It might seem to start out a bit odd to some, but I love this book. Just stick with it. Heyer's character development in Cotillion is fabulous. The minor characters are every bit as fun as the major ones.
Although this is the 9th in the series, it does well as a stand alone. I thought the mystery was well written, but the various relationships in the story were also part of the overall pleasure of this book. Even the characters who only had cameo appearances in Deborah's courtroom are...characters. I felt drawn into the story, and was sorry when I finished it. I'm eager to listen to the next one.
Re the narrator: I was somewhat dubious about listening to C J Critt read a story set in North Carolina, having heard her read several Stephanie Plum novels which require a very different accent. I needn't have worried. There was nothing about her reading which reminded me of any other series.
I was disappointed because I didn't realize until after I had bought it, that this is a reading of the newest gender-neutral translation. Many people will prefer this translation, but I have always liked the NIV because it was translated from original text as much as possible. Now that it has been changed to become gender-neutral, I feel like the publishers have opted for political correctness over accuracy.
I really enjoyed the 1st book in this series, but was disappointed in this one. The relationships between the characters lacked the charm and humor found in the 1st book. I would have still given it a better rating, though, if it hadn't been for the ending. For me, the ending ruined any pleasure I had gotten from the book.
I have listened to several Paul Temple audiobooks, both performances and books, and this is my least favorite so far. It was depressing, with pointless suicides & murders. I wish I had not spent the credit on it.
Even though this is not my favorite Arcane novel, nor my favorite reader, I still liked it. Strong female lead & strong male lead who join to battle the baddies. I will always be willing to spend a credit on Amanda Quick.
One of my favorite Heyer books. I wish Audible would add more of her books.
I'm very sorry I spent a credit on this book. It was slow moving, repetitive, and predictable.
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