Solve: 5 Dangerous Dames

These unforgettable crime-fighting dames have held on to their brilliant narrators through a series

Mysteries get a lot of attention from AudioFile Editors, and this month we’re taking a look at the “dangerous dames” of audiobooks. Here are just a few of our favorites—let us know yours in the comments below!

Murder and Mendelssohn

PHRYNE FISHER: Kerry Greenwood’s creation, Miss Fisher is brilliantly performed by Stephanie Daniel, from COCAINE BLUES (#1 in the series) to MURDER AND MENDELSSOHN (#20). The TV series, “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries,” has helped to bring on more fans.

Girl Waits with Gun

CONSTANCE KOPP: Amy Stewart’s first Kopp Sisters mystery, GIRL WAITS WITH GUN —based on one one of the first American female deputies—was a hit and picked up an Earphones Award for Christina Moore. Number two in the series, LADY COPY MAKES TROUBLE, just received a second accolade.

Journey to Munich
MAISIE DOBBS: Another “dame” in a historical setting, MAISIE DOBBS  was introduced to us by author Jacqueline Winspear twelve episodes back, and just after WWI. The latest, JOURNEY TO MUNICH, brings us to just before WWII. We love narrator Orlagh Cassidy as Maisie.

Killer Look

ALEXANDRA COOPER: Back in the hard-hitting world of the New York City District Attorney’s office, Linda Fairstein’s Alex Cooper has 18 titles, from FINAL JEOPARDY to the recent KILLER LOOK. And, of course, Golden Voice narrator Barbara Rosenblat is a dangerous dame all on her own.

Turbo Twenty-Three

STEPHANIE PLUM: Janet Evanovich and narrator Lorelei King are a natural pair in the Stephanie Plum series. Listeners will find Lorelei’s sassy Stephanie from #7, SEVEN UP, all the way up to  TRICKY TWENTY-TWO, with the newest, TURBO TWENTY-THREE, coming out in November 2016.

Long series often give these dames plenty of time to get in plenty of trouble, and to pick up a following. When a great narrator teams with the author long-term, listeners enjoy each perfect pair.

We’d be at this list for a long time if we covered every dangerous dame & her narrator double. Please add your favorites!

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Solve: The Woman in Cabin 10

Mystery awaits aboard a small cruise ship

Your next cruise vacation may never be the same. Imogen Church delivers a full measure of travel writer Lo Blacklock’s paranoia and ambiguity in THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10.

The Woman in Cabin 10
THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10
Ruth Ware, read by Imogen Church
Simon & Schuster Audio
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Narrator Imogen Church maintains an atmosphere of ambiguity and paranoia in this cleverly plotted mystery. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.

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Solve: The City of Mirrors

The final title in The Passage trilogy

Scott Brick’s expressive delivery of Justin Cronin’s trilogy has gained fans starting with the momentum of THE PASSAGE. Brick injects emotion into even the smallest subplot and intensifies the drama.

The City of Mirrors

 THE CITY OF MIRRORS
Justin Cronin, read by Scott Brick
Random House Audio

After a century in postapocalyptic Texas, people have become complacent about the “virals” (vampires) beyond the walls of the cities and have begun to move outside. Scott Brick shines as a narrator—especially with his prodigious ability to deliver fast-paced dialogue and action. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.

AudioFile had a chance to go Behind the Mic with narrator Scott Brick to hear about his experience with Justin Cronin’s trilogy.

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Solve: Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Not exactly a cozy, but a historical mystery worth your listening time

Set in pre-WWI New Jersey and New York, Constance Kopp’s appointment as a deputy sheriff is challenged, and the spirited Kopp sisters are again making their own way as crime fighters.

Lady Cop Makes Trouble

LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE
by Amy Stewart, read by Christina Moore
Recorded Books
AudioFile Earphones Award

Christina Moore’s narration continues to shine in this sequel to GIRL WAITS WITH GUN. Moore captures Constance’s personality perfectly, at times vulnerable, but more often a strong and determined turn of the century woman who feels she has finally found her calling. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review HERE.

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Solve: The Wreckage

Today’s selection from Michael Robotham will give your Monday a thrill

Sean Barrett knows the territory of THE WRECKAGE after several Robotham thrillers featuring Joseph O’Loughlin and here, ex-detective Vincent Ruiz. Barrett brings a rich, value-adding performance to  Robotham’s complex new tale.

The Wreckage
THE WRECKAGE
by Michael Robotham, read by Sean Barrett
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Barrett handles a UN Assembly of accents with effortless polish, and his pacing as the two plots race side by side is irresistible. Listen to a sound clip and read our review HERE.

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Solve: A Great Reckoning

Enjoy a visit to Louise Penny’s Three Pines, where there’s always a mystery brewing

Robert Bathurst is a new voice to Louise Penny‘s series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, but listen to the distinctive and delightful stamp he puts on the characters.

A Great Reckoning
A GREAT RECKONING
by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst
Macmillan Audio

The future of the Sûreté depends—once again—on Gamache’s ability to clean out corruption at the Academy du Quebec and to solve a mystery much closer to the village of Three Pines. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review HERE.

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Solve: All the Missing Girls

Could your mystery listens use a new twist? This week’s pick delivers!

Small towns always seem to have secrets, and Cooley Ridge is no exception. Rebekkah Ross uses a coolly detached voice to narrate this spellbinding mystery–told backwards, starting on the fifteenth day after the disappearance of Annaleise.

All The Missing Girls
ALL THE MISSING GIRLS
by Megan Miranda, read by Rebekkah Ross
Simon & Schuster Audio
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As the layers of this atmospheric mystery are peeled back, Ross subsumes herself into the story and engages listeners in discovering the truth of what happened to ALL THE MISSING GIRLS. Read our full review and listen to a sound clip here.

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Solve: Under the Harrow

AudioFile editors get your week off to a fast start. This Monday’s thriller starts at the get-go.

Flynn Berry charges every word of this taut thriller with action and drama and narrator Fiona Hardingham delivers the intriguing characters and evocative descriptions.

Under the Harrow
UNDER THE HARROW
by Flynn Berry, read by Fiona Hardingham
Blackstone Audio

This psychological thriller is the perfect vehicle for Hardingham’s appealing British accent. Nora’s obsessive search for her sister’s murderer should keep listeners riveted.  Read our full review and listen to a sound clip here

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Solve: You Will Know Me

Could your Mondays use a little thrill? AudioFile Magazine editors share their mystery favorites each week.

A high-stakes family drama set in the world of competitive gymnastics. Abbott delivers an education about “amateur” sports in America and the hidden costs of ambition.

You Will Know Me
YOU WILL KNOW ME
by Megan Abbott, read by Lauren Fortgang
Hachette Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

Narrator Lauren Fortgang gives this gripping audiobook a supple and quietly dazzlingly performance. An AudioFile Earphones title worth your listening time! Read our full review and listen to a sound clip here.

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Solve: Dark Matter

Could your Mondays use a surreal thrill? AudioFile Magazine editors have a mind-bender for you this week.

Is this a dream or real life? Can Jason get back to his real life, or is this it? This novel explores how the person we become is defined by the events we encounter.

Dark Matter
DARK MATTER
by Blake Crouch, read by Jon Lindstrom
Random House Audio

Narrator Jon Lindstrom narrates Blake Crouch’s mind-bending thriller in rich appealing tones. Want to be sure it’s worth your listening time? Read our full review and listen to a sound clip HERE.

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