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  • The Raven in the Foregate

  • The Twelfth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

After years of studying with the Bishop, young Father Ailnoth has come to take over the parish of Holy Cross. But soon Ailnoth's true nature surfaces - harsh, cold-hearted, and merciless - and someone lures him from his home and murders him. Who in Shrewsbury would kill a priest on Christmas Day?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Sleuthing Cadfael

  • By Debbie on 10-23-18

The Sleuthing Cadfael

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I could listen to the narration of Patrick Tull all day long . . . the rhythm is soothing, almost magical . . . and I can see Brother Cadfael tending his herb garden, preparing his concoctions for the healing of others, and hanging his herbs to dry. For this alone, these tales are worth the listen. This particular story finds the parish of Holy Cross receiving a new priest, Father Ailnoth . . . who turns out to be a holier than thou, meaner than a snake, high and mighty do gooder. Unable to extend even the slightest amount of grace to the parishioners, he soon makes many enemies. Simultaneously a young man has arrived to train under Brother Cadfael in his garden. When Father Ailnoth is found murdered, suspicion falls on the young man training under Brother Cadfael, who turns out not to be who he says he is. As is usually the case, nothing is quite as it appears, and Brother Cadfael begins to try to unravel the mystery. With most everyone glad the hateful priest is dead, it becomes quite the task. The story is a lesson for the church . . . that love is greater than the law . . . and that judgement is best left to the one who made us.

  • The Crêpes of Wrath

  • Pancake House Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Fox
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

When Marley McKinney's aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it - and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good Narater, mediocre story

  • By leslie dillon on 10-24-17

Cat, Cousin and Crepes in the Cove

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

The first in the Pancake House Mysteries is a good one. Cousin Jimmy is in the hospital with pneumonia and Marley has come from Seattle, leaving her job in a legal office, to help while he is ill. She becomes fast friends with his cat, Flapjack and is quickly welcomed by the customers and staff at the Flip Side Pancake House, even the gruff chef, Ivan. When Jimmy calls Marley at the pancake house and checks himself out of the hospital early, she thinks she will soon be returning to her office job in Seattle . . . but to her horror, Jimmy is found dead . . . drowned on the beach nearby. Although this is the first in the series, it wasn't the first one I've read/listened to, so it was nice to get the back story. Marley's teenage boyfriend, Brett from the summers she spent in Wildwood Cove still seem to have a spark some twenty years later, and I really like the fact that they are taking it slow. The entire series is clean and fun to listen to. One of the employees at the pancake house seems to be implicated in Jimmy's murder, causing Marley to seek out the killer. Brett's uncle, Ray is the sheriff, and the two of them are protective of Marley. Good story, great little town, and satisfying resolution to the murder.

  • Fire on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 9
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

The Fens are burning, and Detective Nikki Galena faces a cat-and-mouse battle with a killer arsonist. Someone is lighting fires. First they target homes and businesses, but then a body is found at one of the crime scenes. More fires are lit. And at each one a single person dies. But the victims have led spotless lives, and apparently there's no connection between them. Meanwhile, the town is facing a very peculiar threat from a group of sinister Satanists led by a charismatic businessman. Who is burning with anger, and can Nikki stop them before anyone else dies? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lovely ending

  • By Kamei on 10-20-18

Murder by Fire

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Book nine in the series finds DI Nikki Galena and DS Joseph Easter on the hunt for an arsonist that is a killer. With a new acting Superintendent, Cam Walker, Nikki and Joseph's personal relationship seems to not be an issue at the police station, (as they had feared, until they learned that Cam would be replacing their new Super, who was recovering from an accident). Helping with the investigation is retired veteran fire investigator, John Carson, who is instrumental in assisting the team. I've come to love the characters in the series, Nikki, Joseph, Rory (the quirky forensic pathologist), Yvonne, Cat, Dave, and Nikki's mother, Eve and her friends. The killer turns out to be no one I would have suspected, and the path to finding the suspect was a chilling one. Great tale and excellent resolution. I hope there will be more in the series.

  • A Killer Keepsake

  • Antiques & Collectibles Mysteries Series, Book 6
  • By: Ellery Adams, Parker Riggs
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

When star reporter Molly Appleby exchanged vows with her new husband, she also made a promise to give up sleuthing. But given her knack for stumbling onto murders, and murderers, she's realizing she never should have made a promise she couldn't keep. Molly's just finished an article on the Forget Me Not Doll Club for Collector's Weekly, but before the magazine even hits the newsstands, one of the club members is found murdered, and a stolen antique doll - purportedly haunted - is found in the victim's house. Police enlist Molly's help to solve this very odd case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Tale Spanning Two Time Periods

  • By Debbie on 10-15-18

Interesting Tale Spanning Two Time Periods

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I love the Antiques & Collectibles Series, and this one is a great addition, with the story beginning in 1937 with an abused wife coming to America on the Hindenburg with her alcoholic husband and the doll, Emma. Fast forward to current day, and Molly is writing an article for Collector's Weekly about the Forget Me Not Doll Club. But before the article is even published, one of its members is found murdered . . . and an antique doll is stolen . . . and its Emma . . . the same Emma that came over on the Hindenburg . . . found in the victim's house. Rumors swirl about the doll being haunted. Despite Molly's promise to her new husband, Matt, to stop her sleuthing, the local police chief, Lombardi enlists her help in interviewing suspects, and she agrees. She soon discovers there is no love lost between the club members and the deceased. With more enemies than friends, the list of could be killers grows. Molly soon discovers that the doll has a long history and so do the people associated with Emma. As always, I love the people in this series. Molly's mother, Clara has gotten engaged. The story was tied up nicely, with a wonderful surprise at the end. I hope there will be more in the series.

  • Killer Green Tomatoes

  • Farm-to-Fork Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Lynn Cahoon
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

To Angie, nothing tastes more like summer than her Nona's fried green tomatoes. Eager to add the recipe to the menu at the County Seat, she's found the perfect produce supplier - her sous chef Estebe's cousin, Javier. Just one problem: ladies' man Javier's current hot tomato Heather has turned up dead, and he's the prime suspect. Somehow, between managing her restaurant and navigating a romantic triangle between Estebe and Ian, the owner/manager of the farmer's market, Angie needs to produce evidence to clear Javier before this green tomato farmer gets fried....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully entertaining

  • By J. Jones on 08-31-18

Idaho Small Town Mystery, Food and Friends

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

The second in the Farm to Fork series finds Angie Turner trying to perfect her Nona's fried green tomato recipe for her restaurant, The County Seat, when her chef, Estebe asks her to take a tour of his cousin, Javier's farm. Finding the produce to be good, Angie agrees to buy from Javier, but then he is accused of murdering his girlfriend. The best parts of the story for me are the relationships of the folks in the small town, Angie and her friend, Felicia, Angie and her boyfriend, and especially the recipes and memories that she has of her Nona. I like that this is a clean series and not filled with explicit sex scenes or language. Great book and great resolution.

  • The King's Justice

  • A Stanton and Barling Mystery, Book 1
  • By: E. M. Powell
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

England, 1176. Aelred Barling, esteemed clerk to the justices of King Henry II, is dispatched from the royal court with his young assistant, Hugo Stanton, to investigate a brutal murder in a village outside York. The case appears straightforward. A suspect is under lock and key in the local prison, and the angry villagers are demanding swift justice. But when more bodies are discovered, certainty turns to doubt - and amid the chaos it becomes clear that nobody is above suspicion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-18-18

Medieval England and Barbaric Justice

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

The King's Justice begins with prisoners being tossed into water with crazed on lookers jeering and cheering. If the prisoner floated, he was guilty and would be hanged. If he sunk, he was innocent . . . but dead . . . in the water . . . all twelve feet of it. It took me a while to get in to the story, but once I did, I really liked it. The two kings men, Stanton and Barling, are sent out to find a murderer . . . and it is quite the adventure, in a crude and raucous England of the late 1100s . . . I would think I had it figured out and then another twist or turn, and nope, I didn't . . . the book picked up speed in the second half and I found myself anxious to know what would happen next . . . I was totally surprised with the outcome . . . great resolution to the crime . . . never saw it coming . . .

  • Death in the English Countryside

  • Murder on Location Series, Book 1
  • By: Sara Rosett
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 686

Location scout and Jane Austen aficionado Kate Sharp is thrilled when the company she works for lands the job of finding locations for a new film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, but then her boss, Kevin, fails to return from a scouting trip to England. Kate travels to England to salvage Kevin's and the company's reputation before word gets out that he is missing. Things go from bad to worse when Kate arrives in Nether Woodsmoor, a quaint village of golden stone cottages and rolling green hills, only to find no trace of Kevin except his abandoned luggage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Series

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

A Taste of England . . . and Murder

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Great first in a series that I think I am gonna love . . . the descriptions of the English village and countryside are soothing . . . narration is very good . . . didn't take long for me to be engaged and interested in the story . . . my mind was going all over the place wondering what on earth happened to Kevin . . . at first just thinking he'd fallen off the wagon . . . very good detail on Kevin and Kate's working and personal relationship, which was necessary for the tale to have structure and meaning . . . as Kate dug deeper and Alex helped her retrace Kevin's last steps, I was as antsy as the rest, fearing for their safety, while still listening and wanting to know the outcome . . . great book, great listen, great resolution . . .

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  • Prose and Cons

  • Magical Bookshop Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Amanda Flower
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

October in Cascade Springs means tourists are pouring in for the annual Food and Wine Festival, and Daisy hopes to draw those crowds to the store. She asks Violet and the local writing group, the Red Inkers, to give a reading of the works of Edgar Allan Poe on the shop's front porch to entertain the revelers. Everyone eagerly agrees. Yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers dead in the shop moments before the event.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cute book with a nice plot

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 02-24-17

Writers' Club, Magical Bookshop, Cozy Mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

The second book in the series finds Violet and Grandma Daisy getting ready for the annual Food and Wine festival in Cascade Springs, with the Red Inkers preparing a reading of Edgar Allan Poe. Emerson, the tuxedo cat and Faulkner, the shop's talking crow are up to their same antics and keep the tale interesting. When one of the Red Inkers is found murdered, the entire town is in the middle of the festival and the handsome Chief of Police, David Rainwater begins the investigation. Vying for Violet's attention is also her high school sweetheart, Mayor Nathan Morton, whose family also owns one of the town's wineries. The old birch tree growing in the middle of the bookshop is being cared for by Voilet, who goes regularly to the town's spring to get water for it. The story is charming, just like the name of the bookstore and the murder is solved with Violet's help. Wishing there were more in the series . . .

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,988

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Storms and Tornadoes, YES, Trump and Obama, NO

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Excellent listen when it comes to weather and storms, particularly tornadoes, as we live in Alabama where tornadoes have torn a path of destruction over recent years that have made the landscape look like Armageddon. Adding a tornado shelter to our home was one of the best decisions we've ever made, and coming up out of it following a tornado to the eerie quiet following a tornado, with no electricity for over a week was surreal. Driving south to our son's house, through the carnage, with no traffic signals and debris filled highways, past the local Piggly Wiggly (which was no more), one begins to count their blessings and pray for those who've lost everything. I only wish that Michael Lewis could've stuck to his subject and the data and left the politics out. That said, this is a solidly GOOD listen. And the improved weather reporting and warning systems are saving lives. And I can tell you this, in Alabama, the school systems and the people take it very seriously when tornadoes are predicted.

  • For Whom the Bread Rolls

  • Pancake House Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Fox
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Trying to get a rise out of Marley, Ida's been making crank calls and even vandalizing the pancake house. The police can't do much about the pranks, so Marley sets out to bury the hatchet once and for all. But someone's beat her to it - in the most shocking way possible. After stumbling across Ida's dead body, Marley's suddenly the number one suspect in her murder. Clearing her good name is going to be a tall order, but Marley's not about to let Ida keep ruining her life - especially from beyond the grave.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Might be a good mystery but...

  • By Debbie on 09-29-17

Easy Listen, Book 2, Pancake House Mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

A crotchety old neighbor, that no one likes is found murdered, and Marley, the new owner of the Pancake House is a person of interest in the murder. It seems that Ida Winkler had been blackmailing most of the town, and there's no shortage of suspects for the crime. But Marley, fearful of losing customers at the Pancake House, makes it her business to search out who might have killed the mean old woman. The writing is clean, the atmosphere in Washington State peaceful and descriptive, and the narration good. A great listen for a little "escape" from heavier books and subjects. I will definitely be listening to more in the series.