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  • The Floating Admiral

  • By: Agatha Christie, Simon Brett - preface, Dorothy L. Sayers - introduction, and others
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

Inspector Rudge does not encounter many cases of murder in the sleepy seaside town of Whynmouth. But when an old sailor lands a rowing boat containing a fresh corpse with a stab wound to the chest, the Inspector's investigation immediately comes up against several obstacles. The vicar, whose boat the body was found in, is clearly withholding information, and the victim's niece has disappeared. There is clearly more to this case than meets the eye - even the identity of the victim is called into doubt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plot

  • By Anne on 27-05-2019

Plot

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

Reviewed: 27-05-2019

Took a while to get into the book but once a few chapters in enjoyed
The twists and turns.

The book was sufficient without the plot dissection at the end as it broke the parts into different thoughts- for me it distracted
From the flow between authors.

  • Dead in the Water

  • A Cherringham Mystery 1
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

On the night of the school prom, a young teacher is found dead in the Thames in a drug-related accident. It seems - at first - to be another sign that Cherringham High is spiralling out of control. The new head however is convinced that the teacher's death is suspicious and quietly calls in Sarah Edwards. With her one-time detective partner, Jack Brennan, back in America, Sarah is at first reluctant to take on the case. But when she does get involved, it soon becomes clear that the tragic accident might really be a case of murder - and even Sarah herself could be in danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good to have a full book

  • By Anne on 19-04-2019

Good to have a full book

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

Reviewed: 19-04-2019

Love the series with a full novel - such a good listen with a longer plot. More time to get into the characters. Looking forwards to more from the authors.

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  • Marriage Can Be Murder

  • Dr. Benjamin Bones Mysteries, Volume 1
  • By: Emma Jameson
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Leaving his home and shelving his career ambitions aren't the only sacrifices Ben faces. His unfaithful wife, Penny, is accompanying him to Cornwall in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. But moments after their arrival, Penny is run down in the street, and Ben is almost fatally injured. And while the villagers assume Penny's death to be an accident, Ben quickly deduces it was murder.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • did not enjoy at all..

  • By Anne on 26-02-2019

did not enjoy at all..

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

Reviewed: 26-02-2019

Usually enjoy mysteries, but this one left me flat- persevered to the end . not a fan .

  • The Alington Inheritance

  • By: Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Jenny has never been one to feel sorry for herself. The illegitimate child of a wealthy man and a statureless woman, she has been an orphan since before she can remember. It is a hard life made bearable only by the kindness of her guardian, an old woman named Miss Garstone, who has always treated Jenny as her own. Struck down by a motorist, "Garsty" dies, whispering to Jenny that her parents were actually married, and she is the rightful heir to the Alington fortune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me from the first chapter to the last

  • By Anne on 27-10-2018

Had me from the first chapter to the last

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

Reviewed: 27-10-2018

The best in this series so far, well written and flowed seamlessly through the plot. I will certainly re read this book again. Loved the way the story presented and kept me on edge - not wanting to put it down.
Narrator is brilliant the way she gets into the reading of the characters.
Have listened to 9 in the series so far and will be more than happy to keep listening to many more.

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant

  • By Lesley Mac on 25-06-2018

An ok listen

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

Reviewed: 21-05-2018

Felt the plot was slow and lost interest as the storyline went on. Listened to the end but overall not riveting enough to keep my interest.

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  • Later Gator

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

A poacher is at work in Sinful, Louisiana, and Deputy Carter LeBlanc is hot on the trail of the outlaw, trying to apprehend him before the state gets wind of the crime and sends a game warden to take over his investigation. Unfortunately, he's hindered every step of the way by Sinful's current mayor and all-around horrible person, Celia Arceneaux, who wants nothing more than to drive Carter to resign. When a game warden turns up with evidence that implicates a relative of Gertie's, Carter is left with no choice but to arrest the boy, even though no one thinks he did it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good a listen as other books in the series

  • By Anne on 23-03-2018

Not as good a listen as other books in the series

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

Reviewed: 23-03-2018

Did not enjoy this book. Lots of flat areas in the plot . Narration was not as lively to listen to as previous episodes in the series. Got to the last chapter and had lost all interest. Have always enjoyed reading as well as listening to this series., but had no interest in listening to the end.
Hopefully the next books will have a livelier plot ands narrative will be
Not as flat.

  • The Tuscan Child

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Tuscan Child

  • By Annette C on 24-03-2018

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 25-02-2018

Had me entranced from beginning to end,love the picture that was evoked by the plot.
Have been a big Rhys Bowen fan since reading my first Royal Spyness mystery.
Hope we get to experience more from my favourite author soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Farleigh Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn’t finish it

  • By Patrice on 13-05-2018

Great read

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

Reviewed: 22-03-2017

Had me from first chapter to the last. Enjoy Rhys.Bowens work so true to
The period.

  • The Judge's Wife

  • By: Ann O'Loughlin
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

When Emma returns to Dublin to put her estranged father's affairs in order, she begins to piece together the story of his life and that of Grace, the mother she never knew. She knows her father as the judge - as stern and distant at home as he was in the courtroom. But as she goes through his personal effects, Emma begins to find clues about her mother that shock her profoundly. A tale of enduring love and scandal that begins in 1950s Dublin and unravels across decades and continents....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The bones of a beautiful story

  • By Pinella on 28-02-2017

Best read I have had in a long time

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

Reviewed: 15-02-2017

Captivated from beginning to end. Not often have I been so absorbed into a book, or on edge waiting for the next chapter. Wept at the end and would listen again. Will look for other books by this authot

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Question of Inheritance

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Hugo Hawksworth is on the tail of rogue Cold War agents at a top-secret government facility, while back home at Selchester Castle they're awaiting the arrival of the new earl - an American, the long-lost son of the murdered Lord Selchester.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok overall

  • By Anne on 03-12-2016

Ok overall

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

Reviewed: 03-12-2016

Plot did not flow found it rather disjointed to listen to and had to back track to get the comings and goings consolidated.
Prefer other books by this author as they flowed better and even with twists and turns in the plots were easier to follow without backtrack ing. Over all not a bad book but a bit of a disappointment.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful