Vivienne Leheny's steady delivery and warm tone welcome listeners into Laurie R. King's latest novel, a contemporary mystery set in California. While different from King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, it features an equally intriguing female detective in Raquel Laing, a police department cold case investigator. While working to identify victims of a 1970s serial killer,... Read More
Jim Frangione voices the latest installment in the much-loved Chet and Bernie mystery series. Listeners familiar with the series know that it is narrated by Chet, canine partner of private investigator Bernie Little. Frangione wisely chooses not to try to sound dog-like, while still capturing Chet's openness and humor. Chet often fails to understand a turn of phrase and is... Read More
Harlan Coben challenged fellow authors to produce short audio-original thrillers inspired by birds of prey. The result is a gripping and varied collection of expertly narrated mini-thrillers. Listeners are treated to an introduction by Coben himself, and then each story is introduced by its author, who shares their experience with meeting the challenge. The theme is very... Read More
In true Grisham style, this audiobook has a rich historical background, which narrator Michael Beck weaves through its tale of deceit, betrayal, and murder. Two boys, Keith Rudy and Hugh Malco, grow up as friends in 1960s Biloxi, Mississippi. They remain friends until their teen years when Keith's father becomes a well-known prosecutor and Hugh's father becomes the biggest... Read More
The great Fiona Shaw’s performance of this third outing for the Thursday Murder Club is a multilayered joy. Her technique is impeccable as she delivers the deliciously funny dialogue of Osman’s elderly characters. Just for instance, late in the plot, sweet, fluttery little Joyce, who already has a Ukrainian money-laundering czar hiding out in her spare room, finds a 6’7”... Read More
The thrilling cat-and-mouse game played by a serial killer named Jeremy and the local forensic pathologist comes chillingly alive through a tense narration by Sophie Amoss and Joe Knezevich. Knezevich fully realizes the gratification Jeremy experiences when he describes in graphic detail what he does to his victims, always thinking ahead to his next quarry. The pure evil in his... Read More
Johnathan McClain's gravelly voice is perfect for narrating this thriller laced with descriptions of high-tech computing. Chrysalis hires deep-voiced Jeremy Logan to foil a blackmailer who has no qualms about murdering--first, corporate officers and then, customers--to get his money on the eve of the launch of a virtual-reality invention that will turn the world on its head.... Read More
The two fine narrators of this compelling and intricate puzzle voice characters who don't know each other, and certainly don't know that they are caught in a single conundrum. Nathalie Buscombe's Saffron is overseeing a remodeling project at her beloved granny's Cotswold cottage when the contractors discover a pair of bodies buried under the patio. Elsewhere, likable, anxious... Read More
Simon Vance is a master voice actor, preternaturally skilled with accents, whether from Stockholm or Kabul, upper class or gutter thug. He's an ideal fit with David Lagercrantz, the Swedish thriller writer who presents here a Sherlock Holmes simulacrum for a new and global century. Hans Rekke is a brilliantly deductive psychology professor, musically gifted eccentric, and... Read More
Narrator Helen Lloyd transports listeners to rural Suffolk during WWII as villagers prepare to house a group of children who have been evacuated from London. Josephine Tey, a character based on a real-life Scottish mystery writer of the same name, and fellow residents find their lives turned upside down as a series of events uncovers sinister secrets. Lloyd's clear narration... Read More
Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby and his team are called out to a cultish New Age commune to determine the cause of a series of brutal murders in the third installment of Midsomer Murders, narrated exquisitely by John Hopkins. Hopkins brings his ample talent and experience to the task, giving voice to this large cast of quirky characters and building suspense with perfect... Read More
Wisconsin bookstore owner and cryptozoologist Morgan Carter is successfully brought to life by narrator Susan Bennett. Morgan's sideline is hunting cryptids, creatures of unproven existence, such as Bigfoot. When police chief Jon Flanders turns to her for help solving the mystery behind a series of bodies found with injuries apparently caused by a lake monster, she accepts the... Read More
Akira Matsumoto's performance takes listeners to post-WWII Japan's inner sea and the remote and clannish fishing island of Gokumon. Detective Kosuke Kindaichi, voiced with a crackly voice, arrives on Gokumon with two messages: The powerful Kito clan boss's son, Chimata-san, is dead, and his three stepsisters are in mortal danger. Matsumoto uses a variety of Australian accents... Read More
The latest in Connelly's Harry Bosch/Renée Ballard series is a gift to fans with its engrossing plot and intriguing characters delivered by exceptional narrators. Titus Welliver, portraying Bosch, and Christine Lakin, voicing Ballard, each take the lead in alternating chapters, coming together in the characters' dialogue. Together, they create a genuine world for listeners to... Read More
Jean-Marc Berne is the perfect narrator for this punch-packing tale of how, on the death of his daughter, Mario plunges to ever more horrifying depths as he seeks to clear his debts and save his marriage. Berne's narration is spot-on, expertly using accents to differentiate the characters. Notably, his authentic narration of the Spanish sentences and paragraphs helps set the... Read More
P.J. Ochlan narrates this WWII story of a Paris detective, Henri Lefort, who has one week to solve the murder of a German officer in the Louvre or face the fatal consequences. Lefort is given a short list of suspects by German authorities but is not allowed to visit the crime scene or see the body. What is everyone hiding--including Lefort himself, who must face his secret... Read More
On a remote island in Maine, approximately 10 years after the Covid pandemic, a group of seven friends in their late 20s seek isolation in the face of another pandemic. Narrator Imani Jade Powers adeptly captures their voices, tones, and emotions as the story unfolds over a few months. Soon tension develops due to the worldwide situation, a building mystery relating to one... Read More
Author Kim Sherwood was selected by Ian Fleming's family to write a contemporary trilogy extending the world of James Bond (007). Narrator Pippa Bennett-Warner successfully portrays the numerous central and secondary characters, male and female, of various nationalities. Her posh English accent is easy to listen to. The story introduces a new generation of secret agents who are... Read More
Nicol Zanzarella portrays Patton Harcourt, a small-town librarian in North Carolina who suffers from PTSD relating to her secret history as an intelligence officer. Zanzarella captures Patton's cool composure when her quiet morning is interrupted by sniper fire aimed at her kitchen. When she stumbles upon a plot to rediscover the Nazis' lost formula for Project Alchemy, her... Read More
Imogen Church gives a knockout performance of Nicci French's unsatisfying stand-alone whodunnit. Jude, now a successful doctor, is startled when, after 11 years without contact, her former boyfriend, Liam, appears to ask for a favor. She agrees, although the sketchy details give her pause but not enough to stop her from carrying out Liam's instructions. As Jude, Church is... Read More
David Chandler returns to narrate the nineteenth book in his series featuring Cork O'Connor, now a private investigator in remote northern Minnesota. He is hired to find a missing woman by a man he suspects is posing as her husband. Chandler's measured voice paints a picture of the stalwart investigator as his search takes him deep into the woods, where hundred-year-old Native... Read More
Brittany Pressley's narration is captivating as she portrays Ginette, a former actress who is trying to find rest in suburban New York in 1959, per her doctor's orders. But strange noises and an unsettling feeling of being watched make it difficult for Ginette to sleep in her new home. She becomes infatuated with watching her neighbors and creating stories for them. Her... Read More
Narrator Kirby Heyborne takes on this oddly humorous, somewhat macabre tale of murder. The author describes his story of the 2017 massacre of six people in a fast food joint in Jonny, Iowa, as a "true-crime-style mockumentary." Heyborne's matter-of-fact tone sounds journalistic as he describes ghosts and the haunting of the Burger City drive-through, sucking listeners into this... Read More
Fans who look forward to the release of the latest Stephanie Plum audiobook, especially as narrated by Lorelei King, will not be disappointed. Once again, King keeps listeners enjoying the ride-along with bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and her quirky family, friends, and foes. This time Stephanie finds herself involved in a desperate effort to rescue her colleague, Connie, who... Read More
Narrator James Macpherson returns to portray now retired Detective Inspector John Rebus and the police and villains who inhabit his world. The procedural opens with Rebus in a courtroom as the accused. Listeners are then drawn into a complex backstory of police corruption, domestic violence, and a murder investigation that eventually results in Rebus's arrest. Listeners also... Read More
George Guidall compellingly narrates this latest tale of Walt Longmire. The longtime sheriff awakens in the street in the middle of a blizzard, remembering nothing of his past. He needs to piece together who he is and why he is in Fort Pratt, Montana, from clues he finds in his pockets. The citizens in town seem familiar, but how? Will their clues help him find his way home?... Read More
With his youthful voice and careful pacing, narrator Kaleo Griffith portrays Grady Kendall, the underachieving protagonist of this thriller. The locale is an unidentified Hawaiian island, and Griffith, a native of Hawaii, adds to the audiobook's authenticity with his pronunciation of local geography and Indigenous terminology. Also adding to the verisimilitude are author Hand's... Read More
Eileen Stevens and Brittany Presley narrate the story of two sisters, Lillian and Rosie, who were torn apart by their parents' untimely deaths. Years later, they are trying to reconnect. Stevens's emotional account pulls us breathlessly into their world. A car accident involving both sisters has left Rosie unable to communicate after a traumatic brain injury. Will they find a... Read More
The sixth Cormoran Strike novel, written by J.K. Rowling under her pseudonym, will not disappoint the many fans of the series. Narrator Robert Glenister is nothing short of spectacular with his timing, rhythm, and accents. Edie Ledwell, a member of the Ink Black Heart online game, fears for her life. She begs Robin Ellacott, Strike's partner, to investigate, which Robin... Read More
Completely enjoyable performances by Jane Oppenheimer and Christina Delaine add sparkle to this delightful audiobook. For 40 years, Billie, MaryAlice, Helen, and Natalie have worked as assassins for an ultra-secret organization called The Museum. The women, now in their 60s, are enjoying a free luxury retirement cruise, courtesy of their former employer, when they become... Read More
Shay Evans, the titular protagonist of this audiobook thriller, is a complex woman. She is a real housewife of Dallas--until her old college roommate turns up dead. Then she is forced to reenter the dark period of her college years. Narrator Alexis Van Aiken capably amplifies Shay's many conflicting emotions. Van Aiken's skill turns Shay into a likable character as she seeks... Read More
Narrator Nancy Wu expertly voices a wide range of vivid, engaging characters and shines as featured character Veronica Lewis. Vonny wakes up in the hospital in Nevada after a serious car accident and, during her evaluation, says that she is a college student at NYU. But a decade has passed since that time, and she can't remember any of it. Shortly after waking up, she discovers... Read More
Narrator Chris Andrew Ciulla puts his Boston roots to good use as he gives an authentic "Bahstan" accent to the story of a man's descent into a life of crime on the city's infamous waterfront. Tony Costa is predestined for a life of crime, thanks to his uncle, a mobster. When Costa turns 18, his uncle lands him a coveted job as a well-paid longshoreman, loading and unloading... Read More
Vikas Adam shines in this character-driven mystery set in 1950s San Francisco. After he's caught in a raid on a gay bar and fired from the police force, Andy thinks his life is over. Instead, the matriarch of a wealthy queer family hires him to investigate her wife's murder--and introduces him to their house, where queer people love openly. From the flirty joking of the... Read More
Narrator Nancy Peterson's well-modulated tones and unhurried pace set the stage for Lasky's clever, often humorous dialogue. This intriguing mystery features real-life artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her Ghost Ranch in the New Mexico desert. When O'Keeffe sets out into the early morning desert to look for bleached animal bones, what she finds instead is a murdered priest. This... Read More
John Hopkins and Eleanor Tomlinson perform this riveting story, the fourth entry in the Southampton-based Jonah Sheens series. The detective chief inspector is enjoying a drink in a pub when Keely Lennox, 16, walks in, covered in blood. She is smart, emotionally cold, and somewhere she has a sister, 14-year-old Nina. Keely will help the police find her sibling if they first... Read More
January LaVoy is the crisp, clear voice of Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner, in the latest audiobook in the series. Scarpetta is a witness in a tense murder trial that will cause rioting and violence no matter the outcome. She is called to investigate the death of the judge's sister, which looks like a botched robbery. The dead animals and plants and loss of power around... Read More
Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy give seamless performances as FBI consultant Amos Decker and his new partner, Special Agent "Freddie" White. The pair are sent to South Florida to investigate a seemingly unsolvable double murder. The dual narration is highly professional and natural sounding. Brewer is an excellent choice as the main narrator; he creates a slightly gruff and... Read More
Agatha Christie's Jane Marple is reimagined in clever mini mysteries with a different narrator for each. The cast is an impressive group of narrators, and each is superb. People underestimate Miss Marple--to their detriment; the elderly woman often seen knitting solves murders faster than seasoned detectives. The new collection takes her from St. Mary Mead to Manhattan, the... Read More
Set in prewar Los Angeles, this fascinating historical mystery is narrated beautifully by the talented Caroline Hewitt. Her gift for accents and acting enhances the listening experience by providing distinct voices for each character. Mother Violet and daughter Grace become involved in an anti-Nazi spy ring that is working to expose and undermine the California Reich as WWII is... Read More
Jennifer Kirby meticulously presents the vicious guests in this Christie-esque mystery set in an English country house. Listeners join the pre-wedding celebration for Amy Young and wealthy adventurer Guy Priddey. Also in attendance is private detective Pearl Nolan--a lifelong friend of the bride who senses a disquieting undercurrent to the goings-on. Kirby gives each individual... Read More
The latest Reacher audiobook weaves a number of seemingly disconnected yet gripping subplots before the pieces come together in typical Reacher fashion. Twisted and fast-paced, the story begins with Reacher witnessing the murder of a woman. Narrator Scott Brick voices Reacher as strong and determined but also compassionate. Brick also creates a wide range of multidimensional... Read More
Safiyya Ingar and Vikas Adam capture the 1893 World's Fair in this sequel to MURDER IN OLD BOMBAY. The story now focuses on Lady Diana's detecting, rather than that of her husband, Captain James Agnihotri. Listeners meet the newlyweds in Boston before Agnihotri is sent to Chicago to investigate suspicious activities. Adam captures Agnihotri's determination to get to the bottom... Read More
Mia Barron portrays highly focused Washington, DC, forensic scientist Ellie Carr in a gritty voice as listeners follow Carr's investigation of the disappearance of a four-month-old baby. The missing child is the son of her first cousin, Rebecca, whose helpless demeanor clearly conveys her distress. The gravelly voices of the male law-enforcement characters contrast with the... Read More
Richard Ferrone returns to perform audiobook 32 in Sandford's Lucas Davenport series. Ferrone's gravelly voice has become the voice of the hero. Davenport and his good friend, investigator Virgil Flowers, travel around the country, tracking down a vigilante group. Sandford excels at creating three-dimensional characters and high-action plots that take listeners through hairpin... Read More
An ensemble cast presents a complicated thriller with an atmospheric nod to gothic horror. Adele Rafferty, portrayed by Alana Kerr Collins, is an actress who gets a second chance at stardom by landing the lead in a new horror movie called FINAL DRAFT. But Adele's inner alarms are sent into overdrive when she finds similarities between her own life and the movie's script. She... Read More
Gripping from the beginning, this audiobook features a well-crafted story delivered by Timothy Andrés Pabon using an ideal mix of fear, remorse, and personal animosity to define characters and scenes. A whodunit at its core, this is also an exceptional psychological thriller that benefits from Pabon's performance, particularly his ability with nuanced dialogue. Central to the... Read More
With his flawless pacing, Paul Woodson's excellent narration is the perfect match for this engaging listen. The second book in the Austin Grant series brings back the retired Scotland Yard detective; his daughter, Rachel; and her fiancé, NYPD Officer John Frankel. When Frankel's ex-wife is found murdered in his apartment just weeks before his wedding to Rachel, Grant heads to... Read More
With Gerard Doyle's unique vocal mix of classical theater training, Estuary English, and a world-weary yet street-smart tone, one can practically feel the cold, rain-slicked streets of London. Certainly, one can sense the anger, loss, and betrayal of all the "slow horses," British intelligence agents who have been put on the back burners of their careers. When a young... Read More
Rory Kinnear delivers an engaging and well-paced performance of Anthony Horowitz's third mystery featuring PI Hawthorne and Horowitz himself as a character. The amusing, sometimes befuddling, conceit mingles a fictional plot with facts from Horowitz's actual life. This time, the murder of a critic who panned Horowitz's London play implicates the playwright. Kinnear's... Read More
In the second book in the Black Harbor series, narrators Xe Sands, voicing photographer Morgan Mori, and Adam Verner, portraying police detective Ryan Hudson, alternate chapters. Mori returns to her hometown to solve the mystery of a key she anonymously received. Mori and Hudson connect after she witnesses a robbery that results in the death of Hudson's colleague. While intent... Read More
The dramatic upheaval felt by East German spies when the Berlin Wall fell serves as the backdrop for this audiobook, narrated with precision by author Dan Fesperman. The story begins with the suspicious death of one such spy, named Lothar, while also focusing on the efforts of CIA agent Claire Saylor as she is pursuing a high-ranking official. Fesperman transitions adroitly... Read More
Robert Bathurst performs this 18th Inspector Gamache mystery with the assurance of one who knows the village of Three Pines and its (mostly) gentle residents well. Years after Gamache and Beauvoir investigated the murder of a mother, her two adult children arrive in the village. Their surprise arrival triggers Gamache's and Beauvoir's remembrances of things past. Penny's clever... Read More
British narrator George Weightman gives this intense story of espionage the gravitas and polish it deserves. He portrays posh Englishmen, crafty Russians, and entitled Iranians with skill, and deftly delivers the thriller's narrative. In 1953, Iran--backed by the CIA and the shah's henchmen--is poised to overthrow Prime Minister Mossadegh. Former spy Harry Tower, an agent's... Read More
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