This series has definitely become my guilty pleasure. I have listened to all of the previous editions in the Her Royal Spyness series, and they were all enjoyable, but in this one, Lady Georgiana really hits her stride as a character.
I won't give any spoilers, but some of the best parts of this story include the inclusion of Coco Chanel and Lady Georgiana's mother, who has a more inclusive role in this story. I am not very familiar with the life of Coco Chanel, but if she was anything like the way she was portrayed fictionally, I would be eager to learn more about such an icon. Rhys Bowen has previously portrayed real life persons as characters and they were very like their real life personae to the knowledge I have of them.
I don't feel the perceived absence of Darcy O'Mara detracts from the story, because it is really a non-issue, he is still present in the thoughts of Lady Georgiana, and it was nice to have the introduction of someone who could possibly take his place. [I can not believe I am commenting on romantic complications between two fictional characters, I suppose I will be reading Regency Romances before long (no offense to lovers of that genre).
I will not end this review without mentioning that Katherine Kellgren does a wonderful job as she has in all the previous version. Her voice and characterizations are spot on.
I've seen some mixed reviews of this novel, but I feel that it is was the best one yet. Many questions were answered and the stage was set for a new chapter in Flavia's story. This story had so many things going on. Flavia starts a very macabre quest and is interrupted. The denouement where the murderer tried to flee was the finest bit of action in the whole series so far. Flavia's sister Daphne (and to some extent Ophelia) got so much more depth revealed.
I can see how some people might be put out by Flavia's personality at times, mostly in the other novels, but she was perfection in this one. There were so many character revelations or hints at revelations in this book, I was sad that there was not a new one to download immediately, a luxury I've had up until now. I intend to start over and see what I might have missed in the first listens.
I will end my review with nothing but praise for Jayne Entwhistle. She truly brings this series to life. There are many good narrators, but Jayne as Flavia is astounding and I will look forward to the next listen.
A well deserved Debut Dagger award for Alan Bradley. Flavia DeLuce is an unusual character, but she is full of life and this is conveyed perfectly by Jayne Entwistle. Her thoughts about the goings-on as well as the pleasure she takes in tormenting her older sisters is deftly portrayed, I found it hard to not believe the story wasn't being told by an 11 year old.
The story was enjoyable as well as entertaining. I am looking forward to reading the others books in this series. If you enjoy an English mystery and don't mind an unusual narrator voiced by a talented reader, give this one a try.
This isn't the type of book I would normally read, but I am glad that I did. It was thoroughly entertaining and I found myself making time to listen. As soon as I had completed it, I felt the urge to listen to it again. I can truly say that I have not felt that way about any audiobook I have ever listened to. I finished it a week ago and today I was actually sad that I had finished it.
The story was well done. The author displays knowledge of the pop culture of the Eighties, that had me doing web searches for some of the more obscure references just to check his accuracy, and I was never disappointed. I've seen a few complaints that these references are just made for the sake of referencing things, but it did not feel forced, at least to me. The characters and their motivations were believable and interesting.
Wil Wheaton was an excellent narrator. He read the book, and even if he didn't do specific voices for each character, there was no disconnect from the story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story, even if the genre may not be one they would normally read. I do not regret choosing this title.
I would recommend this book to a friend who was interested in the period of time between WWI and WWII who also had an interest in the Royal Family of Great Britain and who also loved mysteries.
It did in a way that kept me guessing on who I suspected to be the villain as well as where the plot was going. It is by no means a hardcore mystery, but enough clues and red herrings are set out to where it is fair in the grand tradition of English mysteries.
She is very expressive and to my non-native ear good at the various regional and societal dialects. I
I recommend this audiobook for the story as well as it's performance. This is especially recommended to someone who is interested in light mystery without criminal procedural bogging down the story. I believe mystery novels set in or written during this time place are more entertaining as novels because many modern criminal detections were not yet invented or widely used.
I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a light-hearted and fun mystery. Though while fictional, it has an historical accuracy concerning some of the real life characters (i.e. Mary of Teck and Wallis Simpson) which were nice little touches to make the setting.
I wouldn't say that it was a pot-boiler, but it was intriguing enough to keep my interest and cause me to finish it faster than I normally finish audiobooks. I did pick out the culprit pretty early on, but there was enough doubt and believable red herrings to make me question myself, which as a mystery lover, is paramount. I am anxious to see if the second book of the series does the same, I have already downloaded and started it.
I have not. I felt before responding to this section I should learn more about Katherine Kellgren so I read a post about her on the Voices blog.
Lady Georgiana by George!
I seldom read mystery series novels (since being a teenager), but this book has awakened a new interest in the genre for me, and I am thankful I did. I would like to thank the other users who wrote reviews.
I can't imagine the print version being better even though I have read it. Alan Cumming brought life to the infamous characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The clever but logical solution to the mystery.
The solution put forth by Sherlock Holmes.
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