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  • Apple Strudel Alibi

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

When Gemma’s romantic holiday with her boyfriend is cancelled, the tearoom sleuth finds herself heading to Vienna instead with her cat Muesli and the nosy Old Biddies for company. And it’s not long before they stumble across a murder right in the heart of Austria’s historic capital. A handsome art critic dies suspiciously at their hotel, and the Old Biddies are determined to sniff out the killer. Is it the bitter hotel owner nursing a grudge? The critic’s jealous mistress wanting revenge? Or even the American horse trainer who seems inexplicably nervous around the police? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An engaging on-location cozy

  • By CStardancer on 08-23-18

Time to end this series

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

I have enjoyed other entries in this series but this one abuses Hanna’s listeners god will. The story is contrived. The author uses extensive descriptions just to fill pages. She offers up Vienna tourist sights eg the Spanish Riding School, Gustav Klimt paintings and numerous places to dine on calorie filled pastries just to fill pages. The howls of the cat become annoying. I would have been happier to here Muesli’s howls described rather than imitated. The cats antics do not occur naturally
but are also awkwardly contrived to keep the cat in the story.

I would advise Hanna that you don’t have a story to tell wait until uou do. This was an insult

  • A Scone to Die For

  • Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 737

When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose's quaint English tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford's past. Armed with her insider knowledge of the university and with the help of four nosy old ladies from her local Cotswolds village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery - all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O'Connor, now a dashing CID detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the cover and buy this cozy mystery

  • By Eddie Lynn on 10-01-16

Light hearted and a little sittle

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

A true cozy English mystery. Tea room. Ugly American. Little old fussy ladies. A busy mysterious inexplicably witty cat and of course a sexy old beau now a rich copper

  • We Shall Not Sleep

  • A World War One Novel #5
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

After four long years, peace is finally in sight. But chaplain Joseph Reavley and his sister, Judith, an ambulance driver on the Western Front, are more hard pressed than ever. Behind the lines, violence is increasing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! Loved the entire series!!

  • By GrandmaG on 09-29-13

WWI finally ends thank god

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I stuck to this book and all the others in the series because there is important historical content and Anne Perry writes well. However the endless philosophizing is wearing.

  • A Plague on Both Your Houses

  • The First Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Matthew Bartholomew, unorthodox but effective physician to Michaelhouse college in medieval Cambridge, is as worried as anyone about the pestilence that is ravaging Europe and seems to be approaching England. But he is distracted by the sudden and inexplicable death of the Master of Michaelhouse - a death the University authorities do not want investigated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By Derk on 04-26-17

Good story

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

The plot might be a little too complicated but comes clear in the end. Great start to a promising series

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  • Murder in the Locked Library

  • Book Retreat Mystery series, Book 4
  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

With her twins, Fitzgerald and Hemingway, back in school, Jane Steward can finally focus on her work again - managing Storyton Hall and breaking ground on the resort's latest attraction: a luxurious, relaxing spa named in honor of Walt Whitman. But when the Earth is dug up to start laying the spa's foundation, something else comes to the surface - a collection of unusual bones and the remnants of a very old book. The attendees of the Rare Book Conference are eager to assist Jane with this unexpected historical mystery - until a visitor meets an untimely end in the Henry James Library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Six stars (extra credit for being so good!)

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 04-28-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I have read all the books in the series but this one belongs in the discard pile. Adams has decided to alter the personality of her lead character Jane Stewart from thoughtful to neurotic. It. Doesn’t work

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Legacy of the Dead

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

The weathered remains of Eleanor Gray are found on a Scottish mountainside, and her mother, the domineering Lady Maude Gray, requires delicate treatment. This is a case that will lead Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard to Scotland, where his harrowing journey to find the truth will drag him back through the fires of his past into secrets that still have the power to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What's up, Audible??? Why would you do this to us?

  • By DCinMI on 12-19-13

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries are always intriguing though the pacing can be frustratingly slow. Not this time. Ian is running against the clock And some stubborn Scots He is led and leads us up numerous dead ends but the ending is a surprise and satisfactory at least for me

  • The Art Whisperer

  • By: Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

When art conservator Alix London spots a forgery, she knows trouble will follow. So she’s understandably apprehensive when her connoisseur’s eye spots something off about a multimillion-dollar Jackson Pollock painting at Palm Springs’s Brethwaite Museum - her current employer. Alix is already under fire, the object of a vicious online smear campaign. Now the Brethwaite’s despicable senior curator, obsessed with the "maximization of monetized eyeballs," angrily refuses to decommission the celebrated Pollock piece.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent Alix London art mystery

  • By Wayne on 09-22-17

Should be a movie. Loved it

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

If you enjoy the exhilaration of discovery that is intrinsic to the study of the history of art you will enjoy this satisfying mystery. The authors fold into the plot numerous issues facing museums for the past 50 years Wonderful

  • The Lighthouse Keeper

  • By: Cynthia Ellingsen
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,528
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,235

Dawn Conners's parents are famous for finding historic treasures, but she has a knack for losing things - her job, her boyfriend, and now, her reputation. Thanks to a mud-slinging exposé, Dawn's late great-grandfather is assumed guilty of stealing silver from a century-old shipwreck. Hoping to clear his name, Dawn returns to Starlight Cove, her idyllic hometown on Lake Michigan, where the doomed vessel sleeps beneath the beam of a ramshackle lighthouse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good ocean town setting

  • By Wild Horses Flying on 07-02-17

Romantic mystery will take you to the beach

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Just the right amount of romance and suspense. Clues keep popping up to keep the treasure hunt going. Lots to enjoy

  • Scarweather

  • By: Anthony Rolls
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffing
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

In 1913 John Farringdale, with his cousin Eric Foster, visits the famous archaeologist Tolgen Reisby. At Scarweather - Reisby's lonely house on the windswept northern coast of England - Eric is quickly attracted to Reisby's much younger wife, and matters soon take a dangerous turn. Fifteen years later the final scene of the drama is enacted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Classic English Mystery!!!

  • By Gae Ann Dudley on 09-06-17

Difficult listen

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

The narrator has a pleasant if ponderous voice but the story is difficult You are continually told that you must first listen to this pedantic portion in order to understand the dramatic part. I had the whole thing figured out by the first death but I stuck with it because the book represents a genre of a certain era and I wanted to explore that era. Now I have done that

  • House of Shadows

  • By: Nicola Cornick
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds, Fiona Hardingham, Beverley A Crick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

The wooded hills of Oxfordshire conceal the remains of the aptly named Ashdown House - a wasted pile of cinders and regret. Once home to the daughter of a king, Ashdown and its secrets will unite three women across four centuries in a tangle of romance, deceit, and destiny....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating but good

  • By barbara on 11-16-17

Frustrating but good

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

The historical parts of the story that drive the plot are fascinating and surprising. Apparently the story of the white queen and her commoner is known to many but not to many but not to me. If you don’t know it don’t look it up until after you have you have read the story. I found the absence of activity by police and his wife over Hope’s brother’s disappearance to be annoying but overall it was essential to the plot and only annoying