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  • Playing with Fire

  • Jessica Daniel, Book 5
  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Becky Hindley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Those who play with fire are going to get burned.... Seven years ago Martin Chadwick set fire to a Manchester pub, not knowing a teenager was sleeping inside. Chadwick's release from prison is imminent, with journalists gearing up for a good old-fashioned media lynching. With the victim's father telling the papers he is out for revenge, DS Jessica Daniel is left to keep an eye on Chadwick and his fiery 18-year-old son.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not as good as some in the series!

  • By Ann D on 31-07-15

Unusual storyline

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-19

I like the plots, the characterisation, the twists and turns but try as I may, I don't like the main character! Why is she so obnoxious? And why does the author persist in allowing her to have all sorts of unrealistic opportunities to solve every case? It's as if the rest of the Manchester police force is totally incompetent!

  • The Stone Circle

  • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic as usual

  • By M BeeH on 12-02-19

Not the best but still very good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-19

Worth waiting for, when I first started listening to the Ruth Galloway series, I wasn't too sure I liked the present tense style of writing but it's grown on me. This one has the usual twists and turns, lives intertwined and sub plots. All in all well worth listening to.

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  • Sleeping Beauties

  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The inspector frowned and examined the earth under the trees. As he scanned the glade, his stomach lurched. One, two, three, four. Five, counting the mound of earth disturbed under the tent. Somebody had cleared the earth of its natural layer and sown their own flowers. In five places. Five graves. A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly entertaining

  • By DartmoorDiva on 08-11-17

Strong storyline

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-19

Jo Spain tells a good story! Great characteristic, a plot that is well supported and unusuak with plenty of suspects.. Only negative comment is that the narration isn't as good as our could be though Aoife is a huge improvement in three narrator of book 2!

  • High Force

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

Hell has unleashed a demon - and he's coming for you.... Detective Chief Inspector Ryan's worst nightmare has just become a reality. Notorious serial killer The Hacker has escaped prison and kidnapped one of his best detectives from her own home. His brutality is the stuff of legend - Ryan lost his sister and nearly his own life bringing the man to justice first time around. Can Ryan do it again to save his friend? There's a nationwide manhunt underway but the trail has gone cold and fear spreads like a virus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, really enjoyed that!

  • By Salter on 14-11-17

Wow!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-18

They get better! With a villain who turns your blood cold, searched for by characters who develop with every new story, the author takes you on a gripping journey that you can't wait to hear or read the next part! Narrated masterfully by Jonathan Keeble.

  • Heavenfield

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

The hunter becomes the hunted.... When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects. Already suspended from Northumbria CID, Ryan must fight to clear his name. But soon more than his career is at stake when prominent members of the mysterious Circle begin to die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next instalment!

  • By Hengestine on 04-05-16

Another real page-turner!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This is the third DCI Ryan novel I've listened to. All of them have been extremely well narrated, adding to a very clever plot. Characterisation is excellent and so is the sense if urgency displayed to uncover the culprit(s). Plenty of twists and turns add to the drama and the reader\listener is left wondering whether the author simply has a brilliant imagination, or perhaps there really are secrets we know nothing about.................

  • The Rat Stone Serenade

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 4
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570

It's December, and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion. However, a century ago Archibald Shannon stole the land upon which he built their home, and his descendants have been cursed ever since. When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre, DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors. As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards, ghosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons. As the curse decrees, death is coming. But for whom, and from what?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as previous books..still okay

  • By simon on 20-07-17

Strange but compelling

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I don't agree that this book is totally out of character but it does seem to have been written with a.huge.dollop of the ridiculous! Far fetched to put it bluntly but a good story too.

  • Dark Suits and Sad Songs

  • A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 3
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

When a senior Edinburgh civil servant spectacularly takes his own life in Kinloch harbour, DCI Jim Daley comes face to face with the murky world of politics. To add to his woes, two local drug dealers lie dead, ritually assassinated. It's clear that dark forces are at work in the town. With his boss under investigation, his marriage hanging on by a thread, and his sidekick, DS Scott, wrestling with his own demons, Daley's world is in meltdown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent value for money

  • By Michael Bath on 07-02-17

A real 'page turner' , great plot, plenty of twists and turns

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

This is the third Daley novel I've listened to and they've all proved to be well worth it. Good characterisation, very well narrated, lots of intrigue and a solid dose of the human touch. These are people with flaws doing a difficult job in a difficult world and it's good to see a bit of realism even in the middle of what is pure escapism!

  • The Woman in Black

  • Jessica Daniel, Book 3
  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Becky Hindley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Someone has left a severed hand in the centre of Manchester, and the only clue Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel has to go on is CCTV footage of a woman in a long, black robe placing it carefully on the ground. With a lengthy missing persons list and frantic families wondering if the body part could belong to their absent loved ones, she has plenty to deal with - and that's before a detached finger arrives for her in the post.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good characters, well delivered by the narrator

  • By Kathy on 20-07-15

Clever plot

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I can't quote work out what I think about the Jessica Daniel series. I've listened to three now and I find the main character rather irritating, too sarcastic and someone not many people would want to work with. This is partly due to the way the narrator portrays her I think though.( Becky Hindley isn't the best choice of narrator for this reason) . The plotlines are very good but a DS would never be given the amount of responsibility that DS Daniel appears to enjoy, it just isn't credible, she's bed to be at least a DI.

  • Vigilante

  • Jessica Daniel, Book 2
  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Becky Hindley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Dead bodies are piling up for Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel. Usually when a serial killer is on the loose, the pressure would be building to find the perpetrator, but the victims are all hardened criminals themselves. The national media can't believe their luck with an apparent vigilante on the streets while Jessica's new boss seems grateful someone else is doing their job for them. But things aren't so straightforward when forensics matches blood from the apparent killer to a man already behind bars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kerry strikes again

  • By Peter on 11-06-15

Intriguing & suspenswful

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-18

A good story, keeping the listener bonus\her toes. Main chaeachter, Jessica Daniel is rather unbelievable though, she seems.to single-hardedly solve every crime in Manchester and is given far more responsibility than is in any way likely!

  • Intrigue in Covent Garden

  • Adventures of Thomas Chaloner, Book 13
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

By January 1666, the plague has almost disappeared from London, leaving its surviving population diminished and in poverty. The resentment against those who had fled to the country turns to outrage as the court and its followers return, their licentiousness undiminished. The death of a well-connected physician, the mysterious sinking of a man-of-war in the Thames and the disappearance of a popular courtier are causing concern to Thomas Chaloner's employer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book<br /> Wonderful

  • By David Holt on 04-11-18

As much fun as ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-18

I've always enjoyed the tongue in cheek humour of Susanna Gregory, the larger than life characters are brought to life and the reader is always kept entertained .