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  • The Man by the Sea

  • The Slim Hardy Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Jack Benton
  • Narrated by: Kevin E Green
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

John "Slim" Hardy, a heavy drinker and disgraced soldier turned bumbling private detective, is hired to investigate Ted Douglas, an investment banker who slips out of work every Friday to visit a desolate cove on the Lancashire coast. There, he walks to the shore, opens an old book, and begins to read aloud. His wife thinks he's having an affair. Slim thinks he's insane. The truth is more incredible than either could imagine. The Man by the Sea is the sensational debut novel by Jack Benton, a classic story of love, betrayal, murder, and intrigue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Great Narration!

  • By Jan M on 05-07-18

What a gem

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

Reviewed: 17-06-19

Where do I start with this little gem, it definitely isn’t your average British based detective/ murder mystery, well it is but it really isn’t.

Ok let’s slow down and start at the beginning, I loved the idea of this , it’s something a little bit different, the characters and the settings and of course the story.

first off I loved the haunting cover, it said so much without using any words, so whoever did the artwork I take my hat off to you sir/madam.

I absolutely loved the lead character from the very start, endearing and very rarely sober, John Hardy I salute you, maybe the only man who’s demons are are drunk as he is .

At first I thought it was just going to be a quick mysterious open and shut detective story and at only 4 hours and 52 minutes in length, I was amazed at how much tension and intrigue and drama they managed to squeeze into this book.

The setting of the coast of Lancashire is well described and sounds like a place well worth a visit,

All the elements are in this for a anyone who loves a-bit of everything, murder, love , a hint of paranormal, but maybe not?.

The narrator for this fine mix is Kevin E Green, a new name on this blog but I want to hear more, cause he told the story in such an eloquent manner, from simply reading to scene setting, good job Kevin.

So if you haven’t already figured out, this has a little something for everyone and it’s short enough that if you want something quick it has that too, so go give it a listen.

  • Deadly Cruise

  • A Rachel Prince Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Dawn Brookes
  • Narrated by: Alex Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Just when you thought it was safe to cruise again.... PC Rachel Prince returns to cruising after giving evidence in a difficult trial. She wants to recharge her batteries and reevaluate her future after receiving threats from the man she helped put away. Taking Queen cruises up on their offer of a free luxury cruise aboard the Coral Queen, she opts for a sailing to New York. Rachel's best friend and cruise nurse, Sarah is also returning to the ship to start a new nine-month contract so the timing is perfect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel braves another cruise.

  • By DubaiReader on 14-06-19

Great second offering

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

Reviewed: 10-06-19

Who would have thought so much could happen on a floating city of a cruise ship, but on this one thankfully a lot does happen.

I bet we were all really hoping that this time around Rachel has a better trip.

And to begin with it is, but trouble seems to follow Rachel around or maybe she goes looking but who knows it makes for some fun adventures.

I like the descriptions, not detailed enough to be overwhelming but just tells you enough to be able to paint a picture in your own imagination.

The story structure was well written, characters are colourful and well fleshed out, for some people on this cruise, it will be the longest trip of their lives.

I love when I simple start draws me in and keeps me interested with a twist I didn’t see coming and as far as cosy crime goes, this one was twisty.

Since the last book I enjoy seeing Rachel and her friends onboard the ship grow and become more believable,

I am proud to welcome back narrator queen Alex Lee who again does an amazing job of telling this story good pace and well told as always.

Another excellent cosy crime story , good if you have heard the first one but not essential as it works as a stand alone with minor references to the last book.

Definitely recommend this for any long time fans of cosy crime or just looking for somewhere to start.

  • Follow the Money

  • A Tale of Tales
  • By: David Fuentes
  • Narrated by: Matthew Kerslake
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Follow the Money is a collection of novellas that follows the lives of different bank notes on their respective journeys, as they pass from one person to the next through London and New York. In a twist of fate, both of these bank notes transform in the second installment of each story. It sends them on a completely new journey into the unknown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the absolute best story

  • By Anonymous User on 30-10-18

Excellent idea and well told

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

Reviewed: 08-06-19

Well this fine book came completely from left field I did not expect what my ears were offered, but boy oh boy were they happy.

This story takes storytelling and completely turns it on its head the main protagonist is not what anyone would expect

I knew money causes problems but wow this series of notes caused no end of trouble from start to finish and I absolutely loved every minute of it.

I really enjoyed the format of this book, it wasn’t one story but several shorter that sometimes connected sometimes didn’t, but all made sense and was each very well written.

*parental warning* the stories contained within this book do contain some graphic scenes of a sexual nature, so if your abit shy then you have been warned.

loved all the characters and the settings and if your ok with some bad language then this is amazing.

The narrator for this plethora of sublime series of stories is Matthew Kerslake who does a superb job of the voices , scene setting and overall storytelling.

If your looking for something a little bit different then I would highly recommend this little gem, it will change the way you think about characters in a story.

  • Greenwash: A Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller

  • A Totally Gripping Thriller with a Killer Twist - Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller Series, Book 4
  • By: Colleen Cross
  • Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Avalanches are deadly, but in the remote Rocky Mountains, something even more sinister awaits...Private investigator Katerina Carter and boyfriend Jace embark on a cozy weekend getaway just before Christmas at a luxury mountaintop lodge. While he writes the biography of a billionaire environmentalist, she explores the snowy wilderness.Then two local environmental protesters die under mysterious circumstances. Kat and Jace race to uncover the truth only to face even deadlier disaster. The mountains take no prisoners. Neither does the killer. And the killer is creeping closer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Dab Reader on 15-06-19

Another blinder

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

Reviewed: 15-05-19

Welcome back fellow readers and the next in the instalment of our favourite heroine Kat Carter.

I am loving the diversity this series is bringing me, each case is always that little bit different, the cast of characters is always fresh and interesting and even the staple people in the stories you know and love have yet another angle to learn about.

This tale leaves you shivering and I had no idea an avalanche could be the prime suspect in a murder, except it’s not that would be silly but the shadowy people involved very much are in the frame.

Having been to Vancouver a couple of times I like hearing of places I’ve visited or not places I want to go.

once again the minor roles in this story play as big a part of this story as the main ones do and achieve the aim of fleshing out a snowy wilderness.

Just when I think the series has reached an end, Colleen pulls another blinder out the bag of tricks .

Once again we welcome back our resident and brilliant narrator Petrea Burchard, who does an excellent job of weaving this chilly thriller.

This has been book three in the increasingly popular series but as I’ve found each can work well as a stand alone with only maybe minor throwbacks to the other books in the series.

I can’t recommend this series enough, I have enjoyed each one as much as the last.

  • A Cruise to Murder

  • Rachel Prince Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Dawn Brookes
  • Narrated by: Alex Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Meet Rachel Prince, a newly qualified police constable trying to hold it together after being ditched by her fiancé. Rachel's best friend, Sarah, suggests that she needs a break and what better way to relax than a Mediterranean cruise? Sarah works as a nurse on the cruise ship and they plan to enjoy all the luxuries of cruising. At least they would do if Sarah ever got any time away from the medical centre. Rachel makes friends with a bereaved, elderly woman and an attractive Italian but it's not long before she is convinced that something sinister is going on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable read

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-18

Mystery with a carribean twist

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Take a classic feeling mystery,mix in a cocktail and you have this fantastic story.

I loved the windswept and interesting locations we visited in this adventure, never sure if the people you met were really who they said they were.

The lead characters Rachel and Sarah, two old friends, I enjoyed how a cruise ship and a murder can’t come between friends

I enjoyed the exoticness of the locations , while I listened I could picture the scenes, always a sign of a well thought out book, I enjoyed the other major and minor characters

as I said a great twist on a classic who dunnit I would love there to be more of these types of stories, if anyone knows any let me know.

The narrator for this joyous cruise was Alex Lee and she does an excellent job of telling the story and making the characters come to life.

If you want a murder mystery with an exotic twist then I definitely recommend this.

  • Missing Gretyl

  • You Only Love Twice
  • By: Si Page
  • Narrated by: Melanie Crawley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

After 50 years of marriage, Gretyl Trollop is thinking of a new life, somewhere hot. Her husband, Albert, is thinking of the crematorium. She's thinking of stuffing herself in a bikini. He's thinking of a taxidermist. The Londoners continue their separate lives until a mysterious letter turns their world upside down. In Essex, Dave and Sharon Soddall are struggling on benefits and looking for a get-rich-quick solution. With the help of a devious financial advisor, they concoct a plan and Costa Soddall Travel is born. Will the Soddalls pull off the con of a lifetime?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED IT! WHAT A TONIC!

  • By Karen V on 31-10-17

Great distraction

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

Reviewed: 20-04-19

Welcome back friends, this book was an easy listen and a brilliant, funny distraction.

There were many elements to this book , different situations and people but it was so well written that I had no problem following it and keeping everyone in the right place, well done to Si Page for such good writing.

Each character felt like I wanted to learn more about their back story, I loved what was being told about them now but being such well rounded characters I truly believed there could be a whole unknown back story waiting to be told.

Our lead heroine Gretyl is a superb, sassy and takes no rubbish from nobody a trait which serves her well throughout this tale.

The down to earth nature of the story is a breath of fresh air and could be told today and not seem out of place.

Our storyteller this time around is Melanie Crawley who does an excellent job of drawing you in to the details and does every voice brilliantly.

So if you are looking for easy listen with many funny moments then this is well worth a listen.

  • The Clock Keeper

  • By: Melissa Delport
  • Narrated by: Vivien Swain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Since the beginning of life on Earth, seven powerful families have protected time. From within their bloodlines, one person is selected every decade to make the ultimate sacrifice. When Anna Kennedy is selected by the Tempus Guild as the new Clock Keeper, she commits a crime so heinous that it could cause time itself to unravel. Now, it falls to her sister, Clarke, to right the wrong and restore honor to the Kennedy family. The only problem is that in order to do so she must send her best friend to his grave.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By TG on 28-02-19

Brilliant all round

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

This was a wonderful wibbly wobbly, Timey wimey story.

It was so well written and fast paced. Without losing any of it’s written beauty.

The main character Clarke is a brilliant well rounded lead with an attitude of don’t cross me but with a heart of gold, and the bond with her sister Anna is so real that I actually felt sorry for the two of them.

Enter the maybe villain of this tale Fletcher I say maybe because he isn’t intentionally being mean more misguided, but I enjoyed how it all worked itself out in the end, the slight romantic element usually puts me off but it was done in such a way that it actually weaved through the story largely to me unnoticed.

The narrator for this story was Vivian Swain, did an excellent job narrating the very twisty subject of time travel, but she made it a joy to listen to and the time flew by, her pace was good and it made me invest more in some characters than I probably would have.

So if time travelling adventures are your thing or if your looking to dive into a new genre then I would give this a look and a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Death in Dulwich

  • The London Murder Mysteries, Volume 1
  • By: Alice Castle
  • Narrated by: Alex Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Thirty-something single mum Beth Haldane is forced to become Dulwich’s answer to Miss Marple when she stumbles over a murder victim on her first day at work. To clear her name, Beth is plunged into a cozy mystery that’s a contemporary twist on Golden Age crime classics. But can she pull it off? Listen to find out more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cosy little murder mystery

  • By niamh bonner on 07-03-19

A classic

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

If I were writing a travel guide to Dulwich it would definitely read “stunning but deadly”, I found this story a cosy crime with black undertones.

I enjoyed the premise of this book, a poor unsuspecting single mum dropped in the deep end of, at the beginning not sure what

I loved our heroine Beth a perfectly normal down to earth women who through terrible secrets and lies did her very best and shined through,

I loved all the characters each had their own quirks and quirky personalities, made me actually google Dulwich.

The plot was believable, ive never lived in a village like it but I can easily believe such things go on from the perfect privet headges to the yummy mummies all trying to get one over on each other.

I liked how it wasn’t quickly wrapped up in a neat little bow but kept you guessing all the way to the end, I like a cosy mind bender and this was defiantly a modern day Miss Marple but with less frillyness.

Our storyteller for this slice of cosy suburban mystery is Alex Lee a new name to me but one I am very keen to hear more from, told the story at a good pace and her voice is very easy to listen to, (maybe back for book two?).

If you want to give your brain and nerves a rest from bloody deaths and psychological games, I recommend this for something that little bit different.

  • A Murder of Crows

  • By: Ian Skewis
  • Narrated by: Ian Skewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

The most violent thunderstorm in living memory occurs above a sleepy village on the West Coast of Scotland. A young couple take shelter in the woods, never to be seen again.... DCI Jack Russell is brought in to investigate. Nearing retirement, he agrees to undertake one last case, which he believes can be solved as a matter of routine. But what Jack discovers in the forest leads him to the conclusion that he is following in the footsteps of a psychopath who is just getting started.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed very much

  • By Eve on 09-11-18

What a great shot of tartan noir

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

Reviewed: 12-01-19

I have two reviews coming in rapid succession, as I'm A Bit behind, so into the first.

First off, I loved the lead character, DCI Jack Russell (the doggy detective), but a vet detective he is not, he solves real world crimes by real world criminals and this case is no different.

After my last excursion into deepest darkest Wales which was brilliant, but you cannot beat a Bit of home grown tartan noir and that's exactly what we have here, the kind of grit only Scotland can give.

I cannot find one had thing to say about this book, except maybe that it ended, but that a side , the styling of writing i found beautiful and poetic, the descriptions of the various people and places that we met and went to were all so vivid,I wanted to step through the audible app and into the scene before me.

I touched on the lead character at the very start of this review but the cast of other personalities and egos which all gel together to weave a tangled web which sometimes leave more questions than answers, and rest of Jack's team are a cast that show they have been through alot and one through alot together.

The narrator for this fine tale is none other than the exquisite author himself ,Mr Ian Skewis, this I highly approve of, Ian has a wonderful voice for narration, and sincerely hope we hear more from him in the near future.
all in all a fine Scottish crime thriller with more twists and turns than a bendy haggis, if you like your tartan noir as much as I do the wrap your ears round this beauty.

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  • Exit Strategy

  • Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Cross
  • Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Diamonds, danger, and a deadly secret... A Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller. Private investigator and forensic accountant Katerina Carter uncovers a sinister connection between blood diamonds and organized crime. Then two company employees are brutally murdered and her investigation becomes much more dangerous than she had ever imagined. Can she can stay alive long enough to expose the real criminals...or will her first case be her last? Buy this audiobook today!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really great read

  • By Teresa Harwood on 05-03-19

Brilliant legal thriller

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

Legal thrillers have never been high on my listening list, but this very one may just change that,I really enjoyed this one.
From the very beginning the opening line ,the action came thick and fast, from then it just got better and better.
I found Katerina, believable and a real tryer, I loved all the close relationships, which proves there is nothing more important than family, specially in such a story.
I found the plot well written and twisty and turny, just when i thought I had a handle on the story, another twist would hit from nowhere, I enjoyed every min of it.
Every character whether a main player or minor role, I honestly loved the bad guys as much as the good.
What started life as a simple fraud case soon grew so many arms and legs,it turned into a big brilliant legal thriller spider.
The narrator for this rollercoaster was, Petrea Burchard, another new name in a increasingly long list of new and brilliant narrators I've heard since starting this blog, she does an excellent job, good pace and timing, wonderful accents, one to keep an ear out for.
If legal thrillers are your thing, 0r like me you are fairly new to the genre this would be a good place to start, it has action, suspense and action and a class story as well.

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