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Christopher R Boltz

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  • Veil of Lies

  • Crispin Guest, Book 1
  • By: Jeri Westerson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Crispin Guest is a disgraced knight, stripped of his rank and his honor - but left with his life - for plotting against Richard II. Having lost his bethrothed, his friends, his patrons and his position in society. With no trade to support him and no family willing to acknowledge him, Crispin has turned to the one thing he still has - his wits - to scrape a living together on the mean streets of London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Medieval noir - what a concept!

  • By Marcheta on 03-23-13

Rex Stout Meets English History

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

Although Jeri Westerson (in her afterwards) describes her book as Sam Spade meets 14th century, I was never as big of a Sam Spade fan as I was of Nero Wolfe. The book (and hopefully the series) is a great addition to the tough-guy adventure/mystery series like the two previously named. Westerson weaves historical incidents and personalities with the obsession with religious relics and a small pile of corpses. Fascinating and complex characters enhance the pot.
Michael Page's narration brings the world of the poor of London to life with the blood violence and treachery you would expect.

  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 1
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,585

Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side

  • By Robert L. on 02-08-12

Complicated by very worth it plot

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

**Some Spoilers**
This is an amazing crossing of genres including a steam-punk mystery, dystopian future adventure, and alternative history. Hodder's is tightly and carefully woven to create suspense and action. Part way through, I feared that the plot had major holes i it and might not actually work out, but I was, thankfully, wrong. It was exciting that a major chunk of the end of the book, tells us the story not from the perspective of our main characters, Burton and Swinburn, but from Spring-Heeled Jack himself. This allows readers to see what misconceptions Burton made and how two different perspectives can give the reader a glimpse at the truth. Doyle is a fine narrator, although in his quest to differentiate characters voices, he sometimes lost the clarity and diction required for an audio book.

  • Royal Blood

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,561

Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Adventurous Fun

  • By Dylan on 05-19-16

Intrigue, Comedy and Vampires

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Rhys Bowen's installment of the Royal Spynness series has our spunky leading lady heading to the Transylvania to represent the Royal Family at a distant cousin's wedding. Bowen crafts a story of high adventure, intrigue, and comedy. A wonderful new addition to Bowen's cast of characters is a new maid of exactly the caliber the impoverished Lady can afford. I was also thrilled at the continuing romance between Georgie and her mysterious beaux. Katherine Kellgren makes Bowen's characters come to life with her wonderful narration.

  • Frat House Troopers

  • By: Xavier Mayne
  • Narrated by: Peter B. Brooke
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

State trooper Brandt's new assignment to infiltrate a sex-cam operation puts him in a very uncomfortable position, especially since he'll have to perform naked on camera for his audition. Fortunately his partner and best friend, Donnelly, has his back - whether that means helping Brandt shop gay boutiques for sexy underwear or offering Jager and encouragement while he researches porn. Despite his mortification, Brandt gives the audition his best "shot" - and becomes an overnight sensation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun read

  • By Riva on 03-20-14

It is more romance than mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

I bought this book on the recommendation from another web site. I was looking for a good mystery (primarily), with LGBT characters. The mystery isn't bad, and knowing from the description that it was about cops infiltrating an adult website, I wasn't shocked at the sex. That said, the focus of the book is really a romance of two "straight" guys falling in love with each other. I find it a little frustrating that the male characters typically fall into only two camps: "swishy" gay guys, and "straight" guys who just happen to have sex with other guys. This somehow felt homophobic to me. It is as if a "gay" guy can't like football, be a cop etc. and if a guy does like that stuff but also sleeps with guys, he's straight except for the sex. While I know this is a popular trope in gay romance, it doesn't match up with the world I know and takes me out of the story.
The mystery and adventure is a lot of fun. Watching the guys prepare to infiltrate the web site, prepare for their roles and trying to determine what is really going on is interesting and quirky. The sex scenes work, but aren't really my thing.

  • Crazy Like a Foxe

  • Skyler Foxe Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Haley Walsh
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

High school English teacher Skyler Foxe swears he's done being an amateur sleuth. Instead, he'd rather concentrate on his career as a teacher and on his hot boyfriend, head football coach Keith Fletcher, who is busy with football practice and an interesting new player that puts Keith in the spotlight for a change. But Skyler encounters a few homegrown surprises of his own, not the least of which is the unwelcome appearance of one of Keith's old flames.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great installment

  • By Riva on 02-11-17

Walsh and Leslie hit it out of the park, AGAIN

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Where does Crazy Like a Foxe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This whole series ranks among the top of my audio books. While "Crazy Like a Foxe" is not my favorite in the series, it is an excellent and worthy continuation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crazy Like a Foxe?

The most amazing writing in this book came as Skyler asked his friend Jamie to do something completely unethical. I was so drawn into the book, that I began yelling at my playback device trying to talk Skyler out of it. Walsh's characters are so fully developed that I feel as if I am catching up on friend's lives as I read the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think my favorite scene was Skyler's final interview with the murderer. In the scene we see how Skyler has matured throughout the entire series and especially in this book. We see him using what he has learned, which makes him much more effective. (The Skyler Foxe from the first book would not have made it out of this situation alive!)
Beyond the fabulous writing, Leslie's narration was superbly paced building towards climax. I was on the edge of my seat.

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

Like the rest of the series, there are many laugh-out-loud moments. Walsh's humor doesn't come from jokes and punch-lines, but from well drawn characters reacting to the situations in which they find themselves.

Any additional comments?

The whole series is fantastic. I usually advocate for starting a few books into a series because many author's don't really find the perfect tone and voice until then. That is not the case for Skyler Foxe. Walsh hit the ground running, and the characters develop very nicely from book to book to book, that going backwards would, to my mind, hurt the enjoyment of the whole thing. (Plus later books are spoilers for the first three).

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  • Foxe Den 2: Summer Vacation

  • Skyler Foxe Mysteries
  • By: Haley Walsh
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Skyler Foxe is a high school English teacher, now out and proud. He's "Mr. Foxe" to his students, and just plain "Skyler" to his posse of friends and his boyfriend, high school football coach Keith Fletcher. In Foxe Den 2: Summer Vacation, Skyler and Keith offer a beach party for the Gay-Straight Alliance kids. Two gay teens have an intimate moment in their own story, Skyler's friend Mike de Guzman experiences Skyle's favorite gay bar, Trixx, and finally, Skyler and Keith go on a backpacking trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JOEL LESLIE = LOVEπŸ’₯😍πŸ’₯πŸ’žπŸ’₯😘πŸ’₯πŸ’πŸ’₯πŸ€‘πŸ’₯❀️πŸ’₯πŸ‘πŸ’₯πŸ’—πŸ’₯πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ’₯

  • By HaloLove on 08-18-16

Great Fun

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am a die-hard mystery fan, and I was a bit skeptical to see Foxe Den and Foxe Den 2 which don't have robberies and corpses. Crimelessness aside, I really enjoyed seeing the characters away from all that and living their normal lives. With the statement that they are not mysteries (like the rest of the series), I would recommend them to friends who have read at least one other Skyler Foxe mystery.

What other book might you compare Foxe Den 2: Summer Vacation to and why?

Probably Foxe Den 1, as it shows the mystery solving gang "off-duty" as it were.

What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

Leslie does a great job creating a unique voice for all the characters (even minor 1-line characters), so that it isn't hard to know who is speaking even in complicated dialogue sections.

If you could take any character from Foxe Den 2: Summer Vacation out to dinner, who would it be and why?

It would have to be Mike, but mostly because I think he still needs some assurance that his new group of friends are ok, and aren't out for him.

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