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  • The American Agent

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 458

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice - Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie get out of Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 04-07-19

Another five-star read in the Maisie Dobbs series!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-19

One of the best yet! Great WWII plot with Orlagh Cassidy's tiptop narration! Orlagh IS intelligent, perceptive Maisie Dobbs!

  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,895

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I found the experience very satisfying.

  • By MV on 11-29-18

Chief Inspector Gamache at his best...again!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

You won't see this ending coming! Could not stop listening. Louise, please continue this series. Gamache is an old friend!

  • Guidebook to Murder

  • Tourist Trap, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Cahoon
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,177

In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store - Coffee, Books, and More - open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder? When Jill's elderly friend Miss Emily calls in a fit of pique, she already knows that the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily's gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill, along with all of her problems...and her enemies.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Guidebook to Boredom

  • By Caroline Breheny on 08-09-15

Predictably fun story line for boring tasks!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Struggled to stay engaged since story line developed v-e-r-y slowly! There were a couple of surprises...

  • Deck the Hounds

  • An Andy Carpenter Mystery, Book 18
  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

Seeing a dog next to a homeless man inspires lawyer Andy Carpenter to give the pair some money to help. Soon after Andy’s encounter with them, man and dog are attacked in the middle of the night on the street. The dog defends its new owner, and the erstwhile attacker is bitten but escapes. But the dog is quarantined, and the man, Don Carrigan, is heartbroken. Andy’s wife, Laurie, can’t resist helping the duo. In a matter of days, Don and his dog, Zoey, are living above Andy’s garage and become two new additions to the family. But things soon go awry....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A terrific story with a logic problem

  • By Manifesta on 11-24-18

Another great listen with intrigue and humor!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Andy Carpenter, Legal hero and King of Sarcasm, triumphs again! A more interesting story than the last. Long live Rosenfelt!

  • Rescued

  • Andy Carpenter Mystery Series, Book 17
  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter is reluctant to take on more cases. He’d rather spend his time working for his dog rescue organization. However, when a truck carrying more than 70 dogs from the South to the Northeast turns up with a murdered driver, Andy can’t help but get involved. Andy is eager to help the dogs, but it’s the man accused of murder who he has a problem defending. The accused happens to be his wife Laurie’s ex-fiance. Even though he acknowledges having argued with the victim, he swears that he is not a killer, and Andy has to admit he believes he's telling the truth. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series.

  • By Richard on 07-20-18

Good, but not his best

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Andy is not his "top of the game" sardonic self...plot is slow in developing and the ending is not climactic.

  • To Die but Once

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963

Spring 1940. With Britons facing what has become known as "the Bore War" - nothing much seems to have happened yet - Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a "hush-hush" government contract. As Maisie's inquiry reveals a possible link to the London underworld, another mother is worried about a missing son - but this time the boy in question is one beloved by Maisie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maisie, Billy, and All Return. Yes!

  • By carina on 05-11-18

Maisie Dobbs is one of my top 3 heroines !

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Here is another enjoyable Maisie Dobbs episode. I so enjoy WWII historically-correct espionage, and Winspear's Maisie Dobbs delivers. While the plot is somewhat predictable, the subplots add intrigue.

  • If I Run

  • By: Terri Blackstock
  • Narrated by: Nan Gurley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901

Casey Cox's DNA is all over the crime scene. There's no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she's arrested...or worse. The truth doesn't matter anymore. But what is the truth? That's the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren't adding up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Strongly recommend print version NOT AUDIO

  • By Kerri Carter on 05-05-17

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

This book is not a chapter- a-night read. It is a roller is a roller coaster ride from start to finish!

  • Strangeways to Oldham

  • The Belchester Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Andrea Frazer
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

Lady Amanda Golightly of Belchester Towers is a person in complete contrast to the stereotypical image of her upper-class breeding. She is short, portly, and embarrassingly forthright. On a visit to a local nursing home, she unexpectedly discovers a long-lost friend, Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton-Crump - and stumbles upon a murder. The pair turn to sleuthing after Lady Amanda reports her appalling discovery to the local police inspector, who treats her as a silly old biddy with an overactive imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply fabulous

  • By chuknzig on 01-19-17

The main character is nuts!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I struggled to finish this book. The main character is a doty old spinster behaving like a manic who has had no medication for days!

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  • The Paris Spy

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Maggie Hope has come a long way since serving as a typist for Winston Churchill. Now she's working undercover for the Special Operations Executive in the elegant but eerily silent city of Paris, where SS officers prowl the streets in their Mercedes and the Ritz is draped with swastika banners. Walking among the enemy is tense and terrifying, and even though she's disguised in chic Chanel, Maggie can't help longing for home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • British World War II historical novel

  • By Wayne on 01-03-19

A rotten ending!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

I enjoy historical novels, especially WWII-era espionage. The earlier books in the Maggie Hope series were great; however, the ending of Paris Spy angered me. After Maggie's harrowing experiences in Paris and barely escaping death from the SS and a possible plane crash, the author felt the need to tarnish the British government and their military strategy by having them practice situation ethics and ruthless disregard for the lives of their own personnel. WWII was won by courage, sacrifice and honor, not by becoming like the Nazis. No doubt the awful ending was the author's idea to hook us for the next book. She has lost me.
Designerrose
Houston, Texas

  • The Medical Examiner

  • A Women's Murder Club Story
  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Kate Russell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 472

A woman checks into a hotel room and entertains a man who is not her husband. A shooter blows away the lover and wounds the millionairess, leaving her for dead. Is it the perfect case for the Women's Murder Club - or just the most twisted?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reader

  • By Val Thompson on 08-02-17

Moans from a morgue refrigerator drawer?

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Two minutes into the story and my interest was piqued. Two rminutes more had me hooked! Those office files needing attention are now re-arranged! A great short story!