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M.K. Davies

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  • Lethal Games: A Swedish Crime Novel

  • Greger Thulin, Book 3
  • By: Ramona Fransson
  • Narrated by: Judith Bourque
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Arne Hildeng is found dead on his luxury Storebro yacht docked at the harbor in Skärhamn. Also onboard is Andrea, his wife. Did she murder her husband? Or could the murderer be someone else in the Hildeng family? And Chief Inspector Greger Thulin didn't expect to see yet another Storebro dock at the wharf. Arne Hildeng's brother, Jon, and his wife, Mette, climb out of that boat, and Inspector Katarina Linde notices that Mette tries to keep her face hidden. But Katarina can see that the bruises are fresh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not really

  • By M.K. Davies on 01-09-19

Not really

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-19

This story kept me attached to my Kindle & I hated to stop listening when heading to bed There were a lot of twists & turns. & surprises. I liked the narration as well. I cannot wait for book #5 from this author. I find the differences in what the police can & cannot do fascinating in comparison to the U.S.. I hope book #5 will continue the narrative of the main characters' lives. Ms Fransson's books have consistently improved since her 1st one. The characters are more "alive" & the stories are more complex. 😊💜

  • CyberStorm

  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,253

Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes - satisfied a craving

  • By Jan on 01-14-14

Very interesting book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-18

Very interesting book.about preparation, (a peppers point of view), the goodness of people & the evil of some people, the issue of having only one point of view & the effect it has on perception. All these topics are touched by the end of the book. At times, at times I perceived the author getting a tiny bit preachy, yet that didn't effect the overall story for me. A story that pleas for better infrastructure & not "putting all your eggs in one basket" as the saying goes. A very worthwhile read because it makes one think.unless you are well attuned to the issues in the book. When I finished I realized I could probably not survive something like this (I'm 76), but I wondered if I could when I was 26. There is much value in learning to garden edibles & to know how to preserve them, without refrigeration, once they've ripened.

  • The Troubled Man

  • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson - translator
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

Håkan von Enke, a retired naval officer, disappears during a walk in a forest near Stockholm. Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation, but he is personally affected—von Enke is his daughter’s father-in-law—and Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility. He is confounded by the information he uncovers, which hints at elaborate Cold War espionage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Somebody is not telling me the truth ..."

  • By Brendan on 08-02-12

Existential Crime Fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Insightful, intricate plotting, thoughtful, & bleak. People who overthink & who can tolerate ambiguity may relate more to this book. Provides at least the author's views on what it is like to live in a country so close to the USSR/Russia while tied to the United States for potential protection. I find it interesting to "look" at another country through the authors of crime fiction. I read other genres, especially biography, autobiography, memoirs, & history. Crime fiction can be poorly writen, poorly plotted, & lack character development as well as excellently written, with complex plotting, & well developed characters. Mankell's work is closer to the latter description. Unfortunately this was only the second of his books that I read & I want to backtrack to read the rest in sequence. Hats off to PBS for capturing the spirit & plotlines of these books as a series on Masterpiece Mystery & for the excellent depiction of the main character by Kenneth Branaugh.

  • Come a Little Closer

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath. Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don't speak, because there is nothing left to be said. Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return sooner or later. These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice - and now they have no choices left. Soon they won't be strangers, they'll be family....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Psychological Thriller!

  • By Jlynn434 on 06-13-18

Ending

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Things ran smoothly, if slowly, for me. You have to wait & see where things intersect. There was incomplete closure for me, even at the end. However I envisioned a different ending. Must say, I didn't like the one I got! Too.many loose ends that weren't addressed. This is for me, but others may disagree.

  • The Fire Pit

  • By: Chris Ould
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

In the wake of a dying man’s apparent suicide, the skeleton of a young woman is discovered on a windswept hillside. Detective Hjalti Hentze suspects that it is the body of a Norwegian woman reported missing 40 years earlier, while a commune occupied the land, and whose death may be linked to the abduction and rape of a local Faroese girl. Meanwhile British DI Jan Reyna is pursuing his investigation into his mother’s suicide. But as he learns more about her final days, links between the two cases start to appear: a conspiracy of murder and abuse spanning four decades.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Much worse than first two

  • By RJ on 12-02-18

Loved the Trilogy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Excellent trilogy. I knew nothing about the Faroe Islands before this, but I read some things about them. Such interesting books & be prepared to get a glimpse of real evil.

  • The Next Girl: Detective Gina Harte, Book 1

  • By: Carla Kovach
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,465

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again.

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Could Not stop listening!!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-16-18

Very Suspenseful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I could hardly stop listening because this book was very suspenseful. Author took it right to the edge. I will definitely read further books by this author. Unfortunately as extreme as the killer seemed to be, some people are that disturbed. I thought the narrator was excellent. I often find that narrators who change their voices from "male" & "female" can be distracting. I thought Tamsin Kennard did such a great job.

  • The Punishment She Deserves

  • A Lynley Novel
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252

Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his pugnacious and deeply loyal Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from past books who join Lynley and Havers, but listeners new to the series will quickly see why Elizabeth George is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time heals old wounds

  • By wisconsinclark on 03-25-18

Best I've read.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

I really enjoyed this book so much. Good plotting, good characters, & just a good story. I enjoyed every subplot too because it all came together in the end. I think this was the best Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley that I've read & I've read all but 1 or 2. Barbara Havers has continued to evolve over the years & has reached a point where she is becoming very likable indeed.

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  • High Force

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Hell has unleashed a demon - and he's coming for you.... Detective Chief Inspector Ryan's worst nightmare has just become a reality. Notorious serial killer The Hacker has escaped prison and kidnapped one of his best detectives from her own home. His brutality is the stuff of legend - Ryan lost his sister and nearly his own life bringing the man to justice first time around. Can Ryan do it again to save his friend? There's a nationwide manhunt underway but the trail has gone cold and fear spreads like a virus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome read and Awesome narration..

  • By Trish R. on 04-07-17

DCI Ryan Mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-18


I liked this audiobook because of the tension the author creates & how the characters have evolved since the 1st book in the series. The listener learns more about who DCI Ryan is & he is less starchy than in the previous books in the series. I would not recommend this story for anyone who is very sensitive to violence because of the nature of the murderer & the way he murders his victims. I especially like that the author creates women who are competent, intelligent, & strong (both physically & mentally). I think the narrator does a great job & reads as if he is actually watching what is happening, his voice heightening the tension & action. I really like British detective stories & have enjoyed this series.

  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,873
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,661

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good fun!

  • By Dylan on 08-03-17

Getting Ready for War

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-17

I love these books & this was no exception. Enjoy the humor in spite of murders. My one negative comment is about the reader; when Mrs Huggins & Granddad are talking it is at such a high-pitched & loud level that it was quite grating. I wish the reader, who I find quite good in general, could find a less loud & grating voice for the "lower class " characters. Good read & I look forward to the next book.

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  • Friend of the Devil

  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

One morning in March, on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea, a woman named Karen Drew is found in her wheelchair with her throat slit. Back in Eastvale on that same morning, in a tangle of narrow alleys behind a market square, the body of Hayley Daniels is found raped and strangled. Two towns...two murders....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This time Book 4; Reader 5

  • By Greg on 05-12-09

Jarring Music in an Otherwise Good Book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-17

Good story😀, but there was that hideous music/noise. 😱Whatever the purpose of the music, it was distracting. What producer & person in charge of music/sound would ever think this was okay? It was jarring. This audiobook was interesting & enjoyable. I really enjoy the D.C. Banks series & think Simon Prebble does such a good job of narration. I don't enjoy listening to a book where the narrator tries to alter their voice based on gender of the character. I hope never to hear those "musical" sounds again.

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