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Claire Kendall-Price

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  • Agatha Raisin: The Witches' Tree

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 28
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 479

Cotswolds inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They strain to see the road ahead - and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most Enjoyable

  • By Cathy Swanson on 02-12-17

Another wonderful Agatha Raisin.

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

Another safe, comfortable Cotswold mystery. Agatha is more agreeable in later books like this, not quite as bitchy. Full of the usual impossibilities, amazing coincidences, and far fetched happenings, but without them it wouldn't be Agatha.
Roy makes a brief return, and all the usual cast are here.

  • Murder on a Summer's Day

  • By: Frances Brody
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

When amateur sleuth detective Kate Shackleton receives a dawn telephone call from her cousin, James, his news soon snaps Kate into wakefulness. The India office seek her on-the-spot help in finding a maharajah last seen on the Bolton Abbey estate. He has with him a hugely valuable diamond. Investigative successes and good family connections put Kate in the highly trusted category. Perceived as 'establishment', Kate feels like an outsider in her sympathies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of her best

  • By Adrianne on 05-08-16

Excellent Book. Best in the Series so Far

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Full of description, and a thoroughly consuming storyline. Couldn't stop listening. Finished in 1.5 days.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 13-15
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

"A Lesson in Murder": When Jack and Sarah are called in to investigate mysterious pranks at Cherringham Girls School, it seems at first that it might be the work of a few mean pupils with a grudge. But things quickly turn serious when a popular teacher meets a sudden, violent death. "The Secret of Combe Castle": When the penniless FitzHenrys find themselves victims of a threatening campaign to oust them from their ancestral home, Jack and Sarah are called in to track down the culprit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listening

  • By Carol on 10-06-17

Lovely, simple, very English

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

Reviewed: 28-12-17

Nice, safe English mysteries.
No swearing, no gruesome descriptions, no angst ridden detectives.
Neil Dudgeon is a wonderful narrator. You feel comfortable in his presence.
Do wonder when/if Sarah and Jack will get together - enough hints have been made.

  • The Vanishing Box

  • Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 4
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Luke Thompson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Christmas 1953. Max Mephisto and his daughter, Ruby, are headlining Brighton Hippodrome, an achievement only slightly marred by the less-than-savoury support act: a tableau show of naked 'living statues'. This might appear to have nothing in common with DI Edgar Stephens' investigation into the death of a quiet flower seller, but if there's one thing the old comrades have learned it's that in Brighton, the line between art and life - and death - is all too easily blurred....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful period detail

  • By Joy on 18-11-17

Another excellent adventure

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

The stories get more mature with each book. I didn't guess the perpetrator at all.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Smoke and Mirrors

  • A Stephens and Mephisto Mystery
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Brighton, 1951. Pantomime season is in full swing on the snowy pier, with Max Mephisto starring in Aladdin. But Max's headlines have been stolen by the disappearance ­­of two local children. With fairy tales in the air, it's not long before the press have found a nickname for the case: 'Hansel and Gretel'. DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate. The missing girl, Annie, used to write plays and perform them with her friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another first rate crime novel from Elly Griffiths

  • By peter on 27-11-15

Better than The Zigzag Girl

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

Characters now settled into their roles. Good ending. Complicated, but not predicable as Zigzag Girl.

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  • A Legacy of Spies

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, is living out his old age on the family farmstead in Brittany when a letter summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By JOHN on 10-09-17

Wonderful! Le Carre is as good as ever.

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

Reviewed: 13-09-17

I was not sure whether it would be as good as previous works, but it was. I really enjoyed it.
Tom Hollander's narration fitted well.

  • Unraveled Sleeve

  • By: Monica Ferris
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Betsy Devonshire has settled into her new home in Excelsior, Minnesota, as owner of the town’s needlecraft shop. So why is she suffering from terrifying nightmares? She hasn’t a clue - but thinks maybe it would help to get away for a while. With her friend Jill in tow, she heads north for a “stitch-in” at a remote, rustic lodge. But her nightmares only get worse - especially after she finds a dead woman no one else had seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful as always!

  • By Claire Kendall-Price on 01-09-17

wonderful as always!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Betsy goes from strength to strength in this clever story set in snow away from Excelesior.

  • The Drowning Spool

  • A Needlecraft Mystery
  • By: Monica Ferris
  • Narrated by: Betsy Bronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Even though running Crewel World keeps Betsy plenty busy, a little extra cash on the side doesn't hurt. So when the local senior complex, Watered Silk, asks her to teach a class on the tricky punch needle technique, Betsy jumps at the opportunity to win over some new customers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Betsy Bronson is no Susan Boyce

  • By Claire Kendall-Price on 30-08-17

Betsy Bronson is no Susan Boyce

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

Reviewed: 30-08-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I love the Betsy Devonshire books, but the narrator on this one is sadly not good at believable character voices.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Betsy Bronson is a good straight reader, but gives Phil, Doris and Conor ridiculously low voices, and then some female characters squeaky high ones. I personally found it very, very infuriating. The usual reader Susan Boyce is so much better.

  • Darned if You Do

  • A Needlecraft Mystery
  • By: Monica Ferris
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

After a tree falls on Tom Riordan's house, landing him in the hospital, the police discover a mountain of junk piled high in his home. Locals in Excelsior, Minnesota - including Betsy and her Crewel World Monday Bunch - offer to help with the cleanup while Tom recuperates. But when Tom is found murdered in his hospital bed, the sole heir to his property - his cousin, Valentina - becomes the number-one suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Excellent Mystery from Excelsior

  • By Claire Kendall-Price on 12-08-17

Another Excellent Mystery from Excelsior

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

Not much Betsy at start, but once she gets sleuthing its another jolly good romp.

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,441

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By katherine on 30-01-16

Fantastic Performance brings P&P to Life

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

Reviewed: 24-07-17

What did you like most about Pride and Prejudice?

The characters are fully formed and you really get involved in their lives and loves.

What does Rosamund Pike bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings the characters to life and helps to draw each nuance from their speech.

Any additional comments?

After the Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth BBC production, this performance is the best way to experience the book (apart from reading it yourself!)