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

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good size for a quick read!

  • By Jan on 02-17-19

A quick and fast-paced read

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

Do you know what is the thing I love the most in this book? Hope and Joe's relationship! They are so comfortable with each other now, and it's such a wonderful change from the first books of the series =D

And both, her relationship with her boyfriend Daniel and her animal's refuge are working great. I love seeing her life so settled :D

The story is short, and you can listen to it in one sitting, and, as always, is delightful. The mystery will keep you wondering until the end, and hey! cars' chase! :P

S. L. Crawley narration was really good, too.

Another lovely time spent with Hope :D

  • Murder of a Movie Producer

  • Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 8
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Quinn
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Hollywood has always been a cutthroat industry, but for Sophie Paulson, the backstabbing turns personal when her movie producer boyfriend, Paul Franklin, dumps her for another woman, then fires her out of the blue. Former actress turned amateur sleuth Hope Hadley arrives in town just as Paul is found murdered and the police suspect Sophie of the crime. Hope desperately races to discover the truth before her friend Sophie is put in jail for the rest of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Ashley Hedden on 02-17-19

My new favourite story in this series

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

This is such a different story from the previous ones, and we'll get to see Hope under a new light, under circumstances that are really hard for her.

I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say this is a great story, with an unexpected twist at the end.

I liked Stephanie Quinn here, particularly when voicing Hope, although some of the other voices sounded a bit rough.

But this is a great story, and you won't regret giving it a go :D

  • Worse Than Dead

  • Inspector Drake, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Puleston
  • Narrated by: Richard Elfyn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

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 great thriller

  • By Clau on 02-16-19

A great thriller

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

In this second book we meet again with Inspector Drake... and his life is even more complicated.

He and Caron are called to investigate a murder in a ferry but quickly it's becoming clear that there is a lot more going on. Drake's personal life is getting more difficult to handle, and it's not only the (rightful) demands of his wife asking him to take an interest in the lives of his daughters. His father's sickness has become terminal, and his cousin, who claimed to have information on the case, it's up to his neck in personal troubles. And, of course, there is the counselling he is undergoing about his OCD.

Yeah, you can say his plate is full...

Drake and Caron follow the leads, between lots of red herrings, twist and turns that make this case really hard. And in the middle of all this, Drake's new chief decided to demote him.

This is a really good thriller, with an excellent side of policial procedure, great pace and plot that will keep you enthralled until the end.

The narration by Richard Elfyn is superb, and adds to the enjoyment of the whole story.

  • 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 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

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

A great first book in the series

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

I really enjoyed this book. It has a good plot, and I like how the killer's perspective is given from time to time.

Inspector Drake it's a very interesting character, with his conflict between family and job, and his need to set the wrongs right. But sometimes his OCD become the protagonist, distracting from the plot.

The setting is presented vividly and makes you love Wales if you already didn't. And the secondary characters are rich and lively.

And the narrator, Richard Elfyn, does a very good job bringing the characters to life. All in all, this is a great book, worthy of your time.

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  • Watchful Wisteria

  • Wisteria Witches Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Angela Pepper
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Rhys Quarry wasn't much of a father to Zara. He swears everything's different now, but some people never change. Soon he's teaching his con man ways to his granddaughter. If only he could teach her something useful. When a member of the magical community goes missing, Zara joins the search. When she and Zinnia find a trio of ghosts, the search becomes a murder investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't get enough of this series!

  • By Clau on 02-12-19

I can't get enough of this series!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

My love for this series only grows bigger with each book. I love Zara and Zoey's relationship, I love the quirky dialogues and the whole bunch of queer characters who populate Wisteria.

And Bentley is looking more and more as a promising candidate for Zara's heart.

It was really good to find more about Zara's childhood and about her father. Although, argh! that is a very selfish man! I'm really sorry for Zoey, as she really wanted a grandad :( But then... Zoey is... okay, you'll need to read/listen to the book to learn that :P

And the mystery was fascinating! Also, ghost!dogs!

And the ending! Ouch! I can't wait to know what's going on...

A recommendation, though: if you're listening to this, as I did, avoid doing it on the streets. Bursting out laughing while walking around is not something that makes you look like a sane and trustworthy citizen :P

Tiffany Williams' narration was, as always, delightful.

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  • Not So Gone

  • A Sam Sunborn Novel
  • By: Charles Levin
  • Narrated by: Daniel Greenberg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Not So Gone, a new fast-paced thriller from the best-selling author of Not So Dead.... In Not So Gone, Sam Sunborn is forced to come back from the dead to save his son and protect his country from a sadistic terrorist. Can the genius scientist, Frank Einstein, free Sam from the Cloud and bring him back so he can return to his wife Monica in the physical world? With the help of Albert Einstein's descendant and Homeland Security agents, Michelle Hadar, and Rich Little, Sam goes head-to-head against a driven psychopath, known only as The Cub, in a race against time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly enjoyable

  • By Clau on 02-08-19

Truly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

This is obviously not the first book in the series, and although I could follow perfectly the plot and storyline, I'm pretty sure I'd have enjoyed it a lot more if I had read the first one.

Nevertheless, the story is great, and I really liked the ethical issues that are brought by this new... technology? I'm not really sure it's technology what we are talking here. It's something so new and different that it's hard to categorize.

The characters, particularly the secondary ones, those that found themselves in something bigger and a lot more radical than what they thought at the beginning, are very well presented and it's easy to see how they ended there. And, surprisingly, I found myself sympathizing a lot with Juan :D

This is a well-written techno-thriller that will appeal to any reader of the genre.

Daniel Greenberg 's narration is truly great, a big range of different voices, all of them easy to individualize, and all of them nice to the ear. Which is not an easy feat with so many characters. Kudos to you, Mr Greenberg!

  • 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 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

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

Great story

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

This one begins with a shock, when a former suspect shows up, drunk and aggressive, at Sabrina's home while David is at work, and she and her daughter are there. Talk about a bad moment! And I bet Sabrina was really grateful to her pepper spray :P

And when everything seems to be going well again, Sabrina's friend, Angela, disappears. Of course, this brings memories of Jessica, making the search for Angela even more frantic. And the end! What a surprising twist!

As always, this is an entertaining, clean read and Carrie Burgess does a splendid job with the narration.

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  • The Deadly Dinner Theater Affair

  • By: K. M. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lili Dubuque
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

When Daisy McDare attends a murder-mystery dinner theater performance, she worries that a real-life death will occur during the show. Is she just being paranoid, or does she have every reason to be concerned?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dinner Theater

  • By PattyH on 02-05-19

Short and funny

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I must say that after listening to this, I'm loving the idea of going to one of those Murder & Dinner things :P

The story is surprising, and the plot unexpected, so I won't say anything to not spoil it. But if you're looking for something fun and that you can listen in a simple go, this is for you :D

  • Murder and Chocolate Fudge Cake

  • Mysteries of Treasure Cove, Book 1
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • 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

One of Sabrina Carlson's oldest friends is found murdered. Unfortunately, she doesn't have time to grieve. After all, the killer is out there somewhere. And she isn't about to let them get away. Instead, Sabrina is going to do everything in her power to bring the guilty party to justice - even if it means risking her life. But is she really prepared to discover the truth? Or will this investigation break her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great and cozy

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 01-07-19

Another great story

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

This is the first book in a new series, in which Sabrina and David are married, and they have a 10 years old daughter.

What I really enjoyed (aside of the mystery!) was the glimpse in their everyday life. It was really lovely =D And we get to see most of the old friends we met in the previous series, and see how they are doing \o/

But the calm is soon broken by a murder, and not a stranger's murder, but the one of a dear Sabrina's friend. She and David must find the murderer, not only to their own closure but for the daughter of his friend, too.

The narration was really good, and adds to the enjoyment of the book.

Another nice story that will be enjoyed for those who like clean cosy mysteries =D

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  • Gelato with a Side of Murder

  • Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Lisa Beacom
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Amateur sleuth Sabrina Daley races to discover who is behind some disturbing incidents before her hometown of Treasure Cove becomes completely unhinged. Will Sabrina be able to uncover the truth, or will she become the next victim?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cozy Mystery.

  • By Layla on 02-13-19

Another great one!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I must say when this book started with David inviting Sabrina to have dinner in a fancy restaurant my expectations couldn't be farthest than they witnessing a reckoning being brought on Jake Williamson!

And that's not even the case Sabrina is investigating! The real case is Delilah's murder, and it's a tough one. Who would want to kill the nice psychic lady? Apparently, many more people than they thought at first.

This is another great listening, and Lisa Beacom is, as usual, a wonderful voice for the story. And oh, yes! they get their fancy dinner at the end =D