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  • Death at Burwell Farm

  • A Sukey Reynolds Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Betty Rowlands
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

A rambling old house, surrounded by a gorgeous rose garden with an elegant fountain, looks too perfect to be true. But could this beautiful place be the link between a string of peculiar deaths?Sukey Reynolds is photographing the scene of a burglary at Burwell Farm for the police, when she finds herself drawn to the crumbling building and peaceful surroundings. But before Sukey can get too intrigued, she’s called to another break-in at the house of a young widow, whose husband spent a great deal of time at...Burwell Farm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story

  • By Linda Zavodny on 06-17-19

Another great story

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

Reviewed: 06-17-19

I enjoyed this so very much. I like the narration of Sukey. I like having Ferguson as a character

  • Death at Hazel House: An Utterly Addictive Cozy Murder Mystery

  • A Sukey Reynolds Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Betty Rowlands
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Meet Sukey Reynolds: proud mother, wonderful cook...and police photographer turned amateur detective. Years ago, Sukey was hoping to become a detective, but life took a different turn. Now she’s happy to be involved with the local police force, as long as she still gets to work the occasional murder case....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MARVELOUS NARRATION TO A GREAT STORY

  • By Linda Zavodny on 06-09-19

MARVELOUS NARRATION TO A GREAT STORY

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

Reviewed: 06-09-19

I am an avid fan of Betty Rowlands and thought the narration really added to the enjoyment of the story. I am looking forward to more of this series.

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  • Death of an Honest Man

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul had moved to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish's beat. He attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat and in these days of increasing obesity it was her duty to show a good example. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No one does it like Graeme Malcolm

  • By Richard on 08-06-18

Sonsie is back

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

I waited the entire book to find out whether she was going to come back. I am sick of Elspeth and Priscilla messing with Hamish. When will Priscilla realize she is frigid . I hope MC Beaton writes another book and gives us closure

  • Death of a Gentle Lady

  • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 310

Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle - everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it's time for him to get married, they say. But who has time for marriage when there's a murder to be solved? When Mrs. Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is just a great story

  • By BBCUE05 on 05-03-08

BLAIR IS EVIL

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

Reviewed: 05-21-19

Great story but I am waiting for Blair to get what he deserves Thank goodness for Jimmy Anderson

  • The Witches' Tree

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 289

Driving home from a dinner party in the village of Sumpton Harcourt, Rory and Molly Harris, the new vicar and his wife, strain to see the road ahead - and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. An elderly spinster has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime. Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened?

  • By R. Turner on 10-05-17

NO LONGER 53 YEARS OLD

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-19

Agatha has spent years in the Cotswolds and is still 53 and middle aged. REALLY? By now she has got to be over 55 and well into her mid to late fifties. It is tiresome and this book dragged on. Seriously I had forgotten who was murdered first

  • Hiss and Hers

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 23
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 378

Agatha has fallen head over heels in love - again. This time, she has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, but so do other women in their little Cotswold village. Shamelessly determined, Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. And then George doesn't even show up. Only partly deterred, Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap. Murder is definitely afoot, but this killer chose no ordinary weapon: A poisonous snake delivered the fatal strike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bring back Penelope Keith!

  • By bigdjunta on 04-05-18

Davina Porter is not Agatha Raisin

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I liked the story but did not think I could make it through the narration. Mrs Bloxby was fine but the rest was painful. I would not endure another performance. I

  • Kissing Christmas Goodbye

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Agatha Raisin is bored. Her detective agency in the Cotswolds is thriving, but she'll scream if she has to deal with another missing cat or dog. Only two things seem to offer potential excitement: Christmas and her ex, James Lacey. This year Agatha is sure that if she invites James to a splendid Christmas dinner, their love will rekindle like a warm Yule log. But that fantasy will have to wait for now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bring back Penelope Keith

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-16

Agatha is missing Penelope Keith

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

The narrator was so distracting that I could not enjoy the story. I liked Agatha's life without James. I did like the new characters ad hope that Bill Wong will find happiness.

  • Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

Agatha Raisin, retired PR supremo, has been spurned at the alter by the man of her dreams - her attractive neighbor James Lacey. So temporarily deserting the sleepy Cotswold village of Carsely, she pursues her fleeing fiancé to north Cyprus where, instead of enjoying a romantic honeymoon, they witness the killing of an obnoxious tourist in a disco. Can the duo forget their differences and resume their strangely successful sleuthing partnership?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • . . . Off on a Rabbit Trail . . . to Cyprus

  • By Debbie on 10-18-16

Mrs. Bloxby was right.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

James is a peculiar person. I grew weary of all the bickering and fighting in the story. He is a cold, self-centered pig. I can relate to Agatha who is so infatuated with him she does crazy things. I missed all of the Carsely characters. I am also tired of the adjective ‘truculent’ I hope that the next book is better

  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,314

Georgie, or Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Darcy O'Mara. Unfortunately, what has started as a simple wedding has become quite a royal headache and grand affair, thanks to a guest list that includes the queen and the appointment of princesses as Georgie's bridesmaids. “If only Darcy and I had eloped!” she thinks, as she attempts to organize her wedding and find a place for her and her husband-to-be to live. Just as she despairs of ever finding a home, her godfather offers his fully staffed country estate. But something sinister is afoot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

It’s always difficult to change narrators in a beloved series and this book is no exception. I liked most of the voices except for Georgie who sounded so snotty and disdainful I almost stopped listening. I hope her tone changes in future books.

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  • Fall of a Philanderer

  • A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

In the summer of 1924, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is off on a holiday by the sea with her step-daughter Belinda, Belinda's chum Deva, and Daisy's husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. Daisy is anticipating a relaxing, nondramatic holiday. But Daisy doesn't have that kind of luck.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a stronger entry in the series, eventually

  • By Connie on 10-29-11

New narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

It took me a while to adjust to the New narrator but I enjoyed the change in Alex.