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  • The Night Stalker

  • DI Mike Lockyer, Book 4
  • By: Clare Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

Dead Woman's Ditch. The site of a grisly 200-year-old murder - and a recent hit-and-run. When a young woman's body is found at the macabre landmark in Somerset's Quantock Hills, DI Mike Lockyer and Sergeant Jane Bennett are called in to investigate. They find a community gripped by fear and superstition. The locals won't venture out at night, believing there's a man stalking the hills - a phantom cloaked in folklore and legend, keeping the sinister legacy of Dead Woman's Ditch alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Confused

  • By Charlotte on 11-09-17

enjoyable - lots of twists

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

set outside the standard Lewisham, good story line and kept guessing right until the end....

  • Trust No One

  • DI Mike Lockyer, Book 3
  • By: Clare Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 331

A marriage is what you make it, isn't it? It's what you put into it. It's not just about love; it's about understanding another person's point of view. Sometimes there are things you find out about yourself and each other, which means the marriage has to end. Sad, particularly when kids are involved - but all pretty normal. Normal, that is, until there's a murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trust No One

  • By Susan Random on 19-03-16

story of family upheaval - loved it

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

kept wondering where it was going - nice twist at the end which I didn't expect

  • No Place to Die

  • DI Mike Lockyer, Book 2
  • By: Clare Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

DS Jane Bennett takes charge of South London's Lewisham murder squad following the temporary suspension of her boss, DI Mike Lockyer. His involvement with a female witness resulted in her murder. Mike returns to work, but he's a shadow of the detective he was a few months before. Bennett gets a desperate call from an old friend to say that her husband, retired colleague Mark Leech, has gone missing. Blood spatters found in the home suggest she doesn't have long to find him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abandoned it halfway through!

  • By maddy on 14-04-16

really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

written from the perspective of Jane it provided a different insight than the first book. Good ending.

  • Never Look Back

  • DI Mike Lockyer, Book 1
  • By: Clare Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Karl Prekopp, Imogen Church
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 682

Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver.... Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it’s the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level. DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent debut

  • By Saffy on 25-04-14

Enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

had this in my library for a while and finally got chance to listen - no idea " who dun it " ... and twist ending. Looking forward to book 2

  • The Crow Trap

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 320

Three very different women come together at isolated Baikie’s Cottage on the North Pennines to complete an environmental survey. Rachael, the team leader, is still reeling after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Anne, a botanist, sees the survey as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace, a strange, uncommunicative young woman hiding plenty of her own secrets. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story as always from Ann Cleeves

  • By mrs on 17-08-18

Kept me guessing....

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Took a while for Vera to enter the picture on this one, so an interesting twist on the normal Vera books. Lots of different characters to place suspicion on until all is revealed....

  • The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery (Multicast Drama)

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Tom Bateman, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent DCI Ryan mystery....

  • By Salter on 08-11-18

Different Style of Audio listening

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

enjoyed this made for audio style, additional sound effects & performed rather than just being read out. Good to pick up The Hacker story early doors as I think I joined Ryan initially from his sabatical on Holy Island.

  • Murder in My Backyard

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

No one in Heppleburn has a bad word to say about Alice Parry. But here she is, murdered in her own backyard. And when detective Stephen Ramsay starts asking questions in the village, a more ambiguous picture begins to emerge. Yes, old Mrs Parry was loved by everyone, but sometimes her kindness had caused trouble. Yes, her two nephews were devoted to her, but they didn't really want her interfering in their personal lives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So poor I couldn’t listen to it.

  • By judith gooding on 15-05-18

Enjoyed the story but not the narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

didn't guess who did it - light storyline - but I found the narrator a bit too dull. Found it hard to keep track when he moved from one character/story part to another except on chapter changes - felt like he was just reading without much emphasis on paragraph breaks etc.

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  • Seven Bridges

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

It's been five months since a killer walked free, and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan's team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won't stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another very good DCI Ryan Instalment

  • By Salter on 12-07-18

Great easy going story

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

probably factually incorrect in parts - I felt there'd be much more panic and heightened security if the bombs really did go off but thats the beauty of fiction and I enjoyed it never the less

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You Were Gone

  • David Raker, Book 9
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Coen, Rachel Bavidge, Tom Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 414

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of You Were Gone by Tim Weaver. Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband. When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There's just one problem: Raker's wife has been dead for eight years....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it

  • By Debs on 02-06-18

imaginative story

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

enjoyed this although couldn't help feeling it was far fetched in details - however was keen to get to the ending.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Lesson in Dying

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

Who hanged the headmaster in the playground on the night of the school Hallowe'en party? Almost everyone in Heppleburn either hated or feared the viper-tongued Harold Medburn. Inspector Ramsay is convinced it was the headmaster's enigmatic wife, but Jack Robson, school governor and caretaker, is determined to prove her innocence. With the help of his restless, enthusiastic daughter, Patty, Jack digs into the secrets of Heppleburn, and uncovers a cesspit - of lies, adultery, blackmail and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't think I would like this book, but it surprised me.

  • By Flint on 07-09-17

Disappointed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Felt content was lacking in comparison with other Ann Cleeves books - not really about Ramsey - not really about the amateur neighbour detective - very much just a surface read.

Didn't particularly like Simon Mattacks narration - too bland, found it hard to concentrate on the story and had to rewind several times as I drifted off. Perhaps someone different might have injected so oomph into the story.