A single exposition on Victorian attitudes and practices regarding rape would have been sufficient. But it seemed that every character had to have a long explanation of how rape is handled, who it affects, the consequences, etc. And virtually no detecting
No, but I will be careful with this author if there are other social issues mentioned as being part of the plot. Perhaps violence towards women is a particular hot button issue for her.
She has a lovely way of capturing the social graces with her phrasing and tone of voice.
Annoyance. Really. I started with the expected anger at the treatment of women but the repetitive drumming on this theme just distracted from any plot advancement. The whole mystery solving part of the book happened almost as an afterthought in the last couple chapters.
I knew from the about half way through the book that I wasn't going to be happy with lack of resolution with this book, and considered stopping then to wait for book 3 to come out. I'm certainly going to recommend to my kids that they wait for book 3 to be available before starting the series, as there are just too many annoying open items and it is frustrating to wait a year or two to try to remember them and pick up and continue.
Read like a Young Adult novel, certainly appropriate for family listening if you don't mind poo jokes.
which I obviously didn't have, since I listened to part 1, then part 3, completely skipping part 2, and didn't even notice until it ended. Except it didn't end, it just 'paused' until the next book is available. So I guess when Audible gets the next book, I'll go back and listen to this one, all 3 parts, in order, then maybe I'll enjoy it more!
Clever, fun little tale, with parallels to Nero Wolfe (Rex Stout) throughout. If you like Archie and Nero, you'll also very much enjoy this clever mystery in a historical setting. I'm looking forward to the next one, now that I'm more at home in ancient Venice.
If you like sci-fi and you like 'The Importance of Being Earnest', then you'll love this fun blend of Victorian comedy with time travel. And a nice twisty ending.
Although I've enjoyed the story and listening to it, the fact that I need to fork out yet another credit, or two, or? to keep going with the narrative finally got to me. I bought and listened to the first three, but you know where the plot is headed, and it's just not worth the extra $'s to keep on with it.
I personally enjoyed this book and the later two, but be warned that they are not for family listening - both the sex and the violence are very graphic. I like to listen to books on long family drives, but this series won't work for that!
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