Collins-Burke
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  • 1

    Sign of the Cross: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
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    Monty Collins is a sharp-tongued public defender who just wants to represent an upstanding character for a change. A priest with something to hide isn't quite what he had hoped for, but when the literate, arrogant, and tight-lipped Father Brennan Burke is implicated in the strange murder of a young woman, Monty doesn't just take the case - the case takes him. When Burke won't come clean, Monty is forced to play private detective, traveling into his client's past. Things look good for the case until another body is found....

    connie says: "Hybrid Mystery"
    Hybrid Mystery

    First, what this is not: The title does not signal any kind of Dan Brown clone--no holy grail stuff. Also, when this novel was written (and where) a p..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 31 2012 by connie (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • 2

    Obit: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
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    (31)
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    (26)
    Story
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    Long ago, Declan Burke fled Ireland in the dark of night, started a new life in New York City, and has never looked back - until one morning when he picks up the newspaper and reads the obituary of one Cathal Murphy. He sees at once that the obituary is a coded summary of his own life and probably a thinly veiled death threat. He turns to Halifax lawyer Monty Collins for advice, but when Monty starts to investigate the obit’s allusions to Declan’s IRA past, Declan decides to keep his lips sealed.

    cristina says: "A tad disappointed"
    A tad disappointed

    Downloaded this immediately after having finished the first in the series. I really liked The Sign of the Cross, but found this installment lacking. F..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 17 2013 by cristina (Somerville, MA, United States)
  • 3

    Barrington Street Blues: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
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    A rich man and a poor man are found dead of gunshot wounds outside a seedy bar on Barrington Street. The police declare it a murder-suicide, but bluesman/lawyer Monty Collins suspects it's a double murder. Helped by his friend, Father Brennan Burke, and hindered by his femme fatale law partner, Felicia Morgan, Monty explores the dark side of Halifax society: hookers, drug addicts, boozers, gamblers and people desperate to cover up a series of parties that got way out of hand.

    cristina says: "Such a disappointment"
    Such a disappointment

    I read the first in this series and loved it. Loved the characters...could not wait to follow them further. Second book was kind of a let down (attrib..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 22 2013 by cristina (Somerville, MA, United States)
  • 4

    Cecilian Vespers: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
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    Lawyer and bluesman Monty Collins is used to defending murderers - and occasionally investigating murders himself - but he's never come up against anything like the case of Reinhold Schellenberg, a world-renowned German theologian who has been found dead on the altar of an old church in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saint Cecilia's Day. The controversial priest, once a top insider in the Vatican, was known to provoke strong feelings in Catholics, and now those feelings have overflowed with horrifying results.

    Reader says: "Intensely Catholic"
    Intensely Catholic

    Although this is an intriguing mystery/legal thriller, it draws very heavily on arcane details of Catholicism, music, philosophy and politics. This c..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 02 2012 by Reader (USA)
  • 5

    Children in the Morning: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
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    When Beau Delaney, the Halifax hotshot whose exploits are the subject of a new Hollywood film, is charged with the murder of his wife, Peggy, it’s lawyer and bluesman Monty Collins who takes the case. But when Beau’s family dynamics and the appearance of a mysterious child alert Monty that his client is keeping secrets, others join in to help keep Beau from a life in prison. Monty’s pal Father Brennan Burke has a hand in the investigation, as does Monty’s estranged wife, Maura. Watching all this is Normie, Monty and Maura’s daughter, who has the gift of second sight.

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  • 6

    Death at Christy Burke’s: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When spray-painted graffiti appears on the wall of Christy Burke's pub, indicating that there's a killer on the premises, Burke's grandson, Father Brennan Burke, is asked to investigate the vandalism. Though not at all keen on probing into the lives of the bar's clientele, he has little choice once a body is found on the property. Issuing orders from a cell in Mountjoy Prison, the pub's current owner wants the problem solved without the police anywhere near his building.

    Maman Music says: "The worst of the series"
    The worst of the series

    I've enjoyed all the other books in the series, but this one couldn't hold my interest. Only a person who is steeped in the Irish Freedom movement wo..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 18 2012 by Maman Music (Poolesville, MD)
  • 7

    Blood on a Saint: A Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
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    In the seventh audiobook of the deftly written Collins-Burke Mystery series, Father Brennan Burke's patience is pushed to the limit when a young woman announces to the world that the Virgin Mary has appeared to her in the churchyard, and hordes of pilgrims, souvenir hawkers, and reporters converge on the scene. But, as unwelcome as these guests may be, they pale in comparison to yet another aggravation in Father Burke's life, a controversial talk show host who clashes with Burke upon arriving in town.

    Dave says: "Well crafted murder mystery"
    Well crafted murder mystery

    I hate to admit it but this is the first Anne Emery novel I've listened to or read and I live in Halifax. It's a delightful mystery well-performed by ..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 02 2014 by Dave (Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada)