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  • Murder Solstice

  • Death Stalks the Island...
  • By: Keith Moray
  • Narrated by: David McCallion
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

The Scottish Hebrides. A strange group of people have descended on the small island of West Uist. Camped out in the grounds of the Castle, they are preparing to celebrate the summer solstice. Museum curator Finley McNab becomes suspicious of the cultlike group, and when he challenges them it seems his investigations could be deadly. Inspector Torquil McKinnon is called in to keep an eye on the group. Are they innocent pagan worshippers, or is something more sinister going on behind the scenes? As the day of the solstice draws ever nearer, whispers of murder are on the horizon....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • West Uist murders

  • By san2har on 14-10-18

West Uist murders

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

This series is improving but for a little island there are lots of murders - a bit like Midsomer. However the characters are becoming familiar, Torquin the DI, Morag, his sergeant, Ewan and the 2 special constables. They manage to solve the murders together with the help of other local characters. There is also plenty of humour.

  • In a House of Lies

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

A missing private investigator is found locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - the body was in an area that had already been searched 10 years ago. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled, and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Changing of the Guard?

  • By Simon on 13-10-18

Ok

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

A bit of a complicated tale with many familiar characters as well as some new’ But still a good listen. Like the dogBrillo

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Hidden Truths

  • By: Claire Askew
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed 13 women, then himself. But no one can say why. The question is one that cries out to be answered - by Ryan's mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families' secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame...the truth seems to vanish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really quite stunning

  • By Dominic on 10-08-18

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

An excellent book on a difficult subject. There is a killing spree at a college 13 dead and suicide of the gunman. This is not a spoiler alert as the book deals with the fall out after the event. It is dealt with sensitively. Beautifully written and observed with an excellent narration. This has to be one of my top books this year.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Temp

  • By: Michelle Frances
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Carrie is a successful TV producer in a high pressure job. She’s talented, liked, and well-respected. She and her husband, Adrian, an award-winning screenwriter, decided years before that they didn’t want children. But now, just as they’re both at the pinnacle of their careers, she has discovered she is pregnant and is shocked to find that she wants to keep the baby. But in a competitive industry where time off is seen as a sign of weakness, Carrie looks on the prospect of maternity leave with trepidation. Enter Emma, the temp, who is everything she could wish for as her cover: smart, willing and charming. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a patch on ‘The Girlfriend’

  • By tracie on 27-09-18

Daft storyline

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

Whilst the writing was good and the narration excellent, the storyline was completely bonkers. Misunderstandings could have been easily talked out rather than creating an unrealistic plot line. The main characters are TV writers and producers. A married couple and a temp who took over some of the wife’s job role while she was having a baby - although we are told neither wanted one.
Basically things emerge to make it ‘psychological’ but it was complete drivel

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,055
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,922

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

Another triumph. Robin and Strike continue to run their detective agency (with more success. Robin, though still married is getting panic attacks because of her trauma at the hands of the serial killer in a previous case. Her husband does not help matters.
This case involves politicians , left-wing groups and dysfunctional families in a complicated tale which is eventually solved. Very satisfactory ending.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Games People Play

  • By: Owen Mullen
  • Narrated by: Benjamin James McCulloch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

A powerful new crime thriller. Thirteen-month-old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland while her parents are just yards away. Three days later the distraught father turns up at private investigator Charlie Cameron's office. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great storyline. It kept me hooked

  • By TerryHeth on 19-04-17

Lost the will to live

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

Reviewed: 18-09-18

I couldn’t finish this book. The story may have been good but it was like listening to Andy Murray (who would never be chosen as a narrator)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Smoke Without Fire

  • DCI Warren Jones, Book 2
  • By: Paul Gitsham
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

DCI Warren Jones has a bad feeling when the body of a young woman turns up in Beaconsfield Woods. She’s been raped and strangled but the murderer has been careful to leave no DNA evidence. There are, of course, suspects - boyfriend, father - to check out but, worryingly, it looks more and more like a stranger murder. Warren’s worst fears are confirmed when another young woman is killed in the same way. The MO fits that of Richard Cameron who served 12 years for rape. But Cameron never killed his victims and he has a cast-iron alibi. Then personal tragedy intervenes and Warren is off the case. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than book 1

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 20-09-18

Sloppy writing

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

Reviewed: 16-09-18

I quite enjoyed the first book in this series despite the overuse of ‘nevertheless’. In this book ‘regardless’ joins it in irritating frequency. The tension between the new DCI and the DI was interesting in the first book but they are all pals now and it takes them forever to catch the killer. It goes on and on and I think the author is just churning them out. Narrator is good and almost makes them worth listening to

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Straw

  • DCI Warren Jone, Book 1
  • By: Paul Gitsham
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

When Professor Alan Tunbridge is discovered in his office with his throat slashed, the suspects start queuing up. The brilliant but unpleasant microbiologist had a genius for making enemies. For Warren Jones, newly appointed Detective Chief Inspector to the Middlesbury force, a high-profile murder is the ideal opportunity. He’s determined to run a thorough and professional investigation but political pressure to resolve the case quickly and tensions in the office and at home make life anything but easy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a new series

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 18-09-18

Nevertheless.......

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

Reviewed: 14-09-18

Good new police series. Complicated investigation with some twists as well as human errors but clearly explained. Some humour too with interesting and likeable characters making up the detective team, as well as peripheral characters, in the fictional town of Middlebury. The author overused the word ‘nevertheless’ and I found myself counting them. More editing required perhaps. ‘Nevertheless’ the story held my interest throughout and the narration was excellent.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Punishment She Deserves

  • An Inspector Lynley Novel, Book 17
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 28 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

When a Member of Parliament shows up at New Scotland Yard requesting an investigation into the suicide of the son of one of his constituents in the beautiful town of Ludlow, the Assistant Commissioner sees two opportunities in this request: the first is to have an MP owing him a favour, and the second is to get rid of Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, whose career at the Met has been hanging by a thread for quite some time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read and listen

  • By J. VINER on 30-03-18

Phew!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Very long winded but utterly enjoyable. Havers is a delight trying hard but not always managing to keep her DCS on side. This is despite the DCS Isabelle Ardery being determined to get Barbara transferred. They go to Ludlow to investigate a ‘suicide’ which the victim’s father refuses to accept. There are funny moments from Isabelle too concerning her refusal to accept she has a drink problem. We are introduced to many of the characters who had a connection with the victim. Isabelle concludes that it is suicide but Barbara has her doubts. Eventually Lynsey joins Havers as Isabelle is moved back to London. Together they unravel the mystery.

The characters covered a diverse range of social situations, family dynamics and traditions. Julia Barrie does a fantastic job and although long and ultimately quite tragic, there are some laugh out loud moments. A very satisfactory ending

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Ground

  • Karen Pirie, Book 5
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

When a body is discovered in the remote depths of the Highlands, DCI Karen Pirie finds herself in the right place at the right time. Unearthed with someone's long-buried inheritance, the victim seems to belong to the distant past - until new evidence suggests otherwise, and Karen is called in to unravel a case where nothing is as it seems. It's not long before an overheard conversation draws Karen into the heart of a different case, however - a shocking crime she thought she'd already prevented. As she inches closer to the twisted truths at the centre of these murders, it becomes clear that she's dealing with a version of justice terrifyingly different to her own....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • could hardly finish

  • By Louise on 09-09-18

Highland games

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

Reviewed: 25-08-18

Love the Karen Pirie series. She is so tenacious. The Mint is developing and although the plot is a little farfetched I love the way the pieces come together. Am sure the ACC isn’t finished with Karen - what a ghastly character - would she really get away with this in today’s workplace. Not to worry it’s a great tale and hopefully there will be more of Karen and her new ‘love’? Interest

7 of 8 people found this review helpful