The Death of Mrs. Westaway

by Ruth Ware
Published on:  May 29, 2018
4-stars-1

Death of Mrs. Westaway

Audio Review: Upon turning on the audio version of The Death of Mrs. Westaway, the reader is immediately met with beautifully eerie music that sets the tone for the story perfectly. After which, a slowly unravelled story surrounding a girl, Hal, who receives a letter from a lawyer stating she has been left an inheritance begins. Even though Hal knows this cannot be correct, she goes to the funeral and to the home afterwards in hopes that the Will may leave her with just a little to pay off her debts. The longer she spends time with the family, the more she sees their estrangement from each other and the more questions raise up within her regarding the history of Trepassen estate.

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An Incomplete Revenge

Maisie Dobbs #5 by Jacqueline Winspear
Published on: April 1, 2010
4-stars-1

Maisie Dobbs 5An Incomplete Revenge is my first Jacqueline Winspear and Maisie Dobbs novel. I checked Maisie #5 out from my local library and listened to the audio book version and did not technically “read” the book, which possibly alters my response to the book, but I really hope not.

In the story, Maisie investigates specific matters for a potential land purchase. As she investigates she interviews various villagers of Heronsdene in regards to two main themes: Random fires that occur on an annual basis and a Zepplin encounter that occurred during the war. But Maisie also has a private life outside of investigating and that story is told as well.

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The Aeronaut’s Windlass

The Cinder Spires #1 by Jim Butcher
5-stars

The Aeronauts WindlassAudio Book Review: I loved listening to this on audio. Euan Morton did a fantastic job, especially in regards in regards to how he read the cat parts. When he read their dialogue, I could “feel” the cat’s overall indifference and disdain and sounded exactly what my mind thought a cat should sound like.

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Nevermoor #1 by Jessica Townsend
Published on:  October 31, 2017
5-stars

NevermoorIf you are very lucky every once in a while you will find a book you become so immersed in that it becomes the real world and the real world melts away. Where you read a scene in the book where it is pouring down rain and then when you look back up you are startled to find that the sun is shining and you wonder for a few seconds what has happened to the rain. That’s how this book was for me.

Nevermoor is a truly ‘wunderous’ tale of an eleven-year old cursed girl that is expected to die on eventide, but instead escapes her fate with the help of Jupiter North, a member of the Wundrous Society, and finds herself in the magical world of Nevermoor. Upon arrival in Nevermoor, Jupiter informs Morrigan Crow she is his candidate that year into the Society where to be accepted she must complete 3 trials and display a ‘knack.’

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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton
Published on:  September 18, 2018
5-stars

7 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is what has been accurately described as an Agatha Christie mystery with Downton Abbey and Quantum Leap all rolled into one.  I had the pleasure of listening to this book on audio and seriously loved every single moment.  It is easily one of the most clever and well thought-out books I’ve ever read.  My mind is blown just thinking about what it must have taken to create the timeline alone for the entire narrative.  On top of that I can’t even begin to imagine how much time, effort, diligence, and patience it took to plot out every single plot point without making a huge misstep.  By the end of the novel no stone was left unturned and there was no lingering unanswered question that I could smugly say “you missed this one little thing…”

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How to Catch a Bogle

(City of Orphans/Bogle #1) by Catherine Jinks, Sarah Watts (Illustrations)
Published on:  September 3, 2013
4-stars-1

Set in Victorian England, How to Catch a Bogle tells the story of 10-year old Birdie McAdams who is an apprentice to Alfred the Bogler. A bogle is a monster that hides in dark places and eats unsuspecting children. Birdie’s job as an apprentice is to sing songs that lure the bogles out from their hiding places in time for Alfred to kill it.

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