Ellicott City, MD, United States | Member Since 2008
This story is about a mysterious adolescent girl who, for unexplained reasons, tries to assasinate someone and ends up as some sort of appretice for the police. The set-up was quite broad and clumsy but the rest of the book is great. The setting is a society where mages, humans, immortals and humanoids with lion or bird characteristics live together and the main characters are in law enforment. The author mixes the fantasy and crime story extremely well and the reader was very good. If I had to set this in time, I would say it's past-ish rather than futuristic because there isn't a lot of high tech talk and they travel by carriages instead of space ships. I prefer it that way. I loved this and I loved it even more because it was free.
Ray Bradbury has a way with details and describing things so vividly and these two stories are no different. These stories are creepy more than they are scary, which I loved. They are suitable for a young audience. My only problem was that I listened to them in little spurts and I think the long, flowing narrative needs a little but more attention. I recommend this highly if you have long stretches of time to listen.
I had to take a break from Audible because of money and this is the first book I bought when I came back. If you are familiar with the series, this story stays true to the pattern that sees Lady Georgie doing a favor of the queen and eventually finding a dead body. If you are unfamiliar, the main character is a very minor member of the royal family of England in between the world wars. She's penniless, unmarried, without prospects but very resourceful so the queen calls on her often for help. The characters are quirky without being too exaggerated. The scene is well set without it sounding like a history lesson. The tone is light without being too glib in the face of murder. Lady Georgie is a delightful person to spend time with and the reader can't be beat. This story has characters with many different accents, young and old. Each one is voiced distinctly. I took one point off because the basic outline of this book is very similar to the others.
This is the fourth book in the series and each one gets better. When I listened to the first book int the series, I loved the story but only liked the narrator. Four books later, I love it all. A frequent complaint about the other books is the occasional curse word. Here, Hockensmith finds a hilarous way to let the curse words fly without uttering a single vulgarity. Funny, compelling and filled with interesting characters and a well developed setting. My only warning is that if you like your mysteries very polite and clean, this series isn't that. It's not at all super gory or grusome but there is a little coarsness. Just a little.
The story started out well but lost steam as it went along. The ending was a little too quick and abrupt. The characters are intersting but not very developed. I'm a fan of Lincoln Child and he's written better. However, a mediocre Lincoln Child is still not that bad, it's just not great.
I'm a big fan of this series. They have interesting characters who are a little loony, but only a little, and a well plotted story set in the late 1800's out west. This book starts out with our Sherlock Holmes-loving, cowboys-turned-investigators brothers looking into the death of a friend in China Town in San Francisco. The boys and their comely friend, Dianna, end up contending with three other groups looking for a missing prostitute called the Black Dove. Most of the action takes place in China Town and the narrator isn't bad doing the different characters. This is an unusulaly populated book and it's a small challenge to keep all the characters straight but not too bad. Very adventerous with lots of chases and shady characters and a suprisingly emotional ending. This is one of those series that helps if you read them in order.
This is my favorite in the series so far. Having all the suspects and witnesses stuck on a train makes things a bit more tense and dramatic. I agree with other reviewers that the language is a bit strong, which you'd expect from a couple of un-refined cow hands, and the narration is too exagerated, but the charactrers and setting are so much fun and the story is well told that I didn't mind. If you don't like curse words, though, keep looking. (The 'Her Royal Spyness' series by Reys Bowen is quite good with no bad words.)
I enjoyed this a lot. It's a light hearted mystery set in the old west about two brothers who go about "Holmesifying" when murder strikes the ranch where they work. It's an interesting mystery with an entertaining setting and memorable characters. The narrator does a good job with the main characters, but a few of the minor ones are English and his accent is not good. His English ladie's maid voice is down right horrible. They are small characters, so it didn't bother me that much. Also, the characters curse a fair amount. Even using the N word a few times. It fits in with the setting, though, and it's not too exessive. I really liked it overall.
This book is chock full of interesting characters and exciting plot developments. The problem is that I listen while doing other things, usually driving or working out, and because this book is so dense and detailed, I missed a lot. If you're the kind of listener who can really concentrate on every little detial, you'll love it because it is a great story. It's just not great for me.
I enjoy this series so much and this book in partuclar because the getting-repetitive love interest figures very little. However, Coco Chanel and the often absent mother are nice additions. The main character, who is a minor and penniless royal, is sent by the Queen of England to the French Riviera to quietly retrieve stolen item of her majesty's. Of course it's never as simple as it starts out. The mystery is challenging, yet not too dour or dark in tone. The author does a good blancing act in this respect. The setting is well described and lively. The reader is top notch and I enjoy every word and detail.
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