I always look forward to spending time in the world of Alex Craft! She is a strong, clever, and intelligent protagonist caught up in a world of potentially deadly Fae machinations and politics.At the same time, she strives to protect loved ones and those in need from the magical or otherworldly dangers that increasingly seem to be effecting the mortal world. This is a fun, fast-paced series, and I'm looking forward to Alex's further adventures!
The Daisy Dalrymple books are great fun and take readers into the world of a uniquely independent 25(?)-year-old aristocratic lady of the roaring-20s.Daisy's family is horrified that she is independent and chooses to work and support herself rather than marry a "suitable" gentleman -- ideally one who is both titled and wealthy.
In her work as a writer for Town and Country magazine, Daisy comes into contact with the rich and powerful of the era, repeatedly finding herself drawn into their lives and those of their families, friends, and servants. She is definitely a busy-body, but one with great compassion, warmth, and humor. As a result, her character is endearing rather than annoying and is great fun to follow.
As horrified as her family is that she works, they would likely be even more horrified if they realized that she also repeatedly manages to become embroiled in murder cases while on the job. (What would the neighbors think?!) As it happens, her insight, memory for detail, and personable nature serve to help the detectives from Scotland Yard as they seek out the culprit(s) responsible for the crimes in each book in the series.
The entire series is great fun -- light, laced with humor, fast-paced. While these are generally murder mysteries, there is nothing gory or offensive.
The primary heroine is both flawed and vulnerable in some ways but also tenacious, strong, and loyal. Supportive characters are also well-drawn, with complex personalities and life histories. I look forward to learning more about each of them!
Fun Steampunk Adventure
Moira Quirk was an excellent narrator. Her tone and accent were perfect, and she was pleasantly expressive without going overboard. I will look forward to listening to her again the next time she narrates a title of interest to me.
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