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.
It took me 8 months to finish this book. My conclusion is that this story just wasn't as compelling for me as other authors, such as Debra Crombie and Margaret Maron, that I enjoy.
In the past I have read and enjoyed books by this author. It may be that her writing style works better for me if I'm reading rather than listening.
I discovered this series thanks to a Daily Special. I'm so glad I bought that first book. I'm working my way through the books available on Audible and haven't been disappointed in any of them.
I like Deborah Knott, the main character. She is a District Court judge who deals primarily with lesser crimes. Sometimes she has to travel to fill in for other judges. Her travels to different places are one of my favoroite things about the series. Margaret Maron's writing makes these places very real in my mind, even though I've never visited the area where the books take place.
Margaret Maron is an excellent story teller. Her mysteries are intricate and her characters interesting and well developed. I look forward to reading all the books in this series.
I found the museum setting interesting. The story made me aware of the difficulties in
the safe keeping of thousands of items, some of which have great monetary value. It also made me aware of how difficult it is to fund a non-profit museum.
I like Eleanor Pratt, the main character. She's smart and sensible. I'm also intrigued by "Marty", another female character who plays a major role in this story.
One criticism is that I correctly guessed the outcome early in the story. I won't go into detail to avoid "spoilers". There was also one element of the plot that seemed pointless to me - again I won't elaborate because of possible "spoilers."
I'm undecided about whether I will read other books in this series. I will put it on my "wish list" and carefully check reviews posted by other listeners.
Most of my purchases on Audible have been mysteries and classic science fiction. I bought this book when it was a "Deal of the Day". I'm very glad I did!
I love "Max" the protagonist and teller of the story. She's smart, fearless, funny, and slightly flawed. Zara Ramm's narration was perfect for me. The tone of her voice is pleasing to my ear, and her diction is excellent.
The next book in the series is on my Wish List.
So far I have read six of the books in this series and I've enjoyed every one of them.
For me the books have just the right mix of a good mystery and well defined, interesting characters. The settings in this book are described with enough detail that I can "see" them in my mind. When I finish one of these books I feel satisfied and eager to read another of the series.
The first Deborah Crombie book I read was the first in this series. I've read the other five books out of sequence. That hasn't affected my enjoyment of the books. However, there is a developing relationship between the two main characters that might be best enjoyed if read in sequence.
Michael Deehy's narration was excellent for me.
I liked the first book in this series enough to buy the second one when it became available on Audible.
What makes this series unique for me is that one of the main characters is a skeleton named Sid who walks, talks, and has a Facebook page, but doesn't eat or breathe. The other main characters are regular human beings who accept Sid as normal part of their lives.
The plotting of the first book seemed more intricate and enjoyable to me. Even so, I like the main characters and the humor and liked this book. If there is a third book in the series I will read it.
I enjoyed the style of this book. It begins by introducing the story lines of a number of interesting characters and then gradually weaves them together.
I liked the ending, and wasn't able to guess what it would be before I read it.
There is violence in the book. However, there is not emphasis on explicit descriptions of violence.
Narrator Guerin Barry does a good job. As I listened I always knew which character was speaking and could easily follow the story.
This is my second "Magical Cats" book. I enjoyed this one as much as I did the first one.
I'm a fan of "cozy" mysteries. This book has everything I look for in a "cozy" - small town location, a "cast" of recurring, likable characters, a bit of humor, and a good mystery without explicit violence. One reason this series appeals to me is that the location is a fictional town in Minnesota, the state I've lived in all my life.
I enjoyed the narration by Sofie Kelly. For me she uses the the right amount of vocal distiction to each character. The tone of her voice is pleasing to my ears, and her diction is good.
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