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  • In the Market for Murder

  • Lady Hardcastle, Book 2
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852

Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever intertwining of three fun mysteries

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 02-09-17

2 instalments were enough for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I needed a break from the LOOONNNNGGG book I am currently reading and I remember being entertained in Book 1 of this series.

I think Book 2 is the end for me; I liked the Lady Hardcastle character and there are some humours passages, but she’s becoming a caricature and frankly the entire premise doesn’t hold my interest – let alone a murder mystery that bored me.

Another goodreads reviewer said it best: “There is a lot of time spent on essentially nothing but proving that the two central women are unusual. By the time the mysteries wrapped up, I no longer cared and could hardly remember what the mystery was.”

  • The Sleeper

  • By: Emily Barr
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,623

A tense, gripping psychological thriller, with Hitchcockian overtones, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Sophie Hannah and Rosamund Lupton. Lara Finch is living a lie. Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair. But then Lara vanishes from the night train without a trace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste a credit

  • By MM on 08-24-16

A Tangled Web

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Despite the feeling that the plot was becoming way WAY over-complicated at times, I loved this book! It was compelling, mysterious, riveting… I was hooked early on and kept looking for opportunities to get back to reading it whenever I could.

The overly complex plot details all come together in the end, so don’t give up! It’s a tangled web, but just go with it.

  • The Girl You Lost

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Willow Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,107

Eighteen years ago Simone Porter's six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband Matt have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them. Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace - and can Simone trust her? When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great psychological thriller

  • By Angela Hancock on 10-05-16

I Knew It

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I predicted the ending, but didn’t know just how we’d get there.

Despite knowing the final outcome, it was still entertaining. I did not enjoy the dips into depravity, and perhaps would have skipped it all together had I known.

Overall it was good enough to finish.

  • TWA 800

  • The Crash, the Cover-Up, and the Conspiracy
  • By: Jack Cashill
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

What really happened to TWA 800? On the 20th anniversary of the crash, author Jack Cashill reveals shocking new evidence. TWA Flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from JFK Airport on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 passengers onboard. Although initial reports suggested a terrorist attack, FBI and NTSB investigators blamed a fuel-tank explosion. But skeptics have long questioned the official story, and new evidence has surfaced that suggests a widespread conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far More Than Another Anti-Clinton Screed

  • By Nathan D. Backlund on 10-22-16

Long

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I am not sure I believe it, but I can’t deny that it’s compelling!

Overall, I just found it too long and hard to follow.

  • My Story

  • By: Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Smart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,202

On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a heartbreaker, with a happy ending

  • By Andy on 11-08-13

Such a strong woman!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I was tremendously impressed by her internal strength, it was remarkable. I wonder however how much of that is hindsight? In any case, she’s a very brave person!

A parallel story about the search for her would have been an interesting addition.

  • A Royal Duty

  • By: Paul Burrell
  • Narrated by: Paul Burrell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

In A Royal Duty, Paul Burrell reveals the truth about Princess Diana, as well as a faithful account of her thoughts. He was the favourite footman who formed a unique relationship with the Queen. He was the butler who the Princess of Wales called "my rock" and "the only man I can trust". He was accused of theft, then acquitted following the historic intervention of the monarch. He was the Princess' most intimate confidant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Angie on 08-25-12

A Fresh Perspective!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-18

This book was great! For the first time in a long time, I feel like I learned something new.

Paul Burrell’s recollections add new elements to a story we all know so well by now.

I am glad I read it.

  • Queen Victoria's Children

  • By: John Van der Kiste
  • Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Queen Victoria and Albert, the Prince Consort, had nine children, who, despite their very different characters, remained a close-knit family. Inevitably, as they married into European royal families, their loyalties were divided and their lives dominated by political controversy. This is not only the story of their lives in terms of world impact but also of personal achievements in their own right, individual contributions to public life in Britain and overseas, and as the children of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Was the narrator just too bored?

  • By James Bruce on 03-16-18

Confusing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

It felt jumbled and choppy, I think I would have preferred 9 separate biographies.

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  • Murder in Murray Hill

  • A Gaslight Mystery, Book 16
  • By: Victoria Thompson
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Frank Malloy has never known any life other than that of a cop, but his newfound inheritance threatens his position within his department. While trying to keep both his relationship with Sarah and his fortune under wraps, he' s assigned to a new case - finding a missing young woman for her worried father, Henry Livingston. It seems the girl had been responding to "lonely hearts" ads in the paper for months before she disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By S. Sarabasha on 07-30-14

Frank and Sarah are moving ahead, I love it!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

I’m so glad Frank and Sarah are moving ahead with their relationship!

I found that the way the author dealt with Frank’s mother however was too easy. After all the harrumphing and constant negative attitude, this turn around in her character was a little hard to believe. Either the author felt like she painted the character into a corner and just decided to pull a 180, or something is brewing that we’ll see in future instalments!

I can’t wait to find out.

  • Murder in Chelsea

  • By: Victoria Thompson
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Sarah Brandt is shattered when she learns that a woman has inquired at Hope’s Daughters Mission for Catherine, the abandoned child she has taken as her daughter. The woman claims she was Catherine’s nursemaid, now acting on behalf of the girl’s mother to reunite them. Unwilling to simply hand Catherine over to a complete stranger, Sarah asks Malloy to investigate. But when he goes to interview the woman at her tenement in Chelsea, he finds she has been murdered. Though her death leaves Sarah’s claim to Catherine unchallenged, her sense of justice compels her to work with Malloy to find the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the series

  • By Kathi on 07-07-17

The Chapter I've Been Waiting For!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Movement!!!

Finally an engagement! Yahoo! (the rest of the book was good too, lol)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on Fifth Avenue

  • A Gaslight Mystery, Book 14
  • By: Victoria Thompson
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Victoria Thompson is the Edgar Award-nominated author of the Gaslight Mysteries and numerous historical romance novels. Set in 19th-century New York, Murder on Fifth Avenue follows midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy as they investigate the murder of a Knickerbocker club member.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but narration grates

  • By Kathi on 06-28-17

Great instalment

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Loved it! A terrific chapter in the adventures of Sarah Brandt.

As always, I looked forward to more developments between her and Frank with each book, and again I was disappointed that this episode didn’t move their romantic relationship along a little more, but I do like the direction her parents are going in.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful