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  • The Leper of St. Giles

  • The Fifth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Brother Cadfael sets out to visit the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, knowing that a grand wedding is due to take place at the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. As he arrives at Saint Giles, the nuptial party passes the colony's gates. He sees the fragile bride, looking like a prisoner between her two stern guardians, and the groom, an arrogant, fleshy aristocrat old enough to be her grandfather....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - well read

  • By A on 02-10-10

The Unclean and Unseen Sins of Men

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

The depth and thought that go into the Cadfael stories continue to amaze me. The narration by Patrick Tull is first rate. This tale about the young girl forced into marriage with the old man in order to preserve wealth is the best I've listened to so far. And proof that King Solomon had it right when he said there is nothing new under the sun. Because even back then, as now, evil and greed ran rampant. Double crossing, fornicating, lying men sought then, and now to dominate others . . . and the lowest of the low were . . . and are . . . cast aside . . . but for the mercy and love of the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth . . . his servants, such as Brother Cadfael who go an extra mile to suss out the truth and vindicate those wrongly accused. The evil desires and deeds seep into even the elect, the church and particularly those who think themselves pious. The twists and turns in The Leper of St. Giles had me strung along until late into the night. And what a tale it was!!! Totally unexpected and awesome story!

  • Jacob's Bell

  • A Christmas Story
  • By: John Snyder
  • Narrated by: Russell Bentley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

At one time, Jacob MacCallum had it all: wealth, a wonderful family, and a position as one of the most respected businessmen in Chicago. For the past 20 years, he's lived in an alcohol-induced haze, riddled with guilt for his role in the untimely death of his wife. Estranged from his children and penniless, he embarks on a journey to find his family and seek their forgiveness. On his path to redemption, he encounters a young girl whose friendship might be the key to reuniting the MacCallum family just in time for Christmas. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Worst . . . and Best of Us All

  • By Debbie on 12-06-18

The Worst . . . and Best of Us All

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This Christmas story of a homeless man, who was once a wealthy business owner hit hard for me. The grown child of an alcoholic father, I know the pain of alcoholism. But nothing like these three grown children did. Jacob MacCallum had it all, a beautiful wife, three healthy kids and a growing business. And he threw it away in a bottle. It was the time of prohibition in America and the Great Depression. From flying high to living on the streets, Jacob seemed beyond redemption. Yet deep inside him somewhere a tiny spark of hope remained. He loved his children. He desired forgiveness. But it seemed beyond his grasp. Too low to pick himself up, someone finally bent down and lent him a hand . . . yet, still it would be a long, long time before he trusted even kindness from an angel sent to him . . . I admit that I listened, thinking that I don't know if I could ever forgive this man . . . and over and over, I was convicted, by my Lord . . . who was I to think such thoughts? Thank God for the Salvation Army who ministers to the lowest of the low, society's rejects, those whom even the church judges . . . shame on us . . . life taught Jacob MacCallum the tough lessons . . . and friendship brought him back home . . . don't miss this story . . . it certainly worked on my calloused heart . . .

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  • Twelve Slays of Christmas

  • A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery
  • By: Jacqueline Frost
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

When Holly White's fiancé cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime - exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society, Margaret Fenwick, is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly's family tree farm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delightful Christmas Treat

  • By Beatrice on 10-15-17

Magical MURDEROUS Mistletoe Maine

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Nothing like a trip to a Christmas tree farm to get you in the holiday spirit . . . I love this tale of Reindeer Games, peppermint hot cocoa, and oops . . . murder . . . Returning home to Mistletoe, Maine, after a break up with her fiance, Holly White arrives just in time for the busiest time at the Christmas tree farm, the twelve days of Christmas . . . only to have her spirit further dampened by the murder of Mrs. Fenwick, president of the Historical Society after an argument with Bud, Holly's father, at the Christmas tree farm. But it seems that Mrs. Fenwick had plenty of enemies in the little town, and soon Holly is butting heads with local Sheriff, Evan Grey, who isn't moving fast enough to find the murderer. With Christmas fast approaching, at the Christmas tree farm's busiest time of year, the White family is fearful that their family business won't make it through another year. The mystery is GOOD. The people and small town feel and closeness is even better. Didn't see it coming . . . my mind had the killer pegged as someone all together different . . . Great holiday listen! Going on to the next in the series . . .

  • A Campy Christmas

  • A Frannie Shoemaker Campground Adventure
  • By: Karen Musser Nortman
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

A holiday novella. The Shoemakers and Ferraros plan to spend Christmas in Texas with Larry and Jane Ann's brother and then take a camping trip through the Southwest. But those plans are stopped cold when they hit a rogue ice storm in Missouri and they end up snowbound in a campground. And that's just the beginning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Cozy Christmas Adventure

  • By Lori on 12-01-16

Snowed in on Christmas

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Short, but oh, so worth the listen! Two retired . . . and related . . . couples head out on a camping trip to Texas . . . but as the weather worsens, they end up in an RV park, covered in snow and ice, in Missouri. The power goes out, but the four of them make the best of the situation, coming up with meals that sound great when cooked in the best circumstances. But when they notice a blanket on a bench near the restrooms . . . with a body underneath . . . they are filled with fear. This is a great story. It starts out with Frannie Shoemaker feeling let down and sad because her kids and grandkids are not coming home for Christmas. And a last minute invitation from their neighbors, the Ferraros to join them on the camping trip to visit a relative in Texas. So Frannie and Larry take their old RV out of the shed and join Jane Ann and Mickey for a road trip. The good natured bickering ,between the two men cracks me up, like two boys that have never grown up. Not long after they set off on their journey, Frannie forgets about her own sadness, because its replaced with something else. This isn't a religious book at all . . . but it is all about Christmas . . . and its truly amazing what doing for others DOES FOR US when we are feeling low. Great Christmas tale for all time!

  • Sweet Hearts

  • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 4
  • By: Connie Shelton
  • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Things are crazy at the bakery, as Sam tries to replicate the magical chocolates that the quirky Romanian chocolatier introduced at Christmas-time. Meanwhile, there are lots of weddings, in addition to her own, and other pastry shop demands during this romantic holiday week. While Sam tries to keep up with it all, another mystery comes her way. Marla Fresques needs to find her missing son. The woman is dying and wants her son home to raise the daughter he left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cold Case, Warm Hearts

  • By Debbie on 11-30-18

Cold Case, Warm Hearts

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

When Marla Fresques comes into Samantha Sweet's bakery to order a cake for her son's memorial, and tells Sam the story of when her son went missing. Marla, believing her son is still alive, enlists Sam's help in locating her son, who has been gone for ten years. The former sheriff gave the family little help in locating him, so Sam and her fiance, police chief, Beau begin investigating his disappearance. Samantha's compassion for others always warms my heart. The bakery is over busy for the Valentine's Day holiday, causing stress for Sam, who had originally planned their wedding around that time. As Beau and Sam's wedding date draws closer, a vixen of a woman comes into the bakery and buys a box of Sam's magical chocolates announcing that she is back in town to lure back her old boyfriend . . . and he is none other than Beau! She's drop dead gorgeous, high maintenance . . . and she's got Sam scared out of her baker's apron . . . Book Four has plenty of twists and turns (some very close to home) . . . but the author works them out brilliantly . . . BRAVO!

  • Murder in Her Stocking

  • By: G. A. McKevett
  • Narrated by: Mil Nicholson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Christmas has arrived in sleepy McGill, Georgia, but holiday cheer can't keep temperamental Stella Reid from swinging a rolling pin at anyone who crosses her bad side. This season, there are plenty. First, an anonymous grinch vandalizes a celebrated nativity display. Far worse, the scandalous Prissy Carr is found dead in an alley behind a tavern. With police puzzled over the murder, Stella decides to stir the local gossip pot for clues on the culprit's identity, and it turns out that Prissy held a prominent spot on the naughty list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Bonny on 11-17-18

For All Southerners, Grandkids, Grandmas All Over

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

Stella Reid, Grandma to seven grandkids (all named for towns in Georgia) is a southern lady all the way. She taught her best friend how to shoot a 22 while they were still in high school, out on the farm, whilst stealing their one and only cigarette (which gave them both a choking fit and made them sick). She's handy with a cast iron skillet, in more ways than one. And she don't put up with foolishness, whether its from her best friend's mean-as-a-snake, wife-beating husband, her no-a-count daughter-in-law, or her mischievous grandkids. She's at church on Sunday's, doesn't miss choir practice, and knows the town gossip almost before it hits the streets. She misses her husband, who died six years ago in a horrible farm accident . . . and although she's the prettiest fifty-something lady in McGill, Georgia, she doesn't pay the men (who all think she's divine) any mind at all . . . except for maybe one . . . When Stella and her grandkids are busy making right some overzealous art work that her grandson wielded on the town's nativity display, Stella is witness to a murder scene. And she is the last one to see Prissy Carr, the town's prostitute, alive. With Prissy dying in her arms and an unknown man fleeing the scene, Stella is able to determine that someone attached the young woman. But who? The women of the town all hate her . . . but it seems that more of the men than first imagined were well acquainted with the young, pretty woman. With gossip swirling and mean words flying, will Sheriff Manny Gilford be able to get to the bottom of the murder? I absolutely fell in love with this story . . . being the grown child of an alcoholic . . . and the recipient of the enormous love of TWO grandmas, who turned out to be my life lines. I hope this is the first in a series, and not just the prequel to the Savannah Reid books, because I want to know the rest of the story of the kids with their grandma . . . and what happens between Manny and Stella. Great Book!!!

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  • Rooted in Deceit

  • By: Wendy Tyson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

It's summertime in Winsome. Washington Acres is abloom, Megan is preparing for the grand opening of her wood-fired pizza farm, and things with her beau, handsome Dr. Finn, are getting as hot as the August temperatures. But when Megan's father arrives with his high-maintenance Italian wife, Sylvia, and announces they're staying at the new yoga retreat center a town away, a sweet occasion sours.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book Four . . . and I Want More!!!

  • By Debbie on 11-28-18

Book Four . . . and I Want More!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

The latest in the series finds Megan's dad, Eddie and new wife, Sylvia back from Italy, but on a business trip, not for a visit. Grandma Bibi is heartbroken that she has little time with her son. Handsome Dr. Denver, the local vet is called back to Scotland because his sister was in an accident and needs his help, leaving Megan missing him something terrible. And a new local spa and retreat center has everyone flocking to try it out . . . until a well known artist is found murdered nearby . . . one of Megan's best friends from her teen years. Megan is forced to relive those times with her friend, Thana Moore and what went wrong with their friendship. When her dad's new wife, Sylvia becomes the prime suspect in Thana's murder, Megan starts to dig into Thana's past and find out who would want her dead. I love this series and all the regulars in it; Megan, Bibi, Denver, Clay, Megan's farm manager, Clover and Alvaro from the cafe, and Police Chief, Bobby King (Clover's boyfriend). Megan is starting to warm up to the idea of learning more about her mother . . . and why she left all those years ago. I'm glad the author takes things slowly and I get to use my own imagination, think about what may come next. There's plenty of romance, but its not overdone and never raunchy, which I appreciate a LOT. And the mystery is the best part of the story. Great resolution and excellent listen!

  • Bitter Sweet

  • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 5
  • By: Connie Shelton
  • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Is there a serial killer in Taos? It’s the height of the wedding season at Sweet’s Sweets and Sam has all she can do to stay ahead of the rush of bakery orders. Plus, her side job - breaking into houses - isn’t allowing much summer time off either. Not to mention that her mother is pressuring Sam and Beau to set a wedding date. When Sam encounters two older women who then die suddenly, it appears that there may be a serial killer on the loose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Saying I Do . . . To Murder

  • By Debbie on 11-19-18

Saying I Do . . . To Murder

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Book five in the series finds Samantha overworked in the month of June, making wedding cakes and still working for the USDA inspecting and cleaning houses that are about to go up for auction. When a couple of newly married older ladies die after being admitted to rehab centers, and one of their homes is about to be auctioned off, Samantha and local police chief, Beau get suspicious. It just happens to be the rehab center that Beau's own mother was in when she had her stroke . . . and died. As little clues start popping up, Beau and Sam keep trying to connect them . . . and keep another bride from being murdered. Weighing heavy on Beau's mind is whether or not his own mother was the victim of foul play . . . the story is nicely done and I didn't figure out who was behind the killings . . . good suspense and great resolution!

  • Sweet Holidays

  • Samantha Sweet Series, Book 3
  • By: Connie Shelton
  • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

It's Christmas and a chocolatier shows up at Sweet's Sweets, offering to create a special line of hand-dipped chocolates for Sam's customers. He says he will work for no pay, just to prove himself. But she learns that he has connections to the wooden box that seems to give Sam her mystical powers, and discovers that certain evil people will do just about anything to take it away from her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wooden Box and The Chocolate Maker

  • By Debbie on 11-16-18

Wooden Box and The Chocolate Maker

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

The third in the Samantha Sweet Series is a Christmas tale, the first holiday season for Sam in her new shop. Still checking houses and working for the USDA to help make ends meet, Samantha is confused about the home she is assigned that is filled with expensive artwork, with the owner missing, and the utilities shut off. Determined to locate the owner and solve the mystery, Sam and her boyfriend, Beau, the sheriff of Taos, do some background work on the guy. Meanwhile the bakery is flooded with orders that they can barely keep up with, and Sam sometimes, against her better judgement again relies on the magic of the wooden box . . . which she has learned is somehow connected to the chocolate maker which showed up on her doorstep. Good third installment in the series. looking forward to the next one.

  • Seeds of Revenge

  • A Greenhouse Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Wendy Tyson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Megan Sawyer is determined to farm year-round. She's braving a December snowstorm after pitching her greenhouse greens to Philadelphia chefs when she sees a stranger stranded on the side of the road. It's Merry Chance's niece Becca, and she's headed to Winsome to sell her love potions at holiday events - or so she thinks. Merry has an ulterior motive in inviting her niece to Winsome, but her plan to reunite Becca with her estranged father goes awry when Becca's father turns up dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winter in Winsome

  • By Debbie on 11-16-18

Winter in Winsome

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Probably my favorite so far in the series . . . and the BEST part is the tee pee in Doctor Denver's back yard . . . listen and see for yourself . . . the little town of Winsome, Pennsylvania is cold in the winter and farmer, Megan Sawyer is trying to keep solvent by selling her winter crops and by running the cafe in town . . . her romance with the town's handsome Scottish veterinarian, Denver Finn gets sweeter and warmer with each book in the series . . . all the favorites continue to pop up, Grandma Bibi, Clover, Police Chief Bobby King, Aunt Sarah, and farm manager, Clay. This time Merry Chance, owner of the local flower nursery and member of the historical society has invited her niece, Becca Fox, to visit. with an ulterior motive in mind . . . to reunite her with her estranged father, Paul Fox. Things go from bad to worse, however, and the whole town is turned upside down when Paul Fox is found murdered . . . and Becca is arrested for killing him. Once again, Megan and Police Chief, Bobby King put their heads together to try and figure out who really killed Paul Fox . . . and why. This one is a real mystery . . . and a GOOD one. Pulling together the past and present in superb style and keeping me guessing until the very end . . . this is one of the BEST series I've come across, combining murder, small town closeness, romance (that is not too descriptive, leaving just the right amount to the imagination) and always making me hunger for the NEXT in the series! BRAVO!