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.
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 like the character development in the series. The attention to detail makes me feel like I am learning something about people and a different culture-- which is always interesting. I appreciate that this book is not horribly violent- although it is gripping right to the end. I have been following these books from the beginning, and they have become more complex. The characters show more weakness, more flaws-- and are affected by circumstances beyond their control- so the characters are becoming more real. There are many little giggles throughout this series, and the last two have also made me cry. I appreciate also that we get to continue the story. While I want everything tied up in a happy ending, I am always anxiously awaiting the next book. We want things to turn out well for these people, and we want Chief Inspector Gamache to continue to love his wife and show integrity and reach out to help people and solve mysteries by listening and drawing people out.
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 found this story to be emotionally satisfying, believable and gripping to the end. I have listened to it many times. This seems to me to be a deeper character study of the people who fans of Sara Paretsky have come to know.
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