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  • Blood Dahlia

  • A Thriller (Sarah King Mysteries, Book 1)
  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Mackenzie Leigh Barmen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

A serial murderer nicknamed the Blood Dahlia has been terrorizing the quiet suburbs of Pennsylvania. Brutally mutilating his victims in the fashion of the most famous murder in Hollywood, the killer leaves no trace behind. The FBI's elite Behavioral Science Unit, the section responsible for the study and investigation of serial murder, has little evidence on which to go, until they meet Sarah King. Sarah, a mysterious outcast of the Pennsylvania Amish community, claims she has a unique ability: She can speak to the dead. And the victims of the Blood Dahlia are calling out to her. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Victor Methos is a FIVE STAR AUTHOR!!!!

  • By shelley on 09-17-18

Victor Methos is a FIVE STAR AUTHOR!!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This book is so far off the Victor Methos drum line . If I didn't know better I would think I was listening to an earlier Kay Hooper novel. The closest book I could think to compare this with is Hooper's Chill of Night.
This book has a woman (Sarah King) who grew up Amish but was disowned by her family because of her psychic abilities. I won't restate everything about her because you can read it in the publisher's summary. Her story is very interesting and thought provoking when she talks about what life was like when she was first cast out. Very little or no money and no one to turn to.
The murderer in this story is also an interesting character. Suffice to say abuse breeds more abuse.
Mackenzie Leigh Barmen does a fantastic job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • Among the Dead

  • By: Roger A. Canaff
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

When a beautiful and profoundly autistic boy named Hector is found hideously throat-cut in a Bronx row house, it's his father, a callous and deceitful widower with gang ties, who emerges as the prime suspect. Reluctantly catching the case is A.D.A. Alex Greco, himself the wounded father of an autistic son who died at age three. A relative newcomer to the challenging and often brutal world of New York's toughest borough, Alex has been excelling in this environment for two years, rebuilding his shattered personal life and finding love again with a brilliant forensic psychologist, Dr. Nikki Jaynes. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Legal Thriller...

  • By shelley on 09-16-18

Excellent Legal Thriller...

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This is an excellent debut legal thriller by Roger Canaff. He has written true crime in the past but this is his first endeavor into the fictional world.
The publisher's summary gives enough information to spark interest. I don't want to give anything away and that makes it a little difficult to write a descriptive review.
The plot revolves around an artistic boy, people entrusted to care for him, pedophiles and murder (including the murder of this boy).
There are a few jaw dropping moments. The protagonist, Assistant DA (Alex Greco ) prosecuting the man accused of killing his own son carries his own secrets. The characters are very believable and the scenario is highly plausible.
Will Damron is a favorite of mine. Of course he does a fantastic job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • Mercy

  • Neon Lawyer Series
  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: A W Dickson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Brigham Theodore is a courtroom brawler, a criminal defense attorney who spends his time slugging it out with the government in court. A year after winning his biggest case, he finds himself at a new firm defending clients of every kind. Drug dealers, gangsters, con men, and thugs are the people he defends every day. For him, the fight is what matters. As the new hotshot lawyer in town, Brigham is referred an engineer accused of euthanizing his wife who was dying of pancreatic cancer. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It all comes out in the end!

  • By shelley on 09-14-18

It all comes out in the end!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I don't think I have read anything yet written by Victor Methos that I didn't like and this book is no exception. I only wish they were a little longer.
MERCY is book #2 in the Neon Lawyer Brigham Theodore series. In book one Theodore got a man accused of murder off when no one thought he would be able to. These books are all stand alone and do not need to be listened to in order. There are only a few vague references to the first book in the one.
In book two Brigham is contacted by another man accused of murdering his wife. The woman was dying of cancer and he claims it was a mercy killing and that his wife wanted him to. The law calls it murder. The largest obstacle in Brigham's way is that during the arrest, the man confesses to the police.
This is a pretty straight forward plot driven book. I thought I had the whole thing all figured out. Right up until maybe 10 minutes before it ended and then wham... I was wrong!!!!
A W Dickson does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Rising Force

  • A Jesse McDermitt Novel (Caribbean Adventure Series, Volume 13)
  • By: Wayne Stinnett
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Retired Marine and charter skipper Jesse McDermitt takes on a passenger in Nassau, a young woman who is a breath of fresh air. She introduces him to the laid-back cruising crowd on an idyllic small cay in the Berry Islands. Living each day on its own terms is a new experience for Jesse, but it doesn't last long. When Jesse gets word that someone is destroying nearby patch reefs and poaching sea turtles - and that all this is happening in the same area where a trio of sadistic murderers may be hiding - it triggers his instincts for investigation.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Change of pace for Jessie McDermitt...

  • By shelley on 09-14-18

Change of pace for Jessie McDermitt...

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

This newest Jessie McDermitt book is excellent. This book might leave you wondering though if you do not read Enduring Charity first. The love of Jessie's life (Savanna) has taken off again and he decides to go after her this time. He purchases (for $10) the sail boat that had belonged to Charity Styles murdered lover and off he goes.
Along the way he runs into turtle poachers and finds out that someone is destroying large parts of living coral reefs and finally comes face to face with an enemy he already knows.
There's not a whole lot of action in this book as compared to others in this series. This book concentrates more on Jessie's needs/desires, but is he making a mistake?
Nick Sullivan as expected gives an outstanding performance.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • Private Lies

  • Hush Money Mystery Series, Book 3
  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Sydney Richardson's enjoying a rare night out in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, when she learns that one of her friends has been shot. Rick Sheffield thought he was staking out a drug deal; turns out he had a front-row seat to a million-dollar cash drop gone wrong. Meanwhile, at a construction site across town, a young vagrant is killed execution-style after spreading some serious wealth among his street friends. Sydney sees no reason to link the shootings, until the money disappears from the evidence locker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes you're better of not knowing...

  • By shelley on 09-12-18

Sometimes you're better of not knowing...

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I really enjoyed TE Woods new book in her Hush Money series.
This book has Sidney Richardson looking for her birth parents, looking for who killed her adoptive father, helping to find out who is framing one of her police friends and a few other little things. Everything converges for an explosive ending that from about the middle of the book was a little predictable for me but still a fun story.
Woods writes a solid book but her series tend to start "normal" and end up kind of "out there". I can see this series taking the same route as her FIXER series, the first few believable but the second half of the series required a complete suspension of reality...
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
This series should be read in the order it was written.
Xe Sands does an excellent job narrating.
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  • A Gathering of Secrets

  • A Kate Burkholder Novel
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

When a historic barn burns to the ground in the middle of the night, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. At first it looks like an accident, but when the body of 18-year-old Daniel Gingerich is found inside - burned alive - Kate suspects murder. But who would want a well-liked, hardworking Amish man dead? Kate delves into the investigation and discovers Daniel had a dark side. He was a sexual predator. His victims were mainly Amish women, too afraid to come forward, and he's been getting away with it for far too long. Now someone has stopped him, but who?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!!!

  • By shelley on 09-10-18

This series has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

A Gathering of Secrets is the 10th book in the Kate Burkholder series. I have previously reviewed the first three books as I was very impressed with them. Seven books later and I can't wait for Linda Castillo to write another book!
The series takes place in Painters Mill, Ohio where Burkholder (who had been raised Amish) is now the Chief of police. Well respected by fellow officers, generally head butting the town council and scorned be the Amish for leaving the church.
The stories in this series are believable, the characters are fleshed out and given a personal life as well as public. Each book has a single and plausible main storyline, some have a minor story that usually ties in at some point.
I won't say anything about this particular book, the publisher's summaries are very good and give just enough detail with out giving away too much of the plot.
These are really EXCELLENT procedurals. Do Not let the fact that they take place in Amish country turn you off, these book are anything but plain!
Kathleen McInerney narrates all of these books and does an outstanding job doing so. She even speaks the Pennsylvania Dutch language as if it were second nature.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series.
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  • Pray for Silence

  • A Thriller
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

New York Times best-selling author Linda Castillo delivers an electrifying thriller in which Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family. The Plank family moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join the small Amish community of Painters Mill less than a year ago and seemed the model of the Plain Life—until on a cold October night, the entire family of seven was found slaughtered on their farm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!!! Betty from Butler, PA.

  • By betty on 12-31-10

Suspenseful...

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Pray for Silence is the second book in the Kate Burkholder series. Again, I thought this was an excellent book. I'm not sure I understand why there are so many negative reviews. I found this book suspenseful, well written with believable and likable characters (the good guys anyway!).
These book are centered around the Amish community and aside from a really good story I also find them informative.
This particular book deals with the murder of an entire family. It all seems to go back to a young Amish girl/woman working at a shop in the community, her interaction with non Amish, her naïveté and willingness to trust.
Because Burkholder grew up Amish and had a traumatic experience as a child she takes this case very personally.
Kathleen McInerney does an excellent job narrating.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series and will be purchasing the remaining books. I am already listening to book #3 and it is equally as good.
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sunrise Highway

  • Lourdes Robles, Book 1
  • By: Peter Blauner
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

In the summer of Star Wars and Son of Sam, a Long Island schoolgirl is found gruesomely murdered. A local prosecutor turns a troubled teenager known as JT from a suspect to a star witness in the case, putting away a high school football star who claimed to be innocent. Forty years later, JT has risen to chief of police, but there's a trail of a dozen dead women that reaches from Brooklyn across Long Island, along the Sunrise Highway, and it's possible that his actions actually enabled a killer. That's when Lourdes Robles, a relentless young Latina detective for the NYPD, steps in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!

  • By shelley on 09-05-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I did not realize this was book #2 in a series. I have not read/listened to the first book and did not feel lost. My next purchase will be Proving Ground which is the first.
The publisher's summary pretty much sums up the plot which is fine. This book is not a Who Dunnit book. You know who's doing it just about from the beginning. You also know that the protagonist Lourdes Robles is after the antagonist. There are dead women popping up and have been for almost 40 years but even after she figures out The Who no one believes her. The story is told in a then/now format and you can see the increasing depravity of the antagonist who works himself into a position of power.
This book had me hooked! I couldn't put it down. It made me frustrated and I could just imagine the fear the abducted women felt when they realized they had put their trust in the wrong person and there was nothing they could do.
This is a superbly written book. The characters are believable and the plot is plausible.
Ari Fliakos is an outstanding narrator who adds to the enjoyment of listening to this book.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • Sworn to Silence

  • A Thriller
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and "English" residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But 16 years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish. Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. She's certain she's come to terms with her past - until the first body is discovered in a snowy field.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sorry.....

  • By SHEILA on 08-01-09

GREAT PROCEDURAL!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I was actually hesitant about buying this book due to the mixed reviews. I am so glad I decided to give it a try because I now have a new series with quite a few books to get caught up with!
This is the beginning of the Kate Burkholder series. I won't rereview or restate the plot , between the publisher's summary and the many reviews already posted I think anyone reading this can get a pretty good idea what the book is about.
I will say I think this is a really good book. I think the writing is excellent, the characters are fleshed out and believable. There is a unique take on plot lines using the Amish people and ways as a focal point for the stories. The landscape is vividly described and you can clearly see it as the author wants you to. I found the plot plausible and the antagonist a cunning sociopath who easily could have been taken from reality.
I also liked that romance was kept to a minimum. When I read a procedural I don't really care who is bedding who unless for some reason it has impact on the storyline.
I've always found the Amish lifestyle fascinating and know the Castillo did tons of research for the book so I am assuming her lifestyle facts are correct and I felt like I've learned something new (that's always a plus!).
Kathleen McInerney does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • A Reason to Kill

  • Jack Widow Series, Book 3
  • By: Scott Blade
  • Narrated by: Alan Philip Ormond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Drifting along a sweltering Texas landscape, former undercover NCIS agent turned drifter, Jack Widow waits at a dusty bus depot when he meets Claire Hood, a grandmother, apparently in distress. Claire is on a solo mission to rescue her abducted granddaughter. If that wasn't hard enough, Claire drops dead of natural causes. Widow isn't the kind of guy to let wrongs go. He picks up her bus ticket and takes her place on a simple quest that brings him head to head with a group of deadly enemies who will kill to keep their deadly conspiracy secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible please add the rest of this series!

  • By shelley on 09-03-18

Audible please add the rest of this series!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This is book three in the Jack Widow series and as of now there are no more available on Audible. There are seven more on kindle. I hope these will make it to audio in the near future.
This book is so thrilling. The pace is fast, it starts that way and doesn't let up until it's over.
The publisher's summary gives a pretty good overview and that's good because it doesn't give too much away.
The characters are fleshed out and with each new book you learn more about Jack Widow's past. The scenes, landscape and antagonists are all described with great details but not so much that story gets bogged down or boring.
With this story taking place in 2016 (election year) and in Texas there is quite a bit about the proposed border wall.
Alan Philip Ormond does an excellent job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful