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  • Redemption

  • Crimson Lake Series
  • By: Candice Fox
  • Narrated by: Lani Tupu
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Redemption Point by Candice Fox, read by Lani Tupu. From the Sunday Times number one best-selling author comes the thrilling second instalment in the Crimson Lake series. In a dark roadside hovel called the Barking Fog Inn, the bodies of two young bartenders lie on a beer-sodden floor. Only the nighttime animals in the surrounding forest were close enough to hear their screams. Crimson Lake’s resident private detectives are hired to take on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book

  • By Paul & Val Wheeler on 10-05-19

Very Different

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Absolutely loved this story, it is so different from the usual detective fiction It took me a wee while to get used to the style of storytelling and the narrator, but once I got into the story and warmed to the narrator's gruff voice, I was hooked. The main character, ex-police officer Ted, has been wrongly and cruelly accused of a ghastly crime committed on an underage girl, though never convicted, and now it's a case of "no smoke without a fire" as he tries to clear his name. He's a big kind teddy bear of a man who's fled to the far north of Australia to try and find some peace, where he does some private detective work with Amanda, a time-served murderer (yes, it's complicated, but fun!).
The story is sad in places, and laugh-out-loud in others, and makes for a really good listen. I enjoyed it so much I'm now listening to the latest in the series, and loving it, too.
Missed the first book in the series, but look forward to listening to that next!

  • A Private Investigation: A DC Smith Investigation

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 8
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

When 14-year-old Zoe Johnson doesn't come home on a Monday night in early December, the alarm bells in Kings Lake Central police station do not ring straight away - after all, she's from the Dockmills, one of the toughest estates in the town. But for Detective Sergeant DC Smith, due to retire in just three weeks' time, there are some strange echoes of the case that has haunted him for the past 13 years. Maybe it's simply his over-developed sense of irony, or maybe, in his final days as a police officer, Smith must look once more into the eyes of a serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is it the end ? Please say it ain’t so

  • By CM on 23-04-19

Last of a brilliant series.

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

After reading the first in the DC Smith series, I read the rest one after another, so enjoyable were they. The characters are so beautifully written, DC's team is a well rounded bunch, and the whole series is one I shall miss, though shall be listening to again. Love the narrator, too, he is so perfectly suited as the voice of DC (and the others in his team).
I like the fact that these are not full of blood and body parts as so many other detective mysteries are these days, it's like a ghastly competition for the goriest.
Smith knows he is an anachronism in today's police force, but doesn't care, he knows his thoughtful methods work, and he is adept at catching the wrongdoers.
Thank you, Peter Grainger, for these delightfully written books, it's been a pleasure to have known DC.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • DI Murphy and DS Rossi, Book 4
  • By: Luca Veste
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

Tim Johnson took his baby daughter out for a walk, and she never made it home. Johnson claims he was assaulted and the girl was snatched. The police see a different crime, with Johnson their only suspect. A year later, Sam Bryne is on course to be elected as one of the youngest MPs in Westminster. He's tipped for the very top...until he vanishes. Detectives Murphy and Rossi are tasked with discovering what has happened to the popular politician - and in doing so, they unearth a trail that stretches into the past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable!

  • By Ann D on 26-11-17

Not one I enjoyed.

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Not great writing, and I felt throughout the book that the narrator was constantly shouting at me. The characters were interesting, but overall not a great story. I don't think I'll be listening to more in the series.

  • Faithful Place

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was 19. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He's cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie's suitcase has been found....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By s.e.ryder on 04-06-12

Beautifully written

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

So far, I've listened to this book three times, and enjoyed each listen immensely. I've been transported to Dublin each time, and Gerry O'Brien's narration has helped tremendously. Frank's dysfunctional family is really well depicted; the family scenes are so well written, I've honestly felt like I've been in the middle of it all, thanks to Tana French's quality writing.
So worth a listen, I can't recommend this book highly enough!

  • The Last Child

  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Thirteen-year-old Johnny Merrimon has to face things no boy his age should face. In the year since his twin sister's abduction his world has fallen apart: his father has disappeared and his fragile mother is spiralling into ever deeper despair. Johnny keeps strong. Armed with a map, a bike and a flashlight, he stalks the bad men of Raven County. The police might have given up on Alyssa; he never will. Someone, somewhere, knows something they're not telling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Last Child great read

  • By Katherine on 07-02-15

My favourite book

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

Marvellous book, it got my attention from the first page. The narrator is wonderful too, and makes the whole listening process a joy. This is a book I've listened to a few times, and I've never been let down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Wrong

  • Calladine and Bayliss, Book 1
  • By: Helen H. Durrant
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

First a shooting, then a grisly discovery on the common.... Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to track down a killer before the whole area erupts in violence. Their boss thinks it's all down to drug lord Ray Fallon, but Calladine's instincts say something far nastier is happening on the Hobfield housing estate. Can this duo track down the murderer before anyone else dies and before the press publicise the gruesome crimes?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By muggsie on 24-11-17

Far too graphic

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

This book would have been returned, had it not been a cheap book of the day! I persevered past the absolutely ghastly first chapter, which was horrific. For goodness sake, horrible descriptions of mutilations are not required in a really good, well written thriller. I hoped once I'd got past the first chapter, that the book would improve, but sadly, no. This series is not for me, I won't be buying any more. I struggle to see how it could have an overall score of 4 stars. Sorry to say, there seems to be a lack of judgement as to what makes a good book nowadays....

  • You Were Gone

  • David Raker, Book 9
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Coen, Rachel Bavidge, Tom Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of You Were Gone by Tim Weaver. Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband. When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There's just one problem: Raker's wife has been dead for eight years....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it

  • By Debs on 02-06-18

Depressing nonsense

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

I've got all the Raker books, and even tho' some are far fetched, they are still enjoyable. Thought this one would never end...
It did, and I just managed to bear with it, but oh, the unrelenting misery of it was thoroughly bleak. The beginning was so far from how I imagine an intelligent man would react to police accusations, I struggled with the first couple of hours. I've given it 3 stars, which is really more than it deserves.
Hoping the next book is an improvement.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Another One Goes Tonight

  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Peter Diamond, the Bath detective brilliant at rooting out murder, is peeved at being diverted to Professional Standards to enquire into a police car accident. Arriving late at the scene, he discovers an extra victim thrown onto an embankment - unconscious and unnoticed. Diamond administers CPR, but no one can say whether the elderly tricyclist will pull through. But why had the man been out in the middle of the night with an urn containing human ashes?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corkscrew plot

  • By Mrs J M Sewell on 03-08-16

Great series.

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

Reviewed: 29-09-17

I've bought a few in this series, not read in any particular order, but they're a great antidote for those of us fed up with the increasing presence of blood and gore in today's detective stories, it all gets too much after a while, and is usually so unnecessary.
Peter Diamond is an old fashioned detective in many ways, surprisingly soft hearted and I love him! There's plenty of laugh out loud moments in the books, and the plots are quite good, too. Diamond is often not too sure how he's meant to react to some of the situations he finds himself in (especially concerning interactions with the opposite sex, poor man).
I like the stories so much, I'll be filling in all the spaces I have in the series, praise indeed!

  • Angel

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037

After a turbulent time, DCI Ryan's life is finally beginning to return to normal, and he's looking forward to spending an uneventful Easter bank holiday weekend with his fiancée. Then, on Good Friday morning, he is called out to a crime scene at one of the largest cemeteries in Newcastle. The body of a redheaded woman has been found buried in a shallow grave, and the killer has given her wings, like an angel. Soon another woman is found at a different cemetery, followed quickly by another.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Joseph on 17-12-16

Dire

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

Quite liked the first book in the series, but by now have completely lost interest and won't be reading any more. The narrator is the only good thing about the books! Too much like Chick Llit now, total thumbs down from me, I'm afraid.

  • Hidden

  • By: Emma Kavanagh
  • Narrated by: Charotte Strevens, Iestyn Arwel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

A gunman is at large, stalking the halls of a local hospital. No one knows who he is or why he is there, and the best men in the force have been tasked to stop him. Among them is Aden, determined to do the right thing. For hospital psychologist Imogen, weighed down by troubles of her own, the presence of the gunman seems to have little to do with her, but she couldn’t be more wrong....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hmmmm

  • By Cathy on 30-11-15

Worth 5 stars for originality!

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

Reviewed: 18-09-15

Would you listen to Hidden again? Why?

Have already listened to it 3 times, love it.

Any additional comments?

Can't understand why this book doesn't have higher ratings. I've bought some books given heaps of 5 star ratings, and found them to be so bad, I've returned them. Perhaps it's just me, but this book is great. I do understand that it's easy to lose track of chronology with all the timeline changes, but it's well worth bearing with it - I found it a real cliff-hanger and quite different from the usual thriller.