June Audio Book Mini Reviews


Everyone seems to be saying how quickly June has gone by! It has! So quick!

I have a really busy month ahead with something booked for every weekend now up to mid August, so not sure how much reading I’ll get done.  Fun times though as I’m really looking forward to attending The British Grand Prix at Silverstone and The Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.  So this week I’m going to try and get as many blog posts as I can, written and ready to go out.

Here are a few quick mini reviews for the audio books I’ve listened to in June.

the cinderella


Landing a minor part in the Empire Theatre Eastbourne’s Christmas production of Cinderella, Charles Paris soon discovers that his main role is to gently introduce the show’s baffled American star, famous sitcom actor Kenny Polizzi, to the bizarre customs of English pantomime.

During their convivial sessions in the local pub, Charles finds himself increasingly caught up in Polizzi’s tangled affairs as the American fends off a vengeful soon-to-be-ex-wife, an obsessed groupie, and a barely-controlled drink problem. But Charles is about to be far more involved than he might wish when he stumbles across a body beneath Eastbourne Pier, a neat bullet hole in the centre of the forehead.

As the world’s press descends on Eastbourne, the pantomime rehearsals descend into chaos and he himself comes under suspicion, it’s up to Charles to put his renowned sleuthing skills to the test to find out who really killed his fellow cast member – and why.

I love listening to The Charles Paris series on Radio 4 extra, Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden and the other actors do such a great job on it.  Witty, fun but also with good story lines and twists.  



taken at the flood

A few weeks after marrying an attractive young widow, Gordon Cloade is tragically killed by a bomb blast in the London blitz. Overnight, the former Mrs Underhay finds herself in sole possession of the Cloade family fortune.

Shortly afterwards, Hercule Poirot receives a visit from the dead man’s sister-in-law who claims she has been warned by ‘spirits’ that Mrs Underhay’s first husband is still alive. Poirot has his suspicions when he is asked to find a missing person guided only by the spirit world. Yet what mystifies Poirot most is the woman’s true motive for approaching him…

Can’t go wrong with a bit of AG in my opinion.  Not one of my favourites but still a good read.  I listened to this one when I wasn’t feeling very well earlier in the month, (as reading is out of the question then) on my Borrow Box app.



the couple nextdoor

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you live only next door. You’ll have the baby monitor, and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of when pushed past your limit?

This one brings me up to date with all of Shari’s novels now.  I have to say it was probably the least favourite out of them all but still enjoyable.  Felt the twists at the end were all a little short and on top of each other making the ending a little jumbled and quick to finish.


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