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  • Apple Strudel Alibi

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

When Gemma’s romantic holiday with her boyfriend is cancelled, the tearoom sleuth finds herself heading to Vienna instead with her cat Muesli and the nosy Old Biddies for company. And it’s not long before they stumble across a murder right in the heart of Austria’s historic capital. A handsome art critic dies suspiciously at their hotel, and the Old Biddies are determined to sniff out the killer. Is it the bitter hotel owner nursing a grudge? The critic’s jealous mistress wanting revenge? Or even the American horse trainer who seems inexplicably nervous around the police? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holiday fun with a twist

  • By April Goldman on 08-20-18

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Fun Sunday afternoon read. Great narration. Nice mystery with some history thrown in to the mix.

  • The Last Word

  • Books by the Bay Mystery Series # 3
  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Olivia Limoges and the Bayside Book Writers are excited about Oyster Bay's newest resident: bestselling novelist Nick Plumley, who's come to work on his next book. But when Olivia stops by Plumley's rental she finds that he's been strangled to death. Her instincts tell her that something from the past came back to haunt him, but she never expects that the investigation could spell doom for one of her dearest friends....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story!

  • By Madonna on 10-14-15

Why did the author have to start adding sex?

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

The first two books in this series were great- a strong complex female lead with a good backstory, good interaction between characters, the requisite faithful pet, and even very decent mysteries. Where there was never ever doubt that the lead character was happy to have no commitment relationships (read casual sex) it was not until book three that the author decided to graphically describe the encounters. Authors need to make up their minds about what audience they want or they may just lose both.

  • Tom Clancy Line of Sight

  • Jack Ryan Jr., Book 4
  • By: Mike Maden
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258

Twenty-six years ago, Dr. Cathy Ryan restored the eyesight of a young Bosnian girl who had been injured during an attack in the Bosnian War. Today, her son, Jack Ryan Jr. has agreed to track down the young woman and deliver a letter from his mother. The helpless child has grown into a remarkable woman. Aida Curic is a self-possessed beauty with a big heart and an even bigger secret who runs a controversial refugee agency near Sarajevo. Jack finds himself deeply drawn to both her and her country, but soon finds himself in the crosshairs of the seething ethnic tensions and ancient blood feuds of the Balkans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maden pulls off another WOW Jack Jr book!

  • By shelley on 06-13-18

Returning

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Gratuitously violent. For example- before slitting someone's throat the female character is bemoaning the fact she would not have a chance to have "real fun" by attaching a car battery to genitals.

  • An Early Wake

  • County Cork Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Summer is ending in County Cork, Ireland, and with it the tourist season. Expat Maura Donovan is determined to keep Sullivan's Pub in the black as the days grow shorter - but how? When she hears that the place was once a hot spot for Irish musicians who'd come play in the back room, she wonders if bringing back live music might be Sullivan's salvation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitious elements and annoyingly fretful

  • By Wild Horses Flying on 06-01-17

Enough with the self -examination that never ends!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The characters are well developed and I love the setting but I am going nuts with the continual self-questioning-self-examination. It is almost impossible to find a declarative sentence. What was her editor thinking?

Has An Early Wake turned you off from other books in this genre?

I will try one more but if this is another string of the main character letting her tea cool as she asks herself a compendium of "what ifs" I give up....

What does Amy Rubinate bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A little sing-songy but I am pretty sure that is what the character sounds like given her whiny personality.

Was An Early Wake worth the listening time?

I do not feel I threw away 8 hours of my life but it certainly raised my frustration level.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Karen Swan

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  • By: Elise Italiaander
  • Narrated by: Karen Swan
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In this interview Karen Swan talks about her latest novel, The Christmas Secret. She discusses her deep connection with Scotland, her essential Christmas traditions and her gift-giving successes and disasters.... Best-selling author Karen Swan began her career as a fashion journalist but switched it for a life writing novels in a little tree house in the countryside. Renowned for her sumptuous stories of romance, idyllic European cities and happy-ever-afters, Karen is a master of the holiday listen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Name Dropping and dropping and dropping

  • By Patricia on 01-12-18

Name Dropping and dropping and dropping

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Any additional comments?

This was a great story but the continual name dropping of designers belying the author's fashion writer background got very tedious. The narrator was excellent.

  • The Library at the Edge of the World

  • By: Felicity Hayes-McCoy
  • Narrated by: Emma Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

As she drives her mobile-library van between the villages of Ireland's West Coast, Hanna Casey tries not to think about a lot of things. Like the sophisticated lifestyle she abandoned after finding her husband in bed with another woman. Or that she's back in the rural Irish town she walked away from in her teens, living in the back bedroom of her overbearing mother's retirement bungalow. Or, worse yet, her nagging fear that, as the local librarian and a prominent figure in the community, her failed marriage and ignominious return have made her the focus of gossip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming

  • By Patricia on 01-05-18

Charming

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Absolutely perfect characters, setting, and story. It is one of those books that makes you want to climb in the pages and live.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Secret Santa (Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 25)

  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

Bill Vokes has played Santa at the children's Christmas show for years. But with the show just hours away, he vanishes with no explanation. The whole village is baffled. Did something bad happen to loveable Bill, upstanding citizen, churchgoer, life and soul of the party and the holiday season? Jack and Sarah are on the case - and soon discover there are secrets about this Santa that no one could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series! please make more!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-11-18

Another great story

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

As always, wonderful storytellers and perfect narrator. Thanks for an engaging holiday respite in Cherringham!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuban Affair

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,411

Daniel Graham MacCormick - Mac for short - seems to have a pretty good life. At age 35 he's living in Key West, owner of a 42-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the army as an infantry officer, with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky. One day Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun read with a continuous build, ok finish

  • By Virgil on 09-22-17

What a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Great idea for a story and Scott Brick was at his best but the character -as sometimes happens in a DeMille book- had nothing but sex to talk about even though they were in the middle of a dangerous operation that perhaps could have used his attention.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Pancakes and Corpses

  • Peridale Cafe Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Agatha Frost
  • Narrated by: Kelly-Anne Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94

Soon to be divorced Julia South never expected to be caught up in solving a murder, until she discovered the body of her cafe's most awkward customer. With a new smug Detective Inspector in town who underestimates her every move, Julia makes it her mission to discover the real murderer, before her village friends are dragged into the frame, and more bodies are discovered.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Should be Reading to Kindergarten Classes

  • By Tracey Rains on 05-28-17

Good Story but...

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Narrator needs to work on her male voices. Her detective Barker sounded like a cross between Lurch and a dim witted gangster. It almost made me stop listening on several occasions. But cute cozy story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,843

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice cozy read!

  • By BikeVON on 11-30-16

Gentle Fun

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

Gentle mystery and fun and humor much needed these days! I am off to read the next installment