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Moira L. Mefein

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  • Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,939

Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother's tragic, premature death - and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea's ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She'll find you, I think, but if she doesn't, you find her. Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • over-dramatic & awful

  • By "lfind" on 09-07-16

Slow to start, but well worth reading

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

When I first began this book, I had the idea that I was not going to like, or have any sympathy for, the protagonist - a rough-edged,woman recently released from drug rehab. I think that was what made the start seem slow. However, as this story of a family unfolded, I was thoroughly caught up in the characters (beautifully drawn) and their stories. The revelations about the women's deaths - or apparent deaths - at age 30 were extremely well written. This book also acts as a cautionary tale, regarding the power of fundamentalism - of any kind, from racism to pseudo-messages from religion to male dominance in the household. The book is brilliantly developed, and the performance is superb, with each character distinctly presented.

  • Once a Crooked Man

  • By: David McCallum
  • Narrated by: David McCallum
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 418

Crime pays. And pays well. Sal, Max, and Enzo Bruschetti have proved this over a lifetime of nefarious activity that they have kept hidden from law enforcement. Nowhere in any file on any computer is there a record of anything illegal from which they have profited. But Max has a problem. His body is getting old, and his doctor has told him to take it easy. Max has decided that the time has come for the family to retire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly a good romp

  • By Laurie Gore on 03-05-16

Interesting, with several (unlikely?) Twists

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-18

First and foremost, I hope David McCallum continues to write, because his characters are well drawn, though a bit stereotyped. I can imagine later, tighter plots and hope to read more about Mr. Murphy. Yes, the book drags significantly in places, but I could happily listen to his marvelous voice reading a phone book! If you are a fan of McAllum the actor, give the book a read....and hope there are more yarns in his future.

  • The Chalk Man

  • A Novel
  • By: C. J. Tudor
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,550

In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Losing One’s Head

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-18

Disturbing, but we'll worth the read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Presumably, this could be considered a coming-of-age novel, but there is much more to it than that. Anything I can say might become a spoiler, so I leave it to readers who are eager for serious literature to explore the book.

  • Cave of Bones

  • A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel
  • By: Anne Hillerman
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

When tribal police officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to speak at a program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Everyone is concerned about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find a missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El Malpais. The instructor's disappearance mirrors a long-ago search that may be connected to a case in which the legendary Joe Leaphorn played a crucial role.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Trip to the Southwest

  • By Jean on 06-17-18

Not sure why others so critical.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Okay, so this book is about Bernie, with Him Chee and Joe Leaphorn playing secondary roles. I am not certain why people are so displeased with it. The story was interesting and had several well-written twists. I did not find it draggy or slow. I recommend reading it for itself, rather comparing it to earlier works. As far as I am concerned, it stands just fine on its own. Bottom line: I liked the story, the reader, and the characters just fine.

  • The Secret, Book & Scone Society

  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,352

Miracle Springs is a place of healing. Strangers flock there hoping that the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. And, if none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That's Nora's special talent: prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person's deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Bookwyrme on 11-10-17

Hope this author writes more about these characters

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

This was a fun and intriguing book. I identified strongly with the "damaged" protagonists and their quest. Yes, it is a "cozy mystery" but that does not do the story justice. It has been a long time since i read a well-written mystery that allowed you to identify the criminals from near the start of the book.....and still hold your interest while the protagonists chase down the proof. Give it a read.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Sea

  • A Novel of the Oregon Files
  • By: Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

On December 7, 1941, five brothers exploring a shaft on a small island off the coast of Washington State make an extraordinary discovery, only to be interrupted by news of Pearl Harbor. In the present, Cabrillo, chasing the remnants of a crashed satellite in the Argentine jungle, stumbles upon a shocking revelation of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Riveting Tale!

  • By William on 03-18-10

Another breathtaking adventure with the crew of the Oregon

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-17

The Silent Sea is number 7 in the books about Juan Cabrillo and the Oregon crew, but somehow I had missed it. As it turns out, it was well worth the wait. This one is a mash-up of Chinese history, Argentinian politics, and the fate of scientists who are continuing their work during the Antarctic winter. While things get sorted out in the end, there are even more twists and turns than usual.

  • In Farleigh Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,742

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Engaging Storyline

  • By RavidReader on 03-05-17

Unfolds slowly, but we'll worth reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-17

From Bletchly Hall and code breaking to traitors and patriotic folks in ountry mansions, this book offers a different...and much-neglected portion of British history during WWII.....the Brits who were pro-Hitler, for whatever reason. It is a very good tale, and a reminder that Britain was not as universally allied as we are often told.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Before You Leap

  • By: Keith Houghton
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 699

Peace of mind is all Greg Cole has wanted since the murder of his twin sister, Scarlett. In his new sun-soaked Florida life, he thought he had found it. But when Scarlett's killer is released early from prison with a cast-iron alibi, Greg realizes that his past is about to explode into his present, with terrifying consequences. To expose the truth he must open up old wounds. Greg knows all about dark secrets, but when a childhood friendship comes to the fore, the police turn their spotlight on him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting start that fizzled out

  • By C. Vincent on 12-29-16

Extremely interesting yarn, but....

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-17

I feel gimmicked. Yes, I saw the end coming. However, the "red herrings" along the way we're anything but subtle. The last couple of chapters actually felt as if they had either been poorly edited or even written by someone else. Maybe it resulted from a deadline crunch? Anyway, the book was an interesting read, but the mystery kept getting shoved in to side roads. I love the plot concept, and first person is the only way to present it. I just wish it has not been so (seemingly) randomly tangled in its telling.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Market for Murder

  • Lady Hardcastle, Book 2
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,137

Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever intertwining of three fun mysteries

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 02-09-17

Great fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-17

This was my first venture into thie world of Lady Hardcastle and her sidekick, Flo. I finished it last night and am already ordering another. The characters are great fun, the crimes logically presented, and the English country settings charming. It is a quick, easy, and somewhat tongue in cheek book...perfect for curling up....preferably with a sip of Lady Hardcastle's brandy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Song of the Lion

  • By: Anne Hillerman
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multimillion-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon. But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Southwestern mystery story

  • By Jean on 04-26-17

Story yes; narrator NO!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Anne Hillerman is doing a fine job of continuing the Leaphorn/Chee/Manuelito books. This yarn was an easy read, with interesting twists. Once again the environment is richly described so that it almost becomes a character in the story. I admit to missing the in-depth discussion of Native American culture that her father had in the original books, but her stories work well, even without that added dimension. Sadly, I cannot commend - or recommend - the reader. Her use of horrendous and stereotypical ignorant southern accents was jarring and extremely distracting. It bore no resemblance to Native American accents or pacing as pronounced by other readers who have performed this series. I look forward to more books by Anne Hillerman, but have no interest in hearing this reader for any book in the future.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful