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  • One Step Behind

  • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

It is Midsummer's Eve. Three young friends meet in a wood to act out an elaborate masque. But, unknown to them, they are being watched. Each is killed by a single bullet. Soon afterwards, one of Inspector Wallander's colleagues is found murdered. Is this the same killer, and what could the connection be? In this investigation, Wallander is always, tantalisingly, one step behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be TEN stars!

  • By Diane on 06-05-11

One step above all previous books

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

Reviewed: 16-04-18

Outstanding drama. Revisited a second time and didn’t want it to end. Simply a fantastic audiobook.

  • A Spring Betrayal

  • An Inspector Akyl Borubaev Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Tom Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

We uncovered the last of the bodies in the red hour before dusk, as the sun stained the snowcaps of the Tian Shan mountains the colour of dried blood and the spring air turned sharp and cold.... Inspector Akyl Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad has been exiled to the far corner of Kyrgystan, but death still haunts him at every turn. Borubaev soon finds himself caught up in a mysterious and gruesome new case: several children's bodies have been found buried together - all tagged with name bands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great thriller great narration

  • By Steven on 09-03-18

Great thriller great narration

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Great tense & exciting thriller, great narration, cannot wait to start the third in the series! Enjoy!!

  • Sleep Baby Sleep

  • Pieter Vos, Book 4
  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Twenty-two-year-old Annie Schrijver works in the picturesque Albert Cuyp flower market. But then she goes missing, only to be found barely alive, tied to a stone angel in a graveyard. But Annie seems to have been the lucky one, as a body is found nearby. Detective Pieter Vos knows that if he is to outwit the murderer, he will need to employ everything he has to avert a greater tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of series, Hewson at his best!

  • By Steven on 18-01-18

Best of series, Hewson at his best!

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

Reviewed: 18-01-18

Excellent thriller, - roller coaster from beginning to end. A triumph for Fos, a triumph for Hewson. Enjoy.

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  • Sidetracked

  • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Midsummer approaches, and Wallander prepares for a holiday with the new woman in his life, hopeful that his wayward daughter and his ageing father will cope without him. But his summer is ruined when a girl commits suicide before his eyes, and a former minister of justice is butchered in the first of a series of apparently motiveless murders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wallander - excellent 5 * roller coaster ride

  • By Steven on 30-11-17

Wallander - excellent 5 * roller coaster ride

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

Reviewed: 30-11-17

An unusual story, but Wallander at his best! Enjoy, excellent 5 * roller coaster ride.

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  • The Blood Card

  • Stephens and Mephisto Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Luke Thompson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Elizabeth II's coronation is looming, but the murder of their wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, spoils the happy mood for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto. A playbill featuring another deceased comrade is found in Colonel Cartwright's possession, and a playing card, the ace of hearts: the blood card. The wartime connection and the suggestion of magic are enough for him to put Stephens and Mephisto on the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mephisto gets his 3rd outing

  • By Alexander James Hawley (Hawley Reviews) on 07-06-17

Peril ahead of Coronation

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Best of the three books featuring Edwards and Mephistopheles. Excellent atmospheric well told story by the Queen of thrillers.

  • A Room Full of Bones

  • A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another intriguing story

  • By Kirstine on 16-04-17

Enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

Enjoyable listen and interesting story, not the best of the series but worth a listen.

  • The Twelfth Department

  • By: William Ryan
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Moscow, 1937: Captain Korolev, a police investigator, is enjoying a long-overdue visit from his young son Yuri when an eminent scientist is shot dead within sight of the Kremlin and Korolev is ordered to find the killer. It soon emerges that the victim, a man who it appears would stop at nothing to fulfil his ambitions, was engaged in research of great interest to those at the very top ranks of Soviet power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most interesting one in the series

  • By Timi on 16-05-17

Cracking thriller

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

Reviewed: 27-01-17

Some earlier reviews were quite harsh on this third installment. If you enjoyed the previous 2 books, then don't hesitate to listen to this. Exactly as expected, the series just keeps getting better! Enjoy.

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  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks. In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Do You Trust?!

  • By garry on 07-07-14

Well told story but uncomfortable at times

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I liked the narration and got involved with the characters. Some parts were however uncomfortable to listen to. Not my usual thriller. I guess.

  • The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid

  • Lennox 5
  • By: Craig Russell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Lennox liked Quiet Tommy Quaid. Perhaps it's odd for a private detective to like - even admire - a career thief, but Quiet Tommy Quaid was the sort of man everyone liked. Amiable, easygoing, well dressed, with no vices to speak of - well, aside from his excessive drinking and womanising, but then, in 1950s Glasgow those were practically virtues. And besides, throughout his many exploits outside the law, Quiet Tommy never once used violence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Rogayah on 03-12-16

Sublime roller coaster -best yet.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

Great narration. Great story. Great entertainment. Just keep getting better! How do you follow that?

  • A Fine Line

  • Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 5
  • By: Gianrico Carofiglio
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

This suspenseful legal thriller tells the story of Judge Larocca, who, to quote The Brothers Karamazov, 'lies to himself and listens to his own lies, so gets to the point where he can no longer distinguish the truth'. A man always looking to justify his evil and corrupt behaviour, he is perhaps an apposite metaphor for Italy itself. When he becomes the subject of corruption allegations, fellow judge Guerrieri goes against his better instincts and takes the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quiet yet gripping

  • By Michelle on 10-09-16

Charming relaxed tale

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

Reviewed: 30-09-16

Excellent narration. A charming educated tale well told. A pleasure to listen to this conversational reflective style.

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