When the body of a young woman is discovered in Portland's Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the last time they found a body there, more than a decade ago: it turned out to be the Beauty Killer's first victim, and Archie's first case. This body can't be one of Gretchen's - she's in prison - but after help from reporter Susan Ward uncovers the dead woman's identity, it turns into another big case.
This author writes a highly overdone imitation hard-ass plot and writing style. Definitely not worth listening to.
For centuries, historians have speculated that the Queen of Sheba is nothing more than a seductive legend; but when undercover agent Omar Zagouri finds a tomb in a tunnel beneath Jerusalem, he unearths cryptic clues that may lead to the queen's final resting place.
This novel has an interesting plot, but the writing is mediocre or worse. It also contains completely impossible incidents. The initial "murder" by cyanide just does not work. Hydrogen cyanide is a gas at room temperature, or below; breathing it is fatal. But the crystals would have to be a salt; most usually potassium cyanide. Potassium cyanide is not volatile. I have worked with it at some times, studying electron transport in chloroplasts. Many other scientists have worked with it, studying electron transport in the mitochondria of animals. Nobody has died because of it.
When aspiring actress Pansy Arceneaux returns to Sinful, Louisiana, to head up the beauty pageant portion of the Summer Festival, CIA assassin Fortune Redding knows she's in for trouble. Her undercover identity as a former beauty queen makes Fortune the perfect choice to chair the event with Pansy, but Pansy's abrasive personality makes it impossible to get through a single rehearsal without a fight. When Pansy turns up dead, Fortune is the prime suspect.
This book is an attempt to use the super-sleuth/CIA agent format with a woman instead of a man. Its plot is redolent with cliche scenes and actions, and becomes quite boring.
When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind - proposing to Meggie Oliphant. Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can.
This is one of Allingham's worst efforts. The plot is full of unlikely, contrived events and thoughts. The overall effect is totally unbelievable, and also unpleasant.
Clare Cosi's new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she'll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer.
This book has two parts. One is a reasonably interesting murder mystery. The other half consists of extremely long, tedious, unbelievable garbage about "gourmet coffees". The writing is not of a high literary quality, but not objectionable. If abridged it might well be worth listening to. In its present form it tests one's stamina to keep listening to it.
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If you've never experienced the delightful contemporary humor of Peter DeVries, here's your chance. If you are a fan, then you know just to relax and listen to another of his stories of laughter and human vulnerability.
A tiresome, impossibly arch, description of a triumphant nitwit claiming to be a literary critic. Spoken too fast, and leaving one feeling nauseous.
Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, brilliantly presents "storytelling in its oldest and truest form".
This book is full of long-winded, emotional thoughts. It will appeal to female readers only.
Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.
This book's description sounds like an exciting murder mystery. However, after 11 out of the 16 hour total for its reading, no murder has yet been committed; let alone the search for the murderer. Instead, it consists of a very long, tedious, soap opera. It is full of the concerns, antagonisms, agonies and politicking of mothers in a small town in Australia. For people addicted to daytime soaps, it might be a great listen. For others, it's a real bore.
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In her latest suspense masterpiece, Karin Slaughter weaves together moving, powerful human stories of characters as real as they are complex and unforgettable. At the same time she has crafted a work of dazzling storytelling and spine-tingling mystery - as three people, with their own wounds and their own secrets, are all that stand between a madman and his next crime.
This books is written very poorly, and read with unnecessary emphasis. The situations are gross exaggerations of items that might be used in a much better written story. I found it totally disgusting; a waste of time and money.
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Ron Donachie stars in this two-part dramatisation of Ian Rankin's crime thriller set in Edinburgh and the Highlands in 1992. Inspector Rebus is investigating the death of an MP's wife when an Edinburgh man confesses to the murder of two women. Rebus, however, is not convinced. Much to his superior's dismay, Rebus ignores the confession and disappears north to investigate a wild party deep in the Scottish countryside.
I found it hopeless to listen to this story. It was 'dramatized'; but it was impossible to tell who was speaking, or what was going on, at any one time. The plot might very well be a good one, but I was quite unable to find out what it was or how the detective ("Rebus") was going about his business.
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