I love the premise of this collection, and for the most part it is well executed. The individual works are characteristic of the the four writers, and if you are familiar with and like them already, you will enjoy this. Simon Prebble did a nice job of narration as well. However, he only narrated two of the stories. The other two narrations were much less enjoyable. For some reason, the woman who narrated the Mary Balogh story said the word "lover" as if she was taking part in a Saturday Night Live sketch. It was distracting, annoying, and unnecessary. I took off a star for this.
I recently discovered Caroline Graham and have enjoyed her books immensely. This one had a very interesting plot line, and kept me involved from start to finish. I like the characters, and thought the narraction was good also.
I think Graham upholds the tradition of the British mystery in a country village - complete with all the insights into what is going on behind the lace curtains.
I have listened to 5 or 6 of the Peter Robinson DCI Banks books now, and have enjoyed them all. This one was a bit different in subject matter, and I was a somewhat disappointed in the wind up, but I stayed interested and listened nearly non-stop to this one. Simon Prebble did a good job, but I still find it a bit difficult to dintinguish between characters when women are talking. His voice is very nice in tone though.
This was my first encounter with DCI Banks from Peter Robinson. It found the plot interesting, and the movement from one set of characters to another was smooth. The performance wasn't the best I have heard, and the female characters were sometimes a bit difficult.
Overall, I would recommend this to a fan of the British contemporary crime novel.
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