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Patricia Collins

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  • The Murderer's Son

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer. Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes. Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder. But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor storyline, a very disappointing read.

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-10-2018

Great characters, well read

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

Reviewed: 29-01-2019

I enjoyed listening to this book very much, despite the perpetrator being a bit obvious by half way through. The characters were all interesting and engaging, and Richard Armitage has an excellent voice and brought the scenes and action to life. Well done.

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Small northern town low budget police melodrama

  • By Philip on 28-08-2018

A good story well read

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

Reviewed: 29-01-2019

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The characters were relatable and the storyline was engrossing. Richard Armitage's voice and storytelling style were mesmerising. I listened to the next book in the series straight away and, although the perpetrator was a bit obvious by half way through, I still became involved with all the characters. Hopefully, this will become a long series.

  • London Falling

  • The Shadow Police, Book One
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect, Rob Toshack, is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law - until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Tara on 12-02-2015

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 10-06-2018

Slow for the first few chapters. I wasn't sure if it was my kind of book for a while. Then everything changed and I was hooked. "London Falling" reminded me of "The Rivers of London", which I loved, but it is much grittier. The characters were realistic and the storyline was brilliant. I can hardly wait for Book 2.

  • The Affair of the Mutilated Mink

  • By: James Anderson
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The Earl of Burford can't believe his luck. Rex Ransom, his favourite star from the 'talkies', and his hot-shot producer, Haggermeir, want to film their next feature at Alderley, the family's seventeenth-century country estate. Somewhat less enthusiastic is the Countess, who finds herself hosting an impromptu house party for the incoming Hollywood crowd.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun romp

  • By Patricia Collins on 16-11-2017

A fun romp

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

Reviewed: 16-11-2017

What a fun romp. This is an English cosy at it's most entertaining. The setting - an English manor; the characters - stereotypes of every English class and profession you could imagine; and the situations - over the top perplexing with heaps of red herrings; are hugely entertaining. If you want unchallenging, pure entertainment, this is a cracker. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ❤️❤️❤️

  • By Lucy on 05-06-2016

Just as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 16-11-2017

This second book in the series is just as good as the first. I'm thoroughly enjoying getting to know all the characters better, and the situations they get themselves into are unpredictable and amazing. The narrator is exceptionally talented. How he manages to keep up with all the accents involved is awesome.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! A fantastic book

  • By DarkFish on 31-05-2016

brilliant, original and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 16-11-2017

This storyline is brilliant - original and entertaining. The characters are all marvellous and the narrator is exceptionally good. I am looking forward to listening to all the books in this series.

  • Turn Left for Gibraltar

  • Harry Gilmour, Book 3
  • By: David Black
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

As 1941 draws to a close, brave young men are fighting for freedom in countries across the globe. But for Sub-Lieutenant Harry Gilmour, washed up in neutral Spain alongside 'interned belligerents' from both sides of the war, hostilities have come to a pause. Before long, his unlikely comrades must once again become his enemies, and he is back at the frontline of the battle for the Mediterranean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Patricia Collins on 04-11-2017

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 04-11-2017

What a brilliant book. The storyline and characters are first-rate. I am thoroughly enjoying this series.

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  • Death at the Seaside

  • By: Frances Brody
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma, who works as a fortune-teller there. Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn but upon arrival discovers that Alma's daughter, Felicity, has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweller who advanced Felicity the 30 shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma's current gentleman friend.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Patricia Collins on 04-11-2017

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-11-2017

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I have been a fan of Frances Brody's Kate Shackleton since Book 1, so it was disappointing that this book strayed so far from those promising beginnings. The character Kate has become humourless and snobbish, and I couldn't understand why she would continually and blatantly lie to the police investigating a murder. She's supposed to be a private investigator, interested in uncovering the truth, but she obstructed their enquiries for no reason. I got half-way through the book but became so annoyed by Kate's attitude that I stopped listening.The previous book showed signs of straying from Kate's original character, humanity and humour, but this one went too far away for me. Such a shame.

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  • Crowned and Dangerous

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Nothing is simple when you're 35th in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau, Darcy O'Mara, hope to bypass a few royal rules...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good rollicking story full of red hereings

  • By Maeb on 18-03-2018

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 17-10-2016

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This is the most satisfying book in the series so far. The story was engrossing and the characters were delightful. Quite a few on-going problems in Georgiana's life have also been solved. Well done.

  • The Diggers Rest Hotel

  • Charlie Berlin, Book 1
  • By: Geoffrey McGeachin
  • Narrated by: Peter Byrne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

In 1947, two years after witnessing the death of a young Jewish woman in Poland, Charlie Berlin has rejoined the police force a different man. Sent to investigate a spate of robberies in rural Victoria, he soon discovers that World War II has changed even the most ordinary of places and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable

  • By jpatrickp on 04-04-2015

Realistic slice of Australiana

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

Reviewed: 21-07-2016

Any additional comments?

This was an exceptional book. The characters and situations were realistic and it was fascinating portrayal of post-war Australia. The reader has a good voice but at first he sounded like he was doing a voice-over for a documentary. He improved as the book went along though and I think he'll do an even better job in the future. I am looking forward to listening to the next book in the series and hope there'll be many more.

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