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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Missing Children

Well done. I'm a Ruth Galloway fan. Her daughter, Kate, is growing, almost 3 now when Ruth has a visit from her brother and nephews.
Detective Nelson and crew are stressed because of a "Child Minder" snatching children to care for, feeling working mothers are not able to care effectively for their own children. Ruth plays a part in a TV special and has an American admirer.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

A Lot about Bees

One of Holmes" hives is swarming. Mary Russel tries to find out why. Sherlock works on a mystery involving his long estranged son, wife and grand daughter who have become involved with a cult. Mary eventually assists with the investigation.
This was my second listen after a long wait, and I enjoyed it again.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-18

What an Imagination!

Detailed descriptions of a mysterious house stuffed with trash, weird oddities, cats and an eccentric old artist whose wife fell down the staircase and died, and whose daughter disappeared. Enter a caregiver, Maude, to care for this old guy, but whose curiosity nearly kills her. Ghosts, old Catholic saints who speak to her, and a most unconventional best friend. It's a romp through a fantastical Irish tale. Perfect match of narrator and story. I'll listen again.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Quite a Saga

Charlie Trumppers long tale of how he built the Biggest Barrow, in spite of a formidable antagonist one could surely hate.
The story begins in the West End England, then a connection to Australia, Bloomingdales, and Marshall Fields in The United States. We see a company form, with struggles, celebrations, growth and losses. From WWI to WWII and beyond into the 1960s, I felt I knew the characters through the stages of their lives. And, I LOVED the ending.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Not a Boring History

Small, young, Victoria knew her own power, and stood her ground as even her own mother, and others did their best to push her aside to take the country's reins. As she gained experience under the tutelage of Lord M, her Prime Minister, she learned that duty must trump love. Well written with vivid details of the life of a monarch that caused the characters to come alive!
I enjoyed hearing about Queen Victoria's early years, and I was never bored. Well done!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-18

The Power of Female Friendships

Five stars for this one. I really wanted to know what happened to those girls after their early years when difficult times and tragedy formed unbreakable bonds,.The characters were so real.
Then there are the other characters in 2014 who get pulled into the girl's stories. Throw in the ghost of Mary Hand, and you have a wonderfully entertaining mystery.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-18

Ruth Loses a Friend

Ruth is called to examine bones a friend from university days dug up. She then learns this friend died in a house fire. Was he murdered to keep the bones secret? There's a faction who doesn't want the bones to be identified because of the skeleton's possible race. Ruth and Kate journey to near Blackpool, a tourist town. The druid Cathbad also goes along to care for Kate while Ruth is working. Coincidentally, Inspector Nelson and his wife are also there on a holiday to visit his mother.
A good "read" if you enjoy the Ruth Galloway stories.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-18

Love the Landscape

I liked the book although I knew the answer to the mystery right away. (The murderer that is.) I don't know why, as it wasn't obvious. I stuck with the story because of the characters. I listened to Book 1 also. Maybe I'll try Book 3 at another time. I enjoy the solitude of The Fens.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Writer Turns Detective

The author teams up with an odd detective consultant for Scotland Yard. He follows him to interviews concerning murders around a tragic story of a family who lost their children in an accident. Very sad story.
Excellent narrator. There's a lot about Horowitz (author and a real writer/screenwriter) in this fictional book. (An attempt to connect reality with a fictional detective story). It didn't work well for me. Memoir and detective story?
However, read the other reviews. some loved it.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-18

WWII War Love Story

Kept my interest to find out what happened to Hugo and Sofia. Nice descriptions of regional customs and foods of Tuscany.
I liked the two voices. Hugo, in his struggle to survive, and his daughter as she searches to discover her father's lost story.

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