It was predictable and the characters didn't click with me.
No I love all genres of books.
Nothing stood out to be honest,
It had humor and the characters were earnest, they just never felt real.
I haven't read the print version. Honestly I think this question is not necessary.
So many that it's hard to pick just one. But I loved the scenes where the sea beast, Steve, disguised himself as a mobile home and began "disposing of" town folk who annoyed him.
There was far too much time spend on the characters of Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. I liked both, but sometimes wanted them to spend more time solving the crime and less on their individual lives.
The secondary characters were completely unlikeable and I really had a difficult time seeing why Kincaid acted as he did.
I don't remember anything about the narrator.
It is part of a series, it has several follow ups.
Yes because it does advance the overall story of Lily Bard and the characters are strong. My issue was with the mystery and completely improbable coincidences that are used to set up the book.
Lily reluctantly returns home for her sister's wedding. By sheer coincidence Jack is working a missing person's case that has ties to Lily's hometown. Not only that, but the missing girl could be the daughter of Lily's soon to be brother in law. Did he kidnap an infant?
Too convenient and too easy to figure out.
As a stand alone book? No
As a part of the Lily Bard series? Yes but only to understand the growth of Lily and her relationship with Jack.
Lily. She has survived and is now coming back to life.
No not really
If I had been more careful and noticed that this was a very abridged version. A 7 hour book is trimmed to less than 3. Too many keys scenes missing, including one that is critical to figuring out the ending.
Death of a Policeman by M.C. Beaton
The narrator was very good, but impossible to fix a badly chopped up book.
I have read the book. It was great. I do plan to buy the abridged version and enjoy it.
Two words: Hamish Macbeth. He is so very original. A lowly town bobby who always solves the crime, but fears doing so will get him promoted out of his peaceful, lazy, poaching life.Thank God for the awful Inspector Blair who swoops in, insults Hamish, and steals the credit.
Easily Hamish. His outlook on life is so simple and he is so clueless about women that you can't help but love him.
His delivery of the various accents and characters. Easily flowing from Hamish's Scottish drawl to a greedy American, to a stuffy British laird.
Hamish reluctantly saves the day!
As one of my biggest surprises. I was looking for a mildly interesting book to listen to as I prepared to go to sleep. This book was far to interesting to fall asleep to. I found myself listening intently as the world was changed by a simply cup of tea or coffee.
The layout of the story. Each beverage is given it's due and the timelines criss-cross to weave a tapestry of how the work was changed by beer used as a clean source of water and how tea actually lead to a company ruling India.
This could have been the driest, dullest book in my library with the wrong narrator. But Sean brings the subject matter to life. He isn't being overly dramatic, he's making the book flow.
No. I just really liked it a lot.
James Langton is fantastic. I actually found this book through his work in the Inspector Banks series. I love his work and will look for others by him.
Mr. Finch, sorry but no. The story was very dull and none of the characters were all that interesting. The story is ridiculous from the beginning. A lowly maid apparently commits suicide, but her former employer, a very respectable Lady, insists on having her death investigated.
I just started Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith
He simply brings the characters to life and is true to their origins.
Yes to go back and listen to several of Anne Perry's Inspector Pitt novels. That was regency mystery done right. The Upstairs/Downstairs mentality and the firm distinction in roles during that time period.
One of my recent favorites. I started the book over a year ago, but it doesn't work for short commutes. So when I started walking again, I began listening to this book. Great pace for a brisk walk.
Not really, this is a very descriptive book that has lots of human drama to balance out the "dead come to life" moments. The intense scenes did keep me walking a few extra miles a week though.
Any scene where Amelia was knock off balance emotionally. She did so pride herself for being pragmatic and always in control. Seeing her in awe of the walking mummy or uncomfortable about a love interest was a treat.
No, it needed to be digested in sections.
Well at the 45% Mark we still have zero info about the incident at the coffee shop or even a verified murder. We have had at least a dozen scenes talking about making the perfect cup of coffee and diatribes against people Clare considers morons for not paying $7 for a cup of her coffee. Honestly,the attack happens on page 1 yet almost half way through no update on her condition or anything remotely about the attack. The poor girl was lying in intensive care yet wasn't referred to by name for several chapters. I had forgotten her name and when she was mentioned again it was in passing. Clare makes coffee,names her cat Java, refers to people, the weather, noises, smells and men all with coffee references. It gets monotonous very quickly.I get that it takes place at a coffee shop, but I can't imagine Clare having a conversation that doesn't' t revolve around herself and coffee.
It wasn't a murder mystery. Just Clare making pot after pot of coffee and accusing every person of being the attacker. When finally solved it was more by accident and less by investigation.
She was adequate. But there was almost no change in voice inflection between characters. The men and women sound vertically identical.
Clare. Of course then there wouldn't' be a series.
I do love cozy mysteries. I have read series with protagonists as midwives, bakery owners, maids, housewives, librarians, and artists. But I won't be reading more from this series.I did wonder what Clare would say if she knew I was enjoying a cup of coffee made with my trusty Keurig while listening to this book. 51 cents a cup.
How everyone in the book was treated with respect by the authors. The activists on both sides, the opposing lawyers, the LGBT community as a whole, and even those who backed Prop 8 were given a fair deal. Some didn't come across very well, but it was on their own merits, not by being run down by the authors.
The build up to the Supreme Court case and the actual proceedings inside the Supreme Court. It was unbelievable the amount of work that goes into preparing for the Supreme Court and then how very fast the actual appeal goes in the Courtroom. The fact that each lawyer has a prepared argument, but rarely gets past the first line or so before being interrupted by one of the justices.
His ability to make what could have become dry legal mumbo jumbo and bring it to life.
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