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  • A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder

  • Countess of Harleigh Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Dianne Freeman
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

 

Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, she puts aside her drab black gowns, leaving the countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws behind. With her young daughter in tow, Frances rents a home in Belgravia and prepares to welcome her sister, Lily, arriving from New York - for her first London season.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional blending

  • By tzinnamon on 07-01-18

Silly book best enjoyed by teenager girl

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I like trying new authors. It is hit or miss, but even established authors have their misses. This author deals with a NY heiress being foisted into a loveless marriage with a poor nobleman in need of her father's money. If one likes the period, there are numerous better written choices.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Quartet Murders

  • Yorkshire Murder Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

DCI Oldroyd has seen his fair share of victims, but he has never witnessed a murder - until now. When world-famous violinist Hans Muller is shot and killed during a concert, the detective is faced with a case beyond logic. The culprit is nowhere to be found - and the victim’s priceless violin has disappeared too. As Oldroyd investigates the murderer’s identity and the motive for the killing, he enters the ruthless world of wealthy instrument collectors and stumbles upon a dark path where shocking secrets have been buried in the past. But the secrets will soon take centre stage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd J.R. Ellis winner!

  • By Panache on 08-16-18

2nd J.R. Ellis winner!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I have already pre-ordered 3rd book in this series due in September. It is refreshing to find a mystery that is not a rework of others you have read. The narrator is outstanding. Mr. Ellis has a sincere fan. May his books in this series long continue.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 273
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

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

Fresh approach; great narration

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I enjoyed this book enough to have ordered the 2nd in the series and plan to pre-order book three.

Author does splendid job developing the lead characters with quick efficiency. Narrator was superb.

This was a fun police procedural that introduces you to the limestone caves of Yorkshire. Police team is likeable and
collateral characters interesting.

Highly recommended,

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on Black Swan Lane

  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,064

The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but boredom and pride lead him to reckless behavior. He does not suffer fools gladly. So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit and strikes back. As their war of words escalates, London's most popular satirical cartoonist, A. J. Quill, skewers them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new series!

  • By Mystery Maven on 10-22-17

Promising Prequel to new series

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

What did you love best about Murder on Black Swan Lane?

Promise of learning more about interesting characters.

Would you be willing to try another book from Andrea Penrose? Why or why not?

Yes, I want to find out more about Charlotte and Rexford's back stories.

Have you listened to any of James Cameron Stewart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The use of the term man child seemed anachronistic.

Any additional comments?

Hopefully alchemy has been exhausted.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in an English Village

  • By: Jessica Ellicott
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,281

The year is 1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. And, honestly, until America comes to its senses and repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside and subjecting herself to bathtub gin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait For Next Book

  • By Sally W. Harris on 05-22-18

Humorous cozy mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder in an English Village to be better than the print version?

Did not read print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder in an English Village?

The attitudinal differences between the wealth, worldly American and the impoverished, British gentry spinster.

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

Superb talent.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh.,

Any additional comments?

I look forward to volume 2 of the new series.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Friction

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,155

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter, Georgia, in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act and met all the court-imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Entirely incredible in the true sense of the word

  • By Bill Graham on 09-04-15

Loser

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Would you try another book from Sandra Brown and/or Stephen Lang?

Not Brown. This was my first and last.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Haven't decided.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephen Lang?

He was not the problem.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None

Any additional comments?

There is no real court room activity.

  • Marine One

  • By: James W. Huston
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181

After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president. Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Political Conspiracy or Accident? Courtroom Drama!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 01-03-16

Spellbinding

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Would you listen to Marine One again? Why?

Not likely.

What other book might you compare Marine One to and why?

It was unique.

Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had trouble stopping, despite the fact that the actual admissibility of the defense lawyer's evidence and tactics in a Federal District Ct. stretched credulity.

Any additional comments?

Enjoy. It was fun. .

  • The English Boys

  • A Mystery
  • By: Julia Thomas
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Daniel Richardson and his best friend, Hugh Ashley-Hunt, both rising British actors, are in love with the same woman, the free-spirited Tamsyn Burke. Daniel reluctantly steps aside when Tamsyn decides to marry Hugh, but right before the wedding ceremony, Tamsyn is murdered. Suspicion falls on the family, friends, and associates in attendance. Motivated by both Hugh's grief and his own, Daniel joins forces with Tamsyn's younger sister, Carey, to find the killer.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst book in sometime

  • By Panache on 09-02-17

Worst book in sometime

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Many characters were introduced, but very few were adequately developed or relevant to the outcome.


  • Write to Die

  • By: Charles Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078

Hollywood's latest blockbuster is all set to premiere - until a faded superstar claims the script was stolen from her. To defend the studio, in steps the Harold Firm, one of Los Angeles's top entertainment litigation firms and as much a part of the glamorous scene as the studios themselves. As a newly minted partner, it's Rory Calburton's case, and his career, to win or lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Good Storyline.....

  • By R. Pontiflet on 12-18-16

Write to Die = Death on a High Floor

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

What made the experience of listening to Write to Die the most enjoyable?

Court room action

What other book might you compare Write to Die to and why?

I enjoyed Charles Rosenberg's 1st courtroom mystery Death on a High Floor, but was put off by reviews of his 2nd and 3rd books. Write to Die #4 is as good as his first book. Don't hesitate to buy it.

Which character – as performed by Will Damron – was your favorite?

All well done.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really. It was just a fun read.

Any additional comments?

Sarah Gold was unique, intriguing, and appealing.. She didn't fit the mold of a first year associate at a white show law firm.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful