I love a good mystery and am frequently disappointed. This one was very satisfying. The story is set during an interesting time in history, the early 1930s; the characters span a range of social classes due to the main character's position as a fiscally destitute minor royal whose mixed parentage includes a Cockney grandfather. She thinks out of the box which places her in situations that would be precluded by strict adherence to class code. The story contains enough plot twists to keep the reader guessing, but all the necessary clues are provided, so the conclusion is logical.
The narrator does a fantastic job with the voices and accents.
This series is absolutely wonderful. Because of all the nautical detail I don't know if I would have been able to wade through them in print but the audio version is outstanding. With O'brien's writing and Tull's narration the characters simply come alive inside your head. You may really come to believe you've been at sea for months at a time in the early 19th century. What a wealth of true history surrounds these fictional characters! I highly recommend these books to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
I wish Patrick Tull would narrate some G.A. Henty books.
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