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Judith A. Weller

LaVale, MD United States
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  • Twenty-One Days

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

It's 1910, and Daniel Pitt is a reluctant lawyer who would prefer to follow in the footsteps of his detective father. When the biographer Russell Graves, who Daniel is helping defend, is sentenced to execution for the murder of his wife, Daniel's Pitt-family investigative instincts kick in, and he sets out to find the real killer. With only 21 days before Graves is to be executed, Daniel learns that Graves is writing a biography of Victor Narraway, the former head of Special Branch and a close friend of the Pitts. And the stories don't shed a positive light. Is it possible someone is framing Graves to keep him from writing the biography-maybe even someone Daniel knows in Special Branch? The only answer, it seems, lies in the dead woman's corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Pitt Novels

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-19-18

Too Many of the Old characters were gone.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I am sorry without Vespasia and Narroway this was not good book for me. I know Perry is trying to move the story on into the 20th century, but that was not to my taste.

I preferred the Pitts in the 19th Century and think that she should have kept her books there. Also I found that the books dragged in many places. We spent too much time over Daniel's thinking and that bored me

For the Pitts I would be happier re-reading the older books with all the familiar characters This book simply did not appeal to me. Too many of my favorite characters have either died or were never active in the plot. Even Pitt, himself and Charlotte were barely present.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sans Pareil Mystery

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

On a cold February night in Regency London, a dark curtain falls on the Sans Pareil Theatre following the death of April Clare, a promising young actress, whose body is found in mysterious circumstances. Detective Stephen Lavender and his dependable deputy, Constable Woods, quickly discover that nothing is quite as it seems. As successive mysteries unfold, they soon realise that it is not only the actors from the Sans Pareil who are playing a part.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good mystery with excellent narrator.

  • By MidwestGeek on 12-29-15

Michael Page saves this book.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

I am very fond of mysteries set in the Victorian era or Post WW I. However, one of the fhings I do NOT like is a love interest in a book. I think the presences of Magdalena ruined this book. I do not like her and I find her appearance jarring. The only series I like which has a love interest in it is the C.S. Harris, Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries. Hero was so well integrated into the stories and her presence did not seem out of place. Magdalena for me is out of place and ruins the story.

The mystery itself is quite good, but the author strains to make Magdalena have too big a role in the story. Whole chapters are devoted to Magdalena and her maid - I found myself fast forwarding past those chapters as they added nothing to the story. Because of this I am hesitant to buy the next book in the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Novice's Tale

  • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

When the novice Emma Thorgold goes missing from Godstow Abbey in the summer of 1353, the hunt is on throughout the Oxfordshire countryside. Bookseller Nicholas Elyot and scholar Jordain Brinkylsworth are anxious to help the girl, but her stepfather has other intentions. Why is he so determined to shut her away for life? Or worse? And will she be found unharmed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Lovely

  • By M.S. Green on 06-06-17

Disappointing Second Book

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

I was very disappointed in this book. I had high hopes for the series after reading the first book. In a sense this book takes up the tale where the last book ended. While in the first book they solved the mystery of the murder of a young student at Oxford, in this book we are involved with his sister on the eve of taking her final vows at a nearby by convent.

However there is not much mystery here. The story is mostly about finding a way to get the heroine, the Novice of the title, out of the convent. There are long periods of following her escape and the efforts of her relative to track her down with dogs. Much of the book is taken up with the escape and flight. I found that rather boring and uninteresting. Some of you may have a different view. But it did not suit me. However, it was well written and you certainly had a feel for what the Novice was experiencing.

I hope that future books in the series will return to the murder/mystery theme of the first volume.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Bookseller's Tale

  • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

Oxford, Spring 1353. When young bookseller Nicholas Elyot discovers the body of student William Farringdon floating in the river Cherwell, it looks like a drowning. Soon, however, Nicholas finds evidence of murder. Who could have wanted to kill this promising student? As Nicholas and his scholar friend Jordain try to unravel what lies behind William's death, they learn that he was innocently caught up in a criminal plot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest, excellent historical background

  • By Marcheta on 04-07-17

Great Start of New Series

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

I like the setting and time period a lot. - 14th century Medieval England just after the Plague has ended. The author knows the period and bring it alive for the readers. The narrator is good at the different voices which makes it great listening entertainment.

The Mystery was well done and ties in nicely with the way books were created in this period. You will learn a lot about how books were created and illustrated by hand. The main character is a very liable person which adds to the enjoyment of the book.

For readers who like historical mysteries, be sure to read this book it is a winner.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Duty to the Dead

  • A Bess Crawford Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 513

The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War. In 1916 she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific period mystery

  • By Anne on 12-04-10

Not as good as Ian Rutledge Series

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

I liked the Ian Rutledge series so much I thought I would give this a try.

The mystery is pretty good -- but I simply did not like Bess Crawford. She seemed too aggressive for a woman in WWI. She came across to me as a women of the late 20th Century not someone who lived at the dawn of that century. I don't think that the character acted like someone living during WWI. She seemed too forceful and aggressive for the time period.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When Falcons Fall

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

Ayleswick-on-Teme, 1813. Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, has come to this seemingly peaceful Shropshire village to honor a slain friend and on a quest to learn more about his own ancestry. But when the body of a lovely widow is found on the banks of the River Teme, a bottle of laudanum at her side, the village's inexperienced new magistrate turns to St. Cyr for help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By ukpauline on 03-11-16

Not as Good as others in the Series

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

This book was not as good as previous books in the series. In fact I lost interest in it early on. The previous books in the series were basically set in London with trips to the country side when necessary. This book was placed entire in the countryside and thus missing are all the interactions with Bow Street, Hendon, Jarvis and other figures that we are used to seeing in London -- Kat, Aunt Henrietta, Lovejoy, Gibson etc. Even Tom is relegated to a very minor role.

The setting in a country village of Ayleswick-on-Teme in Shropshire made the story generally less appealing. There are far too many characters to keep track of, a multitude of murders,smugglers etc. But we never really get to know the characters - they pass in and out of scenes and we never miss them as they are all unmemorable.

There are 5+ murders to solve - some of which are 25 years old and are intertwined with the current murders. I found myself losing track of who is related to whom. However most of the characters are not memorable. Although Hero is there, she is relegated to minor role -- not the brash independent Hero of London.

Of course what brought Sebastian to this hamlet was to deliver for Jamie Knox a mechanical nightingale he had gotten for his grandmother. He meets Jamie Sister but these characters seems trivial in the whole book.
He gets to know know Jamie's Jamie's twin brother, Jude Lowe but like all previous books the quest for his real father must continue in the next book.

I hope the author returns the settings to London which makes the book more fun and intriguing.

Davina Porter as usual does a superb job in narrating and really saves this book from becoming totally boring.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Why Mermaids Sing

  • Sebastian St. Cyr, Book 3
  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

Murder has jarred London's elite. The sons of prominent families have been found at dawn in public places, partially butchered, with strange objects stuffed in their mouths. Once again the local magistrate turns to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, for help. Moving from the gritty world of London's docks to the drawing rooms of Mayfair, Sebastian confronts his most puzzling - and disturbing - case yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Brilliant Sebastian St Cyr Mystery

  • By Judith A. Weller on 12-05-15

Another Brilliant Sebastian St Cyr Mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

Where does Why Mermaids Sing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks near the top as I have been following the series since if first appeared. I like the period and this is a good mystery series in which the writer also has a writer who knows the period very well

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite charter and most interesting one is Hero Jarvis whose father wishes she were a boy and really does not understand all the things she get involved in. In this story she is involved in finding out who murdered the girls in by burning down a half-way house for prostitutes.

Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

Davina Porter is such a brilliant narrator that she makes every character come alive by giving them a unique tone and quality of speech. Her narration is the unsung hero of this book. I always look for a book where she is the narrator as she is one of the best in business. She is able to give a unique voice to characters whether male, female, or children and imbues here characters with the distinguishing quality of the social class they belong to.

Any additional comments?

Any lover of historical mysteries will want this book. And I noticed that there is only one more book to add, to have all the series available on Audible .

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Corridors of the Night

  • A William Monk Novel
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: David Collacci
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

In Corridors of the Night, nurse Hester Monk and her husband, William, commander of the Thames River Police, do desperate battle with two obsessed scientists who, in the name of healing, have turned to homicide. The monomaniacal Rand brothers - Magnus, a cunning doctor, and Hamilton, a genius chemist - are utterly ruthless in their pursuit of a cure for the fatal "white-blood disease".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly written

  • By Jean on 10-28-15

Not Really A Mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

This is basically a book about the early attempts at blood transfusion. It centers around a chemists who is attempting to save a wealthy patient who has white cell disease (I presume it was Leukemia). The doctor is using the blood of children whom he purchased from their parents.

Hester is filling in for a sick friend doing night duty at the hospital. She finds the children, being used to draw blood, who are near death due to dehydration. She save them by giving them water and beef tea. When she goes looking for the doctor who has caused this, she is kidnapped and taken with the children to a lonely farm

At the farm she not only nurses the patient but also makes sure that the children kidnapped with her are kept alive and well fed. Monk and other go looking for her and release her from her imprisonment along with the children. They explore the farm and find graves of children and adults in the orchard.
The daughter of the patient is there helping with the cleaning and cooking.

There is a trial of the doctor for kidnapping which they lose when the sick patient walks in announcing that he is cured. Trial end in chaos and doctor is hailed as a miracle worker. The the daughter is found murdered, the doctor is accused and found guilty of the murder and hung. The sick patient has a relapse and goes to the hospital for treatment and dies. I will let you enjoy finding out how he dies.

Basically this is one of the least interesting books Anne Perry has ever written. It is not really a mystery - the only thing approaching a mystery is the murder of a daughter and that is barely mentioned. The emphasis is more about the efforts to develop blood transfusion and what little mystery there is, has been pasted on top of medical story.

It was not my cup of tea. I have always enjoyed Monk less than Pitt and more or less skimmed thru the books. There was no murder, nothing to solve - hardly what I would call a mystery.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Symphony of Echoes

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,174

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed This Second St Mary's Time Travel Book

  • By Sires on 04-27-14

This Series took a Big Nosedive

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

I loved the first book in the series, so I got the second book. Boy was I disappointed. The series took a dive to the bottom. Except for a different historical period, the events are pretty similar. This book made no effort at all to capture the real history of Jack the Ripper - but instead used the famous Crimes as a tie in to Mr. Bad whom we met in the first book. Now Mr. Bad gets into St. Mary's and tries to destroy it from within. Although supposedly about Jack the Ripper, other than using his name there was no real investigation into Jack the Ripper. It was all about dealing with Mr. Bad.

All of sudden I recognized an author who has a template for a book, and other than changing the locations or event is basically going to have the same story just a different setting. I did NOT like this book and while the first book in the series is really excellent, it appears to be all downhill from there. I will not get another book in this series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,068

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Great Start for a Series

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

This is more than your ordinary time travel book. This series is sending scholars back to find out the truth about certain facts or events in a given period. In this book we meet Max who will be the star of the series. We also learn about the origins of St. Mary's and meet the man Max will fall in love with. There is plenty excitement and we meet Mr. Bad who is trying to kill all the St. Mary's crew and ruin the school. I really enjoyed the series especially its attachment to historical periods and events. It was the history that made the series for me.