Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
I read the second book in this series before the first was available on Audible. To her credit, Sandra Parshall didn't give away any of the essence of this book in the sequel (as authors of series sometimes do, to update a reader). Even more to her credit, this book is excellent as either a stand alone, or introduction to the series that will come after. This is a mystery arising from one woman's strange fragmentary memories, eerie moments of angst, but not being able to piece them together. She has to find their meaning, despite the anguish it will cause her to know.
Rachel Goddard and her sister Michelle are both adults, still living at home with their mother, who has subtle ways of controlling them which Rachel senses more than her sister. Mother uses some fairly unconventional means to organize all their lives, and it is very difficult for Rachel to find the emotional strength to investigate the secrets that haunt her. Luke, another doctor she works with in the veterinary clinic, helps her find the courage to explore her troubling dreams and sensations, even though it will lead to surprising twists and turns in the book.
I really liked the second book, and figured then it was going to be a good series, but now hearing this first book puts a lot of what was in the second in better perspective. I like that the author has created characters who have an intriguing back story, and feel that she has a good balance with setting the stage with deeply drawn characters in this book (appropriate to the whole story), but using only what is needed in the next book. Rachel is an interesting and inspiring protagonist. I really liked this book, and look forward to reading more in the series.
With cozy mysteries, it can be really easy to slip over the edge into sappy. This one doesn't do that. It's really quite good, and was so much fun to listen to! Victoria Abbott has done a good job of creating characters that work well together, and a plot that moved well and held my interest from beginning to end.
Jordan Kelly is just out of school and finds a job helping a very disagreeable woman research whether there is a missing Agatha Christie play somewhere in existence. This seems great work for her. Only problem, somebody out there is willing to kill people who are trying to find it. Jordan was raised by uncles who have a questionable relationship with the law, and she may be the only one who intends to make a living in an honest way. But these uncles turn out to be some of the best characters in the book. They may operate ouside the law, but they are there for Jordan when she needs it. She also has a friend, Tiffany, whom she talks to every night by phone and who acts to be a sounding board for Jordan as she sorts out her concerns about who is doing the killing, not ruling out that even a cop she thinks of as "Officer Smiley" could be doing the deeds...finally, Jordan decides to think like Christie's Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple to uncover the murderer.
This book is appealing because it is a clever mystery and has the double appeal of tapping into one of the most famous mystery writers in history. Jordan Kelly and several others who might well be in the next book(s) will be fun to watch develop. The narrator was okay, but there were times when I felt she overdid a couple of the voices. I hope it's just that she hasn't hit her stride yet. I think this was a good first book and look forward to reading the next in the series.
I really enjoy the Max Tudor mysteries, and this one did not disappoint in any way. The characters are well developed, and the mystery is fun to try to solve as the story progresses. This series has so far utilized Autumn and Winter--and presumably the next one will be summer. I wonder where GM Malliet will go after that? I pray there will be more Max Tudor books for a long time to come (note to author--you could go for the months, the days, the zodiac signs, --anything--just keep on writing :-) The narration is excellent! A great read!