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  • The Darkness: A Thriller

  • Hidden Iceland Series, Book 1
  • By: Ragnar Jonasson, Victoria Cribb - translator
  • Narrated by: Amanda Redman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

The body of a young Russian woman washes up on an Icelandic shore. After a cursory investigation, the death is declared a suicide and the case is quietly closed. Over a year later Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavík police is forced into early retirement at 64. She dreads the loneliness, and the memories of her dark past that threaten to come back to haunt her. But before she leaves she is given two weeks to solve a single cold case of her choice. She knows which one: the Russian woman whose hope for asylum ended on the dark shore of an unfamiliar country. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3

  • By Donna on 10-18-18

3

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I jumped at the chance to listen to a new tale of life and death in Iceland. This book was interesting in a new way from others by this author. Nothing was quite as it seemed... the author intended this and by the end of the book, as the story suddenly pulled together I'm glad I invested in it. I'm already inpatient for the next title.

  • The Thief of All Light

  • Santero and Rein Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Bernard Schaffer
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Rookie cop Carrie Santero has always been fascinated by serial killers. As a teenager, she wrote a letter to Charles Manson in prison - and received a chilling reply. Then she came face to face with a child murderer in her small Pennsylvania town, an encounter that haunts her to this day. Now, as a detective in training, she finally has her chance to make a difference; to hunt down a psychopathic sadist who embodies the very nature of evil itself. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it, need a sequel

  • By Paula Burns on 08-06-18

4

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I stuck with this until the end. It's
pretty good. If you wish to skip the boggy parts where the boy fallen from grace,and the lady cop
get to know one another - during the insane pace of the search for a crazed but cunning killer, feel free. excellent narrator. Good book.

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  • The Wanderer

  • By: Michael Ridpath
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Iceland, 2017: when a young Italian tourist is found brutally murdered at a sacred church in northern Iceland, Magnus Jonson, newly returned to the Reykjavík police force, is called in to investigate. At the scene, he finds a stunned TV crew, there to film a documentary on the life of the legendary Viking Gudrid the Wanderer. Magnus quickly begins to suspect that there may be more links to the murdered woman than anyone in the film crew will acknowledge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4

  • By Donna on 10-03-18

4

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-18

I enjoy these books. Some of the
pleasure is geographical. some is archaeological. Then there is murder, of course. and character development. The Narrator has the perfect voice for the lead. It would be easier for me if the people walking through these pages had American names like John, James, Carol.... I struggle with hearing Icelandic names and remembering who each goes with. But, if you soldier on with the crisp, intelligent mystery you will find this a worthwhile use of your credits.

  • The Nightmare

  • A Novel (Joona Linna, Book 2)
  • By: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

One summer night, police discover the lifeless body of a young woman on an abandoned yacht. She appears to have drowned, but it's clear she was never in the water. The next day, a man is found hanging in his completely empty apartment. It seems like a suicide, but the circumstances are suspicious. Detective Joona Linna is called in to investigate, and with the help of a young Swedish Security Police detective named Saga Bauer, he soon discovers a surprising connection between the two deaths. Joona and Saga must fight to stop a killer who always seems to be one step ahead. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I usually love this author

  • By Denise B. Hensley on 10-01-18

mostly a 4

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I like Las Keplar, the author who
brings this series of Swedish police mysteries y o us. This book starts off well with a couple of quick bodies. Then it veers into some tiresome infighting....
after wichita it veers again with enough bad guys and good guys to pick up the pace and racet I a fine ending. It is smart, very interesring, and fun to listen too.

  • A Killing in the City

  • Tom Kendall, Book 4
  • By: John Holt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hunter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

‘To make a killing in the City’ is a phrase often used within the financial world, to indicate making a large profit on investments, or through dealings on the stock market--the bigger the profit, the bigger the killing. However, Tom Kendall, a private detective, on vacation in London, has a different kind of killing in mind when he hears about the death of one of his fellow passengers who traveled with him on the plane from Miami. It was suicide apparently, a simple overdose of prescribed tablets. Kendall immediately offers his help to Scotland Yard. He is shocked when he is told his services will not be required. They can manage perfectly well without him, thank you. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended !!

  • By Kelly watley on 09-16-18

3 1/2

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

The story developed slowly which allowed me to settle in and learn the rhythms of this author. The plot filled in nicely, the characters were interesting. I liked the thinking of the private eye, he jumped around a lot but always finally focused on the evidences of crime. My mind found this very easy to follow and together we solved the crime.
I was distracted by the narrator so often using the word "aksed" and his verypoor reading of the text. He has a nice voice, I hope he gets more coaching and practice.

  • Corrupted Memory

  • A Tucker Mystery
  • By: Ray Daniel
  • Narrated by: Josh Brogadir
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

When computer hacker Tucker is told that a dead man is lying outside his Boston home, he's shocked to discover that the body looks just like his father, who died 15 years ago. Tucker soon learns the terrible truth: The dead man is a half-brother he never knew he had. Determined to find answers, Tucker tracks down his father's second family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5

  • By Donna on 09-22-18

5

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

This is a fine mystery. The reader is very good. The story is very good. 😊
I enjoyed the fne, tight and twisted plot. New characters popped in and stayed long enough to add a sweet note. I hope to see more from this,writer.
Worth a walk on t he "not much usual milieu" for advanced mystery buffs.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

5

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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: 09-22-18

This is good: intelligent. well plotted, fun, twisty, not cute,, not bloody. I don't read Sherlock H.
Not a member if the club. For me this was a stand alone and stand out read.

  • In Dust and Ashes

  • The Hanne Wilhelmsen Series, Book 10
  • By: Anne Holt, Anne Bruce - translator
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The final nail-biting installment in the 10-part, award-winning Hanne Wilhelmsen series from Scandinavia's most celebrated female crime writer, Anne Holt. In 2001, three-year-old Dina is killed in a tragic car accident. Not long thereafter Dina's mother dies under mysterious circumstances, and Dina's father Jonas is convicted of her murder. Now it's 2016, and the cold case ends up on the desk of Detective Henrik Holme, who tries to convince his mentor Hanne Wilhelmsen that Jonas might have been wrongly convicted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is the last chapter missing?

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-27-18

5

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

This is one of the best in this series. it explores the working relationship between Hanna and
the genius inspector who works for and with her. not the biggest of crimes but one of the best.

  • Bruno, Chief of Police

  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 716

Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life - living in his restored shepherd's cottage; patronizing the weekly market; sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno's attention.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • High hopes for this series!

  • By Sandra on 09-14-14

5

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

The narrator does a wonderful job of picking up readers and taking them to a surprisingly well plotted murder mystery. Excellent. Surprising.

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  • The Stranger Beside Me

  • The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,098

Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did this future best-selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends. Everyone's picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney. But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women - and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more women from coast to coast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good One from Ann Rule

  • By Malia on 08-24-12

I can't believe

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I'd never read this. As a catch up, it is very, very good. I worried that this unabridged edition would quickly bog down, be stuffed with dull "he said, Isaid" but It read well and time skimmedquickly.

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