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  • The Crow Trap

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

Three very different women come together at isolated Baikie’s Cottage on the North Pennines to complete an environmental survey. Rachael, the team leader, is still reeling after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Anne, a botanist, sees the survey as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace, a strange, uncommunicative young woman hiding plenty of her own secrets. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story as always from Ann Cleeves

  • By mrs on 17-08-18

Not good

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

Reviewed: 26-02-19

I am at chapter 12 and nothing has happened, not what I expected. Returned unhappily.

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  • A Darker Domain

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Fraser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 653

It's 1984. The miners' strike is dividing the country. In a struggling coal-mining town, the miners and their families are living at the edge of their resources. On the 14th of December, five miners break ranks to travel to Nottingham and work. For those who stay behind, this is an unforgivable betrayal. Twenty-three years later, a young woman is asking the police to trace her missing father. Miner Mick Prentice vanished, never to be seen again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cleverly constructed story

  • By Kirstine on 17-10-12

Boring

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

This is the worst Val McDermid book I have listened to. Not worthy of even a single star, but I have to give 1 in order to submit.

  • Rumpole on Trial

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

In this work Horace Rumpole returns to delight us with seven new cases. We find our hero jousting with the Devil, being wooed by a beautiful violin player, and even up before the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Bar Council.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Brilliant

  • By Lesley on 16-07-10

Rumpole

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

As usual Mortimer very amusing. The narrator, Timothy West was excellent and the story lines were out of the top pocket. A dear old friend.

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,790
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,359

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Lethal white

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

She/he 😁 is some author, amazed at the complexity of the story line, so sad it’s finished.
The narration is wonderful the voices are superb so amazing they come from the same mouth. I do hope there is another In the series, there are a lot of loose ends to conjoin. Brilliant!

  • The Distant Echo

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947

On a freezing morning four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in a cemetery. The only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold-case review of Rosie’s unsolved murder, and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing story with good characters

  • By Janet on 07-03-17

brilliant

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

story line was superb, narrator was excellent it was all so spell binding, I'm off to hunt another by this author.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 10-12
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

Here local priest Father Byrne meets his unexpected demise. Jack and Sarah investigate - who could harm the beloved Father? And what secrets did he take to the grave? The Cherringham Regatta is shaken when vandalism of boots turns into bloody murder. And when a murder suspect is freed from prison after 25 years, it's apparent someone in Cherringham wants him to continue serving his sentence - to death. But Jack and Sarah start to question... did he commit the crime in the first place?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love these stories

  • By linda on 21-03-17

cosy crime

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

excellent all round, love the series. just sorry the next instalment of three appears to be the last.

  • Ashes to Ashes

  • Detective Mark Heckenburg, Book 6
  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

John Sagan is a forgettable man. You could pass him in the street and not realise he's there. But then, that's why he's so dangerous. A torturer for hire, Sagan has terrorised - and mutilated - countless victims. And now he's on the move. DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg must chase the trail, even when it leads him to his hometown of Bradburn - a place he never thought he'd set foot in again. But Sagan isn't the only problem. Bradburn is being terrorised by a lone killer who burns his victims to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome and Paul Thornley cracks it again.

  • By Duncan Bell on 12-05-17

Heck

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

Paul Thornley is Heckenburg! He tells the story brilliantly. After however many Heckenburg books he has related no one else could do it better. The story is, as ever, fast moving and gripping. My only criticism and it is only a small one, this hero must be made of titanium..... mere skin and bone would surely fail.

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  • Forensics

  • The Anatomy of Crime
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: how they lived, how they died--and who killed them. Val McDermid uncovers the secrets of forensic medicine with groundbreaking research and her own experience. Along the way you’ll wonder at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death and how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book GOD AWFUL narration

  • By May-May on 25-01-16

Anatomy of crime

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

very interesting, story superb reader not as good, her Scottish accent was a bit strong and read what she saw which sometimes was not the correct pronunciation.

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard, but a high standard

  • By Philip on 05-04-15

murder bag

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

very good story line, superbly narrated. Police procedure fairly accurate, more accurate if he were a DI than a DC.

  • Strangers

  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Dark, gritty and always edge-of-your-seat: the number one best seller is back with a standout new heroine. Unknown, alone, and fearing for your life. As PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is. But on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there's no other option - and these murders are as brutal as they come. Lucy must step into the line of fire - a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wild ride of a story.

  • By anne on 27-09-16

stranger

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

Reviewed: 31-10-16

good from the getgo, story, orator were super. Haven't heard this woman before, but Will seek her out in future. Paul Finch excellent, more please!

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