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I listened to this book and I quite enjoyed it on playaway.  It is the story of a woman who is still dealing with the scars of being almost abducted and killed by a serial killer.  He is now in jail, but someone else has decided to take the reins up where he left off.  Fiona has made a life for herself after what happened.  She teaches dog obedience classes while working as a volunteer for a canine rescue unit.  But when a new killer seems to target her, she will have to be braver than she has ever been.  Luckily, there is a new man in her life that should help her face her darkest fears.  This is a suspense novel, but also a love story between Fiona and Simon.

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A sequel to Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Death Comes to Pemberley takes place about six years after Darcy and Elizabeth wed.  Life is good for the Darcy’s and Bingley’s.  Elizabeth is busy preparing for the annual ball given at Pemberley when her sister Lydia shows up, hysterical, claiming that her husband is dead.  Darcy goes out with Colonel Fitzwilliam and a few others to see what happened.  In Pemberley woods, they find Wickham covered in blood over his dead friend,  Captain Denny.  It appears as though Wickham is a murderer.  Darcy must step in once again to try and help though he holds no regard for Wickham.  This is the story of the investigation and trial of Wickham and the toll it takes on the Darcy’s.  A well crafted sequel that keeps to the same spirit of Austen’s original tale.

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The first adult fiction book by popular children’s author Colfer, Plugged is a gritty mystery with an odd mishmash of characters.  Daniel McEvoy was once in the army, but now works as a doorman in a strip club.  He is going bald, feels his age, and is good with a knife.  When people start dropping dead all around him, it is up to him to put the pieces together and hopefully not get killed.  While I felt this book had a slow start, it definitely offers up plenty of action later on.  McEvoy is a likable character who we learn more about through his inner musings.  He is at heart a hero, but it doesn’t always come across that way.  The narrator of the audiobook did a great job with the accents ranging from Dublin Irish to Southern debutante.  A gripping book.

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This one was a great addition to the Lt. Eve Dallas series.  In this novel, Eve is being portrayed by a movie star in an upcoming film about one of her big cases.  Of course, there are other actors all portraying the important people in her life from Roarke to Peabody, Dr. Mira, and others.  While she isn’t thrilled (surprise, surprise) about having to schmooze with the actors, she understands it is unavoidable.  However, the end of an evening party results in the death of the actress who was playing Peabody, Eve’s partner.  Eve is on the case, but it is much harder when she is somewhat involved in the murder and was even at the scene when it occurred.  But Eve is nothing if not tenacious and so she keeps putting the pieces together until she has her murdered.  A well done tale and no blood, guts, shooting, or really any graphic violence.  Not that I am opposed to that, but this was a nice departure.

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As always, Andrews delivers a delightfully funny mystery.  This is the 12th book in the series and Meg is battling weariness while caring for her four month old twin boys.  Her family is as zany as ever and this time have liberated al lthe animals from the animal shelter before they can be put to sleep.  However, one of the volunteers has been murdered and no one is quite sure why.  Meg, for once, isn’t really interested in solving the mystery.  She is too tired to do that, but she does, unwittingly, stumble upon some clues that will allow her to help the chief.  It is a madcap mystery with tons of craziness and I loved it just as much as I loved the previous 11 in the series.  A real winner.

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After listening to a Thursday Next book, I thought I would try one of the Nursery Crimes novels.  I had picked one up before but didn’t care for it.  The audio, however, I loved.  In this one, Jack Spratt, head of the Nursery Crime Division, is investigating a missing persons case.  The missing person?  Goldilocks.  With bears and porridge rations and a crazy theme park, this book has it all.  Add in the Gingerbread Man who is a serial killer escaping from an insane asylum and going on a mad rampage, and you have a rip roaring (yesp, I said rip-roaring) good read.  I really enjoyed this book and plan to listen to others in the series.  A very funny interesting mystery.

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This audio book was very well one.  IT tells the tale of Eli Monpress who happens to be a magician and a thief.  He decided to kidnap a king in order to raise the ransom on his head.  Sounds crazy, but Eli’s plans make perfect sense to him.  Enter another magician who is determined to capture Eli in a country that hates magic users and you have a recipe for disaster.  But when a sinister magician rears his head, Eli and Miranda must band together to stop him before he destroys an entire country.  A clever delightful read.

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