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  • Secret Santa

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series, Mystery Shorts 25
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Bill Vokes has played Santa at the children's Christmas show for years. But with the show just hours away, he vanishes with no explanation. The whole village is baffled. Did something bad happen to loveable Bill, upstanding citizen, churchgoer, life and soul of the party and the holiday season? Jack and Sarah are on the case - and soon discover there are secrets about this Santa that no one could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series! please make more!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-11-18

24 was a cliffhanger... totally ignored in 25!?!?

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I love this series: it’s as cosy as you can get, like a nice hot cup of tea on a cold and rainy day. But. When you write in a huge cliffhanger in book 24 and then ignore it in book 25, you aren’t really being fair to your readers (or in this case, listeners).

  • The Restorer

  • The Graveyard Queen, Book 1
  • By: Amanda Stevens
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 995

My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to these rules passed down from my father…until now. Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts who shadow his every move. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the headstone symbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!! What a series~

  • By d.e.matthews on 05-22-12

Not my cup of tea...

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Got an hour or so into this and it’s just leaving me unenthused. Maybe I’ll pick it up again some time in th future, but I find the writing falls pretty flat, and the narrator puts so much “overtone” in pretty much every sentence that I feel like the reading and writing don’t match. But I’m more a mystery reader than a romance buff:-/

  • Cappuccino

  • Zion Sawyer Series, Book 1
  • By: ML Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Zion Sawyer had a good job, working customer service for an insurance company in San Francisco. She had friends, a loving family, and a bright future. Until she received a call from a lawyer in Sequoia, California, informing her she is the sole heir to her biological mother’s estate. Zion never met Vivian Bradley, but her death sends Zion on a path of discovery that changes her future forever. And she discovers that you can never escape your past, even a past you didn’t want to know. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cappuccino with a side of murder...

  • By Catrina P on 12-23-18

Sadly, this is a no for me

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Trite, shallow writing and a reader who seems to be trying to make each sentence “important,” with a seesawing cadence that after 20 minutes felt like the proverbial nails on a chalkboard. Sorry, this gets returned.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Skeletons in the Attic

  • A Marketville Mystery, Volume 1
  • By: Judy Penz Sheluk
  • Narrated by: Claira Jordyn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn't surprised to learn she's the sole beneficiary of her late father's estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville - a house she didn't know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie's inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother's murder. Callie's not keen on dredging up a 30-year-old mystery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Narrator makes the Book worthwhile

  • By cosmitron on 08-03-18

Mixed Feelings...

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I found myself totally caught up in this book. The characters are intriguing and interesting, the writer's voice draws you in, and the plot seems to move along well with varied twists and turns.... until the end. In a sudden twist I found way too "deux ex machina" all is revealed - and (no spoilers) I found it unbelievable on too many levels.

However... I like the author's writing, so will probably try another book.

Ms. Jordyn's voice is lovely but she reads "straight" (only slight vocal change for characters) and it's often hard tell who is saying what, and to differentiate between the heroine's internal vs. external lines.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Magical Match

  • Witchcraft Mysteries Series, Book 9
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women's shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily's fiance, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he's innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name...only she's not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can’t get enough of Lily and Oscar!!!

  • By Amy E Pruitt on 04-07-18

Another Home Run for Blackwell and Sands

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Juliet Blackwell is one of my favorite authors: her mysteries are true Cozies to me, comforting as a cup of tea on a dark and stormy night (or after a rough day at the office). There is humor without slapstick, romance without gobs of sex, and plenty of characters to love, hate, and wonder about. These are books I listen to at least on a yearly basis - and A Magical Match is a lovely addition to Ms. Blackwell's oeuvre. The only problem I have with Ms. Blackwell is my impatience as she works on the next book - in any of her series.

Xe Sands has matured as a reader from the beginning of the series: her voice is liquid and warm, as if she's very quietly telling this story just to you. Her female characters are individual and distinctive: I would love a bit more individualism in the male characters,- but this is a quibble (and perhaps noticeable because I tend to re-listen to all of the books in these series before I allow myself a listen of the new book). Mea culpa.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Ladies' Room

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,862
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,868

Secrets told in the church ladies' room are supposed to stay in the ladies' room. But that doesn't mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude's funeral won't change the rest of her life. Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer's residing in the local nursing home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul Food!

  • By Tunes on 02-25-17

Maybe a bit too sweet?

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I'll admit that I enjoyed listening to this, but felt uncomfortable after the book ended - kinda like eating a pint of ice cream for dinner: tastes good at the start but toward the end you realize that something was missing. The romantic interest never feels like a real, whole person, and while the heroine's feelings change his do not. I don't listen to a lot of romances so maybe it's me, but I am uncomfortable with the romantic interest being almost a "perfect parent:" loves you unconditionally from the start, knows all your dreams and wishes before you do, supports you through all your crap while patiently waiting on the side. He remains a mystery barely explored by the heroine as well as the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Shadow of the Glacier

  • By: Vicki Delany
  • Narrated by: Carrington Macduffie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Trouble is brewing in the small town of Trafalgar. Constable Smith nearly stumbles over a body, the victim of a murder. The deceased was a highly unpopular newcomer who had big plans for developing a luxury resort outside of town.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky Start To A Mystery Series

  • By Sara on 01-25-15

Listened to as much as I could tolerate....

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I really find it annoying when characters (especially protagonists) act stupidly. A good writer should be able to move the plot along without using that as a device. Narration ok, except that too many of the female characters sounded exactly the same.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Prime of Ms Dolly Greene

  • By: E. V. Harte
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In the heart of Southwest London, just a short stroll from the Thames, lies a single row of cottages. Residents may come and go, but they all have one thing in common: Tinderbox Lane - small, enclosed, unknown to any iPhone or supermarket delivery van - is the place they call home. Foremost among the residents is Dolly Greene: divorced and permanently broke, she shares her tiny house with her 21-year-old daughter, Pippa, who can't afford to leave. Aside from Pippa the other constant in Dolly's life is her tarot business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky w/ Excellent Narrator, Likeable Protagonist

  • By Matt on 11-18-17

The total package - great book, great narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

E.V. Harte has given us a true gift: a mystery of quirky & interesting characters, an intriguing plot, a bit of romance (no sex) and a soupçon of the paranormal (the heroine is a tarot reader). The writing is evocative without being overdone, drawing you into the settings with a light touch, and Ms.Church's narration is spot on, bringing the characters quite vividly to life (and death).

I know the next book is due to be published in May - I just hope it becomes available on Audible soon after.

  • The Lace Reader

  • By: Brunonia Barry
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations. But the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult but good

  • By Anonymous User on 10-15-08

Stunning and a bit disturbing

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

Beautifully written, this book definitely pulls you in. The characters were intruiging, the setting was beautifully brought to life, and I was totally gobsmacked at the end.

  • Slouch Witch

  • The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885

Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact she's probably the last witch in the world you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand, regardless of her actual abilities. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa, where she could watch TV, munch junk food, and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content. However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Impulse Buy in Ages

  • By Erin Walsh on 08-02-17

Fun book, confusing (but good) narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Lovely book, fun characters and story....but I have NO CLUE why the talented Tanya Eby was hired for this series. There is nothing in the book that even hints at the protagonist being an American in Oxford - quite the opposite: she uses the term "arse" a bazillion times, which we in the States pretty much never do (nor do we use the term "plonker," as someone else pointed out.) Ms. Eby is quite talented, and I think her Brit accents are decent, but.... Why? I will probably keep listening to the series as so far it is quite fun, but it is one of those things that keeps you a bit "outside" the book, if you know what I mean.