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  • Playing at Murder

  • A Butterworth Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Gillian Larkin
  • Narrated by: sangita chauhan
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

It's always been a dream of Connie Butterworth's to be a private investigator. Now that she's retired, she makes that dream a reality and sets herself up as an investigator. With reluctant help from her sister-in-law, Sable, Connie takes on her first client. What starts out as a simple case of tracking down a missing person soon turns into an intriguing case of deception, phone hacking and murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My first Mrs Butterworth mystery

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-12-18

My first Mrs Butterworth mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

It is old fashioned and a little slow. I was looking for something a bit more then cosy, The mystery part is missing if you are a mystery reader of the greats. I am hoping as I read the second book, that the writer has got the mystery part included. I have been looking for a new author.

  • The Guestbook

  • By: Andrea Hurst
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Fleeing her picture-perfect life among the privileged set and the wreckage of a failed marriage, Lily Parkins moves to the only place that still holds happy memories: her grandmother's farmhouse, now a converted B&B on the enchanting Madrona Island. After learning her grandmother has passed away, Lily is left with only an old guestbook as her guide - a curious book full of letters, recipes, and glimpses into her family history. She is determined to embrace her newfound independence and recreate herself, one page at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Calming and happy

  • By Bethany on 08-27-15

Memories loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Good book with lots of very friendly people and some not so nice. Even the not so nice had reasons. What made this a difficult book to read? It was crammed full of delicious food! It made me want to go find chocolate, and bake cookies. Oh and the wonderful sea food recipes. I am certain I gained 10 lbs reading it!

  • The Little French Bistro

  • A Novel
  • By: Nina George
  • Narrated by: Emma Bering
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. After 41 years she has reached her limit, and one evening in Paris she decides to take action. Following a dramatic moment on the banks of the Seine, Marianne leaves her life behind and sets out for the Brittany coast. There she meets a cast of colorful and unforgettable locals who surprise her with their warm welcome and the natural ease they all seem to have, taking pleasure in life's small moments.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Michael on 08-16-17

She reached the sea, now ...?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Her world is gray, co!orless. She feels as if she had never lived! It's too late now. 60 years old? 60 years young?

  • Last Train to Istanbul

  • A Novel
  • By: Ayse Kulin, John W Baker (translator)
  • Narrated by: Sanjiv Jhaveri
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

Born into privilege to one of the last Ottoman pashas, beautiful, spirited Selva is the brightest jewel in her father’s household - until she falls in love with Rafael Alfandari. Though Turkey has long been a safe haven for Jews, marriage between a high-ranking Muslim girl and a Jewish boy is strictly forbidden. Yet young love will not be denied, and Selva and Rafael defy their parents and marry, fleeing to Paris in hopes of a better life - only to find themselves trapped in the path of the invading Nazis.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3-Stars

  • By Anna at a Wondrous Bookshelf on 05-21-15

Istanbul stayed neutral

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Just what does it mean to stay neutral? To walk a narrow line through two masterful countries. How can this work? Quite a story here,and very good. I have it at 4 because author was translated and parts were slower, or just felt wrong. Can't explain it. Information was really interesting and made you sit on the edge of your seat at times! Try it.

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,050

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

Love to love in that library!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

What an enjoyable story delivered with such an expressive voice! Certainly made that dragon come alive!

34 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Poison in Paddington

  • Cassie Coburn Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Samantha Silver
  • Narrated by: Patricia Santomasso
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

When Cassie Coburn moved to London, she never thought she'd be involved in a quadruple homicide. After a car accident ended her medical career before it even started, Cassie moved to London on a whim, expecting to see the sights and live the typical tourist backpacker lifestyle. Instead she finds herself accompanying a French private detective, Violet Despuis, as they attempt to find out who poisoned four people in the middle of London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What one irresponsible person can do in an instant!

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-07-18

What one irresponsible person can do in an instant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I am really enjoying the premise of these stories. The characters are completely fleshed out, also all different and abnormal as people should be. Glad to have found
Ms Silver. Was getting bored by expected reactions.

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,226

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Unbelievable!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Those poor children! Alone in America, in a big city, No one to defend or protect them!
in those days Ireland's famine was at it's worst! Many people from all over Europe came to America seeking a better life. Many imigrants died. Children lost their parents. No where to go and alone, what was to be done with the children? Then someone started ...
"The orphan Train".
Now make a jump to now. Put that child in a foster home. Alone, not given a choice but to go with whomever would take them in. What if you hated that place and rebelled. What if the court ordered you to do some type of neighborhood service.
Two women, seperated by many years, not only in age but very different generations. Can their stories be similar?
This book brings an elderly woman and a teenager together. As they share their lives they find there is a lot that has a similar ring. Between them they both develop a better understanding of their feelings and from shared sorrows and laughter they forge a kinship.
An amazing story with startling twists and turns.

  • The Balloon Man

  • By: Charlotte MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

With a serenely beautiful, picture-perfect day as a backdrop, what could possibly go wrong at the glorious seaside wedding on the Kelling estate? Plenty. First, Max is knocked unconscious by someone trying to steal the bride's gold and ruby necklace. Then a hot air balloon suddenly crashes into the tent leaving a mangled corpse beneath its wicker basket. Later, Uncle Jem's vintage Rolls Royce is stolen. It will now take all of Max's formidable skills as the world's greatest expert on art theft to pop this mystery wide open.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hot air can be dangerous!

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-29-18

Hot air can be dangerous!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-18

Way back when, I read so many authors of an eclectic nature I rarely got into mysteries. Up to that point between study books and children' s storie books and book of the month club I had never delved into the world of ongoing series like Dashil Hammet. Then I was introduced to Elizabeth Peters, and stories all about Poirot,, Holmes, Nero and Archy, Bubba, and the A, B C's of Sue Grafton. How did I miss Charlotte MacLeod?
Well better late than never.
The characters in these stories are extremely unusual in their ways and manerisms. The places where the mysteries take place seem to be quite unique, and there is never a sure answer to " who done it" till the very end. What I am enjoying most in my reading is that the sense of humor is mostly of " tongue in cheek" variety. If you haven't read her, and don t mind trave!ing back to the 1930's 1940's pick up one of many books and you may be drawn into the imagination of Charlotte MacLeod.

  • The Gladstone Bag

  • A Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Charlotte MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Sarah Kelling's Aunt Emma leaps at the chance to stay at her old friend Adelaide's summer place, enjoying a quiet time repairing some stage jewelry while keeping an eye on the artists and writers who'll be occupying Adelaide's six guest cottages. On the ferry, Emma's Gladstone bag is temporarily stolen. Could someone have mistaken those junk jewels for real diamonds? She meets her guests-to-be who inform her they plan to dig for Pocapuk's legendary pirate treasure without having bothered to get Adelaide's permission. On the island, her bag is heisted again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a usual Sarah/Max mystery

  • By Kate on 03-14-15

What''s happening in the Island?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Put together a group of quit " Unusual" people on an Island in Maine. Let's throw in a hidden pirate treasure, add a couple robbers, stolen jewls, a caustic "mainer" and a Brahman Bostonion or two. Mix thoroughly add a little side of murder and you have the makings of a very funny "mystory!". Yup I like that word!!

  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006

Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, perfect narration!

  • By Coffee Lover on 09-08-11

Certainly Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Once Again Mrs Pollifax has managed to do the impossible without missing her hair...no wait, she lost her hat!