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  • Thieves on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 8
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

DI Nikki Galena gets a series of anonymous calls. She is told the place, time, and who will die. But the messages are in a secret language used only by villains. Nikki and her team must decode the riddles and work out where the threats are coming from.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • End of the DI Nikki Galena series, but don't fear!

  • By Wayne on 05-12-18

Tops Book 7, Ready for Book 9

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Nikki and her team are looking for thieves with a grudge . . . and a shopping list . . . and at the same time Nikki's newfound relationship with her mother is at risk . . . dual investigations weigh heavy on Nikki and Joseph as they call in Joseph's buddy from his special forces days for a hand . . . I stayed up way too late listening . . . just HAD to know the outcome . . . I see that Book nine is out in print and kindle form, I'm so ready for it to come out on audio . . . Joy Ellis is hard to beat . . .

  • Off Kilter

  • Scottish Highlands Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Hannah Reed
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

After the recent death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, 30-something Eden Elliott is seriously in need of a fresh start. At the urging of her best friend, best-selling author Ami Pederson, Eden decides to embark on an open-ended trip to the picturesque village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands, to do some hands-on research for a book of her own. But almost as soon as Eden arrives in the quaint town, she gets caught up in a very real drama....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And yet I enjoyed it...

  • By Constance Jenkins on 05-20-18

Kilts, Kindness and a Killer

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

When visiting American author, Eden Elliott is the only one to show kindness to Vicki McBride, who seems to have inherited all of her late father's sheep farm and business, the whole village eyes her with suspicion. Especially the rest of the McBride family. When someone sets fire to the inn where she is staying and Eden narrowly escapes, the innkeepers blame the fire on her and banish her from the premises. Moving to the farm with Vicki, Eden attempts to stay on her writing schedule and submit a chapter to her friend and publisher back in the states, but seems to be at a stalemate. But the mishaps and danger continues, proving that someone is out to get Vicki or Eden, or maybe both. With Vicki's siblings taking her to court over the will of her late father, the death of the local sheep shearer and continuing mishaps, tensions are running high in Glenkillen. And the local police just don't seem to be getting to the bottom of it . . . the laid back ways of the Scottish versus the ways of us Americans are very apparent in this cozy mystery . . . the atmosphere of the Scottish highlands wash over you, despite the hunt for a killer . . . I love the tale . . . and that it is a clean one, with Eden trying to write a love scene . . . and failing . . . although local farmer and fisherman, Leith Cameron (who looks dashing in a kilt) fueled her imagination . . . as with murder mysteries, things are not what they seem . . . and people are not WHO they seem . . . and I was pleasantly surprised and satisfied with the outcome of this whodunit . . .

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  • No Cry for Help

  • By: Grant McKenzie
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

During a cross border shopping trip, a family vanishes. No reason. No ransom. No cry for help. Bus driver Wallace Carver fears the worst when his family fails to meet him at the Bellingham, Washington mall. His anxiety is justifiably heightened when security cameras unexplainably show that he crossed the Peace Arch border alone. Now, all Wallace wants to do is get his wife and sons back. But first he has to work out why they were taken and by whom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the characters

  • By Barbara Nash on 07-30-16

Unexpected Favorite

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

My mind was going all over the place trying to figure out WHY someone would steal this man's family, right out from under his nose, at a shopping mall, of all things . . . this unassuming, kind bus driver from Canada, who wanted nothing more than to take his wife and boys on a little trip across the border to the states . . . money was always tight, but hey, who cared . . . Wallace Carver knew what really mattered. And then . . . BOOM! Out of nowhere, his whole world, GONE. Nobody will listen. Nobody will help. And worst, they suspect him. And a security camera shows him crossing the Canadian border alone? Impossible . . . Who's behind this mess? And why? Even I would start to think I was going insane . . . not this man . . . and not his best friend, Crow . . . this is the BEST thriller I've read/listened to in a good long while . . . its not cuss free, I have to tell you . . . but neither would I be . . . when evil came to knock on this simple, loving family man's door, he reciprocated, in spades . . . and by the way, I thought the end of Chapter 71 was PERFECT . . . the whole book will stick with me for a very long time . . .

  • Fatal Frost

  • A Dewberry Farm Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Karen MacInerney
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Lucy Resnick's nerves are as tight as a tea cozy. Her new goats, Hot Lips and Gidget, keep making a break for the town square, her truck is dying, and her boyfriend's gorgeous ex-wife is in town for the holidays. Worse, someone's digging holes on her land...and uprooting her peach orchard and dewberry patch in the process. Lucy needs additional holiday stress like she needs a blow to the head - which she receives one night, courtesy of the mystery digger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not again!

  • By Troublemer on 10-31-17

Goat Trails and Jail Cells

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Book Two in the Dewberry Farm series finds Lucy Resnick trying to contain her two goats, Hot Lips and Gidget, while her old truck is on its last legs. Someone is digging up the town, including her own farm in search of buried treasure, Confederate Gold . . . an ages old tale that most folks believe is hog wash . . . It is the holiday season and the Christmas market is in full swing. It is the season of giving. Lucy's friend, Molly is busy distributing friendship bread and starter to the townsfolk, when Krystal, one of the waitresses at the Blue Onion Cafe is found dead inside her burned out house. But it seems that Krystal was dead BEFORE the fire, poisoned . . . and now the lazy sheriff, Rooster, locks up Molly, saying that her bread is the culprit . . . Molly is in jail . . . Her teenage daughter, Brittany has run off with her boyfriend, son of the local charismatic preacher, and now Lucy's parents have come to the farm for a visit. If that's not enough to put Lucy's coping skills to the test, her new boyfriend, veterinarian, Tobias, has been covering two clinics, and has been seen having dinner with his ex-wife, who is in town looking for a weekend cabin. I love this series . . . clean, wholesome, but still has real life issues . . . and full of the crazies that plague small and large communities alike . . . I'm partial though, to the farm life, the goat shenanigans, cow escapes, and homemade goodies . . . and particularly life at grandma's house . . . great story and great resolution! Hope there are more to come!,

  • Killer Jam

  • By: Karen MacInerney
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 355

When Houston reporter Lucy Resnick cashes in her retirement to buy her grandmother's farm in Buttercup, Texas, she's looking forward to a simple life as a homesteader. But Lucy has barely finished putting up her first batch of Killer Dewberry Jam when an oil exploration truck rolls up to the farm and announces plans to replace her broccoli patch with an oil derrick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great New Series

  • By Beatrice on 07-30-15

Buckle Up Buttercup

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

When Lucy Resnick, moves from Houston to her grandma's house in Buttercup, Texas to live the country life, it doesn't turn out quite the way she expects. For one thing, Blossom, her milk cow, kicks over the milk bucket every chance she gets, then turns out to be an escape artist, eating the towns freshly planted flowers. The only bonus? The handsome vet, Tobias, who has a trailer to help round up and get her cow back home. Then there's Nettie Kocurek, who sent the truck to drill for oil on Lucy's farm . . . the same Nettie Kocurek that sold Lucy the farm in the first place . . . it seems she retained the mineral rights . . . with the threat of her farm laying in ruins, Lucy continues to put up her Dewberry Jam in anticipation of the Founders' Day Festival . . . hoping it will be a winner in the jam competition. What she DIDN'T expect is for Nettie Kocurek to be found skewered with a bratwurst skewer in the jam tent . . . and for Sheriff Rooster Kocurek to put the blame squarely on HER! But with a town full of enemies, Lucy soon finds that plenty of folks wished mean old Nettie Kocurek dead. The trick was to determine who had the guts to really do the deed. An enjoyable tale of small town folks, old secrets and great friendships . . . and great resolution to the crimes . . .

  • Something Like Family

  • By: Heather Burch
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Abandoned by his mother when he was young, twenty-two-year-old Rave Wayne knows all about loss. That doesn't mean he's used to it. After he's dumped by the girlfriend he assumed he'd spend his life with, Rave is longing more than ever to connect. Then, as if by miracle, he receives an invitation from his grandfather, a man he thought was long gone, to come for a visit in rural Tennessee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touched my Heart and Soul:-)

  • By M. Meyer on 09-15-17

Regret, Respect and Reconstruction

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

An old Vietnam vet, Tuck and his grandson, Rave, now a grown man work to find some semblance of a relationship in the mountains of Tennessee. Stolen away by his drug addicted mother when he was only two, Rave is on the edge . . . and he could go either way . . . pushing the limits of society . . . and trusting no one . . . but getting fired from his low paying job in Florida and dumped by his girl friend, he figures he has little to lose, so he decides to see what Tennessee holds . . . and who this grandfather is, who never cared to find him before now . . . As Tuck and Rave maneuver the mine fields of their relationship, it soon becomes evident that Tuck is sick, very sick . . . and the return of Tuck's liver cancer threatens to cut short their time together. This story, full of regrets and grace, is hard hitting. No one wants to see their child become a drug addict. Yet it happens to good families . . . every. single. day. Few come home. Alive. Bravo . . . for an excellent story . . . of restoration and hope.

  • Down the Hidden Path

  • The Roads to River Rock, Book 2
  • By: Heather Burch
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Jeremiah McKinley is the first of his enlisted brothers to return home to River Rock, Missouri - their sleepy but charming hometown in the Ozarks - in the wake of their father's death in combat. While he's grateful to be home with his sister nearby, his grief over losing the man known as Major Mack proves almost overwhelming, especially without his brothers around.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Soldiers Don't Quit

  • By Debbie on 05-30-18

Soldiers Don't Quit

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Soldiers do a lot of things . . . stupid stuff . . . but ONE thing they don't do is QUIT . . . they aren't wishy washy . . . once they make their mind up, its pretty much a done deal . . . that's why this second in the series has me perplexed . . . the son of a career soldier, a soldier himself and a brother to a household of soldiers can't make his mind up . . . and a twelve year old is the only one in the story with his head on his shoulders . . . I LOVE this author . . . am wondering what she was thinking when she wrote this story . . . it is way heavy on the romance and way too shy on the substance . . . had the potential to be a GREAT story . . . but for me, it fell short . . .

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • In the Light of the Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Heather Burch
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 560

Inheriting her grandparents' island estate on Florida's Gulf coast is a special kind of homecoming for thirty-one-year-old Charity Baxter. Raised by a narcissistic single mother, Charity's only sense of a loving home comes from childhood summers spent with Gramps and Grandma. But piercing her fondest memories is her sharpest grief - the death of her beloved grandmother, when Charity stopped believing in the magical healing power of the weeping willow that still casts a shadow on their property.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By carol ransom on 07-19-17

I Need a Weeping Tree in my Back Yard

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

For every broken spot, every doubt, every hidden thing, every angry word, this story offers solace . . . for every imperfect and ugly deed done to or received by, a salve of healing . . . the depth of fear and grieving that came to bear under the weeping tree on Gaslamp Island was almost unthinkable . . . nearly as unthinkable as the grace and forgiveness of the little town and as its people . . . I don't know when, if ever, I have listened to or read a book that hit me as hard as this one . . . I have to smile at the reviews that think its sappy or silly . . . I think maybe those people just haven't lived long enough or met enough hardship to get it . . . and good for them . . . I hope they never do . . . but if you've ever been the odd one out . . . NOT the cheerleader at school . . . lost something so precious that the hole in your chest is the size of a watermelon . . . well, you NEED this book . . . from the time that Charity Baxter was a kid, she visited her Gramps and Grandma on Gaslamp Island . . . spending the whole summer there, while her Marilyn Monroe look-alike mom, returned to the city . . . the magic of the island covered her in its warmth . . . she was safe there . . . until the year her Grandma died . . . twenty years later, both her grandparents are gone . . . and the place she once loved so much is hers . . . but going back just isn't quite the same . . . and a mirage of misfits seem to follow her there . . . including a jealous, aging, but still beautiful mother . . . besides Charity long ago gave up on believing in magic . . .

  • Death of a Dead Man

  • Juniper Grove Cozy Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Karin Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Becky Doughty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The first book in the Juniper Grove Mystery series! In the small town of Juniper Grove, newcomer Rachel Stowe has finally found the good friends and quiet life she always craved. So when a stranger arrives in town and stirs painful memories of a baffling episode in the town’s past, Rachel vows to put an end to his mischief. But events take a nasty turn when Rachel discovers a body in her own backyard and suspicion for the murder falls on her widowed neighbor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Beatrice on 12-19-17

Clean Colorado Cozy

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Rachel Stowe, who had recently moved from Boston to Juniper Grove, Colorado, had finally found her place in the world . . . quiet, relaxed and friendly . . . and nothing like the hustle and bustle of the big city . . . With a few close friends and her writing, she was just where she wanted to be . . . until a dead body turned up in her back yard . . . and her friend and neighbor came under suspicion. Even little towns, it seems, can dig up some dirt. Crooked politics, scandalous newspaper editors, and money hungry bankers going back for years . . . Rachel, Julia, and Holly began to investigate . . . Julia's husband, George had just now been declared dead . . . but the bank heist was seven years ago . . . now he truly WAS dead, in Rachel's back yard . . . all the dirty laundry from the last seven years soon comes out . . . and many twists and turns, as well. I loved the matter-of-fact, yet entertaining narration . . . it was perfect for the tale of three women who were perplexed, but not giving in to their circumstances . . . can't wait to listen to the next in the series!

  • Scandal in Skibbereen

  • County Cork Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Bostonian Maura is beginning to feel settled in her new Irish home, just in time for summer tourist season to bring fresh business to her pub. But the first traveler to arrive is thirsty for more than just a pint of Guinness. Althea Melville is hot on the trail of a long-lost Van Dyck painting. Maura agrees to help Althea meet with the residents at the local manor house, the most likely location of the missing art. But when the manor's gardener is found murdered, Maura wonders what Althea's real motives are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gentler World

  • By Chalis on 10-04-15

Pints in the Pub, Paintings, and Polite Police

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

The second book in the County Cork series is just as good as the first, finding Maura Donovan running her small Irish pub which she recently inherited, through a friend of her deceased Gran's. I am enjoying getting to know all of the locals even more, and finding them fascinating. When an American, Althea Melville, shows up at the pub, looking for a long lost Van Dyck painting, Maura is at first turned off by her behavior and attitude . . . and so is everyone else. Eventually agreeing to help Althea track down the owners of the painting and locate the last of the only rich estate owners in the area, Maura taps into the sources at hand . . . Old Billy, in his comfortable chair at the fireplace at Sullivan's and her Gran's old friend, Bridget, who is now Maura's neighbor. Soon they discover the old estate . . . as well as a dead gardener . . . and the search is on . . . both for a killer and a painting . . . I would never expected the many twists and turns the story would take . . . but I thoroughly enjoyed them all . . . good clean fun, it was, too!!!