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Mr. J. R. Semple

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  • Connections in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

When recovering drug addict Lyle Pickering is found dead of an overdose, it looks like a tragic accident. But his sister Rochelle knows better, and so does Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Lyle was murdered, and the evidence points directly to his old street gang. As Eve and husband Roarke track the killer through the city's dive bars, drug dens and strip joints, another body is discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dallas Obsessive

  • By AliJ on 10-02-19

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 11-04-19

This is the latest in a long running series and the story for me appeared formulaic. A difficult juggling act for the author who wants to give long running fans what they want but perhaps at the expense of any real surprises. This reminds me of the late great Robert b Parker, his dialogue was always sublime but whose plotting could sometimes appear perfunctory. I keep reading though which is perhaps the point but I really do wish that J D Robb would shake things up a bit.

  • The Mystery of Three Quarters

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 445

Returning home after lunch one day, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy and has accused nobody of murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him - a man who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor substitute

  • By Mary Taylor on 10-11-18

Solid but not great

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Starts well but gets bogged down in the final quarter.Should perhaps have followed the title and stuck to three. Sophie Hannah has captured the character of Point well but not surprisingly cannot match Agatha Christie's genius for lateral plotting.

  • Tombland

  • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - Samson’s best yet

  • By Jim__Leeder on 26-10-18

Exceptional and Educational

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Easily the best Novel in the series yet. My previous favourite had concerned Henry VIII'S progress to York.But the sheer scale and uniquely Atmospheric qualities of the Norfolk rebellion mark this novel out as the series standout. Matthew Shardlakes innate decency but sometimes slightly naïve behaviour make him an ideal lodestone for the reader to both empathise with and be irritated by in equal measure. The sense of place and the wonderful conjuring of deeply turbulent times both religious and social and the righteous anger at injustice infuses the narrative.This historical novel achieves a rare feat of education, entertainment and a sense of enrichment at the same time .C J Samson
I salute you

  • The Broken Places

  • By: Ace Atkins
  • Narrated by: Brian d'Arcy James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

A year after becoming sheriff, Quinn Colson is faced with the release of an infamous murderer from prison. Jamey Dixon comes back to Jericho preaching redemption, and some believe him; but for the victim’s family, the only thought is revenge. Another group who doesn’t believe him - the men in prison from Dixon’s last job, an armored car robbery. They’re sure he’s gone back to grab the hidden money, so they do the only thing they can: break out and head straight to Jericho themselves. Colson and his deputy, Lillie, know they’ve got their work cut out for them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as the first two.<br />

  • By Mr. J. R. Semple on 20-10-18

Just as good as the first two.<br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-18

New Narrator but no change in quality . Atmospheric and brilliantly plotted with great characterization

  • The Lost Ones

  • A Quinn Colson Novel, Book 2
  • By: Ace Atkins
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Fresh from 10 years as a U.S. Army Ranger, Quinn Colson finds his hands full as the newly elected sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. An old buddy running a local gun shop may be in over his head when stolen army rifles start showing up in the hands of a Mexican drug gang. At the same time, an abused-child case leads Quinn and his deputy, Lillie Virgil, deep into the heart of a bootleg baby racket and a trail of darkness and death. When the cases collide, Quinn and his allies realize they are in the fight of their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No let up in Quality

  • By Mr. J. R. Semple on 18-09-18

No let up in Quality

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

Reviewed: 18-09-18

Great dialogue and characterization. A compelling plot and all within a truthful rendering of storytelling that doesn't stretch credibility.You can't ask for much more than that.If you do you're just plain greedy!

  • The Ranger

  • A Quinn Colson Novel
  • By: Ace Atkins
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Northeast Mississippi: hill country, rugged and notorious for outlaws since the Civil War, where killings are as commonplace as in the Old West. To Quinn Colson, it's home - but not the home he left when he went to Afghanistan. Now an Army Ranger, he returns to a place overrun by corruption, and finds his uncle, the county sheriff, dead - a suicide, he's told, but others whisper murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric and Authentic.Southern Crime fiction

  • By Mr. J. R. Semple on 26-08-18

Atmospheric and Authentic.Southern Crime fiction

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

The American South has a new and distinct voice. A brilliantly realised sense of place and community.
And a tip of the hat to the old school laconic heroes of the past. Entertaining as all hell . Read this!

  • Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies

  • By: Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker - creator
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Connie Kelly thought she'd found her perfect man on an online dating site. He was silver-haired and handsome, with a mysterious background working for the CIA. She fell so hard for M. Brooks Welles that she wrote him a check for almost 300,000 dollars, hoping for a big return on her investment. But within weeks, both Welles and her money are gone. Her therapist, Dr. Susan Silverman, hands her Spenser's card.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Mr. J. R. Semple on 16-05-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

Up to the standard of previous Ace Atkins continuations.Which is to say, superbly plotted with Parker like trademark dialogue. Always look forward to the next. Joe Mantegna's delivery compliments this superbly making for top class literary entertainment.

  • Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic

  • Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic: Spenser, Book 46
  • By: Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

The heist was legendary, still talked about 20 years after the priceless paintings disappeared from one of Boston's premier art museums. Most thought the art was lost forever, buried deep, sold off overseas, or, worse, destroyed as incriminating evidence. But when paint chips from the most valuable piece stolen, Gentlemen in Black by a Spanish master, arrives at the desk of a Boston journalist, the museum finds hope and enlists Spenser's help. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure about this one..

  • By goldmoonstorm on 09-07-18

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Heresy - But Ace Atkins dialogue matches Parker And plotting actually surpasses. Fantastically entertaining . Popular Literature doesn't get any better than this.I didn't think anyone could do justice to Robert B Parker's legacy.I was never happier to be proved wrong.Keep them coming!Please!