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Articles by Ellen Quint

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Audio Gifts from the Golden Voices to Mystery and Suspense Fans

June is our time to celebrate AudioFile Magazine’s Golden Voices. The newest additions to this very select list of outstanding narrators are Cassandra Campbell, Michael...

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Visit Europe with These Audiobook Mysteries

My passport has been gathering dust over this past year. I am feeling—deeply—spring fever and the need to hit the road. My remedy for the moment is to listen to...

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And the Winner Is... Celebrating the 2021 Edgar Awards on Audio

The 75th Annual Edgar Awards were presented by the Mystery Writers of America on April 29, 2021. As one of the COVID dividends, all were invited to attend the ceremonies...

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6 Mystery Audiobooks for AAPI Heritage Month

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, which we celebrate in May, I wanted to highlight a selection of audiobook mysteries written by AAPI...

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Mystery & Suspense Audiobooks That Will Make You Laugh

We can all agree this has been a challenging year. It’s been a little over a year since our lives were put on pause and a deeply unsettling sense of uncertainty kept us in...

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Digging Into Irish Crime Audiobooks

March was a busy month—so much so that I didn’t have the chance to recognize Irish mystery authors and narrators in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. But...

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Mysteries in Honor of Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and it's a perfect time to explore the genre of women’s historical mysteries. Let us acknowledge the challenge authors face in...

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2021 Mystery Audie Award Finalists

I had the privilege of attending the 2020 Audie Award Gala on March 2 last year. It was a sparkly, exciting, energy-filled event. Who knew that would be my last in-person event...

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Soak in the Sun and Solve Crimes with these Mystery Audiobooks

It’s February, and in my neighborhood, the snow is piled high and the forecast is calling for more of the same. So it's definitely time to let audiobooks fly me away...

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Romantic Suspense for Valentine's Day Listening

Yes, it’s already February 2021. In spite of not being able to be together with loved ones, meet potential new loved ones in person, touch, or, heaven forbid, kiss,...

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Families in Mystery Audiobooks: The Good and the Really Bad

After almost a year of COVID and social distancing, some of us are desperately missing family members, while others are suffering from the claustrophobic pressure of constant...

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Remembering John le Carré, Master of Spy Thrillers

On December 12, 2020, spy thriller master John le Carré (actually the pen name for David Cornwell) passed away from pneumonia at the age of eighty-nine. After a year of...

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Beat the Winter Doldrums with These Mystery Audiobooks

The snow has arrived in the Northeast, covering my world with a foot of beautiful white snow—which is slowly turning gray to match the sky. Can you tell that I am feeling...

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Favorite Crime Fiction Sidekicks
Living in COVID times has forced us to reassess all of the everyday life activities that we had taken for granted: Casually dropping into the grocery store; going to the movies or...
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Best Mystery & Suspense Audiobooks of 2020
With everything unfolding in 2020, it’s a relief to see that creative brilliance still shines through and we can celebrate the results. Congratulations to the winners of the 2020...
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Audiobook Mysteries Set During WWII
Last week on November 11 we commemorated Veteran’s Day, honoring those who served. Listening to audiobook mysteries set in wartime provides a unique window into the fears,...
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Four Favorite Female Mystery Narrators
As promised, I am returning to the topic of favorite narrators to share with you four of my favorite female narrators as a way to meet AudioFile's Listening Challenge #12: Listen...
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October Audiobook Mysteries: Ghosts, Vampires, and Viruses

Fellow mystery audiophiles, before I dive into my creepy recommendations for the Halloween season, I want to call your attention to a very special FREE event that you are all...

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Listen to Your Favorite Narrator Read Mysteries — and More
Why not take on AudioFile’s Listening Challenge #12: Listen to an audiobook performed by your favorite narrator. As an audiophile, I often find myself looking for my next...
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Turning to Historical Mystery Audiobooks to Help Us Keep Perspective in These Historic Times
We are living in historic times. That’s what we keep hearing. Well, there are many moments these days when I would prefer to live in some other historic times, and that is when I...
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Gained in Translation: From Nordic Noir to South Korean Crime Fiction
With all that is going on in the world, the fact that August was Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth) somehow didn't make it onto my radar. Maybe it was that overwhelming sense...
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Earphones Award-Winning Mystery Audiobooks: What Makes a Winner?

Looking for your next mystery/thriller audiobook? Why not choose an Earphones Award winner? You may wonder what it takes for an audiobook to earn that designation. The award is...

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Exploring Black Authors in the Mystery and Thriller Genre
I call to your attention the contributions of Black authors to the mystery/thriller genre. To go deeper than some of the better-known Black mystery authors I have mentioned often...
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Double your Listening Pleasure: Audiobook Mysteries with Two Narrators
If you haven't already taken up AudioFile's Listening Challenge 2020, please allow me to call your attention to the initiative. Throughout the new year, AudioFile is suggesting a...
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More New Additions to Favorite Mystery Series on Audio
When I posted the recent blog on audiobook series to indulge in during our continued state of captivity, I realized I had focused almost exclusively on male authors. Well, there...
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Beyond Reviews: Favorite Mystery Narrators and Authors Talk about Their Craft
In these turbulent times, I find comfort in focusing on the silver linings—the positive, unanticipated benefits. For me this has included connecting with family and friends more...
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Audiobook Lessons for These Times, and Edgar Award Winners
Part 1: Listen and Hear Let me start by saying that my original plan for this week’s blog post was to focus on the Edgar Award winners (which you will find below). But what is...
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Golden Voice JD Jackson's Audiobook Mysteries
What does it take to be honored as a Golden Voice narrator?  To join the ranks of such narrating luminaries as Simon Vance, George Guidall, Dion Graham, Bahni Turpin, Robin Miles,...
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Listen to These Mystery & Suspense Audiobooks with Your Kids and Teens
What’s a grandmother to do? My 6-year-old grandson has become so enraptured with listening to Jim Dale’s reading of the HARRY POTTER series that he drew a lightning bolt on his...
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New Additions to Favorite Mystery Series on Audio
In our forced stay-at-home situation, many of us are consuming content at an accelerated pace. I heard one comedian claiming to have gotten to the end of Netflix. Fortunately for...
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Let Audiobooks Transport You to Mysterious Places
Living in NYC, in the pandemic's epicenter, under a stay-at-home mandate, I find myself thinking about the things I am missing most: Once I get past hugging and playing with my...
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Finding Sparks of Light and Laughter: Funny Mystery Audiobooks to the Rescue
I'm reporting from the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, New York City—Brooklyn, to be exact. I feel like I am in a terrifying Stephen King novel with no end. The streets are eerily...
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Historical Crime Audiobooks Featuring Strong Women Protagonists
Corona Craziness surrounds us. I can’t minimize the anxiety it's raising for our health, our economy, our wonderful way of life. But if you are in need of, or open to, a bit of...
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2020 Audies Gala Highlights from One Super Fan

The Audies Gala dazzled—the gowns, the world of audiobook stars, the excitement, the energy! All this turned me into a super gawking fan girl. Having discussed the...

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2020 Audie Awards Finalists in Mystery and Thriller/Suspense
It’s Audie Awards season. The Audie Gala, where the winners will be announced, will be held March 2 in New York City. In preparation for the 25th anniversary of the annual awards,...
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Audiobooks for Valentine's Day: Crime-Solving Couples
Valentine’s Day is approaching, bringing thoughts of relationships. While mystery series are filled with threats and death, they keep us coming back because of the relationships...
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Australian Crime Fiction Audiobooks: To the Outback and Back
When I was planning out future blog posts a couple of months ago, I was thinking that during cold January in the Northeast, we might appreciate some heat from Australia, where...
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Stop, Start, Continue: Audiobook Mystery Series to Consider in the New Year

The turn of the New Year is a time for both celebration and reflection. As far as resolutions go, my preference is to focus on a simple Stop, Start, Continue approach: What are...

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Home for the Holidays: Fun with Family?
Holidays are a time for family and for fun. But at this point in the holiday week, you may not be thinking of those two words in the same sentence. So, let me share with you some...
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Hooray for Hollywood: Audiobooks on Screens Both Big and Small
Finding myself in sunny Hollywood this week before the holidays brings to mind the opening verse of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The sun is shining, the grass is green The...
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2019 Best Mystery & Suspense Audiobooks
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Best Mystery & Suspense audiobooks! What I find most interesting about these audiobooks is the diversity of subgenres represented,...
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Thinking Thanksgiving: Grateful for These Audiobook Experiences
The cold, raw air of November is blowing in, bringing with it thoughts of Thanksgiving, family get-togethers, and, most importantly, all those things in my life that I am grateful...
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Between the Wars: Audiobooks in Honor of Remembrance Day
[caption id="attachment_31534" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Ellen Quint's visit to Highclere Castle[/caption] Confession time—I am a Downton Abbey addict. And in fact, I...
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Spine-Tingling Audiobook Mysteries
Now that the air is getting cooler and the autumn leaves are in full glorious display in the Northeast, I am invariably drawn to the spooky, creepy side of mystery/thrillers. What...
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Keep Your Ears Open for Private Eyes!
What comes to mind when you think of a “private investigator,” also known as a P.I., a shamus, a private eye, a dick, a gumshoe? For many of us, the image evoked is that of...
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The Art of the Matter: Audiobook Mysteries Where Art Takes Center Stage
While the reviews of the recently released film version of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt have been mixed, the audiobook, narrated by David Pittu, was an AudioFile Best of 2013 in...
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Go Back to School with YA Mystery Series Audiobooks
The air has that delicious crisp feel that speaks of September, and the shorter days and back-to-school vibe give me an excuse to focus on Young Adult mysteries. The listening...
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Gained in Translation: 6 Translated Mysteries from Around the World
From Barcelona to Singapore to Rio, I have been privileged to see wonderful sites and to hear many voices from around the world. To experience another culture, through words,...
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Tartan Noir: Discovering the Rich Offerings of Scottish Crime Audiobooks
Having just spent several days with a wonderful colleague from Scotland, I find myself drawn into the world of Tartan Noir. It’s not just the lovely accent, but also the...
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Binge-Worthy Summer Mystery Listening
Summer provides the perfect opportunity for more relaxed listening, so why not do the equivalent of binge-watching and engage in some binge-listening?...
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Getting an Earful at Thrillerfest XIV

Did you know that while traditional publishing markets are static or declining, the audiobook industry has been seeing double-digit growth for each of the last seven years? So...

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4 Summer Listens: Relax with Tales of Murder and Mayhem
Summer: Hot days, time for play, for laying your head back in a cool lake and looking up at the puffy clouds. Time for barbecues, sangria, and sweet watermelon slices. Time for...
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It's No Mystery Why We Love Listening to Golden Voice Narrator George Guidall

Golden Voice George Guidall has recorded more than 1,300 audiobooks. Just contemplate that for a moment! His audiography includes classics such as Cervantes’s DON...

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Audiobook Fan Goes Gaga for Golden Voices: Narrator January LaVoy's Audiobook Mysteries

One of the privileges of being part of the AudioFile team is the opportunity to rub elbows on special occasions with stars of the audiobook universe. Imagine being in a New York...

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Audiobook Mysteries That Are All About Mom
Mothers and crime fiction—it doesn’t exactly bring to mind the Hallmark version of Mother’s Day. Yet mystery authors find mothers to be a great source of motivation for their...
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The Many Mysteries of the Big Apple: Audiobooks Set in Manhattan

Springtime in Manhattan—yes, this is a city of steel, glass, cement, and towering testaments to man’s need for architectural dominance. But in between those...

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Audio Mysteries and the Power of Houses of Worship
Watching the spire of Notre Dame go up in flames and finally collapse left me gasping. Like many of us who have been fortunate enough to travel to Paris, I have gazed up in awe at...
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Explore Colorado, Arizona, and California with Mystery Audiobooks from Out West

Having traveled this past week to Denver and San Francisco, I thought I'd share some of my favorite mystery/thriller audiobooks that revel in the color, the light, and the...

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St. Patrick’s Day Every Day: 6 Irish Mysteries

While St. Patrick’s Day gives us just one day to focus on all things Irish, I would need years to explore the wonderful bounty that is the world of mysteries that take...

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The 2019 Audies Gala: Through the Eyes of a Mystery fan
I find myself frequently trying to explain what "The Audies” are to  non-audiophiles. I say they are the Oscars for audiobooks. What I should say is that the Audies are even better...
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Gaining Insight Through Mysteries
As we close out Black History Month, I want to take this opportunity to recognize the contributions of African American authors, narrators, and characters to the mystery/thriller...
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To my Valentine: Instead of chocolates, how about a romantic suspense audio?

True confession: Romantic suspense is not my usual go-to genre. But Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, so I figure it’s time to get in the mood. While the...

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Listening to Past Audie Award Winners

This year, the 2019 Audie Award winners will be announced in early March, versus previous years when the celebration took place in May. So, for us mystery audiophiles, it seems...

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Cozying up with a Cozy
Baby, it’s cold outside (for some of us). Time to cozy up with some cozies. The definition of “cozy”( or in the UK, “cosy”) seems to be very elastic. Agatha Christie, with her Miss...
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Warming Up to Winter with Nordic Noir

As I look up into the gray skies of Brooklyn and know that the winter sun, which has barely shown its face for days, will be disappearing behind the skyscrapers of Manhattan in...

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Off to the City of Angels and the Devil in a Blue Dress
Yes, this blog is being posted the week before Christmas, but I'm going to let my fellow bloggers call out the holiday, as Caitlin Augusta does in her Countdown to the Holidays...
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Best Mystery Audiobooks of 2018
Congratulations to the authors and narrators of the 2018 Best Audiobooks in the Mystery category. The competition is tough—AudioFile's editors start with 2000 audiobooks in 9...
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A Season to be Thankful—And Yes, That Includes Audiobooks
I know I'm dating myself, but I got hooked on audiobooks when I put cassette tapes into my “Walkman” and had to turn them over after 30 minutes to listen to the other side. I am a...
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Reflecting on Remembrance Day through WWI Mysteries
November 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the formal end of WWI, observed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Several years ago, while visiting Salisbury,...
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Getting into the Spirit of the Halloween Spirits
Yes! Halloween, my favorite holiday. It’s autumn, and the leaves are showing off their inner beauty before the winter turns everything brown, white, and gray. There are the...
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A New York Yankee in the Red Sox Court

Can a New Yorker be a super appreciative fan of Boston-based audiobook mysteries? Well this one is. It's October—baseball playoff season. The Boston Red Sox and New...

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True Crime: Stranger Than Fiction

In my last Solve blog, I explored how post-9/11 thrillers capitalize on the fears and reality of our new normal, thus incorporating real-life events into fiction. Now, inspired...

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Post-9/11 Thrillers

Tuesday morning 9/11/2001: I had just come up from the subway next to the World Trade Center plaza. A small crowd had formed and were all looking up and pointing. I followed...

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3 Mystery Listens for Kids, Tweens & Teens
As it's the end of August and “Back to School” fever has taken over, I thought I would focus on Middle Grade and Young Adult offerings in the mystery/crime/horror...
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Stretching Out of My Listening Comfort Zone
One of the things I love about being a reviewer for AudioFile Magazine is the opportunity to listen to new books I would not have chosen on my own. Frankly, I frequently find...
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Riding in on the Fog: Exploring Mysterious San Francisco

I'm in San Francisco this week—city of hills to climb, cable cars, earthquakes, fantastic food, and a sense of mystery and magic that rolls in with the fog, making it...

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Thrilled to be at Thrillerfest

Thrillerfest (July 10-14, 2018), the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers, provides a unique opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the most popular...

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Celebrating the Fourth of July for Mystery Audiophiles
Happy Fourth of July—a holiday to celebrate the birthday of this amazing country, eat ice cream, ooh and ahh over fireworks, and for audiophiles, maybe even walk along the beach...
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Singapore on My Mind

For the last couple of weeks, all eyes in the U.S. have been focused on Singapore, where Trump and Kim held their meetings on Sentosa (with its colorful monorail and Merlion...

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Fan Girl Goes to the Audies

Did I mention that in addition to writing this blog and reviewing mysteries for AudioFile, I also have the privilege of being a judge for the Audie Awards? In that capacity I...

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Like Music to My Ears
There I was in the visitors’ gallery of the Old Bailey (London’s famed criminal courthouse made famous by Rumpole of the Bailey). The male and female barristers were indeed dressed...
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Following Sherlock Holmes to Las Vegas
While this isn’t a travel blog, the treks I am doing this spring have been intriguingly enlightened by mystery audiobooks, which can deepen one’s perspective on a location. I...
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Greetings from an audiobook lover's London
London, with its long history, winding streets, grey skies, and multinational population, has been and continues to be a brewing pot for mysteries, spy thrillers, and psychological...
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Before you fly, don't forget to download these audiobooks
In a couple of days, I am off to the United Kingdom. I am packing clothes, lots of good walking shoes, an umbrella, and several audiobooks, some new and some already...
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The voices of women crime solvers of the past
Bold, brave, fierce women—amateur sleuths, trained medical professionals, photographers, and spies are the heroines in the historical mysteries that come to mind in celebration of...
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Welcome to the mysteries of my Brooklyn
By way of introduction (and confession), I am a mystery and audiobook addict. Thus, it is an honor and a fright to take on the responsibility of the Solve blog, picking up from the...
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