I am a big mystery fan and am always on the lookout for something new. I gave this one a try, but it didn't turn out to be my cup of tea. It wasn't terrible, and it was even sort of cute at times, but I thought the mystery was weak. It seemed as though the author wanted to make a statement in ridiculing literary pomposity and political correctness. Fair enough, I guess, but I was expecting something else.
I love classic mysteries. I should have liked this. But I didn't. While the narrator was not great, he did differentiate between voices, and that is something that is often lacking in many audiobooks. No, the problem was the story. It dragged. There was a lot of tangents that didn't seem to add to the plot or characters. The author appeared to use 20 words when 5 would do. Sorry, but if you are looking for an overlooked gem reminiscent of the "golden age" of mystery, keep looking.
It wasn't bad, but I felt it could have been better. My expectation was that this would be a 1940's version of Elizabeth George's Thomas Lynley mysteries (there is that similarity of the aristocratic detective), but I didn't think Det. Livermore was all that likable. Mystery was okay, if somewhat predictable. The sub-plot was distracting. Grade = C
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