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  • The Skeleton Road

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 584

When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a gothic Victorian building in Edinburgh, which is scheduled for renovation, Cold Case Squad detective Karen Pirie is given the task of identifying the decades-old bones. Her investigation leads her back to past conflicts, false identities and buried secrets...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing as a crime thriller but interesting

  • By iris on 01-03-15

Luckily I Persevered

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

Reviewed: 12-04-19

This isn't the best DCI Karen Piri story and I found it very hard to get into and a bit boring but I Persevered and it gained momentum.

Not my favourite of the series.

Narrator was OK and had to struggle with a few different accents Croatian, Irish, but the worst was welsh.

  • The Franchise Affair

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Marion Sharpe and her mother seem an unlikely duo to be found on the wrong side of the law. Quiet and ordinary, they have led a peaceful and unremarkable life at their country home, The Franchise. Unremarkable that is, until the police turn up with a demure young woman on their doorstep.Not only does Betty Kane accuse them of kidnap and abuse, she can back up her claim with a detailed description of the attic room in which she was kept, right down to the crack in its round window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-paced and intriguing

  • By Knucklebones on 23-07-11

A Gentle Mystery

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

Reviewed: 29-03-19

No gory murders or troubled detectives with issues, just a well written gentle mystery. The story kept my attention throughout and I'm looking forward to another by this author.

If your looking for an escape you can't go far wrong.

Great narration by Carol Boyd

  • Dead Catch

  • DCI Andy Gilchrist, Book 8
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

When Joe Christie's fishing boat is swept onto Tentsmuir beach during a fierce storm, a man's mutilated body is found in the hold. DCI Andy Gilchrist of St Andrews CID is called in to investigate. But his murder investigation deepens when he learns that Joe Christie and his boat have been missing for three years. The police pathologist, Dr Rebecca Cooper, retrieves a five pound note from the dead man's throat. Is this the killer's calling card? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Left Me Wanting Muir!

  • By Simon on 08-02-19

Another good story

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

Reviewed: 25-03-19

Another good thriller, T F Muir never fails to deliver.

As usual David Monteith's narration is spot on.

  • A Place of Execution

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Paddy Glynn
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

In the Peak District village of Scarsdale, 13-year-old girls didn’t just run away. So when Alison Carter vanished in the winter of '63, everyone knew it was a murder. Catherine Heathcote remembers the case well - a child herself when Alison vanished. Now a journalist, she persuades DI George Bennett to speak of the hunt for Alison. But when a fresh lead emerges, Bennett tries to stop the story - plunging Catherine into a world of buried secrets and revelations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 'Nice'

  • By Kathleen M Moon on 18-12-15

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

An excellent book. The first two thirds of the story is set around the time of the Moors murders and involves a missing 13 year old girl. The young Detective Inspector George Bennett is determined to find out what happened to Alison Carter and comes up against the insular towns folk who don't take kindly to outsiders. But perseverance and Detective work eventually pays off.

Fast forward 35 years and a journalist Catherine Heathcote who's writing a book about the historic judicial case persuades the previously reluctant George Bennett to talk of the hunt for Alison. The investigation opens fresh leads and Bennett tries to stop the book.

The story kept my attention throughout and I would thoroughly recommend it.

Good narration by Paddy Glynn.

  • A Tapping at My Door

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,206

From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham. A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story well worth a listen

  • By Cathryn B. on 11-04-16

Started well but..

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This started out to be promising and I thought I'd found another author to follow, but alas no as I increasingly got infuriated by Cody's constant zone outs with what appeared to be PTSD type episodes and his maverick tendencies.

The book is set in Liverpool and I guessed midway through the serial killers vendetta and somewhat tentative connection with the birds.

You EVENTUALLY get to find out a BIT (but not ALL) about Cody's undercover history, and the possible reason for his PTSD and it leaves it open for another book!!

I couldn't really engage with any of the characters, and I don't know if I will bother with the next book, but never say never.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,314

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

Very clever

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

Enjoyed this book. Its an ingenious novel-within-a-novel whodunit about the death of a crime writer and has the feel of Agatha Christie with a twist, very clever and kept my attention throughout.

Both narrators are very good.

Recommended.

  • Dark Winter

  • The 1st DS McAvoy Novel
  • By: David Mark
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 239

The Sunday Times best-selling first instalment in the Hull-based DS Aector McAvoy series. Meet DS Aector McAvoy, and begin David Mark's addictive crime series. DS Aector McAvoy is a man with a troubled past. His unwavering belief in justice has made him an outsider in the police force he serves, a good man among the lazy and corrupt. Then on a cold day in December he is the first cop on the scene when a young girl is killed in Hull's historic church - and the only one to see the murderer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent rainy afternoon listening.

  • By Darkin on 21-08-13

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

This author is new to me but another to add to my list.

A good listen, the story kept my attention and keeps you guessing.

The narrator was very good with different accents and dialogues so easy to recognise each character.

Recommended.

  • Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire

  • A Betty Church Mystery Book 1
  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

Inspector Betty Church - one of the few female officers on the force - has arrived from London to fill a vacancy at Sackwater police station. But Betty isn't new here. This is the place she grew up. Time ticks slowly in Sackwater. Having solved the case of the missing buttons, Betty's called to the train station to investigate a missing bench. But though there's no bench, there is a body. A smartly dressed man, murdered in broad daylight, with two distinctive puncture wounds in his throat. While the locals gossip about the Suffolk Vampire, Betty Church readies herself to hunt a dangerous killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Promising

  • By K on 06-12-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

I've listened to the whole Sidney Gryce series written by the same author and was looking forward to an equally good yarn with this Betty Church mystery.
Alas I found this not to be the case, there were far too many silly characters.
In the Sydney Gryce stories you have the regular maid molly who is silly but funny and at the same time somehow believable.
However with the Betty Church mystery you get the very silly Dodie, Betty Church's parents, the constable twins and more and I found myself not really caring or engaging and my mind would wonder. I was even counting the chapters to the end.
I can only hope if there is another Betty Church mystery that it improves.
The narration by Emma Gregory as with the Sydney Gryce series is good.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Murderer's Son

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,512

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer. Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes. Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder. But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Sitting On The Fens About This One!

  • By Simon on 17-10-18

Not as good as the second book.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I listened to book 2 Their lost daughters first, and that was gripping from start to finish. I enjoyed it so much I rushed to purchase and listen to this one. I can't however say I felt the same about this story. My mind did tend to wander and I had to rewind a few times. The outcome I also found a little hard to believe. I'm glad I listened to book 2 first as if I'd listened to this first I may not have rushed to listen to book 2 like I did with this one, and would have missed out on a good story. Having said that I did enjoy it and will purchase the next in the series (if there is one of course) Reccomended.

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,362

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smokin' Start to a New Series!

  • By Simon on 14-06-18

Engaging thriller.

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

An excellent, original story that grabbed my attention from the first chapter and kept it. There was no mind-wandering the story was filled with lots of gritty twists and surprises, great characters, and wonderful narration by Richard Armitage. I've now purchased 'The Murderer's son' which is in fact the 1st in the series. Thoroughly Reccomended.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful