Although not exclusively, I do read a lot of crime novels and I am perplexed by the good ratings this one received. There are a lot of good crime fiction authors out there but this is not one. I do make allowances for a novel considering the fact that it is entertainment and does not need to be completely realistic. But this Novel was just bad. The characters are improbable and inconsistent. The dialog is unrealistic and cheesy. The actions of the characters are erratic. The overall idea of the story is good; the rest is just not good. I can imagine that if you are a male seeking a fantasy fulfilling story of a rich tough guy that can have his cake and eat it too and do not care much about the literature value, this is a story for you.
The storyline was boring, the dialog often nonsensical and the characters had conflicting personality traits. Unfortunately the narrator did not add to this book at all. Although she was able to produce a credible mail voice she was often monotone and told the story without inflections.
I enjoy historical mysteries and thrillers and this could have been a great one, but it wasn’t. It stared out very promising but never really peaked and the ending seemed hurried and underdeveloped. Some scenes were exceptionally well written and others lacked tremendously. Some actions of the characters seemed random and did not benefit the story. Perhaps more research of Victorian London would have helped with character development and cut down of the Americanisms that were not used much in that time period. I would describe this book as “not bad but needing polish”. Overall a capable author with potential. I think I would read his next book just to see if it gets better.
The concept of the story is good. However the dialog between the characters was lacking and the writing repetitive.
The story is fun and the narration was well done. If you want light entertainment you will be pleased.
I was delighted to listen to a romance novel that was written intelligently, witty and romantic. This story was not burdened with graphic sex or cheesy unrealistic scenes. Ms Goodwin is a wonderful story teller. The Narrator did a great job and only added to the experience.
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