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  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 22-24
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 527

"The Song Never Dies": When Alex King, leader of legendary 90s rock group Lizard, hosts a party to get the band back together, old grudges surface. At dawn Alex is found floating in the pool of his Cherringham mansion. To the police it's a drug-fueled accident. But when Jack and Sarah get involved, they quickly discover that while a song may never die - the person, who wrote it, might have been murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good light mysteries

  • By Constance Jenkins on 08-26-18

COSTELLO and RICHARDS HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK!!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

If you are unaware what a cozy mystery is, this is the definition according to Wikipedia: Cozy mysteries, also referred to as cozies, are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. Cozies thus stand in contrast to hardboiled fiction, which feature violence and sexuality more explicitly and centrally to the plot.
The Cherringham series is most definitely a cozy series. To the point where the authors do not churn them out fast enough!! Keep 'em coming! Can't wait to find out what's going to happen!!
And, to top it off, narrated by Neil Dudgeon, star of the MIDSOMER MURDERS series on TV. Icing on the cake!
Go ahead - indulge. You'll not be sorry!

  • Strangeways to Oldham

  • The Belchester Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Andrea Frazer
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 276

Lady Amanda Golightly of Belchester Towers is a person in complete contrast to the stereotypical image of her upper-class breeding. She is short, portly, and embarrassingly forthright. On a visit to a local nursing home, she unexpectedly discovers a long-lost friend, Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton-Crump - and stumbles upon a murder. The pair turn to sleuthing after Lady Amanda reports her appalling discovery to the local police inspector, who treats her as a silly old biddy with an overactive imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply fabulous

  • By chuknzig on 01-19-17

Got bored

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Reminded me of the stories by Dorothy Gilman (Mrs. Pollifax series). Book is almost 6 hrs - listened to more than 4 hours, but then just gave up. The protagonist is not only a busybody, but rather stupid. I do not plan to continue the series.
I DO recommend listening to the "sample clip" in order to determine whether or not you can tolerate the narrator's voice.
If it is of interest to you, there's no vulgar language, and no sexual situations. A true cozy mystery.

  • Mrs Pargeter's Principle

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

For Mrs Pargeter, it is a matter of principle that she should complete any of her late husband's unfinished business. Amongst his many bequests, perhaps the most valuable is his little black book, in which he listed all the people who ever worked for him, with details of their particular skill sets. This means that whenever Mrs P has a crime to solve, she can readily contact someone with the relevant expertise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mrs. Pargeter, my favorite Simon Brett character.

  • By Chris Geschwantner on 01-29-17

Going back to "Fethering"

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I have enjoyed most of the books in the "Fethering" series by this author, so I thought I'd try one of these books. I won't be listening to another. Firstly, I found the protagonist to be annoyingly gullible. Secondly, there were too many characters in this book to keep track of. Therefore, for me, this was not an easy listen. I like to listen while I'm going about my daily chores, and I found myself thinking, "who is this guy?" Nope. Going back to Fethering.
For those who are interested, there are no sexual situations nor vulgar language in this book

  • The Killing in the Café

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

When the owner of Polly's Cake Shop announces her retirement, the Fethering residents start to worry about the loss of this popular amenity. Alarmed by rumours that the café might become a Starbucks, a group clubs together to form an action committee. The plan is that Polly's should become a community venture managed and run by volunteers from the village. Roped in to help, Jude finds the committee meetings fraught with petty power struggles, clashing personalities and monstrous egos.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Beatrice on 11-06-16

Got bored

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I tried twice to get interested in this installment of the Fethering Series. This is the 13th book I have listened to, and have enjoyed all but this one. I gave up after 3 hours. What annoyed me most was the interaction between the members of the "action committee". Just too much detail.
I will move on to the next one, though. "The Liar in the Library".
Not all of the books in this series are available in audiobook format.

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Meema on 04-16-17

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

Listened to about 1 hour. This story just dragged and dragged. I know it's supposed to be a murder mystery, but I kept waiting for something to happen. Sorry, I just couldn't hang in there. Narrator was ok - did not find fault there.

  • The Family Vault

  • By: Charlotte MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

A Crime Club selection, this intrguing tale has been reviewed as "...the very best whodunnit in many a day...Not to be missed." It starts with plans to bury deceased Great-uncle Frederick in the family vault on Beacon Hill. When the vault is opened, there's someone already there that no one could ever expect-the skeleton of a burlesque queen who disappeared thirty years ago! It's up to young Sarah Kelling to hold the shocked family together, and try to find out what happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful start to the series

  • By Joy on 11-30-12

Give me Peter Shandy!!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

I enjoyed the Peter Shandy series by this author, so I thought I'd try this series. I listened to one hour. I found the story line to be trite. The characters uninteresting - even to the point of being "corny". I am not sure which turned me off more...the story or the narrator. I agree with the reviewer that commented about being unsure at some points as to what character was speaking. Personally, I felt that at some points she was reading too fast, and at other points she droned on & on. I lost interest and found myself zoning out on the book totally. I encourage anyone who is considering this book to listen to the audio sample first, and ask yourself, "do I want to listen to 7.5 hours of this voice"?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The End of the Road

  • A Maxie and Stretch Mystery
  • By: Sue Henry
  • Narrated by: Lee Adams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Maxie McNabb and her miniature dachshund, Stretch, are just back from their latest adventure when a murder shatters the quiet in their hometown of Homer, Alaska. Now it's up to Maxie to find the killer - a search that leads her to a place called "the end of the road."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent storyteller - great characters

  • By sharen razmus on 08-13-12

Another enjoyable installment

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

Any additional comments?

Initially, I was under the assumption that this is the last book in the series because of the title. At this point in time (June, 2017) - it IS the last book, but I'm hoping there will be more. Some of the other reviewers commented negatively about the narrator. My opinion is that she did a fine job. A person who is not familiar with the pronunciation of Alaska's locations would not notice the things that annoyed these folks. As to the story, I enjoyed it almost as much as the other stories in the series (I listened to all of them), but one thing bothered me a bit (causing me to delete one star). Ms. Henry tends to repeat information unnecessarily. How many times do I need to know what they ate for dinner? OK, describe a dinner party, who was there, what she served, etc., but I didn't need to hear it again when Maxie told the story to the police officer!
My summary is that I enjoyed the book and hope there will be more in the series!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tooth of Time

  • A Maxie and Stretch Mystery Series
  • By: Sue Henry
  • Narrated by: Lee Adams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Zigzagging the country in a mini-Winnie means endless adventure, and Maxie McNabb is always up for something new. So she and her dog, Stretch, head for the heat of New Mexico, where Maxie plans to learn how to weave. But everything changes for the sleepy town when a local woman attempts suicide. A casualty of her husband's mid-life crisis, she was replaced by a newer, sexier model. And to top it off, a sleazy conman has set his sights on her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant listen

  • By MissMary on 06-15-17

Highly recommend for cozy mystery fans!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

Any additional comments?

A very pleasant mystery series - Maxie & Stretch. ("Stretch" is the dog, lol). I've been enjoying this series, and I'm disappointed that there are only 4 books in the series. Nothing objectionable here. A few "cuss" words, but no F-bombs, and definitely no sexual situations - just a nice, pleasant listen. Enjoy! F.Y.I., Audible does not offer "the refuge", which is # 3. I was able to get it at my library. I enjoyed that one, too! Narration is quite good.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Find

  • By Marie on 10-29-16

Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Any additional comments?

I agree with most of the other reviews entered here. The stories are engaging who-done-its. Pleasant listening. The music at the beginning and end of the episodes is a bit annoying, but would not stop me from listening. I recommend this series if you like mysteries, but you avoid writing with foul language and descriptive sexual situations, (as I do). I will be putting the next compilation in my cart!
Applause for Neil Dudgeon!

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Worry-Free Living

  • Trading Anxiety for Peace
  • By: Joyce Meyer
  • Narrated by: Jodi Carlisle
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Difficult times are part of living in this world. However, God has provided a way for us to enjoy peace as part daily life. We can choose either to allow ourselves to be burdened with worry and anxiety or to live in the peace and joy that God wants for our lives. Joyce Meyer shows how to rely on God's strength during difficult circumstances by revealing the nature of God's peace as found in scripture. She explains how to trade anxiety for joy, develop a childlike attitude of faith, and give our worries to the Lord.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended!

  • By GrandmaG on 03-25-17

Highly recommended!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

Any additional comments?

I've listened to this book all the way through 3 times in the last day or two, and I will undoubtedly listen again very soon - probably as soon as I finish writing this review! This book is very comforting when going through a tough time. I encourage you to check the chapter titles on Amazon.
Jodi Carlisle's voice is comforting, too. (To me, she sounds a bit like Joyce!)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful