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George A Bear

LONDON, United Kingdom
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  • Vanishing Girls

  • Detective Josie Quinn
  • By: Lisa Regan
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Everyone in the small town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing 17-year-old girl. All they've found so far is her phone and another girl they didn't even know was missing. Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it's clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona. Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid start

  • By Mr. S. M. Elliott on 10-03-19

A good read

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Although this book is a good read and has a number of five star ratings, I felt the coñclusion of the book was rushed


The characters are all similar to ones we have seen before with some quirky additions.

The story is interesting, without being outstanding.

Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed this book as I really enjoy this genre and am looking forward to book two in the series.

  • Eye For An Eye

  • DI Gilchrist , Book 1
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 990

One psychopath. One killer. The Stabber. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. The cobbled lanes and backstreets of St Andrews provide the setting for these brutal killings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking for more

  • By Kaz on 24-04-13

Introduction to a new series - DI Gilchrist book 1

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

Introduction to a new detective, D I Gilchrist, in a series of books based in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Eye for an Eye follows the investigation into a serial killer who is using rain storms to cover their activity. The victims are all men who have histories of beating woman.

DI Gilchrist is initially the senior officer on the case but is removed by his supervisor. However, Gilchrist has other ideas...

The story has pace and enough happening to keep the reader engaged. I look forward to book 2.

  • Ashes to Ashes

  • Detective Mark Heckenburg, Book 6
  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

John Sagan is a forgettable man. You could pass him in the street and not realise he's there. But then, that's why he's so dangerous. A torturer for hire, Sagan has terrorised - and mutilated - countless victims. And now he's on the move. DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg must chase the trail, even when it leads him to his hometown of Bradburn - a place he never thought he'd set foot in again. But Sagan isn't the only problem. Bradburn is being terrorised by a lone killer who burns his victims to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome and Paul Thornley cracks it again.

  • By Duncan Bell on 12-05-17

another gripping installment in this series

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Ashes to ashes is another gripping installment in this series. It takes Heck and his team back to his home town as they chase yet another series of sadistic murders.

I enjoy each book more and more as the series progresses. What can happen now? I can't wait to find out!

  • Girl Number One

  • By: Jane Holland
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Eleanor Blackwood discovers a woman's body in the same spot in the woods where her mother was strangled eighteen years previously. But before the police can get there, the body vanishes. Is Eleanor's disturbed mind playing tricks on her again, or has her mother's killer resurfaced? And what does the number on the dead woman's forehead signify?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Mazz on 01-12-18

An interesting, convoluted story.

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

The story seems to revolve around an eighteen year old, unsolved murder. The main character, Eleanor Blackwood, discovers a body, with a number 3 written on it, in the same spot where her mother was strangled eighteen years before. As.she goes for help, the body disappears and no-one believes her.

Then she finds body number 2!

Although I tried, I could not get over the feeling that Eleanor needs to grow up and get on with her life.

  • The Fix

  • A Rick Fuller Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert White
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

In the winter of 1996, on the orders of the British government, the SAS stole the contents of a safe belonging to the Provisional IRA. Rick Fuller headed that team. Days later Fuller's wife was brutally murdered. Convinced he was betrayed from within, Fuller begins a relentless search for her murderers. Ten years on, Fuller is a Manchester gangland enforcer, a lone and bitter figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An initial slow burn...

  • By Nel Taran on 23-02-18

slow start but...

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

The book started off slowly, with the main protagonist being a very unsympathetic character.

Things develop though and once the other main characters are introduced fireworks start.

At about chapter three, I had considered returning this book. I'm glad I didn't.

  • Dragon's Green

  • Worldquake, Book 1
  • By: Scarlett Thomas
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Effie Truelove has made a promise to keep her grandfather's magical books safe from danger. Whatever it takes. But it's not always easy when you're a pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange. Together with her new school friends, Maximilian, Wolf, Lexy and Raven, Effie must travel to the mysterious Otherworld and brave the terrifying Diberi, a secret organisation with plans that could destroy the entire universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A different childrens magic story

  • By M Alipah on 02-07-18

Could be the start of an interesting series.rr

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

The world has changed - a Witlgquake had changed everything.

Magic is not encouraged and the teaching of it banned.

Five children find friendship and discover a different path.

  • Dead Silent

  • Calladine and Bayliss, Book 2
  • By: Helen H. Durrant
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

A body is found in a car crash, but the victim was already dead.... Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to catch a vicious serial killer. The first two victims are American university students and both have livestock tags fixed to their earlobes. Who wanted them dead and what's the connection? The detectives piece together the forensic evidence and track down the witnesses, to reach a shocking conclusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dead Silent

  • By valerie lawrance on 30-12-18

You can choose your friends but not your family

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

This is the second book where the main protagonists are police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss. This time they are out to catch a sadistic killer who has already killed at least twice, but probably there are more bodies to find!

In this book Calladine faces personal tragedy and startling revelations while Bayliss’ personal relationship is at a crucial point.

I enjoyed the book and the interaction of the characters but again felt the book was rushed. it was as if this was an abridged copy of the story. hence 4* not 5

  • Dead Wrong

  • Calladine and Bayliss, Book 1
  • By: Helen H. Durrant
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

First a shooting, then a grisly discovery on the common.... Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to track down a killer before the whole area erupts in violence. Their boss thinks it's all down to drug lord Ray Fallon, but Calladine's instincts say something far nastier is happening on the Hobfield housing estate. Can this duo track down the murderer before anyone else dies and before the press publicise the gruesome crimes?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By muggsie on 24-11-17

a good yarn but slightly rushed

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

This is the first Helen H Current book I have read or listened too. I think the characters have enough substance to make them interesting but they need to be developed further. Maybe book two will do this?

  • Murder on the Marshes

  • A Tara Thorpe Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Clare Chase
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brownhill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

As the sun rises, a wealthy young woman, Samantha Seabrook, is found drowned in the ornamental fountain of a deserted Cambridge courtyard, the only clue: an antique silver chain wound tightly around her throat. It’s Tara Thorpe’s job to discover what happened to Miss Seabrook. But the case becomes personal when she learns that Samantha had been receiving death threats, rather like the one that landed on Tara’s doorstep the night the woman died. Together with Detective Inspector Garstin Blake, Tara tracks the killer to the dank and dangerous fens on the outskirts of the city. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping excerpt

  • By Angelcritique on 06-12-18

This book crept up on me!

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

During the first few chapters I thought this would be a book I would not finish but I was surprised that I stayed up late to read the ending.

The main protagonist is a young reporter who is looking for a story. She becomes part of that story when a threat is delivered to her home.

Another woman is found dead with a similar threat in her possession. What is the connection? Why are they targeted?

  • Hidden

  • A Bone Secrets Novel
  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Book-Diva on 04-10-12

such poor narration!

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

It is rare that I cannot finish listening to a book but with this one I could not get past the poor narration.



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