This book has a complex plot that held some surprises for me. As the story progessed I found myself guessing how it would end . . . and I was wrong. Though I am not an opera fan, I found the parts of the book that dealt with opera to be interesting. There are many characters, all of whom I found interesting, even the ones who weren't very admirable.
There are murders in this book. However, there is no explicit violence.
This is a fascinating story made superb by the narration of Cary Elwes. He's simply amazing.
I don't remember if I first saw this movie in a theater or as a video. I do remember that I enjoyed it very much. The next time I see the film I feel certain I will enjoy it even more.
As I listened I was able to visualize the scenes, feeling as though I were there. There was never a dull moment.
If you've seen the movie and liked it even a little, I believe you will enjoy this book. Even if you haven't seen the movie, this book is entertaining and interesting.
Main character Riley Spartz is fiesty. She's also driven, smart and vulnerable. She is never boring. I like her,
This is a good mystery with a plot that had some surprising twists for me. Author Julie Kramer was a TV news reporter in the area where I live. I believe there is truth in what she writes about the way things work in local TV news.
I've read all of Julie Kramer's Riley Spartz books and never been disappointed with them. If you are looking for an entertaining mystery this is a good bet.
I have recently reread Heinlein's "Stranger In A Strange Land" and "The Puppet Masters" and enjoyed them very much.
I simply could not get interested in this book. I gave up at Chapter 12. The dialogue seemed stilted and old fashioned, like the script from a mediocre 1940's film. In fact I did an internet search to see when this book was written, thinking that it might be an early effort. I was surprised to learn that the book was published in the 1980's (if the information on Wikipedia is correct).
Perhaps one day I'll try to finish the book. I just can't listen to anymore of it right now.
I believe this book would be a good listen as "background". It would a good choice for listening while traveling by car or doing household chores. I like "quirky" characters, and there were some in this book. The pace is brisk. In fact, it felt a little rushed to me.
I may purchase more books in the series, but only if I need something to listen to while I'm also doing something else.
I expected more from the "Queen of Suspense" Carol Higgins Clark and "best sellng author" Alafair Burke. While I didn't guess the who did the crime(s). I did guess which character would be in mortal peril as the book drew to a close.
The plot was good and the pace was brisk. However, the characters were predictable and not very interesting to me. This is the first book of what may become a series. If there are more books, and the characters become more interesting, I might consider reading another book in this series.
Julie Kramer writes mysteries about a TV reporter. I find her books much more satisfying than "The Cinderella Murders."
This is the third book of this series I have read. I liked the first two a little better than this one.
This book seemed to drag a little for me. The plot is good and I wasn't able to guess the final outcome ahead of time. I am not a person who needs fast paced, thrill a minute stories. However, the pace was a little too leisurely for me.
In earlier books there were more events going on and more new and ineresting characters involved.
Cassandra Campbell is an excellent narrator.
I've read a number of the entries in this series and I've never been disappointed.
The pace is brisk. the settings and characters interesting and I'm not able to guess the outcome ahead of time. That's an ideal combination when I want to be entertained.
When I started this book the only thing I knew about Glastonbury was that there had been music festivals there. After reading several chapters I did some research on my computer to learn a little bit more about the area. That helped me to visualize the area and understand it better. That understanding increased my enjoyment of the story.
Other reviewers have had negative reactions to the amount of time that is spent describing the lives of the people involved in the mystery. For me that "background" was an essential part of the story. It's part of what makes this book unique
If you have enjoyed other books in the Duncan Kincaid-Gemma James series, I believe you like this one.
This genre doesn't appeal to me. However, the narration by Bronson Pinchot is excellent. This was a free sample. Thanks to Audible for providing this at no charge.
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