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  • Murder in an Irish Village

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,078
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,058

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery

  • By Jill, NM on 10-21-16

Love it! The charming suspenseful story and fabulous reader!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

Loved this book! Suspenseful story with plenty of twists. Hilarious situations with family members! Really made me laugh. The narrator Caroline Lennon is fabulous. The Irish accents are entrancing. And I gained some new vocabulary :) Give it a listen or read you won't be sorry.

  • Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall: A Mystery

  • By: Hannah Dennison
  • Narrated by: Elaine Wise
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

When a body is discovered in the grounds on Honeychurch Hall, suspicion falls on the folks in the village. And as the body count begins to build, our heroine, Kat Stanford, becomes inextricably embroiled in the ensuing scandal. Are the deaths the result of a local vendetta, or could they be connected to her mother’s unusual (to say the least) past? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Good

  • By Beatrice on 08-12-18

A cleverly written mystery/comedy

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Very entertaining story! Don't even mind that the murder isn't discovered until late in the story. Interplay between Iris and Kat is great and new characters enhance the story. Nice little dash of the eerie and the descriptions of Alfred as a seer are a little creepy and fun. At times it has the feel of a screwball comedy with Iris and her romance novel post it notes and characters eavesdropping and coming and going.The whole Jersey cash thing is a hoot. I want to hear more about Sean though :) Moving right on to the next one. Highly recommend this romp!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Picture Miss Seeton

  • A Miss Seeton Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Heron Carvic
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

When Miss Seeton walks out after a performance of Carmen and witnesses a real-life stabbing, all she can recall is a shadowy figure. But how could she have guessed that her latest artistic endeavor is a picture-perfect portrait of the killer? Her sketch puts her in a perilous position, for back at her recently inherited cottage in Plummergen village, she's fated to be a sitting duck...for murder most foul!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HISS for the Villain!

  • By Betababe on 08-17-17

Entertaining yet still a gritty edge

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

Good deal of dry and also broad humor while characters are still faced with a good deal of real peril! Really enjoyable and well drawn characters. The scenes with the Sergeant! Too funny! Miss Seeton is part Miss Marple part Mary Poppins part the indomitable practical aunt who can be depending on to understand. She also does yoga and is eminently sensible. The psychic bit is subtle--no wind chimes and incense but more something that comes out when she draws someone. I'm not a fan of broadly supernatural books with ghosts etc. Miss Seeton's gift is very believeable. Looking forward to the next one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Cotswold Killing

  • By: Rebecca Tope
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98

Nestled in the hills of the Cotswolds, the village of Duntisbourne Abbots is a well-kept secret. When Joel Jennison is found slaughtered in the same field where his brother’s corpse had lain ten weeks previously, a whole community falls under suspicion. Was it a family feud? An act of revenge?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Armchair travel with a crime solved

  • By Sara on 10-22-13

Will try the next

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

There were some things I wanted more of and some less. I didn't think this was that "cozy" a story. Darker themes of pain and loss were widespread across characters to the point of discomfort to hear. Too much. And the self harm...didn't like that. Thought the character development was pretty good--I didn't get confused on who people were and the setting descriptions were good. I think another reviewer complained that Thea meandered about too much and didn't get on with the investigation---I didn't feel that way. Her "investigating" felt pretty authentic as someone who is a complete amateur and is just curious. I would expect future novels to be a bit more purposeful in this area as she gains more experience. I plan to give the next one a try as I like the premise and hope that it lightens up a little.

  • A Royal Pain

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,541

The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Royal HOOT!

  • By AudioAddict on 03-08-14

Great narration!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

The narrator did a fabulous job and really got a work out with so many different accents. The story was entertaining and we got to see a bit more of "granddad" who is one of my favs. The sniping with Wallis Simpson was fun also. Only thing I didn't like much is the "virginity" talk it was brought up in the first book and just gets brought up a bit too much for my tame taste. There's also one scene that goes a bit far---not even sure why that's there. Overall though I liked it and will go on to book three. I liked her "Evans" series too and wish there more of those on Audible.

  • Death of a Ghost

  • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 32
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie "Clumsy" Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumors once and for all. There's no sign of any ghost...but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beaton and Malcolm at their best !!

  • By Patricia on 06-03-17

Quite surprising!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

As always enjoyed this outing with Hamish! I was quite surprised by some of the plot twists! No spoilers! I did not like the music playing in the background at the beginning and end.

  • Dishing the Dirt

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

When therapist Jill Davent moved to the village of Carsely, Agatha Raisin was not a fan. Not only was this therapist romancing Agatha's ex-husband, she dug up details of Agatha's not-too-glamorous origins. Jill also counsels a woman, Gwen Simple, that Agatha firmly believes assisted her son in some grisly murders, although there is no proof. Not one to keep her feelings to herself, Agatha tells anyone who will listen that Jill is a charlatan and better off dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The only thing missing is Penelope Keith

  • By Linda on 09-29-15

Quite a ride!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

Very twisty turny story with many near misses. Penelope Keith is still my favorite narrator but Alison Larkin did a very good job. I got used to her after a bit and forgot about Penelope. Her voice sometimes reminds me of Julia Mackenzie's.

  • Evans Above

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,339

Evan Evans is a young police constable who has traded in the violence of city life for idyllic Llanfair, a Welsh village tucked far away from trouble. Nestled among the Snowdonia mountain range, Llanfair looks to Constable Evans like a town forgotten by time, but he quickly learns that even the bucolic countryside has its share of eccentric - and deadly - characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting....

  • By brian on 01-22-17

Really enjoyed this first outing with PC Evans

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

First I have to say that Roger Clark is fantastic! The timbre of his voice, his voice characterizations, and the way he rattles off the Welsh names really brings the story to life. I thought the story was well balanced with enough mystery, peril, interesting characters, humor, and a touch of romance. It is told from Evans point of view. There's a sort of brooding that comes across in this Welsh story that I think suits the Welsh landscape. There are many touches that give this story authenticity...the ladies homemaking pride, the obvious pride and warmth of the community, the good natured teasing, the beautiful and sometimes dangerous landscape. Ms Bowen did a wonderful job of painting a picture of this community all with a friendly tone not in a snarky stereotypical way. I felt the plot was very well done with plenty of twists and turns and the ending was exciting. I will be reading more.

  • Death of a Village

  • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 19
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

The aromas of wild thyme and Highland heather waft through Lochdubh, home to M. C. Beaton's eccentric policeman, Hamish Macbeth. Yet what the irascible constable smells in his latest case is the acrid scent of fear as an entire town is entrapped in something dark and deadly.... Yet as he deftly investigates the summer's high crimes and misdemeanors, he attracts the attention of his superiors. They feel a promotion and transfer will give him a larger playing field than Lochdubh. That's the last thing Macbeth wants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comfort Reading

  • By Jessica on 04-15-13

Something for everyone in this one

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

There were so many cases in this one and so many good characters. I wish Mr Jefferson would appear again in another book! The other thing I always enjoy and really I forget that she does this each time is that the once the main mystery is solved that's not it. Most authors solve the mystery and boom that's it. But Marion always has a few more things happen so it really extends your enjoyment.

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  • Death of a Prankster

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

The Atlanta Journal & Constitution praises M.C.Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth Mystery series as “pure bliss.” Set in the Scottish Highlands, Beaton’s stories are full of colorful local characters and irresistible charm. Police Constable Hamish Macbeth is called in to investigate a murder at the residence of practical joker Andrew Trent. For years Trent has tormented his family with his cruel tricks. He calls them all together for the weekend, claiming to be on his deathbed. Little does he know - he is at death’s door!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to read and relax without thinking

  • By Beverly on 12-18-11

Davina was good!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

I usually try to get the books the Graeme Malcolm reads but several reviews said how good Davina was so thought I give it a try. I thought she did a great job! Guess I can like them both :)
Format on this M C Beaton was a little unusual in that Hamish doesn't appear right away. Has a good nod to Agatha Christie in the setting and reveal. Always a good read our Marion.