Patricia Wentworth is a master of the Cozy Mystery. If you like a good puzzle without gruesome details her stories are ideal. The characters are believable and the settings are varied and interesting but this is where realism ends. So if you want realism the Miss Silver mysteries are not for you. If murder should ever be (and you need it if you want a murder mystery) then it should be like the murders Miss Silver typically encounters. With a few exceptions, it's the really bad people who get killed, and you can hardly wait for it to happen cause they are so nasty. In most books, the murderers turn out to be mean overwhelmingly bad people too; so there is not much sympathy extended for the murderer and great relief for all the innocent people who were unjustly suspected. In sum, good mental exercise for the reader trying to figure out the clues, appealing characters (none so much as Miss Silver herself), a bit of romance, and a fairly happy ending. What more can you want from a "cozy"?
This particular Miss Silver mystery was also called Wicked Uncle. It is listed with that name under the Miss Silver series list as book 12 and audible says its not available - but of course it is available under this title (Spotlight). It's not really difficult to guess who will get killed. However, with the set of unsavory characters assembled at a house party there is no lack of potential killers. There are also some nice people around- will this be the exception book- the one where a nice person did it? There are definitely enough great motives. Great story with lots of twists.
I actually read the print version before, but I love this Narrator so even though I realized from the blurb that this is "Wicked Uncle" I got it and loved the performance. Indeed when I read other Miss Silver mysteries that are not available in Audio format I seem to hear Diana Bishop's voice in my head, her voice"S" are the voices of the characters for me. I hope audible gets them all in the future- I will not hesitate to buy even the ones I already read.
The story was interesting but there was no performance. The rate and tone of the reading in the middle of a battle is the same as during a courtship scene... all the same- very boring reading. I would like to get more of the books of the series but maybe I'll get them paperback not audio because of the narrator.
There is very touching moment that is indicated by the cover art of the paperback version but it would be a spoiler so I don't want to put it here.
Reading all the words in the right order is not a performance. It was very hard to listen and I didn't understand way because the story was interesting until I realized the reader reads all the scenes exactly the same, no excitement no tranquility just a steady sad reading.
Can we get the last book read by someone else?
The narration is the worst I can possibly imagine!!! The story MAY be good, I can’t tell. I tried very hard to listen to it but the narrator just drones on and on in the most monotone voice I have ever heard. The farthest I made it was one hour and it doesn’t get better! The plot changes from one storyline to another and the narrator doesn’t even pause to take a breath so it is very hard to follow the plot. Because other reviewers said it was a good book I’ve decided to buy the paper version. Don’t waste your money on this version!!! (Unless you have trouble sleeping- in which case this is highly recommended!)
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