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Andrew Foulds

Nottingham,uk
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  • A Vein of Deceit

  • The Fifteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

There is something very amiss in the finances of Michaelhouse. Despite a new influx of well-heeled students, there is an acute lack of funds for the upkeep of the buildings, even for decent provisions. It is only when the brother in charge of the account books dies unexpectedly that some sort of explanation is revealed: he has been paying large amounts of money for goods the college itself has never received.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More of the same

  • By Spiky Potplant on 01-01-18

What??

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

A very complicated mystery but also very enjoyable. I love the characters in these novels but apart from the main protagonists they don’t seem to last longer than a few books so don’t get used to them!

  • The Mark of a Murderer

  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

February 1355: Oxford explodes in one of the most serious riots of its history. Fearing for their lives, the scholars flee, and some choose the University at Cambridge as their temporary refuge. But they don't remain safe for long. Within hours of their arrival, the first of their number dies, followed quickly by a second. When Matthew Bartholomew begins to investigate the deaths, he uncovers evidence that the Oxford riot was not a case of random violence, but part of a carefully orchestrated plot.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good read

  • By Ruth on 25-10-08

Different Narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

The story was as good as ever and I like the characters but do not like this narrator as much as the usual one! He changed the characters significantly and even the pronunciation of their names!

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  • All of a Winter's Night

  • Merrily Watkins Mysteries, Book 14
  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

When Aidan Lloyd's bleak funeral is followed by a nocturnal ritual in the fog, it becomes all too clear that Aidan, son of a wealthy farmer, will not be resting in peace. Aidan's hidden history has reignited an old feud, and a rural tradition begins to display its sinister side. It's already a fraught time for Merrily Watkins, her future threatened by a bishop committed to restricting her role as diocesan exorcist for Hereford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, had me guessing up to the very end

  • By Simie on 25-11-17

9 Men’s Morris

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

A real return to form. Lots of dark themes here especially about things so familiar. Never have Morris Dancing seemed to dark but deep! To be honest the mystery behind this was incidental this was more an exploration of our lost connection to Nature and how it is expressed in modern life. Jane also comes into her own and for once Merrily is left to just go with the deep spirituality of the earth.

  • Winter's Fire

  • The Rise of Sigurd 2
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Sigurd Haraldarson has proven himself a great Viking warrior and a dangerous enemy. He has gone a long way towards avenging the murder of his family. And yet his vengeance is not complete. The oath breaker King Gorm - who betrayed Sigurd’s father - still lives, and, so long as the king draws breath, the scales remain unbalanced. But Sigurd and his wolf pack of warriors are not at full strength, and to confront the king now would mean death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Bloody Vikings!

  • By Simon on 17-04-16

Shield Wall!

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

Continuing the rollicking adventure. Sigurd uses his cunning and bravery in his quest to avenge his family.The story is well told and well read

  • God of Vengeance

  • The Rise of Sigurd 1
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

Norway, AD 785. It began with the betrayal of a lord by a king.... King Gorm puts Jarl Harald's family to the sword but makes one fatal mistake - he fails to kill Harald's youngest son, Sigurd. His kin slain, his village seized and its people taken as slaves, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him. Hunted by powerful men, he is unsure who to trust, and yet he has a small band of loyal followers at his side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blood, Betrayal, and Violent Vengeance

  • By Simon on 13-03-16

Boys Own

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

A rollicking good yarn! Brutal,visceral and bloody in places but also tremendously exciting and guaranteed to stir the blood. Plot is simple but who cares it’s not about that it’s about bloody vengeance!

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  • An Order for Death

  • The Seventh Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Believers in the theory of nominalism have set some Cambridge colleges at the throats of those who believe them to be heretics, and Michael, the senior proctor, has his work cut out to keep the peace. When a nominalist is murdered during a riot, Michael is certain he will easily find the killer amongst the Dominicans, but before he can get any sense out of them his junior proctor, Walcote, is found hanged, and he discovers that his trusted ally had arranged secret meetings at the St Ragelund Convent....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Carry on in the Cloisters

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-02-19

Nominalism

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have however enjoyed all the books in the series. I like the characters , the time period and the setting. I also enjoy the narration. It is hard to make all the characters sound different and I think the narrator does a good job here. Yes it follows a set formula but personally I like that.

  • A Deadly Brew

  • The Fourth Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

The fourth chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew continues the adventures of the 14th-century Cambridge physician when he is called to attend to two deaths from some poisoned wine. The opening of a new and very well-endowed college has created petty infighting amongst the academics as new appointments are made. The winter and spring have been appallingly wet, there is a fever outbreak amongst the poorer townspeople and the country is not yet fully recovered from the aftermath of the plague.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deadly Brew

  • By Andrew Foulds on 28-11-17

Deadly Brew

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

Reviewed: 28-11-17

I really enjoy these Bartholomew stories especially the two protagonists. It is complex without being over complicated and kept my interest. Looking forward to reading more in this series
I also enjoy the style of the narrator

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  • The Outcast Dead

  • Ruth Galloway, Book 6
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, a forbidding edifice that was once a prison. She believes the body may be that of infamous Victorian murderess Jemima Green. Called Mother Hook for her claw-like hand, Jemima was hanged in 1867 for the murder of five children in her care. DCI Harry Nelson has no time for long-dead killers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By Maggie on 14-09-15

Dramarama

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

I love this series but to be fair it's not really about crime solving. Yes there are crimes but to be honest they are simple and not too hard to solve. But the books strength is really in the characterisation . The story is really about Ruth and her family and friends and their lives. It's not deep but it is pleasing.