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  • The Whole Art of Detection

  • Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225

Internationally best-selling author Lyndsay Faye became enamored with tales of Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed biographer, Dr. John Watson, as a child and later began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction - from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! More Sherlock!

  • By KadySiga on 03-13-17

Richly Wrought With Incredible Mastering Of Long Forgotten Proper English

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Seldom,... nay never, have I been so thrilled with an audiobook..!!
Masterful written with cunning use of the English language.

  • The Christmas Card Crime

  • And Other Stories
  • By: Martin Edwards
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin, Anne Dover
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

A Christmas party is punctuated by a gunshot under a policeman’s watchful eye. A jewel heist is planned amidst the glitz and glamour of Oxford Street’s Christmas shopping. And lost in a snowstorm, a man finds a motive for murder.... This collection of mysteries explores the darker side of the festive season, from unexplained disturbances in the fresh snow to the darkness that lurks beneath the sparkling decorations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Aahhh... Just The Right Blend Of Mystery, Murder And Christmas.!!

  • By John on 12-04-18

Aahhh... Just The Right Blend Of Mystery, Murder And Christmas.!!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

If you’re looking for Christmas season Cozy mystery thrillers,.. then this is the audiobook for you..!!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Tale of Two Murders

  • A Dickens of a Crime Series, Book 1
  • By: Heather Redmond
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

In the winter of 1835, young Charles Dickens is a journalist on the rise at the Evening Chronicle. Invited to dinner at the estate of the newspaper's co-editor, Charles is smitten with his boss' daughter, vivacious 19-year-old Kate Hogarth. They are having the best of times when a scream shatters the pleasant evening. Charles, Kate, and her father rush to the neighbors' home, where Miss Christiana Lugoson lies unconscious on the floor. By morning, the poor young woman will be dead.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Pulls you back in time. Amazing!

  • By C. Hall on 08-15-18

Enjoyable From Start To Finish..!!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I began looking for a British based Cozy mystery set in winter.. This one was superior in my estimation.
It had all of the right ingredients.

  • Christmas at The Grange

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686

It's Christmas 1909, and for once Lady Hardcastle - respectable gentlewoman, amateur spy - and her lady's maid, Florence Armstrong, are setting sleuthing aside. They are invited to the festivities up at The Grange, as guests of Sir Hector and Lady Farley-Stroud. But barely have corks been popped and parlour games played when a mysterious crime comes to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Short Tale!

  • By Alan K. on 01-10-18

Charming Christmas Cozy..!!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

As always,.. Lady Hardcastle delights her audience.. a sweet light tale,.. just right for the holidays.

  • Her Last Secret

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Barbara Copperthwaite
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 688

The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas's head was the image of her teenage daughter's face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out. They were the perfect family. Successful businessman Ben Thomas and his wife Dominique live an enviable life, along with their beautiful children: teenager Ruby and quirky younger daughter Mouse. But on Christmas Day the police are called to their London home, only to discover a horrific scene: the entire family lying lifeless, victims of an unknown assailant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Stacy on 11-06-17

Horrible..!!..Horrible..!!..Horrible..!!..

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

I will be asking for my credit refunded for this appalling book.. I have been upset, horrified, sickened, and pulled through an emotional wringer...
I cannot express my deep and abiding
loathing of this piece of ruthless drivel
enough... Horrible cannot label it toxic enough for me.

  • The Trouble with Harriet

  • By: Dorothy Cannell
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Ellie Haskell aspires to live a perfectly normal life with her husband and children in their lovely old house. But bizarre events and outlandish characters keep landing on her doorstep in Chitterton Fells, the charming little village by the sea. Just when Ellie means to escape her hectic life by taking a vacation in France, her long-lost father shows up with the ashes of his lady love in his suitcase. Ellie becomes suspicious as Daddy recounts the details of his storybook romance with Harriet, the platinum-blonde ideal of English womanhood....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Haskell books better on the page

  • By H on 01-06-13

Laugh Out Loud Amusing Cozy..!!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

What a hoot,..!!.. Laughed out loud throughout the audiobook.. and Barbara Rosenblat as narrator only makes it all the more entertaining..!
Hope Audible gets the others in this series.!

  • The Body in the Marsh

  • DCI Craig Gillard, Book 1
  • By: Nick Louth
  • Narrated by: Marston York
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife, Liz, goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin.... To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation. Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present? The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Miriam Sabir on 10-28-18

Tight...Taut...Terrific...Trust Me...!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Why oh why isn’t there another of this authors books available at present from Audible beyond me... while I figured out fairly soon what the outcome would be,.. I was still gripped throughout.. great read,.. great ride..

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bad to the Bone

  • DI Bliss, Book 1
  • By: Tony J. Forder
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

A skeletal body is unearthed in a wooded area of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. DI James Bliss, together with DC Penny Chandler, investigates the case and discovers that the young female victim had been relocated from her original burial site. A witness is convinced that a young female was struck by a vehicle back in the summer of 1990 and that police attended the scene. However, no record exists of either the accident or the reported victim. As the case develops, two retired police officers are murdered. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Listen

  • By Cindy Birkner on 09-28-18

A Very Pleasant Surprise..!!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

This book was a very pleasant surprise.
I had no expectations from this author as I had not run across his work before.
It was well crafted, with a good strong narration...I will be buying the next in this series..

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Shades of Murder

  • By: Ann Granger
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The two elderly sisters of the Oakley family live in poverty in an ancient mansion and have decided to sell up to live comfortably from the profits. However, things become more complicated when a young Polish man appears claiming rights to half the fortune. When he dies in circumstances familiar to the Oakley family, the sisters are haunted by the shadow of crime, and Superintendent Markby must look back at the events of a century ago to find the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious Murder Mystery

  • By Margaret H on 10-12-07

Always A Good Satisfying Read..!!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

You can always be assured that you will get your “money’s worth” when purchasing one of Ann Grangers books
... a satisfying listen at all times..

  • Murder on the Levels

  • Exham on Sea Mysteries Series, Book 2
  • By: Frances Evesham
  • Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Two cyclists die on the Somerset Levels, and the Exham bakery gets the blame. Libby Forest runs into danger as she sets out to solve the mystery, save the bakery and rescue her career, helped by Bear, the enormous Carpathian Sheepdog, Fuzzy, an aloof marmalade cat, and the handsome, secretive Max Ramshore. Set in the coastal resort of Exham on Sea, Murder on the Levels features a cast of local characters, including Mandy the teenage Goth, her new boyfriend, Steve, Frank the baker, and Detective Sergeant Joe Ramshore, Max's estranged son.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If Only The Narrative Were More Peppy.!

  • By John on 10-26-18

If Only The Narrative Were More Peppy.!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Alright Jennifer ,... if the author is to keep hiring you to narrate her audiobooks you simply must enliven your performance.,!!.. Sound peppier,
add some enthusiasm to that monosyllabic monotone “performance
of yours... If you’re supposed to still be young enough to be interested in men..
Then don’t sound lackluster and ready for the grave..!!.. be more spunky..!!