From the very beginning, this book captured me. The setting, the story, the characters, the twists and turns. I will listen again and again. It's a winner, if you are a fan of Lady Julia Grey books or a new reader. Well worth the time. Ellen Archer is a fantastic reader who brings very different characters to life and makes them as memorable as the author did in creating them. Kudos!
Louise Penny is my all time favorite author. Full stop. I absolutely love her novels. She is right above Anne Perry on the list of authors I ALWAYS read, meaning she is #1 on the list.
Her latest book, The Long Way Home, is absolutely her best ever. Just when I thought her writing couldn't get any better, it did. In fact, it didn't get marginally better; rather Penny has taken her writing to staggering new heights. If she ever needed a vehicle to establish herself as the top mystery writer in her genre, this book is it (although I'm sure she won that honor from her fans - like me - many books ago). But this book is Penny at her most creative, her most compelling, her most compassionate, her best storytelling.
There is something truly special about this story. It is complex, touching, engaging, sad and contains literally hundreds of beautiful phrases that I will always remember ("Fear comes from the head, courage from the heart. In between is the lump in the throat"). Her imagery, while always striking, is so rich and robust that the reader is right there, along with the most human of characters of any book I've ever read and a town that makes me want to pack up and move there if it really existed.
Many kudos to Mr. Cosham who transports readers with his magnificent voice to the place Penny intends us to go. His ability to bring her characters to life is nothing short of extraordinary.
If you are looking for a new author or have read Penny and could not wait for her latest book, you will be thrilled with The Long Way Home. This is a book that will stay with you for many years to come, maybe even a lifetime.
Sadly, patience is not one of my virtues. One must exercise more than a little of this quality when listening to this book. The story develops very s-l-o-w-l-y. The writing is excellent however as is the narration. If you are looking for a good old fashioned British mystery - I wouldn't call this 'cozy,' BTW - then you might enjoy this read.
Perhaps my expectations were too high, but The Night Calls simply did not get any traction with me. I wanted so much to love this book, but I found it tedious and - as another reader wrote - "annoying." This said, if you are looking for Dickens-like detail, this is probably a book you would enjoy. The writing is excellent, BTW, just not my cup of tea. I suggest anyone read the reviews on Amazon before purchasing this book, so you know what you are getting into.
If you can get past the terrifically annoying 'valley girl speak' (particularly from one of the primary characters), this is a very enjoyable book. The story is intriguing, well developed and written and quite engaging. By the time I got to Part 2, I was getting really tired of
"P-L-E-E-E-Z-E" coming out of the mouth of the two sisters who are the main players but I hung in there because I was hooked on the storyline. In fact, I plan to read Fortier's next book, hoping that the 'valley girl factor' won't be present in that novel. If you are looking for a fun, romantic, interesting read, I recommend this book. The reader's voice gets a bit grating when she's doing the main characters in present day, but when the book switches back to Italy in the 1400s, she's great with accents and keeping myriad characters straight. Give her a lot of credit for that.
Daniel Silva novels amaze me. Actually, they captivate me, hold me in their clutches, never fail to deliver on a literary promise and leave me waiting for another great Silva story.
The Rembrandt Affair is an excellent book, particularly If you like art mixed in with your mystery. This is also a very touching, sad book, in parts (no plot spoilers), so much so that I had tears ready to spill onto my face. These sections are genuinely tender and how the author manages to write so lovingly, respectfully and - at times - brutally is beyond me.
Even if you don't know Daniel Silva from Dan Brown, this is a Silva book you can pick up and get enough backstory to understand the characters, circumstances and conditions.
A masterful read indeed!
I could not resist using an obvious - but nonetheless descriptive - headline. Think Jack the Ripper comes to NYC, complete with abundant gaslight atmosphere, a tightly woven mystery and great narration. If you are looking for one of those perfectly fabulous Victorian-era pieces (the story takes place on both sides of "The Pond"), this book never fails to deliver.
Our hero is an intense chap with a troubled past that leads to a difficult present. As the brilliant criminal forensics analyst, his character is believable, captivating, charming and complex. His side-kick in NYC is a policeman with his own share of challenges. And, let me not forget to mention our protagonist's personal assistant, Lawrence, who is also awash with his own personality issues.
I worked though this 11+ hour novel in two days, I was so entranced with it. This seems as though it is the PERFECT property for a Hollywood option. As you listen, you start to imagine who would be playing the myriad people that populate the story.
In a phrase, "I loved this book!" If you like Anne Perry, Caleb Carr, P.D. James, you would enjoy this author's writing. For a person with a pretty weak stomach, I was able to survive the crime scenes and attendant details without feeling 'icky.' There is a certain degree of creepiness that anchors the story, but it works very well. Would love to see another book featuring these characters.
I just discovered Robert Goddard. I purchased this book because it is narrated by Michael Kitchen, the actor extraordinaire. I knew practically nothing about Goddard's writing prior to this novel.
This is a fascinating, fabulous and captivating listen. If you are looking for an exceptional story and a true fan of high quality historical mystery, this book will be right up your alley.
There are loads of twists and turns. Every time I thought I had solved the mystery, I was wrong!
I don't like to compare authors, but if you are an Anne Perry fan, you will love Painting the Darkness.
I could listen to Michael Kitchen's narration and talent until the cows come home. What a range of characters he can pull off. Brilliant narration and true acting at its finest. He should do more of this work!
Buy it, read it, share the buzz! A must read.
I admit it right from the start. I am an Anne Perry addict! I have been reading her work as long as she had been writing, I think.
Blind Justice is one of her best books. Monk, Hester and Oliver Rathbone are present, but the twist on the story (not a plot spoiler, no worries) is terrific, unexpected and completely engaging.
Davina Porter's narration of this wonderful mystery is - as always - magnificent. Her voice is ideal for Perry's characters, no matter their traits, accents, quirks, etc., etc.
This is a "must read" for Perry fans!
This is Louise Penny's best book to date. I loved it! I was thrilled that the good inspector is back in Three Pines, with all the 'usual suspects.'
There are multiple stories in this novel, but they are relevant, compelling and completely engaging.
I don't know how Ms. Penny's does it, but she's topped herself this time. A must read if you are a Penny fan or just a devotee of a fabulously written mystery.
To think that a man can create a smart-as-a-whip, chemistry-genius 11-year old girl who lives in an English manor home in a charming British hamlet is nothing short of astounding!
Alan Bradley has conjured up the most adorable, charming, engaging and humorous character to grace the pages of books in a very long time. Bradley has a gift - an amazing gift at that. He has given Flavia de Luce every quality and characteristic to make her nothing less than completely enchanting and memorable. Having noted this, Flavia also plays tricks on her very nasty sisters (I would also given these two as siblings), has a tendency to create lies when it suits her purpose, and - of course - is a brilliant detective. All this in one character whom I have grown to love, cherish and respect. If I had had a child, I would have wanted one just like Flavia.
The reader of this book is magnificent. She doesn't have an annoying little girl voice that could drive a listener to distraction, but makes Flavia nearly jump off the pages into your lap, her skills are so adept at reading Bradley's words. Of course, her fabulous English accent helps a good deal!
I seriously think Mr. Bradley is worthy of an OBE, so we can call him Sir Alan. What a masterpiece! I'm reading one book in hard copy and listening to two other Flavia novels. I can't get enough of her, her family, village and Gladys, her trusty bicycle.
I'd love to sit down with the author one day and understand how Flavia came to him and where he learned to write in such a masterful way.
Read every book, if you want to fall in love with cozy mystery at its finest. This is the first one and what a rocket-launcher it is!
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