The story of the author is much more fascinating than this book. Anne Perry was one of two young women convicted of pre-meditated murder. There is a novel element in this mystery but apart from that, this is just a good yarn. Knowing about the colourful and disturbing past of the writer was the tantalizing part for me.
It's always too soon to write a fair review of a great book when they always keep you thinking. 4 & 5 stars are worth repeat listenings.
Davina Porter's voice with Anne's Perry's words are a beautiful combination.
Anne Perry has written more than a mystery. The thought provoking conversation between characters is as satisfying as solving the mystery.
She reads everything beautifully and thoughtfully and gives the characters more life than when I read the story myself.
I discovered her listening to Alice in Wonderland. I never understood Alice before Davina gave her life. I finally realized Alice was in a dream, and it all made sense. Kind of like Lorelai Gilmore in a rabbit hole. Loved it.
Since hearing Alice, I have been searching for another agreeable story she's narrated.
•Thoughtful dialogue and character interaction
•Strong women characters
•No bedroom scenes
•Mystery unraveled at a good pace for the length of the book
I'm in a British-mystery-writer-phase. (Can you tell?) I rather like Anne Perry's writing and the William Monk character. Of course narrator Davina Porter was reason for trying the series.
The premise is rather promising. The problem is with the main character's internal dialog which is constant and then repeats. You want to like the main character, but he's just so tedious. You get to hear every single thought he has (in real-time). I you miss some of the internal dialog, no need to worry it will be repeated. An abridged version would be much better. With 1 hour to go I can't decide if I can get through it or not.
This is the first "Monk" novel, and I listened because I so enjoy Davina Porter as a narrator. While I found the first part of the story to be a little slow, I am glad I stuck with it. Monk is such a complex character, and his memory lost made the story that much more intriguing.
Edge of my seat - no. However, it was a good pace, and very satisfying.
I cannot wait to listen to the next in the series.
Any number of similar mysteries abound, but Ms. Porter's talent as narrator sets this book apart.
I first heard Davina Porter as narrator for the Outlander series. Nothing could compare to that. So, as is the case with this book, I am as likely to choose a book because Ms. Porter is the narrator as I am because of a particular author and so have been introduced to several authors.
I listened in bits.