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Christina Crawford

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Evil brother dilemma

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-03

Thoroughly enjoyable characters, story as always. My only complaint is the somewhat awkward introduction of the second older brother. Just didn’t quite ring true. Still an enjoyable performance, especially the verbal sparring between Derwent and Maeve.

Ghost story with a heart

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-03

Just finished this grand, wonderful story of a mansion haunted by misery and murder, during Labour Day weekend. Author builds her tale with rich detail of grand mansion and the eras in which several families lived in the place. I found it a bit slow, predictable at start, but Ms. Pulley did her magic again. I had goosebumps at ending as characters went through hell of an ordeal to redeem themselves. Next to Dead Key, this is my second favourite of her novels. Great entry for fall listening on dark, rainy nights. The narrator did a superb rendering of different voices of characters, esp. sullen teen Hunter.

Addicted to misery

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-25

Quite a remarkable, often frightening, story! We often hear of stories of Victims of addicts, family members, husbands, wives,, seldom hear about how addicts think, what creates the hell they create for themselves and others. Having survived a decade long relationship with an addict who lived the double life the author experienced, it was an eye opener to listen from the addict’s point of view. I felt compassion, more understanding than I had before. Definitely a worthwhile listen.

Glasgow Noir

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-16

Really enjoyed this second entry in Detective Harry McCoy police procedural series! Twists of plot, credible characters, ties of friendship forged in suffering colliding with the law. Perhaps there is too much violence, but it’s a tough city, best by crime and drug trade. The author did a great job making Harry more human, showing his dilemma in trying to be a loyal friend to a bad guy who defended Him when they were both doing time in a house of detention. Author showed much growth in plot and character development. The narrator should be commended for his rough Scottish burr which only added atmosphere to a dark, gritty tale.

Glasgow’s Opioid Crisis, circa 1973.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-07

Despite the over the top violence, this was a good story, well worth the listen. The story got more complex as it neared the final chapters, competent character development. However if this narrative got any grittier you’d have to scrape it off your shoes! The narrator kept the story engaging as the characters remained distinct. Looking forward to further painful adventures of Harry McCoy.

3 in 1, Home Run!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-14

Wow! What a roller coaster ride of a fantastic story which has many, exciting, scary moments. A former American spy, now long retired, is reactivated to save lives of female spies in Russia, Later he finds himself being accused of trading national secrets to Russians for cash to save his ailing business. There is no record of his recruitment to this assignment, he is in big trouble. No one believes his story. The action just doesn’t let up until the final exciting, surprise in a courtroom where Charlie Jenkins makes history in the espionage business. Writing was so vivid, narration made it come alive too, that I could see this unf9lding in my mind’s eye. Mr, Dugoni you have hit this one right out of the Park. More please.

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Evil thrives amidst chaos

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-31

Could not stop listening to such a detailed story of New York and the Mob in the late 19400s. Drug addiction was around back then too, creating misery, among poor and rich. The history of that time is vividly told in the characters introduced to the listener. A sadistic killer appears in Italy, gorging on its poverty, and hunger during last years of WW11. This same murderer comes to New York to find more victims .. Just wonderful story with history added. The God of poverty and despair thrives forever, especial in wars and their aftermath.

Holy Crow.! Do Not Miss This One!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-15

I almost dismissed this audiobook as a seaside S cottish seaside village cozy mystery with a thunderstorm for drama.
Hohum! However I stuck with it a little longer, and was really riveted to my chair, listening as a parade of eccentric, villagers appeared. Each one contributes to the tale, but in most unexpected, twists and turns. I have seldom met a more, cunning, yet so ordinary literary villain, so reasonable,but so deadly! The local police are not the village coppers you would expect. They have their motives, their ambition that fuels the tale as well. The village seems so l9vely nestled next to a large forest, but beware. Hurry, Mr. Skewis, gives more stories about DI Jack, about to retire. This is a stand out book!

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Another thoughtful visit with Dave Robicheaux

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-13

Although Mr. Burke uses some familiar plot lines, his daughter Alafair’s unfortunate choice of male companions, the greed of aspiring wealthy trying to undermine Louisiana lands and hard working people, I still look forward to spending time and adventure with Dave and Clete. IBurke’s eloquence, wisdom in writing about his family history in his beloved Louisiana always draws me in. These are worth listening to, those beautiful, sad memories of a bygone, happier time when life was hard. Have to say I loved this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Dynamic new partnership

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-11-02

Wow! Couldn’t stop listening to this story. There is the usual subtle character development, deft handling of emotional connections between characters, Always an interesting plot. The friendship between Harry and Renee grows s,ow,y, and certainly not without its doubts, and differences in approach to police work. Each recognizes a kindred spirit, wanting justice, going that extra bit to solve a case. Renee balances Harry’s more relaxed view of procedure with a more disciplined approach to the legal system. However she, like, Bosch bends the rules too, the secret of their ability to solve almost forgotten old cases. Great stuff, and avidly looking forward to future adventures of Bosch and Ballard. Thanks for wonderful entertainment t, Mr. Connelly!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful