Rumpole is my most favorite non-conformist. He never takes himself or his colleagues too seriously. Rumpole's sense of humor is high-browed yet universal so anytime I get a chance to hear one of his cases, I take it.
As always, an excellent story told by an excellent narrator - Davina Porter is one of my top five favorites - and only one problem. The end of this book sounds like and feels like the end of the series. I pray my instincts are totally off base. It is never pleasant to see the end of a leading character's career, though, Ms. Perry has allowed for career changes in earlier books in this series which broadened the scope of experience for those characters. I will be waiting for the next book in her Monk series and hoping she will write many more.
I could not get past the first chapter as it was incoherent and awkward. Or maybe I just fell asleep.
I've thoroughly enjoyed all Ms. Gardner's books and like the fact that she maintains a character connection between each book. I also like the fact that the "good guy" isn't always good just as the "bad guy" isn't always bad. Justice might prevail but not always from a legal standpoint and this same justice is invariably just as short-sighted as the human exercising it.
I will try to be patient for her next book.
The Canadian-based TV show, Blood Ties was very appealing to me. I kinda fell in love with Henry Fitzroy (the actor is beautiful to gaze at) but then this series has him sexually involved with one male "friend" he turned/sired some centuries ago. This has fouled up my fantasy life. I'll fight to the death for others' right to write/publish/read what they wish but I really don't like such surprises.
While I listened to the whole book, I can't say it was worth the time or the credit. At best, it could be regarded as a way to "clean the palate" between two intense reads. Enough said.
I love Elly Griffiths' "Ruth Galloway" series. "Nora Gavin" is a similar character and Ms. Hart's writing style bares some resemblance to Ms. Griffiths'. This book appeared to be listed as the first in the series but I suspect it is actually the second as I'm enjoying HAUNTED GROUND which is setting up for chapters in FALSE MERMAID. Since I have to wait a while for the next in the Galloway series, Ms Harts' series will do nicely.
I love Ms. Griffith's writing style. She continually moves the listener through the story by maintaining a present tense narrative. She has also given us a gifted heroine who is not gorgeous or self-assured, but who has a fulfilling life in each stage she grows through. Ruth Galloway is quiet, reticent, caring and respectful of her friends and associates who, in turn, are quick to help her with her investigations and sometimes her personal life. I've enjoyed all 4 books in the series and am now required to wait for the 5th to be published.
Incredible....a complex, complicated, intelligent mystery set in early 18th century New York with a detective who is insightful, humble and willing to learn. The story is exciting, especially toward the end where we meet some of the nastiest criminal minds ever to exist on paper or in real life. There is very little comic relief here which tends to remind a listener that the Puritans had landed only 80 years earlier and the revolutionary war was 70+ years away.
Reading/listening to this book is as close to NYC as I ever want to be, yet I look forward to my next visit.....but only in this format.
This item will be returned and the rest of this series has been deleted from my wish list.
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