This book brings history close to home through it's examination of the influence the stuff we chose to drink had on world development, from water through to harder stuff.
It makes me think of books like "Salt", but was less exhaustive - as well as shorter and more to the point.
While not the deepest book about history, it was very interesting.
Very well read by Grover Gardner, this story is engaging and I kept listening to see how everything was going to unfold.
I read this after book #8 of this series, and am glad that while it cleared up some finer points of the 8th book, no harm was done to my enjoyment through reading them out of order.
The protagonist Andy Carpenter is a dog-loving attorney with enough self-deprecating humour that I can forgive him living in a world without all the niggling problems we mere mortals encounter everyday. Then he inherits 22 million $. Thankfully he puts his money to good use to help unfortunate victims of crime.
The who-dunnit part is interesting but not terribly surprising, which doesn't bother me as I listen to books more to have a glimpse into other people's life than to give my brain a work-out.
Only got this because it was a special and am so glad I discovered it. While it is certainly no hard exercise for one's brain it is an engaging story with sympathetic protagonists.
I will be getting the rest of this series.
I love women sleuths, especially older ones, and I adore Davina Porter as reader.
In this book, the first I read, but not the first in this series, the protagonist didn't strike me as extraordinary so much as the police chief as rather not extraordinary. But I liked the writing style and the descriptions of the land and the weather.
It will not give your brain a big work-out but rather transport you elsewhere for a couple of hours.
I'll definitely try another book of this series, although right now I am not sure I'll commit to reading all of them.
This book was not quite as funny, nor the heroine quite as sassy, as I hoped for. Still, it was a nice relaxing listening experience.
The only thing that aggravated me, but which is not specific to this book, is that everybody seems to have plenty of money. Who will write a boy-gets-girl story where the protagonist-s have to work and scrimp and save?
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