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  • Seismic Crimes

  • Disaster Crimes, Book 2
  • By: Chrys Fey
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

An Internal Affairs investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane - Beth Kennedy. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs. When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • crime and disaster

  • By K. L. Sturgess on 18-12-18

Not a bad story

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

I'm not nornally someone who likes to mix genres so was a bit dubious with this one as it mixes romance with crime/thriller, but it did work quite well together.

The romance parts aren't too rmoancy and the thriller aspect is a really good mix of intrigue and thriller.

Overall it was a great vook and very well narrated, I'll be going back to book 1 next to see if i missed anything by listening to this one first.

  • Dragon Chameleon: Rogue's Quest

  • Book 1
  • By: Sarah K. L. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Sean Rhead
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

I've been hiding all my life, but now I'm doing it for my country. My partner in crime? A chameleon dragon who takes things way too seriously. They keep telling me that the world hangs in the balance, but I try not to take things like explosions, spies, and illicit magic too seriously. After all, I get to ride a dragon! That is...when she lets me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant introduction to the series

  • By Simon on 16-01-19

Brilliant introduction to the series

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

This is the first book of Sarah's I have read/listened to so wasn't sure what to expect. I am glad I took a punt on it as it is a brilliant introduction to what looks like an excellent series.

The story follows a boy called Tor who is a bit of a rogue, until he gets himself mixed up with a man who takes him on an adventure. During this adventure he ends up saving a dragon's life and together they are sent on a possible suicide mission to save a young girl from some evil people. The book kind of ends abruptly, but this just means that I am now desparate to listen to the next one in the series.

  • Occam's Razor

  • A Detective Jason Smith Thriller, Book 4
  • By: Stewart Giles
  • Narrated by: J. T. McDaniel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

A football player is shot dead in front of a packed crowd of people. DS Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. The murder weapon is found in a house across the road from the football ground. It is a rare Russian army issue sniper rifle. As the investigation hits dead end after dead end, two government agents arrive and take over, pushing Smith and his colleagues to the side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant 5 star audio book

  • By Simon on 28-12-18

Brilliant 5 star audio book

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

Reviewed: 28-12-18

This is the fourth book in the DS Smith series, and so much has happened in the previous three books that it would be extremely useful if you have read them in sequence, although you do find out the back story throughout the book if you haven't had chance to read books 1-3 yet.

This book starts off with a bang when a goalkeeper gets shot on the pitch at York Town FC straight after he has saved the penalty which gets them promoted.

Whilst Smith and the team are investigating this another football player is gunned down in the middle of the street, and another has his son kidnapped.

When the team get back to base they are told to stop investigating the cases as SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) have taken over and won't be needing any help.

Obviously Smith ignores them, otherwise it would be a very short book, and find out that the gun used is a Russian Sniper and the person who killed the first player smokes rare foreign cigarettes so starts to find out things from his past he thought were forgotten.

The book is so well written that I was left guessing who to trust all the way through and even at the end of the book I wasn't sure if the right people had won.

As usual with the DS Smith books there was a lot of violence and people who we have come to love over the last three books are in the firing line and end up dead, which is one of the things I love about these books as usually you know that the main cast are safe and will always get out of the situation they are in.

I am really getting into this series now and can't wait for read the next book in the series, Harlequin, which I am about to start ready for the next blog tour.

  • Unworthy

  • A Chilling DS Jason Smith Thriller
  • By: Stewart Giles
  • Narrated by: J.T. McDaniel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

DS Jason Smith is dragged away from paternity leave when a woman is killed with her baby in the next room. When more women with children are brutally murdered, Smith discovers they all have something in common - they all share a secret. When he finds out the mother of his own child is on this list of "Unworthy" women, he finds himself in a race against time to stop the killer before his whole world comes crashing down around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant 5 star audio book

  • By Simon on 28-12-18

Brilliant 5 star audio book

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

Reviewed: 28-12-18

Today is the day I have come full circle in my relationship with DS Jason Smith, I first read this book as part of the blog tour back in March and it was the first in the series I had read.  Now, thanks to Stewart and Jill re-releasing them all, I have read the first seven, plus Phobia, which was Book 0.5, and reviewed them all over the last couple of months.

As this is book 8 in the series you do really need to have read some of the previous ones to find out what Stewart has put our poor DS through in his short life, plus you find out the relationship dynamics between Smith and the ever faithful Witton, who now has a baby girl with him.

At the end of the last book we find out that Witton is pregnant with Smith's child, and this book is set 1 year later when little baby Laura is 6 months old and Witton is on maternity leave. Jason is also on leave but is called back into action when a woman's body is found with her baby boy in the house.

As the story progresses more women are killed with their children nearby and Smith and the team have to try and find some connection between them all.  When the connection is finally made they end up with a list of 6 women, one of which is Witton herself.

Due to the fact that Witton is on the list Jason now takes the case very seriously and the team go into overdrive to solve the case before Witton is killed.

The thing I love about this book, along with Stewart's other books, is that you also follow the killer in different parts of the book and learn what they are doing and why before Smith and the team, but also don;t know who they are until the big reveal at the end.

Even though this is the second time I have read the book, or more accurately I listened to it this time, I still could not work out how any reader could have solved the case before Smith did as there were loads of clues as to why and who was going to be killed, but nothing linking these people to the murderer until it was all explained near the end.

Once Smith works out who the murderer is it is just a simple case of getting all the way across York before it is too late and they get to Witton.  As I know that Stewart Giles has a mean streak with regards to DS Smith and likes to kill off key people who have any interaction with him, the doubt is always there as to whether or not Smith will get to Witton in time and if so whether to killer is still there.

As i briefly mentioned I listened to the audible version this time so it would be remiss of me not to review the narration.  This book as with all but Harlequin and Phobia, was narrated by the brilliant J.T McDaniel, and as it is the sixth book he has narrated I have got used to his narration and his nuances with regards to different people's voices.

Overall this is a brilliant book and series, and I can't wait for book 9 to come out, which is an extra special book as combines both of Stewart's great Police detectives Harriet Taylor and DS Jason Smith in a book which spans a vast area of England in a great police mystery book

  • The Backpacker: A Detective Harriet Taylor Thriller

  • DC Harriet Taylor Thriller, Book 3
  • By: Stewart Giles
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Lumsden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A girl’s body is found hidden in a remote spot of a Cornish farm - the same farm that a young girl ran toward to escape her pursuer many years before. Detective Harriet Taylor has to abandon her day off to investigate. As the forensics team get to work, they uncover another mystery hidden among the rocks. Who would kill a young backpacker? Is there a link between this and a mystery from many years ago? As Harriet and the team get to work, they find more questions than answers. What secrets is the sleepy Cornish village hiding?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant 5 star audio book

  • By Simon on 28-12-18

Brilliant 5 star audio book

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

Reviewed: 28-12-18

This is the third book in the series I have read and I have loved all of them.

The main difference between this one and the previous two is that this one seems to be taking itself a lot more seriously than the previous two, although not as serious as police books I have read recently.

The book starts off with a body being found at the edge of a farm so Harriet and her team go to investigate it.  Whilst there they discover another body, which has been there for a number of years.

The story concerns two separate timelines decades apart but both linked to the mystery of who killed both people.

Even though this didn't have the dark humour of the previous books it was still a brilliant read and I really liked the way it cut between different periods in time throughout.  This was made easier by the fact that the year was written at the top of the chapter when going back to the 1990's.

The story flowed really well throughout and I was left guessing and second guessing myself whilst reading to try and figure out the link and who the murderer was before the big reveal.  When the big reveal did arrive I was shocked by the answers but really liked the way the story ended.  I also really hope this isn't the last we have seen of Harriet and her team.

  • Selene

  • A DS Jason Smith Thriller, Book 6
  • By: Stewart Giles
  • Narrated by: J.T. McDaniel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

When a man is found tucked up in bed with his throat sliced open two days after Christmas, DS Jason Smith and his team are baffled. It appears he has been drugged, killed, and carefully wrapped up in a duvet. The only evidence Smith finds are some strands of hair belonging to a woman. One month later, another man is killed in exactly the same manner but there appears to be no link whatsoever to the two men apart from the fact that they were both single, lonely, and middle-aged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great audiobook

  • By Simon on 28-12-18

Great audiobook

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

Reviewed: 28-12-18

This is book 6 in the amazing DS Smith series, and you really need to read the previous books to see what Smith has been made to go though and how it has affected him.

This book is another brilliant one in the series, with some nice big Red Herrings throughout and lots of nice little twists in it.

There is also happiness, with the inevitable love interest finally happening, and sadness with the death of another main character.  Stewart is definitely not afraid of shaking things up in his books and this one proves that he is not scared to kill off likable recurring characters.

The story switches between the current in York and the 1980s in Russia/Ukraine, and the way this is done is very good as you know the background to the main antagonist through the 1980s to find out why they are doing the things they do.

The story follows Smith and the team as they investigate the murder of two men, who are not connected in anyway and are killed almost a month apart.  With no new leads the new DI brings in a psychiatrist she has used in the past to see if she can work out who the murderer is and why they are killing in the way they are.

When I started reading Stewart's books I could take everything at face value, but as his writing style has changed so have the characters, and people I thought were the main cuplrit turn out to be innocent, but I knew from reading the last couple of books that they wouldn't be far away and once the reveal happened it would be obvious throughout that they did it.

I actually spent most of the time listening to this book through audible so thought I would add my review of the narration at the end of this post.

The narrator for this one, along with most of the previous books (except Harlequin) was J.T. McDaniel.  Although he doesn't do accents and the women sound the same as the men I have got used to his narration and it feels weird listening to these books being narrated by someone else. Overall the pace of the book's narration is perfect and I loved the way he speaks.

Overall this is a brilliant read and I am off to start on Horsemen now, which I will be reviewing in a couple of weeks.

  • Where a Spaceship Goes to Die

  • An Antigravel Short Story
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Luke Rounda
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

When a scavenger captain offers her an unusual job in the middle of nowhere, Delphine accepts and tags along. But will she manage to get the treasure they're looking for when she has to operate a seadrone all by herself? When the treasure is buried in a spaceship graveyard two miles under water? And when the challenges she faces go beyond her wildest fears? This story was inspired by Point Nemo, a place located as far away from land as possible where spaceships go to die. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love / Hate.

  • By Ostfeld on 31-08-18

Great shprt story

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

Reviewed: 28-12-18

This is a great short story, which I thoroughly enjoyed and can't wait top listen to more by the author

  • Curtain Call

  • By: C H Clepitt
  • Narrated by: Daryl Lauren
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

When an assistant to the director role turns into PA to her favourite film star, Jen can’t believe her luck. Eleanor Francis is charming, kind, and funny, but she has a secret, and when tragedy strikes, things threaten to unravel at an uncontrollable pace. Despite being out of her depth, Jen has to adapt to her new role quickly, to protect Eleanor, with whom she is rapidly falling in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant 5 star audio book

  • By Simon on 17-12-18

Brilliant 5 star audio book

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

Yet another brilliant audio book by CH Clepitt.

I was lucky enough to have read this book when it was only a short story and the n once it has been expanded into this novella.

When I read the original story I thought it was great but felt a bit rushed due to the word limit. Now it has been expanded the pace has slowed down and it is a much better story.

The story follows Jen as she starts her new job at a theatre. She thinks she is going to be working behind the scenes but when she turns up to work is thrown in at the deep end by being made to be the star actress' PA and help her in whatever way she can. The trouble is the actress in question is one she loves and one of her films helped Jen come out to her family.

As the story progresses they fall in love, made tricky by the fact that the actress is having an affair with her agent and gets even trickier further on.

The story is very well written and flows nicely. I also feel that Claire deals with the issues in the book very delicately and I really enjoyed it

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  • Horsemen

  • A DS Jason Smith Thriller, Book 7
  • By: Stewart Giles
  • Narrated by: J.T. McDaniel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

DS Jason Smith sets off for the peaceful Yorkshire village of Scarpdale for two weeks of country air, slow walks by the lakes, and no mobile phone reception. He wakes up on his first morning to find three policemen outside his room. A young woman has been found dead next to one of the lakes. The woman is Sophie Phoenix, the youngest daughter of Jimmy Phoenix. Ill-equipped to deal with such a serious crime, the local police make no headway, and Smith is begged by Jimmy Phoenix to find out what happened to his daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant 5 star audio book

  • By Simon on 24-10-18

Brilliant 5 star audio book

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

This is the 7th book in the DS Smith series, or 8th if you include the prequel, and to get to know how DS Smith's mind works, as well as what Stewart has put him through previously, you need to have read a couple of the previous books before this one.  It does work well as a stand alone though if you haven't had a chance to read them all yet.

This book is slightly different to the previous Smith books in that it doesn't involve the rest of the York Police because Smith is on vacation in the lovely village of Scarpdale, where a murder happens with him being the chief suspect.

The book starts off with Smtih and the gang investigating some armed robberies at various McDonalds in York and then once they have solved the case Smith is allowed to go on vacation.

Once the murdered woman has been found and Smith has cleared his name the father of the murdered girl asks him to investigate properly as the local police are incompetent.  The father is Jimmy Phoenix , who owned the McDonalds franchises which were robbed at the start of the book.

Whilst Smith is investigating the girls murder his chief suspect, her boyfriend, is also found dead in a suspected suicide.  Once it is ruled that he was murdered Smith has to find out who killed them both.

His investigation takes him from Yorkshire all the way to the Hamptons in New York as he finds a link to what happened a year ago with regards to the boy's family.

I really enjoyed this book as it was completely different to Smith's previous investigations as he is on his own without the back -up or authorisation of his team or DI.

The book kept me guessing all the way to the end, and even when Smith was talking to the murderer I still didn't realise until he finally confessed and everything fell into place.

Overall this was a brilliant book and I loved the little snippet and clue at the end (although as I have already read book 8, Unworthy, it wasn't much of a shock to me).

I am now off to re-read/listen to Unworthy in preparation for the highly anticipated book 9 of the DS Smith series, where he is working together with Stewart's other star DC Harriet Taylor in what I imagine is going to be an exciting book.

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  • Devil's Kitchen

  • An Inspector Drake Prequel Novella
  • By: Stephen Puleston
  • Narrated by: Richard Elfyn
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

When two bodies are found sprawled at the bottom of the Devil's Kitchen in the mountains of Snowdonia, it's believed the man found dead killed his wife and then committed suicide. But something doesn't feel right to DI Ian Drake, and his gut instinct has never before let him down. Drake suspects at least one of the deaths could be suspicious, but who would kill such an ordinary couple, and why? This might be Drake's first murder inquiry, but his years as a detective have taught him one thing - every murder has a motive, and every killer leaves a trace.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great introduction to the series

  • By Simon on 18-10-18

Great introduction to the series

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

Reviewed: 18-10-18

This is the first book in the DI Drake series that I have read/listened to and it is a brilliant start.

The book follows DI Drake as he investigates a murder in Snowdonia where two hikers have fallen to their death, one of whom as a knife sticking out of their back.

The book is a brilliant read set amongst the mountains of Wales and the way the police investigate the murder makes it a very believable story. I really loved the fact that Drake kept on at it despite being told to stop and the book kept me guessing right to the end as we only find out key facts when he does, making it impossible to guess who did it, why and how

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