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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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  • A Fatal Flaw

  • Ryder & Loveday, Book 3
  • By: Faith Martin
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Oxford, 1960. As the city of Oxford prepares itself for the inaugural Miss Oxford Honey Beauty Pageant at The Old Swan Theatre, excitement is in the air. But when one of the leading contestants is found dead, suspicion hangs over the competition. Poisoned, the authorities assume her death was suicide. But after a malicious series of pranks and blackmail attempts are reported, WPC Loveday and Coroner Clement Ryder are called upon to solve the case. In an atmosphere of fierce competition, the list of suspects is endless.... 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor.

  • By Helen on 15-03-19

Very poor.

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

No story, dull characters, could have 2/3's shorter. I made the mistake of reading a review that compared this author to PD James. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • The Body in the Dales

  • A Yorkshire Murder Mystery
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

A body is discovered deep in a cave beneath the Yorkshire Dales. Leading the investigation into the mysterious death are experienced DCI Jim Oldroyd and his partner DS Carter, a newcomer from London. The deceased is Dave Atkins, well known throughout the village but not well liked. While there is no shortage of suspects, the details of the crime leave Oldroyd and Carter stumped. How did Atkins’s body end up in such a remote section of the cave? When someone with vital information turns up dead, it becomes clear that whoever is behind the murders will stop at nothing to conceal their tracks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to sample before buying

  • By mary morrissey on 13-08-18

So dull

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Remind me never to buy another book by this author. I was duped by the amount of stars it had. The story is so slow, meagre and boring that I couldn't finish it.

  • Fall Down Dead

  • By: Stephen Booth
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

The mountain of Kinder Scout offers the most incredible views of the Peak District, but when thick fog descends there on a walking party led by enigmatic Darius Roth, this spectacular landscape is turned into a death trap that claims a life. For DI Ben Cooper, however, something about the way Faith Matthew fell to her death suggests it was no accident, and he quickly discovers more than one of the hikers may have had reason to murder their companion. To make things worse, his old colleague DS Diane Fry finds herself at the centre of an internal investigations storm that threatens to drag Cooper down with it. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another good story

  • By Learning is fun! on 20-09-18

Good solid crime story.

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

Reviewed: 21-08-18

I enjoyed this book very much, the only hiccup was the sub plot involving an investigation of a fellow officer. I fast forwarded these parts and got back to the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Fatal Obsession

  • By: Faith Martin
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Oxford, 1960. There's a murderer on the loose, and two unlikely heroes are poised to solve the case. Meet Trudy Loveday - smart, enthusiastic and always underestimated. In the hope of getting her out of the way, Trudy is assigned to help coroner Clement Ryder as he reopens the case of a young woman's death. She can't believe her luck - she is actually going to be working on a real murder case. Meanwhile, the rest of the police force are busy investigating a series of threats and murders in the local community, and Clement can't help but feel it's all linked.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dull, boring, slow.

  • By Helen on 13-08-18

Dull, boring, slow.

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

This should have been edited to a third of its length. I didn't finish it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Nursing Home Murder

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Sir John Phillips, the Harley Street surgeon, and his beautiful nurse, Jane Harden, are almost too nervous to operate. The emergency case on the table before them is the Home Secretary - and they both have very good, personal reasons to wish him dead. Within hours he does die, although the operation itself was a complete success, and Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn must find out why....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical yarn

  • By Teresa on 25-07-16

Dull and boring

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I was surprised that this book was as bad as it was, as I know Ngaio Marsh to be a good crime writer. I could not finish it.

  • The Hiding Places

  • By: Katherine Webb
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Wiltshire, 1922. Fifteen-year old Pudding Cartwright has begun the career she always wanted, as 'girl groom' to the Hadleigh family's horses at Manor Farm. Irene Hadleigh is struggling to adjust to her new life in sleepy Slaughterford, having married Alistair to escape a scandal in London. At a loss to occupy herself, Irene sets about restyling Manor Farm, and during the work the chance finding of a strange object hidden away in the house for years will change everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great twists

  • By Miss G Thomas on 22-05-17

Lots of atmosphere no story

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Nothing happened until half way through the book. The first half was description of characters, their feelings, lots of quivering. So dull. I couldn't finish it.

  • With Our Blessing

  • An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

It's 1975. A baby, minutes old, is forcibly taken from its devastated mother. In 2010, the body of an elderly woman is found in a Dublin public park in the depths of winter. Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds is working the case. He's convinced the murder is linked to historical events that took place in the notorious Magdalene Laundries. Reynolds and his team follow the trail to an isolated convent in the Irish countryside. But once inside, it becomes disturbingly clear that the killer is amongst them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By DartmoorDiva on 04-11-17

Dull and boring

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

I am amazed at the good reviews for this book. The main subject of the novel should have been compelling, I felt it was used for sensation and it was full of inconsequential filling. Way, way too long.

  • The Riviera Express

  • A Miss Dimont Mystery, Book 1
  • By: TP Fielden
  • Narrated by: Eve Karpf
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Gerald Hennessey - silver-screen star and much-loved heartthrob - never quite makes it to Temple Regis, the quaint Devonshire seaside town on the English Riviera. Murdered on the 4.30 from Paddington, the loss of this great man throws Temple Regis' community into disarray. Not least Miss Judy Dimont, corkscrew-haired reporter for the local rag, The Riviera Express. Investigating Gerald's death, she's quickly called to the scene of a second murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and repetitive

  • By Deborah on 10-10-17

So boring

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

What made me buy this audio book? I should have known from the description 'corkscrew-haired reporter'. Impossible to listen to, so I gave up.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • On a Dark Sea

  • The DCI Dani Bevan Detective Novels, Book 2
  • By: Katherine Pathak
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When 14-year-old Maisie Riddell goes missing from a Glasgow high school, DCI Dani Bevan knows she needs to act fast, particularly as the headmistress is the wife of her DS, Phil Boag. But as the inquiry into the girl's disappearance deepens, Bevan finds herself caught in the fallout from a broken marriage, unsure of whose word she can really trust. The DCI is required to take her search to Norway in order to discover the truth about Maisie's secret life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant

  • By Sophies40 on 19-03-17

Dull

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

Reviewed: 26-10-17

This book started off well but went slowly downhill as the story enfolded and turned out to be about the personal lives of the characters rather than a crime story. I lost interest and didn't finish it.

  • In This Bright Future

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 5
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Two weeks of rest and recuperation - that's what the doctor ordered. Detective Sergeant DC Smith could listen to some music, make some of his own, and maybe even catch up on his reading; he is almost looking forward to it. And then there is a knock on the door. It's only his next-door neighbor, but it is the beginning of a sequence of events that will bring him face to face with some of the darkest episodes and the most dangerous people from his own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best so far

  • By Simon. Kindall on 25-06-18

So boring

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

Reviewed: 25-09-17

Would you try another book written by Peter Grainger or narrated by Gildart Jackson?

No.

What could Peter Grainger have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Taken two thirds out.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I like his voice but he couldn't make the story interesting.

What character would you cut from In This Bright Future?

I can't remember any names.

Any additional comments?

Dull and very very long.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful