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  • 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 1,855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,703

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

Any sort of evil can occur in an English Village

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

It's 1920 in England, the Great War is over, but it's devastating effects are still widespread and deeply felt. Beryl Helliwell, much-married and divorced aviatrix and adventurer has returned from her latest headline-grabbing escapade but is feeling at loose ends. While perusing the newspaper, she discovers an advertisement for a lodger in the home of Edwina Davenport in the quiet village of Walmsley Parva. Beryl may be an American, but she went to boarding school in England, and Edwina was her dearest friend. Beryl knows that nothing other than dire financial emergency would induce the spinster Edwina to place such an advertisement. It's Beryl to the rescue in her flashy red touring car. Besides, a bucolic village might be just the place for a rest. As all devotees of Miss Marple know, just about any evil can happen in an English village.

Edwina's finances are as dire as Beryl suspected but still worse is the fact that the entire village knows it. The family home is deteriorating, she has had to let her already minimal help go except for an aging gardener, and she owes money to all the village shops. Beryl's solution is to settle Edwina's accounts and along the way spread the rumor that both she and Edwina are agents of the crown to the worst gossip in the village. This wacky tale backfires, however, when Edwina is attacked while out walking her dog. Who could have swallowed the wild tale whole and is afraid of what Edwina might know? Edwina thinks that it may be connected to the disappearance of a "Land Girl" working on a neighboring estate during the war. The local constable wrote it off as female flightiness, but Edwina pressed the issue as long as she could. The young woman in question had never shown any signs of irresponsibility. Bodies and suspects begin to pile up, with more possible motives than can be counted.

Murder in an English Village is a delightful and often humorous cozy mystery. Edwina and Beryl are opposites in so many ways but still fast friends who complement each other. Well-grounded in historical fact, the novel takes a look at the many changes in social mores occurring at the time and lingering class-based prejudices. Barbara Rosenblat narrates the story with her mostly seamless switching between Beryl's American and British voices. I am looking forward to more of the adventures of these ladies of a "certain age."

RATING- 4.5 Stars

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  • Dark Queen

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 12
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,718

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure from Faith Hunter!

  • By Teri on 05-02-18

WOW

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Great story, great narration, non-stop action, and very emotional ending. I can't wait for the next one!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unseemly Ambition

  • The Concordia Wells Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: K. B. Owen
  • Narrated by: Becket Royce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

It is 1898, and Professor Concordia Wells has come to expect the hectic routine of classes, clubs, teas, and the inevitable student pranks at the women's college. If only she could avoid the cantankerous dean, Randolph Maynard, who has learned about her past experiences as a "lady sleuth." To Concordia’s dismay, he scrutinizes her every move for evidence of unseemly conduct. Then a mysterious woman claims that Concordia's young friend, the eleven-year-old Eli, is her long-lost child. Soon after, they find the woman murdered and the boy gone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Woman Power!

  • By Betababe on 04-25-18

An exciting and action packed installment

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

The third installment in the Concordia Wells historical mystery is exciting and action-packed. Who knew that life at a Connecticut Women's College at the turn of the 20th century could be so exciting. The characters are likable for the most part and the plot is twisty. It is very well narrated by Becket Royce. I hope there will be more audiobooks in this series.

  • A Matter of Loyalty

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Anselm Audley, Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

January 1954. Mists cover the hills around Selchester. Someone at the research facility known as the Atomic is leaking secrets to Soviet Russia, and when nuclear scientist Bruno Rothesay goes missing, the British Intelligence Services are convinced he's the mole. Hugo Hawksworth isn't so sure. Then a body turns up, and Hugo's instincts are proven correct. But if Rothesay wasn't selling secrets to the Soviets, who is?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RIP To The Author

  • By Christina on 11-13-17

Cold War Intrigue in an English Village

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

It's January 1954, and there have been leaks of research done at "The Atomic" facility; leaks that have ended up in the hands of Soviet Russia. British Intelligence Agent Hugo Hawkesworth, who works at the center is assigned the task of finding out who is the source. When a nuclear scientist, Bruno Rothesay, goes missing British Intelligence is sure that he must be the mole. When Rothesay's body turns up, Hugo isn't so sure. The scientist was an arrogant serial adulterer who had plenty of enemies, including his own wife. Intelligence and the obnoxious Inspector Jarrett have a culprit in mind, one who has appeared in previous books and is convenient. Hugo thinks he is entirely too comfortable a fit, which puts him at loggerheads with his superiors-again.

All of the residents of Selchester Castle make an appearance in A Matter of Loyalty: Hugo and his sister Georgia, author Freya Wryton, Gus, the new Earl of Selchester, and his daughter Molly, and Mrs.Partridge, the housekeeper. The previous Earl is almost a presence because his misdeeds cast somewhat of a pall over the household even years after his death. Each has his or her part to play in this story, and one's life is brought into great danger. The Very British Mysteries are impossible to pigeonhole, part Cold War spy novel, part historical mystery, and part budding romance. They paint a picture of a Britain brought to its knees by WWII and just beginning to dig out of deprivation, only to be caught up in Cold War paranoia, even in Selchester village.

Sadly, A Matter of Loyalty is the third and last book in the series. Ms. Edmondson passed away leaving only notes and conversations with her son, Anselm Audley, for the book. Mr. Audley has done an admirable job working from their conversations to finish it. While I would have liked to see more of the characters and Ms. Edmonson's plans for them, the ending does not leave us hanging. Michael Page gives voice to the characters and is, as usual, outstanding.

RATING-4.5 Stars

  • The Painted Queen

  • An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense
  • By: Elizabeth Peters, Joan Hess
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 585

Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo when a man with a knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word - "murder" - before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia's name and room number.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just did not feel like the Peabody Emersons

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-26-17

A last adventure with the Peabody/Emerson Clan

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

I was saddened by the death of Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz), not only as it signaled the end of the Amelia Peabody series, but all the many books written in her various pen names. She was an author uniquely beloved by her readers and also her many friends. One of the closest of her friends, Joan Hess, undertook the daunting task of producing a final novel taken from Peters' notes at the request of the family. The Painted Queen is the product of three years of labor by Hess in which she put her own career largely on hold. I think that even with some problems in timelines and characterization, the book is a success. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to try to assume another writer's voice.

The Painted Queen takes place during the 1912 excavation season, just after the Emerson's adoptive daughter Nefret's disastrous marriage and widowhood. Nefret and Ramses, the Emerson's son, are estranged over that episode and tensions are running high. A bust of Nefertiti has vanished, along with the head excavator, and forgeries are popping up all over Cairo. To add to the mix, the family of Nefret's dead husband, the Godwins, are trying to take revenge by assassinating Amelia and Rameses. Never mind that he brought his death on himself. There are a number of them, five of the six Godwin sons, but they are no match for the redoubtable Amelia and Emerson. All comes right in the end, with chases, narrow escapes, and suspense to the last page. Some of the characterizations, especially those of our old Egyptian friends seem subtly off, and Hess's humor is not quite like Peters. Still, I was glad to have this one last adventure with old friends.

RATING-4 Stars






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  • A Darkness Absolute

  • A Novel
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721

When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off the grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. What she didn't expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining police procedural...

  • By shelley on 03-12-18

Darkness in the Wilderness

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17


The village of Rockton in the Canadian Yukon is a pretty strange place; not on any map or GPS and completely off the grid. The reason for that is that the towns' residents are all on the run from something. It could be from their own criminal pasts, abusive relationships, or a myriad of other reasons. Some people are let in to do a necessary job. Others have to pay big money to get there. Casey Duncan, who we met in City of the Lost not only has a past but was hired to be Deputy Sheriff and Homicide Detective. She was a successful detective on a big city force whose past caught up with her, or so she thought.

Casey and another deputy, Will, are chasing after a resident who has gone off the reservation, so to speak. This resident regularly heads off into the surrounding woods; something strictly forbidden by Sheriff Eric Dalton. The Sheriff's reasons are sound. The woods are full of dangerous predators, both human and inhuman. A blizzard blows up and Casey and Will take shelter in a cave, where they discover a woman in a pit. The woman has been missing from Rockton for fifteen months and was presumed dead. It is a struggle to get her out and back to Rockton, and their original quarry is still missing. Questions are raised about other missing women from Rockton. Could those women also be the victims of this captor? And what is going on with the Council, the secretive body who approves all new residents?

Kelley Armstrong has produced another pulse-pounding thriller in A Darkness Absolute. Someone is stalking Casey and when the woman in the pit is re-taken, the action ratchets up, veering close to horror. It kept me guessing throughout and I didn't figure out who the predator was until close to the end. The relationship between Eric and Casey is an added attraction. The two are carrying a lot of baggage and are definitely not "stock" characters. Nor is the supporting cast. I am looking forward to what is possibly coming for Eric and Casey.

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  • Shadow Rites

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 10
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,055

Slaying vampires is child's play for skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But handling the complicated politics of New Orleans' supernatural players is another story.... Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her door. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep. A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit...undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Urban Fantasy series

  • By omnireader on 04-08-16

Great Urban Fantasy series

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

The witches are coming to Nola for a conclave, during which they will consider Leo, Master of the City's proposal for peace and co-operation between them and the vampires. Leo needs this peace accord in advance of a long-awaited visit from the European vampires. Yellowrock Securities is, of course, involved in every aspect of the arrangements. Tensions begin to heighten when an ancient vampire, thought to be true-dead, is discovered in a water-filled shaft, tortured and starved. The smell of witchcraft is all over the pit and witches also seem to be targeting Jane in particular.

Shadow Rites starts at a run and hardly stops, with some let-ups in the action for relationship building. Just about everyone who played a part in the previous nine books rates at least a mention; many are present for the action. There is even a brief exchange of information between Jane and former boyfriend, Rick LaFleur. I have to say that I wish Rick LaFleur would crawl back under the rock he came from for once and for all. The relationships among Bruiser, Jane and the rest of her friends and associates are progressing nicely. Jane finally has a "family" for the first time in her long life.

The audiobook is superbly narrated by Kristine Hvam, as always. Her interpretation of "Beast" is spot-on; I wish there were more passages with "Beast" in control in Shadow Rites. Great urban fantasy series!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Nocturne for a Widow

  • Sybil Ingram, Volume 1
  • By: Amanda DeWees
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

The year is 1873, and Sybil Ingram has come to a crossroads. Once she was the toast of the London stage, but now that she's 28 years old - very well, nearly 30 - her draw isn't what it used to be, and her theater troupe is foundering. When her trusted mentor asks her to take the blame for his financial misdeeds, Sybil sees no choice but to retire from the life she loves and move to America to marry New York City hotel magnate Alcott Lammle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A comic gothic mystery

  • By Maggie Tuliver on 03-28-16

Humorous Gothic Romance

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

If you like old-fashioned gothic romance in the style of Mary Stewart or Victoria Holt them Amanda DeWees is the author for you. Nocturne for a Widow is a sort of spin-off from With This Curse, in which we briefly met Sybil Ingram. Sybil is the toast of the London stage but is rapidly aging out of the sort of ingenue roles she is famous for; at the age of 29, no less. The troupe she has been with throughout her career is not doing well and when she meets with the manager she gets very bad news indeed. The manager, who has been her mentor, has been cooking the books. He has an investor but is afraid of discovery. Sybil agrees to take the blame for the embezzlement and accept the proposal of a rich American, Atticus Lammle. Upon her arrival in America though she finds Lammle on his deathbed and his hotel empire in shambles. Sybil does marry him but he dies almost immediately. The only piece of property that she might be able to hang on to is an upstate NY estate with a murky past and a stepson she knows nothing about. Assuming that the stepson could only be a small boy, Sybil hopes that she can become a real stepmother and mentor to him. What follows is a humorous mixture of ghost story, romance and mystery: Roderick Brooke turns out to be a full grown man who thinks she is a gold digger. The two trade barbs, get to know each other and have an undeniable attraction. But there is a villainess, Mrs. Dove, who seems to hold the entire village in thrall and is willing to stop at nothing to get her hands on both Roderick and the estate.

This audiobook was provided by the narrator, Elizabeth Klett, at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. She does a great job voicing the characters, both male and female, as she has for earlier Amanda DeWees titles. I highly recommend Nocturne for a Widow to Gothic fans looking for a light and quite humorous listening experience.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,963

Since time immemorial the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Brave New World

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-02-15

Jim Butcher Hits it out of the Park

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

Jim Butcher's long awaited foray into steampunk lives up to every possible expectation, and they were high. I'm a big fan of the Dresden Files and if possible, enjoyed Codex Alera even more. The world of The Aeronaut's Windlass is entirely different; mankind lives in tall spire cities, away from the dangerous surface of the earth. Peopled by monsters, the surface is to be avoided at all cost. The Spire Cities, Albion and Aurora, are fiercely competitive with a history of warfare. A new round of warfare, initiated by Aurora, is the focus of The Aeronaut's Windlass. Aurora is clearly willing to use whatever means necessary to destroy Albion.

Captain Francis Grimm is loyal to Spire Albion, despite having been treated badly by the Admiralty; drummed out for cowardice unjustly. After his privateer airship, HMS Predator, is badly damaged in an Auroran ambush he must limp home for major repairs. He is recruited for a mission by the Spirearch with the promise of repairs and new crystals for The Predator.
He will be aided in his mission by a motley crew of characters ranging from the admirable to the just plain strange. He is also up against a female adversary who rivals Queen Mab of The Dresden Files and the Vord Queen of Codex Alera for sheer evil. The action of the book is relentless with the characters jumping from frying pan to fire nonstop.

I waffled about the rating on The Aeronaut's Windlass. The world building was almost too organic in that you are thrown into the action with no foundation. I don't mind saying that I had difficulty forming a mental picture of the Spires and airships, at least at the beginning. Euan Morton's narration pushed it from a 4.5 to a 5 for me. I was glued to my device until I realized there is actually no good stopping point in the action. His portrayal of Rowl, Prince of the Silent Paws is spot-on. I highly recommend The Aeronaut's Windlass.

RATING- 5 Stars

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  • The Feathers: Southern Spectral Series Book 1

  • By: Cynthia Lott
  • Narrated by: Courtney Patterson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

New Orleans novice detective, Brenda Shapira, investigates murders committed by a vengeful killer, only to discover that the killer has been dead for 100 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual and Enthralling Ghost Story

  • By omnireader on 10-01-15

Unusual and Enthralling Ghost Story

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Would you listen to The Feathers: Southern Spectral Series Book 1 again? Why?

I would listen to The Feathers again for the atmosphere. I enjoyed the New Orleans setting and the time setting, late 1970's. That is an unusual setting when there were no cell phones or internet browsers to help the investigation along. They actually needed to go to libraries to do research. I remember it well!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The suspense kept building thoughout to a finish that was entirely unexpected. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

Which character – as performed by Courtney Patterson – was your favorite?

I think it would have to be Brenda- very dogged and willing to admit the possibility of supernatual.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved by the accounts of the murder victims. That was a nice stylistic twist that helped them become more human- not just a series of victims.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful