If you are looking for an action-packed thriller, this isn't for you. However, if you are looking for a good story with perfect character descriptions, mystery and a great voice, I recommend this. I am a big fan of Laura Lippman. If you like her books, you will like this one too.
small town suspects
Not quite the edge of my seat as there was not enough action to warrant that until certain parts of the book. However, the character development and flow of the plot was good. I liked the dialogue and thought it was realistic.
I enjoyed learning how the main character put all the clues together.
It used to be a quiet little town.
I am willing to listen to another in the series. I did like the narrator.
I totally love this series of books. It is a guilty pleasure but so perfectly done. The mysteries are fun and full of flavor. The characters have grown over the 8 books. Jeff Woodman is so talented he does every voice in a different and completely believable style. You will have no problem telling who is talking. He makes it all sound effortless.
Ceepak Mysteries are like your favorite dessert. You love seeing it in front of you and enjoy the anticipation. You love devouring it. And you are so sad when it's over.
Mr. Grabenstein, please write faster!
If you are looking for an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, this isn't it. If you are looking for a perfectly constructed murder mystery with fantastic characters and great narration, download this today. I was amazed at how involved I got with the story and the very believable characters. I certainly hope we see more of them in the future. The plot is perfectly paced too.
I would have loved to have given this 4 stars or even 5, but I can't. I will first tell you Pacey does a good job with the narration although a few pronunciations are a bit odd (grimaced turned into grim-ACEd). However Hill's narrative is out of balance. Her character descriptions, exposition and set up take an entire 6 hours. The true action begins after that and is a decent length. However, the resolution is FAR too quick and unsatisfactory. It reminds me of an essay test where the teacher suddenly announces "Finish up! You only have 10 minutes left!"
Since this is the first in the series and I have yet to read more, I am hoping she gets this balance better in later books. I am not certain I can truly recommend this book because of its slap-dash ending, but you might like it.
Also, the title is not related to the storyline at all. Why she picked it I don't know.
I'm glad I got to the end of this book to see what the whole mystery/secret was. However, listening to all but the end of the book felt like I was sitting in a waiting room waiting for someone in another room to put together a jigsaw puzzle. Narration was fair but a little too slow. The mispronunciation of the island of Antigua drove me a little crazy. It is pronounced An-TEE-ga, not gwa at the end.
I have listened to every Laura Lippman book on Audible. Truly, her writing and her characters are so very realistic. Add to that Linda Emond's totally perfect narration and it is a winning combination every time. I think the main character has a fascinating story to tell. I loved that a minor character from many other Lippman books makes a "cameo" appearance in this one.
The only thing I want is for Laura Lippman to write faster. I can never get enough!
If you enjoy science fiction, do yourself a favor and download "Ready Player One" read by Wil Wheaton. It is a fantastic, well written science fiction book - a total delight especially for anyone over 35 years old. Sadly, Redshirts is not so great. There is an amusing and very creative concept here, but the execution is what I would consider a very rough draft. Plus there are additional "epilogues" to the book that are strictly there to add length, not flesh out the story, in my opinion. Wil Wheaton does a wonderful job narrating as usual, but this is no where close to as good as it could have been. And yes, the "he said," "she said" back and forth is like verbal torture.
I know I have been spoiled by the likes of Connelly, Deaver, Lippman, French, Child and others. This book is kind of juvenile in its plot and pacing. I think my 12 year old would love it. However, it is NOT Ready Player One (RPO). RPO is a well-polished narrative with clearly thought out characters. It moves neither too fast nor too slow. I adored it. This book has a bit of fantasy in it but it doesn't seem to fit with the non-fantasy parts. Characters are very one dimensional and predictable - almost like cartoons at times, especially Mr. Penumbra himself.
This book comes across like someone just sat down and typed it up with no effort to edit, polish or improve it after the fact. It's not awful, simply unsophisticated.
I have listened to a lot of Gregg Hurwitz's books. I totally adored Crime Writer when I heard it. As the years have passed and Scott Brick has been chosen over and over as narrator, I am getting warn out. The plot is relatively predictable - kind of a Hurwitz formula. The drama.in.every.sentence.....added by Brick. is exhausting to listen to. There is no climax because every third sentence IS a climax.
I had to suspend my disbelief more than I do with other writers such as Connelly, Laura Lippman, Jeffrey Deaver and David Rosenfelt. That got old too. I think I would skip the next Hurwitz book, especially if Brick narrates that one.
This book is not impossible to listen to, just not as good as others or older Hurwitz books.
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