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  • Ladies of the Lake

  • By: Haywood Smith
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Sisters Dahlia, Iris, Violet, and Rose - all with grown children of their own - have a complicated relationship, so when their grandmother's will requires them to spend the whole summer - without friends or family - "camping in" at her run-down lodge on re mote Lake Clare in order to inherit the valuable land, old rivalries and new understanding emerge, with plenty of laughs along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dr. Phil and Oprah has a kid.

  • By danpri on 12-02-09

Far fetched

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

This book started out good and was getting pretty interesting but then took a turn and became too ridiculous to finish. I have no desire to listen to the remaining 3+ hours in order to find out how it ends.

  • Murder in the Mystery Suite

  • Book Retreat Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 807

Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia lies the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nancy Drew meets "The Librarian"

  • By Ray on 01-07-15

Far fetched

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

What turned into an ok story took a sudden turn into fantasy and was too weird to continue. Gave up by chapter 11. Couldn’t take any more of it.

  • Guidebook to Murder

  • Tourist Trap, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Cahoon
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,155

In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store - Coffee, Books, and More - open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder? When Jill's elderly friend Miss Emily calls in a fit of pique, she already knows that the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily's gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill, along with all of her problems...and her enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and compelling

  • By Taylor on 10-15-14

Guidebook to murder

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

This book was ok. Not a lot of surprises. I did feel the narrator was too melodramatic. I enjoyed the voice of the aunt the best. I bought 2 books by this author a long time ago. But after listening to one, I don’t know that I would have bought another.

  • Murder, She Wrote: A Date with Murder

  • Murder, She Wrote
  • By: Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain, Jon Land
  • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Jessica Fletcher takes up the cause of her good friend Barbara Babs Wirth after Babs's husband Hal suffers a fatal heart attack that Jessica has reason to believe was actually murder. Her suspicions are aroused by a sinister dating site Hal used while he and Babs were having marital issues - a site that might be complicit in somehow swindling him out of millions. Jessica's investigation reveals that Hal was far from the only victim, and when his former business partner is also killed, a deadly pattern emerges. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Donald Bain :(

  • By Sundance Metelsky on 09-05-18

A date with murder

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I feel I am being generous with the 2 star rating due to all the changes in direction. First of all having a different narrative gives Jessica a totally different persona than all the other books. She has more of a snarky attitude in my opinion. Totally detracts from the original Jessica we all know and loved. Jessica also is being portrayed as being somewhat more modern in her thinking. I believe this may be due to Donald Baines having a new co-writer since his wife’s passing. If this is indicative of the direction his next books will be going I will no longer be an avid fan of the series. I own almost every paperback since the show started and if I don’t have the book form I do have it on audible. But the love affair with the series is about to come to an end.

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  • By Book or by Crook

  • Lighthouse Library Mystery Series # 1
  • By: Eva Gates
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

For 10 years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family's social whorl or her sort-of engagement to the staid son of her father's law partner. But when her 10-year relationship implodes, Lucy realizes that the plot of her life is in need of a serious rewrite.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun cozy with unfortunately bad narration

  • By JJ on 01-14-16

By Book or by Crook

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

I really enjoyed the narrator. I read the reviews and almost decided to send it back because of some negative reviews but as soon as I started it I became wrapped up in the story. So I am glad I wasn’t totally influenced and gave it a chance. I didn’t care for all the charms and ghost talk from one of the characters. She sounded batty but other than that and the author repeating herself a few times, such as ‘took off her shoes’ and a sentence or two later she ‘took off her shoes’. But other than those issues the book was good.

  • Heirs and Graces

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,547

As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favourites in the Series

  • By Dylan on 03-14-16

Heirs and Graces

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Great performance by the late Katherine Kellgren but the story was lacking, like a sort of cookie cut storyline. I’ve found myself growing bored with the series. Unfortunately I bought several more RS books over a year ago so too late for a refund.

  • Sprinkle with Murder

  • Cupcake Bakery Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Jenn McKinlay
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are finally living out their dream as the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. But their first big client is a nightmare. She's a bridezilla who wants 500 custom cupcakes for her wedding. When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be dead - by cupcake - Mel becomes the prime suspect. To save themselves and their business, the ladies need to find the real murderer, before the cupcake killer ices someone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sprinkled with Humor and a Sweet Treat!

  • By aubie99_98 on 01-18-17

Sprinkle with murder

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

The book was good and I enjoyed most of it except toward the last half. Not sure if the narrator developed a lisp when she became over excited or the audio cut off parts of words such as asked, which became ath and agth, and frosted cupcakes became froth,etc. etc. Certain words became much more mispronounced/cut off toward the end and I found I was dreading the mispronunciations/ or audio difficulty more than anticipating the conclusion. Other than that the storyline was good.

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  • Assault and Pepper

  • Spice Shop Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Leslie Budewitz
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 543

After leaving a dicey marriage and losing a beloved job in a corporate crash, Pepper Reece has found a new zest for life running a busy spice and tea shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Her aromatic creations are the talk of the town, and everyone stops by for a cup of her refreshing spice tea, even other shopkeepers and market regulars. But when a panhandler named Doc shows up dead on the store's doorstep, a Seattle Spice Shop cup in his hand, the local gossip gets too hot for Pepper to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read :0)

  • By SO on 12-09-16

Assault and Pepper

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

This book is a chore to finish. Not sure if it’s the narrator who drones on and on one minute, and then over dramatizes the next, or if it’s the author who seeks to be culling out a story using both a travel book in Seattle, and internet research on spices. The book gives me the feeling the author sits and watches what goes on around her and then laboriously describes everything in great detail. I sometimes feel like she’s reading a menu while she describes the food she orders. I wish I hadn’t spent a credit on this book. It’s so uttering, utterly boring!!

  • A Deadly Grind

  • Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series, # 1
  • By: Victoria Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 899

When vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it's love at first sight. Despite the protests of her sister that the 19th-century yellow-brick house they share in Michigan is already too cluttered with Jaymie's "junk," she successfully outbids the other buyers and triumphantly takes home her Hoosier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History can be deadly in this cozy mystery!

  • By Byron on 04-28-14

Boring

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

The narrator was mostly monotone which actually put me to sleep at times. She just wasn't believable. The volume also went up and down on my recording. At times I had to lower the volume because it was too loud, then later on it became too soft. All in all I couldn't give this story a thumbs up.

  • Seagrass Pier

  • By: Colleen Coble
  • Narrated by: Devon O'Day
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger’s memories...before they cost her everything. Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit. But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks - and vivid dreams of being strangled - she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart. Elin is remembering her donor's murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Always a winner with Colleen Coble!

  • By Susan P on 06-03-15

Enjoyed a lot

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

I really enjoyed the story and have nothing bad to say about it but although I really enjoy/love listening to Devon O'Day's voice in most books , I didn't think it was particularly suited to this one. Even when pursued by someone trying to kill her she never seemed to sound upset or frightened. Her voice almost always seemed to have a lilting laugh hidden in it like she was delighted about something. In other words it never changes tone. Other than that I loved the book.