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Sally Dobbs

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  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,264

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British Mystery

  • By Customer on 09-07-16

A breath of fresh air for lovers of british detective fiction!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Such a lovely surprise to find a new author of English detective fiction. A lovely read.

  • Coroner's Pidgin

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Just returned from years overseas on a secret mission, Albert Campion is relaxing in his bath when his servant Lugg and a lady of unmistakably aristocratic bearing appear in his flat carrying the corpse of a woman. At first Campion is unwilling to get involved, but he is forced to bring his powers of protection to bear on the case, and to solve not only the mystery of the murdered woman but also the alarming disappearance of some well-known art treasures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully exciting

  • By Sally Dobbs on 11-14-16

Wonderfully exciting

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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: 11-14-16

Such an exciting and unusual
story well told. The best of Margery Allingham's great books. A great treat.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dancers in Mourning

  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Everyone fell under the spell of Jimmy Sutane, the charming and talented song-and-dance man. Everyone, that is, except the spiteful practical joker who put a pin in his stick of grease-paint and pasted 'Last Week' over the 'House Full' notices. Nothing too deadly. But as soon as Albert Campion is called in to investigate, people begin to die, and there's no shortage of suspects when the first victim's death is so convenient for so many.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book, sadly abridged recording

  • By Martha on 11-05-12

Wonderful story and narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

Having read and enjoyed most of Marjorie Allingham's books I found this the absolute best. Phillip Franks is the best reader and the plot moved quickly being an abridged version.

  • Died in the Wool

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 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 70

Ngaio Marsh returns to her New Zealand roots to transplant the classic country house murder mystery to an upland sheep station on South Island - and produces one of her most exotic and intriguing novels. One summer evening in 1942, Flossie Rubrick, MP, one of the most formidable women in New Zealand, goes to her husband’s wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech - and disappears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Sally Dobbs on 08-26-16

Don't miss this one

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

I almost skipped reading this one because the setting was not in England. It is undoubtably the very best of her work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overture to Death

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

It was planned as an act of charity: a new piano for the parish hall, an amusing play to finance the gift. But its execution was doomed when Miss Campanula sat down to play. A chord was struck, a shot rang out and Miss Campanula was dead. A case of sinister infatuation for the brilliant Chief Detective-Inspector Alleyn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life in a Small Village Can Be Murder

  • By DJDecca on 01-21-19

A thoroughly entertaining read.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

This is my favorite Ngaio Marsh tale. It has a great plot, is well narrated.

  • Under the Streets of Nice

  • The Bank Heist of the Century
  • By: Ken Follett, Rene L. Maurice
  • Narrated by: Roddy McDowall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39

In 1976, Albert Spaggiari engineered the European crime of the century - a bank heist in Nice accomplished "without guns, without violence, without hate." Spaggiari and his gang of 20 men dug a 25-foot tunnel from the city's sewer system into the bank and lifted about $10 million in gold, jewelry, gems, and cash. Tracked down and captured, Spaggiari escaped from the French police by jumping out a window and onto the back of a motorcycle.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Under the Streets of Nice

  • By Robert on 05-30-08

Interesting true story ruined by the narration.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

What should have been a great true crime story was ruined for me by the labored narration.