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Sheryl Mason

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You have me hooked

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-20

It took me a little while to get into this but then I was hooked. Few too many "he said", "she said" in it but the book is full of great ideas and suspense.

The narrator does a wonderful job, the only problem is that the human voices are harder to differentiate than Turing's obvious voice. She does do an extremely good job with Kingfisher's voice though, loved it. Very easy on the ear for an American narrator.

I have now read the whole series (well, what we have so far) and am going back to listen to them again. I know the author is working on more than one series at the moment but I am waiting with baited breath for the next Turing book. Soon, please?

Campion Revisited

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-20

Over the years, I've read nearly all of Margery Allingham's Campion books and was interested to see this on offer. I have to admit I put off buying this as books by other authors are not always up to the original writer's standards. However, from what I understand, this is a book written partially by Margery Allingham (or at least from work sketched out previously).

It's actually hard to tell which bits are Allingham and which are Ripley's. The style is total Campion and enjoyable. It was nice to see cameos from characters in previous books, although Lugg is retired. The book reminded me somewhat of Traitor's Purse (not sure why, maybe the secret passages and the village being owned by a secret society). The book labours a bit but then some of Allingham's work tended to. She always filled some characters out very fully.

As for narration … well, I'm sorry but I detest David Thorpe's voice. That's probably part personal idiosyncrasy and partly due to have listened to stunning renditions of Allingham's books by Francis Matthews and Philip Franks. David Thorpe just doesn't do the job as far as I'm concerned.

Overall, very good and I'll watch for more from Mike Ripley to see what he can do on his own.

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Interim Review

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-20

I have not finished this book yet so this review will be edited later.

I've long been a fan of Edgar Wallace and this book drew me in immediately. Yes, it's a bit two dimensional but the pace of the book is rapid and so far the narration has helped keep me hooked.

It's easy to follow and there are not a huge number of characters, such as happens in other books when you feel like you don't know who is who.

So far, 5 stars on all levels.

Seriously, a holiday?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-19

For me, this is T E Kinsey back to full strength. The book is light, funny and impeccably read by Elizabeth Knowelden.

There is more than a nod to Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" and a final solution to a puzzle that surfaced in A Picture of Murder.

I have to admit I pre-order any of T E Kinsey's books as I enjoy them so much but this one shone brighter than the previous two. Lady Hardcastle and Flo work so well together and this time Lady Hardcastle's brother Harry makes a more solid appearance (previously we saw the most of him in Death Around The Bend). I doubt the humour is contrived, it's just that I think the author has a wicked sense of humour and this translates into the prose.

Well done and will there be more please?

Definitely Dark

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-19

Well, yes. We were warned, I just didn't realise how far into darkness Benedict Jacka was going to go with this one. Parts I should have known, the hints were there from previous books, I just didn't pick up on the Drakh bit.

Definitely NOT a book to start with, there is too much back story for anyone to understand a lot of the book unless they've listened to (or read) the previous books. It's almost as if characters from every book made an appearance in this one (maybe they did, I lost count).

Beautifully narrated as usual by Gildart Jackson, although some of the voices changed from previous books. I think that's been commented on before regarding previous books.

In some ways this is a rough book to listen to, it takes away so much that Alex has worked for. I'm trying not to give anything away in this review so I won't list anything else. It does, however, leave the reader with a bit of a cliffhanger ending, of which I'm not fond - especially when we have to wait probably a year for the next book.

The writing is powerful, character development for Alex is taken several steps further and, to be honest, it's a bit of a rollercoaster as far as emotions go.

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Delightfully Different

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-19

Although I try not to listen to books from American authors, I found this to be a delight. Partly the delight is due to the book and partly to the narrator who really brought it to life.

There is humour here and a light touch to the writing which makes the book fun to listen to. A few of the characters are developed and some merely sketched in, so it's not a book where you can detect whodunnit, really you just go along for the ride.

I have to give the author full marks for creating a different slant on paranormal investigations (there are a few surprises) and also for being able to insert into the dialogue humour that is both subtle and funny.

Full marks and can we get the next one please?

Rollercoaster anyone?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-19

To be honest, I was going to stop buying these after Jodi Taylor murdered my favourite character … but I can't stop. As one Amazon customer said "they're like catnip" and they are. You just can't stop. Jodi Taylor's writing style is lazily informative, provoking and emotive. The history research is impeccable and the characters are lovable (well, the ones who are supposed to be are anyway).

This one was not quite the emotional ride that previous books have been but as far as action goes the rollercoaster is running on greased rails.

Zara Ramm has invented yet ANOTHER new voice for Dr Bairstow (personally I liked the first one) but otherwise she narrates these books wonderfully.

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Cozy Romantic Murder

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-19

I've read all the books in this series and have found them delightful. There are some errors in the copyediting (Fall instead of Autumn) but in general the author got it all right.

The books follow the growth of a "wan" and plain spinster as she gains confidence in herself and the blossoming of a romance with a Duke. Both are depicted superbly. The choice of narrator is also brilliant as she gives the whole series just the right touch, bringing the characters to life wonderfully, although some of the pronunciations are a bit bizarre..

These are clean romances (so far anyway and I hope they don't change) and I have listened to all three numerous times. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

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Not quite to my taste

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I struggled to finish this one. The idea was original, it was just not presented as well as I'd thought it could be. Sadly, this will be a return.

The Past in the Present

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-18

The back story of The Battersea Barricades. Sometimes funny, sometimes odd and sometimes sad.

Beautifully and tightly crafted short story.

Yes, I cried.

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