LISTENER

Sweetpea

Nuneaton, Warks
  • 18
  • reviews
  • 27
  • helpful votes
  • 364
  • ratings
  • Death in Dulwich

  • The London Murder Mysteries, Volume 1
  • By: Alice Castle
  • Narrated by: Alex Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Thirty-something single mum Beth Haldane is forced to become Dulwich’s answer to Miss Marple when she stumbles over a murder victim on her first day at work. To clear her name, Beth is plunged into a cozy mystery that’s a contemporary twist on Golden Age crime classics. But can she pull it off? Listen to find out more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cosy little murder mystery

  • By niamh bonner on 07-03-19

Witty cosy crime mystery.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Set in the privileged area of Dulwich, London, this debut novel is engaging and well crafted. It concerns the murder of an unpleasant archivist at a local private school. Discovering his body on her first day as junior archivist, Beth Haldane turns private investigator to try and solve his murder.
I enjoyed this book and the way the author gently pokes fun at the yummy mummies at the school gates, with their designer bags, oversized 4x4s and grim determination to get their offspring through the entrance exams for the private school come hell or high water.
I liked the title of the book and it’s cover, but wasn’t so keen on the narrator, although she didn’t put me off wanting to finish the book. I would happily read further books in the series.

  • Bloodlines: Of Noble Blood

  • By: William B. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Emily Emerson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Newlyweds Alex and Maggie travel to England and uncover a DNA match involving one of England's great noble families. At stake is a noble title and a vast family fortune...a fortune that the family will not hand over without a fight, to the death if necessary! Along the way, Alex and Maggie get some unexpected help...in the form of a long-dead little girl.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listen

  • By Bethany Gordon on 17-02-19

Lighthearted inheritance caper with a supernatural touch

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

An American DNA ancestry expert travels to Britain to convince a British nobleman he has found a close relative. His existing relatives don’t take the news too well and proceed to plan to eliminate the opposition.
The premise of the story is good, but the author didn’t research British names, expressions very well which became very grating to me as a British reader. For example sidewalk was used instead of pavement, store instead of shop etc etc. Also the narrator pronounced Edinburgh as Edinberg and Leicester Square as Leicestershire!
If you can get past these errors the story was fairly entertaining and a very easy listen.

  • Bloodlines: Cove Point Manor

  • By: William B. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Alex Tinsdill never thought a simple DNA test would lead to a $250 million inheritance and Cove Point Manor, a massive estate built during the Gilded Age on the Gold Coast of Long Island, New York. Alex's inheritance doesn't come without a cost however, as two greedy relatives soon show up, determined to separate Alex from his new found riches. Cove Point Manor has a dark past, and a sinister secret which is about to be revealed!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery and intrigue, what more could you want?

  • By Julie on 30-08-18

A lighthearted novel about ancestry with a supernatural element.

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

Set in a long abandoned mansion on Long Island, USA, this is a tale about Alex, a man living in Canada, who discovers he is the sole heir to a fortune and a large estate in the USA.
The book follows his journey, which becomes complicated as two unwanted “hangers on” find out about his inheritance and set about wresting his fortune from him.
Alex is aided in his struggle by a lady property developer, Maggie, and the ghost of his dead great great grandmother.
The book is a really easy listen. The characters were engaging, the narrator was excellent, and I laughed out loud in a couple of places. I look forward to the next book in the series.

  • Brass in Pocket: Inspector Drake Mystery (Volume 1)

  • By: Stephen Puleston
  • Narrated by: Richard Elfyn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Two traffic officers are killed on an isolated mountain pass in North Wales. Inspector Drake is called to the scene and quickly discovers a message left by the killer - traffic cones in the shape of a number four. The killer starts sending the Wales Police Service lyrics from famous rock songs. Are they messages, or is there some hidden meaning in them? Does it all mean more killings are likely?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining story and great narration

  • By Anonymous User on 14-11-18

A gripping read.

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

The first in a series of books featuring DI Ian Drake is set in the beautiful surroundings of North Wales. The landscape plays an integral part in the story, and is a wonderful backdrop for this exciting police procedural.
I liked the main character Ian Drake, whose OCD seems to worsen throughout the case. I liked the fact his home life was normal, and also that his DS lived on a farm with her husband raising alpacas!
The book was fast paced and at times I did get a little confused with the myriad of suspects and motives.
The 1979 rock song theme which accompanied the murders was a great idea, hence the title “Brass in Pocket”.
The narrator was really excellent, coping equally well with upper class English and a welsh accent and in places the welsh language.
A super start to the series and I look forward to reading more from DI Drake.

  • A Cruise to Murder

  • Rachel Prince Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Dawn Brookes
  • Narrated by: Alex Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Meet Rachel Prince, a newly qualified police constable trying to hold it together after being ditched by her fiancé. Rachel's best friend, Sarah, suggests that she needs a break and what better way to relax than a Mediterranean cruise? Sarah works as a nurse on the cruise ship and they plan to enjoy all the luxuries of cruising. At least they would do if Sarah ever got any time away from the medical centre. Rachel makes friends with a bereaved, elderly woman and an attractive Italian but it's not long before she is convinced that something sinister is going on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable read

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-18

Easy listening mystery

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

This is an ideal book for lovers of cosy crime mysteries. It is easy to listen to, with a simple storyline and only a few main characters.
The action takes place a cruise liner bound for the Mediterranean. The main character is Rachel, a newly appointed female police constable, who is taking a holiday following a failed relationship. Whilst on board, she befriends an old lady, and soon begins to suspect the old lady is in danger. There follows a series of suspicious events, culminating in a murder.
With the help of her old friend Sarah, who is working on board as a nurse, Rachel sets about solving the crime, ultimately placing herself in danger.
Not a fast paced page turner, but an enjoyable listen.

  • The Relentless Tide

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 6
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

When Professor Francombe and her team of archaeologists find the remains of three women on a remote Kintyre hillside - a site rumoured to have been the base of Viking warlord Somerled - their delight soon turns to horror when they realise the women tragically met their end little more than two decades ago. It soon becomes clear that these are the three missing victims of the ‘Midweek Murderer’, a serial killer who was at work in Glasgow in the early 1990s.  DCI Jim Daley now has the chance to put things right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pull up a pew and pour yourself a wee dram . . .

  • By Simon on 09-10-18

A “relentless” page turner! Superb.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

The Relentless Tide is the sixth outing for DCI Daley and the best book in the series so far. Set in the fictional town of Kinloch, on the Kintire peninsula, in the west of Scotland, the story skips between Daley’s early days as a detective in the mid-1990s and the present day.
As with all the books in the series, the real stars of the show are the amazing characters, beautifully drawn and fully developed. The outstanding character to my mind is the bluff, but dependable Sergeant Brian Scott.
The dialogue is gritty, but laced with copious amounts of black humour. The writing is pacy, and it draws you into the story from page one.
The narration by the wonderful David Monteath is quite brilliant and deserves 5 stars on its own!
I love this series of books and the Relentless Tide deserves to be a best seller. A massive 5 stars from me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Spot of Folly

  • Ten and a Quarter New Tales of Murder and Mayhem
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Toby Longworth, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Previously uncollected and unpublished: new short stories from a master of psychological suspense. New and uncollected tales of murder, mischief, magic and madness. Ruth Rendell was an acknowledged master of psychological suspense: these are 10 (and a quarter) of her most chillingly compelling short stories, collected here together for the first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not vintage Rendell

  • By DartmoorDiva on 04-11-17

Dire

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

As a massive fan of Ruth Rendell, I couldn’t wait to listen to these previously unpublished short stories. But what a disappointment! They were awful. Not even excellent narration could reprieve them. I think Ms Rendell had left them unpublished for a reason......

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,846

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

Downtown Abbey meets Groundhog Day!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

This book is completely different to any other crime book I’ve ever read! it’s complex, confusing, and mind bending, but at the same time utterly compelling.
There is a host of different characters, time hops galore and a whole host of murders. It’s one of those books that once completed, you want to start rereading to see all the clues and red herrings you missed.
A fantastic debut novel, Mr Turton!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and superbly read!

  • By Aíslín on 24-07-17

Domestic noir at its best

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

I loved this book for several reasons, the main one being the way Michael Robotham has created his two female main characters, Megan and Agatha. The writing is compelling and draws you in page by page.
How Michael draws on the female psyche, when describing pregnancy, birth and the feelings of jealousy, desire and loss is truly amazing.
By the end I felt I had been pulled in so many directions, I was emotionally drained!
A book that will stay with me.

  • Dig Two Graves

  • The Detective Solomon Gray Series 1
  • By: Keith Nixon
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Was it suicide… or murder? When teenager Nick Buckingham tumbles from the fifth floor of an apartment block, Detective Sergeant Solomon Gray answers the call with a sick feeling in his stomach. The victim was just a kid, sixteen years old. And the exact age the detective's son, Tom, would've been, had he not gone missing at a funfair ten years ago. Each case involving children haunts Gray with the reminder that his son may still be out there - or worse, dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Premier League of Audio Books

  • By Melanie Preston Lewis on 13-02-19

Excellent debut novel

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. DS Solomon Grey is a complex character with years of emotional baggage which he carries around with him.
As a result of this he comes across as a dour, irascible character who is not really liked by many of his colleagues.
Despite all this, Keith’s excellent writing style makes you want the best for Sol as he endeavours to solve the case of a young, apparent suicide victim.
At the end of a book, there is teaser, which leads you to believe there will be more to come from Solomon Grey!