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  • A Fatal Grace

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 2
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,641

Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder. No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter - and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Time to get lost and find yourself in Three Pines.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-09-14

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Being Canadian married to a Montrealer I loved the unique character of Quebec and the intimate encompassing landscape as the setting. Gamache is a stunning and believable character and Reine-Marie his ever present shield. The stories are complex and densely populated with a throng of unbelievable people who become known and accepted, loved for their eccentricity and vulnerability.

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  • A Keeper

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

The mystery of Elizabeth Keane's father is one that has never been solved by the people of Buncarragh - not for lack of speculation. Her mother, Patricia, had been assumed a spinster until she began dating a mysterious man from out of town and within months had left Buncarragh and had married. Less than two years later, Patricia was back, with a new baby in her arms but no new husband by her side and unbendingly silent about her recent past. A secret she would take with her to her grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man of surprises

  • By Robin on 11-05-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Very different than the first but equally intriguing. I love the complex characters and twists and turns. Add to that GN’s wonderful narration and you have a mystery wrapped in an Irish story worth telling.

  • A Gentleman's Murder

  • By: Christopher Huang
  • Narrated by: Raphael Corkhill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

The year is 1924. Only a few years removed from the trenches of Flanders, Lieutenant Eric Peterkin has just been granted membership in the most prestigious soldiers-only club in London: the Britannia. But when a gentleman's wager ends with a member stabbed to death, the victim's last words echo in the lieutenant's head: that he would "Soon right a great wrong from the past".  Eric is certain one of his fellow members is the murderer. But who?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Your little grey cells will be delighted with this murder mystery

  • By cygnet3 on 11-13-18

Its like being one of the boys

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

In this book you get a birds eye view of an exclusive British club after WW1 and the characters who inhabit it. It is told in the first person which really works for this private and intimate male sanctuary. It deals with the inherent racism in Britain at that time,with a curious mixture of male social behaviour, British reserve and army etiquette thrown in for good measure. Secrets and lies abound and a murder occurs. Eric Peterkin is an outsider due to his mixed race heritage, but tolerated to different degrees by the various individuals. He begins to try and solve the murder in an ever unfolding narrative where secrets are exposed and a mosaic of the crime comes together thru Peterkin’s eyes. The mystery is a maze, with many wrong turns and stumbles. Peterkin’s method is intuition and attack and he is not afraid to be unliked. He makes mistakes but his resolution is firm and he slogs thru mud to get to the truth. It is an image of the trench warfare that they have experienced, a inch forward and then two back. The characters are wonderful and the plot is complex and imaginative.

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  • Hothouse Flower

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

As a child, Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where her grandfather tended the exotic flowers. So when a family tragedy strikes, Julia returns to the tranquility of Wharton Park and its hothouse. Recently inherited by charismatic Kit Crawford, the estate is undergoing renovation. This leads to the discovery of an old diary, prompting the pair to seek out Julia's grandmother to learn the truth behind a love affair that almost destroyed Wharton Park.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a lovely story

  • By Cindy on 03-24-15

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

A touching and tender story of a house and the families it contains. Lots of mysteries and twists and turns.

  • The Orange Lilies: A Morton Farrier Novella

  • The Forensic Genealogist Series
  • By: Nathan Dylan Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Ip
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Morton Farrier has spent his entire career as a forensic genealogist solving other people’s family history secrets, all the while knowing so little of his very own family’s mysterious past. However, this poignant Christmas-time novella sees Morton’s skills put to use much closer to home, as he must confront his own past, present, and future through events both present day and 100 years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the mixture of Genealogy and mystery

  • By Beth B on 12-17-18

Love the mixture of Genealogy and mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Genealogy is a mystery in and of itself, so its a natural platform for additional mystery and Morton Farrier is deep in his own mystery and the mysteries of others. His characters are well drawn and have become friends and the various mysteries are fascinating. I love the unfolding story of Morton’s family and we get quite a lot more here. The writing is terrific and the narration is excellent.


  • Summer Half

  • By: Angela Thirkell
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

A captivating comic novel from Angela Thirkell's much-loved 1930s Barsetshire series: trainee barrister Colin Keith makes an ill-advised foray into teaching at Southbridge School. To his parents' dismay, Colin Keith - out of the noble but misplaced sense of duty peculiar to high-minded young university graduates - chooses to quit his training for the Bar and take a teaching job at Southbridge School.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Have Taught College English...

  • By Douglas on 08-24-16

Humour and irony

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Obviously written in the thirties before the war, it is a window into the lives of various people, both rich and poor. It is a life that stopped during and after the war.

  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 798

It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Story

  • By Jennifer Wadsworth on 09-05-15

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I lived this offbeat story with quirky characters and mystical creatures. The story was also quirky and impossible to guess where it was going. My only small beef was that it ended very suddenly but at the time it left you connecting the dots

  • The Beekeeper's Promise

  • By: Fiona Valpy
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman’s story, a story that could change the course of her summer - and her life. In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France’s eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Très bien fait

  • By Haveenoughstuff on 09-15-18

Wonderful story full of history

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I loved this story about the Chateau in France on the border of the occupied territory in France. I had no idea of this area and much of the story is based on real people with fictional characters mixing with the actual real people. Her research is wonderful and the story was absorbing and heartwarming with much sadness. It is a window into the war and a reminder why war so awful. It is sad this seems to be the only solution at times. It is a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I also loved the narrator and felt she did an excellent job

  • A Distant Magic

  • The Guardian Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Mary Jo Putney
  • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Jean Macrae was born into a leading Scottish Guardian family. Her father and brother are masters of the extraordinary powers all Guardians use to protect their homeland. But what magic Jean can muster is painful to use; she seldom calls upon it. During a visit to Marseilles to attend a Guardian wedding, Jean meets a handsome stranger who kidnaps her, claiming the Macrae family owes him a blood debt. Her abductor, Captain Zander, threatens to sell her into slavery on the Barbary Coast. Will he follow through, or can his mind be changed by a woman with whom he is swiftly falling in love?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • important subject but too long

  • By Beth B on 08-27-18

important subject but too long

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I loved the other 3 books in this series but found this somewhat heavy handed and slow going. While the time travel elements were interesting, the message of the book, which I totally agree with, was none the less presented over and over and became
repetitive. I think more editing was necessary, but it is a very important subject to broach.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pearl Thief

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Maggie Service
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,030

From the internationally acclaimed best-selling author of Code Name Verity comes a stunning new story of pearls, love and murder. Sixteen-year-old Julie Beaufort-Stuart is returning to her family's ancestral home in Perthshire for one last summer. It is not an idyllic return to childhood. Her grandfather's death has forced the sale of the house and estate, and this will be a summer of good-byes. Not least to the McEwen family - Highland travellers who have been part of the landscape for as long as anyone can remember.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Freshwater Pearls and Scottish Plaid

  • By Cynthia on 08-14-17

Fresh and original

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I had to listen to this one in one sitting as I was intrigued by the setting, characters and subject matter. I had never heard of Scottish river pearls so enjoyed learning about them and also more about the travellers. The story was carefully woven and fun to listen to. The heroines were sparkling and I enjoyed the ambiguity of each one.