One of the best historical mysteries I've found in a while. A rich period piece that explores some very dark social and psychological themes without being depressing. This is largely due to Mr. Carr's creation of a wholly likable ensemble of smart, witty, flawed sleuths that not only entertain but endear themselves to the listener. The brilliant but wounded Dr. Kreizler, the intemperate, dry-witted NY Times reporter John Schuyler Moore, the genteel, derringer-packing, aspiring woman-detective Sara Howard, and the comical bickering Detective Sergeants, the Isaacson brothers.
The world of 1890s New York City--from Delmonico's to Five Points--is brought vividly to life by Mr. Guidall's accomplished performance of The Alienist. A thoroughly enjoyable novel.
Toys and Baby Wishes is another winner from Karen Rose Smith. As in so many of Ms. Smith’s books, family plays a big role, both in bringing the hero and heroine together and in complicating their lives. (Ms. Smith has a knack for creating heroes who will make great dads and heroines who will be giving moms.)
This story mixed humor with sensual romance so that there are light moments to make the reader smile as well as plenty to tug at the heart. There’s even a dash of Christmas that’s fun at any time of the year. (The hero owns a toy store!)
A new treat for me was getting to listen to this book in audio. The narrator’s storytelling voice was rich, smooth, and a pleasure to listen to. He captured the characters and the tone of the story perfectly.
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