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  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,866
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,853

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By Kimberly on 10-21-18

Difficult but Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

This is one of the longest, most complex novels I have ever read. It spans centuries and families in a dizzying set of mysteries. Don't start if you have a deadline!

  • The Lost Vintage

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Mah
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966

Sweetbitter meets The Nightingale in this pause-resisting novel about a woman who returns to her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy and unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since World War II. To become one of only a few hundred certified wine experts in the world, Kate must pass the notoriously difficult Master of Wine examination. She’s failed twice before; her third attempt will be her last chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid

  • By Rachel Maritz on 08-08-18

Terrific Story!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-19

if you love wine, or history, or incredible vineyards rolling across the landscape......you will LOVE this book! I cannot wait to revisit the wine country and its stories!

  • Deadly Gamble

  • Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Connie Shelton
  • Narrated by: Lynda Evans
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

This series looks sharply at those who perceive themselves as the rich - the elite, and revolves around expensive cars, clothes and posh country clubs. Fans of Sue Grafton, J.A. Jance, and Sara Peretsky will find Shelton's female sleuth captivating. Devout in her dedication for the underdog, Charlie Parker gets drawn into perilous predicaments while sticking her neck out for friends and clients in trouble. She proves a wily opponent for the evil she discovers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs work

  • By beatrice on 07-23-12

Amateur<br />Sleuth

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

Reviewed: 05-17-19

Potential but weak whodunnit is set in a nice place but seems impromptu and weak.

  • Snobbery with Violence

  • An Edwardian Murder Mystery
  • By: Marion Chesney
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

When a marriage proposal appears imminent for the beautiful - if rebellious - Lady Rose Summer, her father wants to know if her suitor's intentions are honorable. He calls on Captain Harry Cathcart, the impoverished younger son of a baron, to do some intelligence work on the would-be fiance, Sir Geoffrey Blandon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • campy cozy

  • By connie on 06-26-10

A good read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-19

Filled with stories of houseparties
and British society, this is a good typical mystery with fashions and murders.

  • Till Death Do Us Tart

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

When Oxfordshire tearoom owner Gemma Rose enters her little tabby, Muesli, in the cat show at the local village fair, the last thing she expects is to stumble across a murder. And when her meddling mother and the nosy Old Biddies decide to start their own investigation, Gemma has no choice but to join in the sleuthing. She soon finds there's something much more sinister sandwiched between the homemade Victoria sponge cakes and luscious jam tarts! Can Gemma solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Enjoyable

  • By Beatrice on 06-21-17

Cute

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-19

Follows same patterns as others
In series: we could wish for a bit more variety.

  • Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall

  • A Honeychurch Hall Mystery
  • By: Hannah Dennison
  • Narrated by: Elaine Wise
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

When the only copy of Ravished, Iris Stanford’s new manuscript, never arrives at her London publisher’s office, her daughter Kat investigates the tiny local village post office, where it appears the package never left the building. Iris is on tenterhooks - not only is her novel gone with the wind, but she’s deathly afraid that Muriel Jarvis, the postmistress and notorious busybody, will expose her secret identity as the best-selling romance writer Krystalle Storm.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3 stars

  • By Beatrice on 06-08-19

Historical Cozy Mystery

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-19

Though it is filled with submysteries, this book of the mysteries was one of the best so far.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57,444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51,832
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51,632

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Hard to read because of the stark reality of a family dominated by its sickest members.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-19

Against all odds the narrator survives poverty, restrictions, and sadism to find her own way. Gaining a superb education sounds like a fairy tale, yet we can believe she did it.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,965

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi Marie on 09-12-18

Like The Nightingale, The Great Alone is amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-19

Well worth the hard truths, because the beauty and passion are compelling and descriptions unforgettable.

  • Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall: A Mystery

  • By: Hannah Dennison
  • Narrated by: Elaine Wise
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

When a body is discovered in the grounds on Honeychurch Hall, suspicion falls on the folks in the village. And as the body count begins to build, our heroine, Kat Stanford, becomes inextricably embroiled in the ensuing scandal. Are the deaths the result of a local vendetta, or could they be connected to her mother’s unusual (to say the least) past? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cleverly written mystery/comedy

  • By Jane C on 11-09-18

Rustic Romances and Murder

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

Honeychurch Hall. rural cottages and scenes. Great setting and good characters. interesting mother daughter Dynamics.

  • Murder at Honeychurch Hall

  • By: Hannah Dennison
  • Narrated by: Elaine Wise
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Kat Stanford is just days away from starting her dream antique business with her newly widowed mother Iris when she gets a huge shock. Iris has recklessly purchased a dilapidated carriage house at Honeychurch Hall, an isolated country estate complete with eccentric lords and ladies and butlers and cooks. When a secret from the past comes back to haunt Iris, Kat realizes she hardly knows her mother at all. And when the bodies start piling up, it is up to Kat to unravel the tangled truth behind the murders at Honeychurch Hall. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done!

  • By Sandra L Bihary-Waltz on 07-05-18

Good local site and interesting history

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-19

If you enjoy books set in rural British places, this little story is entertaining. The heroine is a bit beyond innocent, naive heroine, but her mom is interesting.

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