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Gargoyle

Summary

Ein Mann überlebt einen Unfall mit schwersten Verbrennungen. Entstellt und voller Schmerzen hat er danach nur einen Gedanken: Wie kann er seinem elenden Zustand ein Ende bereiten? Da taucht eine mysteriöse Frau an seinem Krankenbett auf: die schöne Marianne Engel, exzentrische Bildhauerin beeindruckender Fabelwesen. Sie behauptet, sie seien einst Liebende gewesen - vor siebenhundert Jahren in Deutschland, als sie eine Nonne war und er ein Söldner auf der Flucht. Ist diese Frau einfach verrückt? Oder ist sie der rettende Engel, der ihn erlösen wird? Die Lesung von Stefan Kaminski und Sascha Icks ist so spannend, so beflügelnd, so packend, dass sie die volle Aufmerksamkeit verlangt - und verdient. Die einzige Tragödie ist, dass sie trotzdem einmal endet.

(c) + (p) 2008 Der Hörverlag

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Murder at Hawthorn Cottage

46 ratings

Summary

Meet Melissa: cat lover, caring mother… daring detective? Melissa Craig is absolutely delighted with her new life in an old crumbling cottage, spending her days pruning the primroses and getting to know Binkie, the ginger cat next door. She only wishes she had made the move to the countryside sooner. But when a knock at the door brings news of a shocking discovery, she suddenly finds herself thrown in to the middle of a baffling mystery: the bones of a young woman have been found in the woods just behind her new home. Perhaps the little village of Upper Bembury is not as idyllic as it first seemed? Strange phone calls in the night convince Melissa that the police are barking up completely the wrong tree, so she can’t resist doing a little digging of her own. From the bingo hall to the beauty salon and beyond, her search ruffles a few feathers and uncovers many of the village’s most scandalous secrets, but gets her no closer to finding the culprit. The discovery of a tatty old photograph in a drawer is the final piece of the puzzle she needs, but as a newcomer in this close-knit community, does Melissa have what it takes to get to the bottom of this extraordinary murder mystery alone? A joy to read! An absolutely unpausable whodunnit for fans of Agatha Christie, P.D. James and Faith Martin. This book was previously published as A Little Gentle Sleuthing.

©2018 Betty Rowlands (P)2018 Bookouture

Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
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Murder at the Manor Hotel: A completely unputdownable cozy mystery novel

14 ratings

Summary

As the stage is set for a local village play in a beautiful countryside manor, Melissa Craig plays the role of detective once again when one of the cast is mysteriously murdered.... Melissa is delighted when she’s asked to help put on a play at her favorite local Cotswolds hotel. There’s nothing she loves more than getting to know the cast, who are just as colorful behind the scenes as they are onstage. Rehearsals are running smoothly until the perpetually grumpy supporting actor is found spread-eagle at the bottom of a steep flight of stairs leading to a cellar. As Melissa tries in vain to save his life, she is sure she can hear voices nearby and suspects there is more to this accident than meets the eye. Why on earth was he trying to get down to the hotel’s private cellar? And why does the hotel manager seem so angry about it? When the hotel floor plans deliver some unexpected revelations, Melissa is convinced that she’s dealing with a murder. But when all of your suspects are actors, how can you tell the good liars from the bad? Can Melissa find the killer before the final curtain falls?   If you’ve devoured books by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin, and P. D. James, you won’t be able to resist this pause-resisting murder mystery! This book was previously published as Exhaustive Enquiries.   What readers are saying about Betty Rowlands: "An entertaining book...fluently written... In the same league as Agatha Christie." (B for Book Review) "Captivated...very well-written...a terrific beginning to the series...a very quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed the danger and surprising twists in this story, as well as the unexpected humour." (Robin Loves Reading) "Absolutely charming!... A good old-fashioned who-dunnit with just the right amount of mystery, intrigue and humour. Would definitely recommend!" (Stardust Book Reviews)

©2018 Betty Rowlands (P)2018 Bookouture

Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
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Murder in a Country Garden: A Completely Addictive English Cozy Murder Mystery

3 ratings

Summary

A perfect country garden is full of flowers and gently buzzing bees.... But the man lying dead beneath the trees can no longer see the beautiful scene. Melissa Craig is thrilled that summer has arrived. She has decided to give up her career as an amateur sleuth and enjoy a quiet life in her beautiful cottage. The only digging in Melissa’s life now happens in her garden. However, when a keen beekeeper is found dead, covered in multiple stings, her new resolve is tested. As she gets to know the family of the dead man, she realizes he was no saint. Could someone have possibly wanted him dead? Could this be a very clever murder? As Melissa starts to probe the victim’s friends and acquaintances, another member of the family is also stung to death. Who could have turned the bees against their keeper? And when will they strike again? With the residents of Upper Benbury now fearful to open their windows to the summer air and the police treating the deaths as accidental, Melissa must solve this case herself. To find the killer with the sharpest sting, she may have to delve deep into the hive.... If you can’t get enough of mysteries by Agatha Christie, P. D. James, or Faith Martin, you will love this irresistible mystery novel. This book was previously published as Sweet Venom.

©2004, 2019 Betty Rowlands (P)2019 Bookouture

Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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Murder on a Winter Afternoon

7 ratings

Summary

A snow-covered cottage is nestled in the hills, all ready for Christmas...but inside a body lies dead upon the floor. Melissa Craig is enjoying her first winter in the Cotswolds, taking brisk walks through the snowy fields and basking in the winter sunshine. The only thing Melissa is plotting is her Christmas shopping.  But after the unexpected death of local writer Leonora Jewell, Melissa is asked to complete Leonora’s final book. However, on her first visit to the cottage, she finds a gruesome object overlooked by the police: a metal bar covered with dried blood. Terrified, Melissa rushes to the nearest telephone box to call the police. But by the time they reach Leonora’s cottage, the murder weapon has mysteriously vanished.  With no murder weapon, the detective in charge of the case scoffs at Melissa’s suspicions. Furious and frustrated, Melissa focuses on finishing Leonora’s novel. But as she reads Leonora’s notes for the book, she starts to wonder...did Leonora accidentally plot out her own murder?  As Melissa does some investigating of her own, she uncovers some pretty suspicious local characters. But with the police unwilling to help, can Melissa solve this vicious crime alone? By hook, by crook, or by the book, Melissa must find the killers before they strike again.... If you adore Faith Martin, Joy Ellis, and P. D. James, you’re in for a treat with this pause-resisting mystery novel! This book was previously published as Deadly Legacy. What readers are saying about Betty Rowlands: "An absolutely addictive, wonderful story. Loved it from start to finish. Great pace and a delightful setting, colourful characters and thrilling mystery. This was a brilliant story and I cannot wait for more!" (Renita D’Silva, author of The Forgotten Daughter) "A lovely, peaceful and funny cozy mystery novel...plenty of very good laugh-out-loud moments...reminded me of Agatha Raisin... I’ll be definitely in the search of other books from this author in future. A perfect cozy mystery!" (Licence to Read) "Absolutely charming!... A good old-fashioned who-dunnit with just the right amount of mystery, intrigue and humour. Would definitely recommend!" (Stardust Book Reviews)

©1995, 2018 Betty Rowlands (P)2018 Bookouture

Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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The Obesity Code

542 ratings

Summary

Everything you believe about how to lose weight is wrong. Weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones - in everyone - and only by understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss. In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Jason Fung (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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Lady of Hay

Summary

A story spanning centuries. A long awaited revenge. In London, journalist Jo Clifford plans to debunk the belief in past lives in a hard-hitting magazine piece. But her scepticism is shaken when a hypnotist forces her to relive the experiences of Matilda, Lady of Hay, a noblewoman during the reign of King John. She learns of Matilda's unhappy marriage, her love for the handsome Richard de Clare and the brutal death threats handed out by King John, before it becomes clear that Jo’s past and present are inevitably entwined. She realises that 800 years on, Matilda’s story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to repeat itself.... Barbara Erskine’s iconic debut novel still delights generations of readers and listeners 30 years after its first publication.

©2021 Barbara Erskine (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Length: 27 hrs and 39 mins
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Murder at Benbury Brook: An Absolutely Gripping English Cozy Mystery

3 ratings

Summary

A babbling brook runs alongside a wooded glade, surrounded by autumn light and birdsong. But next to the stream a young woman lies dead, her once bright blonde hair now limp and lifeless... Melissa Craig has settled into a new job in the charming Cotswolds village of Upper Benbury. She is teaching French to several of the local teenagers, which gives her a fascinating insight into the young people’s lives. Material for a new novel, perhaps.... Her quiet life is interrupted when she sees her new neighbour running out of the woods in a blind panic. Melissa rushes to help him, but what she finds leaves her breathless: The body of young woman is lying on the bank of the river. When suspicion falls on Melissa’s neighbour, a man with a difficult past trying to make a new start, Melissa feels determined to prove his innocence. With the village in turmoil and the police sure they’ve got their man, she must act quickly.  As she interviews the local residents, she realises there are several sinister characters lurking inside those charming Cotswold cottages.... Could one of them have hurt Cissie? Was it the strange old man with a cottage near the river? Or the ailing ex-choirmaster with quite an eye for the ladies? When Melissa Craig decides to get her teeth into a case, she doesn’t let go - nothing will stop her from solving this murder. Can she prove the innocence of her new friend? And will she unearth the culprit before another young life is taken?

©2000, 2019 Betty Rowlands (P)2019 Bookouture

Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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Britt-Marie Was Here

95 ratings

Summary

For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgmental or fussy or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example - forks, knives, then spoons. We're not animals, are we? But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realises. So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her than she's ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places. The number-one European best seller by the author of A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie Was Here is a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community and second chances.

©2016 Fredrik Backman (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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Murder on the Clifftops

10 ratings

Summary

An utterly addictive cozy mystery novel French cheese, fine wine, and...a mystifying murder? A delightful afternoon stroll turns to disaster when the guests of an artists’ retreat in the French mountains spot the body of a man at the bottom of a cliff. Amongst them is Melissa Craig, who, binoculars at the ready, suddenly finds herself at the center of a very puzzling mystery. Was it an accident, or was he pushed?  Her suspicions are confirmed when another body is found days later in almost the exact same spot. It can’t be a coincidence; someone in this idyllic French village is up to no good, and it’s up to her to find out who. Between the eccentric locals and mischievous guests, Melissa finds herself with no shortage of potential suspects: Was it the surly handyman with a dark past or perhaps, the short-sighted widow with an excellent golf swing? But the real question is: How close to the edge will Melissa have to tread to find the culprit? An absolutely gripping murder mystery you’ll feel compelled to listen to in one sitting. Perfect for anyone who loves Agatha Christie, P.D. James, or Faith Martin.  This book was previously published as Over the Edge.

©2018 Betty Rowlands (P)2018 Bookouture

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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Murder at Larkfield Barn

8 ratings

Summary

Bright mornings and brisk walks.... Spring has arrived in the Cotswolds. But the atmosphere is positively wintery in Upper Benbury after a series of murders shake the close-knit community. Since her move to the country, Melissa Craig has become firmly established in village life. So, when one of the older residents fails to show up for a drinks party, Melissa goes to check on her. What she finds chills her to the bone: Her dear neighbor has been murdered, and the killer has painted a hideous smile onto her face.... Melissa soon realizes that the death in her village bears the same trademark as a series of recent murders in the Cotswolds. When will The Smiler strike again? With a dangerous killer on the loose, Melissa realizes she needs to solve this case quickly. But as she starts to look closely at the people around her, she realizes the killer may be closer to home than she could ever have imagined. What dark secrets are the villagers of Upper Benbury hiding? And can Melissa crack this deadly case before another life is taken?  Do you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin, and P.D. James? If so, then you won’t be able to put down this gripping novel! 

©1996, 2019 Betty Rowlands (P)2019 Bookouture

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
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Dancers in the Wind

Summary

She is hunting for the truth, but who is hunting her? Freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is commissioned by a national newspaper to write an investigative article on the notorious red light district in Kings Cross. There she meets prostitute Princess and a police inspector in the vice squad, Tom Jordan. When Princess later arrives on her doorstep beaten up so badly she is barely recognisable, Hannah has to make some tough decisions and is drawn ever deeper into the world of deceit and violence. Three sex workers are murdered, their deaths covered up in a media blackout, and Hannah herself is under threat. As she comes to realise that the taste for vice reaches into the higher echelons of the great and the good, Hannah realises she must do everything in her power to expose the truth...and stay alive.

©2016 Anne Coates (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Joan Walker
Author: Anne Coates
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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100 Ways to Be Kind

Summary

Acts of everyday kindness can boost your mood and immunity, lower blood pressure, ease anxiety, slow the aging process, improve the quality of your relationships (including the one you have with yourself) and give you a sense of deep meaning and purpose. 100 Ways to Be Kind is a road map of practical, simple, and immediately actionable ways to be kind including how to be kinder to yourself, to others, and to nature. Theresa debunks the damaging myth that being kind is a weakness and shows that it is not anger or aggression that brings out our true inner grit, but kindness. Science has proven that there are powerful, potentially lifesaving, reasons to be kind. The kinder you are, the more likely you are to experience happiness. Kindness is the simple and scientifically proven remedy that everyone needs to administer right now. So, if you want to harness the power of kindness to transform your life and help save the world at the same time but aren’t quite sure how - this book is for you.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Theresa Cheung (P)2020 Bookouture

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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A Man Called Ove

299 ratings

Summary

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'. But behind the surly pedant there is a story, and a sadness. And when on a November morning his new (foreign) neighbours in the terraced house opposite accidentally flatten Ove's letterbox, it sets off a comical and heart-warming tale of unexpected friendship which will change one man - and one community - from their very foundations. Quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny, A Man Called Ove is a life-affirming fable for our times.

©2014 Fredrik Backman (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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Changeling

Summary

On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the Wentshire Forest Pass when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found.  Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995. Elusive online journalist Scott King, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel, his son and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. He takes a journey through the trees of the Wentshire Forest - a place synonymous with strange sightings and tales of hidden folk who dwell there. He talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest and a psychic who claims to know where Alfie is....  Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought provoking, Changeling is an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, taking you to places you will never, ever forget.

©2018 Matt Wesolowski (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Hamlet

3 ratings

Summary

Experience Hamlet as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary.If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation.From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audibook (2008). Winners of three Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio, and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2009 SmartPass Ltd (P)2009 SmartPass Ltd

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Murder in the Dining Room: An absolutely gripping British cozy mystery

3 ratings

Summary

A grand old house soaks up the golden summer sun...but inside the dining room something dreadful has happened. Melissa couldn’t be happier that summer has arrived. She’s delighted to have her mother back by her side, and she is extending her beloved Hawthorn Cottage so her new family can live together. Meanwhile, Melissa’s mother, Sylvia, is back in good health and enjoying a brief stay at a stately retirement home. She loves getting to know the residents, until first a dog and then his owner are both found dead in the dining room. Like mother, like daughter, Sylvia decides to do a little investigating of her own. Convinced that the deaths are suspicious, Sylvia starts probing her fellow residents, trying to find out who might have wanted the dog and its owner dead. Could it be the once-married couple, or the glamorous actors, or the harassed manager of the home? When one of Sylvia’s friends falls ill in suspicious circumstances, Melissa realizes her mother has rattled someone, but who? And what happens if the killer realizes they’ve been rumbled? Will Sylvia find herself meeting a villain in the dining room? And can Melissa find the culprit before another life is taken? An absolutely gripping mystery for fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin, and Joy Ellis! This book was previously published as No Laughing Matter. What reviewers are saying about Betty Rowlands: "An absolutely addictive, wonderful story. Loved it from start to finish. Great pace and a delightful setting, colourful characters and thrilling mystery. This was a brilliant story and I cannot wait for more!" (Renita D’Silva, author of The Forgotten Daughter, 5 stars) "Once I started reading I couldn't put it down as it was entertaining and enthralling… The mystery was interesting and it kept me guessing till the end... Highly recommended!" (Scrapping and Playing, 5 stars) "The quintessential cozy mystery...the storyline is fast-paced and engaging...builds to an adrenaline fuelled ending, full of action and powerful imagery. An enjoyable, escapist read that I suspect may become my secret addiction." (Jane Hunt’s Blog, 5 stars)

©2003, 2019 Betty Rowlands (P)2019 Bookouture

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 8 hrs
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Murder in Langley Woods: A Completely Addictive Cozy Mystery Novel

1 rating

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A body is found near a picture-perfect Cotswolds village...but the upstanding local residents couldn’t possibly be involved, could they?   Murder is the very last thing on Melissa Craig’s mind when one of her neighbors pops in to complain loudly about a minor local robbery. She’s far too busy thinking about her next book.... But when the evening paper lands, there is a shocking headline. A young woman’s body has been found in the nearby woods, and it seems the local robbery may offer a crucial clue. Suddenly the whole village is talking about the murder, but none of Melissa’s neighbors have come forward to say they know who the victim is.  Convinced that the police have got the wrong end of the stick, Melissa can’t resist doing some more digging. When she finds a photograph of the dead girl at her former family home, she realizes this is the clue she needs, if only she can find out who took the picture.... Melissa finds an exciting new lead and rushes to follow it. But might she be walking into a trap? Can she work out the truth before she puts herself in harm’s way?  If you love novels by Joy Ellis, Faith Martin, or Agatha Christie, you won’t be able to pause this twisty murder mystery!   This book was previously published as The Cherry Pickers.

©1998; 2019 Betty Rowlands (P)2019 Bookouture

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
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Organizing for Creative People

1 rating

Summary

Most of the conventional productivity advice you'll find in the soft business section simply does not work for creative people. Surprisingly, to date there has not been a single book or audiobook that addresses the unique organisational challenges that artists face. This audiobook sets out to change that, and it addresses the myth that truly creative people are messy and that they need mess in order to create. Sheila Chandra applies her professional insights as a creative and an organizing expert to the lives of other busy creative people in all disciplines - showing them how good organization can liberate their creative magic. She begins with artists' physical spaces, including arranging their workspaces and offices so that they remain tidy effortlessly. Her career headspace chapters cover creative well-being, including artist support systems; career well-being, including networking and collaborations; self-promotion and how to avoid working for free; making social media pay; personal branding, career planning and goals; how to manage copyright issues and legal paperwork; and legacy management. And all from an artist's point of view. These foolproof, tried-and-tested systems are mixed with creativity tips and artist well-being advice that only one artist knows to give another. Writing with real affection for the listener, Sheila Chandra takes the creative person by the hand and puts them on the path to success.

©2017 Sheila Chandra (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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Murder in the Morning

19 ratings

Summary

Cream teas, buttered crumpets, and a very curious crime… Melissa Craig is settling in nicely to a new teaching position in the quaint little village of Upper Bembury, getting to know her way around, drinking tea with the eccentric staff, even sewing the first seeds of romance.... But when she arrives one morning to find police outside her classroom, Melissa is shocked to hear that her beautiful colleague Angelica has been found dead in her home. As everyone in Angelica’s life comes under suspicion, Melissa makes it her mission to go in search of the truth, not least because she’s romantically entangled with none other than the police’s prime suspect. The discovery of a vandalized portrait of the murdered girl might be just the clue that Melissa needs to clear her lover’s name, but when a second body surfaces, she knows she needs to act quickly. Can Melissa uncover the ugly truth in this beautiful village before another innocent life is taken? Do you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, P.D. James, and Faith Martin? If so, you'll really enjoy listening to this puzzling and absolutely page-turning whodunit!  This book was previously published as Finishing Touch.

©1992, 2018 Betty Rowlands (P)2018 Bookouture

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults

6 ratings

Summary

Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience! Introduced by Lucy Mangan. Tales to soothe tired souls. A nighttime companion for frazzled adults, including calming stories and poems for a good night's sleep. This cheering book of best loved short tales, extracts and poems will calm and restore an anxious mind before sleep. A good night's sleep is essential for our well-being and our health, but in our busy lives sleep is often poor and overlooked. Now is the time to stop a while and find consolation and wonder in other worlds where all is well and sleep just a minute or two away.  From classic stories by Oscar Wilde, Guy de Maupassant and Katherine Mansfield to friendly tales of our childhoods, to poetry that reminds us of the simple joys of life, this lovingly curated audiobook will soothe a tired mind and gently carry you to the peaceful land of sleep. So switch off, snuggle down and allow yourself to escape into new worlds and old - magical, mysterious and tender realms that will accompany you to your own sweet dreams.  Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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The Sensitive Soul

1 rating

Summary

Have you ever been told to toughen up or stop taking everything so seriously? Or do you feel that in a harsh world - where the way to get noticed is to shout the loudest - your heartfelt approach just doesn’t cut it?  Some of us are born sensitive. We live our lives vividly through the lens of emotion and with our senses perpetually on high alert.  Even those whom others might label "insensitive", will experience times in their lives when their innate sensitivity is activated and they feel overwhelmed, or sense and feel things they can't explain.  Based on strategies proven to be effective by scientists and psychologists, combined with her own research including real stories, Theresa Cheung will show you how to unlock the potential of your sensitivity. She'll guide you through the steps that will transform the challenges of being a gentle person into a strength and shine a light on how traits such as empathy, intuition, creativity, and compassion have the power to unite us.  The Sensitivity Code is a vital resource for the highly sensitive, anyone who has gone through sensitive times, or simply longed for the world to be a little kinder.

©2020 Theresa Cheung (P)2020 Hachette UK - Thread

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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One in Three

2 ratings

Summary

Don’t miss this brilliantly twisty new thriller....

Both of them loved him. One of them killed him....

Louise has had to watch her husband, Andrew, start a new family in the four years since he left her. The ‘other woman’ is now his wife - but Louise isn’t ready to let Caz enjoy the life that was once hers or to let go of the man she still loves. 

As Louise starts to dig into Caz’s past, the two women’s pretence of civility starts to slip. But in trying to undermine each other, they discover more about the man they both married. And when Andrew is murdered at a family party, both women are found standing over the body. 

It’s always the wife. But which one?

©2020 Tess Stimson (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Murder at the Old House: A gripping and unputdownable cozy mystery novel

4 ratings

Summary

The trees are green and hedgerows are bursting with new life as spring arrives in the Cotswolds, but inside a house that Melissa Craig used to know well, something terrible has happened.... Melissa has just finished writing her latest mystery novel and is enjoying the arrival of spring. She’s decided to let her fictional detective retire at last and perhaps put her own days of investigating behind her, too. But the ink has barely dried on the page when Melissa receives shocking news: Her estranged father has been found dead in the family home and her mother, Sylvia, is under suspicion of murder. Melissa hasn’t seen her parents for nearly 30 years, but on hearing the dreadful news she rushes to her mother’s side. Melissa is sure that Sylvia could never commit a murder, but Sylvia does seem to be keeping secrets.... With no one else to turn to, Sylvia begs Melissa to investigate the case. Melissa knows her father was a difficult man, but now she needs to work out who wanted him dead...a disgruntled employee, the controlling family lawyer, or perhaps the woman with whom he was having an affair? When another body is found, Melissa realizes she’s dealing with a ruthless killer. As the police close in, trying to pin both deaths on her mother, Melissa must act fast. Can she find a way to unmask the true killer before she loses her mother for a second time and possibly forever?  If you can’t get enough of murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or P. D. James, you’ll love this twisty detective novel! This book was previously published as The Fourth Suspect. "An absolutely addictive, wonderful story. Loved it from start to finish. Great pace and a delightful setting, colourful characters and thrilling mystery. This was a brilliant story and I cannot wait for more!" (Renita D’Silva, author of The Forgotten Daughter, five stars) "Once I started reading I couldn't put it down as it was entertaining and enthralling.... The mystery was interesting and it kept me guessing till the end.... Highly recommended!" (Scrapping and Playing, five stars) "The quintessential cozy mystery...the storyline is fast-paced and engaging...builds to an adrenaline fuelled ending, full of action and powerful imagery. An enjoyable, escapist read that I suspect may become my secret addiction." (Jane Hunt’s Blog, five stars)

©2019 Betty Rowlands (P)2019 Bookouture

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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Our Last Goodbye

Summary

A heart-wrenching, poignant and totally unforgettable tale of a young woman who must finally face up to the secret she has hidden for a lifetime.   1943, England: On a foggy night during the blackout, 25-year-old May Robinson watches in horror as her mother, Ivy, is tragically killed. Heartbroken, May is not sure she has the strength to harbour the secret she has kept for so many years - a secret that her mother devoted her life to hiding and that would tear their broken family even further apart. Vowing to make her mother proud, May trains to be a nurse at the local hospital, against a backdrop of wailing air-raid sirens and the eternal drone of enemy planes.  Tending to wounded, ashen-faced soldiers and fighting to save lives, May encounters Richard Bentley, who works at the hospital. But why isn’t he fighting in the war like thousands of other brave young men?   In the darkest of days, amongst death and despair, May and Richard are beacons of hope for one another. But in a perilous time of such uncertainty, and as each longs to escape their past, how well do they really know each other? And when the shocking truth of May’s secret comes to light, can their love survive the impossible?

©2019 Shirley Dickson (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Get Rid of Your Accent for Business

Summary

All of our Audible audiobooks for accent reduction are very popular because the Audible format is very well-suited for learning speech and pronunciation. This is the only audiobook on the market that has both pronunciation training and business vocabulary training. You can also get this title in print on Amazon and in bookstores, and as an e-book on Kindle. Use this audiobook with the companion iPhone app, Business English Speech, in the Apple App Store. Learn more at our website, www.batcsglobal.com.  In this speech training manual, we teach you how to produce all British English sounds. Each chapter in the book covers one sound. First, we explain how to place your tongue, lips, and jaw for the target sound. Then you repeat the sound in words, phrases, sentences, proverbs, famous quotations, verses, and tongue twisters. In addition, you drill contraction exercises, words with silent letters, and French expressions used in business in the English-speaking world. This is the most complete and comprehensive resource for business speech training. It's written in the style of the Financial Times and The Economist. It contains interviews with top professionals from finance, IT, HR, marketing, and law to help you practice up-to-date business lingo.  This book is a shortcut to achieving a high level of business English. Our customers tell us that it immediately helped them to improve their performance at work. It is a must-have for all professionals who would like to succeed in this competitive world. 

©2012 Olga Smith BATCS (P)2014 Olga Smith BATCS

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Julius Caesar

1 rating

Summary

Experience Julius Caesar as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary.If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation. From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audibook (2008). Winners of three Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio, and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2009 SmartPass Ltd (P)2009 SmartPass Ltd

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Get Rid of Your Accent for Beginners

Summary

This book is ideal for beginner learners of English. It is also recommended for more advanced speakers of English as it contains the most essential everyday vocabulary. It is based on tried and tested methods used in London drama schools for decades. The book has useful phrases, humorous poems, and short prose passages to help you practice your English accent.  This new book includes all the techniques that you need for accent reduction:  Learn and practice English sounds and essential vocabulary to master a British accent  Practice English intonation and sentence stress Learn and use connected speech patterns Practice difficult consonant clusters and word endings Learn about silent letters in English spellings Visit our website for information about our full line of accent apps and books and to book your individual speech analysis.                    

©2018 Olga Smith BATCS GLOBAL (P)2018 Oriana Smith

Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
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Paradise Fields

Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. Can love conquer all? A wonderfully romantic novel from the number one Sunday Times best-selling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match. Nel is the owner of a houseful of animals and the organiser of the farmer’s market in the picturesque Paradise Fields. She is always super-busy, but not so busy to want to preserve the meadow and market she loves when its owner dies. But who can she trust to help her save Paradise Fields? Her sensible boyfriend, Simon?  Or Jake, the devilishly handsome man who kissed her under the mistletoe? Love, but which may not survive....

©2020 Katie Fforde (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Joan Walker
Author: Katie Fforde
Category: Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Macbeth

1 rating

Summary

Experience Macbeth as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. This unabridged drama is also presented without commentary. If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation. From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audiobook (2008). Winners of 3 Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2007 SmartPass Ltd (P)2007 SmartPass Ltd

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Enough About Love

Summary

Any man - or woman - who wants to hear nothing - or no more - about love should put this audiobook down. Anna and Louise could be sisters, but they don’t know each other. They are both married with children, and for the most part, they are happy. On almost the same day, Anna, a psychiatrist, crosses paths with Yves, a writer, while Louise, a lawyer, meets Anna’s analyst, Thomas. Love at first sight is still possible for those into their 40s and long-married. But when you have already mapped out a life path, a passionate affair can come at a high price. For our four characters, their lives are unexpectedly turned upside down by the deliciously inconvenient arrival of love. For Anna, meeting Yves has brought a flurry of excitement to her life and made her question her values, her reliable husband, and her responsibilities to her children. For Louise, a successful career woman in a stable and comfortable marriage, her routine is uprooted by the youthful passion she feels for Thomas. Thought-provoking, sophisticated, and, above all, amusing, Enough About Love captures the euphoria of desire through tender and unflinching portraits of husbands, wives, and lovers.

©2009 Éditions Jean-Claude Lattès. Originally published in French as Assez parlé d’amour by Éditions Jean-Claude Lattès, Paris 2009. Translation Copyright 2010 Adriana Hunter. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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Death's Silent Judgement

Summary

Death's Silent Judgement is the thrilling sequel to Dancers in the Wind and continues the gripping series starring London-based investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge. Following the deadly events of Dancers in the Wind, freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is thrown into the heart of a horrific murder investigation when a friend, Liz Rayman, is found with her throat slashed at her dental practice. With few clues to the apparently motiveless crime, Hannah throws herself into discovering the reason for her friend's brutal murder and is determined to unmask the killer. But before long Hannah's investigations place her in mortal danger, her hunt for the truth placing her in the path of a remorseless killer.... For fans of Lynda La Plante and Martina Cole.

©2017 Anne Coates (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Joan Walker
Author: Anne Coates
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
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Love Letters

Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. With the bookshop where she works about to close, Laura Horsley, in a moment of uncharacteristic recklessness, finds herself agreeing to help organise a literary festival deep in the heart of the English countryside. But her initial excitement is rapidly followed by a mounting sense of panic when reality sinks in and she realises just how much work is involved - especially when an innocent mistake leads the festival committee to mistakenly believe that Laura is a personal friend of the author at the top of their wish-list. Laura might have been secretly infatuated with the infamous Dermot Flynn ever since she studied him at university, but travelling to Ireland to persuade the notorious recluse to come out of hiding is another matter.  Determined to rise to the challenge, she sets off to meet her literary hero. But all too soon she's confronted with more than she bargained for - Dermot the man is maddening, temperamental and up to his ears in a nasty case of writer's block. But he's also infuriatingly attractive - and, apparently, out to add Laura to his list of conquests.

©2009 Katie Fforde (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Joan Walker
Author: Katie Fforde
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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The Royal Art of Poison

Summary

The story of poison is the story of power....   For centuries, royal families have feared the gut-roiling, vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy. To avoid poison, they depended on tasters, unicorn horns and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners.  Servants licked the royal family’s spoons, tried on their underpants and tested their chamber pots. Ironically, royals terrified of poison were unknowingly poisoning themselves daily with their cosmetics, medications and filthy living conditions.  Women wore makeup made with lead. Physicians prescribed mercury enemas, arsenic skin cream, drinks of lead filings and potions of human fat and skull, fresh from the executioner.  The Royal Art of Poison is a hugely entertaining work of popular history that traces the use of poison as a political - and cosmetic - tool in the royal courts of Western Europe from the Middle Ages to the Kremlin today. 

©2018 Eleanor Herman (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Little Wishes

Summary

One of PopSugar's Best Romance Novels of November 2020! "A story of love long postponed but never forgotten, Little Wishes is a tale to be treasured. Michelle's Adam's lovely, luminous writing is a beacon that draws readers closer and brings them home to the lasting truths about life and love." (Marie Bostwick, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Restoration of Celia Fairchild) For anyone who loves One Day in December and Me Before You, a sweeping love story, written with tenderness, warmth, and a generosity of spirit, about first love and second chances, a lifelong dream, and finding the courage to follow your heart. On her favorite day of the year, Elizabeth Davenport awakens in her cottage on the wild and windy Cornish coast, opens her front door, and discovers a precious gift: the small blue crocus and a note that begins "I wish"....  The notes are never signed, but she knows they’ve been left by her first and truest love, Tom Hale. Each of these precious missives convey a simple wish for something they had missed, and the life they might have shared, if circumstances hadn't forced them apart all those years ago. She has kept them all. But on this day, what should have been the 50th anniversary of their falling in love, the gift fails to arrive. Could something have happened to Tom? Elizabeth has always been plagued by thoughts of “what if?” Propelled by worry and decades of pent up longing, Elizabeth packs a little suitcase, leaves Porthsennenon, and journeys to London...to find the love of her life once again. Finding him, Elizabeth is faced with the desperate knowledge that any time they might have now is running out. Never before had she thought that she might truly lose time - forever. And now, knowing that life is too short, Elizabeth vows to fulfill as many of Tom’s wishes as she can. Yet she fears that her efforts may expose the shameful secret that, until now, has kept them apart. Can she continue to hide the truth, or will she have the courage to reveal herself completely and finally make their dreams come true - before it’s too late? 

©2020 Michelle Adams (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Lord Livesey's Bluestocking

2 ratings

Summary

She is firmly on the shelf. He needs a wife for his motherless children. Surely nothing would go amiss in their quest to find true love?  Miss Phoebe Westbrook wishes she was anywhere other than at Lord Livesey’s house party. Family loyalty and duty forced her to accept the invitation. When she overhears Lord Livesey’s opinion of her, she knows he feels the same. Determined to make the most of his library whilst visiting, she soon finds herself being drawn into the lives of Lord Livesey and his children, whether she likes it or not.  Meanwhile, Lord Livesey has lived a lie. His marriage was not the love match everyone presumed. His children are strangers to him. After the death of his wife, he hid from the world. Persuaded to host a house party in which he’s now trapped, he scorns the women in attendance. After dismissing Phoebe cruelly, it seems that a future with her may be just the thing he's looking for....  An unconventional marriage proposal causes everything to be called into question. Misplaced values and hidden emotions will test any chance of a relationship they might have. Both will face hurdles they never anticipated, but one thing's for sure - life won’t ever be the same again. If you like simmering chemistry, troubled heroes and feisty women, you'll love Audrey Harrison's Regency tale.

©2018 Audrey Harrison (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Murder in the Orchard

5 ratings

Summary

A beautiful house nestles in an orchard, where a blackbird sings at dawn each morning from a branch laden with rosy fruit.... But underneath the trees a body lies too still to be asleep. Melissa Craig is struggling with her new novel, so when the invitation arrives to visit a nearby country house for some writing time, she decides a bit of peace and quiet is just what she needs. The house is everything she could have hoped for, even if the staff do seem rather unsettled.... She has barely unpacked when the owner of the house persuades Melissa to investigate some threatening notes he has received. But before she can do any digging, he is found murdered in his own orchard. As she starts to probe further, Melissa realizes that the dead man was universally disliked. Controlling, tight with money, and nasty, he certainly made some enemies. But who could have hated him enough to resort to murder - his seemingly timid wife, the secretary with whom he previously had an affair, or perhaps the gardener with an old secret?  With the police looking for an outsider, Melissa is sure the murderer is close at hand. But can she prove it? And can she unmask the killer before they strike again? A completely unputdownable mystery for fans of Faith Martin, Joy Ellis, and P.D. James, which will have you totally hooked.  This book was previously published as Malice Poetic.

©2019 Betty Rowlands (P)2019 Bookouture

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Knife Edge

1 rating

Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman.  No one could begin to guess at the depth of the hatred I held for Sephy Hadley. Everything began with her and my brother. And that's how it would end. Where there has been love, now there is hate.  Two families have been shattered by the divided and violent society they live in.  Sephy Hadley - a Cross, supposedly powerful and privileged - has bound herself forever to her nought lover Callum McGregor's family. But Jude McGregor blames Sephy for all the tragedies his family has suffered. And he is determined to force her to take sides and destroy her life...just like she destroyed his....  Voted as one of the UK's best-loved books, Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses series is a seminal piece of YA fiction - a true modern classic.

©2006 Malorie Blackman (P)2006 Random House

Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Get Rid of Your Accent

1 rating

Summary

Get Rid of Your Accent is a speech training manual for mastering British-English pronunciation. The audiobook is based on a tried and trusted method, used in London drama schools, that helps British people with provincial accents learn standard British English. This audiobook helps with clarity of speech. If you are not sure how to pronounce particular English sounds, it will lead to unintelligible speech. We deal with all RP (received pronunciation) English sounds in this speech training manual, which will help you sound educated. It includes humorous sentences, tongue twisters, period verses, and rhyme exercises. Relevant subjects are received pronunciation, elocution, and phonetics. It is recorded by professional actors, and the quality of speech is outstanding.

©2006 Olga Smith BATCS (P)2014 Olga Smith BATCS

Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Hold My Hand

Summary

How long do you hunt for the missing? A horrible vanishing act.... When a young Josie Masters sees a boy wearing a red football shirt, Dylan Jones, being taken by a clown at a carnival, she tries to alert the crowds. But it's too late. Dylan has disappeared.... Thirty years later, Josie is working as a police officer in Bath. The remains of the body of a child have been found - complete with tatters of a torn red football shirt. Is it the boy she saw vanish in the clutches of the clown? Or is it someone else altogether? And then another child disappears....

©2018 M. J. Ford (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Joan Walker
Author: M. J. Ford
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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The Last Thing She Told Me

1 rating

Summary

Even the deepest buried secrets can find their way to the surface.... Moments before she dies, Nicola's grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies buried in the garden. Nicola's mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola's daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty's garden, it's clear that something sinister has taken place. But will unearthing painful family secrets end up tearing Nicola's family apart? The new emotionally charged suspense novel from Linda Green, the best-selling author of While My Eyes Were Closed and After I Am Gone.

©2018 Linda Green (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Author: Linda Green
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Howdunit!

1 rating

Summary

Nominated for the 2021 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Critical/Biographical book. Ninety crime writers from the world’s oldest and most famous crime writing network give tips and insights into successful crime and thriller fiction. Howdunit! offers a fresh perspective on the craft of crime writing from leading exponents of the genre, past and present. The book offers invaluable advice to people interested in writing crime fiction, but it also provides a fascinating picture of the way that the best crime writers have honed their skills over the years. Its unique construction and content mean that it will appeal not only to would-be writers but also to crime fans. The principal contributors are current members of the legendary Detection Club, including Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Peter James, Peter Robinson, Ann Cleeves, Andrew Taylor, Elly Griffiths, Sophie Hannah, Stella Duffy, Alexander McCall Smith, John Le Carré and many more. Interwoven with their contributions are shorter pieces by past Detection Club members ranging from G. K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr to Desmond Bagley and H. R. F. Keating. The book is dedicated to Len Deighton, who is celebrating 50 years as a Detection Club member and has also penned an essay for the book. The contributions are linked by short sections written by Martin Edwards, the current president of the Club and author of the award-winning The Golden Age of Murder.

©2020 Martin Edwards (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Henry V

1 rating

Summary

Experience Henry V as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary. If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation. From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audibook (2008). Winners of 3 Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2007 SmartPass Ltd (P)2007 SmartPass Ltd

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Anything Goes

Summary

America in the 1920s was a place of drama, tension, and hedonism. It glittered and seduced: jazz, flappers, the birth of Hollywood, and a glamorous gangster-led crime scene flourishing under prohibition. But it was also punctuated by momentous events. such as the political show trials and the huge Ku Klux Klan march. It also produced a splendid array of writers, musicians, and film stars, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Bessie Smith and Charlie Chaplin. This is an exhilarating portrait of the era of invention, glamour and excess.

©2009 Lucy Moore (P)2010 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Joan Walker
Author: Lucy Moore
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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Hydra

Summary

In November 2014 Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and sister to death with a hammer. Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an Internet sensation. King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself as he questions whether Arla's responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out.

©2017 Matt Wesolowski (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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King Lear

Summary

Experience King Lear as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds.To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary.If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation. From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audibook (2008). Winners of 3 Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2007 SmartPass Ltd (P)2007 SmartPass Ltd

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Watch Over You

Summary

The hunt is on. And this time, it’s personal....  

When DS Josie Masters is called out to a house in North Oxford to investigate a serious incident, things take a personal turn. The body is Harry’s - her friend and former colleague.

Josie thought Harry lived alone, but evidence suggests he’d had a lodger - a young woman who has fled the scene.

And as more killings stun Oxford, the police discover the picture is more complicated than it appeared.

The young woman is on the run, and someone is following her - leaving a stack of bodies in their wake.... 

©2020 M.J. Ford (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Joan Walker
Author: M.J. Ford
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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One Moment

1 rating

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The new emotional drama from the author of Richard & Judy best seller The Last Thing She Told Me. Finn and Kaz are about to meet for the first time.  Ten-year-old Finn, a quirky, sensitive boy who talks a lot and eats only at cafes with a five-star hygiene rating, is having a tough time at school and home.  Outspoken Kaz, 59, who has an acerbic sense of humour and a heart of gold, is working at the café when Finn and his mum come in.  They don't know it yet, but the second time they meet will be a moment which changes both of their lives forever....

©2019 Linda Green (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

Author: Linda Green
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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The Cliff House

1 rating

Summary

Her obsession. Your home. Cornwall, summer of 1986. The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea. If only...thinks 16-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home. If only her life was as perfect as theirs. If only Edie Davenport would be her friend. If only she lived at The Cliff House....   Amanda Jennings weaves a haunting tale of obsession, loss and longing, set against the brooding North Cornish coastline, destined to stay with listeners long after the final word is spoken.

©2018 Amanda Jennings (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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Master of His Fate

2 ratings

Summary

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes the first audiobook in a stunning new historical saga.  Victorian England is a country of sharp divides between rich and poor, but James Lionel Falconer, who spends his days working at his father’s market stall, is determined to become a merchant prince. Even as a child, he is everything a self-made man should be: handsome, ambitious, charming, and brimming with self-confidence.  James quickly rises through the ranks, proving himself both hardworking and trustworthy and catching the eye of Henry Malvern, head of the most prestigious shipping company in London. But when threats against his reputation - and his life - begin to emerge, James will have to prove he truly is the master of his fate.   Through scandal and romance, tragedy and triumph, the Falconer and Malvern family’s lives intertwine in unexpected ways in this expansive and intricately detailed new audiobook filled with drama, intrigue, and Bradford's trademark cast of compelling characters.

©2018 Barbara Taylor Bradford (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible
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In the Lion's Den

1 rating

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From New York Times best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes the highly anticipated second audiobook in the House of Falconer saga. James Lionel Falconer has risen quickly from a mere shop worker to being the right-hand man of Henry Malvern, head of the most prestigious shipping company in London. With Malvern's daughter Alexis running away to the country after a terrible tragedy and refusing to return, James' ascent to head of the company seems inevitable. But even a charmed life like James' is not without its setbacks. A terrible fire threatens to end his merchant career before it's had a chance to truly begin. Mrs. Ward, James' former paramour, has a secret that could change his life forever. And his distaste for Alexis Malvern is slowly growing into feelings of quite a different sort. Can James continue to be the master of his own fate, or will all of his charm, intelligence, and wit finally fail him when he has to enter the lion's den? Spanning the years from 1889 to 1892, In the Lion's Den is Barbara Taylor Bradford at her historical storytelling best. A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2020 Barbara Taylor Bradford (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
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Checkmate

Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Checkmate by Malorie Blackman.  My name is Callie Rose.  My mum is a Cross - one of the so-called ruling elite. My dad was a Nought. My dad was a murderer. My dad was a terrorist. These facts are the only things that are mine and real. So I don't mind so much that I'm leaving it all behind. There's nothing here worth holding on to. Sixteen years have passed since Sephy Hadley first met Callum McGregor. For Callie Rose, growing up mixed race in a world where bitter prejudice divides Noughts and Crosses has meant she's an outsider wherever she turns.  Enter Jude McGregor. Jude teaches Callie about her real family history, and the more she learns the more he persuades her where her loyalties really lie.  But soon Callie is caught in a trap she can't get out of - one which will have deadly consequences.  Voted as one of the UK's best loved books, Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses series is a seminal piece of YA fiction - a true modern classic.

©2019 Malorie Blackman (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Death at the Seaside

3 ratings

Summary

Nothing ever happens in August, so Kate goes off on a long-overdue holiday to Whitby to visit her friend Alma who works there as a fortune teller. She's been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but, upon arrival, she discovers that Alma's daughter, Felicity, has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is that the jeweler who advanced Felicity the 30 shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma's current gentleman friend. Kate can't help but become involved, so she goes to the jeweler's shop to get some answers. While there, she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, and it becomes clear that her services are needed. But she's met by a wall of silence by town officials, who are keen to maintain Whitby's idyllic facade, so it's up to Kate - ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs. Sugden - to discover the truth behind Felicity's disappearance. And they say nothing ever happens in August....

©2017 Frances Brody (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Arrest Me, for I Have Run Away

Summary

Shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year, Arrest Me, for I Have Run Away is a stunning short story collection on human nature and identity. Stevie Davies' latest work, it is bound to captivate and charm the listener.

©2017 Stevie Davies (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Six Stories

4 ratings

Summary

It's 1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who took that fateful trip and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. It's 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult Internet figure. Featuring a full cast narration using 17 different voices!

©2017 Matt Wesolowski (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Keep Her Close

Summary

The second edge-of-your-seat thriller from M. J. Ford.  When a young woman goes missing from Jesus College, Oxford, DS Josie Masters is plunged into a world of panic as fear grips the city. Along with Thames Valley Police’s newest recruit, the handsome DS Pryce, Josie must act fast - and when two more students disappear from Oriel and Somerville colleges, she realises the killer is sending her a deadly message in a cruel game of cat and mouse. This time, the case is personal - but who is the perpetrator? In a desperate race against the clock, Josie hunts for the kidnapper and soon discovers he could be a lot closer to home than she’d ever thought....  M. J. Ford is back with a gripping new thriller, perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and T. M. Logan.

©2019 M. J. Ford (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Joan Walker
Author: M. J. Ford
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Here in Berlin

Summary

An unnamed Visitor travels to Berlin with a camera looking for reckonings of her own. The city itself is a character - vibrant and post-apocalyptic, flat and featureless except for its rivers, its lakes, its legions of bicyclists.

Here in Berlin, she encounters a people's history: the Cuban teen taken as a POW on a German submarine only to return home to a family who doesn't believe him, the young Jewish scholar hidden in a sarcophagus until safe passage to England is found, the female lawyer haunted by a childhood of deprivation in the bombed-out suburbs of Berlin who still defends those accused of war crimes, a young nurse with a checkered past who joins the Reich at a medical facility more intent to dispense with the wounded than to heal them, and the son of a zookeeper who fights to keep the animals safe from both the war and an increasingly starving populace.

Bringing the people of this famed city to life, critically acclaimed novelist Cristina Garcia aligns the stories of the past with those of the future.

©2017 Cristina Garcia (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
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The Common Reader Volume 1

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This is Virginia Woolf’s first collection of essays, published in 1925. In them, she attempts to see literature from the point of view of the ‘common reader’ - someone whom she, with Dr Johnson, distinguished from the critic and the scholar. She read, and wrote, as an outsider: a woman set to school in her father’s library, denied the educational privileges of her male siblings - and with no fixed view of what constitutes ‘English literature’. What she produced is an eccentric and unofficial literary and social history from the 14th to the 20th centuries, with an excursion to ancient Greece thrown in.  She investigates medieval England (The Paston Letters and Chaucer), tsarist Russia (The Russian Point of View), Elizabethan Playwrights, Jane Austen, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, Modern Fiction and the Modern Essay. When she published this book Woolf’s fame as a novelist was already established: now she was hailed as a brilliant interpretative critic. Here, she addresses ‘the common reader’ in the remarkable prose and with all the imagination and gaiety that are the stamps of her genius. 

©1925 Virginia Woolf Estate (P)2020 Ukemi Productions Ltd

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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In Their Own Words 2

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Letters, postcards, notes and telegraphs from the great and the good, the notorious and the downright wicked, shine a spotlight on a range of historical events and movements providing an immediate link to the immediate and much more distant past.  This audiobook includes letters from: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lucien Freud, Barbara Hepworth, Nelson Mandela, Caitlin Thomas, Mary Whitehouse, Gandhi, George Washington among many others.  Subjects covered include suffragette disturbances, obscene publications, relations between international leaders, child emigration including the Kindertransport.  The audiobook features 55 letters, each with a 600-word essay, and a 3000 word introduction.

©2018 The National Archives (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland

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The islands of Britain and Ireland hold a rich heritage of plant folklore and wisdom, from the magical yew tree to the bad-tempered dandelion. Here are traditional tales about the trees and plants that shape our landscapes and our lives through the seasons. They explore the complex relationship between people and plants, in lowlands and uplands, fields, bogs, moors, woodlands and towns.

©2018 Lisa Schneidau (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
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The Party Wall

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Mark lives next door to Freya. When her husband dies tragically, he determines to be her saviour, come what may. Whether that means walking the dog, minding the house or taking her on day trips. However, her neighbours on the other side keep getting in the way, as do her two lumpen brothers-in-law....  But Mark has another life, one he hasn't told Freya about, one that increasingly impinges on his desire to make Freya her own. As he lies in his bed at night, listening to her movements the other side of the wall, the gentle sighing and creaking of bed springs, he plots his movements towards an idyllic future. A future that doesn't feature his ex-girlfriend who still lives in the other house or his dead wife. As Mark ingratiates himself, Freya, lost in a sea of grief, only slowly begins to realise that Mark's motives may not be quite as compassionate as they seem and her eyes are opened to the threat she has guilelessly invited into her home.

©2020 Stevie Davies (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
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The Museum of Broken Promises

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The stunning new novel from best-selling Elizabeth Buchan.  The Museum of Broken Promises is a beautiful, evocative love story and heartbreaking journey in to a long-buried past.   Paris, today. The Museum of Broken Promises is a place of wonder and sadness, hope and loss. Every object in the museum has been donated - a cake tin, a wedding veil, a baby's shoe. And each represents a moment of grief or terrible betrayal. The museum is a place where people come to speak to the ghosts of the past and, sometimes, to lay them to rest. Laure, the owner and curator, has also hidden artefacts from her own painful youth amongst the objects on display.   Prague, 1985. Recovering from the sudden death of her father, Laure flees to Prague. But life behind the Iron Curtain is a complex thing: drab and grey yet charged with danger. Laure cannot begin to comprehend the dark political currents that run beneath the surface of this communist city. Until, that is, she meets a young dissident musician. Her love for him will have terrible and unforeseen consequences.   It is only years later, having created the museum, that Laure can finally face up to her past and celebrate the passionate love which has directed her life.

©2019 Elizabeth Buchan (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
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Our Hidden Lives

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In 1936 anthropologist Tom Harrison, poet and journalist Charles Madge and documentary filmmaker Humphrey Jennings set up the Mass Observation Project. The idea was simple: ordinary people would record, in diary form, the events of their everyday lives. An estimated one million pages eventually found their way to the archive - and it soon became clear this was more than anyone could digest. Today, the diaries are stored at the University of Sussex, where, remarkably, most remain unread. In Our Hidden Lives, Simon Garfield has skilfully woven a tapestry of diary entries in the rarely discussed but pivotal period of 1945 to 1948. The result is a moving, intriguing, funny, at times heartbreaking audiobook - unashamedly populist in the spirit of Forgotten Voices or indeed Margaret Forster's Diary of an Ordinary Woman.

©2016 Simon Garfield (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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Romeo and Juliet

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Experience Romeo and Juliet as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary. If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation. From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audibook (2008). Winners of 3 Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2007 SmartPass Ltd (P)2007 SmartPass Ltd

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The Sheep Stell

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'Every animal needs its own territory, and humans are no exception. My plans were clear at an early age. I intended to live somewhere wild and supremely beautiful.... I imagined searching the whole world for a place, high and remote as a sheep stell, quiet as a monastery, challenging and virginal, untouched and unknown.' Over 20 years ago, well before the current trend for nature writing, Janet White wrote The Sheep Stell, a beautiful and evocative memoir about her life as a shepherdess. Throughout her life Janet has always tended sheep - first as a young woman in the Cheviot Hills, where she was treated with bewilderment by the other shepherds, before leaving Britain to live on an uninhabited island off the coast of New Zealand, with a bonfire as her only means of communication with the mainland and only her flock of 200 sheep for company. After a brutal attack by an obsessed young man bent on her destruction, she was forced to leave her beloved island and return to England, where she married, became a smallholder in Sussex and finally bought a hill farm in Somerset where she still lives today. Her memoir tells the tale of a woman before her time, with incredible courage and determination, and wanting only peace and solitude in nature and a life with animals. Underpinning The Sheep Stell is Janet's devotion to the land and her total commitment to combining the principles of conservation with successful farming. Janet White is a trailblazer in both her life and her work. The Sheep Stell is testament to that and homage to the nature we're so rapidly losing touch with. It is a true celebration of the pastoral and pure escapism to a simpler life.

©1992 Janet White (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Joan Walker
Author: Janet White
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
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Brightling

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Thrown out of her children's home, all orphan Sparrow has is a single clue to her real family. Sparrow travels to Stollenbach where she is taken in by Gloriana, a strange and colourful street girl. She thinks she has found a home in the 'nest' - a hideout for homeless girls. There she is taught to make matches and stay quiet - but all is not as it seems. As Sparrow uncovers a web of strange and suspicious secrets she finds herself at the heart of an undercover smuggling trade - with a price on her head!

©2014 Oakhill Publishing (P)2014 Rebecca Lisle

Narrator: Joan Walker
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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