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  • Shot in Southwold

  • By: Suzette A. Hill
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

On the set of The Suffolk Seagull nobody really knows what is going on - least of all Felix Smythe, whose bit part is constantly changing, much to Felix’s chagrin. But the unambiguous death by gunshot of a female cast member brings a drama to proceedings lacking in the film itself, and Lady Fawcett, Rosy, Felix and even Cedric Dillworthy are once again at the centre of a murder mystery in which further victims may face the cut. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes,!.. Yes,!.. Yes,!... Her Books Are Always Winners.!!

  • By John on 10-15-18

Yes,!.. Yes,!.. Yes,!... Her Books Are Always Winners.!!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

My only regret over this series is that there aren’t any more.. I’ve also read her other popular series.. if only she could hurry up with more..!!

  • A Brush with Death

  • A Susie Mahl Mystery
  • By: Ali Carter
  • Narrated by: Joanna Bending
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

In the village of Spire, murder is afoot. Wealthy landowner Alexander, Earl of Greengrass, is caught with his trousers down in the village graveyard before meeting a gruesome end. Luckily Susie Mahl happens to be on hand. With her artist’s eye for detail and her curious nature, she is soon on the scent of the murderer.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Thoroughly Enjoyable Listen..!!!

  • By John on 10-10-18

A Thoroughly Enjoyable Listen..!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I quite enjoyed this little mystery ..and I do so hope that Audible will get the other one in this series.

  • The Blood of an Englishman

  • The Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Book 25
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Woods, Agatha watches as the baker, playing an ogre, struts and threatens on the stage. Then a trapdoor opens… followed by a scream and then silence. Surely, this isn't the way the scene was rehearsed?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, awful narration

  • By lisa on 09-25-14

This Book Was Totally Off Kilter To Our Normal Agatha

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This book was not bad.. just wrong footed.. after 2 dozen of these books one is very familiar with all of the nuances that makes MC Beaton’s books a hit.. I fear that someone must have stepped in while she was sick or something.. and “helped” her meet a deadline or something.. as I said earlier... not our usual offering from her...

  • Halloween Short Stories

  • By: George MacDonald, Vincent O'Sullivan, Hume Nisbet, and others
  • Narrated by: Emma Topping, David Moore
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

Prepare to be spooked! Here are tales of vampires, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Fine Alternative To Watching Paint Dry.!!

  • By John on 10-08-18

A Fine Alternative To Watching Paint Dry.!!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

If you are in the market to be bored out of your skull,.. then by all means,.. buy this book... there is “subtle “.. and then there “agony “..!!

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  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 22-24
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 412

"The Song Never Dies": When Alex King, leader of legendary 90s rock group Lizard, hosts a party to get the band back together, old grudges surface. At dawn Alex is found floating in the pool of his Cherringham mansion. To the police it's a drug-fueled accident. But when Jack and Sarah get involved, they quickly discover that while a song may never die - the person, who wrote it, might have been murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good light mysteries

  • By Constance Jenkins on 08-26-18

Better Hurry Up With Episodes 25,26, and 27..!!!... Nothing Worse Than Waiting On A Cliffhanger.!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Shame on you guys for leaving your loyal followers waiting for the next publication to find out what “Jack “ is faced with in his personal life..!!
I’m biting my NAILS..!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Venetian Venture

  • By: Suzette A. Hill
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Venice, 1954. Rosy Gilchrist thinks luck may be on her side. Her boss at the British Museum has chosen her to travel to Venice to track down a rare edition of Horace's Odes for their collection. Things soon take a drastic downward spiral. A wealthy recluse offers a million-pound reward for anyone who can find the treasure. Soon Rosy finds herself in a race against time as her rivals will do anything for money. Even murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Ripping Adventure...!!!

  • By John on 09-27-18

Another Ripping Adventure...!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Light,humorous and frothy little madcap comedy of errors as versus a real mystery whodunnit.... but still, well worth the time spent and the credit.. I’m on to get #3 now..

  • An Act of Villainy

  • By: Ashley Weaver
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Walking through London's West End after a night at the theater, Amory Ames and her husband Milo run into some old friends: wealthy investor and former actor Gerard Holloway and his wife, Georgina. When Holloway invites them to the dress rehearsal of the new play he's directing, Amory readily accepts. However, Amory is shocked to learn that Holloway has cast his mistress, Flora Bell, in the lead role. Furthermore, the casual invitation is not what it seems - he admits to Amory and Milo that Flora has been receiving threatening letters, and he needs their help in finding the mysterious sender. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Home Run..!!.. My Only Complaint..She Needs To Write More Quickly

  • By John on 09-19-18

Another Home Run..!!.. My Only Complaint..She Needs To Write More Quickly

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Alison and Ashley give another great showing with this little mystery..
I was quite surprised by the ending.. very tidy.. Just hurry up and write more..!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Eleventh Floor: A Gripping Supernatural Thriller

  • This Haunted World, Book Two
  • By: Shani Struthers
  • Narrated by: Lorraine Ansell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Devastated by the deaths of her parents and disillusioned with life, Caroline Daynes is in America trying to connect with their memory. Travelling to her mother's hometown of Williamsfield in Pennsylvania, she is caught in a snowstorm and forced to stop at The Egress hotel - somewhere she'd planned to visit as her parents honeymooned there. From the moment she sets foot inside the lobby and meets the surly receptionist, she realizes this is a hotel like no other. Charming and unique, it seems lost in time with a whole cast of compelling characters sheltering behind closed doors.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Was The WORST Choice Possible For This Audiobook..!!

  • By John on 09-17-18

Narrator Was The WORST Choice Possible For This Audiobook..!!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

The choice of narrator for a book will either make or break the success of an enjoyable listen... In this case it was without a doubt the most abysmal failure..
She had a little tiny itty bitty little girl voice.. a woman in her 30’s supposedly
of British origin... THEN the story is set in Pennsylvania, where she proceeds to attempt American accents for 12 characters... all with the most HORRIBLE conglomeration of country
backwards Hillbilly intonations by way of Arkansas via Georgia..!!
As I said... abysmal failure.. I’m getting my money back on this stinker..!!

  • Shadow over the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 2
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672

Detective Nikki Galena's friend and neighbor meets a tragic end, but there's more to his death than meets the eye. And someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter's past is back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoy this series.

  • By Charlotte Araki on 05-27-17

Another Good... Solid Success..

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This series never disappoints ...!!
I’m always satisfied with this author ..
Wiling away the afternoon with a mug of coffee and a twisty procedural crime novel...heavenly time ,well spent..!!

  • Murder at Hawthorn Cottage

  • A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Betty Rowlands
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Melissa Craig is absolutely delighted with her new life in an old crumbling cottage, spending her days pruning the primroses and getting to know Binkie, the ginger cat next door. She only wishes she had made the move to the countryside sooner. But when a knock at the door brings news of a shocking discovery, she suddenly finds herself thrown in to the middle of a baffling mystery: the bones of a young woman have been found in the woods just behind her new home. Perhaps the little village of Upper Bembury is not as idyllic as it first seemed? Strange phone calls in the night convince Melissa that the police are barking up completely the wrong tree, so she can’t resist doing a little digging of her own. From the bingo hall to the beauty salon and beyond, her search ruffles a few feathers and uncovers many of the village’s most scandalous secrets, but gets her no closer to finding the culprit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Without A Doubt,.. The Strangest Narration I Have EVER Heard

  • By John on 09-09-18

Without A Doubt,.. The Strangest Narration I Have EVER Heard

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Yikes,..!!.. A book can be absolutely stellar... but if you choose the wrong narrator,.. and give her free reign to muddle the accents of everyone in the entire book..(except the heroine) you are sure to have a recipe for disaster.
A quirky , regional inflection, not unlike a peculiar aunt is FINE for one character,.. but she did it for men, women,young,old, good ,bad .. impossible not to be peevish by the time it was blessedly over...

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