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  • 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 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

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
  • A mystery that kept my interest

  • By Elaine on 09-23-18

Mystery in a Scottish Castle

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I very much enjoy the Angela Marchmont mystery series, of pseudo-golden age detective novels. This is the fifth in the series and author Clara Benson has her characters well in hand. If you wish that Agatha Christie had written more mystery novels, this may well be the book for you. And Elizabeth Klett does a first rate job of telling the tale. The characters are distinctive, and she manages this without making any of them annoying to listen to (which some narrators do, as they try to make each character sound different.) As this is a mystery story, I don't want to give away the plot, but I can promise you a mysterious scientist who may have developed a powerful secret weapon, several politicians, missing plans, spies, young people playing jokes, mixed up lovers and more. And, of course, Angela Marchmont, a lady who travels with her pistol and is not afraid to take some chances, all for the sake of the truth and the good of the British Empire (this book is set between WWI and WWII). AND, this book can be a good companion book to the third Freddy Pilkington-Somes mystery, A Case of Conspiracy in Clerkenwell, also available from Audible. Or, read the entire series. But I find the audiobooks to be a richer experience to just reading the novel. Hopefully the rest of both book series will be made available from Audible over time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Four Graces

  • Miss Buncle, Book 4
  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

The four Grace sisters love their quiet life in the country village of Chevis Green. To some, their insular world might seem dull, but the sisters never seem to run out of conversation, jokes, and pleasant ways to pass the time together. They truly are the happiest of families. That is, until Aunt Rona comes to town. Rona intends to stay with the Graces indefinitely, and her meddlesome attitude immediately sets the sisters' teeth on edge. Throw in another unexpected houseguest, some potential suitors and a case of mistaken intentions, and the members of the Grace family suddenly find themselves quite out of their element.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a glimpse of Buncle

  • By Jerri C on 09-02-18

Just a glimpse of Buncle

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I love this delightful slice of life during WWII by D. E. Stevenson. The four Graces are the four grown up daughters of Mr. Grace, the minister of a Church of England church. One is serving in the military, one working as a land girl, the other two keeping house and assisting their father with the parish. Visitors arrive and disrupt the pattern of their lives. And being a novel by D. E. Stevenson, eventually all settles down into a new, satisfactory pattern.

This is advertised as Miss Buncle Book 4. However, the name Buncle never appears in the novel. All we see of Miss Buncle, now Mrs. Abbott, is a glimpse of her in a pew at a wedding at the beginning of the book. A major character from Miss Buncle, Book 3 does have a significant role in this book, but on the whole The Four Graces is only slightly connected to the other Buncle Books. That doesn't make it a bad book, I love it. But if you are expecting to see a lot of Barbara Buncle Abbott, you may be disappointed. I feel that the delights of Sal and Tilly and Liz and Addy Grace and their father and friends make a delightful book of their own.

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  • 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 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

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 Jerri C on 08-29-18

two stories missing

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I have enjoyed the stories I have listened to in this audiobook. But, a warning: There are two stories missing from this audiobook that are present in the print or Kindle version:

Calling James Brithwaite by Nicholas Blake

AND

Blind Man's Bluff by Ernest Brauch

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hayley Atwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back again

  • By LINN CANNING on 01-22-18

A delight

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I read The Shell Seekers some years ago for a book club and enjoyed it. I was delighted to see that Audible now has many of Rosamund Pilcher's novels in audiobook format now and purchased this one first. It was even more enjoyable to listen to than it had been to read. The slower pace gave me time to enjoy the descriptions and the beauty of the prose.

A complex tale of love and art and redemption. A delight.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in an English Village

  • By: Jessica Ellicott
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,576

The year is 1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. And, honestly, until America comes to its senses and repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside and subjecting herself to bathtub gin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait For Next Book

  • By Sally W. Harris on 05-22-18

Cozy English Village equals murder

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is a better than normal murder in an English Village just after the war mystery. The two old school chums, ladies now of a "certain age" who haven't seen each other for years, meet again more or less by chance and end up solving a mystery together play well against each other as fictional characters. One a brash American who has traveled the world and seen life, the other lived a more conservative life in the same village after returning from school, but working for the war effort. Add a lovable little dog, and what more can one want for the start of a series.

I won't give away the plot, but Land Girls, fast cars, movie theaters and more figure in the puzzle. The narration by Barbara Rosenblat worked well, and I will be looking forward to the next entry in the series, expected out soon.

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  • A Case of Conspiracy in Clerkenwell

  • A Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventure, Book 3
  • By: Clara Benson
  • Narrated by: Gethyn Edwards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

The ladies of Clerkenwell Central Hall are none too pleased at having their temperance meetings disrupted by the rowdy communists next door, but for Miss Olive Stapleton in particular, the uneasy coexistence proves fatal when she is found stabbed through the heart with a paper knife. Enter Freddy Pilkington-Soames, who’s been recruited by British Intelligence to investigate a suspected communist plot to stir up a general strike. Freddy thinks there’s more to Miss Stapleton’s death than meets the eye, but as he delves more deeply into the mystery, it only becomes more puzzling. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freddy rides again

  • By Jerri C on 06-01-18

Freddy rides again

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Another fun romp of detection for Freddy. If you haven't read Freddy's previous adventures, this book should still stand alone just fine. But if you have, you will be delighted to meet Freddy again. This book also has a direct link to the 5th Angela Marchbank mystery, The Incident at Fives Castle.

We have mysterious Communist activities, a group of women promoting non-drinking, several pretty young women and lots of silly and/or self important young men. Readers of P. G. Wodehouse will recognize the type shown in Freddy and his friends as they would have fit in perfectly at the Drones Club with Bertie Wooster and buddies. This between WWI and WWII English mystery novel is a fun listen. Gethyn Edwards does a fine job with the various characters and the spirit of the book.

Highly recommended.

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  • The Young Clementina

  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Charlotte Dean enjoys nothing more than the solitude of her London flat and the monotonous days of her work at a travel bookshop. But when her younger sister unceremoniously bursts into her quiet life one afternoon, Charlotte's world turns topsy-turvy. Beloved author D. E. Stevenson captures the intricacies of post-World War I England with a light, comic touch that perfectly embodies the spirit of the time. Alternatively heartbreaking and witty, The Young Clementina is a touching tale of love, loss and redemption through friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miss Dean's Dilemma

  • By Jerri C on 05-02-18

Miss Dean's Dilemma

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

The original US title of this novel was Miss Dean's Dilemma, which I feel fits the book better than The Young Clementina. It is one of the more challenging of D. E. Stevenson's novels, dealing with some complex issues, including Shell Shock (what World War I called what is now referred to as Traumatic Stress Syndrome or other names), divorce, etc.

But, all in all, it is the story of Charlotte Dean and her niece Clementina, two brave and honorable young women doing the best that they can to deal with some difficult situations.

And, as in all of D. E. Stevenson's novels, the result is a happy ending.

I had never before listened to anything read by Karen Cass, but I feel that she did a very outstanding job of giving a voice to this challenging and fulfilling novel.

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  • Children of Chance

  • A Mountjoy Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Aston
  • Narrated by: Dawn Murphy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

Groom, best man, guests, even a bishop - but where is the bride? An orphan fresh out of convent school, Prue Pagan has no home and nowhere to go. Then a chance meeting with her worldly-wise friend Cleo lands her a summer job in the north of England at Mountjoy Castle, where generations of the Mountjoy family have loved, lusted, and scandalised their neighbours. Prue's innocence is no protection against the wickedness of the English upper classes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pru's life has dramatic changes

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-03-16

disappointment

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

I had read all of this author's works under their other name (Elizabeth Edmondson) and enjoyed them, so was very much looking forward to her works using the Aston name, and the Mountjoy series seemed a good place to start. The novel started off well enough, but it went in a direction that I found distasteful. I will not be reading or listening to any more of the Mountjoy series. Dawn Murphy did an acceptable job of reading the story, but I disliked what she was given to read.

The main character, Prue, made some life choices that were both out of character as she was shown in the beginning of the novel and that were distasteful to me personally.

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  • The Prisoner of Limnos

  • A Penric & Desdemona Novella in the World of the Five Gods
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

In this sequel novella to Mira's Last Dance, Temple sorcerer Penric and the widow Nikys have finally reached safety in the duchy of Orbas when a secret letter from a friend brings frightening news: Nikys's mother has been taken hostage by her brother's enemies at the Cedonian imperial court, and confined in a precarious island sanctuary. Their own romance still unresolved, Nikys, Penric, and of course Desdemona must infiltrate the hostile country once more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Penric returns

  • By Jerri C on 03-10-18

Penric returns

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

At 5 hours and 25 minutes, this is one of the longest of Bujold's novellas about Penric and his demon Desdemona. It starts soon after the ending of Mira's Last Dance. I don't want to go into plot details, as it is too easy to get into spoilers, but this book has Penric meet some new friends, have some adventures, tie up some loose ends and more. One of the new characters is an engineer, possibly a tribute to Bujold's late father who was an engineer as well as weatherman.

If there are no more Penric novellas in the future, this can serve as a conclusion to the series. But plenty of room is left for future tales if Bujold is inspired to write them (as I hope she is). And, if she writes more, I hope Grover Gardner narrates them also. Listen and enjoy. (But, I think you will enjoy it more if you have listened to earlier works in the series first, starting with Penric's Demon.)

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  • Penric's Fox

  • A Novella in the World of the Five Gods (Penric and Desdemona, Book 3)
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Some eight months after the events of Penric and the Shaman, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald. There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl. When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him into another investigation, and they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder, and the strange realities of Temple demons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but $/minute ratio unattractive

  • By Kenneth on 07-08-18

Penric solves a mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Penric is enjoying a relaxing day fishing with his Shaman friend Inglas, when they are both requested by law man/Locator Oswyl. A temple sorcerer has been found dead from arrow wounds. Who killed her? What happened to her demon? And why?

Penric, with assistance from Inglas and others, especially Pen's Demon Desdemona ultimately solve the mystery. And I found it an entertaining mystery/fantasy story. But the real deep joy of the story is to watch the evolving relationships between Penric, Desdemona, and all the rest of the very real characters, including the Princess Arch Divine. I have grown to love these characters.

And, as always, Grover Gardner does a great job of reading the tale. The entire Penric/Desdemona saga is a delight. In internal chronological order, at time of publication this novella comes third, after Penric's Demon and Penric and the Shaman, and before Penric's Mission.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful