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Claire Kendall-Price

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  • A Snapshot of Murder

  • Kate Shackleton Mysteries, Book 10
  • By: Frances Brody
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Yorkshire, 1928. Indomitable sleuth Kate Shackleton is taking a well-deserved break from her detective work and indulging in her other passion: photography. When her local Photographic Society proposes an outing, Kate jumps at the chance to visit Haworth and Stanbury, in the heart of Brontë country, the setting for Wuthering Heights. But when an obnoxious member of their party is murdered, the group is thrown into disarray. Is the murderer amongst them, or did the loud-mouthed Tobias have more enemies than they might have imagined? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Dianne on 14-11-18

Sad When the Perpetrator was Discovered

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

I love the Kate Shackleton books. There are so many layers and a plethora of descriptive material.
You get drawn in so deeply and involved with each character, thus it is sad when you finally discover who committed the crime.
A couple of dislikable characters, and not enough Mrs Sugden.
Anne Dover is an excellent narrator for the series (but I wish she would pronounce it, 'cOnstable' instead of 'cUnstable'. Mrs Shackleton would have pronounced it properly.)

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

Engaging Storyline and Excellent Actors

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I started this after having had it for so long - I wish I'd started sooner. A good storyline (even though there are some unbelievable coincidences), and hard to think of London being so very tiny.
Miriam Margoles is a very good narrator and keeps the story flowing. A's character has a ridiculously childish voice, sounding about 7, but that can be overlooked. I would like to know what happens next.

  • Murder in an Irish Village

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written beautifully read!

  • By Ernest on 08-06-16

Easy listening [murder!] mystery

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

Gave up early on the first time around, as I don't think I was in the right frame of mind. The second time was started on a long car journey and was much better - I wanted to know what happened next and kept listening to it once I arrived.
I like the way you slowly got to know the characters. Yes, some were Irish archetypes and situations, but you'd feel diddled if the village priest, the Irish bar (open all hours), the town drunk, the rendition of The Irish Rover, and the chap playing the spoons were not included.
I bought the second innthe series straight after.

  • 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 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 515

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 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

"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 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

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.

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  • 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 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994

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
  • New life into a favourite series

  • By nicole 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.