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Valerie J. Dumond

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  • The Fifth Victim

  • The Cherokee Pointe Series, Book 1
  • By: Beverly Barton
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Deep in the Smoky Mountains, the victim lies, sacrificed on a makeshift altar. FBI agent Dallas Sloan knows the scene all too well - just as he knows the killings won't stop until there are four more bodies. Genny Madoc's "sixth sense" has brought many of Cherokee Pointe's residents to her isolated log cabin, looking for help. But now it's Genny who needs help from the disturbing visions she sees. Thrown together by necessity, drawn to each other by desire, Dallas and Genny must band together, searching the darkest heart of a town's hidden secrets.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More romance than mystery.

  • By Nichole on 10-10-18

Great mystery....sappy romance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Loved this mystery....kept thinking I knew who "dunnit" but I was wrong. The romance part of this book was just too sappy for me, but I do hope there is a next book in the series.

  • The Girl with No Name

  • Detective Josie Quinn, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Regan
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Detective Josie Quinn is horrified when she’s called to the house of a mother who had her newborn baby snatched from her arms. A woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from, or why she is so terrified.... Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim? As Josie digs deeper, a letter about a mix-up at a fertility clinic links the nameless girl and the missing child to a spate of killings across the county.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • English

  • By Beth Latina on 07-19-18

Great story, terrible narrator....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Great mystery but once again the narration is distracting. The mispronounced words throughout this audio is almost laughable. I'm not sure who "proof listens" to audio books before they're released for purchase, but whoever it is needs to find a new job! Please Lisa Regan....find a new narrator for your excellent books!!!

  • Vanishing Girls

  • Detective Josie Quinn
  • By: Lisa Regan
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

Everyone in the small town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing 17-year-old girl. All they've found so far is her phone and another girl they didn't even know was missing. Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it's clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona. Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I’m not sure I can finish...

  • By Eric J Valenzuela on 02-26-18

Beware! Story would have been really good,but NOT the narrator!!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I've just started listening and I'm not sure I can finish! This narrator is AWFUL! So very distracting. I cringe every time I hear "been" pronounced as "bean"...or "eat" as "et" just as some examples. Her pronunciation of so many words are so off its almost funny. Too bad she narrates all the books in the series. I doubt I will listen to any more from this series. Before purchasing, I STRONGLY suggest you listen to the sample. Terrible terrible, and yes TERRIBLE, narration!!!!! ++++update+++++ ok...I stuck it out despite my constant eye roll for the narration, but this was actually a very good thriller/mystery. I give it 4+ stars for the story. And I will go ahead with book #2....I figure I've gotten used to the narration so I might as well persevere rather than wait and have to adjust to the narrator again :)......not sure I could! I would recommend reading the series.

  • The Body Counter

  • Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Anne Frasier
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Months after discovering the mastermind behind her own kidnapping, Detective Jude Fontaine is dealing with the past the only way she knows how: by returning to every dark corner of it. But it’s a new, escalating series of mass slayings that has become her latest obsession at Homicide. At first, Jude and her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, can see no pattern to the seemingly random methods, the crime scenes, or the victims - until they’re approached by a brilliantly compulsive math professor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The bodies just pile up in this one!

  • By shelley on 06-13-18

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Excellent #2 in series. Can't wait until the next book comes out! Great story and characters.

  • Caged

  • A Novel
  • By: Ellison Cooper
  • Narrated by: Danielle Deadwyler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

 In a residential Washington, D.C., neighborhood, a young woman's body is found in the basement of an abandoned house - starved to death in a cage, along with the video footage of a dark and deadly ritual. The victim is identified as the daughter of a prominent D.C. politician, and it falls to the FBI to track down the unconscionable psychopath who murdered her. FBI special agent Sayer Altair would rather conduct research on criminality than catch actual criminals. But when she's offered a promotion hinging on her next assignment, she reluctantly accepts the "Cage Killer" case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This new author should go far...

  • By shelley on 08-18-18

Enjoyed

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Great story and characters. I hope this is just the first in a series and look forward to more from this author and narrator.

  • A Killer's Mind

  • Zoe Bentley Mystery
  • By: Mike Omer
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, the FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want more

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-15-18

This was so good! 5 stars!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-18

First time I've read this author and let me say it wouldn't be my last! I loved this book! Finished it in one day as I couldn't stop listening to it! Loved the character's and the narrator was fantastic! Great story line...and I have to say there was some humor in it as well....which I don't think is often said to describe this type of genre....but it was so good. Can't wait for book #2....and in the mean time I will definitely check out his other books! Best audio of the summer!

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  • One Last Breath

  • By: Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

Rory Abernathy’s wedding to Liam Bastian turned into a bloodbath. She fled after stabbing a masked intruder, just before a gunman opened fire on the wedding party. Five years on, Rory still has no idea who was behind the attacks. Fearful she and her daughter remain targets, she’s made a new life far from Liam and the wealthy, powerful Bastians. But even in remote Point Roberts, Washington, she can’t hide from the past. Liam tracks Rory down, stunned to learn they have a child. Did someone in Rory’s family try to kill him for his portion of the Bastian estate?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • One Last Breath

  • By Hogan14 on 05-02-18

Good story but too long

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Enjoyed the story and the narrator did a great job. However, there was a lot.. and I mean a lot... of repetition and I kept wanting to jump ahead because it just kept.dragging on and on and on. The ending was a bit of a surprise.

  • A Cold Dark Place

  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

In a secluded farm house in the Pacific Northwest, a family has been slaughtered – and a teenage son has disappeared. Single mother and cop, Emily Kenyon spearheads a dark hunt for a killer. But Emily's teenage daughter Jenna is one step ahead of her...are planted in...Jenna knows the boy suspected of murdering his family and wants to help him – perhaps too much

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Cold Dark Place deserves better reviews

  • By shelley on 07-20-14

Good story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I enjoyed the story...but the narrator was totally wrong. It really took away from the story as his female voices were almost comical. Not sure why the narrator was a male, as the main character and most of the other characters were female. Plus, the narrator's voice reminded me of one of those 1970's educational speakers....not appropriate for the story. I won't be listening to any more from this author if he uses the same narrator. There are too many other audibles to choose from.

  • Maniacal

  • A Detective Jade Monroe Crime Thriller series, Book 1
  • By: C.M. Sutter
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Sleepy little North Bend just woke up. The newly promoted Sergeant Jade Monroe and her partner, detective Jack Steele, have just been informed of an unidentified male body found at a local lake. The town is in an uproar. The victim was nearly decapitated, and murder simply doesn't happen in North Bend. As more bodies turn up, the single connection between all of the victims becomes clear - it's Jade, herself. With each new victim getting one step closer to Jade, time begins to tick away. She must find the person responsible before her loved ones, or herself, are targeted next.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Jan M on 09-04-18

Enjoyed.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I enjoyed this book, though I must say I figured out the villain early on in the story, but it was interesting. My only complaint...or drawback, was that I thought the character's interactions with each other was a bit "Polly Anna"...everyone was too nice....or something...it was just a bit odd for me. That being said, I gave it 4 stars and will definitely get the next book in the series.

  • Unseen

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Madison Avery is a young woman with a huge problem. From her penthouse apartment, she witnessed a murder in the building across the street, but by the time the police arrived, the crime scene had been wiped clean. Unfortunately Madison suffers from prosopagnosia - face blindness - so even though she had a clear view of the murder, she can't describe the victim or the killer. With no forensic evidence that a crime was committed and no description of the victim to match to a body, the police have no choice but to close the file.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shaye Archer is back!!

  • By shelley on 02-27-18

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Love this series! This book had an unexpected twist, the inability to recognize faces, something I didn't know existed. I can't wait until the next book come out!! I love the author and the narrator!!

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