Tacoma, WA, United States | Member Since 2008
Alan Brady's Flavia de Luce mysteries provide a delightful distraction from the mundane. Flavia is 11 years old, and lives in a crumbling country house near a quintessential English village. She is willful, resourceful, neglected by her father and ignored by her two older sisters. That neglect provides her plenty of time to investigate the characters of her village and the surprisingly frequent murders in this small population. Jane Entwhistle is the perfect reader to perform this book! She does Flavia's youthful voice and the voices of the many elder ladies with aplomb, and the male voices are rendered well. Flavia has an unusual fascination with chemistry, and in particular, in the chemistry of poison. Her alarming attempts to poison her elder sister provide a counterpoint to her efforts to puzzle out why—in this instance—a traveling puppeteer dies in the middle of a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk in the parish hall of the local church.
I love anything that Thomas Perry writes, and this was a great story; the double crosses were dizzying. But if you are going to get someone to read a book, that person should be provided with the correct ways to say local place names. This fellow mispronounced Sepulveda, La Canada, and, as I recall, La Cienaga. Every time a place was mispronounced I felt as if I had bitten down hard on tin foil. That said, it is a great listen, although it was more complex than many Perry novels, with multiple story lines.
Yawn. Mostly a bore. Stock characters and predictable plot. I should have known better.
This was a little too cute for me. I just couldn't get in sync with the main character. But it wasn't bad. I just didn't think it was all that great, either.
This was a great book! I loved every inch of it, and Dick Hill does a great job with the Reacher novels. I like Reacher very, very much. This was about the best one I have read so far. But--"I said nothing."
This type of book is not my cup of tea. Plucky heroines who have overdeveloped libidos and who instantaneously dislike the guy character they are obviously destined to spend eternity with do not appeal to me. The mystery she sets out to giddily solve was interesting enough but all the ruffles and buttons and heaving bosoms (on both male and female characters) just about did me in. I know it has an audience--just, not me.
I really like Ridley Pearson, and have read several of his series titles. This was outside the norm, and it was very good. No giving away the story--just enjoy it for a book about running from bad guys and narrowly escaping, time and again.
I believe this is aimed at a youth market. It doesn't develop a story quickly enough for a reader like me, and I believe that is a handicap for the youth market. Too much of the book is taken up with explaining a world of fantasy, and the main character spends most of the book running and hiding long after the reader wants resolution, even if it means she is caught. The narrator, Richard Aspel, is effective.
Is this book deliberately period--50s? I don't know. I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped to. The tongue in cheek humor was too broad for my taste.
I had listened to "Hornet's Nest" first, so I was confused, and this book explained much about the relationship between the characters, but on the other hand I knew more about "Wasp" because of reading Hornet first. Excellent story, and Simon Vance has an amazing range of character voices.
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