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Recommended new audiobooks #18

Echoes, Kiss of Death

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The Little Lady Agency, by Hester Browne, read by Lara J. West

"When sweet and naive Melissa attends a job interview with her old home economics teacher, it doesn't take her long to come to the conclusion that the job is, in fact, as an escort. Desperate for cash, she accepts the job, where she finds not just a new side to life but a new side to herself."

Killing Commendatore, by Haruki Murakami, read by Kirby Heyborne

"Killing Commendatore is an epic tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art - as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby - and a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers."

The Lost Sister, by Tracy Buchanan, read by Jessica Lauren Bell & Jo Dunn

"Summer, 1991: A trip to the beach leads to disaster for Becky's family. It is the day a boy nearly drowns, and the day Becky's mother decides to abandon her own husband and child for the mysterious man who saved him.

"Now: It's been ten years since they last spoke, but Becky's mother has just weeks to live. And she has something important to tell her. 'I had another child.' How far would you go to track down the sister you never knew existed? And how can you trust a woman who has lied to you your whole life?"

Echoes, by Maeve Binchy, read by Kate Binchy

"This is the story of two very different children growing up in a small Irish seaside town in the 50s and 60s. Shouting their hearts' desires into the echo cave, praying that their destiny will lead them far away from the town in which they live.

"Castlebay, in winter empty and grey with wind and sea spray, becomes all bustle and colour in the gaudy days of summer. The paths of these two characters are destined to criss-cross in a quite unforeseen way, and eventually both roads will lead back to Castlebay.

"The end of this long drama of ambition, betrayal and love is played out in the seaside town where it began, against a backdrop of whispered family gossip and the tangled skein of past friendships."

Kiss of Death, by Paul Finch, read by Paul Thornley

"DS 'Heck' Heckenburg has been tasked with retrieving one of the UK's most wanted men. But the trail runs cold when Heck discovers a video tape showing the fugitive in a fight for his life. A fight he has no chance of winning.

"Heck realises that there's another player in this game of cat and mouse, and this time, they've not just caught the prize: they've made sure no one else ever does. How far will Heck and his team go to protect some of the UK's most brutal killers? And what price is he willing to pay?"

Broken Ground, by Val McDermid, read by Cathleen McCarron

"Alice Somerville's inheritance lies six feet under in a Highland peat bog - a pair of valuable vintage motorbikes buried by her grandfather at the end of World War II. But when Alice finally organises their recovery, she finds an unwelcome surprise -a body with a pair of bullet holes - and Nike trainers.

"DCI Karen Pirie of Police Scotland's Historic Cases Unit is called in to unravel a case where nothing is quite as it seems. Meanwhile an overheard conversation in a café draws Karen to the heart of a murder she thought she'd already prevented. As Karen gets closer to the several truths, it becomes clear that not everyone shares her desire for justice. Or even the idea of what justice is."

The Death Chamber, by Lesley Thompson, read by Anna Bentinck

"Queen's Jubilee, 1977: Cassie Baker sees her boyfriend kissing another girl at the village disco. Upset, she heads home alone and is never seen again.

"Millennium Eve, 1999: DCI Paul Mercer finds Cassie's remains in a field. Now he must prove the man who led him there is guilty.

"When Mercer's daughter asks Stella Darnell for help solving the murder, Stella see echoes of herself. Another detective's daughter. With her sidekick sleuth, Jack, Stella moves to Winchcombe, where DCI Mercer and his prime suspect have been playing cat and mouse for the past eighteen years."

All That Was Lost, by Alison May, read by Larner Wallace-Taylor

"In 1967 Patience Bickersleigh is a teenager who discovers a talent for telling people what they want to hear. 50 years later she is Patrice Leigh, a nationally celebrated medium. But cracks are forming in the carefully constructed barriers that keep her real history at bay.

"Leo is the journalist hired to write Patrice's biography. Struggling to reconcile the demands of his family, his grief for his lost son and his need to understand his own background, Leo becomes more and more frustrated at Patrice's refusal to open up."

Last Looks, by Howard Michael Gould, read by John Michael Higgins

"Waldo, a onetime LAPD superstar, now lives in solitude deep in the woods, pathologically committed to owning no more than 100 possessions. He has left behind his career and his girlfriend to pay self-imposed penance for an awful misstep on an old murder case.

"Alastair Pinch is a onetime Royal Shakespeare Company thespian who now slums it as the 'wise' Southern judge on a tacky network show. He's absurdly rich, often belligerent, and typically drunk - a damning combination when Alastair's wife is found dead on their living room floor and he can't remember what happened.

"Waldo's old flame Lorena, hiding peril of her own, draws him toward the case, and Alastair's greedy network convinces Waldo to take it on. But after such a long time away from both civilisation and sleuthing, Waldo must navigate complicated webs of ego and deceit to clear Alastair's name - or confirm his guilt."

Dying to See You, by Kerena Swan, read by Vonnie Lea

"When Sophie is told to organise care for elderly Ivy, she is unaware that by meeting Max, Ivy's grandson, her life will be turned upside down. As Sophie's involvement with Max and Ivy increases she becomes distracted by her own problems; she is certain she is being watched.

"For a while, Ivy relishes Sophie's attention but soon grows concerned about the budding relationship between Sophie and Max. Torn between Sophie and his grandmother, Max cuts ties with the care agency, leaving Sophie hurt and confused.

"Meanwhile, there is a murderer killing women in the area. Is there a link between Sophie's stalker and the killings? Soon, Sophie will learn that appearances can be deceiving."