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  • Murder on Black Swan Lane

  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,065

The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but boredom and pride lead him to reckless behavior. He does not suffer fools gladly. So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit and strikes back. As their war of words escalates, London's most popular satirical cartoonist, A. J. Quill, skewers them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new series!

  • By Mystery Maven on 10-22-17

More Please!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I love historical mysteries. Andrea Penrose has developed wonderful characters that reflect the unique roles both men and women played in society. Charlotte constantly tests the boundaries of polite society while the stoic Lord Wrexford is continually surprised by the emotions surfacing as he and the engaging widow get to know each other better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,760

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out intriguing, devolved into Twilight 2.0

  • By Elina on 11-13-17

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

A brilliant, complex trilogy of love, danger and hope for a future filled with equality and reason. Please read all three books in order (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life) to appreciate the full experience. Without a doubt, one of the best performances ever. Jennifer Ikeda did full justice to this wonderful tale by the brilliant author, Deborah Harkness. The only negative I can possibly think of is that I'm done listening to all three books. Thank you to both of these talented women for such a powerful, enjoyable, transcendent experience. Here's hoping your message of love, tolerance and unity replaces our world's current messages of ethnic, racial, national and religious disputes. After all, we have many more similarities than we do differences.

  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,816

In The Book of Life, Diana and Matthew time travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present - facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So little magic, so much dull soap opery.

  • By Kathryn on 07-18-14

One of the best ever!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

A brilliant, complex trilogy of love, danger and hope for a future filled with equality and reason. Please read all three books in order (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life) to appreciate the full experience. Without a doubt, one of the best performances ever. Jennifer Ikeda did full justice to this wonderful tale by the brilliant author, Deborah Harkness. The only negative I can possibly think of is that I'm done listening to all three books. Thank you to both of these talented women for such a powerful, enjoyable, transcendent experience. Here's hoping your message of love, tolerance and unity replaces our world's current messages of ethnic, racial, national and religious disputes. After all, we have many more similarities than we do differences.

  • A Perilous Undertaking

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840

Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task - saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week's time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough!!

  • By Denise on 01-18-17

Excellent book!!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

Great characters well written! What more can a reader ask? The presentation by Angela Masters was perfect, giving each individual character uniqueness and depth.

  • The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes

  • A Novel
  • By: Leonard Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,447

England, 1914. Joanna Blalock's keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely tuned brain. But when she and her 10-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic skills, they invite her to become the third member of their investigative team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sherlock stories continue!

  • By Marty Reed on 07-20-17

Happy to have another Holmes generation !

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

A lovely blend of the Holmes and Watson families to carry on for years to come!

  • Where the Dead Lie

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

In the latest mystery from the national best-selling author of When Falcons Fall, the gruesome murder of a young boy takes Sebastian St. Cyr from the gritty streets of London to the glittering pleasure haunts of the aristocracy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series

  • By Cheryl on 04-13-17

Fantastic series!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

I hope one day PBS adds Lord Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin to their Masterpiece Mystery series. He would fit in perfectly next to Poirot, Holmes, Morse and Marple as the intelligent, tenacious, compassionate solver of murder mysteries of early 19th century Britain. C.S. Harris is a truly gifted writer. I enjoyed each book immensely and I've read them all.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Place of Secrets

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Hore
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 294

Auction house appraiser Jude leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the manuscripts and instruments of an 18th-century astronomer. She is welcomed by Chantal Wickham, and Jude feels close to the old woman at once. Hard times have forced the Wickham family to sell the astronomer's work, their land, and with it, the timeworn tower that lies nearby. Jude's arrival brings a host of childhood memories. She meets Euan, a famed writer and naturalist who lives in the cottage at the foot of the tower, where Jude's grandfather once lived.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story..Great Narration

  • By MissSusie66 on 05-15-12

What an excellent book!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

History, romance, suspense and mystery-this book has it all. I loved it! Hopefully another book is on the way.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,942

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Meema on 04-16-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

For those who enjoy period English mysteries, this is a gem. The story has suspense and mystery as well as a dash of romance. The narration is superb and one is immediately transported to early Victorian England. I would very much enjoy a sequel someday.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 13-15
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218

"A Lesson in Murder": When Jack and Sarah are called in to investigate mysterious pranks at Cherringham Girls School, it seems at first that it might be the work of a few mean pupils with a grudge. But things quickly turn serious when a popular teacher meets a sudden, violent death. "The Secret of Combe Castle": When the penniless FitzHenrys find themselves victims of a threatening campaign to oust them from their ancestral home, Jack and Sarah are called in to track down the culprit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hurry up 16-18

  • By John on 03-06-17

Great series!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

I've read the entire series and enjoyed them all. I can't wait until the next installments are available.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 10-12
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300

Here local priest Father Byrne meets his unexpected demise. Jack and Sarah investigate - who could harm the beloved Father? And what secrets did he take to the grave? The Cherringham Regatta is shaken when vandalism of boots turns into bloody murder. And when a murder suspect is freed from prison after 25 years, it's apparent someone in Cherringham wants him to continue serving his sentence - to death. But Jack and Sarah start to question... did he commit the crime in the first place?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful series..!!

  • By John on 02-05-17

I love these stories!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

Great characters, superb narration. Each story is a wonderful visit to the charming Cotswold village of Charrington where murder visits much more often than it should. But no worries, Jack and Sarah will figure it out in the end.