I can't stand Stephanie Plum anymore. She's just so passive. Diesel brakes into her apprtment and she doesn't like it but doesn't do anything about it. Someone leaves a monkey tied to her door knob and she doesn't do anything about it. There is more to humor than a strung of absurd and preposterous plot points. Tedious and repetitive.
No. Everything is told from one person's point of view and this person is very unreliable and flighty. You never really find out if what she describes is really happening. Some people like that ambiguity and it can be an interesting plot device but it can't be the entire plot.
The reader was good at doing both male and female voices.
It has been a move and I didn't see it.
This is a mediocre character study dressed up in a ghost story.
The use of the two settings, a cruise ship and a Hollywood mansion, was a lot of fun.
Seeing Georgie and Darcy's relationship progress in a definite way was enjoyable. The character of her mother wasn't as over done as in other books, either. She is more human this time.
Katherine Kellgren is one of my absolute favorites and this performance didn't let me down. I wasn't sure how her American accent would sound, but I was impressed again.
To America, movies stars are royalty, but what happens when real royalty finds a dead body in Hollywood?
This story was different enough to feel fresh but still contains all of the ingredients of a great cozy mystery.
Yes, because there are a lot of wonderful conversations between characters and I enjoy good word play.
I delight in the combination of stuffy, politeness and spying and assassination. Each character is so fun and distinct.
The scene in the beginning when - tiny spoiler - Sephronia takes her test and is so clever and a natural intelligencer.
I was surprised how sad I was when Sephronia gave her beloved mechanical pet to a fortune teller.
I took one point off because the plot was a bit similar to the previous book but it's still an exciting story and a great reader.
Yes, because it's a good mystery told in a slow, deliberate way.
I liked the main character. He's a very real sounding detective. He reacts the way I would in his situation.
The reader was very good but I especially liked the way he did the few characters with Quebecois accents. I'm not an expert, but it sounded good to me.
My one complaint is that while solving the mystery of a woman who died during and séance, there is also a subplot about the main character suffering pay back for testifying against a corrupt cop. I think too much time was spent on something that sounded like the main plot of another book. I rolled my eyes whenever this came up.
I would compare this to the tv show "The Wire" only in the sense that you have to pay close attention because it is so full of details and little things that flesh out the setting. I enjoyed the challenge of keeping up.
I would definitely recommend this audio book because many of my friends loved the show and this book is just as sassy and salty.
The plot kept me on the edge of my seat because just when it looked like Veronica knew what happened to two missing coeds, she'd discover something that took the investigation in a new direction.
Just as with the show, the conversations between Veronica and her dad felt so real.
Something about how the past re-emerges in unexpected ways.
I've tried several spin off novels of my favorite shows such as Buffy and Psych but they all read like mediocre fan fiction. This is the real deal. Written by the creator of the show and read by the star. It takes places after the movie and the whole gang is there; Wallace, Wevel, Dick, Mac, Keith, Sheriff Lamb, but it doesn't coast on old glory. It's a gripping mystery on it's own and people unfamiliar with the show could still follow it.
Charming, exciting, smart
Perhaps the Terry Pratchet Ghost World books because Etiquette and Espionage is also a light hearted look at hijinks in a steam punk setting.
When our heroine, Sephronia, first ventures to the engine rooms of her floating school and meets the sooties. It shows how fearless she is to get there, but she's also very kind to the sooties who are supposed to be below her in social standing but she doesn't care because she's a young woman of character.
I gasped a few times when the plot twisted in unexpected ways.
I highly recommend this book. It an amusing and smart mix of steam punk and international intrigue. All the details are fleshed out so that a story with a fantasy element is still very believable and the characters are very interesting. The reader is so very good. I'll definitely be getting the sequel.
Probably not. It was a good story but I prefer my audio books to be a little more light hearted.
Yes. It was a very well structured mystery with an occasional chapter from the killer's point of view.
He could have made each voice more distinct from the others. All the characters sound similar. Even the females.
A few parts startled me and because I listen to audio books at night. I had a few creepy dreams.
I got this book because I am a big fan of the "Her Royal Spynesss" series by the same author and I was startled at how different in tone "Evan Blessed" is. I'm not a big fan of books than linger on the grim details of violence against women and it's always cute, young women for some reason and this is no different. This book stops short of fetishizing the details of the sad fate of a missing 17 year old female hiker in modern day Wales, but it comes close. I'm not sure if that's good or bad but it definitely different from what I'm accustomed to from Rhys Bowen. To put it another way, it's more James Patterson than Agatha Christie.
No. The setting and events of this story are described very blandly. Not a lot of details at all.
The reader is very good.
I enjoyed when the main character was first examining his missing colleague's tent and belongings. It suggested some very interesting possibilities.
My main criticism is that so much time is spent telling the story of the ancient civilization and very little time describing what the main characters are seeing, experiencing or feeling. It's as if JK Rowling spent three chapters describing the history of Privet Drive but Hogwarts is just called a school. I wasn't scared for an instant.
For those unfamiliar with the series, the main character is an FBI agent with tons of money and a very eccentric, old Southern gentleman personality. This story takes him to a richy-rich resort town in Colorado where his protege, Corrie, is examining old skeletons of silver minors that were dug up as part of a development project. Of course she gets in trouble and of course he has to rescue her and things get more complicated from there. It appears that the minors didn't get eaten by a bear like originally thought. Also, there is a serial arsonist who torches big, fancy houses with the residents tied up inside. Also, there is a search for a missing Arthur Conan Doyle book. The main character is usually very smart but in this book, he only looks smart because all the other characters are so dumb. He's also a condescending jerk at times whereas in other books, he's been well meaning but odd. I imagine the authors ticking off a mental list of cliches. Diabolical rich person? Check. Town sheriff with no back bone? Check. Rich old lady hoarder? Check. Plucky young woman getting in trouble? Check. Gruesome town legend? Check. Brilliant out of town detective with all the answers? Double check. None of the three plot lines are related and it all felt very scatter shot. A mediocre Pendergast book is still good, but make to mistake about it, this is mediocre. On the plus side; the reader, Rene Auberjonois, is superb as usual.
Little bites of delight. That's what this collection of short stories is. If you are unfamiliar with the series, this a bad place to start, but to those who are already fans of the cattle rustling, mystery solving Amlingmyer brothers, this is essential. It fills in the gaps in between books and describes the beginning of it all. In short, the main characters are two cow boys in the American old west who love Sherlock Holmes and go about 'deducifying" when the need arises. They are very funny and vivid but the language can get a little rough. I don't mind that because it is never excessive and the author steps around the really bad curse words is super funny ways. The reader is different from the regular guy and some of the many voices can sound a bit similar. That's a small complaint though. I recommend this series highly.
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