With Threadbare, Monica Ferris has gotten back into the swing with the Needlecraft Mystery series. A plot that you couldn't figure out immediately, more new characters, but retaining enough of the basic charm of the series to make it well worth reading/listening to.
The books is an excellent, well researched, historical cozy mystery but, unfortunately, whomever did the editing had some serious technical issues. There are multiple 2 - 3 second segments of what is obviously another book (narrated by a man) interspersed in this recording as well as the first 3 other books in the series (there may be more but I"m only on book 4 right now). It's extremely jarring even though it doesn't seem that any of the book is missing (i.e. the errant recording is cut in but doesn't seem to replace any content). The other review of the recording notes the same errors so it's not just a problem with the download I got.
I hope Audible (who did the recording) reedits the books and takes these glitches out.
I enjoyed Killing Lincoln & Killing Kennedy but this book is so far from historically accurate that I doubt that I'd ever by another one
They could have gotten their facts straight. Some glaring errors: 1) The woman who anoints Jesus' feet was in al probability not Mary Magdalene nor was the Magdalene a prostitute. Both of those statement were errors attributed to an early Pope but have more recently been rejected even by the Catholic Church 2) 3 of the 4 gospels have the overturning of the moneychangers in the temple during the last week of Jesus's life (in fact it was probably the last straw and directly led to his arrest). Only John has the temple event 3 years prior to his execution and most biblical scholars reject that version as a theological tool to present a specific point of view 3) The Isaiah prediction used the word "Almah" = Young Woman not Betulah = Virgin to describe the woman who will give birth to a savior. 4) When he describes the contents of the phylacteries he says the scrolls describe the exodus, that's wrong, they have nothing to do with the Exodus but rather describe how you are to inscribe these words on your doorposts and as a 'frontlet between your eyes'
Another entertaining book in the series but there is one correction to the credits.This book, like all the others is narrated by Christine Leto not Khristine Hvan. This is actually important to me since after 8 books you get used to the tempo & characterizations of a certain narration style and changes to a new narrator can be jarring even if the new person does an excellent job.
Easy cozy mystery
Ava Greux since she exudes attitude with a capital A
The narrator gave a minimal 'performance' with little variation in the characters' voices. Also she seriously needs to learn how to pronounce New Orleans phrases and locale names. It broke the mood of the book every time she mispronounced something and she lost the opportunity to give individual character to the characters by making them all sund the same.
The book is a fun easy read & there's enough explanation of the esoterica of book binding to keep that from becoming confusing. The plot is plausible enough to keep you involved and the main character's family is a welcome comic relief. Overall a good 'airport'/beach book which you can pick up and put down as needed
The narrator really needs to brush up on her pronunciations of place names/locations. In another book I cringed when she said
If you're a fan of cozy mysteries this is a good series to get into. The plot is a bit more complex than most books of this genre and the characters are reasonably well developed for the first book (as the series goes on more character development does take place). It's certainly enough to keep you interested and after there revelation of the killer it wraps up quickly so you don't get bored with the ending.
I think she tended to overdo the accents (i.e. the 'snooty CT' accent of the older sister)
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