When I choose a "cozy" mystery centered in traditional women's worlds of cookery, needlecraft or typing, I look forward to clever story told with warmth and humor. This story had a fairly surprising windup at the end (rather abruptly), but the characters were tired and not very likable. Two sisters who know nothing of one another's lives, yet there is no explanation of an estrangement. They had a happy childhood and are close in age. One falls on hard times and comes to live with the other knowing NOTHING about her sister's life, career, friendships or finances. They treat each other as virtual strangers. One is surrounded by friends and everyone loves her, so why has she been so cold to her sister? It would have made more sense to make them old college roommates just back in touch. Anyway, it was a completely humorless tale and the writing was mechanical at best. The solution to the mystery comes out of left field at the end. Susan Boyce did a fine job reading. I found her delivery a little stilted after a while but I don't think there was much more she could do with the prose she was given.
Say something about myself! I'm 66 with poor vision and HANDICAPPED,I save all my actual reading for my bible. My pleasure is at AUDIBLE!
DECISIONS, MYSTERY, COOL PEOPLE, DEATH,AND JUST PLAIN GOOD SLEUTHING! IF YOU ARE A FAN YOU WILL STAY A FAN
West Sunbury, Pa.
This is a series that is easy to listen to. The whole series is a clean listen, and enjoyable for young and old. Listen to them in the proper order and they make more sense.
The narrator for this is really dry and that causes a person to want to turn it off and go to another book. Give it time and the story will finally draw you in. This is one that you shouldn't multi-task when listening. There are changes of dialog that would be better if the narrator actually changed the voices to give character references so you need to pay attention.
I want to hear the series so I am stuck with her as the narrator but she does a poor job for this one. Hope the next improves ...
The plot was tight although I think character development was weakest part of the story. Heroine was not likeable.
I'd already read a number of Crewel World stories, and always wondered how everything got started. This first book in the series was a great story line with a very pleasant ending.
The culprit is easy to spot, the characters are one-dimensional and sometimes seem inconsistent, and the reader, though generally competent, is occasionally robotic. But if you're not looking for Agatha Christie plot and character development quality and you enjoy a cozy set in the world of needlework, this is a pleasant enough diversion.
A whodunnit with needlecraft information ;-) Nothing too thrilling, easy to listen to with half an ear, although I suspect that I must have missed a few clues early on, not paying sufficient attention. It's a bit slow, which had my mind wandering, but still interesting enough to deserve a positive rating (maybe 4 stars are generous, but as I wouldn't pick up a 3 star book, it'll have to be a 4).
Susan Boyce does an OK job narrating, and although I didn't like it much (emphasis and pauses at odd spots, the voices sligtly different but not to the point where you could actually pick out who might be speaking), it doesn't put me off getting a couple more of the series.
Say something about yourself!
I have listened to the entire series. These are easy listening stories - not complex murders full of gore, interweaved with the lives of needle pointers. I am waiting (hopefully) for the next story.
If you are not a needlework fan then another series might be more to your liking. It takes a few chapters to get into the mystery, and before the mystery most of the talk is between the characters about yarn and needlework. I enjoyed it and will purchase more, a good listen and the murder is gross and sick as in some.