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  • The Sculthorpe Murder

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Northamptonshire, 1810: As a new canal network snakes across the landscape, a vicious mob stakes its claim to the county. Every local constable is out on the hunt for the ruthless Panther Gang. When an elderly man is robbed and murdered in sleepy Middleton, the beleaguered magistrates send for help from London's Bow Street Police Office.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OK...a lot of busi ness

  • By Rogayah on 25-10-16

Love these books

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

The author has produced a selection of well written books that has kept me on the edge of my seat and made me laugh. The narrator has complimented her writing perfectly. Really bringing the characters to life. But if you’ve come to this book first I would advise you read book 1 so that you can really get to know the main characters and their lives.

  • Sweet Revenge

  • A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Determined to find the men responsible for her disgraced father's murder, Lady Arianna Hadley disguises herself as a man and contrives to be hired as a chef in one of London's aristocratic households. But when the prince regent is poisoned by Arianna's special chocolate dessert, she finds her own quest has become intertwined with a far more deadly intrigue. The earl of Saybrook is asked by the government to investigate. When someone tries to kill them both, they become reluctant allies in the hunt to discover what evil is afoot.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying narrator

  • By lucy-lou on 14-09-18

Annoying narrator

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

Reviewed: 14-09-18

I loved the story but the narration spoiled it for me. It was extremely distracting. I would have returned it but couldn’t find how. But not because of the storyline.

  • Unquiet Spirits: Whisky, Ghosts, Murder

  • A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
  • By: Bonnie MacBird
  • Narrated by: Simon Darwen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

December 1889. Fresh from debunking a 'ghostly' hound in Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, only to find himself the target of a deadly vendetta. A beautiful client arrives with a tale of ghosts, kidnapping and dynamite on a whisky estate in Scotland, but brother Mycroft trumps all with an urgent assignment in the South of France. On the fabled Riviera, Holmes and Watson encounter treachery, explosions, rival French detective Jean Vidocq...and a terrible discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good plot

  • By lucy-lou on 06-10-17

A good plot

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

After listening to this book, I must say I found the story as a whole very good. However I struggled with the narration. Although the narrator delivered the story clearly and with passion when needed. His voice sounded too modern.

It didn’t match with the era. An older more well spoken gentleman would have allowed me to picture Holmes in the way that I’m use to.

This is however my own opinion and I am, by now means suggesting that the narration wasn’t any good. It just made it very difficult for me to connect with the characters. Leading me not to enjoy the book as much.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Dawn Over Steep House

  • Gower Street Detective, Book 5
  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

London, 1884. Sidney Grice is restless, having filed his latest case under S, for 'still to be solved', to await further inspiration. His ward, March Middleton, remains determined to uncover the truth. Geraldine Hockaday was outraged on the murky streets of Limehouse. Yet her attacker is still on the loose. But then a chance encounter brings a new victim to light, and it seems clear March and Grice are on the trail of a serial offender.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than much of the genre

  • By Ms. Sian A. O'flynn on 14-09-17

Hurry up and write another one.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

I absolutely love this series. Great writing and the narration brings all the characters to life. Molly the maid and Sidney Grice have me in stitches. It needs to be on television. I love Sherlock Holmes and this Gower Street detective series would take its place nicely.

However, if this is the first book you are reading in the series I advise you start from book one. To allow you to follow the back story of the main characters.

  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

Meet Agatha Raisin, high-flying public relations boss turned village sleuth. After her many years of bullying and cajoling others, her early retirement to a picture-perfect village in the Cotswolds is a dream come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud

  • By Louise on 03-07-13

A very entertaining book

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

Reviewed: 14-03-17

Although I was a little sceptical about whether it was going to be any good in the beginning I must say by the end I felt that Ms Raisin was going to be a force to be reckoned with and I found that I wanted to read book 2; not because I wanted her to solve another murder but to see how the relationship with her and her neighbour progressed.

Won't say anymore I don't want to spoil it.

  • The Secrets Of Gaslight Lane

  • The Gower Street Detective, Book 4
  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

London, 1883: All is quiet at 125 Gower Street. So, when a young woman turns up at the door, imploring London's foremost personal detective, Sidney Grice, to solve her father's murder, Grice can barely disguise his glee. Mr Nathan Garstang was found slaughtered, with no trace of a weapon or intruder. A classic locked-room case. But what piques Grice's interest is the link to the unsolved murders of Nathan's uncle, aunt and servants in the very same house....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By BEN on 18-08-16

Omg! Is he, her father?

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

Reviewed: 29-09-16

I absolutely love this series. Sidney Brice has me in fits of laughter, along with Molly. Why on earth have they not put these books on tv. I can just see myself curled up on my sofa enjoying an episode.

But I'm going off on a tangent. The writer gets better and better with every story and the narration... Well let's just say the narrator brings all the characters to life and with every story you feel a personal connection with them.

For those who have never read any of this series and have come across this one first I urge you to read from book one and then as you go along, I am sure you will end up loving the characters as much as I do.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Mr Holmes

  • By: Mitch Cullin
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39

"Why'd she come here? Why'd she come to you?"A cloud passed over the sun, casting a long shadow across the gardens. "Hope, I suspect," said Holmes. "It seems I am known for discovering answers when events appear desperate." It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • One mystery: How did this get published?

  • By Mark on 25-09-14

Very confused

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

Throughout the whole story I was confused. I felt the story was dis-jointed and I could grasp the point. Although I listened to end end, I did so in the hope that at some point everything would become clear but unfortunately it didn't.

The narration was good but I must say I am disappointed.

  • The Thief Taker

  • By: C. S. Quinn
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 454

When a girl is gruesomely murdered, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case. But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death. The killer’s mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London – and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie’s own past. Now the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street. This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London, where alchemy, witchcraft and blood-spells collide. In a city drowned in darkness, death could be the most powerful magic of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story for London dwellers

  • By Emily on 29-11-15

Marvellous

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

Reviewed: 20-03-15

On first reading I had no expectations as such but as the story unfolded I found I could put it down. This, I must confess, was due to the brilliant narration of the narrator. His narrative skills are marvellous.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Noughts and Crosses

  • Noughts and Crosses 1
  • By: Malorie Blackman
  • Narrated by: Syan Blake, Paul Chequer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought – a ‘colourless’ member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood. But that’s as far as it can go. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Cross schools

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very engaging

  • By M.D. on 14-04-13

Wow

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

Reviewed: 17-02-15

An absolutely brilliant piece of writing. Emotive and thought provoking. Many of the situations that the main protagonist's found themselves in mirrored those of myself.

I loved the way Blackman flipped the tables on the normal white hates blacks scenario. The narration of Callum was great and chapter 46 of the audible version could of easily brought a person to tears.

After reading it this book had me sitting up in bed recapping my younger days and remembering when I was in situations like when Sephy went to pay her repeats at Callum's sisters funeral and was met with nothing but scorn. Reading this book made me feel like Blackman had write this book for me snatching tip bits of my life and putting it into her book.

So to conclude for anyone who gets this far in my review. Read this book. Digest the themes that are covered and then be glad that for the most part in this day and age many of us, including me, can live our lives and have children with the ones we love no matter what colour or race they maybe.

  • The Mangle Street Murders

  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,459

Gower Street, London, 1882: Sidney Grice, London's most famous personal detective, is expecting a visitor. He drains his fifth pot of morning tea, and glances outside, where a young, plain woman picks her way between the piles of horse-dung towards his front door. Sidney Grice shudders. For heaven's sake - she is wearing brown shoes. The Mangle Street Murders is for those who like their crime original, atmospheric, and very, very funny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite My Pot of Tea

  • By Simon on 06-02-16

A very good read

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

Reviewed: 19-01-15

This detective story did not disappoint. The main character was absolutely brilliantly constructed. The relationship between him and his ward was extremely entertaining.

The narration was perfectly performed, allowing the story to flow seamlessly.

I would definitely recommend this book to those who want to read a light and entertaining book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful