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J. Ellis

Portland, Oregon
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  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,846
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,232

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parte Uno Dei Quattro--It's Worth it to Keep Goin'

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-14-16

Recommended by my daughter

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

It took me a while to get into this but, once in, I was engrossed. Now, on to book 2!

  • The Murder at Redmire Hall

  • A Yorkshire Murder Mystery, Book 3
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Lord Redmire’s gambling habit has placed him in serious debt. Determined to salvage his fortune by putting Redmire Hall on the map, the aristocrat performs an impossible locked-door illusion on live TV. But as the cameras roll, his spectacular trick goes fatally wrong. Special guest DCI Jim Oldroyd has a front-row seat, but in all his years with the West Riding Police he’s never witnessed anything like this. He sees Redmire disappear - and then reappear, dead, with a knife in his back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic Room

  • By Readaholic on 10-03-18

Haven't read one of these closed room mysteries ..

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

for a long time. Not my cup of tea. The narrator's voice was irritating and the plot was cliche. But, at the end, when the murderer was revealed, the trick was not adequately explained. Not fair.
I've read other books by J.R. Ellis and enjoyed them so I won't give up on him yet.

  • The Darkness: A Thriller

  • Hidden Iceland Series, Book 1
  • By: Ragnar Jonasson, Victoria Cribb - translator
  • Narrated by: Amanda Redman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

The body of a young Russian woman washes up on an Icelandic shore. After a cursory investigation, the death is declared a suicide and the case is quietly closed. Over a year later Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavík police is forced into early retirement at 64. She dreads the loneliness, and the memories of her dark past that threaten to come back to haunt her. But before she leaves she is given two weeks to solve a single cold case of her choice. She knows which one: the Russian woman whose hope for asylum ended on the dark shore of an unfamiliar country. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ho-hum.

  • By Bobbie on 11-17-18

OMG This is amazing!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I can't really say anything about this one, except READ IT or LISTEN TO IT!

  • Murder in Hindsight

  • The New Scotland Yard Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Anne Cleeland
  • Narrated by: Marcella Riordan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Chief Inspector Acton and Detective Sergeant Kathleen Doyle know firsthand how the administration of justice can often follow a labyrinthine path. As they pursue a self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner, Acton's own questionable methods may prove his undoing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best one in the series

  • By Katerina on 04-06-15

Why did I finish this?

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Good grief, a whole lot of rogering and not much else leading to no resolution.

  • The Body in the Dales

  • A Yorkshire Murder Mystery
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

A body is discovered deep in a cave beneath the Yorkshire Dales. Leading the investigation into the mysterious death are experienced DCI Jim Oldroyd and his partner DS Carter, a newcomer from London. The deceased is Dave Atkins, well known throughout the village but not well liked. While there is no shortage of suspects, the details of the crime leave Oldroyd and Carter stumped. How did Atkins’s body end up in such a remote section of the cave? When someone with vital information turns up dead, it becomes clear that whoever is behind the murders will stop at nothing to conceal their tracks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh approach; great narration

  • By Panache on 08-12-18

The reader is excellent!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

My first JR Ellis. The story is good and the setting is almost a character. The reader made the dialect understandable and opened my experience of the locale!

  • Telling Tales

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

It has been 10 years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of 15-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie's innocence. Abigail's killer is still at large. As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh enquiries on the peninsula and villagers are hauled back to a time they hoped to forget, tensions begin to mount. But are people afraid of the killer or of their own guilty pasts?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fabulous book to listen to

  • By Gigi on 09-01-17

Vera is at it again

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I love Vera stories but this one irritated me. It takes forever to get started in the first place and the characters are almost uniformly unsympathetic. But that was not as disturbing as the authors descriptions of Vera in this book. We all know that she is not an attractive woman but in this book Vera is made grotesque. At one point her eyes are described as 'reptilian '. This was too much for those of us that love her with all her foibles. I hope the author has not lost all sympathy with her best detective.

  • Blue Monday

  • Frieda Klein, Book 1
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,240

Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for just such a child.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not in the same league as Tana French, but okay.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-26-12

My first Nicci French book

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Never read a Nicci French before and I loved their novel and the Psychiatrist 'detective'. The story was a real page turner and the narration was very good although I wished she'd been a little easier on the lead DCI. Can't wait to start the 2nd book in the series.

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author Joy Ellis never disappoints!!

  • By Wayne on 06-16-18

What a trip!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This is a new detective team and I wasn't sure if I'd like them but I certainly do. The plot was a spinner and the characters, good and bad, we're well developed over the course of the book. I can't wait for more. Well done Joy!

  • One-Way Tickets

  • A Case for Willows And Lane Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

When a local man, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, goes missing, his parents have good reason to be concerned. Emily Willows is a friend of the family and says that she knows just the person to find him - and, as Summer Lane soon points out, the fact that this also fits in with Emily's plan to set up her very own detective agency is surely just a fortuitous coincidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Female characters you can enjoy

  • By Amie Jolicoeur on 08-06-18

So glad for another!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I was so happy to get another Emily and Summer book. They're a great duo and I hope there are more and that the next one has more Emily involvement.

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  • Deadly Secrets

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 6
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep? Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim - they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating murder mystery; great detective work!

  • By Wayne on 04-15-18

Another good chapter in Erica's story

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This was fun. A little predictable but enjoyable and I can't wait to see what happens with Moss!