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Karen Ericksen

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  • The Child Next Door: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,442

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her newborn, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor saying, "Let’s take the child - and go." Is someone trying to steal her little girl?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite "Unputdownable"...

  • By D. Paige on 05-04-18

Same style as the two others In series

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

This book was a disappointment be cause it followed the same plot ideas as her other two books. All 3 have the same twist idea at the end, the same paranoia and lack of support for her anxiety. Haven’t seen this in other books.

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  • The Fire Pit

  • By: Chris Ould
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

In the wake of a dying man’s apparent suicide, the skeleton of a young woman is discovered on a windswept hillside. Detective Hjalti Hentze suspects that it is the body of a Norwegian woman reported missing 40 years earlier, while a commune occupied the land, and whose death may be linked to the abduction and rape of a local Faroese girl. Meanwhile British DI Jan Reyna is pursuing his investigation into his mother’s suicide. But as he learns more about her final days, links between the two cases start to appear: a conspiracy of murder and abuse spanning four decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of Three

  • By Jim on 08-11-18

Terrific

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

The whole trilogy is excellent. Intellectually so[histicated, great plots, very good writing as well as great narrator. The very best of,Scandinavian crime mysteries.

  • Trespassing

  • A Novel
  • By: Brandi Reeds
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

Veronica Cavanaugh’s grasp on the world is slipping. Her latest round of fertility treatments not only failed but left her on edge and unbalanced. And her three-year-old daughter, Elizabella, has a new imaginary friend, who seems much more devilish than playful. So when Veronica’s husband fails to return home from a business trip, what’s left of her stability begins to crumble. Given her family’s history of mental illness, and Elizabella’s insistence that her daddy is dead, Veronica starts questioning herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you guessing until the end!

  • By Wayne on 04-01-18

Ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

The plot is contorted. The narrator isn’t very good. Don’t buy. This. It’s a very silly book.

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,052

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I read mystery books all the time. Many,many are either potboiler or simply mediocre. I’m running out of favorite authors. But I just found a new one. Excellent from start to finish.

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  • Murder on Black Swan Lane

  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 880

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

Full of cliches, peculiar plot

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18


I’ve never heard a book packed with so many”sayings”.repeated and repeated (eg all’s well that ends well” pot calling kettle black). Gets tiresome, and doesn’t contribute anything. The variety of characters is somewhat unwieldy.

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  • Guardian Angel

  • V. I. Warshawski, Book 7
  • By: Sara Paretsky
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Racine Avenue is going upscale — bad news for hand-to-mouth residents like V. I. Warshawski. As tax bills skyrocket, newcomers pressure old inhabitants into fixing up their homes or moving out. To the yuppies on the block the worst eyesore belongs to old Hattie Frizell, whose yard is “returning to native prairie, complete with hubcaps.” Their block club wants her and her five dogs gone.V. I. and Hattie have a relationship of sorts: one of those five dogs gave V. I.’s dog Peppy an unwelcome litter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of suspense

  • By Jean on 08-24-14

Not as good as her earliest books

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

I have become disappointed in her more recent books. They seem much more formulaic, with great emphasis on the ongoing lives of her closer friends and less on 'mystery in my last three attempts about the first third of story is about her personal live, followed by a rather tired attempt at producing an plotted mystery story. I returned 2 books and slogged thru this one.
Sorry, but that's it.

  • Stay Dead

  • Elise Sandberg, Book 2
  • By: Anne Frasier
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

Homicide detective Elise Sandburg is traumatized after her run-in with a madman the press has dubbed "The Organ Thief". As Elise takes refuge in her deceased aunt Anastasia’s abandoned plantation to investigate and recover from her ordeal, she begins to question everything - from her dangerous line of work to her complex relationship with her handsome, tortured partner, David Gould. But with a madman on the loose, and her mother’s claims to still hear from Aunt Anastasia, she may have more immediate problems on her hands.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Where did this come from?

  • By JackandCyn1 on 04-04-16

Potboiler

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

This is a bad book. Full of filler, bizarre subplots, diologue inarticulate and naive for cops. What a waste of time. I think this is a book for someone taking a night-flight might read to help them nod off.

  • On Tyranny

  • Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the 20th century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required reading

  • By A. R. S. on 04-17-17

A sobering reminder. Just as great as his books

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Ever since reading blood lands , which opened my eyes to how little I knew about WW11 in Europe, I've read his most recent book as well as commentary in the New York Review.

A great researcher with a breadth of knowledge .

  • Stone's Fall

  • By: Iain Pears
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice, John Lee, Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and arms dealer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents. A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone's Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Iain Pears-Always more than you bargained for.

  • By Marilyn Scher on 06-27-09

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

This book is well worth the wait....24 hours. The middle portion sags some, could have shortened. But if you slog thru, the final part is excellent and finally provides the mystery presented in the first part.

  • The Ashes of London

  • By: Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

London, September 1666. The Great Fire rages through the city, consuming everything in its path. Even the impregnable cathedral of St. Paul's is engulfed in flames and reduced to ruins. Among the crowds watching its destruction is James Marwood, son of a disgraced printer and reluctant government informer. In the aftermath of the fire, a semi-mummified body is discovered in the ashes of St. Paul's, in a tomb that should have been empty. The man's body has been mutilated, and his thumbs have been tied behind his back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Historical Fiction

  • By Simone on 05-01-17

Elegant!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Great story and excellent narrator. Sophisticated as well as historically interesting. Now I might get his trilogy.

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