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  • The Prisoner in the Castle

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

A series of baffling murders among a group of imprisoned agents threatens the outcome of World War II in this chilling mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. World War II is raging, and former spy Maggie Hope knows too much. She knows what the British government is willing to do to keep its secrets. She knows the real location of the planned invasion of France. She knows who’s lying. She knows who the double-crossers are. She knows exactly who is sending agents to their deaths.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one yet?

  • By byjove on 08-13-18

Annoying narration

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Why do I keep forgetting how much I don’t care for this narrator? Maggie deserves a better voice. The author deserves a better presentation. I will try to remember to read the next book rather than listen to it.

The book was just missing “It was a dark and stormy night.” This was Agatha Christie-like and, frankly, I expected better. I’m glad so many liked this book because Susan MacNeal puts a lot into each book.

Maggie is trapped on a Scottish island with other agents before murder and mayhem ensue á la Ms Christie. This was not my favorite.

  • A Fatal Mistake

  • By: Faith Martin
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

In the glorious sunshine of Oxford, on a day when everyone should be celebrating, tragedy strikes when a university student is found floating in the river, dead. Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday finds herself paired with coroner Clement Ryder to investigate and it soon becomes clear that this case is not going to be easy. The witnesses all refuse to give a straight answer, each new lead sends them in a new direction and tales of other missing youngsters add further mystery to the investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good new series without sex, swearing and violence

  • By wisconsinclark on 10-04-18

A good continuation of the series

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Trudy and her Coroner mentor make an interesting pair. I liked this book more than I did the first book. I’m so glad I continued with the series.

The narrator, Henrietta Meire, is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

  • Brass in Pocket: Inspector Drake Mystery (Volume 1)

  • By: Stephen Puleston
  • Narrated by: Richard Elfyn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Two traffic officers are killed on an isolated mountain pass in North Wales. Inspector Drake is called to the scene and quickly discovers a message left by the killer - traffic cones in the shape of a number four. The killer starts sending the Wales Police Service lyrics from famous rock songs. Are they messages, or is there some hidden meaning in them? Does it all mean more killings are likely?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great story in the Drake series

  • By Mindy H on 11-30-18

Great start

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I enjoyed this. I’m especially glad I listened to the audiobook because I never would have been able to pronounce the Welsh place names. However, I am extremely disappointed that the subsequent books are not available in that format.

An interesting character is DI Drake. Quirky, yes, but dedicated. I look forward to learning more about his colleagues and seeing more of their working relationships. That’s one of the things I enjoy in this genre.

The story was good. I didn’t guess the killer until near the end. For the first in a series, this was a great start. I would read more (listen) if, as mentioned, they were on Audible.

  • Hushabye: A Kate Redman Mystery, Book 1

  • By: Celina Grace
  • Narrated by: Samara Naeymi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

Detective Sergeant Kate Redman investigates the kidnapping of Charlie Fullman, the newborn son of a wealthy entrepreneur. It seems a straightforward case, but as Kate and fellow officer Mark Olbeck delve deeper, they uncover murky secrets and multiple motives for the crime. The case brings up painful memories of Kate's own past secrets. As she confronts the truth about herself, her increasing emotional instability threatens both her career and the possibility that they will ever find Charlie Fullman alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of suspects

  • By Darla McCollim on 05-27-17

A decent start to a series

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

This was a quick read/listen and was a completely acceptable book. It didn't compel me in any way to rate it higher than 3. We meet Kate as she enters a new police department and is assigned the case of a missing infant and a murdered nanny. The story plays out well enough. We learn a bit about Kate's police partner and of Kate's history. I'm assuming the stories will be fleshed out in subsequent books.

I liked this enough to try Book 2.

  • To Die in Vienna

  • By: Kevin Wignall
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

He’s seen something that could get him killed. But what? Freddie Makin is a spy for hire. For a year he’s been watching Jiang Cheng, an academic whose life seems suspiciously normal. To Freddie it’s just a job: he never asks who’s paying him and why - until the day someone is sent to kill him, and suddenly the watcher becomes the watched. On the run from whoever wants him dead, Freddie knows he must have seen something incriminating. The only trouble is, he has no idea what. Is the CIA behind all this - or does it go higher than that? Have his trackers uncovered his own murky past?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An adequately enjoyable book

  • By Maine Knitter on 02-17-19

An adequately enjoyable book

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This is a good book. Not fabulous but quite good.

The setting of Vienna is a great start! One of my favorite cities. Freddie is a former, well - something, probably clandestine but we don’t know for sure until later. He is not a surveillance expert hired to watch a Chinese professor. After several months things go terribly wrong.

I enjoyed Freddie’s exploits. I was not surprised to read that the movie rights had been picked up. This book read like the plot of a film. I can imagine it’ll be good if they stick to the book.

At first I didn’t care for the narrator but his voice grew on me.

I am hoping there’s a sequel.

  • Lola Is Missing

  • By: Alison James
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper is taken from her bedroom. Her mother is distraught. She is convinced her estranged husband, Gavin Harper, has abducted their daughter. Detective Rachel Prince is leading the investigation but is soon out of her depth as she searches for the most high-profile missing child in the country. To uncover the truth about Lola’s disappearance, Rachel must untangle the Harper family’s complicated web of secrets and lies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story But...

  • By Julie Zancanella on 08-28-18

Very good!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

Wow! What a fabulous start to a series!

A missing child and many possibilities as to her whereabouts. And many potential suspects who don’t tell the truth. The last few chapters of this book were impossible to put down.

DI Rachel Prince is an interesting character with a bit of baggage. I look forward to reading more about her and her DS.

Jan Cramer does a fine job as she narrates this book. I’m glad there are more books in this series. I hope Book 3 is released as an audiobook soon.

  • Cold Blood

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 5
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She's worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim - the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. Erika quickly realizes she's on the trail of a serial killer who's already made their next move.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It’s Cold Blooded Alright

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-07-17

A good series

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

This has been my favorite so far. Erika still hasn’t loosened up much; she’s still acerbic and a loner. This case is a strange one that we learn about from two different directions. The story makes clear that drugs are dangerous and also shows the effects of domestic violence. The violence is not always physical, quite often it’s psychological. Creepy stuff.

The author does a great job of making us, well me in any case, care for a suspect.

The audio narration was great. I’m looking to download the next in the series immediately.

  • The Guilty Ones

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. What drove her to this? She was a woman with a seemingly happy home life and two beloved sons. DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past. Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances. What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from Joy Ellis!

  • By Wayne on 03-04-19

I loved it

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I had been waiting impatiently for this audiobook release and it was well worth the wait. I love this author’s books and this one is no exception.

The story is twisted and leaves many trails for the reader’s mind to follow if one wants to “play detective.” Personally, I like to let the story play out and have Jackson and Evans and the team work it out. We know who-done-it fairly early on but then there’s the drama and suspense of what will happen next. The character development is first rate, as usual for Joy Ellis.

Richard Armitage is a delightful narrator and gives a tremendous performance. I did find the denouement a bit unrewarding and disappointing. But, overall, one of the best books of 2019.

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  • A Merciful Death

  • Mercy Kilpatrick, Book 1
  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,112

FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land - and off the grid - in rural Eagle's Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This was not a well written book.

  • By Jacque on 02-02-17

I look forward to more in this series

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Three stars - which is not a bad rating.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I look forward to the second book, at least, in this series. I am reminded of the Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo. A former community member, shunned by her family, who returns as a law enforcement officer - in that case, the local police chief. In this series, Mercy returns to her hometown after a long absence as an FBI agent.

Such secrets! They find a way to come back to haunt. I especially liked the chief of police in this book. I want to know more about him. And then there’s Mercy. I came to like her by the end of the book but it took some work. There are multiple murders to be solved and Mercy links them to events 15 years ago.

I enjoyed the audiobook.

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  • Murder on the Marshes

  • A Tara Thorpe Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Clare Chase
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brownhill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

As the sun rises, a wealthy young woman, Samantha Seabrook, is found drowned in the ornamental fountain of a deserted Cambridge courtyard, the only clue: an antique silver chain wound tightly around her throat. It’s Tara Thorpe’s job to discover what happened to Miss Seabrook. But the case becomes personal when she learns that Samantha had been receiving death threats, rather like the one that landed on Tara’s doorstep the night the woman died. Together with Detective Inspector Garstin Blake, Tara tracks the killer to the dank and dangerous fens on the outskirts of the city. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really hard to listen to!

  • By Sharon L Sarp on 12-13-18

Good story; narrator not so good

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I rated this four stars strictly on the story itself. It was tedious listening to the audiobook; the narrator made this very boring. But I listened on and I enjoyed the mystery.

The characters are interesting. I thought DI Blake shared a bit too much with a reporter. I’m curious about the direction the next book will take. What will Tara do? Will Blake be around?

I may read the next book in this series rather than listen to it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful