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  • Murder and Mendelssohn

  • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance. Hugh Tregennis has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking? At the same time, the dark curls and disdainful air of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They've certainly taken the heart of Phryne's old friend from the trenches of WWI, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starchy mystery accompanies KG's take on Sherlock

  • By Kate on 11-09-13

Who knew Phryne could sing?

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

Reviewed: 05-17-14

This book is rather long for the series but it didn't drag. I enjoyed the insight into the world of semi-professional singing. As always, good story and the supporting cast is perfect!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Away with the Fairies

  • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441

Phryne Fisher is asked to investigate the death of a famous author and illustrator of fairy stories. She takes a job within the women's magazine that employed the victim. While Phryne is learning the ins- and-outs of magazine publishing first hand, her personal life is thrown into chaos. While waiting for her lover Lin Chung's return from a silk-buying expedition to China, she receives an unusual summons from Lin Chung's family followed by a series of mysterious assaults and warnings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Away with the Fairies is Magical!

  • By Elizabeth on 02-06-12

Phryne has a job??

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

Reviewed: 05-17-14

Phryne joins the ranks of the employed to solve a case. Well, for Phryne anyway. I love the 20's era the stories are set in. The depression hasn't hit yet, things are tough but not so tough. The plot is very good. Phryne seems to have more interactions with the suspects in this book, at least to me. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on the Ballarat Train

  • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906

In Phryne's third adventure, Phryne is off to Ballarat for a week of fabulousness, but the sedate journey by train turns out to be far from the restful trip she was planning. What was planned as a restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumours of vile white slavery and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What fun! A romp through 1920s Australia

  • By Nancy J on 02-22-13

Fabulous Phryne strikes again

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

Reviewed: 05-17-14

This is an excellent Phryne Fisher story. The narrator IS Phryne. The usual cast is present and doing as they should. 'nuff said!

  • Two of the Deadliest

  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Sile Bermingham, Cassandra Campbell, Mike Chamberlain, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

The seven deadly sins have been the roots of crime throughout human history. In Two of the Deadliest, Elizabeth George has gathered nearly two dozen tales that probe the dark heart of crime in the name of a pair of particularly wicked transgressions: lust and greed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just Plain Boring

  • By Jacqueline on 10-10-09

Not mysteries

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

Reviewed: 05-17-14

These short stories are not mysteries. They are "modern" type short stories where nothing happens. One of the joys of the mystery is the resolution!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rules of Murder

  • Drew Farthering, Book 1
  • By: Julianna Deering
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 165

From the tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his cheviot trousers, Drew Farthering is the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered. With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he’s learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer - and trying harder to impress Madeline - Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good murder mystery

  • By Lora on 12-23-13

Simon Vance can make anything worth listening to!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-14

This book starts out by trying too hard to be a "Golden Age" mystery. Then the author got confused and thought she was writing a Harlequin book. The characters were all over the place but I understand why. They were trying to find the plot! All that being said, I did listen to the whole thing. I did spend a great deal of time talking to the characters using very bad words though! If more books in the series go on sale and Vance is narrating, I'll probably get them. I'd listen to Simon Vance read the phone book!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter

  • Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Blaize Clement
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 365

Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By KateontheCoast on 08-10-07

lighthearted fun

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

Reviewed: 06-15-13

This is a cozy mystery set in Florida with younger people, no mansions, and pets.
Dixie has suffered through a major tragedy and is just starting to come alive again. The details about Florida life were interesting. As a dog lover the pet angle was fun too. My only problem with the book is the way it ended. It wasn't a bad ending but it needed a couple more paragraphs. I will be reading more of these.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shakespeare's Landlord

  • Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 917
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 672

From the Anthony Award-winning author of the immensely popular Sookie Stackhouse mysteries comes the first book starring Lily Bard, a reclusive cleaning lady with a penchant for karate. When Lily finds and reports a dead body, her shady past and connections to potential perpetrators make her a leading suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If your looking for Sookie leave this series alone

  • By Bonnie on 06-16-11

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 06-15-13

Lilly Bard starts out as a very unlikeable heroine. As the story goes on we find out the secret that has controlled her life and Lilly relaxes a little. The characters are pretty good, normal folks aside from the murder and mayhem stuff.I'm not sure if this is a series but if so, I would read more about Lilly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • SPQR VI: Nobody Loves a Centurion

  • By: John Maddox Roberts
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Julius Caesar, as we know, arrived in Gaul (now France) and announced "I Came, I Saw, I Conquered." But when Decius Metellus arrives from Rome, not seeking military glory but rather avoiding an enemy currently in power, he finds that although the general came and saw, so far, at least, he has far from conquered. The campaign seems at a standstill. Decius' arrival disappoints the great Caesar as well. He has been waiting for promised reinforcements from Rome, an influx of soldiers to restart his invasion. Instead he is presented with one young man ridiculously decked out in military parade finery and short on military skills.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decius the reluctant warrior

  • By Michael Stringer on 08-27-13

but everybody loves a Senator!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-13

Decius is so droll, so honest, and so damn much fun. I love the way he finally decides the only way to solve the mystery is to do something so outrageous it will either provide the solution or kill him. I adore the narrator, John Lee. He has just enough attitude without being pompous about it. I'm trying to limit myself to one book every other month so I don't go through them so quickly but it is really hard. No complaints at all from me!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Two Time

  • By: Chris Knopf
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Sam Acquillo, ex-boxer, ex-corporate executive, and accidental hero of The Last Refuge, can't seem to stay out of trouble. All he really wants to do is hammer a few nails into his ramshackle cottage, drink a great deal of vodka, and hang out with his dog, Eddie. But when a car bomb outside a trendy waterfront restaurant kills a prominent financial consultant, injuring Sam and his lawyer friend, he is drawn into the investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There is a problem with this recording

  • By Lee on 04-05-13

Strong entry in the series but,

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

Reviewed: 05-12-13

There is some time missing in the first part. It didn't seem to matter for the story to make sense though.....

Sam is coming around to be a little more normal, sort of, for him. The setting is still the Hamptons but not the showy part. The author really make the area come alive. This story is no less complicated than the first Sam mystery but in a totally different direction. Some of the story touches on the art world and I came away from the story with a new perspective on "modern" art. As always the engineering details are fascinating.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Refuge

  • By: Chris Knopf
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Sam Acquillo is at the end of the line: he's a middle-aged corporate dropout living in a ramshackle cottage in Southampton's North Sea. But then the old lady next door ends up floating dead in her bathtub, and it seems that Sam is the only one who wonders why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A hero who doesn't work and play well with others.

  • By Cholmondeley on 04-04-13

A modern day Lew Archer type

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

Reviewed: 05-12-13

I like Sam, the "hero". He is repressed, drinks too much, and smokes, but I like him.
He has issues with his mother, father, sister, ex-wife (his "revenge" was pretty funny), daughter, career, car, house, and neighbor. Sam has some questions about an "accidental" death and the book takes off from there. The plot is a little convoluted, then again expensive real estate deals can be pretty convoluted. The setting is the Hamptons, you don't think about "regular" people living there. The book is filled with people, not just characters. The mystery kept me guessing to the end. There was one pretty violent scene but not too awful. Bad guys getting beat up don't qualify as violence!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful