Cherringham ~ Episodes 19-21 A Cosy Crimes Series by @neilmustard & @katonahprod #Audiobook #TuesdayBookBlog

Authors: Matthew Costello & Neil Richards

Performed by Neil Dudgeon

Category: Cosy Mystery, Crime, Book Review

Released: May 2018 by Lübbe Audio

Jack Brennan, a retired New York homicide detective, decided to fulfil the dream life he and his wife were planning before her death…living on a boat in the English countryside. Sarah Edwards is a web designer who moved back to the village with her two children after she and her husband divorced. Neither of them could have guessed what life had in store. It certainly isn’t dull.

I finished binge listening to the last available compilation of Cherringham mysteries towards the end of last year, and was so glad to find this next one on Audible. Jack and Sarah feel like old friends who I enjoy spending time with. Ghost Of A Chance is the first of three short stories included in the book. The Bell Hotel, supposedly haunted, hosts a Ghost Hunters Dinner for Halloween each year, which includes apparitions, creepy stories and appropriately mysterious noises.

A fire was already lit in the grand fireplace, and candles had been set in every alcove around the walls. Above the fireplace an imposing gilt mirror, big enough for a ballroom. Basil took in the long table in the centre of the room, with its places already set, serried ranks of heavy Victorian cutlery, a line of candelabra and bowls of lilies. 

A massive crystal chandelier  hung above the table: even now its drops sparkled in the electric light. Basil could see it had been filled with candles to be lit before dinner commenced: as usual, it would provide the perfect historical touch!

As you have probably guessed, things don’t go according to plan and when a potentially fatal event occurs Jack and Sarah are asked to investigate.  Is it all smoke and mirrors? And how does an unsolved Victorian murder fit into the chain of events?

In Follow The Money, new Cherringham residents, Claire and Terry Goodman, are the victims of a strange robbery. Random objects were taken leaving obvious items behind. It seems the thief was looking for something in particular.

Murder Most Wild finds the residents up in arms regarding the proposed development of a huge supermarket complex on the edge of the village. One of the more vocal opposers to the scheme, whose land the developers need, is found dead the morning after the town council meeting. Is his refusal to sell the reason…or something completely different?

A typically charming Cotswolds village on the banks of the River Thames is a perfect setting for these fun, easy to listen to shorts which, despite the number of pages (about 100), are well plotted, perfect cozy mysteries that, more often than not, are quite unpredictable. And considering the number already published, they’re very varied as well. The unlikely pairing of an ex NYC homicide detective and a single mother of two is different and works very well. Throughout the series Jack’s back story is drip fed through his memories which helps to flesh him out, and we also catch glimpses of Sarah’s past in London. And after being friends all this time is there a tiny hint of something more for Jack and Sarah? Whether there is or not, their relationship is natural and realistic. The regularly recurring villagers have depth and are a mixed bag of quirky personalities, just as it should be.

Well written with still developing and engaging characters, coupled with Neil Dudgeon’s wonderful narration, make these stories a joy to listen to. 

Book links ~ Amazon UK / Goodreads

Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), have been writing together since the mid 90’s, creating content and working on projects for the BBC, Disney Channel, Sony, ABC, Eidos, and Nintendo to name but a few. Their transatlantic collaboration has underpinned scores of TV drama scripts, computer games, radio shows, and – most recently – the successful crime fiction series Cherringham. Now into its second season of 12 novellas, Cherringham is popular around the world and has been adapted as a series of audiobooks in Germany.

#ThrowbackThursday ~ Bridged by @KendraElliot ~ a well written tale of mystery and suspense #CrimeFiction #BookReview

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

My pick for this week is an audiobook, Bridged by Kendra Elliot, narrated by Nick Podehl and Amy McFadden. It was released by Brilliance Audio in February 2015.

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The Glass Room (Vera Stanhope #5) by @anncleeves #Crime in Northumberland @MacmillanAudio #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Ann Cleeves

Narrator: Charlie Hardwick

Released: May 2018 by Macmillan Audio

Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

The Glass Room is the fifth book in Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope series – which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, VERA. DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbours keep her well-supplied in homebrew and conversation. But when one of them goes missing, her path leads her to more than a missing friend.

Returning home after work and looking forward to some down time, DI Vera Stanhope, not really the sociable type, is annoyed to find her neighbour, Jack, waiting for her.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Black (Black #1) by Russell Blake ~ A Hardboiled-Noir #Detective Mystery #AudiobookReview

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

Russell Blake has created a unique and interesting detective that I found very refreshing. Black is the first of a series, published in 2014. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Chump Change (Leo Waterman #8) by GM Ford #Audiobook #Suspense

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share favourite books going back over the years. Or perhaps those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

I’ve really enjoyed this series so far, Chump Change is number 8 of 10. It began way back in 1995 with a big gap of no books between 2000 and 2012, which is when the audios started to become available. I hope there will be more.

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The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly ~ Love, Friendship and Family Ties #WomensFiction @cathykellybooks #FridayReads

Author: Cathy Kelly

Performed by Caroline Lennon

Published: February 2018 by Orion

Category: Women’s Fiction, Romance, AudioBook, Review

Three women celebrate their birthdays . . . 30. 40. 50. But their milestone birthdays marks the start of a year that will change everything . . .

Ginger isn’t spending her 30th the way she would have planned. Tonight might be the first night of the rest of her life – or a total disaster.

Sam is finally pregnant after years of trying. When her waters break on the morning of her 40th birthday, she panics: forget labour, how is she going to be a mother?

Callie is celebrating her 50th at a big party in her Dublin home. Then a knock at the door mid-party turns her perfect life upside down . . .

Sam, Callie and Ginger, three women who don’t know each other and live in different places, but have one thing in common. Or two if you count the fact that they will each experience life changing events on their milestone birthdays. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ #BookReview of Cold Cold Heart by @TamiHoag #MurderMystery #Thriller

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

Another audiobook review this week ~ Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag was released in January 2015 by Brilliance Audio and narrated by Julia Whelan.

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The Chess Men (Lewis Trilogy #3) by @authorpetermay #AudioBookReview #FridayReads

Author: Peter May

Performed by Peter Forbes

Category: Crime, Drama, Murder, Mystery, AudioBook, Book Review

Released on Audible 2013, Published by Quercus Publishing PLC

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal game-hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill—a local poacher, Fin’s teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn, Fin realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

In another life Fin Macleod was a Detective Inspector in Edinburgh. That life is behind him now as he returns permanently to his roots on The Isle of Lewis and his first girlfriend, Marsaili, who is also the mother of his son.

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