This was a good, straight-forward detective story that demonstrates the methodical police work necessary to solve a crime. It held my interest and I did enjoy it, but don't know why it was listed as a "classic" in the beginning narration. Maybe, because in the 60's, it was similar to the Dragnet series. But, it did lead me along with the author in solving the mystery. Maybe, a 3.9.
I really knew very little about the Emperors in India in the 16th and 17th century and therefore I really enjoyed this fictionalized novel of real events. It was very interesting to read of the court life and the hardships faced by those around the court, as well as the historical figures.
This is one of those books that is better listened to than read, because the reader's accent gives a charming dimension to the story.
There is a sequel to this book and another by the same author and I plan to listen to both of them.
Martin Clark is an excellent writer who really develops his characters. This was a book that I designed my day around, so that I could listen while doing tasks. The plot seemed simple at first, but develops into quite a convoluted, complex plot.
The reader was very good, and since Audible doesn't have any other books by this author, I will search for books read by Ed Sala. He has such a good pace to his narration and his voice is soothing and fades into the background as the story unfolds.
All in all, a very enjoyable read!
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