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  • The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445

Mrs. Pollifax has a new hat, and only she and Mr. Carstairs know it conceals eight false passports which she must smuggle into Bulgaria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Delightful Adventure

  • By Nancy J on 03-17-13

My favorite Mrs. Pollifax!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Another madcap adventure by Mrs. P...this time she goes past the iron curtain and connects with a rich tapestry of characters in Bulgaria. My favorite is Navenna of Balkan Tourist and Rosenblatt renders her perfectly!
I also always enjoy the (real) countries Mrs. P visits because Dorothy Gilman includes many well-researched details.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Taste for Vengeance

  • A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel
  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in Bruno's usually idyllic Dordogne village of St. Denis, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno for help. Monica Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British major, is unreachable. And not long after Bruno discovers that Monica was traveling with a mysterious Irishman (her lover?), the two turn up dead. The Irishman's background in intelligence and his connection to Monica's husband only raise more questions for Bruno.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the best

  • By Sharon Major on 06-28-18

Another fine Bruno

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

An interesting development of the character, formalizing his evolution as a town bobby of sorts to a regional police chief dealing with policies and operations on a grander level. I think it worked ok in this book but we’ll see about how it changes the series in later books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Nun in the Closet

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Roslyn Alexander
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 590

From the author of the classic mysteries starring the irrepressible CIA spy, Mrs. Pollifax, comes a delightfully different mystery with a most unholy twist. Filled with all the hilarious surprises and good old-fashioned suspense that her fans have come to love, A Nun in the Closet is the story of two high-spirited nuns who accidentally stumble into a dangerous plot involving ghosts, gangsters, and Protestants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nun'sense Fun

  • By Pegret on 05-07-12

Huge fan of Dorothy, but...

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

This is an early standalone by DG, and I think the naivete of the protagonists is a bit forced. I am a huge fan of Mrs. Pollifax and DG in general. But I found this one to be kinda boring. It moved very, very slowly and the conclusion was neither a surprise nor did it warm me to the characters.

  • In the Market for Murder

  • Lady Hardcastle, Book 2
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374

Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever intertwining of three fun mysteries

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 02-09-17

A Little Too Precious

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I like this series in general, but I found this one to be a little too cutsie for my tastes.

  • Precious and Grace

  • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 17
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788

Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective, is a little short on help. The codirector of the agency, Grace Makutsi, is busy with her own case, her client none other than their erstwhile assistant, Mr. Polopetsi, who has unwittingly involved himself in a pyramid scheme. The agency's other assistant, Charlie, may also need more help than he can offer, as he is newly embroiled in a romance with a glamorous woman about whom the others have their doubts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best in the series

  • By Pamela J on 11-01-16

Bookends to Tears of the Giraffe

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

This installment of the Ladies' Detective Agency was a fine example of the series. I thought that the main mystery in this book was a bit of an antithesis of the second book of the series. It made for an interesting contrast. I also enjoyed the struggle of the main characters Precious and Grace to redefine their roles and further their relationship, despite having very different personalities and levels of self-awareness.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Right Side

  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan as a rising star in the military and came back a much lesser person, mentally and physically. Now missing an eye and with half her face badly scarred, she can barely remember the disastrous desert operation that almost killed her. She is confused, angry, and suspects the fault is hers, even though nobody will come out and say it. Shattered by one last blow - the sudden death of her hospital roommate, Marci - LeAnne finds herself on a fateful drive across the country, reflecting on her past and seeing no future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Congratulations to Spencer Quinn

  • By cherry patrick jamison on 07-14-17

Excellent piece of work

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

I always suspected that Spencer Quinn is a superb writer from the Chet and Bernie books, which are much more light hearted in tone with an underlying sad story. I knew this book would be more heavy in its content. It did not disappoint. The reader was excellent also.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cat in an Alphabet Endgame

  • The Midnight Louie Mysteries, Book 28
  • By: Carole Nelson Douglas
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart, Johnny Heller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Long awaited! The 28th and last book in the Midnight Louie feline PI alphabet-titled mystery series from USA Today best-selling author Carole Nelson Douglas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the series' characters

  • By ch on 03-12-17

Enjoyed the series' characters

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Well, this series took its time, but it did have a mission and it eventually got there. I enjoyed many of the characters and their dilemmas. It was a cozy feeling series despite the gangster population but it did explore some sadness in peoples lives and how to move on. This book would be a tough first read of the series as it wrapped up the plots in fine soap opera style. Congrats to Temple and Matt as Max fades into the night and we tip our collective hats to Louie!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Nine Lives to Murder

  • By: Marian Babson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Someone is trying to kill leading British Shakespearean actor, husband, father, ladies' man, and soon-to-be knight of the realm Winstanley Fortescue. The actor, rehearsing his starring role in the forthcoming play Serpent in the Heather, is conked on the head backstage. He falls off a ladder and lands on the resident pest-control officer, Montmorency D. Mousa (otherwise known as Monty), the company cat. When Fortescue comes to, he finds, to his horror, that he has become trapped in Monty's body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superfun!

  • By ch on 07-10-16

Superfun!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

A nice, light mystery, well written awhile back by Marion Babson, now brought to life by excellent narrator Steven Crossley. I have really enjoyed these several Marion Babson books that have recently been produced and read by Crossley.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder at the Cat Show

  • The Perkins & Tate Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Marian Babson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Doug Perkins doesn't dislike cats - he just isn't especially interested in them. But the struggling young London public relations firm Perkins and Tate can't afford to be choosy about the jobs they take. So when Doug is asked to do the PR for a glorified feline extravaganza called Cats Through the Ages, he doesn't hesitate. But it isn't long before he wishes he had hesitated. There are some very valuable cats on exhibit - even a few feline celebrities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light, fun, and well-read!

  • By ch on 03-13-16

Light, fun, and well-read!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

If you like your mysteries light and fun, this is a classic choice. The cats are normal cats and the author has made a lot of fun pokes at how good they are at training their humans.
Steven Crossley is a top notch narrator; honestly, I would pay to listen to him reading the phone book. His voice is well-paired to this story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,343

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

Very engaging book with a couple caveats

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

I really liked the general plot and topic of this book. I train dogs and the dog training and perception stuff in this book was very believable. I also liked the background story of the plot.

There were a couple of typical mystery plot annoyances in that in order to amp up the suspense the author chose to portray the protagonists as dumbshits or incredibly naïve people. Oh well, this happens a lot.

The reader did an excellent job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful