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Mr. S. M. Elliott

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  • Vanishing Girls

  • Detective Josie Quinn
  • By: Lisa Regan
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Everyone in the small town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing 17-year-old girl. All they've found so far is her phone and another girl they didn't even know was missing. Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it's clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona. Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid start

  • By Mr. S. M. Elliott on 10-03-19

A solid start

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

Reviewed: 10-03-19

The characters and story are quite well constructed. Things run at a fast pace and keeps you guessing. The dialogue is the only draw back at times feeling strange, it is used to explain situations rather than well written descriptive text. Hopefully the author will develop as the series continues and move up to 5 star's, but an encouraging beginning.

  • The Next Girl: Detective Gina Harte, Book 1

  • By: Carla Kovach
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again.

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story

  • By Yvonne on 26-05-18

Middle of the road.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I found this a run of the mill detective story. The plot is quite predictable, and the dialogue is cliche and does not flow naturally. This said the book is readable enough to want to reach the end, but will not follow the series.

  • Long Road to Mercy

  • Atlee Pine, Book 1
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

Her name is Atlee Pine, the latest creation from best-selling author David Baldacci. She has unstoppable tenacity, always a fighter who is unwilling to cede any ground. She has endured real nightmares, and she has the emotional and physical scars to show for it. And she got those long before she became an adult. She is an FBI Special Agent assigned to the wilds of the western US. She has to cover, often solo, vast tracts of area: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine!

  • By Simon on 18-11-18

Run of the mill Baldacci

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

Introducing a new character Atley Pine. She is a typical character with a tormented past and a few unique characteristics. The plots fast paced and twists as you would expect, but keeps you interested.

  • Kingdom of Ash

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 33 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Aelin has risked everything to save her people - but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day....With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect ending for a fantastic series

  • By vincentr on 25-10-18

A fast pace end

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

The tale finally concludes all the strands woven through the previous novels come together in one mighty battle. The characters and nations pull together, against insurmountable odds against the factions off evil. My only grip is the standardised love sick teen stereotype used as each character falls in love even though there ment to be hundreds of years old, but the actual adventure is as the previous.

  • Red Snow

  • By: Will Dean
  • Narrated by: Maya Lindh
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who's really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik? Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man's eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition. Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop the killer before she leaves town for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another masterpiece

  • By Mr. S. M. Elliott on 23-01-19

Another masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

Once again the writing style draws you in and keeps you transfixed. The single person view point is mesmerising and the story continues developing, but it is the strength of the characters that make this author truly great. I really hope that this is not the last in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Vampire Outlaw

  • The Immortal Knight Chronicles Series, Book 2
  • By: Dan Davis
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

A band of outlaws attacks an English manor in the dead of night. The bloody trail leads to the dark heart of Sherwood Forest, and Richard is certain that his old enemy, William de Ferrers, has returned. But England is in turmoil. The barons have erupted into armed rebellion against King John, and a French army has invaded the south, seeking to crown a French prince as the King of England. Richard must do his duty to save England. But he must also journey deep into Sherwood to destroy William and rescue the Lady Marian before she is devoured or turned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • goretastic

  • By barry Clilverd on 25-07-18

Story really moves forward.

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

the 1st book was ok but did not really inspire me to continue with the rest of the series. As I was waiting for another book to be released I thought I would give the 2nd book a go and am very glad I did. The story for this book is around the legend of Robin Hood inserting the protagonist and his men into the retelling it is very clever and finally gets you fully invested in the characters. The actual story is very clever and keeps you unable to put it down you just have to know what happens next. If you liked the premise of the story in the 1st then you are in for a treat as English legend is interwoven with the Vampire Knight.

  • Dark Pines

  • By: Will Dean
  • Narrated by: Maya Lindh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

It's week one of the Swedish elk hunt, and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings 20 years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes? Tuva must face her demons and venture deep into the woods to stop the killer and write the story. And then get the hell out of Gavrik.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blown Away

  • By Kathryn on 29-08-18

extremely addictive.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Written in a first person narrative in real time as events occur. This means that you only learn of events when the main character does. I don't know if it's because it is set in Sweden that it reminds me of dragon tattoo. Anyhow to the story there is no cut and thrust, or massive twist / blind side events. The whole thing relies on the shear quality of the writing and the prose. This it does with exceptional consistency. I devoured this book with whisper sync so had the pleasure of both reading and listening, I have to say that in both formats this is an addictive delight. The way the words just flow is superb. The characters are really well developed drawing you in. The book is narrated by a Swedish actress in English this really adds to the effect of being 1st person written as if a diary. Just an fantastic piece of work and a cannot wait for the next book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Vampire Crusader

  • The Immortal Knight Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Dan Davis
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

The immortal knight, Sir Richard of Ashbury, hunts his nemesis through centuries of war.... AD 1190, England. A young knight's family is slaughtered. As the lords of Europe seek to retake Jerusalem from the mighty Saladin, Sir Richard swears an oath of vengeance against Earl William de Ferrers, who has returned from the dead with an insatiable thirst for violence. Richard stalks William and his savage knights across Europe to the Holy Land, fights in the crusades' bloodiest battles alongside Richard the Lionheart and unearths a secret of great evil under the hills of Palestine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for more

  • By Sara Thomas on 09-05-18

good idea for story

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

The concept to me is better than the execution. This is a very good premise for a book, there just feels something missing in the way it is told. The 1st person narrative by the end starts to bind. That said I do not usually go for historically set novels, but the plot was new to me and held me to the end.

  • Letters from the Dead

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to prove the identity of a black sheep in his client’s family tree, he unwillingly finds himself drawn into a murder investigation with nothing more to go on than a 150-year-old letter and a connection to a legendary ruby that has been missing for generations. As more letters are mysteriously left for him, Tayte becomes immersed in a centuries-old tale of greed, murder and forbidden love that takes his research from the wilds of the Scottish Highlands to the colour and heat of colonial India. A dark secret is buried in Jaipur. But why is it having such deadly repercussions in the present? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book all round !

  • By Mrs. A. Hemsworth on 15-08-18

welcomed return

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

It's like Tate has not been away. The story and theme are as the previous 6 books. The story as usual runs simultaneously with the past. The story keeps you gripped from the start with plenty of twists. Must mention the narration is wonderful as usual, really bringing the story to life.

  • The Craftsman

  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Florence Lovelady's career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried...alive. Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he's dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Did she get it wrong all those years ago? Or is there something much darker at play?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the best

  • By P. Coleman on 07-05-18

well written

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

The story is for me original it entwines a the local witch history of pendle and a murder investigation set in the late 60s. The narrative is well written and flows well. The only short fall for me was that the answers were obvious.