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  • The Murder at Redmire Hall

  • A Yorkshire Murder Mystery, Book 3
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Lord Redmire’s gambling habit has placed him in serious debt. Determined to salvage his fortune by putting Redmire Hall on the map, the aristocrat performs an impossible locked-door illusion on live TV. But as the cameras roll, his spectacular trick goes fatally wrong. Special guest DCI Jim Oldroyd has a front-row seat, but in all his years with the West Riding Police he’s never witnessed anything like this. He sees Redmire disappear - and then reappear, dead, with a knife in his back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic Room

  • By Readaholic on 10-03-18

It didn't even make any sense?!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

So I like a good mystery, but only when the result is logical. The actions of the characters didn't follow any logical pattern, and the murders themselves didn't seem to have much of a motive. And what little motive they had didn't seem to explain any of the eccentricities of their actions.

  • Murder at Lowry House

  • Hazel Martin Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Leighann Dobbs
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 149

When mystery novelist Hazel Martin receives a secretive letter from an old friend who suspects her relatives have murderous intentions, she packs her bags and heads to the country. Tampered medications, symptoms of poisoning, and suspicious accidents all add up to attempted murder, and it's up to Hazel and her Siamese cat, Dickens, to sniff out the clues. But with a house full of relatives who all have a motive, will Hazel be able to unmask the culprit before things turn deadly?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable cozy

  • By Kathi on 10-08-17

Great cozy

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

What a great fun mystery! The story was well developed and the narration added a pleasant feel to the listen. And of course the ending: was there a killer? Who did it? What was a real clue?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Dead Bore

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Eager to escape London following the scandal of her husband's death, Lady Fieldhurst accepts an invitation to spend the summer in rural Yorkshire as the guest of Sir Gerald and Lady Hollingshead. She soon discovers, however, that country life is not the panacea she had hoped for. Tension reigns and tempers flare at Hollingshead Place, due in large part to Lady Hollingshead's ambitions for her daughter, a lovely young lady destined for a brilliant marriage in spite of her love for a penniless curate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Dead Bore

  • By trixie on 02-07-17

too many plot distractions

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

if they like soap operas, then i might recommend it. it's not for someone who likes a good mystery though.

What was most disappointing about Sheri Cobb South’s story?

that the mystery wasn't the focus of the story. there were a bunch of silly artificial distractions.

Did Joel Froomkin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

he was better than normal

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Calamity in Kent

  • By: John Rowland
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

In the peaceful seaside town of Broadgate, an impossible crime occurs. The operator of the cliff railway locks the empty carriage one evening; when he returns to work next morning, a dead body is locked inside - a man who has been stabbed in the back. Jimmy London, a newspaper reporter, is first on the scene. He is quick on the trail for clues and agrees to pool his knowledge with Inspector Shelley of Scotland Yard, who is holidaying in the area.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Mystery

  • By Paul and Courtney on 04-10-17

Good Mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Fun mystery, good twists and interesting characters. I true mystery in which you don't really know who did it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Manna from Hades

  • The Cornish Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Eleanor Trewynn is a widow of some years living in Port Mabyn, a small fishing village in Cornwall, England. In her younger days, she traveled the exotic parts of the world with her husband. These days, she's retired and founded the local charity shop. Her niece, Megan Pencarrow, transferred nearby and was recently promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Thanks

  • By John S. on 05-31-17

Fun Mystery, 10 minutes too long though

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

Fun cozy, interesting characters, and a good solution. Definitely worth a listen. Not sure why the author tacked on the part at the end. Seemed pretty pointless.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Singing in the Shrouds

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

On a cold February night, the police find the third corpse on the quayside in the Pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. The killer walked away singing. When the cargo ship Cape Farewell sets sail, she carries nine passengers, one of whom is known to be the murderer. Which is why Superintendent Roderick Alleyn joins the ship at Portsmouth on the most difficult assignment of his professional career....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It is okay, but narration needs help.

  • By notlad on 07-21-18

Ending was Meh

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

It was not her best work. Characters were irritating, the setting underwhelming, and the ending fell flat. All this compared to her usual work. Still a good listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Siege of Bitterns

  • By: Steve Burrows
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Newly appointed police inspector Domenic Jejeune doesn't mind ruffling a few feathers. His success has elevated him into a poster boy for the police. The problem is Jejeune doesn't really want to be a detective at all; he much prefers watching birds. Recently reassigned to the small Norfolk town of Saltmarsh, Jejeune's two worlds collide with the grisly murder of a prominent ecological activist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good mystery, superb narrator - excellent listen!

  • By Sarah on 09-28-16

Good Mystery, with Clues to Discover

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, there were a lot of different turns in the plot, and subtly buried details that made it important to stay attentive

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Buried in a Bog

  • County Cork Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 402

Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born-though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran. In the pub, she's swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly 100-year-old body in a nearby bog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric Irish Mystery

  • By Sara on 03-15-14

Narrator Can't Do an Irish Accent

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

Would you listen to Buried in a Bog again? Why?

If there was an Irish or British narrator probably. Or even an American who could do an Irish accent. The reading was painful

What didn’t you like about Amy Rubinate’s performance?

As bad as I've ever heard. She'd be fine reading American works though, just not Irish or British.

  • Enter a Murderer

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

The crime scene was the stage of the Unicorn Theatre, when a prop gun fired a very real bullet; the victim was an actor clawing his way to stardom using bribery instead of talent; and the suspects included two unwilling girlfriends and several relieved blackmail victims. The stage is set for one of Roderick Alleyn's most baffling cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Virginia on 08-27-17

Fun mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

The characters interacted well. The story moved smoothly, though the end was a tiny bit rushed

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lake District Murder

  • By: John Bude
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Luke flung the light of his torch full onto the face of the immobile figure. Then he had the shock of his life. The man had no face! Where his face should have been was a sort of inhuman, uniform blank! When a body is found at an isolated garage, Inspector Meredith is drawn into a complex investigation where every clue leads to another puzzle: was this a suicide or something more sinister? Why was the dead man planning to flee the country?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Police Procedural than a Mystery

  • By Paul and Courtney on 05-04-16

More of a Police Procedural than a Mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

It was pretty good, but don't expect any kind of mystery. It's a procedural that walks you through discoveries, not deductions.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful