Ellicott City, MD United States | Member Since 2008
This series is so charming. Not the most challenging mystery in the world, but the characters are interesting, the setting is charming and narriator is top notch. I recomend this series to anyone who likes their murders cozy and Agatha Christy-ish.
Probably not. It was a good story but I prefer my audio books to be a little more light hearted.
Yes. It was a very well structured mystery with an occasional chapter from the killer's point of view.
He could have made each voice more distinct from the others. All the characters sound similar. Even the females.
A few parts startled me and because I listen to audio books at night. I had a few creepy dreams.
I got this book because I am a big fan of the "Her Royal Spynesss" series by the same author and I was startled at how different in tone "Evan Blessed" is. I'm not a big fan of books than linger on the grim details of violence against women and it's always cute, young women for some reason and this is no different. This book stops short of fetishizing the details of the sad fate of a missing 17 year old female hiker in modern day Wales, but it comes close. I'm not sure if that's good or bad but it definitely different from what I'm accustomed to from Rhys Bowen. To put it another way, it's more James Patterson than Agatha Christie.
No. The setting and events of this story are described very blandly. Not a lot of details at all.
The reader is very good.
I enjoyed when the main character was first examining his missing colleague's tent and belongings. It suggested some very interesting possibilities.
My main criticism is that so much time is spent telling the story of the ancient civilization and very little time describing what the main characters are seeing, experiencing or feeling. It's as if JK Rowling spent three chapters describing the history of Privet Drive but Hogwarts is just called a school. I wasn't scared for an instant.
For those unfamiliar with the series, the main character is an FBI agent with tons of money and a very eccentric, old Southern gentleman personality. This story takes him to a richy-rich resort town in Colorado where his protege, Corrie, is examining old skeletons of silver minors that were dug up as part of a development project. Of course she gets in trouble and of course he has to rescue her and things get more complicated from there. It appears that the minors didn't get eaten by a bear like originally thought. Also, there is a serial arsonist who torches big, fancy houses with the residents tied up inside. Also, there is a search for a missing Arthur Conan Doyle book. The main character is usually very smart but in this book, he only looks smart because all the other characters are so dumb. He's also a condescending jerk at times whereas in other books, he's been well meaning but odd. I imagine the authors ticking off a mental list of cliches. Diabolical rich person? Check. Town sheriff with no back bone? Check. Rich old lady hoarder? Check. Plucky young woman getting in trouble? Check. Gruesome town legend? Check. Brilliant out of town detective with all the answers? Double check. None of the three plot lines are related and it all felt very scatter shot. A mediocre Pendergast book is still good, but make to mistake about it, this is mediocre. On the plus side; the reader, Rene Auberjonois, is superb as usual.
Little bites of delight. That's what this collection of short stories is. If you are unfamiliar with the series, this a bad place to start, but to those who are already fans of the cattle rustling, mystery solving Amlingmyer brothers, this is essential. It fills in the gaps in between books and describes the beginning of it all. In short, the main characters are two cow boys in the American old west who love Sherlock Holmes and go about 'deducifying" when the need arises. They are very funny and vivid but the language can get a little rough. I don't mind that because it is never excessive and the author steps around the really bad curse words is super funny ways. The reader is different from the regular guy and some of the many voices can sound a bit similar. That's a small complaint though. I recommend this series highly.
I had high hopes for this book because of my love of the move and respect for Anne Hathaway as an actor. The book is very emotionless. Very scary and unusual things are happening to Dorothy, who is repeatedly described as a little girl, yet everything is written in a very evenhanded way. The characters stay very polite and composed given their adventure. I don't want to be told what is going on. I want to be shown it with prose. Also, Anne Hathaway is horrible at voices. Just plain bad. I got it for free and it's not horrible but it's not as great as I hoped it would be.
Ray Bradbury has a way with details and describing things so vividly and these two stories are no different. These stories are creepy more than they are scary, which I loved. They are suitable for a young audience. My only problem was that I listened to them in little spurts and I think the long, flowing narrative needs a little but more attention. I recommend this highly if you have long stretches of time to listen.
I had to take a break from Audible because of money and this is the first book I bought when I came back. If you are familiar with the series, this story stays true to the pattern that sees Lady Georgie doing a favor of the queen and eventually finding a dead body. If you are unfamiliar, the main character is a very minor member of the royal family of England in between the world wars. She's penniless, unmarried, without prospects but very resourceful so the queen calls on her often for help. The characters are quirky without being too exaggerated. The scene is well set without it sounding like a history lesson. The tone is light without being too glib in the face of murder. Lady Georgie is a delightful person to spend time with and the reader can't be beat. This story has characters with many different accents, young and old. Each one is voiced distinctly. I took one point off because the basic outline of this book is very similar to the others.
This is the fourth book in the series and each one gets better. When I listened to the first book int the series, I loved the story but only liked the narrator. Four books later, I love it all. A frequent complaint about the other books is the occasional curse word. Here, Hockensmith finds a hilarous way to let the curse words fly without uttering a single vulgarity. Funny, compelling and filled with interesting characters and a well developed setting. My only warning is that if you like your mysteries very polite and clean, this series isn't that. It's not at all super gory or grusome but there is a little coarsness. Just a little.
The story started out well but lost steam as it went along. The ending was a little too quick and abrupt. The characters are intersting but not very developed. I'm a fan of Lincoln Child and he's written better. However, a mediocre Lincoln Child is still not that bad, it's just not great.
I'm a big fan of this series. They have interesting characters who are a little loony, but only a little, and a well plotted story set in the late 1800's out west. This book starts out with our Sherlock Holmes-loving, cowboys-turned-investigators brothers looking into the death of a friend in China Town in San Francisco. The boys and their comely friend, Dianna, end up contending with three other groups looking for a missing prostitute called the Black Dove. Most of the action takes place in China Town and the narrator isn't bad doing the different characters. This is an unusulaly populated book and it's a small challenge to keep all the characters straight but not too bad. Very adventerous with lots of chases and shady characters and a suprisingly emotional ending. This is one of those series that helps if you read them in order.
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