Some years ago I read several books in the Max Bittershohn and Sarah Kelling series. This title wasn't one of them, which pleased me. This is my favorite Charlotte MacLeod series and I'm hoping there are more "new" books to hear.
This book is poplulated by interesting, eccentric, genteel characters. Many of them are related to Sarah. It might be a good idea to make notes if you want to keep all the relationships straight.
Ms. Macleod's gentle humor helped to keep the story entertaining for me. The "mystery" is rather complex and had me guessing until the very end. The story opens at a Renaissance themed party. I don't know much about that period so I did some internet research on costumes so I could visualize them more clearly.
Narrator Andi Amdt does a fine job. The tone of her voice is pleasing, and her character voices are distinct.
This is an easy, entertaining "listen".
This is an "easy listen" cozy mystery. I'm not a baker, so the recipes don't interest me. However, the food described sounds very tasty. I find it's best to listen to books in this series on a full stomach so I can more easily resist the temptation to snack while I'm listening.
Early in the book I correctly guessed where the final confrontation between Hannah and the killer would take place. However, I didn't guess who the killer was until that final confrontation took place.
For me, much of the charm of these books comes from the characters and the setting.
This is a gently paced cozy. There is no explicit violence or language.
Narrator Suzanne Toren has a pleasant, clear speaking voice.
The Father Brown Mysteries have stood the test of time. I've seen and enjoyed TV adaptations done by the BBC. However these radio dramas did not win me over.
For me the problem was the acting. It seemed over acted. In two of these stories there are French characters. The French accents were over done, almost comical. The delivery of the actor portraing Father Brown is somewhat "sing song" and annoying.
I do not expect to buy any more Father Brown dramas by these actors.
I've listened to several Paul Temple radio dramas. This entry includes all the usual (and fun) ingredients: Multiple suspects. Lots of plot twists. A party at the end to expose the killer.
There is not much realism here. What is there is a well produced, well acted, entertaining radio show. Enjoy!
I was captivated by this story. If a block of time had been available to me, I believe I would have listened to it in one sitting.
The story was capitivating and the ideas thought provoking.
I plan to revisit some of the classic science fiction books I read in the past. I just may have forgotten how good they were!
A few years ago, the Harry Nile radio drama series was broadcast on a local radio station. I was very disappointed when that station stopped broadcasing the show. I was delighted when I found the series available on CD, and now on Kindle.
This is a modern version of the type of radio drama that was broadcast in the days before television became popular. I listened to classic radio shows as a child and still enjoy them today.
Each show is about 20 minutes long. The plots are intriguing and the characters likable.
This story involves a new airline and a short stay in London. The airline is to be a "premium" carrier which will charge a little more for tickets, but will offer amenities like larger seats, leg room and good service. (I am old enough to remember when all commercial flights were like that.) Jessica and some of her good friends from Cabot Cove have been invited to an introductory public relations flight.
The plot is good, but not as intriguing as other books of this series I have listened to. My favorite MSW stories are the ones in which Jessica is in an environment that is new to her. In this story she is on more familiar ground.
Cynthia Darlow does a good job as narrator.
There are no graphic sexual situations or violence. This is a relaxing cozy. If you enjoyed Murder She Wrote on TV, you are likely to enjoy this book.
I've been reading and enjoying Peter Lovesey novels since the 1970's. This one is very good, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I have earlier Peter Diamond stories.
There are some rather long and detailed passages about string quartet music and performance. I don't have a keen interest in classical music or string quartets, so I tended to be a little disinterested in these portions of the book.
Peter Diamond is an interesting character for me. He's cranky and closed minded about some things, yet I still like him. Maybe that's because as I get older, I find I'm a little more cranky and closed minded myself.
Though it wasn't quite as satisfying for me as earlier Peter Diamond stories have been, I still believe it is a very good book. It's a solid police procedural. It does not include excessive, graphic descriptions of violence.
Thanks to Jim French, radio dramas are still being produced.
I discovered the Harry Nile series years ago when it was broadcast on a local radio station. Sadly, that station no longer carries the series. So I was very happy to find the shows available at Audible.
Harry Nile is a private detective who, in my opinion, does not fit the stereotypical "hard boiled" description. Harry is a former police officer. He is smart and kind. He is assisted by Murphy, a former librarian.
Each episode runs about 20 minutes. The stories include some unique characters, such as "Keys Louise" and interesting information about Seattle, the location of Harry's business.
For me these shows are very entertaining.
I was a fan of the TV series "Murder She Wrote". The Jessica Fletcher character appeals to me. She is smart, sophisticated, down to earth, and classy. Angela Landsbury seemed perfectly cast for the part.
The TV series ended years ago, Happily for me, Jessica's adventures continue in books. I enjoy reading about the interesting places she visits and the interesting people she meets.
This book is a well plotted, briskly paced story. If you liked the TV series and/or other Murder She Wrote books, I believe you will enjoy this one too.
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