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Hunter or Hunted

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-20

Grant Fletcher is basically a bounty hunter ex-military a loner so not many friends, this time he is doing a freebie for a soldier pal that is wheelchair-bound and is missing a daughter. Lila last heard of in Daversville Georgia, a small rural community run by the Cat family. Soon as Fletcher makes inquiries there is trouble and the township tries all sorts of methods to rid themselves of Fletcher, while on these inquiries he learns Lila is not the only one to have gone missing mainly young girls but a few men as well, and it has also come to the attention of the FBI and they send in 1 agent Quadrado, and she is not impressed with Fletcher although he tries to warn her a few times, but she warns him to stay out of her way. Most of the townfolk are afraid of the Cat Family and will not speak up for fear of reprisal. Fletcher is basically a one-man band and the amount of abuse his body took nobody else would make it, but this is fiction at it's best, its fast pace gripping the story makes sense but Fletcher is super human-bear that in mind when listening. Enjoyed it immensely the narrator was good at most times but was speaking on an equal drone, not much variation in his voices that you get with some audios. It did leave it as there was going to be another Grant Fletcher, and I feel I could easily listen to another one, enjoyable.but OTT bit like the Bond 007

Nostalgia at it's Best

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

Reviewed: 24-06-20

This is my 2nd experience of the Dickens mysteries great books these are too. This one starts with Bruno confessing to murder he didn't do so Gus his longtime lawyer friend ask for help it's not Bruno's style so who did he kill? and why would he? Damien Dickens has agreed to look into this and packs his bag and kisses Millie goodbye and Millie just getting over their last caper where she almost got killed has taken the long road to recovery, but has taken on a case of a woman who thinks her family is poisoning her, was she just humouring her? While Damien is on his case Millie has her son's wife and child staying with them in a converted garage and her son who just can't help himself by always getting into trouble, and trouble he is in too! goes missing. This couple do have a knack of weaving the clues around, and it's s story that is not far fetched and its time-frame is early 1980's so no mobile phones and computers just about to be talked about but laptops definitely a no go not even thought about. Sadly this one has a very sorry ending so have tissues at the ready enough said, but if you can get hold of any Phyllis Entis stories well worth a read and Tom Lennon does a fantastic job on the narration.

Good Cozy Mystery

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

Reviewed: 22-06-20

This is book 4! first time I've heard of this author and the Dick and Millie Dickens capers and what a pleasant surprise they are too, they are P I's and have a long time run-in with Derek Turpin who seems on all accounts to finish this couple off he owns everything within the area and work is getting very hard to find for Dick and Millie, however, they have taken on kidnapping, and we are talking about times when there were telephone booths land lines milk bars, etc and they make a different tale all the more exciting. I really must try and get hold of the 1st few books as the characters are well formed pleasant would do anything for you type of people, and the narration by Tom Lennon has done a great job, just reminds me of Murder she Wrote, it's that type of era.

2nd Helping

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-20

This is book 2 of the Sam Williams saga back in London bit worse for wear, and sharing a flat with his girlfriend Claire, and this time Sam is summoned to hear the reading of the Will of Human Rights lawyer Elizabeth Maurier, what on earth can he get out of this as she fired him years ago and along with another colleague that he sued have been requested to write her memoirs along with her daughter Lizzy who has peculiar look on life as a whole. What more bizarre is that E Maurier's death was not straight forward and that her tongue was cut out. Sam also has a run-in with the local D I Martins and she wanted nothing to do with Sam, and his friend from the previous case is staying with his wife who is dying, so Sam mans up and best foot forward does what he can, good writing good strong characters and the same great narrator Andrew Calverley as in the 1st book.

Wow

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-20

Acquired this audio from the Facebook Audio club and was thrilled when I was also given bk2, I would say you can read/listen as standalone but with book 2 the main characters are the same. Starts off with Sam Williams down on his luck was once an up and coming lawyer but things did not go well, He receives a call from an old friend D I Roakes and he does not seem very well-liked but insisted Sam get himself to Manchester, as 2 of their own police have been murdered, and as yet nobody has been arrested Roakes and Sam hopes to solve it. Sam does seem to get himself into all sorts of trouble and towards the end, he was deemed to be working alone. Good pace the characters are solid well described, and the narrator was well voiced and clear.all in all a clever story.

Thoughts

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-20

This is a short listen but a different look at Conon Doyle's Sherlock Holmes the other side of him and what was considered as recreational drugs bit different from today's addicts, worth a listen just to see the other side from years ago, and it's one of audibles podcast so no charge.

Cracker

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-20

This is the 3rd in the Nick Sullivan series and all 3 are brilliant. This one Annie is around a fair bit and Nick being himself again never thinking first, straight in 2feet. This one a soldier back from a warzone and with PTSD and goes on the rampage only on certain types of people, no clues as it will spoil but exciting fast and lots of annoying quotes the narration was good well crafted, really all 3 can listen/read as standalone novels, but 3 much better. as the main characters are the same.

Clever Dealings

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-20

Got to admit I struggled with this one, yes it is a thriller a Financial thriller really not what I'm used to but sometimes you need to expand, into other fields which is what I did. I didn't think I would be this disappointed as I have dealt with figures most of my working life and then sometimes felt them boring, but to listen to something that is out of my league spurred me on. There is a lot of double-dealing scams cons to naming but a few, but all were brilliantly explained The characters were well thought out and executed even felt sorry for poor Logan and went at a good pace I have given this 4* as the author did a very good job and all came together brilliantly, well throughout and clever, and the narration was very well done, shame really it was not for me but don't be put off if you are into the world of finance, this could be for you,

Fast Paced Action

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-20

In this novel, Nick Sullivan has a new job working for security, the first job babysitting a student who has a PhD in AI,and she is also an animal rights activist, and she has 2 new friends? They in turn work for a man called Morgan who owns a computer technology and is in debt to the mob, but he has big ideas and sets out a plan to make himself a billionaire. The time now is of the essence and he tells his thugs the time is right for Bryony Elliott to do her stuff i.e. she writes viruses for computers, and they have orders to make her release her virus. Nick takes her home after being in an animal raid of her making that went wrong and before Nick leaves the thugs decide to turn up and to Bryony's horror, they insist she releases the virus. Nick is very astute he knows as soon as she has done this she is dispensable, so she thinks up a way to try and defer it, and to there horror they end up in a sawmill in Dorset.with Nick being bashed and battered about, so as to make Bryony work. They get into many a tight fit and this time Nick seems to come off very badly, and it does begin to wonder if he will make it thru.
Annaleas has not really been mentioned in this 2nd series but Nick now knows that he loves her but will he get to tell her.? Great series and brilliant narration and could all be listened to as standalone, the only bugbear with this is Nick's constant quotes.

Good Strong Pace

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-20

Fallout by Karla Forbes is a new author to me and it was a good exciting start, Nick Sullivan is our hero here but it starts with him and his work friend also his boss when they go sailing and on their way back to the marina they see what looks like another boat in trouble, his friend immediately and eagerly offers to help but Nick just wants to get back home which would have been a better option as his friend gets murdered and Nick just about scrapes away with his life. When Nick finally gets dragged out of the water he goes to the police and of course who is going to believe him when nobody else has seen these 3 men, and they seem to have vanished off the face of the earth. Few days's later Nick is wanted for murder and that his wife was having an affair with his boss and is pregnant, so not a good day all round, only one thing to do as nobody believes there are 3 men so Nick decides he will find them himself and also wants to find out why kill somebody that is helping you what have you got to hide? Very intricately woven story and the edge of your seat listening great story that's come to life and the narrator Craig Bowles did a brilliant job.