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  • Plague Pits & River Bones

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No One Is Smiling on Bowstreet Station

  • By Chuck on 03-12-18

Eagerly anticipated and was not disappointed!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Solid writing. Good detective story. Good series. I have genuinely enjoyed the first three in this series. I got the first one on a whim and was hooked. Books 1.2.3 are excellent as a series, but you can read any of them as a stand-alone, which I appreciate. Story flows well and moves along. There are some personal portions so the characters have actual lives other than just being detectives. Good and well rounded people with depth, ie not flat or stereotypical. Interesting and well written. Written for intelligent adults who understand that a life contains many facets, and it does have a touch of romance. It's a police procedurals/detective/mystery story. I found the bits of historical facts enlightening but it does not read like a historical novel. It's just a darn good novel set in an earlier time but it doesn't feel like a historical novel if that makes any sense (there are no cotillions, heaving bosoms, or rich damaged dukes reluctantly looking for a wife, haha, and life goes on after marriage). The people seemed real and I became interested in what happened to their personal lives along the way of solving the mystery. Darned good detective story and series. Recommend.

  • The Sculthorpe Murder

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622

Northamptonshire, 1810: As a new canal network snakes across the landscape, a vicious mob stakes its claim to the county. Every local constable is out on the hunt for the ruthless Panther Gang. When an elderly man is robbed and murdered in sleepy Middleton, the beleaguered magistrates send for help from London's Bow Street Police Office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Based in historical fact

  • By Through a Golden Eye on 09-11-16

Excellent entry in an interesting series!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Fast paced because the book is both interesting and well written. Adult series. Lacks graphic sex scenes. Now sex scenes are fine and dandy but when they pop up out of nowhere and no other topic is handled in such intimate detail....well, interesting yes because sex is interesting, but really? It does not fit into the storyline. It was added for some commercial reason and it just doesn't fit in well. These are police procedurals, detective mystery stories and really good stories overall. They have a bit of historical thrown in so you learn something. The characters are real people with pasts, a few flaws, and the desire to do things as well as they are capable of doing. I found myself caring for the plot and the people in it. Overall, I have enjoyed the heck out of this series, and have read each one as they come out. These are interesting, well-paced, fun in places and profound in others, overall a darn good series. Btw, I have over 1,000 in my audible library and before audible came out, I haunted our library, so I read a bit, across all genres and am old enough to have read a few boring books so when I read a good one, I know the difference. Recommend.

  • Keepers of the Garden

  • By: Dolores Cannon
  • Narrated by: Jane Sellers, Titus Stone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901

A young man wanting to explore past-life regression discovers this is his first lifetime on Earth. All his other existences were on alien worlds and in other dimensions. As this unique case is explored further, he finds out that his association with extraterrestrials did not cease with these other lives. The interaction with UFOs and aliens has continued during all his present life, although the information was protectively hidden by his subconscious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb

  • By paul on 05-06-15

Unexpectedly highly valuable and good!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Fascinating. Interesting. Provoking. Informative. I expected an entertaining story, and got that. I also got a new way of looking at certain aspects of life. Thank you.

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,306

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly informative with a humorous twist

  • By alan on 05-29-17

Charming and FUN!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

Who could imagine that this much death, disease and infection could be so fun? It is well written, well researched, and highly entertaining. The fate of mankind is so inextricably linked with the state of our health, that it makes sense that plagues and pestilence have altered the course of history. Learn how. Recommend it.

  • What Angels Fear

  • Sebastian St. Cyr, Book 1
  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,821
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,818

It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol found at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man - Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Addictive Series

  • By Bibliophile1963 on 10-17-16

I was impressed!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

I got this as part of introducing a new series. I wasn't expecting much. I ended up impressed, intrigued, satisfied and wanting more. I am just now buying more in this series. It is really good! It's set in Regency England, but it has ZERO of the usual regency romance qualities. It could have just as easily been set in contemporary New York or Chicago. Give this series a try. It was fast, interesting, intricate, and surprising.

  • Midnight Crossroad

  • A Novel of Midnight Texas
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,894

From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By colleen on 05-01-15

Just finished. Really good. Will continue series.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

I just finished reading this book. I read the second already and skipped this based on reviews. Then the TV show came out, so I went back and read it. I really liked it, and have to say I disagree with the reviews that found it mediocre. It did a fine job of story, character, and plot. This book and series so far, relies on character and plot, not sex, to sell the story, and it succeeds. There is some romance, but as part of the story. I recommend this series and this first book.

  • A Useful Woman

  • A Rosalind Thorne Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Darcie Wilde
  • Narrated by: Sarah Nichols
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 971

The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress, Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her father abandoned the family. To survive in the only world she knew, she began to manage the affairs of some of London society's most influential women, who rely on her wit and discretion. So when artistocratic wastrel Jasper Aimesworth is found dead in London's most exclusive ballroom, Almack's, Rosalind must use her skills and connections to uncover the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a chance

  • By James on 05-28-17

Was not expecting it to be this good!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Well written book. Good story. Fast. Interesting. Good plot. Good characters. Very pleasant and interesting experience. Recommend it.

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  • Blood of the Earth

  • Soulwood, Book 1
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,723

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her. Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell's doorstep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faith Hunter hits it out of the Park!

  • By Teri on 08-03-16

Wow! Don't miss it!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Seriously good new series in the making. I am looking forward to the next. The writing is good. The story is good. I was quite taken by the depth of this story. Fast paced, well written, highly interesting. Blends the fantasy in so that it results in a real person with some interesting skills. Tons of plain good old fashioned story telling with heart. I was impressed.

  • Curse on the Land

  • Soulwood, Book 2
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973

Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded - even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals comes with dangers of its own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By The Mays on 11-13-16

Seriously good series. Quality of Jane Yellowrock.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

I have read both in this new series and am looking forward to the next. The plot is fast, interesting, and full of heart. It's unique in blending action, adventure, mystery, a bit of love, and a darn good story. The urban fantasy is feasible, well written, and entirely delightful. Author pulls in a few strands of Jane Yellowrock's world. The bad guys are scary and get theirs in the end. The good guys are strong, talented, quirky and multifaceted. The writing is good. The story is good. The series is good.

  • The Sans Pareil Mystery

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801

On a cold February night in Regency London, a dark curtain falls on the Sans Pareil Theatre following the death of April Clare, a promising young actress, whose body is found in mysterious circumstances. Detective Stephen Lavender and his dependable deputy, Constable Woods, quickly discover that nothing is quite as it seems. As successive mysteries unfold, they soon realise that it is not only the actors from the Sans Pareil who are playing a part.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good mystery with excellent narrator.

  • By MidwestGeek on 12-29-15

Seriously good mystery novel.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

I was really impressed with how good it was. Lots of twists and turns, and well written. Characters w depth and intelligence. I sped through it and then bought the next and am almost through it. Each can stand alone but there is some continuity to the character's lives. They are very well written. Murder is murder and always has been so the setting in another time is irrelevant to the story, and rather interesting. The language is not archaic. I was really taken with this series and encourage you to give it a try. Narration is good. He reads it with enough inflection and voice change. I was happy with the narration. Can't see how you'd go wrong.