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  • Mocha and Murder

  • A Killer Coffee Mystery Series: Book 2
  • By: Tonya Kappes
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Roxy becomes entangled in another murder as she puts her sleuthing skills to work in order to prove that Louise Carlton didn't kill Fred Hill over a pet adoption gone wrong. After all, if Louise goes to jail, who is going to find all the animals at Pet Palace a home. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gotta love small towns!

  • By Dee on 09-15-18

A really good read!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

cozy-mystery, murder, coffee, culinary, family-dynamics, friendship

A nice Southern cozy complete with family squabbling, a stuttering romance, and plenty of gossipy neighbors. The ever absent mom rolls into town around the time that Roxy comes upon a murder scene involving her friend from the all volunteer animal shelter. Things only get crazier, and Roxy finds that she needs to dust off her law degree. The characters certainly are, and I'm not willing to do spoilers, but this is a really good read!
Madeline Mrozek narrates exceptionally well and gives the Southern charm without being syrupy.

  • Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy

  • Corgi Case Files, Volume 2
  • By: Jeffrey M. Poole
  • Narrated by: Bob Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When a traveling Egyptian exhibit stops in picturesque Pomme Valley, all hell breaks loose when a valuable artifact is stolen and a dead body turns up in an unexpected location. The prime suspect has already been identified, but there's a catch: He's more than 3,000 years old. Pomme Valley's newest crime-fighting crusaders are on the case with Sherlock, new packmate Watson, and their reluctant human, Zack. Can they solve the murder and locate the missing loot before any more misfortune can befall the town?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So charming!

  • By Christina on 08-19-18

A minitailed Sherlock and Watson!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, pets, dogs, situational-humor, verbal-humor, law-enforcement, theft

Great fun! Sherlock the corgi, Zack the dog lover, and Watson the new addition help the local authorities with a really messy case involving theft from a traveling museum exhibition from Egypt. The mystery is well done and no spoilers here, but there's lots of twists and red herrings as well as a lot of laughs! And take my word for it, the characters certainly are!
Bob Johnson gives the narration just the right spin to make the story even more enjoyable!
I requested and received a free audio copy via AudioBookBOOM.

  • Six Armies in Tennessee

  • The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns
  • By: Steven E. Woodworth
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

When Vicksburg fell to Union forces under General Grant in July 1863, the balance turned against the Confederacy in the trans-Appalachian theater. The Federal success along the river opened the way for advances into central and eastern Tennessee, which culminated in the bloody battle of Chickamauga and then a struggle for Chattanooga. Chickamauga is usually counted as a Confederate victory, albeit a costly one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great details of Civil War fighting for Tennessee!

  • By Donna Wiebe on 10-13-18

Great for military and history geeks

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

historical-places-events, historical-research, historical-figures, politics, military-history, socioeconomics, American Civil War *****

This historical presentation goes beyond the nuts and bolts of the complex military campaigns of the area and includes the background of the politics and other factors that created the perceived need for the combatants to meet in the Chattanooga area. The material is well researched and documented and the conclusions appear valid. The actions and blunders of the generals on both sides are very clearly presented.
I feel that this study would be an asset to both history geeks and students of militaria alike.
The narration is performed by Bill Nevitt whose no nonsense delivery only adds to the credibility of the material.
Note: I am not military, and our reenactments are American Revolutionary War

  • Hatteras Blue: A Tiller Galloway Underwater Adventure

  • The Tiller Galloway Novels, Book 1
  • By: David Poyer
  • Narrated by: Edison McDaniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

On a moonless night in 1945, a destroyer sinks a U-Boat, 50 miles off Hatteras Island, the graveyard of the Atlantic. Over a half-century later, the mummified corpses of three crewmen, wrapped in a decaying rubber raft, come to light during excavation for a new shopping development. Their reappearance unleashes neo-Nazis, drug smugglers, and a shadowy "historian" with an ominous plan.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Jan on 10-02-18

Great read!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

action-adventure, suspense, greed, mystery, thriller *****

Plot speed is a bit erratic, but the story is good. The publisher's blurb is better than most, so there's no need for a recap of spoilers. I thought that it was a good thing that the suspense build up wasn't as fast as some because that often lures the reader to skim or skip, and that would really be a waste. It really is a good read!
The audio is performed by Edison McDaniels who is adept at underlying when indicated and never oversells.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The School for Mysteries

  • A Midlife Fairytale Adventure
  • By: Carolyn Jourdan
  • Narrated by: Pam Dougherty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Phoebe McFarland has just lost her job as a rural home health care nurse in White Oak, Tennessee, a sleepy rural community nestled in the mist-shrouded Smoky Mountains. But then she's unexpectedly offered a ritzy-sounding position as a private duty nurse to an enigmatic scholar. Unfortunately before she can start her upscale new life, Phoebe is unwittingly caught up in a medical emergency with Nick, a total stranger. The mismatched couple is forced to cooperate as they flee professional killers who now have Phoebe in their crosshairs, as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and car chases!

  • By Jan on 09-23-18

Fun and car chases!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

action-adventure, urban-fantasy, religious-history, contemporary, conspiracy, suspense, twisty, fun

Decidedly fiction that defies pigeonholing! Begins with a really startling event, progresses through appreciation of the Appalachians and the solidarity of the people, and spends much time with specific conspiracies and an unusual take on mysticism. It's really a wild ride that I didn't want to end!
When I was surfing through kindle books that I had which have audio for reduced price, I found that I had the ebook in my TBR pile since July of 2014!
Pam Dougherty is really great as narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mystery Loves Company

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Volume 7
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel L Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52

Returning to London after his honeymoon (For Deader or Worse), Bow Street Runner John Pickett soon discovers wedded bliss is not without its pitfalls, as he finds it galling to be financially dependent on Julia, his aristocratic bride. When he is summoned to the home of Lady Washbourn, Pickett finds he has something in common with the young countess: like himself, Lady Washbourn has married above her station and now finds herself adrift in a world to which she does not truly belong. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marriage can Mean Murder

  • By Avid Audio Listener on 08-19-18

Excellent plot!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

marriage, cozy-mystery, regency, relationships

Two couples with the potential for some major resentments. The client is a young woman with pots of money but not the same class as her husband, and the man from Bow Street is a Runner while his new wife is the widow of a viscount. The client hires the runner because she is afraid that her husband is trying to murder her. The plot has lots of twists and not a few red herrings before coming to a positive conclusion. Quite well done!
Joel Froomkin gives his usual fine performance as narrator.
I requested and received a free audio copy from the author via AudioBookBOOM.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Split-Second Lifetime

  • By: Denise Kahn
  • Narrated by: Denise Kahn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

On a business trip from the US to Paris, Jebby meets Dodi on a flight. Jebby is an ethnomusicologist, and Dodi is an international photographer. They are immediately attracted to each other, but from the very first moment Dodi triggers what seems like past life memories for Jebby of a poignant and passionate time they shared together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Split second lifetime

  • By Zoe on 05-15-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

music, anthropology, photography, relationships, reverie, past, punny

Disclaimer: I love this author's writing and narration.
Jebby's life is rooted in the expressions of sound and is fulfilled by the fieldwork of the ethnomusicologist. Dodi's is all visual and finds that his career as an international photographer meets his need. They come together by means of that most unbelievable situation: coincidence.
The publisher's blurb can only give you a sterile view of the plot but not how moving and enjoyable it is. This author's writing always appeals to the senses even as the plot stretches the imagination, even more so when narrated by the author and with her choices of music interspersed as emphasis.
I requested and received a free audio copy via AudioBookBOOM.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Resentment

  • By: Kayla Michelle
  • Narrated by: Renee Dorian Begley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Cape Cod is shaken by another murder, and it's up to amateur sleuth Chloe Cook to find the killer. But she's going to have to work fast. Not only is there a handful of suspects on the loose, but one of Chloe's good friends is wrongfully suspected of the crime by the local police detective. Can Chloe nab the real killer in time, or will the killer strike again?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Theatre Can Be Deadly

  • By Aurora Dawn on 10-09-18

Murder in Cape Cod

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

A fun cozy mystery complete with twists and red herrings. The characters are interesting and engaging, and the plot deserves the reader's attention.
I am advised that it is a rename of Reunions Can Be Deadly.
Renee Dorian Begley is the very energetic narrator.
I requested and received a free audio copy from the author via AudioBookBOOM.

  • My Falkland Islands Life

  • One Family's Very British Adventure
  • By: Jen Carter
  • Narrated by: David Ayers
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In 1982, war brought The Falkland Islands into the spotlight. When Jennifer and her family put down roots in an unspoiled community on West Falkland, they can’t help but see the unruly climate and the close proximity to a frozen wasteland. How could a place like this be worth fighting for? The Carters quickly learn that the Falklands way of life is friendliness and self-sufficiency. Their new life becomes one of abundant wildlife and growing their own food, but it never strays from the island’s true British identity. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By Rayc on 10-04-18

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

daily-life, family, friendship, nonfiction, short

Welcome to living on one of the smallish islands off the east coast of Argentina in the Atlantic and home to high winds, penguins, and hardy resourceful people. The author, her husband and small son transferred from England and lived there for two years, enjoyed making friends, living a totally different lifestyle, and learning so many new things. This small book is a testament to the people who live there and a fine way for the rest of us to appreciate the islands and those people. Set in the mid 1980's, there is a lovely postscript as an update.
David Ayers did an amazing job of narration!
I requested and received a free audio copy from the author via AudioBookBOOM.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in the Woods

  • Detective Inspector Skelgill Investigates, Book 8
  • By: Bruce Beckham
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

When a dog walker discovers a decaying corpse in Harterhow Woods it is surely just a matter of time before the police will close in upon the murderer. But despite a nationwide appeal the distinctive remains defy identification. Skelgill believes he knows the perpetrator - but his team have other ideas. As they unearth contradictory clues Skelgill becomes impatient - an arrest is made. But when the victim is finally named a new prime suspect emerges. Skelgill is determined to prevail - but the facts don't fit his gut feel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good!

  • By Midi on 10-04-18

Great read!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

procedural, murder-investigation, law-enforcement, British-detective, twisty

Of course the mystery plot is excellent, complete with red herrings and twists, but it's the characters and more that draw you in and make you keep picking it up to read *just a chapter or two*. But there's also the beauty of wordplay, the descriptions of places so clear that you feel like you can see and smell clear across the Atlantic. The
publisher's blurb is somewhat informative but there is no need for recap or spoilers here. Each DI Skelgill book is a magnet to the mystery reader!
Nicholas Camm is marvelous as narrator, but I admit that it took my American ears a couple of chapters to become comfortable with his manner of speaking.
I requested and received a free audio copy from Lucius Publishing.