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  • Broken Ground

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

In Broken Ground, cold-case Detective Karen Pirie faces her hardest challenge yet. Six feet under in a Highland peat bog lies Alice Somerville’s inheritance, buried by her grandfather at the end of World War II. But when Alice finally uncovers it, she finds an unwanted surprise - a body with a bullet hole between the eyes. Meanwhile, DCI Pirie is called in to unravel a case where nothing is quite as it seems. And as she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that not everyone shares her desire for justice. Or even the idea of what justice is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5

  • By Donna on 12-10-18

Well worth waiting for

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

This is a must-read series for me.

There were multiple stories going on here. Karen and the Mint make a great team. He is growing in his job as a DC. Karen is still ruffling feathers.

The ending (before the epilogue) was a tad disappointing. I found the narrator to be confusing. Too many people sounded like Jason. Even Karen at times.

But this is a great book from a fabulous author. I anxiously await the next book since much was left hanging.

  • The Girl in the Ice

  • Detective Erika Foster Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,335

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound, and dumped in water around London.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Meg on 05-26-16

Extra credit for the narration

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Mixed emotions on this one. The story was decent. The main character left me a little cold. Erika made some really dumb moves that I’m optimistically chalking up to this being the first book in the series.

Her detective team is composed of interesting characters that I look forward to reading about in subsequent books.

There were many potential killers and that made the book better than just average. The narration of the audiobook was well done as well. I will definitely read the next book in this series.

  • The Birthday

  • Detective Natalie Ward, Book 1
  • By: Carol Wyer
  • Narrated by: Diana Croft
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

When five-year-old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a local garden center, the police are bewildered by the lack of leads. That is, until two years later, when Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party. Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that still keeps her awake at night.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I don't know why I kept going

  • By K. Byrne on 11-15-18

First in a new series

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

The shoes on the cover kill me. So sad. The book involves the murder of children so it can be disturbing.

I’ve read the author’s first series and enjoyed those books. All are a bit dark but interesting. I didn’t care for this book as much. I listened to the audiobook, as I had with the previous series, (which was done fairly well) but I had a hard time keeping the characters straight. It’s not as easy to go back and find earlier mentions of a character. I listen to over 100 audiobooks a year so it’s not that I’m not used to them. This book just made it difficult for me.

The main character, DI Natalie Ward, is determined to solve these crimes especially because of a similar crime in her past. She seems like a typical working mother, trying to juggle career and family all in the midst of a murder investigation. I look forward to seeing how she manages and to learning more about her team.

One thing I did notice with the narration (and this occurred in an earlier book by the same author): Nike trainers were pronounced like Bike. Is that a British thing?

Overall, a captivating book which could have ended in any of several ways. It kept me guessing through most of the book.

  • The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Tom Bateman, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story. I didn’t care for the dramatization

  • By Maine Knitter on 11-24-18

Good story. I didn’t care for the dramatization

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

First of all, I love this series. LJ Ross has created great characters and her stories are wonderful.

However, I really didn’t care for the dramatization of this story. I don’t care for multiple narrators to begin with and I found this production a bit over-the-top.

The story was good and not as horrid as I anticipated, knowing how it was going to end.

I’ve enjoyed the previous audiobooks in this series a great deal and I’m anxiously awaiting the next one. Hopefully, there’ll just be a single narrator.

  • A Private Investigation: A DC Smith Investigation

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 8
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

When 14-year-old Zoe Johnson doesn't come home on a Monday night in early December, the alarm bells in Kings Lake Central police station do not ring straight away - after all, she's from the Dockmills, one of the toughest estates in the town. But for Detective Sergeant DC Smith, due to retire in just three weeks' time, there are some strange echoes of the case that has haunted him for the past 13 years. Maybe it's simply his over-developed sense of irony, or maybe, in his final days as a police officer, Smith must look once more into the eyes of a serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad ending to a wonderful series?

  • By Wayne on 11-16-18

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

3:30 in the morning and I just finished this. Wow! It was fabulous.

I urge readers to avoid all reviews until it’s finished. You don’t want even a hint of a spoiler. Also, this should not be the first DC Smith book anyone reads. Take them in order.

Smith is counting down the days until his retirement. The team is investigating a missing girl. It has similarities to one of Smith’s previous cases. It will be one heck of a finale to Smith’s police career.

The last hour of the book was unputdownable, if that’s a word. I’m glad I was listening to the audiobook because Gildart Jackson’s pace was perfect. It instilled suspense and kept me from reading too fast to get to the end. The narration is worthy of 5 stars on its own.

As usual, Grainger’s writing was brilliant. Smith’s dry humor is one of my favorite parts of this series.

The ending ... I’m still emotional. That’s all I’ll say.

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  • By Its Cover

  • Commissario Guido Brunetti, Book 23
  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: The culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem-- the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Colacci is BACK!!!

  • By Alexis on 04-07-14

Great narration again

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I gave this four stars, rounded up from 3.5, only because it’s Guido Brunetti. He’s one of my favorite book characters. After 23 books, that’s a good thing.

However, this is not a favorite. It was rather boring. Even the regular characters lacked the polish that the author has given them in previous books. The endings have been abrupt lately and this is no exception. It was understandable and I’m not sure what would have been gained by drawing it out more so I can’t really fault Donna Leon on this one. I look forward to lunches at the Brunetti home and interaction with Paola and the kids and that was lacking. (I usually end up craving some great Italian meal after reading these books.)

Worth an extra star is the fact that David Colacci is back as the narrator. He does a fine job and his talent was missed in the previous book.

  • The Girls in the Water

  • Detectives King and Lane, Book 1
  • By: Victoria Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

When the body of Lola Evans is found in a local park on a cold winter's morning, Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane are called in to lead the hunt for the killer. Chilling and totally compelling with an utterly surprising twist, The Girls in the Water is perfect for fans of Robert Bryndza, Sarah Hilary, and Patricia Gibney.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By SerenitySue on 12-30-17

Good first in the series book

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

I read a lot of this genre. I read about police detectives all over Europe - Ireland, England, Scotland, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden - but this is my first Welsh police story. And I was not disappointed. Not bad for the first in a series.

We have a few storylines yet to play out. Of course that can happen with a series of books. Alex and Chloe are interesting characters with very interesting backstories. I admit I hadn’t figured out the ending so it was quite a surprise. Well done, Victoria Jenkins. And a shoutout for a great narration to Katie Villa.

Now to get the next book!

  • Fatal Promise

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series, Book 9
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell - a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young schoolgirl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead? As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim's sure this was no accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner!

  • By Maine Knitter on 10-23-18

Another winner!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Even though I just read it earlier this year, I re-read the previous book before starting this one. I’m glad I did. I highly recommend not reading this book if you haven’t read Book 8.

This takes place a few weeks after the events in the previous book and the team is dealing with the aftermath. We get to see the investigation of the multiple murders along with the police and the reader has no more clue than the detectives do. Well done.

As always, the team dynamics play a major part in these books. The characters are well developed and interesting. Even the new guy. And the narration is perfect.

I had this pre-ordered and I always look forward to starting a new Kim Stone book but, sadly, each one is over too soon and the wait for the next one begins.

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  • Tell Nobody

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 5
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

One hot summer evening, 11-year-old Mikey Driscoll is on the way home from playing with friends. Two days later, his body is discovered on a bed of wildflowers by some local teenagers. The case is assigned to Detective Lottie Parker, and this time it’s personal. The victim was a close friend of her son, Sean, from the run-down Munbally estate on the other side of town. Sean tells his mother Mikey was behaving normally before he died, but Lottie can’t help but feel that her son is keeping something from her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good series

  • By Maine Knitter on 10-06-18

Good series

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Didn't see that coming.

I like this series. It's gruesome and deals with uncomfortable subjects but the characters are interesting and the stories are complex and sometimes surprising. There are many potential suspects that keep the reader guessing.

Lottie appeared to me to be more annoying in this book. She was rude - especially to Boyd - and seemed to forget her children too often. I hope she changes her attitude.

Narration was great, as usual. Michele Moran does a wonderful job.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Friends in High Places

  • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

In Friends in High Places, Commissario Guido Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of approval for the construction of Brunetti's apartment years before. What began as a red-tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is later found dead after a mysterious fall from a scaffold. Brunetti starts an investigation that will take him into the unfamiliar and dangerous areas of drug abuse and loan-sharking, and will reveal, once again, what a difference it makes in Venice to have friends in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of her best...

  • By Diana Burton on 02-20-13

Not my favorite but still good

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Donna Leon writes a great story! I love these books. However, this was not as good as others. I didn't like the ending and I felt there was at least one storyline that went nowhere. That being said, Guido, and Paola, and Chiara, and Rafi, as well as everyone at the Questura, and Venice itself are the best characters and I love escaping to their world. The narration by David Colacci is top notch. I'm glad there are so many more books.