Had not this book been by Sandra Day O'Connor, it would never have been published. I guess Supreme Court history buffs will find some interesting tidbits. Her Honor doesn't tip her hand much and offer personal insights or opinions. Just a very dry retelling of historical anecdotes.
Wilkie Collins' "Woman in White"
Her voice was monotonous and had a squeaky timbre. Reminded me of some of my old primary school teachers.
Few of the anecdotes that comprise this book are very amusing, revelatory or interesting.
I want more!
The historical setting at the juxtaposition of the formation in 1845 of the NYC police force and the early waves of Irish famine immigration is fascinating. More fascinating are the characters we follow, who provide most of the surprises in this thriller about a killer of child prostitutes. We may know who dunnit before the very likeable protagonist, but we understand why he doesn't get it first and we want to know why this diverse cast of characters behave as they do. The hero has a moral code, refreshing after living in modern America.
Wayyyyyyy too much about human excrement. A prequel to other Anna Pigeon books, Anna learns to love nature by being imprisoned naked in the desert. Sounds interesting? It's not, unless details of bodily functions are your thing.
After this book, I'd be loath to listen to anything by Barr again. I DO recommend her earlier books and have bought, begged or borrowed all previous Anna Pigeon mysteries.
The performer did well with the material provided.
After loving Nevada Barr books for years, I am sorry to report that this book didn't have any redeeming qualities. Save your pennies.
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