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  • The Buried Book

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,678

It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Cartec on 02-02-17

Another 5 stars for D.M.Pulley

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I've now read all of her books and they are all great. Often when I've entered an old building, or house, I've wondered about the stories hidden within the walls. Reading these books has let me feel that some of the secrets have been revealed. I love the way she writes....jumping from the now back to the then.

  • The Unclaimed Victim

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

In 1938, at the height of the Great Depression, a madman hunts his victims through the hobo jungles of Cleveland, terrorizing the city. Ethel Harding, a prostitute struggling to survive both the cold streets and the Torso Killer, takes refuge with a devout missionary sect - only to find that its righteous facade conceals the darkest of secrets. Sixty years later, the police find the butchered body of Alfred Wiley in the woods. But before his daughter, Kris, can even identify the remains, things he never told her begin to surface one by one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uniquely talented historical mystery author!

  • By Wayne on 11-16-17

Another wower!!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

It's so entertaining jumping from the now back into the past. In this tale the killing never stops. In the 30s the torso murderer took many lives, thinking he was ridding the world of scum. That kind of Hitlerish thinking prevails into the late 90s. This book is a fine example of "you never know who your friends are". It's all in this book, fanatic religion, murder, rape, torture, etc., but don't get me wrong. It's all woven into a hell of a tale.

  • The Dead Key

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,376

It's 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland's largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good.

  • By Guy on 05-05-17

Hated to see it end

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

It's been a while since I felt inspired to write a review. That says a lot about this book right there. You'll get swept up in this tale of corruption, theft and deception, while feeling a kinship with the ladies fighting it. There are many times you'll be holding your breath in suspense. I love when a mystery pops up in the now and is explained when the story jumps back 20 years. It's like time travel. Plus the added bonus of surprise when you learn, at the end, who the bad guys are.

  • Bad Karma

  • By: Douglas Clegg
  • Narrated by: Liz Thompson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

At Darden State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, psychopath Agnes' rage is triggered when her psychiatrist Trey leaves town for a family vacation. She'll ensure his vacation is anything but restful in this twisted thriller. "A sleek, smooth, and constantly surprising page-turner..." Bad Karma is a fast-paced, full-length suspense thriller of heart-pounding terror and reincarnation from critically-acclaimed, award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg. Book #1 in the Criminally Insane series.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time...

  • By shelley on 01-12-18

Fast and, indeed, furious

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I highly recommend this book to anyone who doesn't like to wait three or four pages for the next thrill, chill, slice and dice. I will definely be reading more from this author.

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  • Spookie Town Murder Mysteries
  • By: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Abigail Sutton's beloved husband walks out one night, doesn't return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. It's made her sympathetic to the missing and their families. Starting her new life, Abigail moves to small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna's younger sister, Emily, and her two children, Jenny and Christopher, who, people believe, drove away one night, thirty years ago, and just never came back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable small town mystery

  • By Rabid Reader on 04-23-16

Good story, a little sliw, though....

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

A nice story, but a little too G rated for my taste. People go missing every day. Sometimes they go on to lead fresh, new lives, but sometimes the body shows up years later.

  • The China Pandemic

  • Graham's Resolution, Book 1
  • By: A. R. Shaw
  • Narrated by: Darriel Driml
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

What the world dreads most has happened because of a mutated avian bird flu (H5N1) pandemic. It has ravaged the globe. Only 2% of the population has survived. A dying mother knows that her young child is among the few remaining immune to the virus. What will she do to ensure his survival before her own coming tragic death? Meanwhile, Graham has buried his last remaining family member. Following his father's advice to make it to the family cabin, he meets with triumph and tragedy; learning new rules along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First-rate book

  • By Keith LaDue on 04-04-18

To say the least,

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I was shocked when the book ended. I was so into it, I didn't even realize it was about to end. I was listening to the audio version. Needless to say, my next read will be China Pandemic book two. I love survival stories, and this one is certainly not run of the mill. It has everything you could want; good guys, bad guys, hunting, fishing, romance, thankfully kept to a minimum, and realism.

  • Thieving Forest

  • By: Martha Conway
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

On a humid day in June 1806, on the edge of Ohio's Great Black Swamp, 17-year-old Susanna Quiner watches from behind a maple tree as a band of Potawatomi Indians kidnaps her four older sisters from their cabin. With both her parents dead and all the other settlers out in their fields, Susanna makes the rash decision to pursue them herself. What follows is a young woman's quest to find her sisters and the parallel story of her sisters' new lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Skip the audiobook, read the real thing.

  • By Kelly on 11-26-15

A glimpse into a the past.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I've always enjoyed stories about the frontier days. This was really entertaining and informative. I learned a lot about life as a captive of the Indians, and the life of the native women themselves. After reading it, you may ask yourself who the real savages were.

  • Ghosting

  • By: Edith Pattou
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Kate Reinders, Amy McFadden, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

On a hot summer night in a midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents becomes victims - with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much violence in the world.

  • By JoAnn Pine on 09-07-18

So much violence in the world.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

In this book we get a glimps into the hearts and minds of the victims; what led up to the event; a joy ride gone horribly wrong. We read about things like this in the papers almost daily. Then we get on with our lives. But what about the people involved? Here's just a taste of what happens to them .......after.

  • Mistletoe, Moonlight, and Murder

  • A Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mystery
  • By: Carolyn L. Dean
  • Narrated by: Gail Hedrick
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Amanda hadn't expected snow for Christmas on the Oregon Coast, but her first winter in Ravenwood Cove brings out long-dead secrets that someone is desperately trying to hide...no matter the cost. Hot chocolate, merry decorations, and purring cats give way to police investigations and a search for a ruthless killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Book

  • By John William Young on 04-08-17

Slightly tame for my taste.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

A good story, but I go for more action, more blood and guts without going overboard.

  • Crash

  • By: Keith Houghton
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

When Jed Allen wakes up at a desk in New York City, he has no idea who he is. The evidence around him shows he's a hotshot architect, and a photo in his wallet reveals he has a beautiful girlfriend named Cassie. But when he goes home to seek her help, Cassie is nowhere to be found. Self-penned notes remind Jed that he's been suffering bouts of amnesia since a car crash nine months ago. As he plays private detective with the facts of his own life, he discovers more and more about his character.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit predictable...

  • By shelley on 01-19-18

Keeps you on your toes.

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

What's the truth? Who's the killer? Where's the girl? Just exactly who is Jed? The one with morals and a concience, or the forgotten scum bag?