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  • Last Girl Gone

  • The Laura Chambers Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: J. G. Hetherton
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Investigative journalist Laura Chambers is back in her tiny hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina, the one place she swore never to return. Fired from The Boston Globe, her career in shambles, she reluctantly takes a job with the local paper. The work is simple, unimportant, and worst of all, boring - at least until a missing girl turns up dead, the body impeccably clean, dressed to be the picture of innocence. Years earlier, 10-year-old Patty Finch left home and never made it back. But for the people of Hillsborough, Patty was just the beginning. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the Faint of Heart

  • By Avid Audio Listener on 08-19-18

Not for the Faint of Heart

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Rarely do I read a fiction book written by a male author. My reasons are a moot point here because I wasn't sure of the author's gender when purchasing this book. The story just sounded good.

And I wasn't disappointed. Far from it. This ranks among the best books I've read this year, and I've read maybe 100-120 books so far this year.

The story is great. Raw, which doesn't bother me. Not raw in the writing. That is quite well-defined. Raw in content emotionally and in descriptions. The protagonist is almost an antihero, then she surprises you with true selflessness until you're cheering for her. You understand her motives, and your heart breaks again and again until the gut-wrenching ending.

Not a tragic ending. Perhaps that's a spoiler, and I want to say it because I nearly didn't finish the book because I thought at a few points it might be. Hetherton ends on a note of hope, and not in a convenient twist way.

I can't do the story justice without giving too much away, so just want to encourage anyone considering reading this book to do so.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Mystery Loves Company

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Volume 7
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel L Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 63

Returning to London after his honeymoon (For Deader or Worse), Bow Street Runner John Pickett soon discovers wedded bliss is not without its pitfalls, as he finds it galling to be financially dependent on Julia, his aristocratic bride. When he is summoned to the home of Lady Washbourn, Pickett finds he has something in common with the young countess: like himself, Lady Washbourn has married above her station and now finds herself adrift in a world to which she does not truly belong. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marriage can Mean Murder

  • By Avid Audio Listener on 08-19-18

Marriage can Mean Murder

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

This is a masterpiece for Sheri. The writing is, as always, excellent, the humor subtle, and the action enough to keep us excited without wearing out us readers with angst. More so, however, is how Sheri depicts the relationship, the newly married status of John and Julia. Without going into detail, she nicely shows their physical passion for one another, and the passion of their personalities. The conflicts between them are not at all contrived, and the way the two argue is so realistic I found myself cracking up, while hurting for how their pasts hurt them and threaten their love for one another.

I stayed up half the night to finish it, something I do rarely any more. But it was worth the yawns the next day.

Yes, I guessed the villain fairly easily, and in the story, doing so is just not important. On the contrary, I couldn't wait for the moment of revelation.

Can't wait for Book 8. Some interesting days ahead for our protagonists.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Bite the Hook

  • Finding Freedom from Anger, Resentment, and Other Destructive Emotions
  • By: Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and computer malfunctions, with emotionally distant partners and crying children - and before we know it, we're upset. We feel terrible, and then we end up saying and doing things that only make matters worse. But it doesn't have to be that way, says Pema Chödrön. It is possible to relate constructively to the inevitable shocks, losses, and frustrations of life so that we can find true happiness. The key, Pema explains, is not biting the "hook" of our habitual responses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always learning from Pema

  • By Kimm Harris on 05-23-18

Nonsense

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Would you try another book from Pema Chödrön and/or Pema Chödrön?

Absolutely not

What was most disappointing about Pema Chödrön’s story?

The delivery was pretty boring, and the content sounds good on the surface, but, essentially, is for the privileged classes, not people who have to deal with the ordinary world.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her delivery is dull and halting and so unemotional she sounds like she's medicated.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Where she really lost me was when she talks about people being basically good. Really? Sociopaths are basically good? I don't think so and if she does, she is truly isolated from reality. The second place she lost me was with the carma nonsense. If someone spits on me on the street, it's not because I did something seven thousand lifetimes ago; it's because they are wacked in the head. How can so many people give this 5 stars? Sheeple. Sure. Let that mosquito bite you and be patient. Let that husband hit you and be patient. It's just his nature to bite or hit. Be patient with the bigoted. It's just their nature. Don't try to make waves. This is anti progress. Without anger, injustices would not be fouht and diminished. I am a pacifist and hate war, but I also think some things are worth fighting for and fighting is the only way to bring about change.

6 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Too Hot to Handel

  • Another John Pickett Mystery
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

When a rash of jewel thefts strikes London, magistrate Patrick Colquhoun deploys his Bow Street Runners to put a stop to the crimes. A Russian princess is to attend a production of Handel’s Esther at Drury Lane Theatre, where she will wear a magnificent diamond necklace. The entire Bow Street force will be stationed at various locations around the theatre - including John Pickett, who will occupy a box directly across from the princess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another good read

  • By Avid Audio Listener on 01-31-18

another good read

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

I love the fact that Julia is the active sleuth in this book. This is probably more romance then mystery, and I figured out the villain pretty quickly; however, those factors do not diminish from the pleasure I received from reading this book.

Although I received a copy of the book from the author, I was under no obligation to give it a favorable review.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Family Plot

  • Another John Pickett Mystery
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

The third installment of the John Pickett series of humorous Regency mysteries finds Bow Street Runner Pickett in Scotland investigating a woman found unconscious on the beach - a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the local laird's daughter, a girl missing and presumed dead for the last 15 years. Pickett is surprised to discover that the woman was found by none other than Lady Fieldhurst and her three young nephews - and gratified to learn that her ladyship has registered at the seaside inn as Mrs. Julia Pickett.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Amazing John Pickett!

  • By Lady Meserole on 11-25-17

The best one yet

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

This is the best Jon Pickett mystery yet. Each time The reader receives a new revelation, she realizes she should have seen it coming, right up to the wonderful reveal, surprise, at the end.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Duke's Holiday

  • The Regency Romp Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Maggie Fenton
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,108

The cold, precise Duke of Montford demands things his way: neatly ordered, in place, and adhering closely to the rules. So he is furious when he learns that the tenant of his ducal estate has been dead for a year, and a stranger has been running the Honeywell business - which, by contract, is now Montford's. When he arrives in Yorkshire to investigate, he discovers that the estate is being run by an unruly, tomboyish woman - and a bluestocking at that!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky Regency Romp

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 04-17-15

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

This book should be eight hours shorter. At seven hours, I gave up and skipped to the end to discover the heroine was engaged in the same childish behavior as in the beginning. The plot, such as it is, is improbable at best.

  • Skeletons in the Attic

  • A Marketville Mystery, Volume 1
  • By: Judy Penz Sheluk
  • Narrated by: Claira Jordyn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn't surprised to learn she's the sole beneficiary of her late father's estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville - a house she didn't know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie's inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother's murder. Callie's not keen on dredging up a 30-year-old mystery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Narrator makes the Book worthwhile

  • By cosmitron on 08-03-18

generally, I like this book. It's a good mystery, if not terribly unique and occasionally badly editedPretty Good

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

Generally, this is a pretty good book. I like the mystery, though it is not particularly unique and is occasionally badly edited. Why I can't give it a higher rating is because the heroine keeps "slathering" (The authors word, not mine) on Cocoa butter lip balm. I wanted to tell her that if she has such dry lips, maybe she should see a dermatologist. As A habit, it's kind of gross. If I were a guy I wouldn't want to kiss such slimy lips. And she puts it on in the middle of talking to people, which is just weird.

And other than that distraction, it's a good story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Holiday Grind

  • A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

Clare's grown very fond of Alfred Glockner, the part-time comic and genuinely jolly charity Santa who's been using her coffeehouse as a place to warm his mittens. When she finds him gunned down in a nearby alley, a few subtle clues convince her that Alfred's death was something more than the tragic result of a random mugging, despite the conclusions of the police. Between baking delicious Christmas goodies and fending off the attentions of a persistent professional elf, Clare sets out to solve St. Nick's murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Santa's checking the good and the bad!

  • By Byron on 02-19-14

Too Easy

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

Too simple to solve.

I keep reading hoping Joy will stop being a spoiled brat andCC will get taste in men. What does she see in Quinn? He just wants sex, food, and for CC to solve his cases.

  • Edited Out

  • A Mysterious Detective Mystery
  • By: E. J. Copperman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

Mystery author Rachel Goldman is getting used to the idea that her fictional creation, Duffy Madison, has somehow taken flesh-and-blood form and is investigating missing person cases not far from where Rachel lives. Wait. No. She's not getting used to it at all, and the presence of this real-life Duffy is making her current manuscript - what's the word? - lousy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series

  • By Beatrice on 05-13-17

TSTL Heroine

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

Minor spoiler below:
I liked the first book. This one was pretty good, too, until the end when the heroine doesn't call the cops, but walks toward where she heard a gunshot. Worse, she then wonders why the villain catches her and even says she's not being a TSTL heroine.

Other than that, it's a fun read and I will buy the next one.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Broken Brooch

  • The Celtic Brooch, Book 5
  • By: Katherine Lowry Logan
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

When a brooch is broken, some of its magic is lost. When NYPD detective JL O'Grady is invited to be her brother's plus-one at Montgomery Winery's end-of-harvest gala, she plans to enjoy a fabulous weekend in Napa drinking wine, enjoying sunset dinners on the veranda, and watching her brother's high school basketball tournament. Instead, she's pulled into a murder investigation hauntingly similar to a New York City racketeering and drug case that nearly ended her career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic suspense story set in Napa Valley!

  • By LilMissMolly on 09-27-16

Interesting premise, but ...

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

I am returning this book and finished. I started out liking it, but then the silly plot devices began. So her brother really forgets to make a reservation so she just happens to have to stay in the same house with this hot guy? Really? How cheesy can you get? And then everything goes downhill from there. All the heroine thinks about is one body part on this guy or the other. I'm off for sexual attraction, but there is no connection between these two.

And do you think she would sit outside alone in the dark with a murderer is running around? No, it's just so she sees the hero at a convenient time.