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  • The Body in the Marsh

  • DCI Craig Gillard, Book 1
  • By: Nick Louth
  • Narrated by: Marston York
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife, Liz, goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin.... To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation. Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present? The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Miriam Sabir on 10-28-18

Satisfying puzzle, wraps up nicely

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

This was a totally enjoyable police procedural. Many new wrinkles based on current science. The narrator's style fit the personality of the main detective, and he was good at representing other characters. I enjoyed the plot and its twists as the several lines of investigation moved along. I could nit-pick about a few character inconsistencies, but I had just too much fun listening to worry about them very much. Looking forward to more from this author and narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • No Smoke Without Fire

  • DCI Warren Jones, Book 2
  • By: Paul Gitsham
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

DCI Warren Jones has a bad feeling when the body of a young woman turns up in Beaconsfield Woods. She’s been raped and strangled but the murderer has been careful to leave no DNA evidence. There are, of course, suspects - boyfriend, father - to check out but, worryingly, it looks more and more like a stranger murder. Warren’s worst fears are confirmed when another young woman is killed in the same way. The MO fits that of Richard Cameron who served 12 years for rape. But Cameron never killed his victims and he has a cast-iron alibi. Then personal tragedy intervenes and Warren is off the case. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written second book, great cast of characters

  • By wisconsinclark on 01-07-19

More, please, of this author and narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This second book in the DCI Warren Jones series is better than the first, which I also found to be quite enjoyable. The plotting is a bit tighter and the characters are more interesting. I hope Audible will eventually provide us with all of the books in this series.

  • The Short Drop

  • By: Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,785

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard - then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency - disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation's history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession. For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal - Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden gem hiding among all the generic crap

  • By Justin Messer on 12-27-15

Good start to a series

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

At first, some of the reader's mannerisms were distracting and I almost stopped listening, but as the story developed the narration even out and I think Cronin did a credible job, except for a few of the women's voices. All in all, it was a great story, but there were a couple of inconsistencies that still leave me scratching my head. I found the main character Gibson Vaughn to be a likable hero and the plot twists intriguing enough so that I want to hear more about him.

  • A Finer End

  • A Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Novel
  • By: Deborah Crombie
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

Two spellbinding mysteries, one contemporary, and one ancient - that will challenge Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James as no case ever has. Glastonbury is a town revered as the mythical burial place of King Arthur, and, according to New Age followers, a source of strong Druid power. Something terrible and bloody shattered Glastonbury Abbey's peace long ago - and now it is about to spark a violence that will reach forward into the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm in this for the entertainment...

  • By Ginnie on 12-21-14

Fascinating approach to history, but....

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

Reviewed: 01-17-16

I was fascinated by the interweaving of historical facts, centuries-old myths, and new-age interpretations with traditional detective story elements. Next trip to the United Kingdom will definitely include Glastonbury!

On the whole, however, I got tired of jumping from one plot line to another, particularly towards the end. I agree with those who have found the narrator somewhat lacking. She was perfect for the historical voices and descriptive passages, but not for the present-day male voices and general dialogue.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lewis Man

  • The Lewis Trilogy
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555

In The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean island where he was born and raised. Having left behind his adult life in Edinburgh - including his wife and his career in the police force - the former Detective Inspector is intent on repairing past relationships and restoring his parents' derelict cottage. His plans are interrupted when an unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond 5 Stars

  • By Ann on 12-18-14

Awesome! More in this series, please!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

Although this book is the second in a trilogy, it can stand alone on its own merits. The author, assisted by Peter Forbes' sensitive and compelling narration, successfully navigates between the past and the present, creating suspense as the various layers of the mystery are revealed.

While the story and characters are the main drivers of the action, history and customs form an interesting backdrop to the plot. They actually play a role in solving the mystery. Peter May never becomes pedantic when providing insight on governmental/church policies, island politics and the rugged lifestyle of the people of the Outer Hebrides in the not-too-distant past.

Where are books 1 and 3 in this trilogy? (The Black House, The Chessmen). At the time of writing this review, all I can find is in German! More, please, from Peter May, in English.

  • Dreaming of the Bones

  • By: Deborah Crombie
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

Often compared to both Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, Deborah Crombie is internationally acclaimed for her deftly written mysteries that combine suspense, with lyrical prose. Sharply etched characters further enrich this story of tangled relationships and dark secrets. Twelve years after their divorce, Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid receives a phone call from his ex-wife Victoria asking for his help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A subtle british procedural

  • By Rollin on 08-13-11

A blend of poetry and detective fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-10-15

Wonderful imagery and good character development. It must have been fun to write the poems and letters that provide the clues to the solution of the crime(s). A new take on the idea of looking for hidden meanings in poetry!

At first I was really disturbed by the narration. Then I read the reviews and found others have commented on the exasperatingly slow pace. I tried putting the speed of play up to 1.25x -- one of the benefits of using Audible's phone apps. (I haven't figured out how to do this on my computer yet.) At the new speed the narration was delightful. Jenny Sterlin came across as a sensitive and accomplished performer. Could there have been a technical problem with the original recording? In any case, I will continue to listen to this series, no matter who is the narrator!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful