This tale of two women--or, rather, a woman and a girl--is indeed masterful. Each is not as she might appear on the surface, and the appreciation each has for the world in which she finds herself is wry and delightful. Fascinating to see the apparently dumpy concierge finally showing her true plumage as an unusual romance comes her way, while the child finds herself finally coming to appreciate the life given her as she finds herself caught up in her new friend's life.
Seeing these two each blossoming in the heart of a Parisian apartment complex is indeed a joy.
Growing up in as insular a region as he did, Dave Robicheaux knew both Buford and Karyn LaRose at least from their college days. Buford has managed to use his inherited wealth and his book on the Crown case to promote himself in his run to become Governor of the state of Louisiana, but Karyn seems intent on reawakening a relationship with Dave he'd much rather let lie thirty years in the past.
Did Aaron Crown kill an NAACP worker twenty years ago, and if so, what was his motive? That is the question nagging Dave. But now a mob hitman appears to have a particular vendetta against Dave and all close to him, and it's a question as to who will and who won't survive the LaRose campaign.
As is common in this series, those who inherited their wealth are far from worthy of their fortunes, and the females are at least as deadly as any mob button man.
When Dave Robicheaux made the mistake of letting people know he had an idea as to where a World War Two U-boat sunk in the Caribbean might be found, suddenly he has too many people wanting him to lead them to it, including a man calling himself Will Buchalter. With informants dying on him left and right and apparently Bootsie intending to enter the alcoholic state he's fought so hard to put behind him, Dave doesn't know quite whom to trust--and with reason.
Action packed as usual. Although I realized in this one I was perhaps quicker on the uptake and even less trusting than Dave himself, as I had the accomplice pegged pretty quickly on while Dave was still trying to sort out his feelings toward the individual.
Alexander McCall Smith has an uncanny knack for depicting quirky characters in a perfectly charming manner, and he does it again in this series, which I want to explore more thoroughly as time and money permit. Following the lives of the denizens of the apartment block known as Corduroy Mansions is fascinating, illuminating, and delicious. And I am totally in love with Freddy de le Hay!
I first read this book shortly after it was published in the U.S., and then heard the National Library Service's Talking Book Edition when my husband, who was blind, read it on my recommendation. This rendition of this timeless classic is extraordinarily well done, although the reader for the NLS did do a better job reading the story of "Rowsby Woof and the Fairy Wog-dog"!
Who says tales about the lives of rabbits are for wimps?
I love the humor to this one, and the manner in which the title is evoked from the story itself is masterly! A nice evocation of "Puss in Boots!"
Dickens has always provided characters that are memorable; the narration here has managed to truly bring them to life.
I can't choose a favorite character in this performance--Mr. Lesser caught them all so very well indeed.
I was moved as Pip realized just how much his mysterious benefactor had suffered unduly, and as we watch him fully change his attitudes and turn around his expectations both of other and of himself.
A rendition I most firmly recommend by a superb narrator.
The story is cute, the protagonists delightfully portrayed, and the dilemma enticing.
It was only to be expected, considering the lead up to it, but satisfying nonetheless.
Ms. Kellgren was absolutely perfect to narrate this story. She caught the characters so well, and managed to convey the humor with just the right degree of understatement.
I certainly giggled a good deal!
For those who love the Lemony Snicket "A Series of Unfortunate Events" books, this is a wonderful series to read--similar humor and unbelievably events over which to suspend one's credulity. Delightful!
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