#AudiobookSeriesBlogTour #AudiobookwormPromotions @AnAudiobookworm / #Spotlight And #AudioExcerpt : Past & Present (Marketville Mysteries #2) – Judy Penz Sheluk @JudyPenzSheluk , narrated by Kelli Lindsay

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Today I’m on the ‘Past & Present (Marketville Mysteries #2)’ blogtour, organised by Audiobookworm Promotions.
I will be promoting the series with some ‘basic’ information and an audio excerpt.

About the Author :

Judy Penz ShelukJudy Penz Sheluk is the Amazon international bestselling author of the Glass Dolphin Mystery and Marketville Mystery series. Her short stories can be found in several collections, including Live Free or Tri and The Best Laid Plans, which she edited. Judy is also a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. Find her at www.judypenzsheluk.com.

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About the Narrator :

Kelli LindsayKelli Lindsay’s versatile style and years of experience with commercial, corporate and e-learning projects have created a dream career for her. She has lent her talents to TV, radio, video games, and various other fantastic projects, but she proudly admits that her true passion is narrating audiobooks. Her professional training has taught her how to put herself into the script or audiobook and deliver an incredible performance. With her professionalism and love for what she does, Kelli ensures that her clients and listeners get to hear exactly what they’re looking for!

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Synopsis :

ACX P&PAuthor: Judy Penz Sheluk
Narrator: Kelli Lindsay
Length: 6 hours 33 minutes
Publisher: Judy Penz Sheluk⎮2019
Genre: Paranormal; Mystery
Series: Marketville Mysteries, Book 2
Release date: Apr. 8, 2019

Sometimes the past reaches out to the present. It’s been 13 months since Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherited a house in Marketville under the condition that she search for the person who murdered her mother 30 years earlier. She solves the mystery, but what’s next? Unemployment? Another nine-to-five job in Toronto?
Callie decides to set down roots in Marketville, take the skills and knowledge she acquired over the past year, and start her own business: Past & Present Investigations.
It’s not long before Callie and her new business partner, best friend Chantelle Marchand, get their first client: a woman who wants to find out everything she can about her grandmother, Anneliese Prei, and how she came to a “bad end” in 1956. It sounds like a perfect first assignment. Except for one thing: Anneliese’s past winds its way into Callie’s present, and not in a manner anyone – least of all Callie – could have predicted.

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#AudiobookBlogTour #AudiobookwormPromotions @AnAudiobookworm / #Spotlight And #AudioExcerpt : Cradle to Grave – Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett , narrated by Allison Campbell

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Today I’m on the ‘Cradle to Grave’ blogtour, organised by Audiobookworm Promotions.
I will be promoting this book with some ‘basic’ information and an audio excerpt.

About the Author :

avatars-000384805748-xg9bbc-t500x500Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.
She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.
Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.
She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

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Alison Campbell narrator photoAlison Campbell is an actress based in Bristol, U.K. She has lent her voice to 50+ audiobooks, cartoons, documentaries and dramas. She can be found treading the boards across the country, in everything from Shakespeare to hip hop kids adventures. On screen she has appeared in dramas and science documentaries, her most recent co star was a CGI elephant. She can also be found performing the Natural Theatre Company’s award-winning surreal brand of interactive comedy around the globe.

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Synopsis :

Cradle to Grave Cover AUDIOAuthor: Rachel Amphlett
Narrator: Alison Campbell
Length: 7 hours 56 minutes
Publisher: Saxon Publishing⎮2019
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 8
Release date: Oct. 15, 2019

When a faceless body is found floating in the river on a summer’s morning, Detective Kay Hunter and her team are tasked with finding out the man’s identity and where he came from.
The investigation takes a sinister turn when an abandoned boat is found, covered in blood stains and containing a child’s belongings.
Under mounting pressure from a distraught family and an unforgiving media, the police are in a race against time – but they have no leads and no motive for the events that have taken place.
Will Kay be able to find a ruthless killer and a missing child before it’s too late?
Cradle to Grave is the eighth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series by USA Today best-selling author Rachel Amphlett and perfect for listeners who love fast-paced murder mysteries.

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#AudiobookSeriesBlogTour #AudiobookwormPromotions @AnAudiobookworm / #Spotlight And #AudioExcerpt : Skeletons in the Attic (Marketville Mysteries #1) – Judy Penz Sheluk @JudyPenzSheluk , narrated by Claira Jordyn

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Today I’m on the ‘Skeletons in the Attic (Marketville Mysteries #1)’ blogtour, organised by Audiobookworm Promotions.
I will be promoting the series with some ‘basic’ information and an audio excerpt.

About the Author :

Judy Penz ShelukJudy Penz Sheluk is the Amazon international bestselling author of the Glass Dolphin Mystery and Marketville Mystery series. Her short stories can be found in several collections, including Live Free or Tri and The Best Laid Plans, which she edited. Judy is also a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. Find her at www.judypenzsheluk.com.

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About the Narrator :

Claira Jordyn is an on-camera and voice over actress based in New York City. She can most recently be heard on a variety of television and radio commercials encouraging you to ski in Colorado, shop at Old Navy and also to try a particularly popular makeup brand this holiday season. She can also be heard reading countless books including Opaque, The Endless Horizons Sagas and an upcoming retelling of children’s fairytales. She lives just north of New York with her husband and super mutt Junebug, loves telling stories for a living and is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to do that every day.

Synopsis :

ACX SkeletonsAuthor: Judy Penz Sheluk
Narrator: Claira Jordan
Length: 8 hours 33 minutes
Publisher: Judy Penz Sheluk⎮2017
Genre: Paranormal; Mystery
Series: Marketville Mysteries, Book 1
Release date: Jul. 31, 2017

What goes on behind closed doors doesn’t always stay there.
Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn’t surprised to learn she’s the sole beneficiary of her late father’s estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville – a house she didn’t know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie’s inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother’s murder.
Callie’s not keen on dredging up a 30-year-old mystery, but if she doesn’t do it, there’s a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father’s wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic? Find out.

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#AudiobookSeriesBlogTour #AudiobookwormPromotions @AnAudiobookworm / #Spotlight And #AudioExcerpt : Inspector Drake Mysteries – Stephen Puleston @stephenpuleston, narrated by Richard Elfyn

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Today I’m on the ‘Inspector Drake Mysteries’ blogtour, organised by Audiobookworm Promotions.
I will be promoting ‘Brass in Pocket’, the first book in the series, with some ‘basic’ information and an audio excerpt.

About the Author :

10154906_303975246418568_489672101_nI write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff, the capital of Wales, provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.
I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia.

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Richard ERichard Elfyn is a hugely experienced and talented actor with film credits including APOSTLE, MARIAH MUNDI AND THE MIDAS BOX, THE KILLER ELITE and THE DARK. TV credits include THE CROWN, KEEPING FAITH, HINTERLAND, EMMERDALE and STELLA and numerous leading regular roles for S4C including political drama BYW CELWYDD. Richard is regularly heard on BBC Radio 4 dramas and is a highly skilled voice over artist. He has re-voiced many Welsh language versions of popular animations including FIREMAN SAM, BEN 10 and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.

Synopsis :

Brass in Pocket Puleston audioAuthor: Stephen Puleston
Narrator: Richard Elfyn
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes
Publisher: Stephen Puleston⎮2018
Genre: Modern Detective
Series: Inspector Drake Mysteries, Book 1
Release date: Oct. 26, 2018

It is the middle of the night….
The road is deserted….
A killer is waiting….
Two traffic officers are killed on an isolated mountain pass in North Wales. Inspector Drake is called to the scene and quickly discovers a message left by the killer – traffic cones in the shape of a number four. The killer starts sending the Wales Police Service lyrics from famous rock songs. Are they messages, or is there some hidden meaning in them? Does it all mean more killings are likely?
When a politician is killed, Drake has his answer. And then the killer sends more song lyrics. Now Drake has to face the possibility of more deaths, but with numbers dominating the case, Drake has to face his own rituals and obsessions. Finally, when the killer threatens Drake and his family, he faces his greatest challenge in finding the killer before he strikes again.

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#Review #Audiobook @audible_com : Murder on the Orient Express (A Hercule Poirot Mystery) – Agatha Christie, narrated by Dan Stevens @HarperAudio

Synopsis :

61KMYhdwUBL._SL500_“The murderer is with us – on the train now…”
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again….

About the Author :

agathaAgatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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I don’t think Agatha Christie or Hercule Poirot need a lot of introduction.
I believe I was about 12 when I first read one of her mysteries, without Poirot I’m afraid, but from then on I knew this was ‘my genre’.
Afterwards I soon started to read the more hard-boiled detective and mystery books, but I always returned to Agatha Christie now and then.
I read almost every book in Dutch (my mother tongue), a few in other languages and saw a lot of series and plays.
David Suchet will forever be the best Poirot in my opinion.
Although I must be honest and say there are some great performances of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ without him too.
Not the latest film however!
Anyway, I’m reviewing the audiobook now, not the other genres.
As I’m fairly new to the audio version of books I thought I would go with a book I almost know by heart.
Not to bore myself, but because I thought it wouldn’t be that bad if I didn’t understand the narrator that well.
I would be able to follow…
I needn’t to be worried one bit!
What a great voice Dan Stevens has!
Quite the performance I must admit.
I immediately fell in love with everything.
The way he just read the things, the way he was Poirot or all the others.
He even got me smirking with most of the voices he did.
They were so spot on!
I even heard little comments build in by Agatha on her worldviews I’ve missed all those times reading or seeing the story!
Needless to say I was captivated.
David Suchet needs to watch out, because I’m having second thoughts about him being my favorite Poirot!
I definitely will be putting other audiobooks read by Dan Stevens on my list, Agatha Christie or not.
I had a blast and will be recommending this book/the narrator to everyone.

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#Review #Audiobook @audible_com : An American Family (An American Family Series #1) – Jackson Baer @JacksonPaulBaer, narrated by Dan Carroll

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613ppTLxmdL._SL500_Isaac Childs has the perfect life – until that life comes crashing down when his wife Ramie vanishes.
Isaac learns that his wife’s disappearance is the ninth in a string of similar cases. In the wake of this news, he struggles to cope, to be a good father to his daughter and college-bound son, and to reclaim something of an ordinary life even as he conceals his troubled past.
After the FBI makes an arrest, and his wife is presumed dead, Isaac begins to move on. Yet will his secrets catch up with him? Has he conquered his vices for good? And what of the FBI’s theory that the case isn’t completely resolved, after all?

Evolved Publishing presents the first book in the An American Family series, contemporary suspense thrillers that explore one family’s trials and tragedies.

About the Author :

61HupSEbEoL._US230_I’m a professional thrifter, the father of four children, and an avid runner. I was born and raised in Georgia, and spent time in Oklahoma, California, Connecticut, and then Oregon, as an adult. I’m a graduate of Oregon State University and now reside in North Georgia, raising my family, near family.
My first book, The Earth Bleeds Red, was released in 2013. My second book, The Lights Will Never Fade, came out in Jan ’18. I’m currently signed with Evolved Pub for my new contemporary fiction/suspense series, An American Family. Book one was released in Oct ’18, and book two on Nov 5th. Clouds Fall Like Fire, a stand-alone novel, is set to be released in March ’19. All books are available as an ebook, paperback, and audiobook.
I’m a bit of a free spirit who enjoys working from home, traveling around, looking for treasures to share, and creating worlds that otherwise would not exist. Thrifting and writing are my two passions, and I’m fortunate to be able to do both.

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‘An American Family’ is my first English audiobook, so I’m not sure how to properly review one.
I believe I need to say something about the book itself and about the narrator.
Preferably separately I think, but I’m afraid that the way it’s read will always affect the overall feeling at the end of the book.
I’m fairly certain that this is the case now!
I definitely didn’t like the narrative.
In my opinion he just read it very plainly/monotonously and the voices he did were just not of my liking at all. (Women don’t have such squeaky voices!)
It was hard to hear on normal speed, so I went up till 2.0x.
I guess that would be rather quick with a more enjoyable voice, but now I just needed to get trough.
And that’s in my opinion a real shame as it does the author, who works his ass off to create a story, no good!
This said however, I guess I would be having difficulties with reading this on my own too.
I suspected a more dramatic and insightful story about a household who falls into having a victim to a serial killer in the family, but this was really too much drama for my tasting.
There are few chapters about the police/FBI investigation while the book is marked as a mystery/thriller on Audible.
The ones that are there are not worthy of the genre to me I’m afraid.
And then there are all those chapters on Isaac, a man I truly don’t like.
He lacks a proper backbone and if he’s meant to be funny I’m afraid I don’t get it.
Then there’s the way the conversations are build up, I don’t know, but even a teenager in love doesn’t make me gag as often.
I’m really sorry for being so negative and I guess you’re all wondering why I finished the book?!
I guess it’s because somehow it overall intrigued me.
The beginning itself was great, an interesting way to start a mystery/thriller and everything sounded fairly realistic.
Along the way however I started to find things weird, too coincidentally perhaps?
I can’t really put my finger on it, but I wish the ending we have in this book came faster and the other book was made as a second part in this one.
I can’t honestly not say if I’ll be able to hear the second book out with that voice, but somehow I want to, because I want to know how everything will come together in the end.
So maybe the plot/the idea itself wasn’t that bad after all, maybe it’s the execution, from both author and narrator I’m afraid, which could be (a lot) better?!
I’m not really sure.
I’m deeply sorry for the author as he definitely put his own ideas and visions (Perhaps also experiences?) on different social themes in this book.
You see, or hear in this case, a passion to bring these topics up for discussion.
For that alone I would recommend this book, as there shouldn’t be any shame around them any longer!

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