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  • Betrayal: An Ann's War Mystery

  • The Ann's War Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Hannah Howe
  • Narrated by: Suzan Lynn Lorraine
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

With her husband away on a top secret mission, Ann Morgan prepares for another secretarial day at Trevor Bowman's detective agency. However, this day will be unlike any other. Over 24 hours, Ann will find her life turned upside-down as she discovers a murder, meets a handsome widower, Detective Inspector Max Deveraux, and confronts the murderer in a tale of temptation and duplicity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Jan on 07-23-19

Great

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

Reviewed: 07-23-19

WW2, murder-investigation, Wales, short, law-enforcement

Nice short beginning to a War at Home type series. It helps us to get to know the ongoing characters while solving a murder mystery. Much too short for spoilers, so just enjoy! I did!
Suzan Lynn Lorraine is an excellent choice for narrator.

  • Hexes and Other Hairy Situations

  • By: Amelia Morgan
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Quinn
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

As a witch, Meg Walton has a lot of spells at her disposal. Despite all of her magical powers, there is one thing she can't do. No matter how much she wants to, she is unable to change the past. Nor can she forget the fact that her father walked out on her decades before. So, when her dad shows up in Enchanted Bay one afternoon, Meg can't help but wonder what he wants. Has he returned home to reconcile? Or is more heartbreak in store for Meg?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice but too short

  • By Jan on 07-23-19

Nice but too short

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

Reviewed: 07-23-19

witches, family-dynamics, friendship

Interesting short story about three witches, a talking cat, and a séance requested by a deadbeat dad.
Stephanie Quinn is the very perky narrator.

  • Death of a Bankster

  • A Maddie Richards Mystery, Book 2
  • By: David Bishop
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Maddie Richards finds herself in the middle of a case which starts with the sights and sounds of just another murder investigation. A woman claims her husband, a banker, was murdered. Later, Maddie learns that the woman had begun divorce proceedings the day before she claims a bullet had taken her husband from her. The murder greased her path to not only ending her marriage, but negating any need to divide their marital property. Then the wheels come off and nothing about Maddie’s case is what it seems. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Jan on 07-22-19

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-19

money-laundering, sniper, law-enforcement, murder-investigation, Arizona

I like to read homicide detective fiction because the good guys really are and the bad guys get hosed whenever possible. Like in this book, but along the way are twists, turns, and more red herrings than a Bergen fishmonger. Personal lives of the law enforcement involved as well as those surrounding the victim are explored as well, rounding it out to a very fine read.
Narrator Tanya Eby was excellent as usual!
I won this audiobook in a giveaway! I really win!

  • Virus: 72 Hours to Live

  • By: Ray Jay Perreault
  • Narrated by: Zachary Johnson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

During a public relations trip to Europe the first lady Abby Patterson; her daughter, Beth; and son, Dave, lose their lives to a very fast and suspicious virus. As the virus takes over the world the president of the United States Arnold Patterson must deal with the collapse of the United States Government. His trusted adviser Admiral Nial Hagerly does his best to keep the military viable but it is a losing battle. The government moves to Camp David while they deal with the collapse then ultimately they are forced to move to an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic where they plan to rebuild the country and Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Virus

  • By zoe on 03-31-16

Suspense!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-19

If sci fi and computers are your thing, you'll love this one. If you prefer politics and epidemiology, you'll enjoy it, too. The publisher's blurb is pretty good and no need for spoilers, just enjoy it.
Zachary Johnson gives an excellent audio performance.

  • Halicarnassus

  • The History and Legacy of the Ancient Greek City and Home to One of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Scott Clem
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

In 353 BCE, when King Mausolus of Halicarnassus passed away, his sister and queen Artemisia was inconsolable, but she found a way to honor him through finishing a project that they had started together during his life: the construction of a mausoleum that was so marvelous it would later be considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Need the Whispersync

  • By Jan on 07-22-19

Need the Whispersync

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

Reviewed: 07-22-19

historical-figures, historical-places-events, historical-research, historical-setting, Turkey

I learned a lot. The story of how and why the building came about includes historical background of the entire region and political interactions. The first attractive fact was was that the word mausoleum was inspired by the dramatic tomb built for King Mausolus. The final was that after it had been damaged by earthquakes the very stones were looted by the Knights Hospitaller for their purposes on the Isle of Malta. Lots of ancient accounts and a decent bibliography.
Tidbits: Cyrene is now Libya; Castell San Angelo was originally Hadrian's tomb.
I got the audio but was disappointed by the nasal quality and pronunciations of the narrator.

  • The Lalibela Churches: The History and Legacy of the Medieval Cave Churches in Ethiopia

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In the Lasta Mountains of northern Ethiopia, high on an arid plateau in the foothills, the settlement of Lalibela slumbered for centuries as little more than a pilgrimage site at the end of a long and weary footpath. The ancient trade routes between the Eritrean coast and the central highland redoubts that would later coalesce as the imperial capital of Addis Ababa passed 50 miles to the east of Lalibela, and from the early 13th century, after the passing of Gebre Mesqel Lalibela himself, the site slipped into decline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ethiopia!

  • By Jan on 07-22-19

Ethiopia!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-19

historical-figures, historical-places-events, historical-research, historical-setting, Ethiopia

The twelve churches of Lalibela are Medieval Christian and carved out of solid rock located in Ethiopia. Their construction is an important historical event in the European incursion into Ethiopia. There is much other history recorded in this paper. As I know very little about Ethiopian history, I found it very much worth my time.
Tracy Norman has a comfortable lecture presentation that is most unlikely to put you to sleep.

  • The Rival Robbers of Riva

  • The Lake Garda Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: K T Ashbourne
  • Narrated by: Claire Nicholls
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Kim and Svetlana have a great day at the regatta, but later unbeknownst to Kim, Svetlana gets into some serious trouble. Only Kim can come to her rescue and using her best detection skills and considerable feminine intuition is able to prove Svetlana’s innocence. She must call upon all of her deductive faculties and persevere when all seems hopeless. There are a few laughs along the way and more than a touch of romance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A frame-up!

  • By Jan on 07-22-19

A frame-up!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-19

theft, Italy, murder-investigation, LGBT, law-enforcement, lawyers, situational-humor

This one breaks away from the cozy and gets into serious (if fairly illegal) investigation. It looks like Svetlana has been framed for the murder of the dead guy in her parlor, but the evidence appears sound and the legal system is angry because she says that she has no idea who he is or why. Kim (with some work friends) investigate and uncover who, how,and other crimes with the blind support of the lawyer and that particular Carabineri officer. Great sleuthing!
Claire Nicholls continues to be marvelous in narration!

  • The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World and Other True Tales from the Emergency Room

  • By: Melissa Yuan-Innes MD
  • Narrated by: Louise Sproule
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

This is what it's like to be an emergency doctor. That teenager puking up two liters of vodka and his stomach lining at triage? Yup. Blood pouring out of a terrified pregnant woman? Call me. And, of course, the patient who no longer has a nosebleed screaming at me across the department, "You are the most unfeeling doctor I have ever met!" Fun fun fun. Let me peel back the curtain for you. It's not an iron curtain. In the emerg, it's most likely a crummy fabric curtain that too many other people have sneezed on. Come on in.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Has nothing to do with ER stories.

  • By Shawn Guerette on 08-10-16

Emergency rooms are tough!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-19

medical-doctor, medical-perspective, humor, essays

This is not an unbiased review. As a retired RN who has spent years translating Medicalese into patient/family speak I love the humanity revealed with good humor. Most of the incidents related are from before the author went into independent practice but are representative of every Western medical practitioner I have ever worked with. Patients can learn a lot from this short book. I loved it.
Louise Sproul gave an excellent audio performance.

  • Cocaine Blues

  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,582

It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A series that just gets better

  • By Barbara on 02-01-11

Can't believe this was hiding in TBR pile!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-19

1920s, Australia, investigation, fun

I'm so glad that I saw the TV series first! Of course the plots are only loosely resembling each other, but it really helps to have the visual images when reading about things like the Hispano Suisse! Did I mention that I prefer the original (as in books)? Loved it!

  • Bark of Night

  • Andy Carpenter Series, Book 19
  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

When defense lawyer Andy Carpenter’s veterinarian asks to speak to him privately at the checkup of his golden retriever, Tara, the last thing Andy expects is Truman. Tiny, healthy French bulldog Truman was dropped off days ago with instructions to be euthanized by a man everyone thought was his owner. But now the owner is nowhere to be found. But that’s not all the vet tells Andy. Thanks to Truman’s chip, it’s discovered that the man wasn’t Truman’s owner at all.... Truman's real owner was murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • QOD

  • By Jan on 07-16-19

QOD

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

Reviewed: 07-16-19

law-enforcement, lawyers, family, friendship, murder, snark-fest

***** Andy Carpenter is the snarkiest un lawyer you'll ever meet. His greatest fans are dogs, his wife, and his son. Wife is a private investigator and former homicide lieutenant with lots of connections, Andy is a defense lawyer who (sort of) picks his cases, hates going to court, and always wins for the good guys (his clients). The publisher's blurb is pretty good and sets up the early part of the story, but it's hard to say more without doing the spoiler thing. Whether you've read any of the earlier books or not, you can't miss with this one. But I have to warn you, I read a fairly recent one and promptly headed off to get the rest!
I requested and received a free ebook copy from St Martin's Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
That was in May, today I received my pre-order with Grover Gardner!

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