Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his pugnacious and deeply loyal Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from past books who join Lynley and Havers, but listeners new to the series will quickly see why Elizabeth George is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time.
I love the Lynley books and this one was good, mostly. Being honest the first half and the last eighth was good. Definitely could have done without so much detail of a bunch of college students, that mostly felt like and it would have been much more enjoyable without it. Still a good story overall and as always, Simon Vance is amazing.
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In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.
I love everything Rys Bowen writes and this is no exception. Engaging from the first sentence to the last! Interesting, lovely story.
A man has been mutilated and left to drown on the incoming tide, handcuffed in his van. With the murder bearing a striking resemblance to a string of sadistic killings carried out with surgical precision in 1990s gangland Manchester, it can mean only one thing: the killer is back. Transferred to the Major Investigation Team, DI Nick Dixon is assigned a new partner and sent to Manchester. Meanwhile, the gruesome murders in Somerset continue.
Did not hold my interest, I didn't finish. I hate to be critical of narrators but have to admit that Napoleon Ryan is not my favorite.
On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers having a last drink before returning to the front make a promise to each other: if they survive the battle ahead - and make it through the war - they will meet in Paris a year after the fighting ends. They will celebrate their good fortune by racing motorcars they beg, borrow, or own from Paris to Nice. In November 1919 the officers all meet as planned, and though their motorcars are not designed for racing, they set out for Nice. But a serious mishap mars the reunion.
Loved the way the story was about Rutledge but with a twist which made it new and fresh. Excellent narration as always with Simon Prebble.
The plaintiffs in a sensational breach of promise suit are wealthy social climbers Barton and Delphine Lambert, suing on behalf of their beautiful daughter, Zillah. The defendant is Zillah's alleged fiancé, brilliant young architect Killian Melville, who adamantly declares that he will not, cannot, marry her. Not even to his counsel, distinguished barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone, will Killian explain his rejection of rich and charming Zillah.
This book was much slower than others i have read in the series. The last one third was good enough to take it to four stars.
Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.
I normally love Michael Connely books, however, this one totally missed the mark. It was a struggle to listen to all of it. It was dull, sounding more like a list of police procedures. I didn't care about the characters as none of them came to life for me especially the main character, Det. Ballard. I had hopes of good female lead but alas, it was not in this book. Perhaps someone else wrote this one for Connely.
For fans of A Street Cat Named Bob and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, Strays is a compelling true story of a man who rescues a stray, injured cat and how they save each other. Homeless, alcoholic, and depressed, Michael King lives in a UPS loading bay on the wrong side of the tracks in Portland, Oregon. One rainy night, he stumbles upon a hurt, starving, scruffy cat and takes her in.
A story so heart warming and wonderful it's almost unbelievable except it's a true story!
We are all worth saving, be it animal or man. A lovely story and I enjoyed it very much! Highly recommend!
World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.
It took a few chapters to get into the story as is usual for a new series but once I did I was hooked. It is very different from Bowen's Royal Spyness series, more serious although it still has enough light moments. An interesting, historical mystery that keeps you guessing and a nice love interest that leaves you wanting more. I am a big fan of British mysteries and I look forward to more in this series.
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Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 7 - 9: THE BODY IN THE LAKE, SNOWBLIND and PLAYING DEAD.
I so enjoyed this lovely series. They are cozy mysteries but no means common. The narrator was perfect! I do hope there will be more in the series.
Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.
Are men really as sexist as this book makes it sound? (Answer: no, but you wouldn't know if from this book.) Every woman is reduced to her appearance, even the one on whom the entire story hinges.
I would have bailed early on, had it not been for the excellent performance by the narrator, Erik Davies.
Even if you think all women should be judged by their breast size and availability for sex, you still might not like this. It's pacey enough, but the rationale for the crime, and the nature of the crime, are too far-fetched.
Shame because Jussi has a pacey writing style. Maybe next time, the female characters will be actual people rather than plot devices with boobs, and the plot will be more believable.