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  • With Child: A Kate Martinelli Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
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    (28)
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    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Drawing on rich dialogue and stunning mysteries that are as believable as they are horrifying, Laurie R. King’s series have attracted national attention and praise. Her Edgar Award-winning style is fully evident in With Child, the gripping sequel to A Grave Talent.

    Jean says: "Missing child"
    "Editor, editor!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is a reasonably story, reasonably well told. Had 1/4 of it been trimmed, it would be better. I suppose LRK has gotten to the point that her editors don't edit.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Cut a lot of the useless, meandering detail.


    Which character – as performed by Alyssa Bresnahan – was your favorite?

    Kate, of course


    Did With Child inspire you to do anything?

    Find a good editor.


    Any additional comments?

    I think a lot of the detail is just that, detail. It does not add. Chopping 1/4 of it would have made it better. And the plotting is a bit something. So, Kate sends pics to Al, without explaining anything. Or, in an uncharacteristic act, she leaves her bleeper behind when she goes off with Lee. Duh. Or she goes from investigating Jules' computer, to running away from that to be with Al, who doesn't want her there, to going back to that without resolution, to constantly talking to Dio. Who, thinking Jules dead, finally, finally coughs up evidence. The simple fact is that, if it were real, the cops would have been all over Dio, Jules' computer files. This could have done with several less layers. And less going from one thread to another. It was choppy and awkward. It was tedious towards the end.

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