• Mania

  • Alexander Gregory, Book 4
  • By: L. J. Ross
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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By: L. J. Ross
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
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Publisher's Summary

From the international best-selling author of the DCI Ryan mysteries.

A new Doctor Alexander Gregory thriller performed by Richard Armitage.

You can’t run from the past....

Back in London after a dramatic trip to North America, Doctor Alexander Gregory finds himself without an occupation while he awaits the all-important decision of the disciplinary panel at Southmoor Hospital. That is, until he witnesses the death of a famous actor, live on stage during the opening night of King Lear. When the police rule the death suspicious, they call upon the elite services of Gregory and his partner in criminal profiling, Bill Douglas.

Gregory is paired with attractive investigating officer DCI Hope, and tensions arise - especially when an old foe resurfaces.

With bodies piling up and no new leads, Gregory and Hope realise they must look to the past to uncover the truth - before it’s too late. Immersed in the glamorous world of celebrity, Gregory soon learns that, beneath the surface, things are far murkier than they seem....

Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst London’s vibrant Theatreland.

©2022 L. J. Ross (P)2022 W F Howes

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Book 4 is a disappointment

I tried but I didn’t really enjoy this book. The narration was delightful by the fantastic Richard Armitage but the story just couldn’t grab me. I must have missed something because LJ Ross writes wonderful books. And to be honest, I’m confused about the murderer at the end. Perhaps I’ll have to reread to see that I’m wrong.

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Great series and narration..

I absolutely loved this story! And I think I loved it so much was because of the narrator.
This was about the death of actor Nigel Villiers to begin with, then more deaths, that Dr. Alexander Gregory agreed to help the police solve. But when another murder happened Alex new that this one had nothing to do with the others.

No romance and no swearing.

As for the narration: Richard Armitage does a fantastic job.

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Hi-hum

The story was not especially interesting. I’ve grown tired of Dr Gregory - a one dimensional character. In spite of a complicated background our hero is successful educated handsome and all the ladies love him. Aside from some sleeping issues this guy has it all

This particular installment is a snoozer. When the climax comes I found myself saying who again is this person? Must have dozed off when they were introduced into the story. I guess we have a cliffhanger for future installments but I’ll pass

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Very Enjoyable

This is the 2nd LJ Ross book I've listened to and although the psychological terms and things tend to go over my head, the story itself is very engaging. I love the Alex Gregory protagonist and how he overcomes his own psych issues while continuing to do his job catching serial killers. I would recommend this book.

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Intriguing

Another great book by LJ Ross, giving us insight in the human psyche, confronting us with our own fears and issues which makes it all the more true.
As always great narration by Richard Armitage, who’s warm voice keeps you mesmerized in making the story come the life, giving the characters a voice of their one

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A Gripping Thriller

Two deaths days apart. We're they suicides? Or murder. Dr. Alexander Gregory must find the truth behind these two deaths by profiling not only the suspect but the first victim as well. Throw in a third gruesome murder and all the rules change.

This was a gripping thriller with a surprise cliffhanger. Brilliant writing by LJ Ross along with excellent narration by Richard Armitage.

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Mania

Enjoyed this new book of the series Alexander Gregory. Am getting more to know this new character and , although DCI Ryan still remains 1st, he is getting under my skin. Well done LJ Ross, another perfect story and narration with Richard Armitage. Definitely an author you should follow.

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LJ Ross thriller with great narration

Richard Armitage does his customary magic with this work. The characters are intriguing and well drawn, and the plot is clever, with many tense moments and a few twists and surprises. The ending was a slight let-down, but not enough to spoil the book.

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Keeps one’s attention and great narration!

Twist and turns leading to an interesting closure of sorts.

Richard Armitage’s excellent narration glides one through the story and captures the various characters’ beautifully. The main reason I chose the book was because of Armitage and I wasn’t disappointed.

Definitely worth the listen.

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Hubris-Nemesis Complex?

The storytelling is smooth and you do not need to know the entire history of Dr. Gregory to appreciate this story. His past is nicely woven into the story line.. The glimpse into the background of each character is introduced at the appropriate point and is clear. The interactions between the characters as colleagues can be found in many breakrooms. The opening prose from Othello represents the heart of the story. The villains and the "good guys" have some obsession that forces their actions. The arrogance and ego created circumstances that the victims have a vengeful desire to humiliate and punish. In the author's note section, she mentions the genesis of this story was the METOO movement. Yes, it did highlight the hubris of those in control. Of course, that movement morphed into what it was trying to fight. The author's idea of creating the main characters as high profile actors because they tend to get the most publicity is the truth. Unfortunately, justice also follows high-profile elites. It's interesting this was released in 2022. We've seen mania on all levels of society mainly based on fear. "Everyone loves a witch hunt as long as it's someone else's witch being hunted"- Walter Kirn
The narration by Richard Armitage is outstanding. Distinctive voices and passion!

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  • Sue henderson
  • 03-05-22

Best yet !!!!

another great book I love following Dr Alex Gregory on his quest to right wrongs as usual helping the police however I really hope the next book is a follow on from this one as the story is not finished yet xxxx

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  • Jane
  • 03-08-22

Reliably good plot, reliably excellent narrator

Enjoyable series, good, solid writing. Main character feels a little distant, but pleasant enough. Richard Armitage, as always, makes the book an absolute joy to listen to. I can hardly wait for the next one

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  • Steph W
  • 04-03-22

Very enjoyable

The next installment of Alexander Gregory did not disappoint. this installment set in the theatre. A gripping story which I stayed up late to finish. it also helps that the audiobook is read by Richard Armitage. That man could read the phone book and I would be happy.

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  • D Purdy
  • 04-02-22

Gripping!

LJ Ross has done it again! I love both DCI Ryan and Dr Gregory’s books but in different ways.
I really enjoyed learning more about Dr Gregory in this book and his friendship with Bill. Lots of twists and turns. Can’t wait to see how the cliff hanger ending develops in the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-22

Another triumph

Simply put , a real page turner thriller with more to come. LJ just gets better❤️

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  • Jeanie
  • 03-11-22

feel short changed

The story was left half finished in a relatively short book. it feels as if the author is trying to make two books out of one story

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  • Maggie Singleton
  • 03-09-22

brilliant

loved it. there must be a sequel so many unanswered questions. can't wait for the next episode

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  • Jane Pollard
  • 03-08-22

Loved this!

I’m hooked on the Alexander Gregory stories and this latest explores the theme of reputation. The exploration of character and motive plus multiple plot strands kept me listening and I finished it in three days. It ended with a cliffhanger and I’m already looking forward to the next in the series. Richard Armitage is a superb narrator making every character individual and believable. A great addition to the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-24-22

Liking this series more and more

Great follow on. From the last book developing a new character I like. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • rebecca
  • 11-16-22

Favourite so far

I’m new to LJ Ross books and have now listened to all 4 of this series. This is definitely the better of the four I think.
Big fan of Richard narration. Looking forward to the next instalment

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  • Mimosa
  • 09-14-22

Great listening once more!

LJ Ross never fails to succeed, especially with herAlex Gregory books. Well researched and well written, she always leaves you on the precipace of the next story ....really waiting for it!!

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 04-12-22

Good

Well I just adoreRichard Armitage he narrates so beautifully. A liquid voice.
The story was at times confusing I couldn’t work out who was who. Still a second read would helped

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  • Lynn
  • 04-07-22

Well written well spoken

Love the main character Gregory such an imaginative concept . Ross is a great story teller and I appreciate the lack of gory descriptions. Narration perfection.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-22

Best read

I love LJ Ross as an author, well written and enjoyable book , the reader makes the book even better and helps paint a scene. cannot wait for the next

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  • Bonita N. Jones
  • 03-25-22

Good story

Although I normally enjoy LJ Ross's Ryan series I am beginning to enjoy Dr Gregory's story a lot more.