predictable because author presents OBVIOUS references which her intelligent characters later ignore, forget or are dumbfounded by
later in storyline. Almost stopped listening. Second I have profound respect nursing and the origins of making it a true profession, but were all nurses drunkards prior to 1854? Anne Perry's repeated description of nurses who didn't serve in the Crimean war being intoxicated while on duty would have readers think so.
Davina Porter does one of the best narrations I've listened to, EVER! I would listen to any or all she reads.
Absolute bluestocking & love it!!
This was the best so far - with more than one mystery and so well put together! Monk was even better - except needs to work a bit on his temper & tongue with Hester!
Narration again was great - Davina Porter is wonderful to listen to!
Excellent narration. Good development of some of the characters but clumsy or lacking development in orhers. The story concept is good with enough morality but without being preachy. Biggest problem is the abrupt ending; the conclusion is satisfying but the reader is left wondering, not about the "after" which can be filled in by imagination, but just the abrupt ending. I had to re-read the ending several times.
A very interesting Victorian detective novel that incorporates contemporary issues into a 19th century setting. There are a few times during the courtroom scenes that disbelief must be suspended....but it's fiction....very good fiction actually.
After listening to all of the Outlander Series I was looking for more of Davina Porter and discovered the Monk Series. I have truly enjoyed this series and of course Davina Porter is by far the best narrator around.
Anne Perry's style of writing is very enjoyable. There are lots of twists and turns in the plots as well as surprise ending. Just when you think you have figured it out, she throws in a little twist in the plot.
Davina Porter is by far the best narrator, performer around. It was because of her I started looking for another series after listening to the fabulous Outlander Series.
I am hooked on the Monk Series. Looking forward to more books.
Her books are all very good. Nice description of the time period and the expected rolls of men and women. Her writing technique is quite different in that once the solution is reached the story suddenly ends. Occasionally I expect just a touch more.
This is a powerful, well told story. But the subject matter made it difficult for me to listen all the way to the end. I'm glad I stuck with it, but this isn't one I'll listen to again.