After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.
It's been a long time since I have listened to a mystery suspense book that was so well written. Not a wasted word nor a dull sentence. I easily gave this book 5 stars all around.
Nothing sloppy or formulaic about this book. Just one hell of an enjoyable book.
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All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.
Simply put I love the reader and I love the characters. They make me laugh yet I still enjoy the mystery. Marco's storyline could have used a little tightening up as it dragged on too long and was a bit over the top but as soon as Rose and Assad are back in the picture - well they are just great fun! This is a series which should DEFINITELY be read in the order they were written to appreciate the dialogue and personalities of the main characters.
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The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.
This book was really fun to listen to. The narrator was truly fabulous and for the length of the novel I felt like I was transported to a different time and place. Loved it. Made me smile as well as feel sad. I LOVED listening to this narrator!
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Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
When I use the word "frightening" as the headline for this review I do not use it the way I might for a novel like The Shining. For me, this story was less about a family in crisis (although they are) and the blinders a parent might wear when looking at their child's behavior.....rather it was more about the idea of nature vs nurture in the development of a person's psyche and behavior. I couldn't help but think of the sociopath or psychopath in society and just how frightening and damaging that person can be in relationships with other people. And I am not speaking necessarily of just murder and mayhem.
The book goes from chapter to chapter smoothly keeping me hooked especially after the first few chapters. The characters were interesting and the end seemed so right for this book. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job of relating the story primarily in the words of the father.
I give this book 5 stars because I thought it was well written with compelling subject matter but most of all because the book continues to linger in my mind. It has left me thinking about it long after finishing it.
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In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.
First I must admit I didn't get past the first half despite going back to it several times. The story line was without any exciting or other redeeming qualities so that left the first person narration by the dog, Chet, to give the book "page-turning" desire. At first it was sort of fun listening to his inability to resist any food anywhere and his difficulty curbing his jumping, licking, etc whenever he was overexcited. For anyone with a dog the narration provided chuckles and smiles in appreciation of dog behavior everywhere. But 8 or 9 hrs worth was just too long for me!
Some people love the sweet, kinda of goofy mystery stories, some love the very gritty realistic and/or violent mysteries. I like the in between style but mostly I must be intrigued by the story and this "mystery" was too obvious for me.
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Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.
I loved this book! It touched me very profoundly with its simplicity and incredible depth. I cared so much for Harold that ultimately I cried for him and with him. Maybe others won't feel the same but I found myself taking the trip along side him. The narrator was so Harold. I will always remember this book with great fondness.
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As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little - only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but - described as quiet and kempt - she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman. What sinister secrets made poor Zenia worth killing?
I never completed listening to this book as I became like a crazed woman every time Anne Perry's characters continually ruminated and questioned everything at every turn in this book. I had forgotten how she can drag out every scene with the same repetitive nonsense which fills up the pages (or hours) but does nothing to enhance the story. It is too bad as she IS able to take you to another time with an interesting storyline but then ruins it by having her characters think incessantly in questions. "I wonder this, I don't know that, I think this and Could it be, Would it be, Should I go or stay or.....JUST GIVE UP! That was the question I finally answered by downloading a different book.
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In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....
Book 2 of this new series was an entertaining listen. The main character was more fully developed in this book and the interactions between Carl and his assistants, Assad and Rose, (in Dept.Q) made for a lot of humor in an otherwise depressing case. The premise was a bit out there but it made no difference as I followed the sequence of events to the final conclusion. The end was inevitable and well written making me long for another book and a few more hours with this cast of characters. Really enjoyed the reader as well.
I gave this book 5 stars as it kept me hooked into listening and finishing it in a couple of days!!
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In the last and most complex of the Barsetshire novels, many of Trollope's best-loved characters appear, but the mood of the novel is darker and more uneasy than in earlier volumes. At the heart of the novel is the penniless Reverend Josiah Crawley, first encountered in Framley Parsonage, who in the opening of the book is accused of theft, creating a public scandal that threatens to tear the community apart.
I cannot fully express how much pleasure I have experienced listening to the entire series "The Chronicles of Barset". Anthony Trollope's style is so well written...literate and clever, witty and warm. I generally have a deep dislike for "romance" in my books but not with Trollope whose "Chronicles" have unrequited love as a central theme..... as well as wealth, poverty, social class and the general absurdity of the human race . This only goes to show you the extent to which this writer is able to pull you in to his world.
I have every intention of listening to every book Trollope has written - especially the ones read by the amazing TIMOTHY WEST. This narrator reads these books has though these were his stories.
I hope you will enjoy these books as much as I have. GOOD HEAVENS!!! (inside joke)
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It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?
Initially I wasn't aware that this book was written by the same author as "Sharp Objects" but I wasn't at all surprised when I found out. The books both relate a twisted dark story. I couldn't stop listening. I felt compelled to KNOW....what they were thinking, what they were going to do or had done, what they were feeling and on and on. For me this book was DIFFERENT...told by the two main characters but still a mystery and suspense and VERY enjoyable. I wanted the ending to be different but at the same time the ending just worked.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful