A new mystery writer to follow! Not only did I get to learn more about the Chinese/American experience in early New York, I got involved in a good mystery about a young Chinese/Irish girl's murder. I did figure out who done it but not until almost the end. I want more! More mystery! More info on a detective who works under Teddy Roosevelt! More about the midwife who seems to get involved in his cases!
Great story to just sit back and enjoy with a cup of tea or to help you get through the mundane chores as you get wrapped up in a good mystery set in the time of WWII. The most well known characters of the time seem to spring into life as our girl sets about protecting the Princesses and solving mysteries.
The ONLY reason this does not get a 5 star rating is because of the performance. Susan Duerden's pattern of going up on so many lines caused me great audio annoyance all the way to the end. If you can adjust to that, you are end for a 5 star ride! (Even if you can't, you will have to listen, it's that good.)
It just adds great spice a good mystery that is already a saucy, fun read!
1576 is the year. Historical fiction is the genre. We are not in England, we are in Iran! The terrain may be different but how different is the roll of royal women, of politics, of danger to life, and court intrigue? That was what I discovered while listening to the Audible.com version.
O, it's through the eyes of a eunuch. I knew nothing more than the obvious about eunuchs so this very enlighting.
I would recommend this book to those who love historical fiction; are familiar with the European timeline but not in another part of the world. It may be a bit harder a read or listen because it is so unfamiliar but at the end, well worth the time and effort.
With such a title and summary, you hope for a fun, sassy ride. The joy is, you get it! Well, I sure did. I'm glad my friends who love this genre sucked me into it!
I started listening to this series of books after watching the first few episodes on HBO. While I have continued to watch the show, I have more anxiously awaited each new book as I liked how the different characters came and went or developed into main characters. I have to say, I love the book version so much better than the tv series which deviated so far from the books.
I have had 2 listening marathons and with this, the last in the series, I see another one in my future. I'm glad everything was wrapped up and tied together; maybe not a "happily ever after" for everyone but then life's like that. I'll miss Sookie but she's alway there if I need another marathon of listening pleasure!
This is kind of hard to review because I so enjoyed the Mark Twain words but not all the words it takes to get to them...those are repetitive and, well, boring which makes to much frustration.
This is one book that would probably be better gotten in ebook or book format as you can better skip the "in between" part easier. At roughly 25 hours, I would go for the electronic version due to the weight of paper copy.
Well, you try listening to the whole chapter and see if you, like me, have to get the entire story for your library!
I first listened to the sample because the plot sounded good. I bought it because the narrator was excellent! I was not disappointed.
What do you do if you are a ROYAL but penniless? Your royal father is dead but your mother, a beautiful often married non-royal. Your maternal grandfather is an ex-bobbie. Your half brother is a ROYAL married to penny pincher who has little love for you.
Why you go off to London to the "family" house. With no money, no servants can be hired to lay fires or turn on the boiler for heating the water for the bath. Thank God for the grandfather who can teach!
Ok, lodging in hand and house tidied (by your hand). Next item is MONEY. You can't hire yourself out as a maid...what would the queen say! Besides, you don't really know how to do the job. But having open the family town house, you could do that and none would be the wiser...hopefully.
When dressed as a maid, you enter empty homes, get things readied and leave. If someone enters unexpected, no one notices you if you keep your head down, do your work and get out.
This is how it starts.
There is the Queen who wants our heroine to do her a favor and spy on Cousin Dave and "that woman".
There is a ROYAL the family things would be a "good match" (doubtful).
Brother comes to town.
Strange things start to happen. Is she just more clumsy than normal or is someone trying to kill her?
A dead body is found in the bathtub.
Brother leaves town.
Who is the dead man? Why was he killed? Who did it? (Can't blame it on the butler, there is none.) Did Brother do it? Surely not!
There is still house party to go to to meet her potential husband, to watch Cousin David and Mrs. Simpson, while pondering who the murderer is as all suspects will be in attendance. All this will make it hard to enjoy the perks of being a royal when she is not only trying to ferret out a killer but avoid being the next victim!
this one seemed to go on and on without taking me anywhere. it kept putting me to sleep without ever catching my attention. i gave up before starting part 2.
Sheriff Bo Tully gets a call from one of his citizens who he jailed and later did the same to his sons. He wants the sheriff to come out about a dead body draped over one of his fences. Having viewed the corpse through binoculars, he gives a description of said corpse; white, pinstriped suit, one shoe on, one off but covered with a black sock...not the style of the average citizens.
Thus the story begins. It's a ton of fun with some really good lines added to a good mystery.
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