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.
I pray there will be no end to Andy Carpenter & Company nor of Grover Gardner's narration of same. As I read other reviews, I realize my review has already been written many times over. Laugh out loud entertainment, wonderful, well-developed characters (any of whom I'd like to call friend) and of course, Tara, his golder retriever. And, again, the very dry humor. Mr. Rosenfelt's books will always be at the top of my wishlist.
some very funny parts that made me stop what I was doing so as to give full voice to my enjoyment. I enjoyed the first book in this series, both story and performance and likewise this second book. Mr. Andrews makes Pascha sound like he's from Queens, NY with the attitude to go with it. He can be boorish, obnoxious and insensitive as well as single-minded and soft-hearted. In other words, he's lovable.
The storyline is entertaining but the narrator nearly ruins the it. I don't know if she's just too young, if she's just learning to read or if it is the producer's fault but Ms. Spencer hesitates too often, making the reading choppy and unprofessional.
I will attempt to listen to the next in the series (Good Tidings) in the hope that she has honed her reading skills. If it's more of the same, I won't bother with the third.
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.
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