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Aurora Dawn

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  • Murder of a Restaurant Critic

  • Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 7
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: S. L. Crawley
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 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

Everyone's a critic. But sometimes words cut deep and the wounds turned deadly. That's what happened to Claude Giraud, the top restaurant critic in town. He had run afoul of the wrong restaurateur, and it is now up to amateur sleuth Hope Hadley to figure out which one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murderous Reviews

  • By Aurora Dawn on 03-15-19

Murderous Reviews

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

When a restaurant critic known for his brutal reviews turns up dead, there is no shortage of potential murderers in this murder mystery. It's short and sweet. Perfect for an afternoon or a short trip.

  • 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 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

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

Cancer, Drugs and Murder

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

As the stresses in his family live continue, Drake and his team are tasked to investigate a murder on the local ferry, leading them to a complex and very sophisticated drug ring, money laundering and even more murders.
If you enjoy police procedures stories with a very English flare you'll probably love this one almost as much as I did. It's fast paced with careful, methodical investigation techniques and a quirky, obsessive hero determined to endear himself to you, even as he drives the reader crazy with his rituals.
Well worth the read.

  • The Box: A YA Dark Fantasy Short Story

  • By: Kayla Krantz
  • Narrated by: Kay Mack
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

The box has been in Panea's family for generations. Like the women before her, she has no idea what's inside, just that she has sworn to protect it. When the box is accidentally destroyed in a fire, Panea learns the truth behind her oath and like the hope from Pandora's box, Panea's box gives her something of its own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great self-contained story

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 02-12-19

Pandora Doesn't Live Here

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

When fire destroys her home, a young woman discovers that the box that has been passed down in her family for generations is actually a portal that allows monsters to come pouring into the mundane world in this YA short story.
Dark and angsty but well written and fun, in a grim sort of way.

  • I'm Not Your Slave

  • By: Eric Reese
  • Narrated by: Sangita Chauhan
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Imtiyaaz, a Muslim girl, who just graduated from high school, is hired by a recruitment agency to travel across shores to Dubai to begin working. Though her friends have reservations about going abroad, Imtiyaaz sees a new door opening. Through her father's generosity and small savings, she has been given the green light to begin her career. The new world, heightened expectations, and the luxurious culture is enthralling and scary for this young lady. Just when as she begins to unpack after arriving, she is called to begin work immediately. Is it just a mistake? Or is it coincidence?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Story and powerful

  • By Rgvchago on 03-12-19

Human Trafficking in the UAE

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

A young woman answers an ad for hotel workers in the UAE and ends up in the sex trade. An interesting exploration of a growing threat to young women. Enjoyable probably isn't the right word, but it was an interesting story.

  • Heart of Ikchani

  • By: Craig A. Price Jr.
  • Narrated by: Anne Marie Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Adnieva loses everything she holds dear and decides to leave her small village of Tiermerra in search of better things. At the top of her list is revenge. Naveen travels from city to city trying to conceal her ability, an ability she learned at a younger age at great cost to her. Divinity grows tired of the politics in the city of Legain and her father's hold over her. She decides to take things into her own hands and escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good fantasy short

  • By eris on 03-15-19

The "Weaker" Sex

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I really enjoyed this story about several women who seek to avenge themselves against the men who have abused them and to change the world they live in. The story has a fairy tale or parable theme to it - exotic, medieval setting, nobles an peasants and strong characters, both the heroes and the villains and a satisfying ending.
Worth the read.

  • Going Hearts over Heels

  • My Country Heart, Book 3
  • By: Rachelle Ayala
  • Narrated by: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Hairdresser Ginger Myers is fed up with the noise and stress of city life. What could be better than a Valentine’s vacation in Sapphire Falls with hot and hunky country boys? Marsh Wolff is as country as they get. A son of a farmer, he dutifully stayed home to work on his family farm. It’s his turn to spread his wings, and what better way to start than letting Ginger Myers spiff up his style before his Valentine Day’s trip to New York City?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun. Romantic. Sexy

  • By Cat on 03-15-19

Uptown Girl Meets Down on the Farm Guy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-19

I love the Sapphire Falls stories and this one was every bit as much fun as the others I've read.
In this story, she's a smart mouthed, saucy, impulsive New Yorker, but she's out of a job, living in a rundown apartment house and thinking about giving the Sapphire Falls magic a chance. He's a once burned, twice shy farm boy who knows it's time to think about settling down, but first he wants a chance to take a vacation and see the world. When fate and family throw then together, he agrees to show her the down home life while she shows him how to survive in the big city.
If you like opposite attracts stories with a well deserved HEA, you'll love this one as much as I did.

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  • The Centaur's Last Breath

  • A Brimstone Witch Mystery, Book 3
  • By: April Fernsby
  • Narrated by: Rebecca McKernan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

A centaur is killed by an assassin. Who hired the assassin? And why? The centaur, Selo Cezerus, was a willful and thoughtless creature who caused havoc wherever he went. He made enemies in the centaur community and amongst the residents of Brimstone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Relaxing cozy mystery with magic

  • By MelHay on 03-13-19

Murder in Brimstone

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Cassia and Stanley investigate the sudden death of a centaur and discover a multitude of wrongs in Brimstone in this cozy mystery with a touch of magic.
With cats and gnomes, dragons and centaurs and a host of mysteries to unravel how could you not love this one?

  • Murder and Cherry Cake

  • Mysteries of Treasure Cove, Book 5
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Sabrina Daley's life changed forever when her sister went missing 30 years ago. It ended up taking more than a decade to discover Jessica Daley's body and arrest the man responsible for her murder. Ever since that tragedy, missing-persons cases have triggered a deep emotional response in Sabrina. So when Sabrina's friend Angela Hummel disappears one day, Sabrina can't help but be torn up inside. As Sabrina begins searching for Angela, she can't help but wonder if this new case will have a familiar tragic ending.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Appropriate, clean and exciting

  • By Yuri on 02-14-19

Gone, Gone, Gone

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

When a new resident disappears without a trace, Treasure Cove's favourite detectives are on the case. and, as usual, half the town comes under suspicion before the case is solved.
A good, light, cozy mystery.

  • 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 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

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

Musical Murders

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

Inspector Drake and his team must race the clock to piece together the clues from popular hits to track down a serial murderer before he kills his last victim.
I really enjoyed getting acquainted with the quirky, compulsive Drake as he struggles to solve this early case in his saga. Brass in Pocket is a realistic portrayal of police procedures carefully interspersed with cold blooded and vividly detailed murders that make it easy to believe and share Drake's sense of panic as the story irrevocably steams toward it's inevitable ending.
A great start to a great series.

  • Census

  • Harvest Trilogy, Volume 3
  • By: Michele E. Gwynn
  • Narrated by: Lawrence D. Yaklin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

The Harvest Trilogy reaches its epic finale in the next town over from the now scorched alien battlefield of Schertz, the city that invented and secretly tested the Celluloss serum on its citizens. Marion, Texas, population 3,700, is so small, if you blink driving through, you'll miss it. One area business owner is awarded "Tastiest Meats in Town" by the Chamber of Commerce. John Hester's family-owned meat market is a staple in the region. Respected by the locals, he is above reproach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strange Times and Beef Jerky in Texas

  • By Aurora Dawn on 02-17-19

Strange Times and Beef Jerky in Texas

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

When a woman is transferred to a small Texas town by the military, she and her husband discover a series of strange disappearances which have been going on for years in this mystifying and often creepy thriller. Gwynn expertly captures the strange blend of warmth and reticence that marks small town folk faced with the arrival of outsiders and gives it a sinister twist that will raise the hair on the back of your neck at the same time that it keeps you coming back to find out how it all ends and what's happening to the residents of Marion Texas whose Census population numbers have remained unchanged for decades.
This story is the third in a series but it is a stand-alone story that I thoroughly enjoyed without having read the earlier volumes.
Great reading, though maybe not when you're home alone or heading off to bed.