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Mystery Audiobooks October 2010
CD Mystery Christie
At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie. Read by Rosemary Leach. 7 discs. 7+ hours.
BCD Mystery Christie
Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie. Read by John Moffatt. 6 discs. 6+ hours.
“Mystery writer Ariadne Oliver calls upon old friend Hercule Poirot to help unravel the mystery behind the apparent double suicide of General and Lady Ravenscroft fifteen years earlier. In such a cold case, the two must rely on the memories of “elephants,” those older people who were around at the time, who recall events relating to the tragedy. John Moffatt’s narration is charming. Poirot’s Belgian accent and the variety of accents identifying British social classes are utterly believable. Moffatt’s sense of timing exactly captures the period, and no bon mot is left to chance. .., even Agatha Christie’s lesser works are entertaining, and Moffatt’s performance makes this one well worth a listen.”
BCD Mystery Christie
Nemesis by Agatha Christie. Read by Rosalind Ayres. 7 discs. 8+ hours.
BCD Mystery Crosby
The Viognier Vendetta: a wine country mystery by Ellen Crosby. Read by Christine Marshall. 8 discs. 9+ hours.
“When glamorous Rebecca Natale disappears before a black-tie gala honoring her boss, billionaire Wall Street guru Sir Thomas Asher--who's donating a collection of architectural drawings, maps, and other documents relating to the design and planning of Washington, D.C., to the Library of Congress--Virginia vintner Lucie Montgomery, who's Rebecca's college friend, investigates in Crosby's enjoyable fifth wine country mystery .. After Rebecca's clothes turn up at a Potomac boat house, she's feared to be either a suicide or a victim of foul play. Lucie joins forces with ex-investment analyst Ian Philips, a disgruntled whistle-blower who's prepared to testify before a government subcommittee that Sir Thomas is running a Ponzi scheme, but Ian "drowns" before he can do so. Full of Washington historical lore, this addictive whodunit also updates Lucie's relationship with brooding Quinn Santori, her Montgomery Estate Vineyard winemaker lover.”
Publishers Weekly 5/10
BCD Mystery Fluke
Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke: The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies by Laura Levine and Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots by Leslie Meier. 3 novellas read by Suzanne Toren, Danielle Ferland and Andrea Gallo. 10 discs. 11+ hours.
BCD Mystery Fossum
The Water’s Edge by Karin Fossum. English translation by Charlotte Barslund. Read by David Rintoul. 6 discs. 6+ hours.
“When the body of a seven-year-old boy is found in the woods outside the small Norwegian village of Huseby, Konrad Sejer and Jacob Skarre are the cops assigned to investigate, digging for even the smallest clue to solve the crime. … Producing convoluted plots peopled with complex characters, Fossum is a leading author in the current Scandinavian crime fiction wave.”
Library Journal 7/1/10
BCD Mystery Lippman
I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman. Read by Linda Emond. 10 discs. 11+ hours.
BCD Mystery Marsh
Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh. Read by James Saxon. 5 discs. 6+ hours.
BCD Mystery Marsh
False Scent by Ngaio Marsh. Read by James Saxon. 6 discs. 7+ hours.
BCD Mystery McCrumb
The Devil Amongst the Lawyers by Sharyn McCrumb. Read by Luke Daniels. 8 discs. 10 hours.
BCD Mystery Reichs
Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs. Read by Linda Emond. 8 discs. 9+ hours.
“ Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan has a puzzle on her hands. A man has drowned under suspicious circumstances. His fingerprints identify him immediately, but here's the thing: the man apparently died more than 40 years ago. And if this is really him, then who is buried in his grave?”
BCD Mystery Rendell
Portobello by Ruth Rendell. Read by Tim Curry. 9 discs. 11+ hours.
“Secretive 50-year-old Eugene Wren, who's addicted to cheap candy lozenges, is toying with marrying his longtime girlfriend, physician Ella Cotswold. Rootless Lance Platt cases the neighborhood for costly homes he can break into, and clashes with his great-uncle, Gilbert Gibson, a former burglar who now preaches the gospel. One man's losing 115 pounds triggers a series of coincidences that brings this disparate lot closer together, toward haphazard violence and death. Rendell (The Water's Lovely) is particularly adept at portraying young people just a dole check away from homelessness as well as the carelessness and callousness of the book's upper-middle-class characters. Her style has become ever more spare while retaining its subtle psychology and vivid sense of place.”
Publishers Weekly 7/26/10
BCD Mystery Talton
Deadline Man by John Talton. Read by Malcolm Hillgartner. 8 discs. 9+ hours.
“A cabal of defense contractors with a diabolical plan to gain control of the govenment runs up against the power of the press in this nonstop thriller. When the respected business columnist of the Seattle Free Press a man known for his ability to write under pressure and meet deadlines as he cranks out three columns a week stumbles on a story about the local company Olympic International, people around him begin to die in murders framed to look like suicides or lovers' quarrels.”