I love listening to anything narrated by Nadia May. She is one of the best. I enjoyed the book and characters. I would have given it four stars except for a huge plot hole related to the murder that occurs near the beginning of the book. A papal messenger is murdered after visiting the "guest house" and the women of the house work to cover up the fact he had done more than just ask for directions. Yet when his horse, which is in their shed, and his saddle bags are searched, it never occurs to them that someone must be aware of how the messenger spent his evening, because someone knew about the horse. This nagged at me the entire book and I felt it was never adequately addressed in the resolution. A big DUH moment for me.
I have enjoyed reading other Roberta Gellis novels; she researches the time and period well, puts in a great many details to make the story come alive. One gets attatched to Gellis characters. Nadia May reads well and adds further dimension to the story. My hope is that more Roberta Gellis books are added to the audible library and that Nadia May is available to narrate them.
medieval england is alive with intrigue, emotion and the not so everyday trials and tribulations of life in a whorehouse. it's easy to find a kinship with these characters whose lives are so distant in time, but similar in the need to survive.
This was only so-so. The premise was good, but the characters were a bit formulaic and the main character could have been MUCH more interesting than she was! She lacked any strong emotions or convictions from what I could tell, no matter what she tried to express.The mystery was good tho, although I doubt I'll rush to follow up in a second book.
Very interesting premise. Unfortunately, the author overuses phrases...if I hear the word "whore" one more time, I think I'll scream. >.<
I have enjoyed everything by Roberta Gellis and this book is no exception. It's great for both history and mystery lovers. Nadia May is,as always, an excellent narrator.