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  • A Christmas Revelation

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

As Charlotte Pitt's grandmother Mariah Ellison finds herself investigating a long-unsolved slaying, it becomes clear that grappling with intrigue and foul play runs in the family. A festive Christmas package left on Mariah's doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a 20-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim's widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong description

  • By Jane on 11-12-18

Buyers Beware

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This is the second Audible book I have bought that had serious editorial problems that had the book broken up wrong. The last time I submitted a review on it, I was told that they had fixed it and deleted my review as they did not care for it. Told me that I could download it again and write a new review. Now who wants to listen to the same book twice? This book is horrible as it is broken up more than once.

  • I Am the Only Running Footman

  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

In a rainy ditch in a Devon wood, a hitchhiker is found dead. Almost a year later, on another rainy night, another murder; this time, however, the victim is found just outside a pub called I Am the Only Running Footman, near Berkeley Square in London’s fashionable Mayfair District. Devon policeman Brian Macalvie is convinced that the two murders are connected. And thus, in his eighth case, Richard Jury is drawn into the so-called Porphyria killings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another solidly good mystery in the series

  • By Kathi on 04-06-14

So what happened.?

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

I have never liked Alfred Hitchcock. Was this an attempt to emulate his style of writing? If so, not appreciated.

  • A Private Investigation: A DC Smith Investigation

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 8
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

When 14-year-old Zoe Johnson doesn't come home on a Monday night in early December, the alarm bells in Kings Lake Central police station do not ring straight away - after all, she's from the Dockmills, one of the toughest estates in the town. But for Detective Sergeant DC Smith, due to retire in just three weeks' time, there are some strange echoes of the case that has haunted him for the past 13 years. Maybe it's simply his over-developed sense of irony, or maybe, in his final days as a police officer, Smith must look once more into the eyes of a serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad ending to a wonderful series?

  • By Wayne on 11-16-18

Wow

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

What an amazing author. What a great book. Most entertaining books that I have read since Jane Austin.

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  • But for the Grace

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984

When another resident of the Rosemary House care home is found dead in her chair one Saturday evening in December, no one is very surprised - not until the results of a routine post-mortem reveal something extraordinary. Sergeant DC Smith and his team have to tread carefully as they investigate what took place, and Smith himself has to confront some difficult memories. Others, meanwhile, seem intent on getting him to leave the force altogether.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Like Sergeant DC Smith. He Doesn't Disappoint.

  • By Ted on 04-25-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I have been so happy to find an excellent author who writes without reverting to "mature, adult language." Which translates to gutter language. This author acknowledges those words are out there, but writes excellent books without resorting to saying them. Classy! Wonderful!

  • In This Bright Future

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 5
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565

Two weeks of rest and recuperation - that's what the doctor ordered. Detective Sergeant DC Smith could listen to some music, make some of his own, and maybe even catch up on his reading; he is almost looking forward to it. And then there is a knock on the door. It's only his next-door neighbor, but it is the beginning of a sequence of events that will bring him face to face with some of the darkest episodes and the most dangerous people from his own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best (so far) of a great series

  • By MARY K WALTER on 07-04-17

What a wonderful series!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

These books are well written, interesting and most of all CLEAN entertainment. What a find! An author who does not find it necessary to use gutter language in the hope to be "modern adult."Funny how just a few years ago, gutter language was used by those poorly educated enough to be unable to express themselves without such language. Very, very good books.

  • A Knife in the Fog

  • A Mystery Featuring Margaret Harkness and Arthur Conan Doyle
  • By: Bradley Harper
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

September 1888. A 29-year-old Arthur Conan Doyle practices medicine by day and writes at night. His first Sherlock Holmes story has only netted him 25 pounds. Embittered by the experience, he vows never to write another "crime story". Then a messenger arrives with a mysterious summons from former Prime Minister William Gladstone, asking him to come to London immediately. Once there, he is offered one month's employment to assist the Metropolitan Police as a "consultant" in their hunt for the serial killer soon to be known as Jack the Ripper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By notlad on 10-27-18

Outstanding!

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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: 10-27-18

This is a very good book. It is interesting (I couldn't put it down), and powerful. The author is distinguished in his ability to make the story hold the reader's attention, without having to resort to gutter language as so many authors have done. Excellent!

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  • The Black Cat

  • A Richard Jury Mystery
  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Three months have passed since Richard Jury was left bereft and guilt- ridden after his lover's tragic auto accident, and he is now more wary than ever. He is deeply suspicious when requested on a case far out of his jurisdiction in an outlying village, where a young woman has been murdered behind the local pub. The only witness is the establishment's black cat, who gives neither crook nor clue as to the girl's identity or her killer's.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyed Latest Edition to Series

  • By Brad on 07-22-11

The narrator and editor should read earlier books!

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-18

How many times in earlier books was Agatha corrected for pronouncing "Ruthven" incorrectly? According to the earlier books, the pronunciation is "Riven." Yet, this narrator and the editor apparently did not know that. As many times as the author uses the vulgar word starting with 'f' makes one wonder why she cannot use more educated English to show displeasure. That is so gross and unnecessary.

  • Hall of Mirrors

  • Bryant and May, Book 15
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

The year is 1969, and 10 guests are about to enjoy a weekend at Tavistock Hall. The guests also include detectives Arthur Bryant and John May - undercover, in disguise and tasked with protecting Monty Hatton-Jones, a whistle-blower turning Queen’s evidence in a massive bribery trial. The house’s owner - a penniless, dope-smoking aristocrat - is intent on selling the estate to a secretive millionaire, but the weekend has only just started when the millionaire goes missing, and murder is on the cards....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best B&M book since Water Room

  • By David on 04-23-18

Slow starter. Narration is good.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Overall, not a bad story. It does drag on and one almost loses interest, but then it picks up again. If you want a long, long story and don't mind the pace, you may enjoy it.

  • 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 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

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

It is okay, but narration needs help.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

I had a very difficult time understanding the narrator, especially in the beginning. I had to replay some parts over and over again to understand the words. It's not a bad story, but narration brought the rating down.

  • Vertigo 42

  • A Richard Jury Mystery, Book 23
  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

Richard Jury is meeting Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar on the 42nd floor of an office building in London’s financial district. Despite inconclusive evidence, Tom is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered 17 years ago. The inspector in charge of the case was sure Tess’ death was accidental - a direct result of vertigo - but the official police inquiry is still an open verdict and Jury agrees to re-examine the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new Martha Grimes-Richard Jury fan

  • By Janels on 06-17-14

Absolutely Wonderful

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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: 07-21-18

No bad language. Just very good story and excellent narration. I couldn't put it down until I had finished it.

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