BCD Mystery Aird
Past Tense by Catherine Aird. Read by Ric Jerrom. 6 discs. 7+ hours.
“English Detective Inspector Sloan and the bumbling Detective Constable Crosby investigate a series of cases that end up being connected. These include a break-in at a nursing home where nothing appears to have been stolen, the death of a young woman whose body was found in a river by a fisherman, a desecrated grave, and some missing jewelry, all of which seem to connect to the natural death of Josephine Short, who resided in the nursing home until her recent demise… A solid British procedural”
BCD Mystery Bradley
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley. Read by Jane Entwistle. 9 discs. 10+ hours
“Whether battling with her odious sisters or verbally sparing with the long-suffering Inspector Hewitt, our cheeky heroine is a delight. Full of pithy dialog and colorful characters, this series would appeal strongly to fans of Dorothy Sayers, Gladys Mitchell, and Leo Bruce as well as readers who like clever humor mixed in with their mysteries.”
Library Journal 1/1/2011
BCD Mystery Clark
Guilt by Association by Marica Clark. Read by January LaVoy. 8 discs. 10 hours.
“Don't be dissuaded by the celebrity-author factor: Clark, lead prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson trial, pairs her knowledge of the L.A. judicial scene with a surprising flair for fiction in a remarkably accomplished debut novel. Clark offers a real page-turner here, with smart, fast-moving prose; a skillfully constructed plot; and a protagonist well worth knowing. Rachel, whose past is only hinted at, is a well-rounded character who's as tough with suspects as she is sensitive with young victims. A top-notch legal thriller that will leave readers wanting more.”
BCD Mystery Collins
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Read by Ian Holm. 20 discs. 24+ hours.
BCD Mystery Hill
The Shadows in the Street by Susan Hill. Read by Steven Pacey. 10 discs. 12 hours.
“ Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler returns from a sabbatical on a remote Scottish island to find an apparent serial killer loose in his quiet village of Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have gone missing and are subsequently found strangled. Then the wife of the cathedral's dean disappears, as does a young woman on her way to work. Serrailler and his team follow lead after lead only to hit dead ends. The pressure mounts, and the public grows angry and very afraid. The cherished cathedral is rocked to its very foundation by turmoil and frustration. The real break comes as Serrailler's sister Cat nearly becomes the next victim.”
Library Journal 8/2010
BCD Mystery Kellerman
Mystery by Jonathan Kellerman. Read by John Rubinstein. 9 discs. 10+ hours.
BCD Mystery Leon
Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon. Read by David Colacci. 8 discs. 9+ hours.
“This tale of the murder of a retired teacher who was helping abused women escape their abusers offers a sensitive but never by-the-numbers exploration of a contemporary social problem, as do many of the other novels in the series, and it takes plenty of breaks between the crime-solving to portray fan favorite Brunetti the family man, interacting joyously with his wife and children. It also delivers a typically Leon-style ambiguous ending in which traditional justice is either less important than or even detrimental to Brunetti's real concern: doing his best to set things right for the various troubled souls he encounters in the course of his investigation.”
BCD Mystery McCall Smith
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith. Read by Lisette Lecat. 7 discs. 8+ hours.
BCD Mystery Mosley
When the Thrill is Gone by Walter Mosley. Read by Mirron Willis. 7 discs. 8+ hours.
BCD Mystery Osborne
Spider’s Web by Charles Osborne. Read by Hugh Fraser. Adapted as a novel by Charles Osbourne from the play by Agatha Christie. 4 discs. 4+ hours.
BCD Mystery Osborne
The Unexpected Guest by Charles Osborne. Read by Hugh Fraser. Adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne from the play by Agatha Christie. 3 discs. 4 hours.
BCD Mystery Parker
Sixkill by Robert B. Parker. Read by Joe Mantegna. 5 discs. 5+ hours.
BCD Mystery Perry
Treason at Lisson Grove: a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel by Anne Perry. Read by Michael Page. 9 discs. 11+ hours.
“War -- especially the politics of war -- changes everything in a historical mystery. Ever since Anne Perry took her stalwart working-class hero, Thomas Pitt, off the streets of Victorian London and elevated this former police detective to a post in secret intelligence, the books in this series have become more overtly political, making them more exciting,”
New York Times Book Review 4/24/11
BCD Mystery Rankin
The Complaints by Ian Rankin. Read by Peter Forbes. 11 discs. 12+ hours.
BCD Mystery Spencer-Fleming
One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming. Read by Suzanne Toren.14 discs. 17 + hours.
“Reunited after 18 months, Episcopalian priest Clare Fergusson and police chief Russ Van Alstyne seek a future together. But Clare's extended tour as a National Guard helicopter pilot in Iraq has left her needing booze and pills to get through the night, a dependence she's unable to admit even in her counseling group of Iraq veterans that includes a teenage double amputee, a cop with anger issues, a doctor with short-term memory loss, and a bookkeeper, Tally McNabb, who's soon found shot to death… Spencer-Fleming's fans who have been waiting anxiously for her latest won't be disappointed; this series, as intelligent as it is enthralling, just keeps getting better.”