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Christina Crawford

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Third is best of series!

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Reviewed: 2020-12-04

I’ve enjoyed all 3 Kat Kinsella novels, but the last one is easily my favourite. This plot has more development. More characters you both dislike and feel sympathy for at same time. There’s plenty of policing detail, scrutinizing alibis previously accepted, just digging a little deeper to crack a case. The police corruption was well hidden, and well portrayed by Ms Frear. Just a very entertaining, unexpected plot with many unexpected turns. Looking forward to hearing About Katz’s move to New York!

Good mystery based on WW2 events

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Reviewed: 2020-12-01

This was a satisfying mystery as my parents lived in war torn Bremerhaven until my Dad immigrated to Canada in 1955. I remember the hardships my Mom told of everyday life after the War. She lined up for soup made from cows’ entrails, struggling to get enough to eat, stay warm especially as she was a newMom in 1948. Rationing, always rationing, and hoping to find some sheets to make into diapers for me. I liked that the author established a rapport between the British officer, and CI Frank Stave, establishing a basis for better times in the future. Stave be.ie Ed the British treated their former Germany, fairly. Also refreshing to hear the German place names, common German terms pronounced well. A less skilled narrator would have mangled the pronunciation, and so detracting from the flow, accuracy of the story. Narrator made it easy to tell the characters apart as each received a distinctive voice. Really the two entries in the Frank Stave mysteries, and enjoyed listening to my native language. History presented in an absorbing fashion. Can we expect more CI Stave ysteries?

Story within a story!

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Reviewed: 2020-11-13

This was wonderful entertainment. Never lags, always keeps you guessing with literary clues,. Just superb entertainmentf while knitting socks for my grandson. Kept knitting so I could keep listening to resolution of next plot twist/turn!

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Outstanding legal drama!

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Reviewed: 2020-10-30

A most unusual plot pitting an angry, young woman suffering from debilitating bouts of depression against the British legal system. Tabitha is accused of murdering an elderly male teacher who sexually abused her as a shy, unpopular, bookish teen. She is placed in jail awaiting trial. A court appointed lawyer advises that she plead guilty to manslaughter under diminished mental capacity. Always the rebel mistrustful of authority, she fires her lawyer, and prepares, from her jail cell, to defend herself. She hardly knows what a tough assignment she’s given herself, but she fights with gritty determination to find whT really happened that December 21. She believes she is innocent, but has only sketchy memory of that day. Twists, and turns, Tabitha and her courtroom “associate” fight to her not guilty of murder. It’s an emotional journey to see an angry, defiant woman grow into a stronger sense of her place in a society that has mostly rejected her for being different, highly intelligent. I loved this audiobook!

Well researched Irish Noir

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Reviewed: 2020-10-17

Usually books based on Irish Troubles don’t hold my interest, but this is a notable exception. An exciting, richly detailed police procedural based partly on murder of the Black Dahlia in US about 70 odd years ago. In 1993, when this story unfolds , chilling murders of prostitutes have taken place in a local, shady nightclub. A young constable tries to establish a link between killing of American victim Elizabeth Short and current victims by studying cold cases of similar murders. He soon learns that these deaths go back into the history of his own father and his political friends, many of whom are corrupt. There is so much detail presented that you feel you are watching a live production. The narrator, Aidan Kelly, really kept the voices in Character. Never lost track of who was who. This was an unexpectedly good listen.

No Garden of Eden here

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Reviewed: 2020-10-09

This audiobook would get my vote as one of the most memorable listens of 2020. Cal Hooper, a disillusioned Chicago cop, retires to the a small village in Ireland, hoping to find peace, in the quiet countryside. Yes, the story is a bit long at first, but it sets the stage for what comes after. Cal hopes to find a simple country life among good, uncomplicated country folk , a Garden of Eden away from cold hustle of cities. Well, unfortunately this Garden also has snakes and rotten apples in it. Evil plays no geographic favorites. A vivid portrayal of a range of fully colored characters, it’s a grand tale. As for the accents,Roger Clark handled both American and Irish accents deftly. The accents in no way detracted from the story. I loved the audiobook, hated for it to end!

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Rebus back in action!

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Reviewed: 2020-10-04

An exciting return of Rebus in a more active mode. He may have slowed down, but his detecting skills are skilled as ever. Samantha, Rebus’ daughter call for him to help find her missing husband. If Rebus hoped for a happy reunion with his daughter and granddaughter, he is in for a rude awakening. Samantha is stressed, miserable, and not ready to forgive her father for his estrangement over the years of her childhood. Rebus becomes involved in a local mystery which has its roots in an internment camp dating back to WW2. Meanwhile back at home, police, including Siobhan, and Malcolm Fox, have their own problems, a murder, and a missing aristocrat who owns land near the village where Rebus’ daughter resides. So good to See Rebus actively investigating, instead of being treated like a dinosaur, a has been. Nice work, Mr. Rankin.

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Good friends have your back, fantastic listen!

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Reviewed: 2020-09-10

Mr. Lansdale wrote a superb story on friendship, loss, and living well, good times or not. Throw in a clever mystery, a hero with an unusual ability to see past crimes in loud sounds, and 2 loyal friends to create an unforgettable audio listen. Couldn’t stop listening to see what happens next! The narrator is an extraordinary vocal artist as each character has his own voice. Time well spent!

Old landmarks hold mystery

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Reviewed: 2020-09-04

As I’ve always been drawn to old, abandoned landmarks, buildings, I decided to give this a go. Quite an engaging tale about a century old circus building supposedly haunted by a murder years ago. Narrator did a commendable job, no difficulty in keeping characters straight. However the stilted dialogue of Pippas adoptive father, and that of her fiancé, Forrest, are just a bit over the top! Straight out of Charles Dickens! They do remind the listener of Ebeneezer Scrooge, mean spirited bullies. The plot developments, insights into circus life kept me engaged throughout, enjoyable!

Great Norwegian noir

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Reviewed: 2020-08-25

Froelich, a “retired” police detective now a private one, is hired to find a lost sister and a lost witness to a 30 year old marine mystery. Along the way, reader discovers the rudiments of Norwegian immigration laws. Not always pretty. The cause of the fiery blaze on the ferry was never solved despite govt, and police reports, Relatives of those killed in fire accuse police and govt, of corruption and incompetence. I found the digging into old accounts of an incident to be fascinating as the past comes to life. I was glued to my IPad throughout story!