This had to be one of the most boring stories I've listened to in many ages. I could respect the writing, and could appreciate where the author was going, but man alive, I fell asleep at least 3 times while driving through traffic listening to this.
The story plodded along at one speed, slow. The story moved along so poorly that I didn't really care what happened to any of the characters. If you like stories with a little more bite to them, stay away from this at all costs.
The best way to describe this book is to say that it is like Patricia Cornwell rewrote Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose." It is not particularly erudite, but having researched this time period rather extensively, I can't find fault with the author's research that is not included in the afterward. Yes, the "body farm" is a bit precious, but overall, the premise of the book is believable and entertaining. That it occassionally ventures into the "romance" genre is, thankfully, brief and primarily forgivable.
I was, though, disappointed in the lack of strong characterization -- Adelia is well-drawn, but there aren't any other fully-rounded personalities, which would have added greatly to the overall story and more emotionally invested the listener/reader.
I downloaded this book because it got such great reviews - a real page turner. I don't get it .. it was just okay - it was no page turner for me.
Only the second book ever from Audible that I could not get through. I found the story too drawn out and I found that the narrator, in putting on accents, became too difficult to understand. I really wanted to like it, but 9 hours was just enough!