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  • Spinsters in Jeopardy

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

En route to a family vacation on the French Riviera, Inspector Roderick Alleyn glimpses from the train a shocking tableau. In a moonlit window, a white-robed figure raises a knife to a woman's shadow. Thus begins his incognito exploration of the Chateau of the Silver Goat... where a jet-set cult's "Way of Life" could spell death for a maiden lady of a certain age, and even for Alleyn's own young son, unless he can unveil its illicit mysteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a who-dunit but lots of fun

  • By Bookwormish on 08-28-15

Another great mystery from Ngaio Marsh!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

This was a great mystery by one of the greatest mystery writers ever! Nadia May does a wonderful job reading a somewhat different Inspector Allyn story. And for anyone who read the review that said that there was no mystery, they had it wrong. There was a mystery. The identity of the murderer was no big surprise, but several other points had to be resolved in the story.

  • Heads You Lose

  • The Inspector Cockrill Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Christianna Brand
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

Pigeonsford Estate is playing host to a group of close friends when one of their number, Grace Morland, is found dead in a ditch. The murder is made even more unusual by the fact that Grace was wearing her friend Francesca's hat, the same hat that only the day before she'd claimed she wouldn't be caught dead wearing. Inspector Cockrill has known most of the friends since they were children. They are all from good families and very close to one another; how, then, could one of them be a cold-blooded killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story! Somewhat dated medical information.

  • By Yvette on 01-06-19

Great story! Somewhat dated medical information.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

The author has an intelligent and breezy style, and it was in interesting puzzle mystery. Some of the writer's assumptions about the murderer's psychiatric condition are definitely dated, but then it was written almost 80 years ago. This is part of the interesting thing about reading contemporary fiction - it is fiction of it's time, not historical fiction. I will definitely seek out other mysteries by this Golden Age mystery writer.

Derek Perkins read the story well, though his characterizations weren't as sharply defined as I would have liked. He understood that the way people spoke in the 1940s is not the same as the present day.

  • What Happens at Christmas

  • By: Victoria Alexander
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Camille, Lady Lydingham, knows precisely what she wants for Christmas - an official engagement to a handsome, dashing prince. Her very proper suitor expects a proper English family and the perfect Dickensian Christmas, which leaves the lovely widow with a slight problem. The last thing Camille wants is for the prince to meet her unconventional relatives. But with the aid of a troupe of actors, Camille intends to pull off a Christmas deception of massive proportions. At least until Grayson Elliot shows up....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A CARRY ON OF A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-13-12

Fun, but immature

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

This book was read well, and written well, in terms of descriptions and language, but the characters kept irritating me. The characters seem to have the emotional depth of teenagers. Waaaaay too much angst about things that should have been gotten over much more quickly. All of the major characters only thought about their own viewpoints, and were just stunned to discover that other viewpoints existed. It took the entire book for them to get over themselves sufficiently to have the happy ending. I got tired and just scanned the last third of the book.

  • Meet Me in Atlantis

  • My Quest to Find the 2,000-Year-Old Sunken City
  • By: Mark Adams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 454

A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Everything we know about the lost city of Atlantis comes from the work of one man, the Greek philosopher Plato. Then he made a second, stranger discovery: Amateur explorers are still actively searching for this sunken city all around the world, based entirely on the clues Plato left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Lure of Atlantis

  • By Diane on 01-15-16

Very interesting, but why not ask a few geologists

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Why didn't anyone ask a geologist/paleontologist about major geological events (volcanoes, changes in land elevation, seriously catastrophic floods, climate change that shows up in the geological record) that happened in the relevant time periods? Lots of archeologists, no geologists??? Geologists know about that sort of thing - it's their business!

  • The Incident at Fives Castle

  • By: Clara Benson
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

It is Hogmanay, and Angela Marchmont is at Fives Castle, the Scottish seat of the Earl of Strathmerrick, to see in the start of 1928. But when she finds out that the Foreign Secretary, the American Ambassador, and the Head of British Intelligence are also among the guests, Angela begins to suspect that something momentous is afoot. Before long, they are all snowed in and a body is discovered, and Angela soon finds suspicion directed against herself.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery in a Scottish Castle

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-20-18

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Another wonderful Angela Marchmont mystery! It feels so much like it was written in the 1920s that you might not believe that it was only written a few years ago. This was a well written mystery, read by a talented reader. Fun, and with many twists and turns.

More Clara Benson, please! (even if I don't know what her real name is).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Red House Mystery

  • By: A. A. Milne
  • Narrated by: William Sutherland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Mark Ablett's stately mansion, the Red House, is filled with very proper guests when his most improper brother returns from Australia. The prodigal brother enters Mark's study, the parlor maid hears arguing and the brother dies...rather suddenly, with a bullet between the eyes. The study is locked from the inside and Mark is missing! Investigating the crime is wealthy Antony Gillingham, who rivals Sherlock Holmes in his remarkable powers of observation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • difficult listen

  • By Todd on 10-17-03

Great reading of a wonderful mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

A.A. Milne wrote a charming, funny, and puzzling mystery, and it was read very well by William Sutherland. I enjoyed it hugely! But be aware that the sound quality is iffy sometimes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bodies from the Library

  • Lost Classic Stories by Masters of the Golden Age
  • By: Tony Medawar, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, and others
  • Narrated by: Philip Bretherton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together a selection of rare tales by masters of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a newly discovered Agatha Christie crime story that has not been seen since 1922. At a time when crime and thriller writing has once again overtaken the sales of general and literary fiction, Bodies from the Library unearths lost stories from the Golden Age, that period between the World Wars when detective fiction captured the public’s imagination and saw the emergence of some of the world’s cleverest and most popular storytellers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • two stories missing

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-29-18

Great collection of stories!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

This is a great collection of stories by really talented authors, and the reader did a great job. I enjoyed it immensely!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Murder at Ashgrove House

  • Rose Simpson Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Addison
  • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

When Sir William and Lady Withers invite friends and family to a weekend house party at their country home, Ashgrove House, they are faced with the arrival of both invited and uninvited guests, the consequence of which is murder. Set in 1930, Murder at Ashgrove House is full of intrigue, clues, and red herrings, with nearly everyone having a motive for wishing the victim dead. This is a classic country house murder mystery set during the golden age of crime and will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A real yawner

  • By notlad on 04-14-18

More Margaret Addison please!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

This was recorded by a small production company, and I hope that they continue with this series. The mysteries are good, and so is the narrator! Thanks Circle of Spears Productions!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Whilton's Wedding

  • By: Barbara Metzger
  • Narrated by: Pippa Rathborne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Where was Uncle Albert? The day of Lady Whilton's nuptials was fast approaching, and the spiteful old lout had disappeared. Daphne Whilton, the bride's daughter, knew what happened. She had found him dead in his chambers and vowed to keep it a secret, fearing the miser's legacy would destroy her mother's glorious wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny where's-the-body romance!

  • By Yvette on 04-09-17

Funny where's-the-body romance!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

I had such fun listening to this! The reader was great & the story was funny and creative. There is a mention in the plot summary of a body turning up at an inconvenient time, but there is sooo much more to it than that. The characters' stories wind in and around each other, and the center of the confusion is the person who dies, and what happens to his body. This was very funny, and you never knew what might happen next. The usual happy ending of a romance was almost the least important thing that the listener would watch for the resolution of. I loved it! More Barbara Metzger, please!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Audley's Secret

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Lady Audley is universally adored: Beautiful, kind and charming, she enamors all whom she meets. It is not until the strange disappearance of widower George Talboys that her behavior takes an odd turn. George's friend, Robert Audley, Lady Audley's nephew-in-law, is on the case; an upper-class layabout turned detective, he is determined to get to the bottom of things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book with a Great Reader!

  • By Yvette on 05-29-16

Great Book with a Great Reader!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

I found this book to be great fun, and read by a talented reader. The basic plot was already known to me (read the plot summary years ago - book published in the mid-1800's), but I greatly enjoyed watching it play out. This book was well written, and the characters well described. The hero made deductions, tried to find proof, and made errors of judgment that sometimes set him back, but then I knew who had done what when I started listening. I had heard of this as being published in the same time period as Wilkie Collins' early books, and was curious. Kim Hicks really brought it to life, and I'm glad that I listened!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful