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Hither Page

Page & Sommers, Book 1
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Series: Page & Sommers, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

A jaded spy and a shell-shocked country doctor team up to solve a murder in postwar England.

James Sommers returned from the war with his nerves in tatters. All he wants is to retreat to the quiet village of his childhood and enjoy the boring, predictable life of a country doctor. The last thing in the world he needs is a handsome stranger who seems to be mixed up with the first violent death the village has seen in years. It certainly doesn't help that this stranger is the first person James has wanted to touch since before the war.

The war may be over for the rest of the world, but Leo Page is still busy doing the dirty work for one of the more disreputable branches of the intelligence service. When his boss orders him to cover up a murder, Leo isn't expecting to be sent to a sleepy village. After a week of helping old ladies wind balls of yarn and flirting with a handsome doctor, Leo is in danger of forgetting what he really is and why he's there. He's in danger of feeling things he has no business feeling. A person who burns his identity after every job can't put down roots.

As he starts to untangle the mess of secrets and lies that lurk behind the lace curtains of even the most peaceful-seeming of villages, Leo realizes that the truths he's about to uncover will affect his future and that of the man he's growing to care about.

©2019 Cat Sebastian (P)2020 Cat Sebastian

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Great production and narration

Great narration but the plot did not keep my interest, too drawn out.
I will listen to Joel again but think twice about another Cat Sebastian novel.

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Great story and fabulous narration

I read the book when it came out, and loved it, so couldn't wait to listen to the audio version. Joel Leslie does SUCH a good job with all (and I mean all) the character voices, as well as the story-telling and emotion. It's a lovely tale, and the narration is spot on.

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Nice story

I enjoyed the characters and the crime solving, but missed romance and emotions. Well narrated.

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  • Barb_T
  • 17-02-20

Outstand post-War England Mystery

This authentic English mystery, reminiscent of the work of Dame Agatha Christie, is brought to life with an outstanding performance by the very talented Joel Leslie. The mystery was complex, the cast of characters interesting and varied, and the voices so unique I was completely swept away. In fact, I was so caught up in the story and the ambiance of post-War England that I half expected an appearance by Miss Jane Marple.

This mystery stumped me, and that doesn’t happen often. I also grew very close to both MCs as the story progressed and rooted for them to find a measure of peace and, of course, to find each other. My heart broke for James, a country doctor who couldn’t stand the sight of blood. The war took its toll on this young man and by the end of the story, all I wanted was for someone (like Leo) to share his burdens and warm his heart (and his bed).

Leo Page, the other MC, was, in his own way, equally emotionally damaged. Leo is a spy, i.e., he works for the intelligence service and was sent to, ostensibly, solve a murder but, in reality, his job was to cover it up. He doesn’t expect to fall in love, however, and the attraction between he and James grows throughout the story.

Joel Leslie’s voices (and he has many – both male and female) formed a solid base for my enjoyment of this mystery, without a doubt. I felt as if I were sitting in front of an old-fashioned radio broadcast (with better clarity of sound, of course) as I listened to this “show” that had me on pins and needles as Leo and James puzzled the pieces to this outstanding mystery.

Needless to say, I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy a mystery romance, especially one with the flavor of the great mystery authors of the early twentieth century. This was amazing. Those who want extra value entertainment should definitely pick up the audio version.

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  • Dan
  • 16-02-20

Good story, narration a bit off

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book but Joel Leslie's pronouncing of certain words and place names was a trifle hard on the ears. That said, I hope there are more instalments.

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  • Cate F.
  • 16-02-20

Cozy Perfection!

Cat Sebastian has created a marvelous addition to the cozy mystery genre - tradition with a twist. Veterans of World War 2 suffering its after effects, two men falling in love, family secrets. It is a pleasure listening to such a well written book with characters having depth and genuine emotion. Good narrator.

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  • Annika
  • 13-02-20

I loved it and want more!

At times like these I wonder why I don’t read more historical romances. There’s something about the pacing that’s very comforting and soothing. It’s a nice change from the fast paced stories and lives of today. Even though Hither, Page is set post WWII with all that it entails, listening to this book felt almost like a mini-vacation – and one I’d happily go back to.

James is haunted by his time as a doctor in the war. Patching up one soldier after the next. His mind is fried and he wants nothing more than the pace and quiet a small town has to offer. That is until a dead body is discovered and Leo Page comes to town, turning his life upside down in the process.

Leo is anything from what he seems. Part of a secret organisation he’s travelled the world on one mission or another. Being a spy is all he knows, being alone is all he knows. With no place or family to call his own, he really is the perfect spy. And really, loved ones and roots are only obstacles and dangerous in his line of work. That is until he arrives in this quiet village, where things weren’t always what they seemed – and some things were.

I loved the pacing and setting of this book. The quiet, and not so quiet, sense of place. From the moment I started listening it really grabbed me, even before the characters and plot did. Though it wasn’t long until both Leo and James captivated me on their very own. I loved this book beginning to end and I can’t wait to see what will happen next.

James and Leo were perfect for each other, in that they were what the other needed; a home and peace, understanding. I don’t imagine being gay in that time was ever easy, but they really had something worth fighting for. They knew the value of it, at least in time.

The mystery part was engaging, with plenty pf clues and suspects. It had this Agatha Christie vibe to it, this gentler feeling, with no real sense of urgency or danger. It was more like “let’s figure this out, one step at a time”. I loved it, I want more.

I quite enjoyed listening to Joel Leslie narrating a historical romance again. It’s a good fit for him. He captured and gave the listener this sense of place and transported you back to post war England. He made you walk beside James treating the villagers, his exasperation when his ordinations were ignored, how the sight of blood transported him back to the battlefields. But also plotting and planning with Leo when his mind spun out of control with all the possibilities, looking at the invisible threads. But more than that I loved how he made you feel the connection between James and Leo.

Hither, Page was captivating beginning to end, and I just hope that we’ll see much more of this duo in the future - or past.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the narrator in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Tammy B Oakley
  • 12-02-20

Intriguing! 💜

This was a great “who done it?” mystery with a twist.
It reminded me a little of the game clue, with multiple suspects and outcomes etc. It was anyone’s guess and everyone had a guess lol.
The characters were fun and creative.
The narration was outstanding. Joel Leslie is certainly one of the most talented voice actors out there!!

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 28-03-20

Engaging story, great performance by Joel Leslie

Joel Leslie is one of my favorite audiobook performers. In fact, he is pretty much responsible for getting me hooked on audiobooks (along with author Victoria Sue). When he had a code giveaway recently, I was lucky enough to win one for Hither Page.

I found the story to be fun to listen to and I loved Leo and James. I thought the writing was very good. I was in awe of the many voices and accents that Joel Leslie had to do for this story; he is excellent at both male and female voices.

I will certainly be listening to more books by Cat Sebastian and audiobooks performed by Joel Leslie.

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  • Christine J.
  • 20-03-20

Cozy mystery meets m/m historical romance!

Although mysteries are not my usual genre to read and listen to, this one was fun, engaging, and quite touching.

The mystery itself is interesting, and the setting is absolutely to die for. Set in a small village in post-WWII England, the search for murderers amidst the idyll captures the reader’s attention and throws in all the typical red herrings and secret connections one expects to find in a small town murder mystery. The picturesque descriptions of the village, its meandering paths and roads, and the busy-ness of its inhabitants plop the reader into the story with immediacy and aplomb.

The real stars here are the characters, their quirkiness and charm richly drawn and cleverly intertwined within the ever-evolving storyline. The variety of personalities and their entertaining exchanges bring fun and authenticity to the pages and intensify the desire to know “whodunnit?”

Where the author truly shines, however, is in her development of her main characters. James is the village doctor who struggles with PTSD, and Leo is a world-weary spy. Their relationship blossoms in beautiful balance with the unfolding of the story, and their inner demons are exposed and elaborated upon without the narrative becoming maudlin or bogged down. Their attraction and emotional connection are sweet and genuine, and listening to their interactions is pure heaven.

Narrator Joel Leslie is a consummate performer, bringing lively exuberance and heartfelt passion to the vast array of characters in this story. His skill at a variety of voices and accents is clearly exhibited here, and listeners are treated to his undeniable finesse in bringing a range of emotions and personalities to life.

Overall, Hither, Page is an enjoyable journey into the genre of small town mystery with a delightful m/m historical romance developed along the way. It is at once comical, passionate, and intriguing, and I recommend it with 4 stars!

I was provided with a copy of the audio version of this book by its narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Alex
  • 28-02-20

Hither Page

A fun little mystery. Well written and well narrated. I am not sure readers had enough clues to solve the mystery themselves but it does not detract from enjoying the book.