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    • Strangeways to Oldham

    • The Belchester Chronicles, Book 1
    • By: Andrea Frazer
    • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    Lady Amanda Golightly of Belchester Towers is a person in complete contrast to the stereotypical image of her upper-class breeding. She is short, portly, and embarrassingly forthright. On a visit to a local nursing home, she unexpectedly discovers a long-lost friend, Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton-Crump - and stumbles upon a murder. The pair turn to sleuthing after Lady Amanda reports her appalling discovery to the local police inspector, who treats her as a silly old biddy with an overactive imagination.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb entertainment, a laugh a minute

    • By Mrs W. on 25-02-17

    Regular price: £16.49

    • White Christmas with a Wobbly Knee

    • The Belchester Chronicles, Book 2
    • By: Andrea Frazer
    • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    The second in the series featuring a madcap pair of amateur sleuths and a delightful outpouring of upper-class English eccentricities - with the odd murder thrown in. Lady Amanda Golightly, eccentric resident of the sprawling Belchester Towers, has a new venture: guided tours. To celebrate she invites a horde of old chums to a trial run at Christmas, complete with tasty nibbles. However, things don't go to plan - a dead guest is discovered slumped on the library table.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulously, funny..

    • By JM Manington on 13-11-16

    Regular price: £17.19

    • The Glass Room

    • A Vera Stanhope Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 398
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 340
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 337

    When one of DI Vera Stanhope's hippy neighbours goes missing, she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. It's an easy job to track the young woman down to a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to work through their novels. It gets complicated when a body is discovered and Vera's neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over to someone else, but the investigation is too tempting.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen

    • By melanie on 06-07-12

    Regular price: £15.09

    • Silent Voices

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 478
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 405
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 402

    When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if she’s uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim’s throat…Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant Narration!

    • By Emma on 08-07-11

    Regular price: £15.09

    • Snowballs and Scotch Mist

    • The Belchester Chronicles, Book 3
    • By: Andrea Frazer
    • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Lady Amanda Golightly receives an invitation to spend Burns' Night with friends in Scotland. Although she is dismissive of the idea, her chum Hugo is thrilled at the thought and persuades her to agree to the trip. With Beauchamp, her long-suffering manservant, and her friend, Enid Tweedie, the four head to Rumdrummond Castle for a 'wee break'. Before long, however, murder enters their lives once more, and they begin to suspect some very dirty dealing is going on under the respectable veneer of castle life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • PERFECT SUNDAY AFTERNOON ENTERTAINMENT

    • By Highlight on 06-08-17

    Regular price: £17.89

    • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    • By: Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 472
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 445
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 444

    Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. Philby's two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Retold with Gripping Narrative

    • By Pippa Lamb on 14-10-14

    Regular price: £22.09

    • Old Moorhen's Shredded Sporran

    • The Belchester Chronicles, Book 4
    • By: Andrea Frazer
    • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Lady Amanda Golightly and her housemate Hugo Cholmondeley-Crichton-Crump return from their visit to Scotland to find a letter informing them that Hugo's sister will be arriving the following day for a month's visit, which sours Lady A's mood as Tabitha constantly bullied her at school. If that wasn't enough, it appears that, while they were away, the security of Belchester Towers was breached and somebody is systematically killing off the staff.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this series

    • By Mrs Gee on 11-10-17

    Regular price: £17.89

    • The Merchant's House

    • By: Kate Ellis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    DS Wesley Peterson, newly arrived in the West Country town of Tradmouth, has his hands full when a child goes missing and a young woman is brutally murdered on a lonely cliff path. Then his old friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, unearths the skeletons of a strangled woman and a newborn baby in the cellar of an ancient merchant's house nearby. As the investigation continues, Wesley begins to suspect that these deaths, centuries apart, may be linked by age-old motives of jealousy, a sexual obsession and desperate longing.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not a bad story

    • By JPH on 30-01-18

    Regular price: £19.29

    • Still Waters

    • By: Katie Flynn
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Living on the edge of the beautiful Norfolk Broads with her father, the only ripple in Tess Delamere's calm life is the disturbing dream about her dead mother which haunts her. She yearns to know more, but the arrival of a new stepmother heralds the end of Tess' hopes that her father might divulge the past. As she grows up, Tess slowly starts to put together the pieces herself. But the outbreak of war brings tragedy and upheaval, changing Tess' priorities....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It's ok

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

    Regular price: £27.99

    • The Skeleton Room

    • By: Kate Ellis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    When workmen converting former girls' boarding school Chadleigh Hall into a luxury hotel discover a skeleton in a sealed room, DI Wesley Peterson and his boss, Gerry Heffernan, are called in to investigate. But within minutes they have a second suspicious death on their hands: a team of marine archaeologists working on a nearby shipwreck have dragged a woman's body from the sea. And it becomes clear that her death was no accident. The dead woman's husband may be linked with a brutal robbery of computer equipment, but Wesley soon discovers that the victim had secrets of her own....

    Regular price: £21.39

    • Monsoon Summer

    • By: Julia Gregson
    • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
    • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Oxfordshire, 1947. Exhausted by the war and nursing a tragic secret, Kit Smallwood flees to Wickam Farm to recuperate. There she throws herself into helping set up a charity sending midwives to India. Then Kit meets Anto, a handsome, complicated but charming trainee doctor nearing the end of his English education, and she falls utterly in love. But when Anto informs his family that he is to return home with an English bride, his parents are appalled.

    Regular price: £23.49

    • The Birds and the Bees

    • By: Milly Johnson
    • Narrated by: Becky Hindley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only a week to go till her wedding when her fiancé Matthew runs off with her glamorous friend Jo MacLean. But Stevie knows exactly how to win her man back. Adam MacLean is aslo determined to get back his lady, Jo. All he needs to do is convince Stevie that they should team up – a prospect neither of them finds attractive, seeing as each blames the other for the mess they now find themselves in.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not the usual narrator for Milly Johnson

    • By Linzi on 25-08-14

    Regular price: £15.09

    • Lord James Harrington and the Summer Mystery

    • By: Lynn Florkiewicz
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    It’s summer, and the annual tennis tournament between Cavendish and Charnley is underway, but a sudden spate of jewel thefts prompts James to put his sleuthing hat on. His investigation suggests that the criminals are using an ancient smuggling network. Can he convince his good friend, DCI George Lane, of his suspicions? Has the smuggling network reopened? Are the two cyclists really tourists? Is the murder of the tennis umpire connected? Could a long-term resident really be a criminal mastermind? 

    Regular price: £27.69

    • Lord James Harrington and the Winter Mystery

    • By: Lynn Florkiewicz
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    1957. Lord James Harrington and his wife, Beth, run a country hotel in the village of Cavendish, deep in the heart of West Sussex. James and Beth are discussing the latest Cavendish Players production, The Devil Incarnate, when their cleaner informs them that farmer Alec Grimes is missing.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Thin, anachronistic piffle

    • By Fi on 04-04-18

    Regular price: £19.29

    • The Plague Maiden

    • By: Kate Ellis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When a letter arrives at Tradmouth police station addressed to a DCI Norbert it causes quite a stir. For though DCI Norbert has long since moved on, the letter claims to have evidence that the man convicted of murdering the Rev. Shipbourne, Vicar of Belsham, during a robbery in 1991 is innocent. Despite having a full caseload, DI Wesley Peterson is forced to at least follow up on the claims. Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson is excavating a site in Pest Field. He discovers a mass grave that leads him to conclude that the site is one of an ancient medieval plague pit. But, more disturbing, is the discovery that the grave is home to a more recent resident....

    Regular price: £22.79

    • A Painted Doom

    • By: Kate Ellis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Teenager Lewis Hoxworthy discovers a disturbing painting in a medieval barn - a discovery which excites archaeologist Neil Watson, who is excavating an ancient manor house nearby. But when former rock star Jonny Shellmer is found shot through the head in Lewis' father's field and Lewis himself goes missing after contacting a man on the Internet, Detective Inspector Wesley Peterson and his boss, Gerry Heffernan, face one of their most intriguing cases yet. It seems that the Devon village of Derenham is not only full of resident celebrities seeking the rural idyll but also of secrets, ancient and modern. 

    Regular price: £21.39

    • The Liverpool Rose

    • By: Katie Flynn
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Lizzie is an orphan living with her aunt Annie, uncle Perce and two boy cousins within a stone's throw of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Lizzie loves her aunt but is hated by her uncle. She makes friends with Geoff Gardiner, another orphan, and is teaching him to swim in the Scaldy when Clem Gilligan rescues the pair of them from drowning. Clem works on the canal boat, The Liverpool Rose, with Jake Pridmore and his wife, plying between the great cities of Leeds and Liverpool. Lizzie's situation at home starts to worsen and eventually she is forced to flee. Her first instinct is to make for the canal, but finding Clem is not so easy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen

    • By Amazon Customer on 19-05-18

    Regular price: £24.19

    • District Nurse on Call

    • By: Donna Douglas
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    West Yorkshire, 1926. After completing her training in Steeple Street, Agnes is looking forward to making her mark as the village's first district nurse, confident she can make a difference in the locals' lives. But when she arrives, she's treated with suspicion, labelled just another servant of the wealthy mine owners. The locals would much rather place their trust in the resident healer, Nella Black.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved it! couldn't stop listening

    • By Amazon Customer on 17-10-17

    Regular price: £23.49

    • Chasing Rainbows

    • By: Katie Flynn
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Is love just an illusion? To the outside, Clare has everything: a beautiful home, a devoted husband and daughter, and plenty of money. But she is bored. Her husband Clive spends most of the year abroad - but what does he do after work hours? And her daughter Sally claims to spend all her time with horses and homework - but what about boys? Lonely, thwarted and unfulfilled - and against Clive's wishes - Clare takes a job managing a café.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must read

    • By Lisa on 05-12-17

    Regular price: £26.59

    • Time to Say Goodbye

    • By: Katie Flynn
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Imogen, Rita and Debby all missed the original evacuation and now the authorities are finding it difficult to place them. When Auntie and her niece, Jill, who run the Canary and Linnet Public House, offer to take them in, the billeting officer is greatly relieved. The countryside is heaven to the three little townies, especially after they meet Woody and Josh. They find that by climbing to the top of a tree they are able to watch the comings and goings of the young fighter pilots.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-12-15

    Regular price: £15.79

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