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  • Worse Than Dead

  • Inspector Drake, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Puleston
  • Narrated by: Richard Elfyn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Inspector Drake is called from a seminar on cybercrime to meet the ferry docking at the port of Holyhead. Frank Rosen, the chief engineer, lies on the car deck, a knife through his heart. For the first time, Drake knows where the killer is, but he doesn’t know who. When Rosen’s house is ransacked the night after he’s killed, Drake knows the killer was looking for something. The data stick Rosen’s wife finds may hold the clues. But the codes and numbers on it only complicate the investigation.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new and improved Inspector Drake?

  • By Mindy H on 02-19-19

Solid police work

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

Wales, law-enforcement, OCD, procedural

DI Drake of the Northern Welsh Police has a difficult profession, OCD, the all too typical marriage problems, problems with his father's health, a superior who is somewhat difficult, civilians who demand to treated like Tsars, and does Suduko to manage stress. Wait, what? Suduko for stress easement? Well, he certainly needs the stress relief with this demented a case: too many suspects, uppity middle managers, still struggling with the aftermath of an earlier case, red herrings galore, and then there are the plot twists. The publisher's blurb does give a quick overview of the first murder, but there are more. The book demands the reader's full attention and is insistent that it be read to the end promptly! Excellent read!
Richard Elfyn gives a fine audio performance as narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos

  • By: Donna Andrews
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Yorktown, Virginia, is reliving its role in the Revolutionary War by celebrating the anniversary of the British surrender in 1781. This year, plans include a reenactment of the battle and a craft fair. Meg Langslow has returned to her home town for the festivities - and to sell her wrought-iron flamingos. Meg's also trying to save her brother from the clutches of a con man who might steal the computer game he's invented. It's a tough job - until the swindler is found dead, slain in Meg's booth with one of her wrought-iron creations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much of the reenactor tidbits are real!

  • By Jan on 03-20-19

Much of the reenactor tidbits are real!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

American Rev War, reenactors, Yorktown,Va, family-dynamics, cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, law-enforcement, great fun!

Of course I loved this book, our family of seven were American Revolutionary War reenactors and we did visit Yorktown and Williamsburg! The good, the bad, and the ridiculous were such a great part of our brand of insanity. Well, except for the murder, which was investigated in a very entertaining way, of course. Great fun read!
One small spoiler caught my 2019 attention: a big deal was made of the obnoxious behavior by a MCP long before the present sensitivity.

  • Murder with Puffins

  • By: Donna Andrews
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Meg Langslow and her boyfriend, Michael, are searching for some romantic alone time. She knows the perfect place for a private getaway: her aunt's cottage on the tiny island of Monhegan. But when a series of events leads to the couple being trapped in the cottage with her entire family, their private getaway vacation slowly turns into a disaster. Meg doesn't think anything more could go wrong until a resident of the island with close ties to her mother is murdered. When her father becomes the chief suspect, she knows she can no longer sit by the cozy fireplace. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me laugh several times!

  • By Anonymous User on 03-02-19

A hurricane in Maine!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

situational-humor, family-dynamics, murder-investigation, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths

The sleuthing isn't bad, but the super funny situational humor really made my day! The characters certainly are! Somehow I missed this one entirely even though I have read several of the more recent ones. Going to hunt up more of the series now.

  • How the Finch Stole Christmas!

  • By: Donna Andrews
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Meg's husband has decided to escalate his one-man show of Dickens's A Christmas Carol into a full-scale production with a large cast including their sons Jamie and Josh as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge and Meg helping as stage manager. When a famous, although slightly over-the-hill, actor comes to town to play the starring role of Scrooge, no one expects that he's bringing a lot of baggage and enemies with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • O Gorgeous Bird

  • By Bookbums on 11-16-17

Laugh your sox off!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

actors, smuggling, situational-humor, verbal-humor, fan-atic, family-dynamics, friendship, alcohol-issues

The finch stole the show, but she herself was stolen by smugglers. Caerphilly and its denizens are celebrating Christmas with a new take on Dickens by having a full cast and hiring an alcoholic semi retired actor who really makes life a bit too complicated. Grandfather and the Fish and Wildlife Service get involved as does Meg's barn, but that's enough with the hints except to warn not to have hot liquids at hand while reading! Laugh yourself silly while everyone else chases the villains!
Bernadette Dunne really knows how to add to a good story while narrating.

  • The Librarian

  • By: Christy Sloat
  • Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Emme never meant to stay in Maine. She'd come only to find a librarian for her Gram's library, a custodian for the collection of mysterious books she'd promised to protect. On a dark, wintery night, alone in the library, she takes her first glance into one of the antique novels and finds herself transported to 1892 England staring into the eyes of handsome and dashing hero Jack Ridgewell. As each chapter passes she learns you can truly fall in love with a character in a book, that book boyfriends are real and Emme must choose between the real world, and his.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grand!

  • By Jan on 03-18-19

Grand!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

time-travel, England, Maine, romantic

Completely out of nowhere Emme's life is thrown into more disorder than she could have believed possible. After escaping the cold of Maine and going to college in Berkeley, she gets the call that her beloved grandmother who is her only family is critically ill. Too soon Emme makes a promise to grandmother as she is dying and finds that life is seriously weird. With no warning or instructions she finds the library's hidden secrets and totally unexpectedly falls into a book that leads to time travel!
The story explores the sisterhood of librarians who are the keepers as well as Emme's confusing time travels to the same man several times. A great read for a blustery afternoon.
Piper Goodeve is the voice artist who gives excellent voice to the characters.

  • Lark! The Herald Angels Sing

  • By: Donna Andrews
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

It's Christmas time in Caerphilly, and the town is preparing for their live nativity. During rehearsals, Meg discovers a real baby in the manger, with a note attached that says the mother is leaving the baby girl there so that her father can take care of her, and the wording of the note implicates Meg's brother, Rob, as the father. Rob protests that he can't possibly be the father, but the town's suspicion creates a rift between him and his new girlfriend. Rob asks Meg to investigate on his behalf‚ to clear his name and to find the real parents of the baby. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful installment

  • By Dawn on 10-26-18

Another winner!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

Christmas, women-sleuths, murder, theft, situational-humor, verbal-humor *****

I loved this one, too, but it's a little less stand alone than many of the others. The mystery and characters are as convoluted as can be, and while there are parts I'd love to share, spoilers are too disrespectful to the author. Enjoy!

  • Will Travel for Trouble

  • Series Boxed Set, Books 1-3
  • By: Minnie Crockwell
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The Will Travel for Trouble series: short cozy mysteries featuring Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle (RV) enthusiast, and her ghost traveling companion, Peregrine Ebenezer (Ben) Alford, as they travel across the United States, discovering murder and mayhem along the way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining light mysteries

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 02-17-19

The perfect narrator!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

series, ghosts, cozy-mystery, RV-camping

***** This is the perfect series to balance out life and serious reads! Minerva and her ghostly companion are touring in an RV just for fun but somehow seem to be around when murders are committed. All of the characters are interesting and engaging even when some of them are decidedly irritating. The publisher's blurb covers a lot so there's no sense in repeating.
Michelle Babb as always is great at interpretive narration that really brings the people to life.
I requested and received a free audio copy and was delighted to be chosen.

  • Blowout

  • Katerina Carter Fraud Legal Thriller Series, Volume 3
  • By: Colleen Cross
  • Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

On fraud investigator Katerina Carter's trip to a remote island aboard a luxurious yacht, she suspects the boat's slick and charming owner is hiding a dark secret. With her cunning instinct for sniffing out malevolent cons, Kat tries to warn her friends that something is very wrong with their host and that his moneymaking scheme smells fishy. And why is she the only one who thinks he's not being completely honest? While exploring the island, Kat and her friends research the rumors of a sinister cult, the Aquarian Foundation, and search for buried treasure. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blowout

  • By Christy D on 03-08-19

Petrea really ramps up the suspense!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

fraud, caves, murder, friendship, psychopath, suspense

***** Kat is usually very smart and a bulldog at rooting out fraudsters, but she's hampered this time because her best friend and also her own rat of a boyfriend have been taken in by a world class swindler/murderer. Lots of suspense and tough situations made worse by the idiocy of the boyfriend but mitigated by her uncle. There are also a lot of interesting historical facts hiding among the fiction. A very tense but excellent read!
Petrea Burchard really ups the ante with her compelling narration!
I requested and was very lucky to receive a free audiobook. Yay me!

  • Brass in Pocket: Inspector Drake Mystery (Volume 1)

  • By: Stephen Puleston
  • Narrated by: Richard Elfyn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Two traffic officers are killed on an isolated mountain pass in North Wales. Inspector Drake is called to the scene and quickly discovers a message left by the killer - traffic cones in the shape of a number four. The killer starts sending the Wales Police Service lyrics from famous rock songs. Are they messages, or is there some hidden meaning in them? Does it all mean more killings are likely?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great story in the Drake series

  • By Mindy H on 11-30-18

Perfect narrator!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

procedural, wales, law-enforcement, murder

Realistic coppers with real responses to the evil that opened the book with the brutal shooting of two of their own who were not even in contact with a civilian as they drove along. The lead DI, Drake, has more OCD than the forensic techs, but that's a good thing because only the painstaking due diligence will solve this one as it escalates to include threats, suspense, and more murders. This is not a cosy nor the telescoped investigation of American TV, this is much more like the reality suffered by law enforcement everywhere.
Richard Elfyn seems perfect as narrator with clear speech and appropriate inflections.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fur Trade Gamble

  • North West Company on the Pacific Slope, 1800-1820
  • By: Lloyd Keith, John C. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

In an era of grand risk, fur moguls vied to command the northwest and China markets, gambling lives and capital on the price of beaver pelts, purchases of ships and trade goods, international commerce laws, and the effects of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting History

  • By Sarah Moon on 07-09-17

Bill Nevitt makes it so much better!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

adventure, pacific-northwest, explorers, historical-setting, historical-places-events, historical-figures, historical-research, international-commerce

Although my usual turf and time involves the Northwest Territories of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the fur trade is a fascinating segment of history as is the Pacific Rim trade of the early nineteenth century. It is a very long and involved educational tool that I really wouldn't have been drawn to if it was only available in print, but it's in audio and narrated by Bill Nevitt so I had to have it! Some of the book could be boring lecture dull if not for the narrator's skills in maintaining the reader's interest. I don't mean to disparage the writing or material, but it is almost eleven hours!
I requested and received a free audio copy and plan to read it again later now that I know more than I did.