Well, I'm certainly glad that Edward never became king!
The speculation was interesting and a great deal of it was new to me. But the simple reporting of Wallis' letters gave a clear picture of a woman who was probably every bit as terrible as the Royal Family found her. Wow!
I ignored the warning about the graphic nature of the book--I'm a true crime buff and I thought I was pretty used to graphic material. But this one went over the top into the pornographic area, lingering with uncomfortable glee over the letters of the killers. I certainly wouldn't recommend that a woman listen to this book and I'm not sure I'd recommend it to men. Unpleasant listening.
I'm astonished at the negative reviews that have been published for this book! My experience has been totally different. This is not an Inspector Banks series book and shouldn't be approached as one. Peter Robinson offers a great story with wonderful twists and turns, great characters--and why would you object to hearing what people order in a restaurant? I liked learning about new British beers to try. The performance is good--the voices are pleasant, although Toby Lennet Moore pronounces a few things rather oddly, but that's a personal issue for me and probably wouldn't be noticed by other listeners. Moore does have a fair gift for accents and gives life to characters in that fashion. I also enjoyed the voice of Grace in her diary entries and felt that this convention added depth to the characters and the story.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Robinson is an intelligent author with a good ear for dialogue and the ability to create interesting characters. He's not always worried bout making his characters perfectly likeable but actually mixes personality aspects in each one that make them richer and more real than a less talented author would be able to achieve.
Don't skip this book because of the negative reviews, please. Make up your own mind!
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