Despite what some various reviews have said, I enjoyed this novel just as much as the first one. Yes, the the female protagonist is prissy, yes, there is predictability but it still was fun to see how the mystery unravelled and yes, I guessed at a few additional plot twists.
BUT, reflecting back on it I really am amazed at how well Karen White made me suspend reality to think the ghosts and psychic abilities of several characters exist. So much so, I expect the ghosts to materialize.
As I said about the The House on Tradd Street, I like the narrator. She keeps the characters clear enough to distinquish and her characterization of Melanie fits! I feel like I am back home again with the somewhat exaggerated accents.
If you are interested in the book I recommend you read Tradd Street first because it lays the groundwork for the characters although I think Legare Street will stand alone ok.
If you're not especially picky, I think the story is light-hearted reading and fun. Go for it!
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Maggie was a rebelious protagonist. Her story tended to be fairly predictable but it was fun to see how it worked out.
The command attendance luncheon called by Maggie's Mom with Maggie, Josh, Josh's Mom and the stuffed shirt guy who also ended up at the table.
It was a nice book but not one to get at full price. I think I got it as a $4.95 and that was fine.
I liked this book. It did have a few anachronisms re forensic science and psychology as one reviewer mentioned. But I like detailed stories. There were numerous plot/subplots to add additional Victorian flavor and the narrator was GREAT! He differentiated between the various characters so that you knew who was whom. Day and Hammersmith were strong characters who were well supported by the large number of other characters spread throughout the novel. I would love to see a series with these two characters as well as their boss at the Yard, 2 other murder squad detectives, the forensic surgeon, his daughter and his new employee, and lastly Day's wife.
On the con side, the story was pretty long and the multiple murder cases were almost unbelievable. It did have a few grisly descriptions but this is the era of Jack the Ripper after all..
The Yard is a good read for a long listen and it did provide some historical details that stimulated my interest to find out more about life in Victorian London. It might do the same for you too.
I really liked the way the author incorporated cultural bits of Amish beliefs into how the main characters went about solving the crime. The two main characters, "English", were likeable and sympathetic to the Amish points of view. The sherrif was a bit more jaded in his view than they, but he was smart enough to work in the background with his knowledge of crimes and Amish to ensure that the crime was solved. Unfortunately, the plot was not riveting for me. If you want to learn more about Amish life and views, I think you will find this story very interesting, if you are looking for an action type book, it will probably be too slow for you. I definitely liked the book enough to check if there are more to the series because the main characters seem like they be fun to observe as they evolve.
You should find George Newbern a good narrator. I enjoyed his style and was able to easily distinquish between the characters. If you aren't too picky and like Amish, give P.L. Gaus a chance.
This was a great read! It is also my first from Michale Koryta, but not my last. I found the characters believable with their flaws and even Arlen's ability to see death; which definitely underscores Koryta's writing skill. I loved the1930s Florida setting and the way you thought you knew what was going to happen and then realized you were just a bit off. The narrator did a terrific job in differenciating the various characters so you could "see" how they were interacting. If you enjoy mysteries set in the first half of the twentieth century, I believe you will find this author and narrator a wonderful combination. Try it!
The story plot was somewhat predictable but it was nice to figure out how it was going to play out. I didn't always spot what was coming, as some reviewers indicated, but the characters were interesting.
I read many of the reviews of this novel before I decided to purchase it. Many of them gave a mixed opinion. I'd say that is a good description. The American Heiress definitely represented the wealthy, semi-selfish American heiress who had a rough time adjusting to the titled English society. Her husband is at the opposite end of the spectrum being a semi-self-centered penniless English lord. The author contrasted the two cultures well. She developed the characters well enough so that I wanted things to work out but at the end, I was just glad to see it end. The narrator did a clear job of differentiating the various characters which added to the story. This was a good book and justly deserved a good rating but I didn't quite love it.
James Lee Burke writes wonderfully lyrical novels. They are perfect for audible books because the words paint clear images. His characters are developed well although towards the end of this novel the characters tended to become less 3 dimentional. I really like the Sheriff and Preacher. They are driven by complex issues. The narrator is terrific and it is easy to keep the characters straight. I'd recommend Feast of Fools just because of how well it sounds as you listen! I have to say that I think I prefer the 1st book about Sheriff Hack but this one was not "bad". You won't be disappointed if you like JL Burke's writing style because he can definitely keep your interest.
This is the second book in the series about a impoverished noble lady--only 32 or 34 persons removed from the throne! She has quite a time fullfilling the Queen's plans on a shoestring budget but you don't refuse the Queen. This time our lady has her hands full dealing with the gangster-crazy Princess of Bavaria that the Queen requests that she entertain. Have a good time and chuckle over her antics!
Katherine Kellgren does a delightful job of narrating this mystery.
First let me say the Narrator Jonathan Keeble was terrific! I didn't have any difficulty identifying each character. Set in Great Britain, Jonathan has a wonderful set of accents which really adds to the atmosphere.
This is a unusual novel with a mystery in it. A brief summary would be: A likeable, flawed poor man who makes it good, gets what he wants in his life, gets it taken away from him and copes with his loss. The novel has numerous "clues" scattered throughout it which make you expect one thing, and then off you go in a different direction. Except for the prologues, you basically start at when Wolf Haddu loses everything. I've tried to not give anything away but the novel has mystery, some amount of thriller, smaller amounts of love stories and plenty of personal values by both the "good" and "bad" characters.
The story takes place a few years (2 -6yrs) in the future which was odd. Not sure if it added or detracted from the story. It basically just exists, but perhaps it allows for an agency to be present that isn't in todays world.
There are a lot of great reviews available, especially some of the longer ones. I found them useful afterwards to help re-think various scenes and actions. It was a wonderful book if you enjoy a slower paced action book with lots of character development and plenty of opportunities to consider why people do the things they do.
It was one of those books that once I got going, I'd walk in from work and keep listening except for a few brief comments and a kiss to my patient husband. I'd finally shut it down when I reached a good stopping point (or my guilt made to stop) : )
I'd highly recommend it!
This is an excellent book. It listens beautifully and is quite short. The narrators were fine and added a lot of structure to the information. There were a lot of common sense suggestions and examples of how to deal with ADD as an adult. I was left with an upbeat feeling that life is doable. IMO, this is a great outcome because it has been difficult for me. The psychiatrist I see doesn't believe ADD can be diagnosed as an adult. Frankly, at 58 years of age, I seriously doubt anyone was regularly diagnosing ADD or ADHD when I was a young child. Just a suggestion, if you find yourself in a similar situation change providers. So, ADDers and ADHDers, listen to this and you should be satisfied, esp if you are recently diagnosed.
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