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  • A Plague on Both Your Houses

  • The First Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Matthew Bartholomew, unorthodox but effective physician to Michaelhouse college in medieval Cambridge, is as worried as anyone about the pestilence that is ravaging Europe and seems to be approaching England. But he is distracted by the sudden and inexplicable death of the Master of Michaelhouse - a death the University authorities do not want investigated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I don't faultl the reader

  • By Sylvane on 10-27-17

Good story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-18

The plot might be a little too complicated but comes clear in the end. Great start to a promising series

  • Murder in the Locked Library

  • Book Retreat Mystery series, Book 4
  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

With her twins, Fitzgerald and Hemingway, back in school, Jane Steward can finally focus on her work again - managing Storyton Hall and breaking ground on the resort's latest attraction: a luxurious, relaxing spa named in honor of Walt Whitman. But when the Earth is dug up to start laying the spa's foundation, something else comes to the surface - a collection of unusual bones and the remnants of a very old book. The attendees of the Rare Book Conference are eager to assist Jane with this unexpected historical mystery - until a visitor meets an untimely end in the Henry James Library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Six stars (extra credit for being so good!)

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 04-28-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I have read all the books in the series but this one belongs in the discard pile. Adams has decided to alter the personality of her lead character Jane Stewart from thoughtful to neurotic. It. Doesn’t work

  • Legacy of the Dead

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

The weathered remains of Eleanor Gray are found on a Scottish mountainside, and her mother, the domineering Lady Maude Gray, requires delicate treatment. This is a case that will lead Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard to Scotland, where his harrowing journey to find the truth will drag him back through the fires of his past into secrets that still have the power to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What's up, Audible??? Why would you do this to us?

  • By DCinMI on 12-19-13

One of the best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries are always intriguing though the pacing can be frustratingly slow. Not this time. Ian is running against the clock And some stubborn Scots He is led and leads us up numerous dead ends but the ending is a surprise and satisfactory at least for me

  • The Art Whisperer

  • By: Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

When art conservator Alix London spots a forgery, she knows trouble will follow. So she’s understandably apprehensive when her connoisseur’s eye spots something off about a multimillion-dollar Jackson Pollock painting at Palm Springs’s Brethwaite Museum - her current employer. Alix is already under fire, the object of a vicious online smear campaign. Now the Brethwaite’s despicable senior curator, obsessed with the "maximization of monetized eyeballs," angrily refuses to decommission the celebrated Pollock piece.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent Alix London art mystery

  • By Wayne on 09-22-17

Should be a movie. Loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-18

If you enjoy the exhilaration of discovery that is intrinsic to the study of the history of art you will enjoy this satisfying mystery. The authors fold into the plot numerous issues facing museums for the past 50 years Wonderful

  • The Lighthouse Keeper

  • By: Cynthia Ellingsen
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,093

Dawn Conners's parents are famous for finding historic treasures, but she has a knack for losing things - her job, her boyfriend, and now, her reputation. Thanks to a mud-slinging exposé, Dawn's late great-grandfather is assumed guilty of stealing silver from a century-old shipwreck. Hoping to clear his name, Dawn returns to Starlight Cove, her idyllic hometown on Lake Michigan, where the doomed vessel sleeps beneath the beam of a ramshackle lighthouse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good ocean town setting

  • By Wild Horses Flying on 07-02-17

Romantic mystery will take you to the beach

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Just the right amount of romance and suspense. Clues keep popping up to keep the treasure hunt going. Lots to enjoy

  • Scarweather

  • By: Anthony Rolls
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffing
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

In 1913 John Farringdale, with his cousin Eric Foster, visits the famous archaeologist Tolgen Reisby. At Scarweather - Reisby's lonely house on the windswept northern coast of England - Eric is quickly attracted to Reisby's much younger wife, and matters soon take a dangerous turn. Fifteen years later the final scene of the drama is enacted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Classic English Mystery!!!

  • By Gae Ann Dudley on 09-06-17

Difficult listen

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-17

The narrator has a pleasant if ponderous voice but the story is difficult You are continually told that you must first listen to this pedantic portion in order to understand the dramatic part. I had the whole thing figured out by the first death but I stuck with it because the book represents a genre of a certain era and I wanted to explore that era. Now I have done that

  • House of Shadows

  • By: Nicola Cornick
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds, Fiona Hardingham, Beverley A Crick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

The wooded hills of Oxfordshire conceal the remains of the aptly named Ashdown House - a wasted pile of cinders and regret. Once home to the daughter of a king, Ashdown and its secrets will unite three women across four centuries in a tangle of romance, deceit, and destiny....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating but good

  • By barbara on 11-16-17

Frustrating but good

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-17

The historical parts of the story that drive the plot are fascinating and surprising. Apparently the story of the white queen and her commoner is known to many but not to many but not to me. If you don’t know it don’t look it up until after you have you have read the story. I found the absence of activity by police and his wife over Hope’s brother’s disappearance to be annoying but overall it was essential to the plot and only annoying

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74,873
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69,481
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69,159

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Trevor narrates his own story

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

....and it’s as good as his television show. Trevor Norths’s humor often comes from his ability to offer an unexpected perspective He does that over and over again as he shares the details of a rough upbringing in South Africa I recommend this book. It’s easy to read. I found myself picking it up at odd moments with no loss of continuity

  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,151

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice break from the usual-

  • By Carrie on 12-18-04

The beginning of the best series in mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Amelia Peabody and Her husband famed Egyptologist Emerson begin their adventures here. Elizabeth Peters) writes 19 novels under this pseudonym Each is more humorous and complicated than the last. Peters has. PhD from the University of Chicago and her. Scholarship is reflected in each book without being pedantic. There are no crocodiles involved but there is a mummy and a dig and the beginning of my favorite mystery series

  • Family Plot

  • Another John Pickett Mystery
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

The third installment of the John Pickett series of humorous Regency mysteries finds Bow Street Runner Pickett in Scotland investigating a woman found unconscious on the beach - a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the local laird's daughter, a girl missing and presumed dead for the last 15 years. Pickett is surprised to discover that the woman was found by none other than Lady Fieldhurst and her three young nephews - and gratified to learn that her ladyship has registered at the seaside inn as Mrs. Julia Pickett.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Amazing John Pickett!

  • By Lady Meserole on 11-25-17

Unparalleled Cliff Hanger

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-17

This ,the third in the John Pickett series , continues a delightful tradition of British comedic mystery The impossible growing romance between now street runner John Pickett and his widowed viscountess Lady Fieldhearst continues but rather than resolving closes in a way that demand that you read this book and hope that Audible publishes the next novel soon

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