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  • Deadly Secrets

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 6
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep? Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim - they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely perfect

  • By Colette on 19-04-18

Really enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

Great listen, with more than strand running through it. Very likeable characters, good narration, just the occasional awkward accent. Only detractions were the few instances when the characters spoke in a most uncharacteristic manner, as if reading from a reference book or policy document.
Well worth investing in.

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED this book!

  • By Patricia on 04-06-14

Worth it, despite the narration

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

The story was great, likeable main character, good plot with plenty of twists and turns, but you'll have to put up with the awful Sam Spade narration. I almost gave up after 5 minutes, it's so grating. Stick with it, eventually you'll build up an immunity.

  • The Crossing Places

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185

When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Archeological based who dun it

  • By Linda on 14-09-14

Good plot, slightly spoiled by utter nonesense

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

A very likeable main character and a satisfyingly twisting plot made the book acceptable. However, it was bedevilled with sporadic awful writing, some elements of fiction that were straying well over the line into inconceivable fantasy and utterly illogical behaviour/responses/actions by all of the key characters.
Worth a listen, despite all of this.

  • A Dark and Twisted Tide

  • Lacey Flint Series, Book 4
  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Former detective Lacey Flint quit the force for a safer, quieter life. Or that’s what she thought. Now living alone on her houseboat, she is trying to get over the man she loves, undercover detective Mark Joesbury. But Mark is missing in action and impossible to forget. And danger won’t leave Lacey alone. When she finds a body floating in the river near her home, wrapped in burial cloths, she can’t resist asking questions. Who is this woman, and why was she hidden in the fast-flowing depths? And who has been delivering unwanted gifts to Lacey?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Jumping the shark, I hope not.

  • By Kristina Venning on 12-09-14

Enjoyable, but stretching credulity

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

Engaging but very far fetched story with the one-woman crime hotspot, Lacey Flint. So many twists and turns it gets a bit silly, but then it is fiction.
Great narration, only a couple of dodgy character voices.

  • Sweet Little Lies

  • By: Caz Frear
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 794

What I thought I knew: in 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared, and Dad knew something about it. Maryanne Doyle was never seen again. What I actually know: in 1998, Dad lied about knowing Maryanne Doyle. Alice Lapaine has been found strangled near Dad's pub. Dad was in the local area for both Maryanne Doyle's disappearance and Alice Lapaine's murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting & accomplished new voice

  • By Michelle on 25-12-17

Very enjoyable, with some good twists

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

I was a little uncertain at first, but once I got into it I found it to be a really enjoyable story, with some utterly unexpected twists and a conclusion that satisfyingly tied up all of the loose ends.
Excellent narration by Jan Collingwood. My only criticism is that in a multitude of instances it was not possible to distinguish between thoughts in the main character's head, and spoken words, which is often confusing.

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,908

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

Dull, dull, dull

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I had such high hopes! I'd read reviews that said it was slow to get going but great once it did, so I persevered for 4 hours. Every time I thought it was finally becoming interesting, and perhaps the pace was picking up, it slipped inexorably back into plodding dullness, with excruciating levels of irrelevant detail and Swedish character names that were difficult to remember because of their unfamiliarity. Don't bother.

  • Dead Scared

  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

When a Cambridge student dramatically attempts to take her own life, DI Mark Joesbury realizes that the university has developed an unhealthy record of young people committing suicide in extraordinary ways. Against huge personal misgivings, Joesbury sends young policewoman DC Lacey Flint to Cambridge, with a brief to work undercover, posing as a depression-prone, vulnerable student. Psychiatrist Evi Oliver is the only person in Cambridge who knows who Lacey really is - or so they both hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lacey Flint No.2

  • By AmyAlice on 14-03-14

Enjoyable and entertaining on the whole

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

Reviewed: 18-10-18

Great characters, enjoyable story, I worked out the culprits for some of the evil goings-on, but it had a few good unexpected twists to keep you guessing, only the ending let it down.

  • The Blissfully Dead

  • By: Mark Edwards, Louise Voss
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

When the body of a teenage girl is found in a London hotel, DI Patrick Lennon is mystified. Nobody saw her or her killer enter the hotel, and there is no apparent motive - until a second teenager is found and Lennon realises somebody is targeting fans of the world's biggest boy band.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked from start!

  • By Emma on 26-11-15

Very enjoyable, well worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

The Blissfully Dead was a thoroughly enjoyable listen, with likeable, credible characters. It has a consistently engaging plot with a good few twists and turns thrown in, leaving me with no idea of the culprit until the reveal.
It was very slightly marred by a couple of 'continuity' errors, and a few credibility stretches, but they weren't enough to detract from the story.
Simon Mattocks did an excellent job of narration, bringing the story to life. I'd recommend a listen. I'm off to see if Edwards and Voss have any more titles on Audible.

  • Broken Ground

  • Karen Pirie, Book 5
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

When a body is discovered in the remote depths of the Highlands, DCI Karen Pirie finds herself in the right place at the right time. Unearthed with someone's long-buried inheritance, the victim seems to belong to the distant past - until new evidence suggests otherwise, and Karen is called in to unravel a case where nothing is as it seems. It's not long before an overheard conversation draws Karen into the heart of a different case, however - a shocking crime she thought she'd already prevented. As she inches closer to the twisted truths at the centre of these murders, it becomes clear that she's dealing with a version of justice terrifyingly different to her own....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • could hardly finish

  • By Louise on 09-09-18

Excellent story, thoroughly enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

Val McDermid is a master craftswoman of the detective story, skilfully combining the historical background into the ongoing investigations, intertwining personal relationships and animosities, creating credible characters and an almost credible plot.
Excellent narration by Cathleen McCarron, with one glaring, fingernails scraping down the blackboard excrutiating exception: why on earth did she give The Mint that ridiculous voice!

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  • Now You See Me

  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Despite her fascination with Jack the Ripper, Detective Constable Lacey Flint has never worked a big case or seen a dead body up close. Until now…As she leaves a south London estate one night, she is horrified to find a woman has been viciously stabbed, right next to Lacey’s car. Thrown headlong into her first murder hunt, Lacey’s quiet life changes overnight. Then Lacey receives a familiar hand-delivered letter, written in red blood, and it is clear the police have a Ripper copycat on their hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended.

  • By Michelle on 01-07-11

Enjoyable, started well, but stretched credulity

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Really enjoyable writing style and excellent narration (though I'm sure some of the Welsh and Scottish accents will be critised by the natives). For the majority of the book it was thoroughly entertaining and an absolute pleasure to listen to, good characters and a plot that became ever more intricate, albeit sometimes confusing. Towards the end it lost it though, becoming so far fetched that it was a disappointment.
It was enjoyable enough to not put me off trying another. Perhaps the next will have a more satisfying conclusion.