I have read or listened to many of Charlotte MacLeod's books. I enjoy the characters, the humor, the settings and the mysteries.
This book takes place in a large house in rural Wales. The author spends just enough time describing the settings, the characters, and some ancient Welsh traditions. As I listened, I envisioned how the place and the characters looked.
Early in the book the pace is relaxed - that was fine for me. When a murder takes place, the pace picks up appropriately.
For me the humor was gentle and chuckle inducing. It helped make two especially annoying characters bearable.
Narrator William Dufris does an admirable job voicing a large number of male and female characters. It took me a chapter or two to get accustomed to his "rhythm". I'm not a stickler about "correctness" of character accents. If you are I would suggest that you listen to the sample.
This book does not include graphic sex or violence. It is not a "thriller." If you enjoy a relaxed "cozy" mystery with a good story and a sense of humor, this book is for you.
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.
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.
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