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One for the Money

51 ratings

Summary

You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man who took Stephanie’s virginity at age 16 and then wrote details on a bathroom wall. With pride and rent money on the line, Plum plunges headlong into her first case, one that pits her against ruthless adversaries - people who’d rather kill than lose. The New York Times Book Review calls Stephanie Plum “a Jersey girl with Bette Middler’s mouth and Cher’s fashion sense.” In Stephanie Plum, Evanovich has created a resourceful and humorous character who stands apart from the pack of gritty female detectives.

©1994 Janet Evanovich (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC

Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
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Postmortem

40 ratings

Summary

Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster. Using a skilled hand and the latest technology in forensic medicine, Kay Scarpetta begins the process of gathering the microscopic clues the latest battered body has to give.

©1990 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

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All That Remains

16 ratings

Summary

A serial killer is stalking Virginia’s young lovers, taking their lives and taunting police with a single clue: a jack of hearts. For two years, the meaning of this card has eluded FBI investigators. But as Scarpetta begins searching the victims’ remains for microscopic clues, she begins to suspect that someone in the FBI knows more about the murderer.

©1992 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC

Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
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Two for the Dough

33 ratings

Summary

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, packing a whole lot of attitude. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.

©1999 Janet Evanovich (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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Body of Evidence

41 ratings

Summary

Late one night Beryl Madison turns off her burglar alarm, puts down her gun and opens her door to the man who has stalked and terrorized her for months. Hours later, her brutally mutilated body lies in the city morgue. As Scarpetta begins searching for the microscopic clues to the killer’s identity, one question keeps nagging her: why did Beryl let him in?

©1991 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1994 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
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Outlaw Mountain

2 ratings

Summary

Alice Rogers, an elderly widow, is dead, found murdered in the Arizona desert. It's easy enough to pin the killing on the teens caught driving her car across the Mexican border, but Sheriff Brady isn't about to let it go at that. Alice was something of a free spirit, with a penchant for Scotch, the glitter of Las Vegas, and a romance with a man 20 years her junior. Her hot-tempered daughter Susan suspects Mom's boyfriend—her former handyman who moved in instead of moving on when he finished his handy work. Now Susan's furious at her brother Clete, the do-nothing mayor of Tombstone, blaming him for not protecting their inheritance by breaking up their mother's winter romance. Yet all is not as it appears to be, and Joanna is forced to put her personal life on hold to dig deeper into Alice's death, the lives of her greedy offspring, and the identity of her mysterious gentleman friend. And as the investigation gets sidetracked by ugly local land disputes, it takes some troublesome twists and turns, until Sheriff Brady finds herself wading through a murky morass of graft and corruption that may have given someone reason to kill—and kill again.

©1999 J.A. Jance (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: J. A. Jance
Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
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Skeleton Canyon

Summary

A chilling story of deadly desire and cold murder from the New York Times best-selling author of Exit Wounds. A pretty, popular teenager never returned from her secret tryst in Skeleton Canyon. Perhaps it was a youthful rage or savage passion that ripped the life from a child of privilege and abandoned her broken body to the cold Arizona night. Or maybe she stumbled onto something terrible, something too dangerous to know. Now dark secrets about a future hideously destroyed are pulling Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County into a lethal nest of lies and greed hidden in a desolate corner of the Southwestern desert—where the next blood that feeds the parched earth could be her own.

©1997 J.A. Jance (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: J. A. Jance
Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
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Four to Score

29 ratings

Summary

Stephanie Plum, Trenton, New Jersey's favorite pistol-packing, condom-carrying bounty hunter, is back and on the trail of a revenge-seeking waitress who's skipped bail. With the help of 73-year-old Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker Lula, a transvestite musician named Sally Sweet, and the all-too-hospitable, all-too-sexy Joe Morelli, Stephanie might just catch her woman. Then again, with more mishaps than there are exits on the Jersey Turnpike, including murders, firebombs, and Stephanie's arch-rival bounty hunter chasing after the same fugitive, Stephanie better watch her back big-time if she wants to live to crack this case.

©1998 Evanovich, Inc. (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC and Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
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Cruel and Unusual

2 ratings

Summary

When an executed murderer’s fingerprints turn up at a new crime scene, Kay Scarpetta investigates. Prepare for the kind of riveting suspense this best-selling author delivers so well.

©1993 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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Dead to Rights

Summary

Harsh truths and small-town murder lethally intertwine in a stunning and evocative thriller from New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance. . A woman is cruelly cut down in a remote corner of Arizona, killed on her 19th wedding anniversary by a drunk motorist. A year later, the driver himself dies badly, and all suspicions point to the slain woman's still-grieving husband as his murderer. But the truth is rarely black and white in the long Southwestern shadows, and one law officer is not rushing to condemn the tragic widower so quickly - Joanna Brady, sheriff of Cochise County. Brady's convictions, however, are leading her on a twisted trail through inhospitable country - and setting her on a path that will bring her face-to-face with cold, calculating death in the high, lonely desert.

©1996 J.A. Jance (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: J. A. Jance
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
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The Bean Trees

11 ratings

Summary

Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots. Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.

©1988 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
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I'll Be Home for Christmas

1 rating

Summary

Christmas in Twilight, Texas, is all merriment and mistletoe. The Cookie Club is whipping up their most festive sweets, the townspeople are scrambling to get their holiday shopping done, and Joe - a hometown guy with a restless heart - is dreaming about the woman he wants to kiss most.... ...And who happens to be staying at his sister's place over the holidays while Joe's sister is away. But Joe isn't quite sure he wants to be a living Christmas present to runaway law student Gabi Preston. Joe thinks the sassy sweetheart he nicknames "Trouble" won't inconvenience anything but his healthy sex drive. But when he discovers the reasons Gabi escaped from her life, he aches to give her everything she's never had. As the magic of the season draws them together, the gift of love is the only one worth giving....

©2015 Laurie Vanzura (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Lori Wilde
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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Pigs in Heaven

7 ratings

Summary

Picking up where her modern classic The Bean Trees left off, Barbara Kingsolver's best-selling Pigs in Heaven continues the tale of Turtle and Taylor Greer, a Native American girl and her adoptive mother who have settled in Tucson, Arizona, as they both try to overcome their difficult pasts. Taking place three years after The Bean Trees, Taylor is now dating a musician named Jax and has officially adopted Turtle. But when a lawyer for the Cherokee Nation begins to investigate the adoption, their new life together begins to crumble. Depicting the clash between fierce family love and tribal law, poverty and means, abandonment and belonging, Pigs in Heaven is a morally wrenching, gently humorous work of fiction that speaks equally to the head and to the heart.

©2016 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
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The Christmas Cookie Collection

Summary

The New York Times Bestselling Author of The First Love Cookie Club returns to Twilight, Texas, with one brand-new story and three stories never before in print! There's a legend in Twilight, Texas. It says that if on Christmas you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow and dream of your one true love, he will be your destiny. Carrie, Raylene, Christine, and Flynn are all members of the Christmas Cookie Club. Each has a story to tell, and each discovers the miracles of the season and the power of love. Carrie: Reconnects with her high school sweetheart... the only man she's ever loved. Raylene: Discovers that the daughter she gave away at birth is living right in Twilight.... Christine: Has given up on love...until the man of her dreams walks through her shop door. Grace: It's Christmas Eve and Flynn and Jesse Calloway are thrilled to be expecting a new baby. Then Flynn's car hits a patch of ice, and Jesse must move earth...and heaven...to save her and their unborn child.

©2013 Laurie Vanzura (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Lori Wilde
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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Devil's Claw

1 rating

Summary

In the night-still canyons of the Arizona desert, a girl is on the run. Alone but for her beloved red-tailed hawk, she flees from the dark shadows of her young life, the horror she has witnessed…and the terror that now stalks her. New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance returns with her eighth novel in the highly acclaimed Joanna Brady mystery series. Set against the backdrop of the modern west, this gripping tale finds Sheriff Brady juggling a precarious overload in both her personal and professional lives. About to be married, Joanna's facing a daughter turning 12 and going on 20, a meddlesome mother micro-managing her wedding, and new in-laws arriving any day. The sudden death of her much-loved neighbor and handyman, Clayton Rhodes, creates further turmoil, leaving Joanna shocked, saddened, and the target of Clayton's irate and irrational daughter, who accuses the Sheriff's Department of covering up a possible murder. But amidst the uproar, the report of a homicide at Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains quickly captures Joanna's full attention. An Indian woman has been found shot to death - a woman recently released from prision after serving time for the manslaughter killing of her husband. She is the mother of a missing 15-year-old, Lucy Ridder. The death at first appears to be a case of domestic rage finally exploding - and a troubled teen runaway may be a victim, or a cold-blooded killer. Yet as Joanna deals with the long-standing troubles of Clayton Rhodes' family and digs deeper into the mysterious life of Lucy and her family, she discovers that investigating family hostilities is leading her down a twisted trail of hatred, greed, and far-reaching consequences - and into a dangerous world where violence is the first response and long buried secrets are a reason to kill…or die. Once again, J. A. Jance delivers a gritty, deftly written thriller that unfolds on a vivid landscape of raw beauty and unrelenting danger. And, as always, Sheriff Joanna Brady brings the setting to life with the sensitivity, spirit, and intense passion for justice that makes Jance novels ring with authenticity.

©2000 J. A. Jance (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: J. A. Jance
Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

12 ratings

Summary

The six Herdman children are “absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world”. They lie and steal and smoke cigars. They even burned down Fred Shoemaker’s old toolhouse. Now they’re taking over the Christmas pageant. The Herdmans have never heard the Christmas story before, and they don’t know anything about shepherds or Wise Men. When Imogene hears about the swaddling clothes, she demands to know why anyone would tie up a baby and put him in a feedbox. Leroy, Claude, and Ollie are planning on a gift that means much more than gold, frankincense, and myrrh - the ham from their Christmas basket. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, now also a television movie, has been a favorite of children and their parents since 1972. As C.J. Critt’s spirited narration captures the lively and outrageous spin that the Herdmans put on the Nativity scene, listeners will delight in this unusual and refreshing interpretation of Christmas.

©1972 Barbara Robinson (P)1997 Recorded Books

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
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Rattlesnake Crossing

1 rating

Summary

Sheriff Joanna Brady is the law in Cochise County, and she will never allow her personal trials to interfere with the job she was elected to do - especially now that death has invaded Bisbee, Arizona, and has shattered the small desert town's fragile peace. A gun dealer has died violently, and his stock of high-powered weapons has been cleaned out. Suspicion falls upon rancher Alton Hosfield, an armed separatist at war with the federal government and the local law -- with everyone, in fact, whom he perceives as a threat to his independent way of life. Joanna Brady suspects the solution is not so cut-and-dried - especially when the cold-blooded slaying is followed by a series of others, equally horrific and perplexing. At best, an incendiary "Ruby Ridge" situation is brewing. At worst, a maniacal serial killer has come to feed on her unsuspecting community. But Joanna's preoccupation with bringing a murderer to justice could take a terrible toll on her private life...and unravel threads of family, love, and responsibility that might never again be retied.

©1998 J. A. Jance (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: J. A. Jance
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
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Cold Case

Summary

Best-selling author Linda Barnes’ witty private eye, Carlotta Carlyle, approaches challenging assignments in proper Boston with savvy and compassion. In Cold Case, a decades-old missing person case turns red-hot, threatening Carlotta’s composure and a Massachusetts political race. A mysterious client comes to Carlotta secretly with a wild tale: He has obtained parts of a recently written novel by Thea Janis, the literary sensation who disappeared 24 years ago. As soon as Carlotta begins to hunt for the author, her client calls off the search. But she accidentally discovers Thea’s grave in a nearby cemetery - unearthing a tangle of lies and scandal that Boston’s most prominent citizens will do anything to suppress. With her Edgar Award-winning talents, Linda Barnes creates suspenseful mysteries packed with well-crafted plot twists and stunning surprise endings. Narrator C.J. Critt perfectly voices blue-blooded socialites as well as quirky folk from the seamier side of town.

©1997 Linda Appelblatt Barnes (P)1997 Recorded Books

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Linda Barnes
Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
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Coyote

Summary

When Carlotta Carlyle agrees to help a mysterious woman locate her missing immigration card, she doesn't anticipate any complications. But then her client disappears, and the immigration card in question turns up on the dead body of another woman. Suddenly, Carlotta is plunged into the desperate world of illegal aliens, the cold-hearted immigration agents who hunt them down, and the deadly “coyotes” who bring the innocents across the border.

©1990 Linda Appelblatt Barnes (P) 1994 Recorded Books

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Linda Barnes
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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Hardware

Summary

The brash Boston P.I. Carlotta Carlyle takes on a case for the Green and White Cab Company. The investigation will lead her into the mysterious shadowlands of computer technology, where she finds that information is cheap and privacy is a thing of the past.

©1995 Linda Barnes (P)1995 Recorded Books

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Linda Barnes
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
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Heart of the World

Summary

Edgar Award finalist Linda Barnes has been justifiably heralded for her scintillating mysteries. In Heart of the World, private investigator Carlotta Carlyle begins a frantic search when a young girl she’s been mentoring goes missing. Clues seem to indicate that the disappearance has something to do with the girl’s Colombian druglord father - a man believed dead but who Carlotta now suspects is very much alive.

©2006 Linda Appelblatt Barnes (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Linda Barnes
Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
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A Trouble of Fools

Summary

As she looks for a missing taxi driver, Carlotta’s investigation sends her traveling the pub route with a bunch of blarney-loving geezers whose devotion to the Emerald Isle has gotten them involved in a deadly mix of Boston-Irish politics.

©1987 Linda Appelblatt Barnes (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Linda Barnes
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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Naughty Neighbor

2 ratings

Summary

Dear Listener: In a previous life, before the time of Plum, I wrote 12 short romance novels. Red-hot screwball comedies, each and every one of them. Nine of these stories were originally published by the Loveswept line between the years 1988 and 1992. All immediately went out of print and could be found only at used bookstores and yard sales. I'm excited to tell you that those nine stories are now being re-released by HarperCollins. Naughty Neighbor is the eighth in the lineup, and it's presented here in almost its original form. Usually, when I edit these books, I do some modernizing. For instance, I change VHS to DVD, and roller skates to Rollerblades, and sticks of gum are now pieces of gum. I do this because the books were meant to be contemporary (as opposed to historical), and I don't want the listener to have a time disconnect. In the beginning of the original Naughty Neighbor, my heroine throws a handheld phone into the toilet, and the next morning she goes into the bathroom and sees the "slim silver antenna caught between the toilet lid and seat." Okay, so most phones don't have extended antennas anymore, but I just loved the image...so I left it in. And I don't know how many women wear front-closure bras anymore, but that got left in, too. Naughty Neighbor is probably the most romancey of all the Loveswepts I wrote, but there's still a small mystery to unravel. Louisa Brannigan is a no-nonsense, hardworking press secretary, fighting her way to the top of Capitol Hill, with no help from her annoying neighbor, Pete Streeter. He receives phone calls all night long, he steals her morning paper, he thinks jeans are formal wear, and worst of all, he's involved Louisa in the disappearance of a pig. So this is the story of a pig in Witness Protection and love being found by a workaholic woman and a fun-loving man who makes terrible pots of coffee. Enjoy! Janet Evanovich

©2008 Evanovich, Inc. (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 5 hrs
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Lie Down with the Devil

Summary

Best-selling author Linda Barnes sets her gripping P.I. Carlotta Carlyle mysteries - including Cold Case - on the mean streets of Boston, where blackmail, cover-ups, and murder abound. In this entry, Carlotta's allegedly unfaithful fiancé disappears right after his supposed mistress turns up dead.

©2008 Linda Appelblatt Barnes (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Linda Barnes
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Christmas at Twilight

Summary

It's Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator "Hutch" Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home - only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who's taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn't easy - he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well. Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret - she's really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he'd do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle - but what price will they pay?

©2014 Laurie Vanzura (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Lori Wilde
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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This Just In

Summary

WKBA news in Chicago is reeling. Their ratings are the lowest in town, and company morale has plummeted. At the end of their ropes, five women band together to correct injustices and hopefully shoot WKBA up the ratings chart. Their ideas are inventive, and their convictions are infectious, but they’ll need to crack the good-old-boys network before they ever get a chance to prove themselves. Through Yolanda Joe’s sharp observations about this cutthroat industry, the cameras are reversed and the inequalities of big-time television news are exposed. An all-star cast of Recorded Books narrators helps each character shine, bringing the story completely to life.

©2000 Yolanda Joe (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

Author: Yolanda Joe
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
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Three to Get Deadly

21 ratings

Summary

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back. The brassy babe in the powder blue Buick has been given the unpopular task of finding Mo Bedemier, Trenton's most beloved citizen, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, gone no-show for his court appearance. Once again, the entire One for the Money crew is in action, searching for Mo, tripping down a trail littered with dead drug dealers, leading Stephanie to suspect Mo may be in over his head.

©1994 Janet Evanovich (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
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Outer Banks

2 ratings

Summary

Elegant Kate, walking a tightrope over an abyss of lies...sensitive, sensible, self-contained Cecie...Ginger, the heiress, sexy, vibrant, richer than sin...and poor, hopeless, brilliant Fig. They came together as sorority sisters on a Southern campus in the '60s. Four young women bound by rare, blinding early friendship, they spent two idyllic spring breaks at Nags Head, North Carolina, the isolated strip of barrier islands where grand old weather-beaten houses perch defiantly on the edge of a storm-tossed sea. Now, 30 years later, they are coming back. They are coming back to recapture the exquisite magic of those early years...to experience again the love, the enthusiasm, the passion, the pain, and the cruel betrayal that shaped the four young girls into women and set them all adrift on the Outer Banks.

©1991 Anne Rivers Siddons (P)1994 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
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Somebody to Love

Summary

New York Times best-selling author Lori Wilde invites you back to Cupid, Texas, where love is only a heartbeat away.... Sexy cowboy-scholar Jericho Chance always knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. And after sauntering back home to Cupid, he's shocked to discover that he wants Zoe McCleary. After years from home, he takes one new look at his bubbly best friend, with her lightning smarts and luscious body, and it hits him like a bolt: She's his somebody to love and he's not leaving town again without her. Settling down always seemed like a time waster to Zoe, a man magnet with a trail of broken hearts behind her. She's not meant to settle down - but how can she resist someone as persuasive as Jericho? There's no way they can ignore the explosive chemistry seething between them...even if it means risking their friendship....

©2014 Laurie Vanzura (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Lori Wilde
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
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The Snake Tattoo

Summary

Carlotta is eating pizza when two cases are dumped into her denimclad lap. One will take her into a combat zone of hookers and pimps, the other onto the campus of a wealthy prep school.

©1989 Linda Appleblatt Barnes (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Linda Barnes
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
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All Out of Love

Summary

The newest Cupid, Texas romance, from the author of The First Love Cookie Club and the Jubilee, Texas novels... Football star Pierce Hollister has fame, fortune, and beautiful women who'll do anything for him... whether he asks them to or not. But when it all comes crashing down, Pierce finds himself back home, running the ranch in Cupid, Texas, wondering how it all went wrong. But one thing is right: Lace Bettingfield. The former plain-Jane has turned into a luscious knockout - trouble is, she won't even give him the time of day no matter how many passes he makes. Being in love with your older brother's best friend is awkward enough, and Pierce was the cause of Lace's most embarrassing high school moment ever when her secret letter to him declaring her love landed right on the front page of the school newspaper! Pierce is still as stubborn, sexy, and arrogant as ever... but Lace is about to see that things aren't always as they seem... especially when it comes to love.

©2013 Laurie Vanzura (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Lori Wilde
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
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The Grand Finale

2 ratings

Summary

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author comes a revised, repackaged novel sure to please her many fans. She writes "high speed comic mayhem" ( Detroit Free Press); she's "a blast of fresh air" ( Washington Post); "side-splitting funny" ( Publishers Weekly) and "a winner" ( Glamour). In other words, she's Janet Evanovich. Berry Knudson had a talent for disaster, but when she climbed a tree to rescue a kitten, she wasn't prepared for the scrumptious hunk undressing in a nearby window, or her dive downward that smashed Jake Sawyer's pizza and won his heart! But was there room in her chaotic schedule for a risk-taking inventor with dreams? She took classes, delivered pizzas, and cared for three eccentric old ladies she rescued from the train station. But Jake thrived on a challenge, and he could be very inventive. Could he teach her there was time to make butterscotch pudding and let herself be loved?

©2009 Evanovich, Inc. (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
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A Thousand Acres

6 ratings

Summary

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Jane Smiley's spellbinding novel also headed best-seller lists for many months. A Thousand Acres is the powerful, mythic story of an American farm family and the land that nourishes and consumes its members. Three daughters and their husbands are pulled into a tangle of love, jealousy, and fear when their father, Larry Cook, grows too old to manage the family's fertile thousand-acre farm. As each couple struggles with their own tragedies and challenges, they know their father is judging them in light of the weighty inheritance that hovers within their reach. The Cook family, and the farm community around them, are part of a mosaic that is as enduring as the fences and fields of the broad midwestern landscape. But this endurance exacts an immense price from them in return. You will find that this nationally-acclaimed, breathtaking story, in a stirring narration by C. J. Critt, is an unforgettable listening experience.

©1991 Jane Smiley (P)1996 Recorded Books

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Jane Smiley
Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
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Anastasia Krupnik

1 rating

Summary

Children and adults alike will delight in this heart-warming tale of a precocious girl who discovers, to her dismay, that her parents are about to have a baby. Anastasia's hilarious lists of her likes and dislikes - sprinkled throughout the story - offer a lighthearted counterpoint to poignant moments that reveal the worries and fears of a fourth grader.

©1979 Lois Lowry (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Lois Lowry
Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
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Manhunt

3 ratings

Summary

"Alexandra Scott, Alaskan Wilderness Woman". It had a terrific ring to it, but Alex felt a sudden twinge of uncertainty. She'd traded in her Wall Street job and fancy condo for a rundown cabin in the woods and a bait and tackle store. She'd wanted to escape the rat race and to go husband hunting where men outnumbered women four to one, but was she ready for the challenge? Then she spotted Michael Casey, a sexy pilot who was undaunted by disaster, had hero written all over him, and was a confirmed bachelor. Michael Casey was the man she had come to Alaska to hunt, and Alexandra Scott had him in her sights.

©1988, 2005 Janet Evanovich (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
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Legend

4 ratings

Summary

A captivating romance from the New York Times best-selling author of Remembrance. Deveraux transports us from modern-day Virginia to the high mountain deserts of 1873 Colorado, with a vibrant new tale about a feisty lady and the man she was meant to love. Petite Kady Long, a celebrated chef about to be married to a gorgeous man, felt she was the luckiest woman alive. But when she tried on an antique satin wedding dress, she was overcome with dizziness. When she opened her eyes, Kady was in the harsh, sunlit landscape of 1873 Legend, Colorado. There, she meets Cole Jordan, a tall, rangy, and very appealing man. But while Kady is anxious to return to her time, Cole has other ideas...i deas that could give him and the inhabitants of Legend what they so desperately need - a future.

©1999 Jude Deveraux (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Category: Romance, Westerns
Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
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Love with a Perfect Cowboy

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Melody Spencer had long ago wiped the dust of Cupid, Texas, off her cute shoes…and done her best to forget the chiseled jaw and strong arms of cowboy Luke Spencer. Their families might be part of a long-time feud, but he was her very first love, even if it turned out they never wanted the same things. But now Luke's come striding back into her life, tempting her with the memories of long, lazy evenings and hot, passionate kisses. And he has an ulterior motive - as Mayor of Cupid, he knows Melody's business savvy can help save their beloved hometown. His smooth talking might get her to Texas, but that doesn't mean he'll get her in his bed. Still, people do say love can be more perfect the second time around.…

©2014 Laurie Vanzura (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Lori Wilde
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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Wife for Hire

2 ratings

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Hank Mallone knows he's in trouble when Maggie Toone agrees to pretend to be his wife in order to improve his rogue's reputation. Will his harebrained scheme to get a bank loan for his business backfire once Maggie arrives in his small Vermont town and lets the gossips take a look? Maggie never expected her employer to be drop-dead handsome, but she's too intrigued by his offer to say no...and too eager to escape a life that made her feel trapped. The deal is strictly business, both agree, until Hank turns out to be every fantasy she ever had.

©1990, 2007 Evanovich, Inc (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
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Snapshot

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The photograph - of a raisin-faced baby wearing something pastel - arrives in a blue envelope. There’s no identification or return address, just an unfamiliar postmark. But something in the baby’s face makes Carlotta keep the snapshot. Three weeks later, she finds out why.

©1993 Linda Barnes (P)1994 Recorded Books

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Linda Barnes
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
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Love at First Sight

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In the first in a dazzling new series, Lori Wilde welcomes us to Cupid, Texas, where every wish for love comes true.... "When it hits, you just know..." Natalie McCleary couldn't believe her eyes - a lean-muscled, darkly tanned, nearly naked man stood in her path...and then it hit her: love. Everyone always told her it would hit like a thunderbolt, and she never believed them. But now she knew: practical, sensible Natalie was head over heels in love - with a stranger. But ex-Navy SEAL Dade Vega wasn't about to be a stranger for long. He'd ridden into Cupid on his motorcycle, vowing to keep a promise he'd made to a military buddy. But a single glimpse of Natalie - soaking wet and unexpectedly tempting - changed his life forever. But how can he offer her his love, when he can't even promise to stay in one place for longer than a week?

©2013 Laurie Vanzura (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Lori Wilde
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
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Let Me Call You Sweetheart

1 rating

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The latest blockbuster from the number one best-selling author of Remember Me and I'll Be Seeing You Beauty has its price.... Kerry McGrath had only begun to work in the county prosecutor's office at the time of the infamous "Sweetheart Murder Case" - the bizarre slaying years ago of strikingly beautiful Suzanne Reardon. Now, 10 years later, Kerry has gained a reputation as a smart and relentless prosecutor - so much so that her name has been given to the governor as a candidate for a new judgeship - and her new life and career are in full swing. But Kerry's plans are turned upside down when her daughter Robin is injured in a car accident, requiring treatment from a well-known plastic surgeon. It is in his office that Kerry first encounters a beautiful face she remembers from her past but can't quite place - until she realizes that this angelic face is a troubling link to the "Sweetheart" case. When she starts asking questions, she soon discovers that everyone involved wants the case to remain closed...and will stop at nothing to keep it that way. A terrifying look into a mind obsessed with beauty, Let Me Call You Sweetheart is America's Queen of Suspense at the very top of her form.

©2012 Mary Higgins Clack (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
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Out of the Shadows

2 ratings

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Kay Hooper’s flair for storytelling and her broad mastery of genre are apparent in her electrifying novels. Her many works include modern and historical romances, fantasies, mysteries, gothic novels, and, like Out of the Shadows, suspense thrillers featuring psychic ability. The small, friendly town of Gladstone, Tennessee seems the ideal place to raise a family - until two teenagers are found tortured to death. Sheriff Miranda Knight will do anything to make her small town safe again, even if it means calling in Noah Bishop, the FBI’s psychic profiler. The last time she and Noah combined their psychic powers, she was almost destroyed. Now she must learn to trust him again, or she will most certainly die at the hands of the monster who’s stalking her town. Narrator C.J. Critt breathes life into the beautiful psychic sheriff with paranormal powers and transforms this exciting blend of romance, mystery, and suspense into an exciting listening experience.

©2000 Kay Hooper (P)2001 Recorded Books

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Kay Hooper
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
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Hero at Large

2 ratings

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It seems like good luck when gorgeous and mysterious Ken Callahan stops to help single mom Chris Nelson with her car. But then she breaks his arm...then his toe...and then his heart. Not easily discouraged, Ken moves into her basement...cooks her potholder in the spaghetti sauce...attempts to seduce her with cookies...and destroys her favorite pan by trying to make a roast in it. All may seem lost for Chris and Ken, until a meddlesome Aunt Edna, a ride on a Zamboni and a genuine love of family all conspire to turn their luck around.

©2010 Evanovich, Inc. (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Murder@Maggody.com

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Award-winning author Joan Hess packs mayhem, outrageous characters, and hijinks into this rollicking mystery set in rural Arkansas. Beleaguered chief of police Arly Hanks has her hands full when modern technology moves into small town Maggody, bringing with it controversy and murder. Maggody's high school has a new computer lab. Folks are calling the internet the Devil's workshop, but the adult computer class is filling up. Soon friends are exchanging E-mail, and the preacher is posting sermon notes. But when some mighty unusual images flash across monitors--and a pretty computer student is found dead in an abandoned shack--the town demands Arly find the answers. With tempers flaring and rumors raging, it will take all of Arly's low-tech resourcefulness to find the cold-blooded killer. Narrator C.J. Critt's sense of timing hones the hilarity and keeps you guessing throughout.

©2000 Joan Hess (P)2001 Recorded Books,LLC

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Joan Hess
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Misery Loves Maggody

1 rating

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Joan Hess, highly acclaimed author, is known for her wonderful sense of the bizarre and talent for spinning a web of intrigue. She perpetually packs her unique mystery series with murder and mayhem in the not-so-sleepy town of Maggody, Arkansas. Maggody Police Chief Arly Hanks is all shook up when she hears that her mother collapsed during a pilgrimage to Graceland and is in a Memphis hospital. Another member of the tour is pushed to her death from a hotel balcony. A prominent Maggody citizen stands accused of the murder. Arly's suspicious mind tells her to snap into action--it's now or never--before the touring residents of Maggody are returned to sender ... in a hearse. Voicing the perfect amount of wit and satire along with the fast-paced dialog, narrator C.J. Critt gives listeners a real treat, as this mystery spins out of control and back again.

©1998 Joan Hess (P)2001 Recorded Books,LLC

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Joan Hess
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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The Cookcamp

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In 1944, a little boy travels to Minnesota to live with his grandma, a Norwegian-American woman who cooks for the men who are building a road to Canada. Award-winning storyteller Gary Paulsen reveals the boy’s adventures with poignant honesty and adventurous spirit.

©1991 Gary Paulsen (P)1995 Recorded Books

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Gary Paulsen
Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
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Mummy Dearest

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Claire Malloy - Arkansas bookseller and widowed mother - after a long courtship has finally said "I do" to her swain, Lieutenant Peter Rosen. Now they are on their honeymoon in Luxor, Egypt. That is, Claire is on her honeymoon - accompanied by Caron, her teenaged daughter, and Inez, Caron's best friend and frequent partner in adventure. Peter is mostly away on various mysterious consultations with equally mysterious government agencies for his new mysterious job. Claire is intent on a quiet, uneventful honeymoon, but things go from bucolic to creepy, when Caron and Inez are chased through darkened deserted alleys, by persons unknown, and a student of their acquaintance is kidnapped by two young men on horseback in a scene reminiscent of a Valentino film. Something is clearly afoot in this tourist paradise, and Claire will stop at nothing to find out what it is. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.

©2008 Joan Hess (P)2008 AudioGO

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Joan Hess
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
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Sand Sharks

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Margaret Maron continues her best-selling Deborah Knott series with Sand Sharks - an "outstanding ... neat mystery that [is] highly recommended" ( Library Journal, starred review). Judge Deborah's hopes for relaxation at a seaside judicial conference are dashed when she stumbles upon the murdered body of a colleague. And when more judges turn up dead, Deborah fears she could be next.

©2009 Margaret Maron (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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The Merry Wives of Maggody

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Maggody, Arkansas (pop. 755) is regarded by most as a two-bit hick town, filled with one-bit hicks. But Mrs. Jim Bob Buchanon seeks to change that with her latest scheme - a charity golf tournament! This presents a bit of a challenge, since no one in Maggody plays golf, and there is no course. But when the prize for the first hole-in-one is announced - a top of the line bass boat - nearly everyone in town quickly develops a profound interest in the sport. Sheriff Arly Hanks, who has better things to worry about, just wishes it would all go away. When Tommy Ridner beats the odds and sinks a hole-in-one to win the boat on the first day of the tournament, it looks like it's all over...until the next morning, when he's found dead, his head caved in by a golf club. Now, according to the rules, the prize is once again up for grabs. Arly Hanks is faced with a complicated investigation - and darned near everyone in town is a suspect.

©2009 Joan Hess. All rights reserved. (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks America

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Joan Hess
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Damsels in Distress

Summary

A renaissance fair is coming to the relatively quiet college town of Farberville, Arkansas. Though resistant to getting involved, Claire Malloy, local bookseller and mother of the perpetually petulant teen Caron, finds herself drawn into the strange inner workings of the group putting on the fair. But a dark mood falls over the festivities when one of the organizers is a victim of arson, and her body is found in the burned wreckage of her rented house. Someone is definitely dead - but is it murder?

©2007 Joan Hess (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Author: Joan Hess
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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Hard Row

3 ratings

Summary

New York Times best-selling author Margaret Maron has garnered Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and American Mystery awards for her captivating series set in rural North Carolina. When a local farmer - known for his severe treatment of migrant workers - turns up savagely murdered, Judge Deborah and her new Deputy Sheriff husband soon wade into a quagmire of exploitation. But as murders mushroom, the two uncover secrets that threaten both their community and their new life together. More mayhem? Listen to another Deborah Knott mystery.

©2007 Margaret Maron (P)2007 Recorded Books

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
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The Buzzard Table

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Margaret Maron's mysteries starring Judge Deborah Knott have built a loyal following since debuting with the Edgar Award-winning The Bootlegger's Daughter. The series' 18th entry finds Deborah and her husband, Deputy Sheriff Bryant, teaming up with Lt. Sigrid Herald to track down a killer on the loose in their small North Carolina town. But as the hunt for the culprit gets more intense, they uncover long-hidden secrets that cast their investigation in a whole new light.

©2012 Margaret Maron (P)2012 Recorded Books

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible