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Find more Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks
Crime fiction has gone global in this year’s list, featuring titles that appeared in Booklist from May 1, 2012, through April 1, 2013, and are set in locales spanning from North America to the UK and Europe. But wherever the setting and whatever the circumstances, the forces of law are ever present.
The Beautiful Mystery. By Louise Penny. Read by Ralph Cosham. 2012. 13hr. Macmillan, CD, $39.99 (9781427226099); DD, $23.99 (9781427226105).
A monastery of cloistered monks in Quebec is an unlikely place for murder, and it’s up to persistent and analytical Inspector Gamache, portrayed to perfection by Cosham, to solve the crime.
Bleed for Me. By Michael Robotham. Read by Sean Barrett. 2012. 12hr. AudioGO, CD, $69.99 (9781611131420); DD, $49.99 (9781611131437).
Psychologist Joe O’Laughlin doesn’t believe his daughter’s friend is responsible for killing her father. Barrett reads this tense and troubling story with understated perfection.
Creole Belle. By James Lee Burke. Read by Will Patton. 2012. 18hr. Recorded Books, CD, $123.75 (9781464013072); DD, $64.75 (9781470304775); CS, $123.75 (9781470318659).
Murder and mayhem on the bayou with Dave Robicheaux and sidekick Clete Purcell converge in this heart-pounding tale, read by Patton in an accent appropriate to the Louisiana setting and tones reflective of the violence and Burke’s lyrical prose.
The Fallen Angel. By Daniel Silva. Read by George Guidall. 2012. 10hr. Recorded Books, CD, $123.75 (9781461841289).
Retired Israeli spy and art expert Gabriel Allon tries to solve the mysterious death of a woman whose body is found on the floor of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Guidall masterfully evokes distinct and memorable characters in this riveting tale.
Hanging Hill. By Mo Hayder. Read by Rosalyn Landor. 2012. Dreamscape, CD, $59.99 (9781611205428).
In a precise British accent, Landor narrates the chilling tale of a young girl’s murder in Bath, England, connected to the porn industry. Landor excellently emphasizes the starkness and brutality of this disturbing tale.
Hard Twisted. By C. Joseph Greaves. Read by Meredith Mitchell. 2012. 8hr. AudioGO, CD, $64.95 (9780792791287); DD, $44.95 (9780792791294).
Based on a famous Depression-era murder case, this mystery is skillfully read by Mitchell, who chronicles the exploitation of a young girl victimized by a pathological predator and the criminal justice system.
The Key. By Simon Toyne. Read by Simon Vance. 2012. 11hr. Dreamscape, CD, $59.99 (9781611207927).
Hospitalized American journalist Liv Adamson, a covert group of monks, and an evil mercenary are pivotal in this complex religious and political thriller. Vance’s adroit narration differentiates between the diverse characters and maintains tension.
Live by Night. By Dennis Lehane. Read by Jim Frangione. 2012. 15hr. Recorded Books, CD, $123.75 (9781470327460); DD, $109 (9781470327484); CS, $123.75 (9781470327477).
Joe Coughlin reluctantly follows in the family business and becomes a crime boss in Florida’s Ybor City in the 1920s. Frangione portrays Joe as direct and assured as he keeps the action moving in this entertaining potboiler.
Phantom. By Jo Nesbo. Read by Robin Sachs. 2012. 16hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9780449013656).
Harry Hole tries to prove that the son of his love interest is not guilty of murder, but the investigation further complicates Hole’s personal life and enmeshes him in the desperately dangerous international drug business. Sachs’ husky baritone fits this sophisticated and engrossing novel.
Taken. By Robert Crais. Read by Luke Daniels. 2012. 8hr. Brilliance, CD, $79.97 (9781423375654); DD, $39.97 (9781423375678).
Nita Morales hires private eye Elvis Cole to find her missing daughter and boyfriend, and Cole’s life is soon in danger. Daniels’ pitch-perfect reading provides nail-biting moments in Crais’ latest.
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