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Completely riveting, exceptional storytelling.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-20

Jeremiah’s Bell is the 8th outing for DCI Daley and the now Acting Inspector Brian Scott . Jim Daley has been given the go ahead to return to work following his misadventures at the end of his last case and although he’s keen to get back to his job, he’s still haunted by thoughts of his own mortality. His faithful sidekick Brian Scott can’t wait to have him back, desperate to rid himself of all the bureaucracy and paperwork the role of inspector brings.
Before long the two are embroiled in the mystery of whether a newly arrived, wealthy, American business woman Alison Wenger is connected to the disappearance of a young woman, Alison Doig, 30 years earlier. As the team begin to investigate, someone is very keen that past secrets should not be uncovered and will kill to ensure they remain hidden.
This series of books is superb. The characters are richly drawn, the landscape of the kintyre peninsula so evocatively described, and the stories so intricately woven.
Once again David Monteath puts in a stellar performance as narrator and he brings a superb story to life.
A resounding 5 stars from me.

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Thrilling police procedural

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-20

I received an audible credit for this book in return for an honest review. In all honesty I wasn’t sure whether or not I would enjoy it, as I usually prefer books set in the uk with British narrators. This is because I like the familiarity of systems, procedures and locations.
This book is set in the USA with an American narrator. It is a police procedural, but works equally well as a thriller. I liked that we got the police perspective, as well as that of the victim, Zoe.
I literally raced through the book, desperate to find out what had happened to Zoe and how she came to have lost her memory. The book was fast paced, with interesting characters, and a very satisfying ending. I look forward to reading more in the series.

Exciting police procedural.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-20

I enjoyed this book. I wish I had read the other three books first. The characters were well-conceived and believable and the police procedural elements were fantastically written.
I felt the plot was somewhat unbelievable in terms of the motive for the murders, but it was fast paced and well narrated.
I look forward to reading the first three in the series!

Thrilling police procedural

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-19

Stephen Puleston’s Inspector Drake series gets better and better. I love these books, set in North Wales. The characters are developing well and as usual the story is littered with a variety of suspects and red herrings.
This book centres around the town of llanberis, and the murder victim is a dodgy antiques dealer who has links to local criminals . He also has an eye for the ladies. Lots of people would like to see harry Jones dead. Inspector Drake is just getting to grips with this murder when another murder takes place, then a third. Can they all be linked? Drake faces a race against time when he realises a fourth person could be in danger.
I particularly enjoy listening to these books as Richard Elfyn is a superb narrator. His extensive range of accents is impressive, but his beautiful lilting Welsh accent is so evocative of the area.

More mystery murder and mayhem aboard ship!

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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: 08-09-19

I usually like my crime fiction to be a bit more gritty, but this cosy crime series set aboard a cruise ship makes a refreshing change.
The author, Dawn Brookes, has obviously done her research regarding cruises as the attention to detail is excellent. Her main characters are likeable and the story is well paced.
I do think though that, at some point in the future, Rachel Prince will need to join the ship’s staff in order to maintain the realism of the stories, as a humble PC wouldn’t be able to keep gallivanting off on cruises twice a year!
The narrator, Alex Lee is brilliant. Her intonation, expression and pace kept me invested in the story.
An enjoyable listen.

An enjoyable domestic drama

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-19

I was lucky enough to receive a credit for this audiobook. Looking at the title and cover I expected to be reading about an abducted child. However, this is more of a domestic drama. The story centres around three women who form an unlikely bond, owing to the fact that they’re each separated from a child. Slowly as the story unfolds, the past lives of the women are revealed, and their present situations begin to unravel.
The book is more character than plot driven, but despite that there are twists and turns and I felt myself itching to find out how the story would pan out.
The narrator was very good- I wasn’t aware of her reading- which to any audiobook fan, is a definite plus. I gave the book 4 stars overall and would read more from Ali Mercer.

A Day in the Life of a £20 note and a $20 bill

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-19

I received a credit for this book from the author, David Fuentes. The book is billed as urban fiction, so definitely not my usual fare, but I was fascinated by the premise of the book. The novellas follow a £20 note as it passes through several pairs of hands in London, then similarly, the fate of a $20 bill in New York.
The author delves into the underbelly of these cities and the stories contains violence, very strong language and adult themes, so it definitely wouldn’t suit readers/ listeners of a sensitive nature. As mentioned earlier, I wouldn’t normally read this genre of book, however ,the writing is crisp, lively and entertaining and the narrator was excellent. He kept to an excellent pace and he managed a variety of accents with ease. I enjoyed listening to his voice.
Four stars from me for this one

Leaves you wanting more!

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-19

This follow up to Dig Two Graves has been eagerly awaited by myself and it didn’t disappoint.
Keith Nixon writes beautifully crafted books, with fully rounded characters. Sol, the main character, is complex, careworn and, it seems, he may be seriously ill. The supporting cast are equally beset by problems.
The story in Burn the Evidence is suitably twisty and turny, but never convoluted. The denouement is satisfyingly surprising, and the final chapter leaves you wanting to read Book 3 immediately!
My only disappointment with this book was the narration. The narrator seemed disinterested and often read with bizarre intonation and added punctuation where they shouldn’t have been any. At times it sounded downright weird!
However, do not let that put you off! This series is fantastic and I can’t wait to find out what’s in store next for DS Gray.

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Action-packed, fast-paced thriller

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

Reviewed: 14-08-19

The first in the DI Alec Ramsey series, the Child Taker, is a rollercoaster of a read. (or listen, in this case!).
It must be said at the outset that this book is not for the faint hearted or those with a sensitive nature. The subject matter has, at its heart, child abduction, but features many scenes of violence and features child abuse, plus drug and people trafficking.
What lifts this book from being utterly grim, are the lighter scenes which depict the more humane side of life. The relationships between the major and his daughter and between the twins themselves are painted with a tender touch.
The standout character for me was Tank, who I felt leapt from the page, much more so than the police inspector who barely featured in this first book of the series.
Conrad Jones is a fine writer, who deftly weaves all the varying threads of this tale to a satisfying conclusion, but leaves you wanting more.
The only downside to listening to this book as opposed to reading it was the narration. The obviously American narrator trying to emulate British dialects was excruciating and her mangling of British words grated on me all through the book.

Charismatic,evocative crime thriller.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-19

This is the first of Douglas Skelton’s books that I have listened to. Set on the fictional island of Stoirm on the west coast of Scotland, I was immediately drawn into the book from the beautifully written prologue. It set the scene for the rest of the book, where the wild and rugged landscape took centre stage.
The characters were beautifully drawn , although at times I became confused with the two main male characters Donnie and Roddie, as their names were so similar!
I liked that the current story was interspersed with snippets from 15 years ago, told by different players in the drama. I liked the main character, Rebecca, a journalist, but I loved her male wing men Chaz and Alan even more.
The narrator was excellent, coping with the Scots dialect and the Yorkshire accent brilliantly.
The story is quite dark, and many of the characters are deeply unpleasant, but despite that Thunder Bay is a compelling read.
I hope that more of Douglas Skelton’s work becomes available on audible.

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