A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent and now inmate John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a key part in his downfall. Now Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer who disappeared in the mid-'90s, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren.
I love Anne Cleeves and the narrator is excellent. Finished in one day. Couldn’t put it down.
On a hot summer on the Northumberland coast, Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son murdered. Luke has been strangled, laid out in a bath of water and covered with wild flowers. This stylized murder scene has Inspector Vera Stanhope and her team intrigued. But now, Vera must work quickly to find this killer who is making art out of death. As local residents are forced to share their private lives, sinister secrets are slowly unearthed. And all the while the killer remains in their midst, waiting for an opportunity to prepare another beautiful, watery grave....
I love all of Ann Cleeves’ books, and this one didn’t disappoint. The narration is perfect, too.
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Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...
If you're looking for a fun, cozy English mystery, this book will not disappoint. An enjoyable, well-performed read.
On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.
Bought this book and the next in the series as part of a 2 for 1 sale. Will probably finish this one since I've managed to get about 2/3s of the way through already, but I won't read anything else in this series. I gave it 2 stars because it's not the worst book I've read, but it's close. The characters are flat and completely uninteresting. The dialogue is juvenile. The narrator does his best, but there's really nothing he can do to improve this book.
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It's early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks toward Fitzroy Square - a place of many memories - she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man's wife is bedridden and his daughter has been killed in an accident, the Secret Service wants Maisie - who bears a striking resemblance to the daughter - to retrieve the man from Dachau....
This isn't the best in the series, but it's not horrible. If you liked the other Maisie Dobbs books, you'll like this one, too.
The disappointing (and often unintentionally funny) part of this book was the atrocious German. Ms Cassidy is generally an excellent narrator, but she should have spent some time with a language coach. Her pronunciation of the German language was awful at best (it didn't even sound like fake German), and unintelligible at worst.
And she wasn't the only one. Ms. Winspear obviously wrote the German text with the help of Google Translate. The funniest error was the scene where Maisie drops her purse at the train station and exclaims "Wie, bitte?", which was translated as "I beg your pardon." in the book. The problem is, "Wie, bitte?" always takes the form of a question, and only means "I beg your pardon?" in the sense of not understanding what has been said and asking for clarification. It can also express shock, surprise, or outrage at something that has been said as in "I BEG your PARDON?!?!?". Needless to say, dropping your purse and saying "Huh? What did you say?" was just silly.
In the end, I enjoyed the book well enough, but I wouldn't read it again, except if I wanted a good laugh.
When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man's-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving "officer needs assistance" calls. The problem? They're coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half century ago.
Love Craig Johnson, love his Longmire series, love George Guidall! This latest installment doesn't disappoint. Can't wait for the next one, coming later this year.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.
This is a great story, well written, and brought to life perfectly by the narrator.
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Luke flung the light of his torch full onto the face of the immobile figure. Then he had the shock of his life. The man had no face! Where his face should have been was a sort of inhuman, uniform blank! When a body is found at an isolated garage, Inspector Meredith is drawn into a complex investigation where every clue leads to another puzzle: was this a suicide or something more sinister? Why was the dead man planning to flee the country?
Got about 1/3 through this book and I just couldn't finish. The story was so dull, and I just didn't care who did it.
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As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revelers break the muffled silence. Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter, Jessie, are swept along in the jostling crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped due to the bad weather, and the other passengers fade into the swirling snow, Jessie notices that one lady hasn't left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed.
It's Ann Cleeves, so it's a given that it'll be a marvelous read. Janine Birkett does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life, especially Vera. I highly recommend this book. I just wish Audible would have more available from this series.
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What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose.
The story wasn't groundbreaking, but Simon Vance's narration made it a worthwhile, and sometimes even fun, listen. Rarely, however, have I experienced such a strong dislike of a character who was supposed to be the hero of the book. Enzo Macleod is described as being a "genius", but the mystery is solved by his friends and a lot of luck. In the meantime, he spends all his time whining and feeling sorry for himself, except when he is thinking about his 19-year old assistant's melon-like breasts. Not sure I could stand listening to another Enzo Macleod mystery, despite Simon Vance's excellent performance.