This is one of the books in the Ladies #1 Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. This is a top notch series and I believe that to truly enjoy the series, every book should be read in the order written. The characters and story line develop over time in the series and they are people you really want to get to know. The story lines and characters can be funny, disgraceful or tragic, but they are always interesting. Smith is a keen observer of people and has great talent for drawing characters and telling whopping good stories.
The reader is the same for each book in the series and she is one of the best I have ever heard. She gives consistly solid performances over the entire series. The characters remain the same from one book to the other. Her accents are extrordinarily good. If I had to choose between reading this series and listening to it read by this reader (Lisette Lecat) I would without hesitation choose the audible version. Purchase them all - they are so very good.
This could have been better if the stories of the Thanksgiving visit by the Irish clan and the Thanksgiving dinner had been told in more detail. I love Erickson's performances in the In Death series, except for her versions of Peabody and McNabb. The two people are too cute and likable to have such goofy voices.I enjoy the series, but I have got to confess - I do NOT like Eve Dallas, particularly in this book. She is generally a hateful acting person regardless of whether provoked or not. She is self centered and thinks her job, her mission, and her time is more important than anyone else's. I got it that she had a tough time as a kid, but that does not give her the right to be so rude and bullying toward everyone, even her husband, her caretaker Sommerset and her "friends" Mira and Peabody. Now I have that off my chest, I will say that despite Eve's meanness, I still very much like the series because of Roark, Peabody, McNabb, Morris, Freeny, Sommerset, Mira, Mavis, Leonardo, Louise, Charles, Baxter, Truebody, and everyone else that make the series so great.
I first learned of this book a few years ago from a publication called "The top 100 all time favorite romance novels". It was in the top five. I immediately purchased and read it three times. Wow! It was a fantastic experience. As soon as I saw Lord of Scoundrels come out as an Audible book, I downloaded it and have listened to it twice. It is my number one all time favorite romance novel. The story is of Jess's attempt to wrest her brother away from the influence of Bain (the Lord of Scoundrels) because her dull witted brother is losing all his (and her) money while gaming and drinking with with wealthy Lord Bain, who is a legendary scoundrel, womanizer and gamester. Jess is extremely intelligent, well educated and very clever. Bain is also well educated and clever. In fact he is brilliant. They are well matched to fight it out over who gets control of Jess's brother. The dialogue between Bain and Jess is lively, witty and rather risqué. They are immediately attracted to one another (like being hit by lightning) and while their passions are hot, they try to keep them hidden from one another. Not just once, but several times, Jess has to take extreme action to keep Bain in his place and to get things with Bain on track, but remember - she is very clever! There are a few villains to keep the book lively, but not desperate. There is a little boy in the village that will win your heart. And mostly there are Jess and Bain who won my heart from the beginning of the book and still hold it today. I agree with another reviewer that said Lord of Scoundrels reminded her of books by Georgette Heyer (which is extremely high praise) but with a little more bite. I agree. Lord of Scoundrels has the same wit, great dialogue and good story telling of a Heyer novel, but where Heyer's sexual details are left to the imagination (which is not a bad thing), Lord of Scoundrels is more explicit but not disgustingly detailed. This is a really good read or listen. I don't think anyone could regret purchasing this in book form or using a credit to hear Kate Reading's excellent performance of this excellent novel.
I cannot understand how this can be a best seller. Maybe the print version was a little better, but I doubt it. The narrator in the audible version does terrible female voices. I cringed during the audible version. Also, the characters and the "I'm in love" feelings were not carefully built and revealed - they were just declared to be what the author wanted them to be and we were supposed to accept it at her word. It could have been a good story if it were written as well as Garwood did in "The Wedding" or "The Secret" and some other of her books. I am sending this one back (the first time I have ever done so).
The author's writing style gets better with each book. His conversations between characters is realistic and his action scenes are very well done - the pace is excellentt. Earl Harbinger is my favorite character, so this book, which features Earl, was a welcome approach for the series. I believe there are at least two new characters, maybe three, that will appear in future volumes. I am going to download the 4th book with my next new credit to find out.
I cannot say enough great things about the reader. He is awesome. The characters are immediately identifiable because of his consistent accents. His "special effects" (alien voices, explosions, gunfire, etc) are fantastic. His normal reading voice is calm and perfectly paced. He makes these good books great.
Okay, Ms Evanovich, let's get moving. This is the same old stuff recycled, but a lot less of it. The book is only a little over 6 hours long. Plum is still wavering between Morelli and Ranger, which got old about six or seven books ago.
I think Ms. Evanovich is tired of writing this series, which means it is time for her to write the last book - but PLEASE make it a satisfying ending with no loose ends and the reader having to guess who Plum chooses or what happens in her future life.
Pendergast seems to be back to his old self - which is really cool. He is a great character (except for the Helen Trilogy - which I did not care for very much). He is witty, charming, scary, cold, and brilliant. Usually when Pendergast's appearance is described in this series, he silently comes out of nowhere, dressed elegantly in black, his glacial blue eyes glittering and his white blond hair shining. It absolutely gives me the chills. He is a romantic figure but not a "romance" figure. This book refers back to Still Life With Crows (which is one of my all time favorites in the Pendergast series) and features Corrie Swanson along with Pendergast. A new character, Stacy Bowdry, is introduced and I liked her. Most of the story is set in a Colorado ski resort area, near Leadville, for the super rich, as in billionaire rich. We also get to go to New York state and England for some of the action. Oscar Wilde, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson also play important roles in this book. I highly recommend White Fire and almost gave it a "5" which I reserve for only the best of the best. Andre Auberjonois is one of the best performers in the business. Preston and Childs are fortunate to have him performing the Pendergast series because he makes the books even better than the authors intended (in my opinion). Listen to him read this book - it is most entertaining and satisfying.
This book grabbed my attention in the first chapter and held it throughout. Even though parts were predictable, it was still packed with heart pounding suspense. The "people" characters were okay, but not particularly well drawn (therefore not particularly likable), but the robots were loaded with personality. The audio is a little glitchy. About ten times the same sentence will be repeated in exactly the same tone and cadence. Must be poor editing.
I wish Virgil were real and worked in my town. I like him a lot and would like to sit in the diner and talk to him. This was a good book - a little different from former books in the series, but Virgil is still the same. There is a lot of humor in the story and so many suspects that you are constantly changing your mind. Which shell is the stone under!? The Israel connection is interesting, but the great majority of the story takes place in Minnesota, as usual. I loved the Lebanese student pilot. He was an entertaining character and a suspect. Ma is also very interesting and also entertaining and also a suspect. Sandford keep me guessing on this one.
This is a very touching story about a policeman recovering from being shot and losing his partner and a trained Marine dog who was shot and lost her partner. Both are suffering from PTSD. They both are mourning, hurting and afraid. I loved the policeman and the dog and pulled for both of them.
This author really knows dogs and I have no doubt that he has a dog (probably many dogs in his lifetime) and that he understands and loves dogs.
I recommend this book highly. Even if you are not a "dog person" the police story and murder mystery will keep your attention. Excellent story line and a satisfying read..
Excellent story and well performed, but I thought Dallas was too hard-nosed/snarky in this book. Her treatment of Peabody and other characters was just too rude and over the line.
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