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Naked Prey
John Sandford
Dawn Patrol
Don Winslow
Essays (Everyman's Library Classics)
George Orwell, John Carey
The Guns of Avalon - Roger Zelazny

Another fun adventure with Corwin of Amber. The ending was especially compelling and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next. Some of the voice characterizations did seem a bit off but the narrator, Alessandro Juliani, did a great job with Corwin's first person parts.

Sycamore Row - John Grisham

Even though the plot revolves around a contested will case there is still plenty of suspense which, added to some great characters and the Ford County setting, made this an audio book worth the listening time. The narration was done by Michael Beck who did a wonderful job with the southern accents.

Dead Solid Perfect - Dan Jenkins

A quick, comic, fairly raunchy novel about a golfer from Fort Worth who finds himself leading the U.S. Open while in the midst of various personal crises.

The Blessing Way  - Tony Hillerman

This, the first book in the long running Joe Leaphorn series, was an Edgar nominee for best first mystery back in 1971 and was a good listen on audio. I did think it started out a bit slow though but about half way through it picked up the pace. The narration was done by the always excellent George Guidall.

The Moving Finger  - Agatha Christie

The small village of Lymstock is being plagued by poison pen letters but when it drives one poor woman to suicide Miss Marple is called in to help. Deftly plotted with a nice romance this ranks up there with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd as my favorite by the author.

Death of a Hussy (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 5) - M.C. Beaton

Like the previous books in the series, this was an easy, enjoyable read. Hamish is a fun character and the plot was pretty decent. Listened to the audio version which was read by Shaun Grindell who did a good job making the Highland accents understandable.

Faithful Place: A Novel - Tana French

Well written and very compelling, this was another great Irish crime novel by Tana French. Though the main character was not my favorite his family story kept me engrossed for the entire audio which was superbly read by Tim Gerard Reynolds.

The Water Rat of Wanchai - Ian  Hamilton

A fun, globe spanning thriller featuring a Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant who just happens to be an expert in Bak Mei. I enjoyed the financial aspects of the plot and thought the main character was quite interesting though just a bit too good to be true.

Tropical Depression - Laurence Shames

Judging by the cover of this book I was expecting a funny over the top Florida story and, while it had some of those elements, it also had a bit of a darker edge.

Suspect - Robert Crais

Robert Crais is one of those authors who you can always count on for good, quality entertainment and this book was no exception. Listened to the audio version which was narrated by MacLeod Andrews.

Unruly Passions - Kate Charles

A quite enjoyable read though perhaps a bit heavy on the melodrama. Well written with realistic characters and interesting tidbits about the Church of England.

The Pearl Harbor Murders - Max Allan Collins

An entertaining historical mystery featuring a famous author, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and an infamous day in history. Listened to the audio version which was narrated by Dan John Millerwho gave a steady performance.

Devil's Peak: A Novel - Deon Meyer

I thought the author's previous books were all very good but this book is even better. Set in South Africa this story of three very different people whose lives intersect had a plot that kept me on edge of my seat, realistic characters, and a powerful ending.

The Honourable Schoolboy (Smiley Versus Karla, #2) - John le Carré

This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I loved the writing, the setting, and the overall atmosphere but the plot was not the tightest and at times I wondered how it would all come together in the end. I listened to the audio version which was read byMichael Jayston who did an excellent job.

Gone to Ground - John Harvey

The author is one of my favorite English police procedural writers and this, a first book featuring a police detective duo in Cambridge, was a perfectly acceptable read. The plot and supporting characters were quite interesting though one of the two lead characters was a bit on the boring side.

Naked Prey (Lucas Davenport #14) - John Sandford

When the FBI calls wanting his help with a hired killer that he tangled with in a previous book, Lucas drops everything to go to St. Louis and join in on the chase. While I missed the Minneapolis crew, this was a fast paced thriller with a very good plot. Listened to the audio which was read by Richard Ferrone.