Former journalist Tess strays from Baltimore to, of all places, my stomping ground. So I was particularly excited to listen to one of my most favorite mystery writers. The story is as intricate as the others, and I'm accustomed to Deborah Hazlett's voice. I assume her various Baltimore dialects are spot on, but she missed it big time trying to replicate a Spanish-speaking Texan's dialect. Plus, it grated on me when locations were mispronounced, or at least they were not spoken as the locals would.I also felt like Lippman tried too hard to prove a knowledge of the new location. Looking up her bio I was surprised to see she had reported from San Antonio and does know the area well beyond what a visitor would know. Do Audible authors have the opportunity to approve the recorded version of their books?
Beyond my parochial comments about Tex-Mex dialect and the way we pronounce certain Spanish locales, I love Lippman's Tess and Hazlett's voice. I can't wait to listen to the next one.
The author's beautiful word pictures about an errant painting are wonderfully shared via David Pittu's narration. I wondered how likely some of the events could be, but I won't spoil it for you.
Listen, enjoy, and spend the next days and perhaps weeks pondering the morality tale.
This was my first, but not last, Preston & Child book. Thanks to Audible for bringing it to my attention. The narrator, Scott Brick. is exceptional, turning a good book into a fascinating listen. As a result, I've purchased another four, beginning with the first of the series, although I'm so curious about what happens next after Still Life With Crows.
Every time I thought the tale was becoming predictable, Preston & Child surprised me with a very unpredictable twist.
Great book! You'll enjoy it!
I already recommended this to my friends in Baltimore, to my fellow dog-lovers, to reporter friends and to mystery lovers.
There is never a slow moment in this book. It takes one from one emotion to another, from laughing out loud to sharing the ache of a lost love.
This is the second book in the series, and Hazlett is definitely the voice of Tess. Her Baltimore dialect for other characters is a hoot.
I'm already listening to the third in the series and it's just as good as the first two.
This is the best I've listened to in many months. Perhaps because I once was a reporter, I really identified with Tess and her predicament when her newspaper folded. I liked the fact that this is a real mystery, not a disguised "romance" novel.
SPOILER ALERT! I held my breath, knowing what was coming when the car started up without its headlights. But the details, the word pictures, were not so predictable. The entire book kept me spellbound.
I immediately took advantage of the sale and bought the next three in the series. I know I'll buy the others as well.
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