to falter....

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  • 23

    Mildred Pierced: The Toby Peters Mysteries, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    His longtime friend and office mate, the mad dentist Sheldon Minck, has been jailed for murder - the victim, his estranged wife, Mildred; the motive, a $200,000 inheritance; the weapon, a crossbow. Only Miss Crawford, the single witness to the crime, can attest to hapless Minck’s innocence. But the former MGM movie queen has just been offered her first film in two years, as the title character in Mildred Pierce, so she is anxious to avoid unpleasant publicity that could cost her the role.

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  • 24

    Now You See It

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
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    (4)

    At the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, Blackstone is billed as the World's Greatest Living Magician. Of course, should the giant buzz saw in the climax to Blackstone's act cut the beautiful young woman in fact in half, his sterling reputation would be ruined. And someone among the Los Angeles Friends of Magic is decidedly intent upon ruining it - whatever the price, including the life of Toby's prime suspect.

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