All of Rhys books are easy and fun to listen to. I must say that the narration of the older women were a little hard to listen to, but overall a good performance. Was glad to get her latest book and was not disappointed.
Rhys Bowen can tell a great story, this one as usual had quite a few laughs and smiles. love the characters which are developed so well, Katherine Kellgren rates a 6 star for all the accents
Good story line, entertaining, liked the voices.
Phryne Fisher Series
One of her better ones, but I have liked them all.
I love this series. It is light hearted with a good story line that usually is interesting to try and figure out.
I listened to this book out of sequence and fell in love with the characters and the narrator. I listened to the first six books as fast as I could....now I'm sorry! More please!!!
I'm usually not very fond of mysteries that are set around a holiday because too often things seem to be forced made to fit into that particular setting. Rhys Bowen has convinced me that it can be done and well done. The story flows and the holiday setting just make details and descriptions of Georgie's surrounding more interesting and genuine. We are treated to a traditional English Christmas with the carroling, the Yule log and the plum pudding. You'll want to change the menu for next year's celebration.
The characters continue to be explored and they grow. Georgie is not the same shy and awkward girl we met in Her Royal Spyness. She's less clumsy and isn't afraid anymore to speak her mind and get her point across. Darcy, Georgie's mother and grandfather are along for the ride and we are treated to just enough of the detestable Fig's antics and criticisms. The mystery is well done and quite complex. It will keep you guessing and has plenty of red herrings to make you think you are getting ahead of what the characters have managed to understand.
As always, Katherine Kellgren narration is flawless. All her characters are distinct and have appropriate accents without ever being made into caricatures. I could listen to her for hours and hours.
My only criticism is that Belinda, Georgie's best friend, was sorely missed. Hopefully, she'll be back next time.
Looking for something that works!
Yes indeed! The story is complex-enough that I am sure I missed many interesting and pertinent details. It is written and performed so enjoyably that it is a pleasure just to hear, even as background noise,much like a TV can sometimes be a friendly accompaniment. It can be tuned in or out of one's hearing like the conversations of a groups of visitors.
I liked best the attitude of the main character. She is plucky, yet has a realistic dollop of normal human insecurity thrown in so that one almost feels as if "it could've all really happened".
The voice characterizations are so convincing that I always knew who was speaking. One would think that a woman could never do men's voices well. But she, somehow, in her woman's voice, conveys when men are speaking, and one believes they ARE the men of the story.
The events of the end were horrifying. I was concerned, as I heard them, that I would be upset once the story was done. But, the story proved a real murder mystery and, even so, had a happy ending, so that the final awful cliff-hanger events did not ruin my day! This author, along with the artful reading by the narrator, has an ability to start off at a comfortably pleasant pace, and then, as the story goes on, a snowball begins to form and rolls downhill, ever faster and growing larger. The excitement builds and it becomes hard to "put it down" till one reaches the climax!
A wonderful Christmas-time listen! Well worth setting aside time for! Nice for a group of murder mystery buffs (with good senses of humor) who also like a little romance. A bit reminiscent of Jeeves and Wooster-type stories, but not quite as goofy (and PG Wodehouse IS my fav author, by the way)!
A very cute, light and entertaining listen.
All these "royal spyness" books are similar.
I have no idea because I haven't read any in print.
Moved me? No. These are not really very "moving" books, they're light entertainment. Sort of like watching a sitcom.
I love this series, and the narrator. A fun and light read (or listen)
I was very pleased with this new installment of the Royal Spyness series.
The mystery was very intriguing and the characters true to form. I didn't figure out who-dun-it, until it was about to be revealed. I had an inkling to the overall solution, but not the specifics. The romance with Darcy revs up.
The narration was, as always, wonderful.
This is a very enjoyable series, and I highly recommend it for some lighter listening.