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  • The Sittaford Mystery

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: "Captain Trevelyan...dead...murder." Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke? The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan. Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snowdrifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh Fraser is the best.

  • By No One on 05-10-14

SPOILER

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

That deduction. Just Ugh. Skiing somewhere to commit a murder...need I say more? Skiing!! Unbelievable

  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,386

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 11-25-12

Never Again

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I didn't really expect a book in a series called "Your Royal Spyness" to be good. Still I thought I should try it, but I was right. A pity. It isn't as if the story itself that's bad but the cheesy unrealistic murder that's shoehorned into it makes me think the writer picked the wrong genre. It reads more like a romance novel with fan fiction writer's idea of the thriller element. The characters are all funny and interesting, or maybe the voice actor made them more appealing. However, that doesn't change the mystery, which is no mystery at all really, I mean the culprit was at multiple crime scenes and was constantly drawing a line between themselves and the village. Not a very fascinating puzzle. (SPOILER) and honestly, what kind of cold blooded tactical murderer would think to murder in the theme of the twelve days of Christmas? It's too silly! You can't have everyone terrified and dreading things so severely in a scene and then have the murders follow a yuletide theme and expect the reader to nod their head and go "Yes yes, dreadful stuff these murders. Worse then Jack the Ripper". It's makes everything cartoonish! Not to mention having the killers die so stupidly because they got lost in the bog. It becomes very clear the writer's concern isn't what the killers do or their consistency, but where Georgie is and what she is doing and how to throw her in danger so Darcy can come racing in as knight in shining armor. I'm more than a little disappointed (clearly) but I don't see the point in writing a mystery if your first concern isn't the mystery itself, but in a lot of other silly threads that don't go anywhere or progress the investigation. There is no whodunnit or howdunnit just a small bit of danger to try and thrill the readers long enough until Darcy gets his hands on Georgie and then everything dissolves into "Well I guess they disguised themselves".