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  • Back Stabbers

  • The Country Club Murders, Book 8
  • By: Julie Mulhern
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

All Ellison Russell wanted was an update on her stock portfolio. Instead, she found her broker dead. With an unexpected out-of-town guest at her house, Ellison is too busy for a murder investigation. Only this time, Detective Anarchy Jones wants her help, and she can't deny the handsome detective. Can Mr. Coffee supply her with enough caffeine to keep her brain sharp and everyone else happy? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best yet

  • By Beatrice on 01-21-19

Book 8 in the Country Club Murders

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This a wonderful series. I enjoyed each book as well as the series. I am definitely looking forward to more.

  • Shadow Dancing

  • Country Club Murders Series, Book 7
  • By: Julie Mulhern
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Visiting a psychic is outside the norm for Ellison Russell. Finding bodies is not. Unfortunately, the psychic's crystal ball says she'll soon be surrounded by death. Again. Drat. Now there's a corpse in the front drive, a witchy neighbor ready to turn Ellison and her (not so) little dog into toadstools, and a stripper named Starry Knight occupying the guest room. How did 1975 go so wrong so quickly? Ellison must handle Mother (who's found a body of her own), make up with a certain handsome detective, and catch a killer, or the death surrounding her might be her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series

  • By Beatrice on 11-25-18

Ellison Russell mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-18

This is the latest book in the series and is just as wonderful as all of the others. 👍

  • The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

  • A Flavia de Luce Novel
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842

In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, 12-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. Something grazes her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself Ernest Hemingway battling a marlin, and pulls up what she expects will be a giant fish. But in Flavia's grip is something far better: a human head, attached to a human body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flavia is in the thick of it

  • By Mothermersnerd on 02-05-18

The Grave's Fine and Private Place

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-18

I thoroughly enjoyed book as I have all of the books in the Flavi DeLuxe series and am looking forward to another. Jayne Entwistle does a great job.

  • Cold as Ice

  • Country Club Murders, Book 6
  • By: Julie Mulhern
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Ellison Russell's life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn't trust and she's taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace's inheritance from her father may be in trouble. When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can't afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don't need men to rescue them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great twist

  • By Rachel Decker on 02-03-19

Cold as Ice

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-18

This is a terrific series. I get so into each book and I have trouble putting it down. This as good if not better than each of the others. Can hardly wait for the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Secret Santa

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series, Mystery Shorts 25
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Bill Vokes has played Santa at the children's Christmas show for years. But with the show just hours away, he vanishes with no explanation. The whole village is baffled. Did something bad happen to loveable Bill, upstanding citizen, churchgoer, life and soul of the party and the holiday season? Jack and Sarah are on the case - and soon discover there are secrets about this Santa that no one could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series! please make more!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-11-18

Cherringham

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-18

This is a terrific series and Neil Dudgeon does a great job on it. Looking forward to more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Watching the Detectives

  • The Country Club Murders, Book 5
  • By: Julie Mulhern
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Ellison Russell wanted a decorator, not a corpse. Too bad she finds Mrs. White in the study killed with a revolver. Things go from bad to worse when she finds Mr. White in the dining room killed with a candlestick. With so many bodies, is it any wonder Detective Anarchy Jones' new partner considers Ellison a suspect? With the country club gossips talking a minute, an unexpected cocktail party, a visit from Aunt Sis, and a romantic decision, Ellison hardly has time to think about murder. Unfortunately, the killer has plenty of time to think about her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Watching the Detectives

  • By michael benson on 11-04-17

Watching the Detectives

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-17

Julie Mulhern has a wonderful way with words. I have read each book in the series and they get better and better.
Callie Beaulieu does a stupendous job of enacting the book.
Looking forward to more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue

  • Gaslight Mystery, Book 18
  • By: Victoria Thompson
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are not the only ones who have recently tied the knot. Family friend Mrs. O'Neill was delighted when her daughter, Una, wed the seemingly wealthy and charming Randolph Pollock. She didn't wonder why such an affluent man would want to marry a poor Irish girl, no matter how pretty she was. But now Mrs. O'Neill has a problem. Pollock's servants have found their employer bludgeoned to death, with Una cradling his body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Supporting Cast

  • By Simone on 08-02-18

Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-17

I have read several books in this series and have enjoyed every single one of them and looking forward to more.

  • Send in the Clowns

  • The Country Club Murders, Book 4
  • By: Julie Mulhern
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46

Haunted houses are scary enough without knife-wielding clowns. Especially murderous knife-wielding clowns. So thinks Ellison Russell, single mother, artist, and reluctant sleuth. Now death wears a red nose, and Ellison is up to the blood-stained collar of her new trench coat in costumes, caffeine, and possible killers. Who stabbed Brooks Harney, and why? Money? Jealousy? Drugs?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By Dianne on 03-01-17

Send in the Clowns

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-17

This is the fourth book in the series that I've listened to and was read by Callie Beaulieu. Each was a great mystery that was well written and each was superbly read or more accurately acted. Thanks so much to the author and the reader.

  • Invitation to Die

  • An Emily Castles Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Helen Smith
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50

Twenty-six-year-old Emily Castles is out of work…again. So when famous romance author Morgana Blakely offers her a job helping out at a conference in London, Emily accepts. Just as eagerly, American blogger Winnie Kraster accepts an invitation from Morgana to attend as a guest, not realizing she has, in effect, accepted an invitation to die. As a cast of oddball characters assembles at the conference hotel, grievances, differences, and secrets begin to emerge. When Winnie goes missing, and then is found murdered nearby, Emily begins to suspect that someone involved with the conference is responsible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious, quirky, engaging mystery

  • By Melanie on 10-20-13

Invitation to die

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

This was an enjoyable read. With a reality based mix of characters. I am looking forward to more books in this series. The main character, Emily, was smart but modest.

  • Clouds in My Coffee

  • The Country Club Murders, Book 3
  • By: Julie Mulhern
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

When Ellison Russell is nearly killed at a benefactors' party, she brushes the incident aside as an unhappy accident. But when her house is fire-bombed, she's shot at, and the person sitting next to her at a gala is poisoned, she must face facts. Someone wants her dead. But why? And can Ellison find the killer before he strikes again? Add in an estranged sister, a visiting aunt with a shocking secret, and a handsome detective staying in her guesthouse, and Ellison might need more than cream in her coffee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By Duncan on 05-29-17

Clouds in My Coffee

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-17

This is the third book in the series. I have read each one and really enjoyed each one. They seem to get better and better as a mystery, and a good story with some good laughs.