A good entry into the series, but a sad one :( All the usual characters with some amusing alien 'grunts' thrown into the mix.
The first installment of this story has a little too much diplomacy and bureaucracy it for my taste, but picks up the pace toward the end. The central protagonist is a bit of a wise acre, and he and his sidekick adds some needed comic relief to contrast with the rest of the crew, who take themselves very seriously. We also get to see a bit of the wider view of this universe and some foreshadowing of the future arc of this series, which left me interested enough that I am going to download part 2 tonight. All and all, there are some good ideas here and some fun storytelling. I recommend you give it a try.
Several reviewers here have made complaints of M. Holloway's delivery. I think they are making too much of a muchness out of it.
Are there some mis-emphasized words or phrases? Yes. But in general, this is a workmanlike narration of the text without a lot of interpretation, and the delivery does not detract from the story, which is great.
I have heard too many titles ruined by over ambitious narration, and I am glad that M. Holloway errs on the the side of caution.
A combination murder mystery and family drama, Up Jumps the Devil delivers the clearest image yet Deborah Knott's large and diverse family and background. The mystery is a bit of a yawn, and the narrative is a somewhat disjointed, but, if you are a Knott fan, you will delight in the details of her and her family's background. If you cotton to a more plot driven yarn, you may not be as satisfied. The narration is a bit stilted. In some places it seems Critt is injecting perkiness into her delivery of a sentence to cover her lack of understanding of its context. Her earlier Knott series performances were more satisfying.
John Burdett presents an engrossing cast of characters in an intriguing city. The plot is somewhat outlandish, and the conclusion quite a bit less than satisfying, but these weaknesses are offset both by the excellent reading by B.D. Wong and the insights into the police force, racial influences, philosophy and sexual attitudes of modern Thailand.
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