This is a story of a police inspector investigating a death in a small Canadian town. It reminds me of the Mrs. Pollifax and Cat Who series in that regard, but instead of a citizen investigator there is a police presence. The book is easy to follow when multitasking, but layered enough to be interesting. The investigators have varying dynamics and capabilities that are more developed than the personalities of the townsfolk. I think the series would be great for entertainment during travel.
I think the high ratings are because of the subject matter and not the book itself. Dick Couch isn't interesting -- he's writes likes he's doing marketing for the military. And the monotone gravitas of the narration doesn't help. I respect the subject matter, but this book was agony to get through.
This story was so dull. I got books 1 & 2 during a special offer and the storyline appeared interesting. I took a chance and am disappointed, but it's not my favorite genre. I found both stories incredibly dull and an effort to work through. From the other reviews, I imagine that if you like the genre the story wouldn't be tedious.
The story itself is okay. I guessed the ending early on, which rarely happens for me, but it was still interesting to listen to. I liked that the character personalities were distinct, but I couldn't remember who was who at the end because all of the local law enforcement seemed to meld into a single "small town cop" archetype. Scott Brick is one of my least preferred narrators. Due to his wavering voice, all of the characters in all of his narrations sound like they're entering into a nervous breakdown.
My friend introduced me to Laurie R. King when The Beekeeper's Apprentice was first released, so I feel a particular investment in this storyline. When I read each book (this is the first of the series I've listened to), I feel more and more like if I was the intellectual I want to be I'd enjoy them more. There's a lot of detail and research to the stories, but they seem dry. Maybe it's an artistic choice to represent the time of the story? I enjoy the details of each book, but find each a chore to get through. The audio version made Garment of Shadows a much more pleasant journey, but I still had to take frequent breaks so that I could stay engaged while listening.
The short description of the book includes "Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet." As the end of the story approached I was distracted and in anticipation of what the "happiest discovery yet" would be. Spoiler alert: that was oversell. There is no "happiest discovery yet," but it is still a very nice story. It would have been better if the blerb wasn't misleading because it changed how I listened to the book.
I'll save you the time: liberals like diversity and naturally respond less to threat-based spin and conservatives like uniformity and naturally respond more to threat-based spin. We already know that. The book basically broke that down. What I wanted was to understand how other people form their views to be able to have a conversation with them without thinking they are mindless fools. I didn't get that from this book. I listened to this book to get a better understanding of my neighbors, but after listening attentively, I still don't have the tools to understand them.
58 hours of unsearchable material is too much. I am a lifetime fan of Sherlock Holmes short stories, but find the novels dull. I would like to be able to readily skip or locate specific stories. A pdf index of the stories would help tremendously. Simon Vance provides an engaging narration.
I like Josh Lanyon's mix of relationship and caper. The Adrien English series was adequately solid and I'm working my way through his stand-alone stories. The Dangerous Ground series is a collection of novellas with Dangerous Ground about 90 pages. It's $4.99 as an ebook, which is the max of the value of this standard story. I'd happily spend a few dollars more for a novel-length audiobook by him, but I'd stick with ebooks for these.
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