I am an avid eclectic reader.
I have almost finished the Patrick O'Brian series of Capt Aubrey and was looking for something similar in the Audible library when I came across C.S. Forester. I remember the movies about Hornblower but realised I had never read the books. This was most enjoyable story, Hornblower is captured by the French and is on way to Paris to be executed when he escapes. Lots of suspense and information on the French and English navies. Christian Rodska does a good job narrating the story. Looking forward to reading all of this series.
It is 1933 and Scotland Yard Inspector brings to Maisie an Indian man who just arrived in London from Bombay to discover who killed his sister Usha Pramal. Major Pramal was also referred to Maisie by Dr Khan. Usha was working in England saving money to open a school for disadvantaged girls in Bombay. Maisie is at a turning point in her life. James has asked her to marry him, but she is an independent woman with her own business and is reluctant to give up her personal freedom to be a wife of a rich titled man. She has a yearning to travel abroad but first she has to find a murderer and find a missing 14 year old boy Robert Martin. Winspear provides us with an excellent picture of England in 1933. She points out the racism in England. Women were gradually finding their way seeking higher education, establishing themselves in profession that had formerly been closed to them. The novel is suspenseful, literate, evocative, moving and engrossing. Orlagh Cassidy does a great job narrating the book. I hope this series continues.
So glad Audible has the beginning books in this series. I can now start to read them in order. Have read a few of the latest ones. This book makes everything fall into place. Perry does a great job painting a picture of London/England in the 1850's. The description of the social problems of day shows how far we have come and how easy it might be to fall back into the past again. Can not wait to start the next book to see if Hester and Monk get together. This is the time in history that the role of women began to make major changes then the biggest change came with WWI.