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J. Ellis

Portland, Oregon
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  • 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 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

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 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

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 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

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 1,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,221

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 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

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
  • Well written, excellent performance

  • By 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿 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 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696

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!

  • Lane

  • A Case For Willows And Lane, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

"So I thought I might take up paragliding. You know, buy one on eBay and just jump off the cliff one morning." Emily Willows is middle-aged, widowed, wealthy, and bored. When she makes those flippant remarks to her son over coffee one Friday, she has no inkling that within a few hours she will be facing the most terrifying situation of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IT'S A DEFINITE YES

  • By Ann on 05-30-18

Can't wait for the next one!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

This pairing of an older widow and a tough young female detective is perfect. We watch as the young women awakens the older to her potential. This relationship is just starting. Go back to work Mr. Grainger!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,421

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By JK907 on 01-11-18

Talk about plot twists!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I couldn't stop listening. I'd have it figured out and then...not. Loved it. Hope they collaborate again!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in Retribution

  • Scotland Yard, Book 2
  • By: Anne Cleeland
  • Narrated by: Marcella Riordan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

Despite their investigative prowess, Scotland Yard's Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair, Lord Acton, and rookie detective Kathleen Doyle stir more than a few feathers at CID Headquarters when their relationship comes to light. But office politics quickly become trivial when a rash of underworld murders shatters London's normally austere façade. With a growing list of successfully solved cases to her name, the ever-dauntless Doyle shakes off the gossip and sets out to investigate the escalating turf war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy on drama, light on mystery

  • By Tracey on 08-02-14

This isn't much of a mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

This is really a romance novel with all together too many boring sex scenes. Not my cup of tea.