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I would recommend this book to EVERYONE -IF- it weren't for ONE THING...BAD LANGUAGE - The first book in the series contained a salting of the "F Word" which I found offensive and unnecessary.
However, I decided to give Louise another chance since her books are, in my opinion, modern day Agatha Christies but with such lovely poetic language included that I was tempted to write down my favorite quotes.I purchased book two within days of finishing the first, paying more than I normally pay for books, and without waiting until I had credits to buy it with. That's how excited I was to continue this journey. This time the "F word" was used with even greater abandon. Frankly I found it offensive. And I'm pretty sure the fact that it is also used in conjunction with the POPE's name will make it extremely offensive to Catholics for sure.
Personally, I feel Louise's true gift in writing gives her the ability to communicate character without verbally assaulting my ears. I read classic detective stories for a mental challenge and escape. Her prolific use of the "F Word" was just jarring and distasteful to me. I wonder if the language was added in a misguided attempt to make the book seem more contemporary? If that is the trend for "contemporary classic detective" stories I may just have to stick with genuine classics.
I love you Louise Penny. I would buy every book you write if it weren't for this one issue. I don't suppose there is a chance Louise will read this but if she does... How about producing a "G Rated" version just for me?! :D
Oh Ralph... You are my favorite. You could read the phone book and make it sound interesting.
If you love this series you will want to listen to this one but in my opinion it isn't as good as the first stories.
The secluded mountain resort setting and back story is interesting and so is the premise for the murder but frankly it seemed like we were half way through the book before anything happened. Really. Nothing happened. The author seemed fixated on describing the affluent messed up family from every way possible. Over and over. And over.
It was really slow moving compared to the others in the series.
He is a joy to listen to. Ralph I love ya.
This book is certainly among the top 10.
She really captured Flavia. Eleven is a tough age for an adult to pull off.
I was hesitant to try this book because I expected it to be an immature read. However I figured I could always return it and the reviews were great so I decided I have nothing to loose.
But to my great surprise I loved it. It was a delightful listen and I'm no kid. Flavia is precocious and wise beyond her years. She is a young Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes rolled into one. She made me want to learn more about chemistry and that is saying a lot.
The story was well developed and interesting. The characters were fun and the premise a new one for me.
After the first chapter I was hooked. I'm off to look for the next one.
Three Pines has stolen my heart in a way that I only imagined quaint English Villages could. The town and its people are rich and vivid and charming in their own way.Louise Penny has the head of Agatha Christiie and the heart of a poet.
I could listen to Ralph Cosham for HOURS and in fact I have!!! :). Probably 25-30 hours so far and I just don't tire of hearing him.He is able to bring life and definition to a wide and varied cast of characters without sounding unnatural or false. It feels like it's just me and Ralph enjoying a good read in front of a cozy fireplace.
Yes I DID! I was SHOCKED at the language. I am just not used to hearing the "F WORD" and I don't think I want to become used to it. I read classic detective stories for a bit of a mental challenge and to escape. The "F WORD" is a jarring assault in an otherwise PERFECT read. Please Louise spare my aching ears.
This was disturbing, creepy, eye opening and FASCINATING!
To make a long story short, I thought I was listening to a mystery. You know. Like Miss Marple?! Lol What I heard was an intense look into the mind of real life psychopaths.
I discovered this slight miscalculation as I lay... IN THE DARK, away from home, BY MYSELF! I could have topped but it grabbed me like the wreck you know you should look away from but you just can't. I was compelled to finish this thing and pro,poly told everyone I love about it.
It may not be everyone's cup of tea but this piece of investigative journalism or whatever you choose to call it is FASCINATING!
Jon Ronson is THE PERFECT person to read his own work. I'd love to chat with him any time.
BAD LANGUAGE ALERT! I would typically leaf through a book and scan for bad language. I can't see that as an option here so I chose to ignore the bad language I heard. Never-the-less the language used is quotes from psychopaths. I suppose they of all people are least interested in my distaste for the use of the "F Word". ;)
While this is a good collection of short mysteries, many of which have been dramatized for television quite successfully, I miss the more leisurely read of the longer Agatha Christie works.
The colorful worlds and characters she invites us into are too quickly gone leaving me feeling less satisfied at the end than I have been with others of her stories. Don't get me wrong, she still has the knack of writing a compelling short story but I guess I was left wanting more at the end of these.
Perhaps the best use of this book would be for someone looking for a short but fun diversion whilst on short car trips or for someone wanting a little "bedtime story". If that is your goal then you will most likely thoroughly enjoy these little peeks in to Agatha's creative mind.
In the style of vintage classic mysteries, this story has the English village setting I love and a rich cast of quirky characters to tell the story.
My favorite character has to be the spunky spinster who is commissioned to ferret out the truth among the lies. Lord Peter sees the value of her skills and places great faith in her natural abilities. I love it that she works to play the part with such enthusiasm that she purchases woolen under garments to complete the look. Lol. I'm not sure who she expects will see these articles of woolen under clothing but perhaps she is wanting to play it safe just in case there is a stiff breeze or something.
The story has the element of an unexpected family member entering the picture but this one enters with a back story that would have been scandalous at the time. It has a few twists and turns that make it a fun read.
Ian Carmichael's reading of the story is just right allowing the listener to form vivid mental images of of the characters and and the mystery being presented.
I found his voice to be interesting but also soothing to listen to. It's just what I'm looking for while trying to escape for a while.
I'm a big fan of classic detective stories. If you hold up Agatha Christie's works as the standard for the genre then Dorothy Sayers is not quite at the top but certainly approaching the upper end of good clean fun mystery reading.
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