The stories range from outstanding to jut OK. The narration ranges from very good to very bad. This collection is worth the credit. If you're on one you don't like, hang in there. There are some not to be missed.
My enjoyment of the stories varied. Some were fantastic. Others just sat there. Thus the 4. Mr. Quin is a bit magical. His powers include knowing when a young lover needs his special help, and showing up to direct Mr. Satterthwaite. They do not include knowing the key to the mystery (I don't think), so the detection in the story is not ruined.
My favorite was The Man from the Sea
Outstanding! Audible please make the rest of the Erast Fandorin mysteries available. I'm totally hooked.
I agree with the other reviewers that many of the stories are contrived to fit the box theme. Many are not mysteries. However, I think the theme is interesting, and the collection worth the credit. All are well written and narrated.
The 1st story is my favorite. The Most Private Detective is my next most favorite. A number of others were very interesting as well.
The last one, about the world record, is explicit and raunchy, so beware.
These stories are part of the foundation of the mystery genre. These were one of the influences for Agatha Christie. The plots are clever and well developed.
The only thing I don't like is that the old man does not share his conclusions with anyone but Polly, who he relates his cases to. The criminals are not brought to justice.
As with all anthologies, the quality varies. There are several that are outstanding. The worst is pretty good. The narrations are all good. There were several that I skipped because I'd heard them in other collections, but most of these are not easily found. I recommend these to those who love mysteries.
I too had a hard time with all the American characters suddenly having Southern accents. The story is also not as good as the previous book. The ending was very interesting, but disappointing to me.
This is indeed a complex plot, but I thought it was well done. I enjoyed how it was woven together.
The narration is absolutely wonderful. All the stories are brilliantly written of course, and the characters are wonderful. I enjoyed some terrifically, and some just well.
This is more of a thriller than a mystery. There's a bit of a surprise at the end, but not much. Everyone knows who-dun-it about a quarter of the way in. Even the action to catch the guy is just stuff that happens, rather than a plan. I enjoyed it some, but not as much as others in this series.
I enjoyed this very much. The plot and characterizations are well developed. I understand the criticisms of the narrator. She does indeed take pauses sometime, and it takes getting used to. I think it's usually when the thought is changing, and not when a tight dialog is going on. Her tones of voices are very different for the different characters.
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