Wonderful to return to the characters and the world created in Smith's first novel, Child 44, which really rocked me. Not quite as strong as the first work, but still a terrific read. Hope he continues to develop this into a full character series - I'd jump on the next one, if there is one.
A bit more realism, character definition and a bit of humor. Humans have a way of dealing with the worst things they see with a bit of dark humor as a defense mechanism. The suspense authors I love best are able to include some of that as a way of humanizing their heroes and avoiding the pitfall of droning melodrama (see Stuart MacBride, Adrian McKinty, even Steven King).
Not at all.
Rather one-note and melodramatic. Nice voice though.
I don't mind a story that gets a bit grisly if I love the characters and can identify with them, and if the crimes are anchored in some kind of reality. This book left all those qualiies in the rear view mirror and started to just feel silly at some point. I found the characters kid of flat. Like I said, it's just not for me, although I see that others have enjoyed it.
So refreshing to be back in Chet's head again, which is what I love most about this series. For me it's never about the plot, always about Chet's world view: if something is bad, he's good at forgetting it - ooo look! A squirrel! Smell that! Isn't life awesome?
Now if I can just master his thought process I'd be a lot happier. Oooo guinea pigs!!
Got choked up near the end.
Okay, I'm not a fan of so-called "cozy" mysteries. My tastes run to darker writers in the Celtic Noir vein: Stuart MacBride, Adrian McKinty, Stuart Neville, Tana French, etc. I gifted my sister a McKinty novel, she gifted me the first Molly novel. I thought I wouldn't like it, and the reading of male voices annoyed the heck outta me so I kept thinking I'd read one and say thanks and stop. or two and stop. Or maybe three or four. But the central character is so bleeping engaging (and well read) I'd even say inspiring that I can't stop reading these. And now that she's gotten into the Irish fight for self-rule . . . This is her best yet. Sooooo hooked, despite the "light reading-ness" of the books, I do find something more substantial lurking in the writing, in the main character's bravery, her choice of friends, her open mind . . . A lot to admire and aspire to!!! So I surrender. I'm officially a Molly Murphy fan.
This young actor couldn't be better: wonderfully convincing as so many characters, sliding effortlessly from accent to accent and making the most of the author's stylish wit. It just wouldn't be the same without his warm cockney baseline narrative as Peter, the fledgling magician/cop or his plummy professorial tones as Nightingale, his mentor.
Laughed out loud a number of times.
Very witty writing, very human hero and wonderful descriptions of the darker corners of London (not for kids - sort of like Torchwood was to Dr Who, same DNA but meant for a mature audience) make this a fast and furious read, even better than the first of this clever series. Great fun! I'm a fan.
Too creepy to be called a "cozy" murder mystery - maybe that's why so many reviewers seemed rattled by this entry into the series? I thought it was just fine, in the tradition of many other macabre Victorian murder mysteries. Well done. Still a fan of Alex Grecian.
Really well written page turner. Left me wanting more. I would love to read a series featuring the lead character. A credit well spent!
Not her best book, but this is still Tana French and has much to recommend it. The descriptions of the teen's woodland mystical experiences, real or imagined are delicately rendered, and so much about that indefinable, oh-so-perishable shared experience of adoolescent wonder is captured beautifully. That said, I was horrified to learn that 80's Valley Girl Speak has now traversed the globe and polluted Ireland, land of witty,exquisite language. (And OMG, I hear enough of it here in the states!) I though the reader did a fine and sometimes hilarious job of mixing the Irish and ValSpeak dialects. I was very happy to have Frank Mackey back in the mix again,one of French's most interesting characters. The structure was intriguing as well, with the detective's view of the story starting the book from the miiddle of the tale, and the girl's story being told from the previous year and ending with the start of the book. Conclusion? Not my favorite of French's work, but worth the credit. Dying to see what she does next. After the brilliance of books like Faithful Place there's no way I'm taking her off my list of favorites.
Beautifully written and read, a wholly character-driven mystery and love story that was full of surprises, little jewels that I never saw coming. This one will stay with me. Well worth the credit - you won't be sorry.
When I read the first in this series, "Medicus," I just had to binge on all the rest of the Russo and Tilla books in a row. Creating wonderful characters and carefully researched settings, Ruth Downie combines mystery with history in a most satisfying and entertaining way. The clash of ancient Celtic and Roman cultures provides a background to her stories that I find endlessly fascinating, and this was no exception. Always beautifully read by Simon Vance - Only bummer is waiting for the next installment. Loved it.
What a magnificent story of idealism and bravery.
The reader is quite good. My only nitpicky thought is that I wish he (or the editors) would have paused for a moment when venues, viewpoints, or subjects changed, without running them together. Otherwise great job.
I did get very choked up, and found myself searching YouTube and Wikipedia for more information and images of the characters.
Beautifully rendered, tragic chapter of Irish history, very moving. Wish the next chapter was available on Audible.
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