fun listen it was full of twist and turns liked it when i was listening to it but when i got time to write the review i had problems remembering the storyline i had to go back. i had oh yeah that one moment. is worth the listen.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
Nice mystery. Not too heavy. Supernatural sister detectives. I think she is actually a reporter. It was an entertaining book. Got it on a daily deal so definitely worth it. I will probably get the second in the series to lighten up after I read/listen to Rise of the Automated Diplomats the 6 th and final Burton and Swinburne. Can't wait.
I guess I didn't pay enough attention to the editor's summary of the book, because I was totally surprised by the wonderful witches.
I loved them all
No, but she is very good.
I did listen to it all at once. It isn't a difficult read, and had me chuckling so often that I just kept going. I will read more of the series when I have an extra credit or two.
There is a pretty good mystery here, but the characters really take center stage. The 3 aunts/grandmother are absolutely wonderful and I found myself hoping for more appearances by Lolly. She's the witch who closely resembles Marion Lorne's ditsy character in "Bewitched," only I find Lolly funnier. This is a wonderful book for those perfect summer days. Enjoy!
I bought this book because it was the daily deal and I like mysteries. The story had potential, but the writing is lackluster and amateurish. The character development is poor. The reading was the worst part though. The narrator gives this awful, breathy performance that annoyed me throughout the story. When the characters are angry you would never know it from her voice as it never changes. I was disappointed because I thought it would be a fun series to get into but it just wasn't enough for me,
Book and plot were ok, the narrator drove me nuts. I won't be back for future books in the series.
The story was good, but the narrator's voice drove me nuts. She used a breathy and mechanical voice for Stacy, the main character.
Enjoyed the characters.
Amy's choice of slow mechanical, breathy voice for the main character drove me nuts! I don't think I will order another of Amy's books without a pre-listen
First of all I had to speed up to at least 2 1/2 or maybe three times the speed.
Second the narrator had one of those voices that was super calm the whole time, even with the jokes they weren't really delivered in a way where you would find them, like I don't know, funny.
Third, I couldn't figure out why she was investigating the crime. The police said they were investigating but she was the only one working. Seemed like the male characters had no backbone.
Finally, she was non committal about everything, which is part of her story but really, everything.
For me, the story was dull, the narration was one-note, and I just didn't care about any of them.
The narrator is clear and can make voice distinctions and has diction and pronunciation down cold, but there was no variation in ... mood? I get that this is supposed to be a "serious" story, (crazy witches in capes and arson and drunks in a weird bar with with a dominatrix owner/manager and a Great Dane dog/familiar) but, in my head, there would have been some humor to go with the anger. And the lead characters were all angry. And serious. Yikes.
The author can write a scene and sentence; she is absolutely capable with the mechanics of her craft. Her characters were clear -- I could pick them out in a crowd. Or maybe a mob. An angry mob. Or at least a snotty one.
But maybe it is just me. I will not be revisiting this author nor this narrator, but absolutely, YMMV.