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  • Private Investigations

  • Bob Skinner, Book 26
  • By: Quintin Jardine
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Quintin Jardine's 26th Bob Skinner mystery sees the Edinburgh sleuth plunged into a gruelling new case in which no score will go unsettled. Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner has uncovered his fair share of crime scenes over his 30-year career. But few have affected him quite as much as the horrifying sight he finds stowed in the back of a stolen car that collides with his own on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story

  • By Graham on 29-06-16

Wonderful as ever

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Reviewed: 25-03-19

Not really putdownable. I love these books and their characterisations. The stories are great too.

  • Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 18
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

Penelope Keith - who starred as Agatha Raisin in the popular BBC Radio 4 series - reads M.C. Beaton’s entertaining murder mystery. During the grey days of early December, Agatha is obsessed by only two things – Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey. Although she says she feels nothing for James now, she’s sure that planning the perfect Dickensian Christmas for all her friends will somehow reanimate her love. Even the murder of Mrs Tamworthy , does little to distract Agatha.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lightweight and enjoyable listen.

  • By Elizabeh on 17-01-12

Raisins are good for you

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Reviewed: 04-03-19

I love the Agatha R books. Good stories, characterisations and full of entertainment and fun.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable easy listening

  • By C on 06-11-16

Cherringhams are brilliant

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Reviewed: 10-01-19

Wonderfully written and read the Cherringhams never fail to entertain and inform. Neil is superb as raconteur.

  • Concealed in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 38
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Concealed in Death

  • By G. Mathie on 17-03-14

Another JD Robb or Norah Roberts book

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Reviewed: 06-09-18

Always intriguing and if you like sexy bits you will not be disappointed. I can't say that they are essential to me but the characters are great and the books are well read and exciting.

  • Ep. 1: Blow-Ins (West Cork)

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

[Contains Mature Themes] West Cork, Ireland is an outpost at the edge of Europe. Rugged, windswept, and coastal, it was a region of farmers and fisherman until the 1960s, when it was discovered by the “blow-ins”—artists, urban runaways, and people who drove until the road ran out. It was a haven for those wanting to turn their backs on their old lives and start over. But then there was a murder in West Cork, and everything changed overnight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • West Cork Podcast.

  • By Anonymous User on 22-02-19

Odd

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Reviewed: 06-09-18

Had to finish it but I am not sure what I got from it even now.

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335

Winner of the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2005.

A murder in the silent, late night halls of the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his cryptographer daughter and her symbologist friend can untangle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Nicholas on 11-09-06

I have grown to love this story.

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Reviewed: 17-08-18

Henry Lincoln's wonderful programnes gave me the basic impetus and Dan Brown has iced the cake of a great party.

  • Police

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228

The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help anyone. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone. Least of all himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an easy book to review

  • By Scullywag on 20-09-13

Jo Nesbo's Scandinavian Noir at its best.

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Reviewed: 21-07-18

Harry Hole with another story with the rest of the gang. There is so much meat in these stories and all of it tasty.

  • The Woman in Blue

  • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 8
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 783

The murder of women priests in the shrine town of Walsingham sucks Dr. Ruth Galloway into an unholy investigation. Ruth's friend, Cathbad, is housesitting in Walsingham, a Norfolk village famous as a centre for pilgrimages to the Virgin Mary. One night, Cathbad sees a strange vision in the graveyard beside the cottage: a young woman dressed in blue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A subtle change of direction for Ruth?

  • By Maggie on 11-02-16

love this author

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-04-18

great stories and characterisations and read by a couple of excellent narrators ... a modern Christie

  • The Chalk Pit

  • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 9
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity - now it suggests a much more sinister purpose. Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. The only trace of her is the rumour that she's gone 'underground'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another cracker from the world of North Norfolk

  • By Maggie on 28-02-17

Stunning as ever

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Reviewed: 07-04-18

Another Brilliant writer of English detection and ancillary life episodes. I just love Elly. She is a modern favourite.

  • Murder in an Irish Churchyard

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

It's official! Siobhan is now Garda O'Sullivan, and her five siblings couldn't be prouder. While her brother James runs Naomi's Bistro, Siobhan is doing her part to keep the village safe. Of course, Kilbane is pretty quiet compared to a place like Dublin, where Macdara Flannery has gone to be a detective sergeant. Then one night the local priest summons Siobhan to the church cemetery. There's a dead man in the graveyard - above ground. He's a stranger, but the priest has heard talk of an American tourist in town searching for an Irish ancestor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series!

  • By Derek on 27-03-18

Great series!

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Reviewed: 27-03-18

I love the author and the narratrix. They are two very talented ladies who have captured my heart.