I love a good mystery and Agatha Christie is a favorite author of mine.
I saw this audiobook on Amazon when I was looking for something new to listen too. I was not disappointed.
It seems like every generation of fine actors come together to adapt this book to a movie script and this time they have a another great cast to add their interpretation to this masterpiece of suspense and intrigue.
This cast is all star for the movie and Kenneth Branagh does an excellent narration for the audiobook as well as play the lead in the movie.
I rented the movie from Xfinity too and I’m enjoying it on a cold winter’s night in Minneapolis MN. That’s right snow fall and cold conditions in April here in Minnesota. I hope you enjoy the book and the movie and if you’re in the path of the Minnesota snow storm you’ll be able to relate to those souls on the train trapped by snow.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to review this book before the official release. Kathryn O’Sullivan brings us mysteries with a new flair but true to the tradition of Agatha Christie – great plots with engaging dialog.
Firefighting Chief Collen McCabe shows how well a woman performs in positions of authority and leadership. Chief McCabe not only fights fire but crime as well and still finds time to nurture a budding romance.
The story begins with the author, Kathryn O’Sullivan, breathing life into a piece of plastic sheeting from a construction site. The plastic carries the reader into the story in a kind of ballet as the sheeting takes us to a long buried crime scene. The body found is just the start of the mystery that Colleen and her friend, Sheriff Bill Dorman, work to solve as the story unfolds.
There’s drama in the North Carolina’s Outer Banks community between those that support the Wild horse habitat and the piping plover shore birds as well as those that would see all habitat taken up with new construction. Colleen has a fight with Denny Custis, a ruthless land developer about these subject not long before he turns up dead at one of Chief McCabe’s fire scenes.
There’s too many that have issues with Denny and the battle over land for wild habitat versus resorts to make solving the case easy but Colleen has a hunch that the long buried body and Denny’s death are connected now all she has to find out is how.
This excerpt from”Neighing with Fire” demonstrates the compassion Chief McCabe feels for her firefighters:
“….She [McCabe] was anxious to find out how her men were doing – particularly Chip and Kenny, who had been inside the burning structure. …”
Chief McCabe shows how capable a woman is when making life and death decisions without hesitation. I hope strong women both young and old read the Colleen McCabe Series as an inspiration to aspire to the jobs that are in their heart to pursue.
Another great part of the story is the beautifully written scene depicting the picturesque setting of the Outer Banks Village of Corolla, where wild horses still roam free and fire fighters enforce no feeding laws as well as putting out engine fires for cars unfamiliar with driving on Carova Beach.
The message I take from the Colleen McCabe Series is follow your dreams, listen to the message of inner truth and strive to be the best you can be.
I’m looking forward to reading more books from the Colleen McCabe Series. I enjoy mysteries that have a message similar to the one underlying Elizabeth Peters work, highlighting Amelia Peabody’s* books, women don’t need a man to succeed they just need to believe in themselves. These books are also very well written with emphasis on the mystery.
I’m hopeful the writing of Kathryn O’Sullivan continues with many more rewarding reading experiences.
Where to find out more about the books and the author on GoodReads:
“Pearls of Wisdom” by Chantilly White is a beautifully written story of a young man’s love and devotion to country. I especially appreciate the book is dedicated to the men & women who serve and those special souls that wait at home for news from the front.
What sets Chantilly White’s writing apart? She brings her characters to life, not only physically but emotionally as well. Her writing takes you to the library in vivid detail – I can even smell the books. I feel the afternoon sun as I visualize the glass library doors sparkling. Elegantly written, Chantilly.
“Pears of Wisdom” pleasures the mind’s eye with sculpted imagery of the two souls combining as close as this existence allows. From courtship to finding love, Chantilly White takes us on a journey full of promise and sensual delight.
Will a young widow find new love? Does Billy survive the fighting in World War II? All will be revealed before “Pearls of Wisdom” ends.
This novella is full of treasures to be discovered. Read “Pearls of Wisdom” by Chantilly White slowly you’ll want to enjoy every moment.
I bought my e-book for Kindle for iPad from Amazon follow this link:
I also enjoyed these e-books from Chantilly White:
I found this book on Twitter when Sheryl Seal (@sherylseal) tweeted the cover art. It is amazingly beautiful. When I found out it is the cover art of a book I knew I had to read it.
What’s so special about “Beyond Bridalveil Fall (Dwellers of Ahwahnee)”? It takes us on journey into the spiritual part of our being. Into that part of us that makes us part of the universe. Sheryl also introduces us to the consequences of unharnessed emotion and the price we all pay when we fail to control our thoughts and feelings.
“Beyond Bridalveil Fall (Dwellers of Ahwahnee)” shows us why it is so important that we get to know our inner selves. Sheryl delves into what makes us human and unique. She demonstrates how important it is to be straight with ourselves and others.
Any young adult to senior citizen (rated G for wholesome family reading) will find “Beyond Bridalveil Fall (Dwellers of Ahwahnee)” engaging and inspiring. Sheryl writes from the heart and pens imagery like the cover art that moves us to try and capture all the beauty that is around us.
“Beyond Bridalveil Fall (Dwellers of Ahwahnee)” is fantasy that has roots in reality. All that experience life will find moments from Oria journey to womanhood that connect with their soul. Keep on writing Sheryl Seal you have a gift that speaks to the heart.
I purchased my copy for iPad Kindle on Amazon at this link:
The medieval period city life becomes reality as the story unfolds. Isabella has been used first by her family then by her dead husband’s family – she is a commodity to them.
The writing brought me into the city with it’s dirty streets and how little value was placed on the life of a woman. Her young son is taken from her, she’s pressed into servitude and she must choose between getting her son back and pleasing the local marriage prospects.
“Mistress Angel” is a journey through medieval London from the landscape to the characters Lindsay delivers. Raw emotions and agonizing struggles are included in the telling.
I also enjoy finding new phrases and words from the period in Lindsay’s writing. She defines them and uses them as keys to her plot. I liken it to a treasure hunt, always something new in the next chapter.
Will Isabella get her son back? Will she find true love? All will be answered before the last word is read.
I hope you give “Mistress Angel” a look. Great writing, well developed plot and interesting characters, what more could you want in a story?
I got my copy from Amazon Kindle for iPad at this link:
“The Collector,” by Nora Roberts surprises, entertains and inspires. Lila is charming with how she makes the most out of all situations. She’s always willing to help out which, in one case, may get her into some trouble.
I don’t want to give away any of the treasures you must uncover for yourself, so not much about the details of the story here. This is a murder mystery romance. It’s also an adventure, comedy and drama.
Laughter, crying and anger are the emotions I experience as I read “The Collector”. Nora is very good at pulling the emotions out of me. She also writes page turners I’m unable to put down – home run with this book. Descriptions of the settings are out of site from downtown New York – street level and a bird’s eye view from the 14th floor window – to Italy. Beautiful scenes of the people, city and rural landscape. Nora took me there for an afternoon better than any movie.
The hard cover book is pictured above with cover and without. Note the back flap is hard to read so I’ll give the credits here:
Jacket design by Richard Hasselberger
Jacket photograph of city
Copyright Sandra Kreuzinger/Getty Images
Photograph of the author Copyright Bruce Wilder [Personal note from me – thank you Bruce Wilder for an excellent picture of Nora – love the scene you chose to frame your subject.]
a member of
Penguin Group (USA)
Julia Whelan is an excellent narrator. Her accents and vocal artistry identified each character for me. Every inflection of Julia’s voice convey the emotions of the characters. I enjoy listening to Julia and will again I hope. Nora’s excellent dialog and seamless narratives did the rest.
I hope you all find “The Collector,” as entertaining and adventurous as I do. Now I’m off to read, “Shadow Spell” by Nora Roberts. I’m loving the Cousins O’Dwyer’s trilogy so far. Thank you Nora Roberts for delivering with “The Collector”.
Ava is in Washington DC it’s warm and humid when she’s planning for a big event at a museum. The museum her ex-lover owns which brings back the memories of the breakup. She’s also dealing with a call that says her main assistant who she relies on heavily, Adair MacLean, is missing.
From beginning to end this book is mysterious and Ashley Barron does a great job blending the old romance Ava’s character had with Kader and the mystery of Adair’s disappearance.
The story entitled “Ava” takes us on an adventure of intrigue and danger with many actors. The Priya club (formed by college friends) adds depth to the tale.
I enjoyed Ashley Barron’s writing style and hope to soon be able to read Bonner’s story.
I bought my copy of the book from Amazon’s Kindle for iPad click on the link below:
Jillian would like to have a baby and raise it in her family home. She has some pretty far out ideas on how to accomplish this baby’s conception. Derek a long time friend finds out that there’s something going on but not quite sure what this “Pregnancy Plan” is all about that Jillian has cooked up so he confronts her and ends up finding another alternative marrying him.
In the meantime Jillian’s brother Michael would like for the house the family has to be sold so he is putting pressure on her to do that at the same time she’s trying to figure out if she’s made the right decision following through with her “Pregnancy Plan”?
While Michael is planning his schemes Derek is protecting someone in the Middle East when a car bomb explodes and now he has lost memory of the mission. His brother, Jason, is fighting Jillian taking him home.
The big question is will Jillian and Derek be able to make a go of it despite their families?
Tina Gayle created Jillian as a strong indepentant woman knowing what she wanted and going for it. I enjoyed this lighthearted and entertaining tale. I hope that Tina keeps on writing. This book makes a great free-time read.
I purchased “Pregnancy Plan”, by Tina Gayle from Amazon Kindle for iPad at the following link: