I was beyond pleased to have turned up the recent work of fiction by the noted English political writer. Those not familiar with the cast of characters, lead by the redoubtable Baroness Ida "Jack" Troutbeck and her assistant in matters of murder, Robert Amiss, may play a bit of catch-up, but Bill Wallis' extraordinary ability to capture the persona of each of the players will have you up to speed in no time. This is a bawdy romp, not for the easily offended, and the right-wing bent of Dudley-Edwards beliefs unapolgetically shine through the Baroness. It can, at times, get a bit caught up in the English political landscape which is a bit unfamiliar to we Yanks. Still and all, for the sheer entertainment value, the combination of Dudley-Edwards and Wallis is a winner at the dicey combination of mirth and murder.
I have been a fan of the series since the beginning. For me, there's comfort in checking in on the lives of Alex, Milo, Robin, et al every year or so. Kellerman does not disappoint in his ability to craft a sentence that captures the most benign detail of a character or his/her action without making it boringly intricate. Rubenstein's narration never disappoints. The Delaware series is my meat loaf and mashed potatoes - always comfortable, familiar, and enjoyable.
Any time I finish a book and I have a new credit with Audible waiting for me says something. I had a real struggle getting through this one. The narrator told the whole tale first person in Old West-ish twang. To say the author overused comparisons is restraint at the utmost - almost everything was "like a...". Not discounting the majority who found it entertaining, and I have seen more than once that things I do enjoy are definitely in the eyes of the beholder, but I'm not planning on coming back to this series or this author.
Have liked the series and will continue to give it a listen as more are produced. As to this particular episode, a couple of points are probably worth noting. 1) For fans of Maura Isles, you'll be disappointed. She was really on the periphery of this story - it could easily have been written without her. 2) For those who really need a "production" rather than a book read to them, you probably won't be happy with this. You can't tell a character by voice inflection with this narrator - not a biggie with me, but it seems to be an issue with a number of people who write some pretty scathing reviews. All in all, steady fodder from Gerritsen that I would recommend.
This is my second Lippman book. Having heard good things about the author, I tried a listen to a Tess Monaghan story and came away very mixed. This book leaves me with no mixed feelings. Definitely the audio version of a page-turner. I found myself making excuses for 15 minute trips to get another few minutes with the story. Well penned, well read. I guess I need to go back and see if my opinion on the Monaghan series changes...
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