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Death Du Jour cover art

A brilliant story with some excellent twists, fabulously performed

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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: 13-06-19

I listened to this story as an audiobook, and Bonnie Hurren narrated and performed the story beautifully, really bringing both it and the characters to life. Full of mystery, cults, murder, missing people, nutty sisters, a saint and a sprinkling of romance, this is a brilliant story, with some excellent twists. I highly recommend it to mystery lovers, as well as Reichs fans.

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An excellent story, brilliantly told

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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: 09-06-19

I love this book - an excellent instalment in the Rizzoli & Izles series - and have read and listened to it so many times. I won't go into story details (I hate spoilers!) but it is a thrilling read with so many twists, full of interesting historical clues for how the murderer has treated his victims' bodies (which was really interesting, in a kind of grisly way!). An absolutely brilliant read, and I can't wait to read the next!
I highly recommend this book for all R&I fans (who won't really recognise it from the tv show), as well as other thriller, crime and murder-mystery lovers. And if you like this story, you'll like the whole series!

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An excellent and engaging mystery

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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: 05-05-19

I listened to this story's audiobook over several days whilst crafting, and several times I found myself just sitting staring out the window, caught up in what was happening in the story instead of what I was doing! An excellent mystery, and I'd definitely recommend it, though not whilst eating, as some bits are a bit gross!

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A great value boxset of excellent books, brilliantly brought to life as amazing audiobooks

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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: 15-02-19

The Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries are a great set of cozy murder mysteries (ie no excessive swearing, sex, violence etc) that revolve around an artist called Lia, her boyfriend Peter who is a police detective, and their friends at the dog park. Brilliantly narrated by Jane Boyer, this audiobook box set really brings the first four stories to life,and is fantastic value too! Highly recommended for all fans of the cozy-style mystery, with some lovely dogs included in every story too!
Individual books:
A shot in the bark (5*) 31/1-1/2
This first story is a great introduction to Lia and her friends at the dog park. You really get to know them all while Peter (the Detective) tries to solve the murders and accidents surrounding their group. A brilliant story for mystery lovers.
Drool Baby (5*) 3-4/2
This second story is kind of a part two of the first really, and is full of so many twists it's like riding a rollercoaster! I did find Lia a bit annoying at times as she was so blase and ignoring everything that was going on, but that wasn't enough to spoil my enjoyment of the story. A fabulous conclusion to the story!
Maximum Security (5*) 12-13/2
I liked this story, and the complexity of the mystery that was presented. The variety of characters and their personalities made for interesting listening, and it was an excellent book.
Sneak Thief (5*) 14-15/2
This story was a brilliant conclusion to the boxset. It had moments that made me laugh out loud - like the image of Desiree chasing her beagle around as she ran off with her bra, or she and Lia getting in a fight in the dog park and Lia ripping Desiree's top and punching Desiree so she fell into the paddling pool! - and some that made me feel so sad. But the rich imagery, great characterisation and fantastic mystery all wound together to make this an excellent story which winds up the box set in style.

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Another excellent Castle book!

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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: 05-02-19

I love the Richard Castle books, which link into the tv series, and are brilliantly narrated audiobooks by Johnny Heller. This story is full of drama, action, sadness (Captain Montrose - need I say more?), and yet still has funny moments too (usually from Rook!). If you don't take your mysteries too seriously and/or are a Castle fan, you'll enjoy this story. Definitely on my list of "listen to regularly" stories.

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An excellent value boxset of great stories

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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: 05-02-19

This is a full dramatic production of four of Gail Carriger books (listed below). It's an excellent value boxset, and I really enjoyed listening to it. The only downside to it was there were a couple of points where I couldn't hear what was being said very clearly (though I'm not sure how much of that was because of my hearing issues, headphones etc), but otherwise, it's an excellent audiobook, and I'd definitely recommend it to any Carriger fans.
Individual stories:
"The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn't, the Mummy that Was, and the Cat in the Jar" - the earliest story related to the Parasolverse, featuring Alessandro Tarabotti and Floot the First! An excellent Egyptian adventure story. I'd love to read more of Alessandro's adventures if this is anything to go by!!
"Marine Biology" - the first story in the San Francisco Shifters series, telling how the SF pack came to exist in the first place. Funny and irreverent, I love it. It does contain M/M relationship content though, so may not be suitable for everyone.
"Fairy Debt" - a sweet story about a fairy trying to earn her wings. Lovely.
"My Sister's Song" - a story (rooted in true events) about how a tribe use honey to defeat Roman invaders.

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Highly recommended!

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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: 05-02-19

I'd read this crime thriller before listening to the audiobook, but Gwendolyn Druyor does such an excellent job bringing the story to life, it felt like I was experiencing it for the first time. Full of drama, action, and more twists and turns than an English country lane, this is a brilliant book that I'd highly recommend - whether in book or audiobook form - to all fans of the author and of crime thrillers generally.
NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions

The Christmas Hirelings cover art

A sweet story, very well narrated

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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: 05-02-19

I got this as an audiobook before Christmas when Audible were offering it as a free book, and I have to admit I was not expecting much from it. So it was with pleasant surprise that I found it's actually quite a good story, and very well narrated by Jennifer Saunders. If you're looking for a sweet story with a happily ever after then, this would be a good book for you.

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A spellbinding story, excellently narrated. Highly recommended!

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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: 17-12-18

I listened to this story on Audible without having read the book first, but I don't feel I lost anything from doing this - it was so excellently narrated by Lesley Parkin that the whole world came to life in my head as she wove the story, like a movie playing behind my eyelids (I closed my eyes to enjoy it best, not to sleep, honest!). It's a truly spellbinding story, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes fairytale and myth retellings (it's a version of the early life of Lady Macbeth), fantasy stories, or just something a bit different. I'm loving this series, and will definitely be listening to book 3 ASAP!

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An excellent story, well narrated

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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: 17-12-18

This is an excellent story, well told by narrator Mary Sarah. I've recently reread the original story, so it was interesting to hear the parts of that tale that the author had chosen to use, those she had chosen to change, and the wholly new parts of her own. I also liked noting those characters from the author's other fairytales who popped up, like Princess Bianca (from Revel, the 12 Dancing Princesses tale) - it's become almost like a game for me now, with all the stories I've read and listened to!
Overall then, an excellent audiobook if you like adult fairytale retellings. With just the right amount of romance, magic and storytelling, it's the perfect book to read or listen to, whether you're going to bed, doing housework, driving, or in any other situation. And whilst it's a great standalone story, you'll really enjoy it as part of the series - and they're all brilliant, so it's no hardship to read or listen to them!