I don't really know which of the Alexander McCall Smith series I love most, but I love Isabel Dalhousie, Jamie, and Mr Fox. By now they are old friends, and we enjoy Isabel's thoughts and curiosity and moral quandaries. I also like feeling like we see into another culture. Perhaps those people could exist anywhere, but they fit perfectly where they are. I am so happy that Alexander McCall Smith is able write so prolifically. I enjoy each book as it comes out and have to wait just a little time until the next one arrives. This book is delightful.
I read later books in the series first and I am coming back for a proper introduction to Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond. He is "the last detective"-- because he likes to use good old fashioned detective skills and he distrusts technology-- especially computers. I liked the character in this book although I am happy that his character develops as the series continues. This mystery is wrapped up in discovering the identity and killer of a woman found dead in a river. The detectives go down many wrong paths and we see things from different people's perspectives-- as we find that the woman was none too likeable. Peter handles discipline poorly and loses his job but doggedly comes back to solve the mystery for us. I did not see the end coming. I am happy audible has the beginning of the series. I hope they get more of the books as time goes by.
I am new to this series, but I liked this book. Peter Diamond was a police officer in the last book, but in the beginning of this one, he is working as a security guard. He found a mute little girl and becomes attached to her. He works tirelessly to find where she belongs. When she is abducted, he follows her trail through New York and Japan and he takes us with him and we are given a chance to figure out who the little girl is and why her family has apparently abandoned her -- and what that has to do with an international pharmaceutical company.
I love so many things about Donna Leon's books. In this book Guido is helping an opera singer Flavia Petrelli-- who is scared by unwanted attention she has received, and then, he tries to find her dangerous stalker. This book is not centered on a murder, so it is less intense than others. To me these books are so much about Guido Brunetti- his appreciation for Venice and his relationships with Paola and Signorina Elettra and his workmates and family. I love the literary allusions. We get to peek into whatever Paola or Guido is reading. I like the mystery and the view of another culture. While I am listening to these books, I am living in Venice- smelling its smells, feeling its weather, traveling its canals, eating its food, understanding some of its history and how it is changing. What could be better? I love to read about a man who loves his family-- and enjoys going home to his wife. And for me, listening to David Colacci is something I could do all day every day.
As I fought the flu, I have re-listened to this series- waiting for the release of this book. I have been missing Maise Dobbs, and I was happy to have her back. This is not my favorite book in the series because it is sad-- not that that is unique to this book. She always deals with war time issues and personal losses and helps in the lives of people with difficult problems. We skip over the happy days of marriage very quickly, and James dies. She loses her baby and finds herself again while avoiding home-- while nursing in another war and in helping to solve a mystery while in Gibraltar. I am happy that the story continues-- but in this story I miss James and Billy and so many of the regular characters. I am sad she has to walk alone, but I am happy the story goes on.
I enjoy Anne Perry's mysteries. I have just re-listened to this having just finished the Angel Court Affair-- her more recent book-- not wanting to leave the characters behind. It was as good as the first time I listened to it.
I remembered vital parts of the mystery, but I still got caught up in the story and was interested in the outworking of the mystery again.
Lady Vespasia falls in love. I have always liked her and I was happy to have more time with her.
I like the thought that a woman becomes more valuable as she ages.
I was struck this time repeatedly that I love to listen to Davina Porter read.
I am almost done with this series of books. These last few have been the best of the bunch. They always leave me wanting more. In this book Thomas PItt is adjusting to a new position as head of the Special Branch. It was very gripping.
I think these later Perry books are better than those in the beginning of the series. This book had twists and turns right to the end- and I appreciate that the readers are given clues all along and lead to part of the finale, but then the story still has a surprise ending.
Maisie Dobbs is back-- and with her, we are carried back in time, and we see into the motivations of others in a way that is not possible in every day life, and we delve into the lives of her friends, family, and workmates. This book is perhaps the most uplifting of the series. Maisie is in a good place, and she is still motivated to learn, to grow, to help others. She explores a mystery around an Indian woman's death, and so while trying to learn about this one woman, we explore Indian women in England. I am looking forward to the next book.
This is one of the funniest books. I read it years ago-- and the abridged story is like watching the movie-- still very funny, but so much is missing. The quality of the recording is bad, but the reading was good, and the story is fun.
I really liked the glimpse into a time period and culture I was not familiar with. The characters are interesting-- although sometimes it is sad. Mostly I was so interested in the work of a midwife. I will listen to it again. I admire the author of this book-- for telling of short cases, yet making the stories hold together-- but mostly for the work she did as a midwife. The PBS series was well done, but as always a book is more satisfying.
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