The era is quite charming and Watson is very likeable, but I have to say that Homes' extraordinary deductions based on apparently insignificant details are just too fictitious and over-the-top for my taste.
I read this book many years ago and thought it was great. Now, listening to it, it was a little disappointed. The principles and ideas of the book are nice, but the story tries to be an exciting adventure, which for me didn't work.
The use of background music every time the main character had his romantic moments (an there a few) spoiled the performance for me. The 'trying to be sexy saxophone tune' is just very tacky! Pity because the book is actually ok, but this just ruined it for me.
I love Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe books, but this was for me the weakest one of all. The story is not very exciting. Focusing on Dalziel's visit to a family, the domestic setting takes long to start being interesting. Pascoe is absent of the main plot unfortunately, playing a very small part in the story.
I love English detective books and have listened to many different authors, always enjoying it. But this book was hard to listen. The story unfolds very slowly and the characters are extremely annoying, making it hard to follow and keep interest. I don't recommend it.
This is a good book but unfortunately the quality of the recording is very poor and the narrator's voice is muffled. I don't understand why Audible offers recordings that are not of adequate quality.
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