I have read some of the Joanna Brady series books by J.A. Jance and although I enjoyed them, I found the characters a little too wooden. Although Day of the Dead seems to be an obvious attempt to recreate Tony Hillerman's works, that is fine with me. Although she uses so many characters it is hard to keep them straight for an audio listener, I thought her characterizations where much better than in previous works and the story seemed tighter. I do get a bit tired however of writers who always have children who are "straight A students," men who are "ruggedly handsome," or women who are so beautuful they put others "to shame." Although we know "who did it" from virtually the begining of the book, the enjoyment in this book is in the pursuit. I hope in her next book, she uses the geography of the southwest to greater effect. Hillerman does a much better job with that.
Just as good as volume I which I will assume you have listend to. If you have not, you should. I liked the background music added in selected sections while the narration was going on. His discussion on the origins of the Polynesian culture is fascinating and the adventures of the early
African explorers are more than worthy of Indiana Jones tales. It is too bad the are no additional volumes. This is a great listening experience.
I did not find this book particularly humorous although I was hopeful. The writing is good and so is the narration. It is kind of a typical English mystery and does focus on the class structure in an upper-class but small English town. That alone is interesting and more so when overlaid on a murder mystery. I am not unhappy with the book and English mystery fans will probably be happy with it but I prefer a bit more action.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have had the pleasure to listen to since I joined audible. This is a rollicking rendition of the age of exploration. It covers the political, social and economic impact of the discoveries which in fact were profound but unappreciated today in the fog of history. It is also a fine high adventure tale told form the standpoint of the explorers themselves and relates numerous incidents and smaller figures involved in the events that are rarely related in standard texts. What's more, it is all true. The narration is superb. I can't wait for volume II.
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