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  • Scandal Above Stairs

  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Piazza
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

When Kat's employer asks for help in clearing her friend's name, Kat trades her kitchen for the homes of Mayfair's wealthiest families. Soon antiquities are disappearing not only from the extravagant households of connoisseurs and collectors but also from the illustrious British Museum. As the thefts increase in frequency, Kat calls upon her friend Daniel McAdam, who has already set himself up in a pawnshop on the Strand as a seedy receiver of stolen goods. When a man is murdered in the shop, Kat must use all of her wits to see that the thieves are caught and justice is done. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of my favorites

  • By Stacey R. on 10-18-18

Another excellent visit with Kat Holloway

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I adore Jennifer Ashley's mysteries. In this outing, valuables are stolen from wealthy homes. Kat takes on a kitchen assistant who assists her, Daniel, and Lady Cynthia solve the thefts and murders.

Daniel reveals more about himself to Kat. And just who is his mysterious employer? Perhaps the next book will reveal more.

Lady Cynthia and Elgin Thanos develop a deeper friendship. That's interesting to watch.

The narration is wonderful.

I recommend this book. While it is a standalone reading A Soupcon of Poison & Death Below Stairs will better acquaint a reader with the recurring characters.

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  • Death Below Stairs

  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Piazza
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Highly sought-after cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is fine with the family's eccentricities as long as they stay away from her kitchen, but trouble finds its way below stairs when her assistant is murdered. Afraid for her life, Kat turns to the mysterious Daniel McAdam for help. Daniel takes a position in the house as a footman and stand-in valet so that he can investigate covertly, but Kat cooks up a suspect list of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By SGAReadsalot on 01-08-18

Another winning series from Jennifer Ashley

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

Jennifer Ashley has written a new series placed in Victorian England. Kat Holloway is a cook with her own secrets. Daniel McAdam is a mysterious man who looks after her safety. And more. The murder victim is one of the staff. Soon, she and Daniel discover a tangled web of deceit.

Loved the mysteries as well as the details of life in England of the upper and lower classes. And, oh the descriptions of the food! It's hard to believe people routinely ate so much food daily. I enjoyed the building romance between Kat & Daniel. And James is delightful. I hope we will find out much more about Daniel in the next book.

The worst part of the book? Having to wait until July this year for Book 2, Scandal Above Stairs.

My recommendation? For those who enjoy historical mysteries I think you'll like this series.

NOTE: I suggest reading the prequel, A Soupcon of Poison, before this book. In this novella there are more depth about Kat, her secrets, and how she became a cook. We also meet Daniel and learn a little about he and James.

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  • Code Talker

  • The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II
  • By: Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416

Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs

  • By Roxane on 08-27-12

Amazing Story

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

Everyone should read/ listen to this important book. It tells the story of one of the Navajo Marines who helped develop a secret code from their first language during World War II. It also documents the misguided efforts of the US Government to weaken Native American culture. However, those efforts gave the future Code Talkers the skills they needed for war. Mr. Nez shares some Navajo customs and religious practices in his book as well as his upbringing. It's a fascinating book everyone should read.

  • Ghostly Paws

  • Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Leighann Dobbs
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 830

Middle age can be murder.... At least that's how it seems to former crime journalist Wilhelmina Chance, whose near-fatal accident has given her a strange side effect: She sees ghosts. After a messy divorce sends her fleeing back to her hometown of Mystic Notch, nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Willa finds herself haunted by the tenacious ghost of the town librarian, who insists Willa solve her murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun cozy with ghosts and cats

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 01-15-16

Chsrming story with cat brigade

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Middle-aged Wilhemina returns to her New England hometown and opens a bookstore. She gets involved in the murder of the librarian. Growing up she liked to think her town was a magical place. The town's cats have their own network. Ms. Dobbs obviously knows cats well.

The story is charming and we meet characters who I imagine appear in future books. Wilhemina disappointed me at times when she had proof of the extraordinary in front of her, but remained skeptical. Time and again she did this. I wanted to shake her & tell her she's smarter than this.

It's a sweet cozy mystery and hopefully future books improve. Ms. Roger's narration was too slow for my taste, though her cat meows were excellent.

I might get more audiobooks in the series but not at full price. They are a bit pricey for less than 6 hours listening time.

  • Seven Stones to Stand or Fall

  • A Collection of Outlander Fiction
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie, Allan Scott-Douglas, Davina Porter, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676

The author presents a collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories and featuring beloved character Jamie Fraser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two new works and five previously published

  • By Mary R on 07-03-17

Another great read from Diana Galbaldon

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Really liked the prequel about Roger Mackenzie Wakefield's parents. And as always Lord John is riveting. Perhaps in the future Diana might write a story about the Dowager Duchess of Pardloe. Just what is recorded in Benedicta's memoir??

The narrators are great. I can't imagine anyone else narrating these books/stories. Any fan of the Outlander books will enjoy the short books & stories found here.

  • No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 455

The superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible – no one was near the murder weapon at the time the shot was fired. Everyone on the scene seems to have a motive, not to mention the wherewithal to commit murder, and alibis that simply don't hold up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a good read(er)

  • By Monica on 01-30-15

Adore Inspector Hemingway

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

The story was very slow until the Inspector appeared. I wonder if Colombo's approach to investigating wasn't tailored from Hemingway. Inspector Hemingway has the best lines.

I would have liked to know more about Hemingway. Less of the ditzy daughter would have suited me. While I enjoyed this book, I'll wait for a sale if I get more Inspector Hemingway audiobooks.

  • A Beauty So Rare

  • Belmont Mansion, Book 2
  • By: Tamera Alexander
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Eleanor Braddock, a spinster at 30, has long since dismissed any hope of marriage. But when a dying soldier whispers his final words, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. But this compassionate deed takes a harsh turn, and Eleanor finds herself dependent upon the richest woman in America and the most despised woman in Nashville--her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, mistress of Belmont Mansion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Voices a bit weird

  • By ann on 10-08-18

Beautiful story about defining beauty & life

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

I've read all the Belmont Mansion books. While each story involves Belmont Mansion this one has the least direct involvement with Adelicia. Given that she's usually haughty and controlling, that's a good thing. In books 1 & 3 her advice to the H & H is often given with consideration of others. But in this one Adelicia is entirely too controlling towards Eleanor which for me makes her unlikeable.

Both Eleanor and Marcus are anxious to live the life they want rather than the societal roles they were born into. They both journey to find their place and question whether or not to meet others expectations or forge their own path.

Something I liked in the story was describing how mental illness was treated in the 1860's. The institution is a private one so conditions of the time were likely better than public ones.

I enjoyed the story and would recommend it. The narration is excellent. She performs women's and men's as well as children's voices.

  • The Untamed Mackenzie

  • Highland Pleasures Series, Book 5.5
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

To redeem her family's disgraced name, Lady Louisa Scranton has decided to acquire a proper husband. He needs to be a man of fortune and highly respectable in order to restore both her family's lost wealth and reputation. She enters the Marriage Mart with all flags flying, determined to find the right bachelor. But Louisa's hopes are dashed when the Bishop of Hargate drops dead at her feet - and she is shockingly accused of murder!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yummy!

  • By Kimberly on 12-23-13

Half-Brother Lloyd gets his book

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

I adore this series. Lloud Fellowes is the half-brother of the Mackenzie brothers. As a Scotland Yard detective, unacknowledged bastard having grown up in poverty, he's a hardened man. However, even before this book begins, he's falling for Lady Louisa Scranton. As he works to solve the murder of which she's been accused they both fall deeper for one another.

The marration is wonderful. I can't imagine anyone doing more justice to The Highland Pleasure series than Angela Dawes.

  • Frederica

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clifford Norgate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240

Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frederica

  • By Carol on 06-07-09

Georgette Heyer was truly the master

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

She was the master of Regency romance. Our heroine, Frederica, won the heart of a bored, confirmed bachelor without trying. It's a story that's stood the test of time. Narration is great.

  • The Sudbury School Murders

  • Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: James Gillies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

England, 1817. Captain Lacey takes a post as a secretary at the Sudbury School in Berkshire, a school for sons of the wealthiest merchants and bankers in England. As soon as he arrives, Lacey discovers that he's been hired for more than his letter-writing skills. A series of disturbing pranks have kept the school in an uproar, and the headmaster expects Lacey to discover the identity of the prankster. The problems intensify when a groom from the school's stables turns up dead in a lock of the nearby canal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Capt Lacey uncovers murder & deceit at a school

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-16

Capt Lacey uncovers murder & deceit at a school

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

Along the way he finds more of his place in the world without the Army. He also learns more about his neighbor, Marianne Simmons. The narration is wonderful. I can't imagine a better narrator for this series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful