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  • Hunting Shadows

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 16
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange it's unbelievable. Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few answers of his own. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them - except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge, the facts still don't add up, leaving him to question his own judgment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Ian Rutledge book!

  • By Kathi on 02-15-14

Just Incredible

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Let’s be clear on a few things first of all this is not a modern detective novel. no protagonist in this case does his detecting is approximately in the year 1920. There are no fingerprints, no DNA, no cell phones, no computers, no Internet, no Google, just a car needs to be cracked by hand. What this means is that this detective needs to solve his cases by the use of his mind and his detecting skills which are substantial. Sound dreadful? After 2 chapters I thought so. BIG mistake. It is so good!

I am writing this even though there have been a zillion reviews. I have a few followers so if you get this give this a try if you like this genre. But remember it is detective or police procedural. Another benefit is that there is some great use of the English language here. There is also a wonderfulPicture here of life after World War I and the horrible damage it did to those affected including the women left behind. This book is so good and so many no levels not the least of which is the Simon Prebble, an extraordinary narrator to say the least. No immediately go use your credit if you haven’t already been reading this author. You can thank me later when we see each other again.

  • A Murder on Wall Street

  • A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery
  • By: Owen Parr
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Can a priest, his brother, and the brother's girlfriend solve a murder case and see justice done - or will they be the murderer's latest victim? A Murder on Wall Street takes us inside the world of Captain O'Brian's Irish Pub and Cigar Bar in Manhattan, a legendary hotspot in the Financial District. Investigating the death are pub owners Joey Mancuso, fired from the New York Police Department for his unorthodox methods, and his brother Father Dominic, who isn't your typical priest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceeded my expectations!

  • By shelley on 11-11-17

PRETTY AWFUL

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I'm writing this review not only to remind myself to never get another book that includes this performer. it is also true remind myself just how bad and implausible is the series by this author regardless of the reviews.

Let's start out by discussing the narrator. For some reason he feels that he must Channel Ted Baxter as The Voice. If you do not know who Ted Baxter is perhaps because you have never watched Mary Tyler Moore, then you can also think of the judge in the movie Caddyshack. he is just Dreadful, and he won't go away. some of this book calls for Spanish. this narrator just simply butchers the entire parts. this is not minor because the girlfriend of one of the protagonists happens to be human. if you do not speak Spanish at all, maybe you'll just miss it, but I assure you that it is bad and that it is terrible.

As for the story line, it matches very well the narrator. I sometimes feel like maybe it is only me able to spot terrible books. I read this and I think to myself how incredibly arrogant to make that statement. I read those reviews that indicate that this is this novel is a gem that cannot be missed. I can assure you it can be missed, and if you are pretty intelligent you will miss it and save yourself a credit. the plot line is just unrealistic and quite frankly stupid. the end of the book which supposedly ties everything together is completely disorganized because enormous quantities of information mysteriously appear out of nowhere and even the worst of fiction could not create this nonsensical finish. If I say anymore of course I'll be spoiling it for those of you who do not heed my warning.

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  • A Song for the Dying

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

A heart-stopping crime thriller from the author of three consecutive No. 1 bestsellers, including Birthdays for the Dead and the DI Logan McRae series. He's back... Eight years ago, ‘The Inside Man' murdered four women and left three more in critical condition - all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. And then the killer just … disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MacBride knocks it out of the park.

  • By 6catz on 01-22-14

Too Long by a Third

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Superb author but this Not his best by far. Convoluted. Choose one of his other works. Any Logan McCrae novel.

  • Rogue Mission

  • By: Jeffrey S. Stephens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

CIA agent Jordan Sandor's mission is more complex and has more at stake than any he has faced before. From Bermuda to the United Kingdom, from France to the deserts of Iraq, Jordan must face down villains both known and unknown, recognized and hidden, as he struggles to prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people. Needing more help than ever, Sandor calls upon his usual group of talented associates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Paced Action with Explosive Ending!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-14-18

maybe I'm just getting old

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I used to love the Mitch Rapp type novels with superhero types kicking terrorist butt. this book is nowhere near the level of a Mitch Rapp novel, but the concept is the same. our hero pretty much single-handedly saved the world. for those of you who still enjoy this type of genre, you'll probably enjoy this one as well. for me however, I don't think I'll continue with this series. just too unrealistic and at times illogical. in fact for me the book was simply not well thought-out.

  • Vengeance

  • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Three years ago Lew Fonseca quit his job as a process server with the State Attorney's Office in Cook County, Illinois, and drove his rattling Toyota south to escape the memories of his beloved late wife. Headed for Key West, the Toyota broke down in a Dairy Queen parking lot in Sarasota, Florida. Buoyed by the friendship of a few trustworthy souls, Lew settled there, making ends meet by doing some investigative work for local attorneys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The melancholy server

  • By Donald on 04-09-06

Very Good

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

this book was written in the 90s which I mentioned for no other reason that it's interesting to know. It does not affect the novel at all.

oddly this book or rather it's plot shouldn't work, but it really does. some very clever twists and turns make it an extremely enjoyable read.

Scott Brick does an excellent job, probably one of his best.

It's most assuredly worth a credit. has a wonderful ending.

  • A Death in Live Oak

  • A Jack Swyteck Novel
  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

When the body of Jamal Cousin, president of the pre-eminent black fraternity at the Florida's flagship university, is discovered hogtied in the Stygian water swamps of the Suwanee River Valley, the death sets off a firestorm that threatens to rage out of control when a fellow student, Mark Towson, the president of a prominent white fraternity, is accused of the crime. Contending with rising political tensions, racial unrest, and a sensational media, Townson's defense attorney, Jack Swyteck, knows that the stakes could not be higher.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Courtroom Drama

  • By Charles Atkinson on 02-22-18

Has Moments, Just Not Enough of Them

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

This is one of those books that has a plot that should be just so good but just never reaches its potential.

I am not a huge believer in conspiracy theories, But there are two or three conspiracies here running at the same time. It’s hard to discuss this further without screwing it up for somebody reading this review but you’ll soon get the point if you get the book. Basically however, this conspiracy idea it doesn’t seem to reach the brain of our protagonist. I felt frustrated and I really just wanted to reach out and smack the back of the authors head. Don’t you wish to pursue this thinks I? He didn’t.

I probably would’ve given this at least one more star if the author had decided to finish the book. He didn’t. He left at least six or seven threads and various characters in the lurch. I hate that. I want almost everything to be settled.

Sometimes an Author will do this with the intention of Setting up the reader for the next book. If that was what he intended to do, he just plain overdid it. Whole groups of people are just completely disregarded. Personal relationships which have changed are not discussed. I tried to find out if there was a follow up novelbut, as far as I could see there is not. I could be wrong. Either way I felt completely left out of the reading process. All I wanted to do is ask, well what happened to so-and-so? What happened to that group of people? This is sort of a silly way of reviewing this but unfortunately if I get more specific I made mess up your own opinions by spoiling.

Wrong or not, I will not be buying any more books in the series. I see from the reviews that other people loved it, so once again I feel the Contrarian. Use your credit if you feel you want to, but be prepared to be left dangling at the end of the last chapter. If after reading the book you agree with me, give me an agree. If you don’t give me a thumbs down.

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  • Nimble Be Jack

  • Cap's Place Series, Book 2
  • By: Robert Tarrant
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Jack Nolan believes he has finally settled into a comfortable routine owning his South Florida bar, Cap's Place. He's put the end of his law career and his divorce behind him and is enjoying the relaxed pace around Cap's Place, when an organized crime boss decides to take over the bar. Jack suddenly finds his life in danger and his bar in jeopardy. Running from one threat to another Jack attempts to navigate his way out of this rapidly deteriorating crisis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jack attracts trouble without trying

  • By Wayne on 01-20-18

As expected... Better than the last one

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Better plot. I'll try #3., still too much self absorbed behavior and if I hear Landshark one more time...

  • Cap's Place: A Jack Nolan Novel

  • Cap's Place Series, Book 1
  • By: Robert Tarrant
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Jack Nolan had his life all mapped out as he pursued a promising career as an attorney in Michigan. Suddenly his world was knocked out of orbit and he found himself living with his Uncle Mickey above Mickey's bar in South Florida. Mickey's untimely death leads to Jack becoming a bar owner. Jack's protective approach to his life includes staying emotionally uninvolved with everyone around him, those who work at the bar, customers, and the objects of his frequent one-night stands.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just enough to keep me interested in this series

  • By Wayne on 01-20-18

Saved my life

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I believe that this is his first novel and of course it is the first in the series. It actually saved my life cuz I just came off reading to horrible horrible books. this is not Pulitzer Prize literature. on the other hand it's like the thing the doctors promise, first Do no harm. it wasn't bad, a couple of interesting characters, and just enough so that I have already purchased the second in the series. I expect it will be better as this other learns a little bit more and reads a few of his own reviews. we shall see. Worth a credit.

  • Murder in an Irish Village

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,581

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery

  • By Jill, NM on 10-21-16

This one is going back

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I really tried. I purchased this book several weeks ago and I'm still not even halfway through it. The protagonist, when she's not Crossing herself, is just the most irritating person. she is something equal to a teenager trying to solve a murder. it just doesn't work. I love detective stories and police procedurals, but this fails on all levels. Anyway... I can't finish it so I'm going to trade it in for something better. I see a fair number of excellent reviews so maybe it's just me.

  • Time and Tide

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 7
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

Change is afoot at Kings Lake Central police station. A most unexpected new detective inspector takes up his post this Monday morning, and the oldest detective in the place takes a momentous decision. Around them, other officers are considering their own situations, and even the building itself seems to be facing an uncertain future. But life and death go on, nevertheless, and by lunchtime someone will make a grim discovery on the Norfolk saltmarshes. A stranger seems to have suffered a slow and agonizing death out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful British modern detective series!

  • By Wayne on 01-26-18

There is no better police procedural

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

This is the seventh book in the series and without a doubt it is the best. I consider it to be the finest police procedural novel in existence. Period. While probably not necessary to read the first six books, I would strongly urge you to do so you will know the characters. The players are of course important. Besides, the worst of the six novels still gets well over four stars. You can’t go wrong. Enjoy!

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