Greenhurst, a sleepy English village, had not changed since a year ago when the Waynes of Wood Mount fought so fiercely to keep their home together and undesirable characters out of it. But now the place was buzzing with news of Miss Dryden-Smith's sudden death. To think that all these years the village had never known that she had a son! And what of the loud-but-likable American playwright who had just wound his way to Wood Mount?
I find that the books if this prolific author are either quite good or quite dated/average. This book fell somewhere in the middle. Pros: we follow up with the characters of book 1. Cons: the story was rather dated/average. I did read book 3 in the series on kindle, which was an improvement on book 2, and should be a good puck if Audible decides to add.
They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.
After 8 previous installments of the Chronicles of St. Mary’s, I expected the newest would follow along the same lines as the previous (which would have been okay). I was wrong. This book is fresh, new and really explores the psyche of the characters we have grown so comfortable with ... and of course the usual St. Mary’s trials and tribulations. I loved it ... thank you Ms. Taylor! Looking forward to Book 10!
Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.
This is the second in the Mrs. Pollifax series, and I decided to give it a try after a pretty good experience listing to the first book. I find these books somewhat entertaining due to the quirky personality of the main character, but this one will be my last. Although the plot settings are interesting, there is no character development to speak of. If you're into light spy-type books, though, this series might be for you.
Dark secrets lurk beneath the glamour and glitter of New York's high-society life in this riveting tale of murder, obsession, and revenge. Jo Slater, one of the grandest of New York's grande dames, is knocked off her pedestal when her husband of 20 years dies under strange circumstances and leaves his fortune to a mysterious French countess. When Jo discovers she has been the victim of a plot, she decides to set things straight. And nothing is going to get in her way.
I loved this book. Gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it isn't really literary, but it is well written and the plot is very engaging. The book is an unfolding mystery/drama in a New York City high society setting. Great reading, and excellent narration. Definitely recommended!
Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.
So far I’ve listened to the first and second books of this series. I preferred the second. Quick reads, a bit of fun. The narrator makes it a worthwhile audible pick.
It's 1949, and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the postwar boom. The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office, owned and operated by Dominic Palazzini and his three sons, is flourishing: Business is good, and they're surrounded by sympathetic wives and daughters-in-law, with grandchildren on the way. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother, Mike, and their once-close families sets the stage for a rematch.
I loved this author’s earlier books, before she tackled “heavier” topics. I think she shines in her portraits of more ordinary folk in or about the 1950s, and Kiss Carlo is one of those. I like to listen to books more than once (I tend to get distracted first time around). This one gets better with successive reading. Maybe because we already “know” the characters. Narrator was excellent.
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One very ordinary day, Maya Flowers sees a new commuter board her train. Maya knows immediately and irrevocably that he is 'the one'. But the beautiful man on the train always has his head in a book and never seems to notice Maya. Eventually she plucks up the courage to give the stranger a note asking him out for a drink. And so begins a story of missed opportunities and finding happiness where you least expect it.
This is a clever, light read. In the chick lit genre, but well written (in a 2017 sort of way). Well narrated. Worth a go.
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Max, Leon and Matthew - together at last for Christmas at St Mary's, a time of conspicuous consumption, riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump. And this time it's intergenerational. Donning her unfamiliar mother hat, Max takes Matthew back to 19th-century London, where they plan to deliver a parcel of Christmas cheer to his former friends but find themselves confronting the terrifying Old Ma Scrope in the process.
Avwelcome selection on Audible, to keep Jodi Taylor fans happy while we await the next full length installment of the Chronicles of St. Mary’s!
Follow the disaster magnets of St Mary's as they hurtle around history! The ninth book in The Chronicles of St Mary's Series collects the best-selling short stories in audio for the first time.
This book is a collection of short stories, including a prequel, which can only be appreciated after reading the preceding books 1-8 of the Chronicles of St. Marys. Each story is a gem. So excited for the next installment of the Chronicles due out in the Spring.
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Three people find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of belonging in this deeply moving novel. Arthur, an old widower struggling to overcome his grief, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who avoids school by hiding out where Arthur goes every day for lunch. The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation.
When I began listening to this book I hadn’t realized it was read by the author ... something did seem amiss, however, in the tone of the narration. It is really not a plus to have the author read, however in this case, the voice and intonation kind of grew on me and was well suited to the time period in which the story takes place. I’d give the story and this book 3 1/2 stars.