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  • Sycamore Gap

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for 10 years, and it is Ryan's job to piece together her past. Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sort of a cliffhanger..

  • By Trish R. on 09-03-16

Not My Style

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I read the first book in the series and debated reading the second. I thought the stories might move on from serial killers and secret Pagan fellowships. I would have welcomed more character development and a less predictable plot. However, the second book went right back to the same format as the first.

One thing that I enjoy in mysteries is a good puzzle in the plot. I like to be surprised by an unexpected ending. I found neither one in the two books I read.

I won't read any more books in this series.

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Soppy stuff.

  • By Michele B on 02-19-16

A Promising Series

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I enjoyed this book enough that I plan to read the next entry in the series.

DCI Ryan is a complex, fascinating character. The mystery was well plotted and the revelation of the villains was a surprise. The location was unique. I live in the United States. Before reading this book I wasn't aware that Holy Island is a real place. I spent some time on the Internet learning about it. The author does an good job of describing look and feel the location.

The narration was OK. I listened on five year old Kindle Fire. I experienced some problems with the sound- specifically a slight whistling sound, primarily when words with an "s" sound were spoken. This could be the recording or my device. I was able to eliminate the whistling by slowing down the speed. I haven't noticed this problem on any other audio book.

I look forward to the next entry in the series.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Ice

  • The Nils Shapiro Series, Book 2
  • By: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

Nils Shapiro has been hired to find missing Linnea Engstrom, a teenager from the small northern hockey town of Warroad, Minnestota. Most of Warroad is in Minneapolis for the state high school hockey tournament, and Linnea never returned from last night's game. Linnea's friend Haley Housch is also missing - and soon found dead. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic despite mispronunciations

  • By fingerpickerguy on 06-16-18

Even Better Than The First Book

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

The pace is brisk. The plot has twists and surprises. The cast of characters is diverse and interesting. The narrator is one of the best I've heard.
The story takes place in my home state. That adds interest for me.
I heard an interview with the author recently. If my memory is correct there is a third book in the works, due next year. I look forward to it.

  • Gone to Dust

  • By: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,326

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence? Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Above Average

  • By wisconsinclark on 11-06-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

I recently heard an interview with Matt Goldman on a local radio station (I live in Minnesota). Soon after that I checked Audible and was pleased to find that the book was available.

Early in the book I knew I was going to like Nils Shapiro. Having the story set in my home town adds to my enjoyment. I've been to many of the areas in which the story takes place. The descriptions of the locations are excellent and accurate. It was easy for me to visualize the scenes. The plot is excellent - I had no idea how it would end until I read the solution.

Narrator MacLeod Andrews is superb.

I've already purchased "Broken Ice", the second book of the series. During the interview I heard author Matt Goldman said a third book will be out next year. I look forward to that.

  • Time and Tide

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 7
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

Change is afoot at Kings Lake Central police station. A most unexpected new detective inspector takes up his post this Monday morning, and the oldest detective in the place takes a momentous decision. Around them, other officers are considering their own situations, and even the building itself seems to be facing an uncertain future. But life and death go on, nevertheless, and by lunchtime someone will make a grim discovery on the Norfolk saltmarshes. A stranger seems to have suffered a slow and agonizing death out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful British modern detective series!

  • By Wayne on 01-26-18

Wonderful Series

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

This may be the last DC Smith book and that is sad. This character seems so real to me that I imagine him, retired, living an active and satisfying life, possibly sometimes missing the challenge of his days as a policeman.

In this story, DC's retirement is in the near future. This isn't an "action packed" story, but it is an instructive story. DC passes on the things he has learned in his years as a police officer to the younger people who will take over the work. DC also comes to terms with himself about the upcoming major change in his life. He does both things very well.

I would be delighted if there is another DC Smith book, but I'm not expecting it. I will listen to the entire series again and expect I will be as entertained as I was the first time.

Gildart Jackson's narration is just perfect.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Death of a Valentine

  • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, may actually marry at last. The entire village of Lochdubh adores Macbeth's bride-to-be. Josie McSween is Hamish's new constable, and she is a pretty little thing, with glossy brown hair and big brown eyes. The local folk think that Josie is quite a catch, but Hamish couldn't be more miserable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • reliable Hamish Macbeth

  • By susan e. on 02-03-10

Great Fun

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

I've been reading books in this series for years. These stories are unique and very funny.

In the "real" world many people strive to "get ahead". Hamish Macbeth goes out of his way to stay right where he is. He's always smart and hard working (when he wants to be), but he's happy to stay right where he is. That's refreshing in a world where may people seem willing to do whatever is necessary to "get ahead".

Graeme Malcolm's narration is excellent.

This is not an action packed thriller. It is a relaxing, humorous visit to a Highland village that doesn't change much but can be counted on for some chuckles.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Depths

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Ann Dover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

On a hot summer on the Northumberland coast, Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son murdered. Luke has been strangled, laid out in a bath of water and covered with wild flowers. This stylized murder scene has Inspector Vera Stanhope and her team intrigued. But now, Vera must work quickly to find this killer who is making art out of death. As local residents are forced to share their private lives, sinister secrets are slowly unearthed. And all the while the killer remains in their midst, waiting for an opportunity to prepare another beautiful, watery grave....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You Ann Cleeves

  • By Chalis on 03-15-18

Thank You Ann Cleeves

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

The Vera Stanhope mysteries have kept me intrigued and entertained for hours. Vera is a unique and fascinating character.

In this book the characters are well developed and interesting. The descriptions of the people and places were evocative for me - I could mentally picture them as I read the story. The mystery is good - I didn't guess the outcome ahead of time.

Narrator Ann Dover is superb.

I expect I will listen to this book (and others in the series) over and over again.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Butterfly Kills

  • A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery
  • By: Brenda Chapman
  • Narrated by: Michelle St. John
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Jacques Rouleau has moved to Kingston to look after his father and take up the position of head of the town's Criminal Investigations Division. One hot week in late September, university student Leah Sampson is murdered in her apartment. In another corner of the city, Della Munroe is raped by her husband. At first the crimes appear unrelated, but as Sergeant Rouleau and his new team of officers dig into the women's pasts, they discover unsettling coincidences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely has good potential!

  • By Kathi on 12-16-17

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

This is a routine police procedural. It seems to be the first of a series of stories about the same characters. Perhaps the characters will become more interesting as they are developed. However, there was nothing that caught my interest enough to buy a second book.

Michelle St. John's voice has a pleasing tone and good diction. Howevert her narration didn't bring any of the characters to life.

This isn't a bad story, but there isn't anything very special about it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadows in the Street

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up a difficult case for SIFT--Special Incident Flying Taskforce--and is on a sabbatical on a far-flung Scottish island when he is called back to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have gone missing and are subsequently found strangled. By the time he gets back, another girl has disappeared. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Much Mystery, but Still Listenable

  • By Tracey Rains on 02-07-11

Fascinating Characters

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

This story has a lot to offer. There is a good mystery "whodunit" here that I couldn't figure out before it was revealed in the story. What sets this series apart for me is the cast of characters.

The story revolves around a series of murders. However I find the series more about the people than police procedure. It's the recurring characters that makes these books special for me.

Steven Pacey's narration is excellent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rags of Time

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 6
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

Mark Randall lay dead in a field near Lowacre long before Smith had done what he had to do in Belfast. By the time he went back to work, the investigation was well underway. "It's not my case," he says more than once, and he really doesn't need it to be; he has enough to think about as it is. But going around the Norfolk countryside dotting the i's and crossing the t's, speaking to the local farmers and the Brothers of St. Francis from Abbeyfields, Smith begins to suspect that the investigation might be heading in entirely the wrong direction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really love this series.

  • By B.J. on 11-01-17

Unique and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

This series is unlike any other I have read. D.C. Smith is a detective who is probably nearing the end of his career as a police officer. He has the wisdom gained from years of experience, and a sense of humor about it all that keeps him from being cynical and bitter. I've enjoyed every book in this series.

This is a smart "procedural". The pace is steady, there are many interesting characters, and a minimum of violence. There is humor that had me laughing out loud a number of times. What kept me interested was the interaction of the characters.

Gildart Jackson's narration is superb.

There is at least one more book in the series. I look forward to hearing it when it is available.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful