The heroine in this is beyond stupid. What's worse is the writer made her that way just to advance the story. You will be yelling "call the cops you stupid idiot". Seriously, who would believe that a woman being stalked by a sadistic murderer would take home evidence, go into dark scary places alone, not call them when a child she knew could become a victim, or drink too much and leave themselves vulnerable. And the narrator doesn't help it along at all. Maybe she wanted to yell at the heroine too, and had to hold herself back, which made her performance tight.
Yes, the narrator does tend to over enunciate, however it does not take away from the overall charm of these books. If anything, the reader can imagine that Aunt Dimity had a hand in getting her hired so she could learn her trade. After two books, she's starting to grow on me. Either I'm getting used to her, or more tolerant of eccentricities.
One sex scene after another, loosly connected by - oh right - not much, and what there is improbable! Fifty Shades of Gray has a lot to answer for in the field of romance writing right now, authors seem to be forgetting the romance - and sex gets pretty boring without a good story around it. Don't waste your credit.
Started great, and ended with (spoiler alert) breast cancer in all three women. I read to escape the sad realities of life, not wallow in them. The real theme of this story was not revealed before I read half way through.
I didn't trash it entirely but the leading lady is so whiney, it was a toss up whether to continue or not!
She had started to lose me, her books had taken on a boring sameness, but this one was well plotted and enjoyable to listen to.
There are two books on Elizabeth II released at almost the same time and I read both. If you are only getting one, choose the other one, written by Sally Bedell Smith. The anectdotes in it are better - although they both lay out the same historic material and take a slightly differing view of those events. I found it interesting to read both for those differences.
This was well written and interesting to read. I enjoyed getting to know the historic influences on the monarchy and the way it has changed in just this one lifetime. This is a much better book than the one by Sarah Bradford, even though they deal with the same subject matter.
The series is a lot of fun with a throughly modern herorine and her cast of helpers and household members. Stefanie Daniels narration is top notch, if only she didn't try to sing the songs! Start at book one, this one, and read right through to the end! And they are soon to be a TV series on ABC, although I don't think the TV series can do justice to the books - the clothing, scenery, and automobiles should be splendid!
There is no happy ending here, but the trip is filled with fun and laughter. I could relate to the issues of aging and dealing with death, cancer and dementia. And while those are grim words and issues, the author has been able to bring out the other side of the coin as well, which is that even in dealing with these things, there is joy and laughter. The narrator did a good job with the voices as well, making the plot more believable. The story appeals to what we all hope for in our old age, one last big adventure.
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