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Great book 2 of the Lewis Trilogy

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Reviewed: 2020-05-31

Peter May does it again! This is excellent story telling with vivid descriptive language that places the listener/reader in the middle of it all. I can't wait to go through the final book of the series.

The narration by Peter Forbes is spot on.

Another very good start for Costello and Richards

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-05-24

A new series start for fun and mystery. This book and the ones in the Mydworth Mysteries series are short and a lot of fun - just what we need in the time of Covid-19. I look forward to many more in both series.

A humourous tour de force

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Reviewed: 2020-05-23

This is a book to savour for its great writing, humour and storytelling. I enjoyed it thoroughly, as I have M. Richler's other books.

Lots of fun!

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Reviewed: 2020-05-19

If this first book in the series is any indication, I will be listening to all of them. It definitely is a cozy mystery - fun, short and solved by a pair of simpatico main characters. Well done.

Another great outing by Joy Ellis

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2020-05-15

I really enjoy reading a Joy Ellis book, regardless of series on a regular basis. Her writing is very approachable and her stories have the right amount of twists to be satisfying. As always, Henrietta Meire does her excellent job with the narration of the D. I. Galena series.

The Simeon and Maigret 'partnership' starts

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-05-11

Having never read Simeon, this start to his Maigret creation is very good. It is a short book, but it includes all the traits of much longer police procedurals. It makes a very good case for 'less is more.'

The narration by Gareth Armstrong is solid.

Very well written

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Reviewed: 2020-05-09

A very unique and creative book. There is much in it to think about with large doses of reality and humour. Very well done!

Interesting collection of stories

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-05-06

I read/listen to very few short stories, usually from masters of the craft. This collection did not satisfy me completely. I saw myself peeking into people's lives that I had no interest in. Very nice experimental attempt.

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A moralistic 19th century Russian soap opera

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-05-04

Undoubtedly this is a well-written book, but ultimately it is a soap opera with many philosophical discussion points. Great characterizations of everyday, albeit fairly well-off indulgent folks that simply did not move me. I could not engage with the story or characters fully.

My ambivalence toward this work is more of a reflection of the books that I enjoy rather than the book itself. After all, this is a deservedly lauded classic.

I found the narration by Maggie Gyllenhaal to be faultless.

Great introduction to Morse

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-04-26

In my experience, one can never go wrong with a Morse story, whether in print, TV or audio. The literate writing reflecting Colin Dexter's career adds a little class to the whole 'endeavor'.

Very good narration by Samuel West.