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  • The Hermitage

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 9
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

When an old man is found dead inside the ancient hermitage at Warkworth Castle, Northumbria CID are called in to investigate. With no apparent motive, it’s their job to unravel why he was murdered - and this time they’re forced to do it without their star detective.... DCI Ryan is thousands of miles away. He’s tracked a killer across Europe and has sworn not to return until he has his man in custody. Nathan Armstrong is a dangerous psychopath, but there’s just one problem - he’s also an international celebrity: a world-famous thriller writer with money and connections.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Brilliant DCI Ryan adventure..

  • By Salter on 07-03-19

Great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-19

Great stuff as usual. Ignore bad reviews, try it yourself. A different venue to the story but still the same characters. I love em all! Maybe not to the liking of people who don't enjoy a bit of romance.

  • The Stone Circle

  • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic as usual

  • By M BeeH on 12-02-19

Confusing at times

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-19

I found this story confusing at times. Too many characters and the narrator did not leave enough time between paragraphs so I was left wondering what was going on as it skipped to a different character who sounded much the same as previous one! Except when she tried to change accents and they all sounded Irish! Must be lots Irish people living in Norfolk!! She also kept making strange sounds as she read, like she had a cold or sore throat? Not the best of Elly's stories for me.

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  • The Drowned Village

  • By: Kathleen McGurl
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

It’s the summer of 1935, and 11-year-old Stella Walker is preparing to leave her home forever. Forced to evacuate to make way for a new reservoir, the village of Brackendale Green will soon be lost. But before the water has even reached them, a dreadful event threatens to tear Stella’s family apart. Present day, and a fierce summer has dried up the lake and revealed the remnants of the deserted village. Now an old woman, Stella begs her granddaughter Laura to make the journey she can’t. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t put it down!

  • By Garden girl on 08-03-19

Cosy romantic mystery

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-19

I enjoyed this book, easy to listen too if a bit twee at times! Storyline good but twee voice from narrator as though she were reading to a child. Also, I realise that swearing and bad language are the norm these days, it seemed out of place in this story especially coming from this narrator. (Twee voice!) So only four stars.

  • Digging In

  • A Novel
  • By: Loretta Nyhan
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade - and lost him two years ago. Since his death, she’s been sleepwalking through life, barely holding on for the sake of her teenage son. Her house is a wreck, the grass is overrun with weeds, and she’s at risk of losing her job. As Paige stares at her neglected lawn, she knows she’s hit rock bottom. So she does something entirely unexpected: she begins to dig. As the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden. Something big is beginning to take root - both in her garden and in herself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad.

  • By Anon on 07-01-19

Not bad.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-19

Story not bad but I've never heard a worse attempt at a Cockney accent than the one Petra 'tried' to do! It spoilt the audio book for me! It would have been much better NOT to try to speak what must seem like an alien language to anyone but an English person. Only 3 stars for this reason.

  • Buried on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 7
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

A skeleton is found in a shallow grave in the churchyard. But this was not an official burial. The victim was murdered decades ago. At the same time, Detective Nikki Galena and her team are investigating the brutal slaying of local businesswoman Madeline Prospero. She was a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch. But they've got no suspects and no one is telling them the truth. Meanwhile, the buried skeleton leads them on a trail to the village of Quintin Eaudyke. This is a troubled place. In the late 70s and 80s a reign of terror was unleashed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story

  • By Oops 66 on 24-04-18

Good story as usual.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I enjoyed the story as as always with Joy's books. I listen to the audio version due to eye problems. It was bit babbled at times so I had to go back a few times and listen again. This narrator needs to slow down a bit and no need to use a Northern accent for the fen country to my mind as it's set in the East not the North of England. Only four stars for this reason.

  • The Chosen Ones

  • Detective Robyn Carter, Book 5
  • By: Carol Wyer
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

On a hot summer’s morning, a young father is found murdered in a cornfield outside the quiet town of Colton, tied to a post, arms spread wide. Detective Robyn Carter is reminded of the crucifixion, and she knows she’s looking for a killer with a twisted sense of right and wrong. Robyn vows she will find the killer - no matter what. But then a local doctor - a popular woman with a young family of her own - is found dead outside her surgery. There are similarities between the first body and hers, and Robyn must take another look at the picture-postcard town, where no one has any enemies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant and gripping but the accents...........

  • By Kaz Whiteley on 20-06-18

Voice not right for this story

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

Story good but voice is not right for this type of story. It's too wishy washy and the Midlands accents are all wrong. There are several different ones in the Midlands all completely different from East to West, North to South. None of them are plummy like this narrator's is! Better with a stronger, deeper voice. This spoiit for me as I'm an East Midlander and we don't speak like the Brummy's or Black country folk in this book. The narrator should stick to a plain, non regional accent as she can't possibly know or do them all!

  • Murder at the Manor

  • Libby Sarjeant Mystery
  • By: Lesley Cookman
  • Narrated by: Deryn Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Steeple Martin sleuth Libby Sarjeant and her partner Ben are hosting a writers’ weekend reunion at Ben’s family home, The Manor, when a body is discovered in the grounds. Even though Scotland Yard is on the case, Libby feels impelled to investigate a murder on her home patch. Their enquiries take Libby and her psychic investigator friend Fran Castle to historic Dorset, where they uncover a complex web of writers’ jealousies that has further tragic consequences before Libby uses all her wiles to get at the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator

  • By Gwen Owen on 29-03-13

Story not bad. Narration voice too shrill it grated on my ears.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Story ok but I listened to the audio version and did not like the pitch/shrillness of some of the female impersonations. It spoiled the story for me. A normal female voice would have been better.

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  • Smuggler's Moon

  • Rakes & Rebels: The Raveneau Family, Book 2
  • By: Cynthia Wright
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Feisty Julia Faircloth is used to managing the lives of her eccentric relatives, so when darkly dangerous Lord Sebastian Trevarre arrives in Bath and proposes to her shy sister Sarah, she switches places with the bride to save her from a shockingly carnal wedding night. Against his better judgment, Sebastian consummates a marriage to the most provoking, appealing woman he's ever known, and then is forced to live with her in his neglected yet enchanting estate on the coast of Cornwall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A throughly enjoyable story, expertly narrated

  • By Caz on 18-05-14

Light entertainment hol reading.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-18

Good story. Light reading ok for hols or beach. Escapism! No need to concentrate. Enjoyable.

  • The Retreat

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 693

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found - and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive. Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sorry, but this is just not great

  • By RS on 04-06-18

A bit long winded.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

It was a bit long winded at times. Kept me awake some nights but not a bad story overall

  • The Silent Children

  • Detective Robyn Carter, Book 4
  • By: Carol Wyer
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this.... Years later a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed. Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant!

  • By Lisa Matthews on 14-02-18

Too many threads :/

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-18

Ok but too many threads to follow. I did catchup eventually but it's not a good bedtime book! I hope the next book brings Davis back, we can all relax and sleep then! lol 😉😑😊😲 P.S.. The narrators voice is a bit ''wishy washy'' for a who dunnit story. A bit more emphasis and context needed! 💰🔫🔪"

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