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KadySiga

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  • The Whole Art of Detection

  • Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179

Internationally best-selling author Lyndsay Faye became enamored with tales of Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed biographer, Dr. John Watson, as a child and later began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction - from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! More Sherlock!

  • By KadySiga on 03-13-17

Yay! More Sherlock!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

I've listened to all the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and most all of the "new" stories by other authors, and I enjoyed this one more than most. Simon Vance, as always, does an excellent job and adds to the story with his perfect narration. I really like the small glimpses into the private life of Holmes and Watson, but most of all, the mysteries are at the forefront and they are great. Thank you so much for these stories!

42 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • Southern Spirits

  • Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Angie Fox
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533

When out-of-work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she's saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick - she gains the ability to see spirits. It leads to an offer she can't refuse from the town's bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with. Ellis Wyatt is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland, Tennessee's finest former citizens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, Clean Cozy Mystery

  • By Cheri on 03-22-17

Great haunted mystery with a little romance!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

This book was a great surprise! It goes really quickly, and doesn't drag at all. The characters all have great personalities, there is a ton of action, and the mystery is interesting. I will gladly listen to more by Angie Fox!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Corpse in the Soup

  • Silver Sisters Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Morgan St. James, Phyllice Bradner
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Brush
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

When Godiva winds up in the hospital after being poisoned on a TV cooking show, her twin sister Goldie hops on an Alaska Airlines plane and rushes to her side. The sisters' zany romp through the world of celebrity TV chefs begins when Goldie's daughter Chili is hired by the star of the show. Rivalry turns to murder in the midst of the glitzy Gourmet Gladiators Tournament . The cops arrest Chili's new boss, Chef Caesar Romano, but Godiva has other plans for the handsome chef....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable and funny

  • By KadySiga on 01-07-16

Really enjoyable and funny

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

This book completely surprised me. I was literally judging a book by its cover - I didn't listen to this for a long time because I thought it would be cheesy. I was totally wrong! It was so funny, and the characters are a riot. I love the "talking" dog, and all the silly names. I am downloading the next one in the series, and am hoping all the rest will be made into audiobooks!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 3 Sleuths, 2 Dogs, 1 Murder: A Sleuth Sisters Mystery

  • The Sleuth Sisters, Volume 2
  • By: Maggie Pill
  • Narrated by: Anne Jacques, Laura Bednarski, Judy Blue
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

When Retta's "gentleman friend" is accused of murder, the Sleuth Sisters take on the case. Winston Darrow is a charmer, but his secrets create trouble that spills onto Retta, Barb, Faye, and even police chief Rory Neuencamp. Someone is out to get Win, someone he claims is the real killer. While Retta admits Win is less trustworthy than her daffy Newfoundland dog, she insists he's not a murderer. Dogs become an issue when Faye rescues a mutt she finds hurt on the road.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery series!

  • By KadySiga on 04-11-15

Great mystery series!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone that likes mysteries with humor, good dialogue, and no gore.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Barb and Faye, the best, because I can identify with both of them, though I guess I (might) have a little bit of Retta in me, too. I think it is interesting that Retta is bossy even though she is the youngest, when usually the oldest is portrayed as the bossy sibling.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I do not think that I have listened to any of these narrators before, nor have I ever listened to a book done by three people for the three different points of view. I think the narration greatly added to the story, and to the characters' personalities.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This story is excellent and made me laugh many times at just the regular-ness of the reactions of the characters. They are so likeable and relatable, even with their flaws.

Any additional comments?

The story drew me in immediately, and I listened to it all in one day. I have purchased the first one, and will buy the next one when it comes out. I am so glad that I found Maggie Pill!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Running on Empty

  • Main Street Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Sandra Balzo
  • Narrated by: Amy DeLuca
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Though a magnet to tourists looking for some Southern comfort, the small lake town of Sutherton - tucked so picturesquely into the mountains of North Carolina - has had its fair share inexplicable hazards. But when Daisy Griggs siphoned three pints of blood from poor Mrs. Bradenham at the resort's annual blood drive... well, that seemed to take the cake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Light hearted listening, easy to follow

  • By Doug Wilkie on 03-28-15

Love this new series!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

Where does Running on Empty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love this new series (new to me) by Sandra Balzo. Her Coffeehouse Mysteries are among my very favorite cozy mysteries to listen to, and this ranks right up there with them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mama. I like her quirky-ness, directness, and I know a few "older" ladies like her.

What does Amy DeLuca bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I like the softness in Daisy's voice sometimes. I think it really conveys emotion that would have been lost if you were just reading the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I just about did, and would have if possible. The only problem is, the next one isn't available on audio yet, and now I feel that feeling you get when you are done with a book and want more.

Any additional comments?

I think that Sandra Balzo is a great writer that a lot of people would enjoy if they could discover her!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead

  • Toad Witch Series, Book 1
  • By: Christiana Miller
  • Narrated by: Marie Rose
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 642

Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job, and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right. Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even postmortem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead

  • By Deedra on 08-11-15

Don't bother telling her, (oh wait, no spoilers!)

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

Where does Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks in the top quarter. The story and characters grew on me as I listened to it.

What other book might you compare Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead to and why?

The storyline is not one that I have read before, but it is in the general flavor of what I am currently enjoying and just starting to explore, like Juliet Blackwell, Heather Blake's Wishcraft series, Molly Harper's Better Homes and Hauntings. I am new to the paranormal type things and don't really want things that are too scary.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really like the scenes with Lord Grundleshanks - it is like they are just tossed in there, but he adds so much character. But really, all the interactions between Gus and Mara, and even her internal dialogue were so well done, very realistic and clever.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I don't think I did want to at first - I was a bit put off and distracted at first by having the "f" word used so much in general conversation. I didn't realize that it would offend my ears so much, but it did. I guess I am older than I thought. Once I listened a bit longer and got to know Gus and Mara, it didn't really matter, and then I did want to keep listening to see what would happen.

Any additional comments?

I did want to comment on the narrator, Marie Rose. She did a fantastic job with all of the characters. I tend to overlook, and just accept, and even expect great narration, and do not even think about the fact that one person does all the voices. That seems impossible to me. I think that if you listen to a lot of audiobooks, and that is all that I currently do, you don't appreciate the good narrators until you get a bad one. However, Marie Rose was outstanding in all aspects. I followed along perfectly and always knew who was who. I think she really helped me enjoy this book by making Mara a likeable person and helped bring out the humor in this very enjoyable book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful