I had no idea where Victoria was taking our favorite characters this time around. Additionally, less curse words altogether made for a more enjoyable listening/reading experience in my opinion. Thank you for a great read, Victoria! I do believe this is one of the best books in the series.
It starts with Candice (aka Cassidy) being accused of cold-blooded murder. We do not see Candice for much of this book which would normally put me off. Not this time around. The storyline was well constructed and kept me interested and wondering "who dunnit?".
I felt so sorry for Brice as he wondered whether or not the love of his life was a murderer. You could feel his pain. I personally felt Abby's fear that even though she trusted Candice, her BFF, she didn't know if the person she thought she knew was real or not. Had Candice pulled the wool over everyone's eyes and is really a wolf dressed in sheep's clothing?
Most of all, I always feel sorry for Dutch, because he cannot trust Abby to tell him the truth half the time - LOL! Abby is such a bad liar that Dutch always knows when she is fibbing and always worried because she seems to get herself in so much trouble.
I don't want to add spoilers, so I'll stop here with my description of the book.
If you like the other books in this series, you will definitely like this book.
after reading books one and two, the reader is comfortable with the cast of characters. Plus the fact that this is probably the best storyline so far and you have a very enjoyable listening experience.
i thought I knew how the book was going to end. However, there were a number of clues given to us that did keep me wondering. I enjoyed this very much.
i love the emotion she brings to the scenes. Whether it is exasperation, frustration, or sarcasm, her reading hits the mark every time and quite often makes me laugh out loud!
the scenes between Kath and Mel were very touching. Mel is probably my second favorite character. She is likable, her personality is perfect. Her situation in this book makes me want to support and comfort her. However, this is something she wouldn't appreciate!
i recommend this book. I look forward to reading more stories in this series.
Yes, I would recommend this book to my cozy mystery reading friends. It is the best book in the series...each book seems to be getting better.
Actually, it did keep me wondering. This story is about Georgie escaping her rotten sister-in-law's family for Christmas by taking a paid job as a hired hostess/helper over the Christmas holidays at a country estate. The owners are hosting a large Christmas party, scheduled to last many days and Georgie is to help with activities and needs of the guests. It just so happens that someone died in what is thought to be a bizzare accident before she arrived. However, more people meet with "accidents" following her arrival and she can't help but cry MURDER!
This is the closest so far to an Agatha Christie style mystery in the bunch. That is a high compliment from me. If you are not a fan of Ms. Christie, but you enjoy the Royal Spyness books, I think you'll also adore this story.
All the scenes between Georgie and her beau. Yes, they are together throughout most of the story. I love all the scenes between them.
No tears were shed in listening to this book! There were a number of giggles along the way and a whole lot of satisfied listening.
This is a mystery I will pull out each December to get me in the mood for Christmas. You thought I was going to say murder, didn't you?
I list my cozy mysteries more by two categories. The first category is: I will read again, the second category is: I won't read again. This book definitely falls into the first category!
Kath is my favorite character. She is believable - not perfect, quite clever, yet not a know-it-all. While this story is about the death of Kath's grandmother, this is not a tear jerker. The plot is really filled with many people, I had to stop and rewind a couple of times to catch up with something I missed in the plot, but that has more to do with my attention span than the story. I found this to be fast-paced and fun to listen to. There were a number of times I laughed out loud!
she did an excellent job reading this story. I forgot I was listening and became engrossed in the story very quickly. This is a compliment to both the writer and the reader.
i did laugh out loud a few times. Probably more than I usually do and that is a good thing!
if you like cozy mysteries with a touch of paranormal in the plot, I recommend this book.
Imagine being sent to Transylvania in the middle of winter to attend a royal wedding. Compound that by the fact that you are traveling with a cockney maid who has never held a position for more than three weeks and knows nothing about her duties. During the festivities preceding the wedding there is a murder and the wedding party is trapped in a gothic mountain castle with a murderer. The inept maid goes missing. Another murder occurs and political rivals try to accuse you of murder. On top of that, you witness things that make you begin to wonder whether or not vampires actually exist! These are all things Georgie faces in this story.
This is my favorite book in the series to date. Sleeping in this castle of intrigue would be enough to give anyone nightmares and make you fear that you will be attacked by vampires! The reader gives us another outstanding performance and this book moved along very nicely.
Yes, I would. I found this to be a lighthearted read/listen with murder, mystery, royalty and romance. I also think it is an appropriate book for tweens...although it may be too tame and innocent for some of them.
The book has references to historical happenings and people as seen through the eyes of a fictitious relative. I love the humor and the story hints at some very serious things like war, drugs and murder. But it is basically fast-paced story, with likable characters that you want to see succeed.
All the scenes that describe the main character's ability to be a klutz.
No tears, but there were a number of giggles throughout the book.
The narrator did a fine job portraying the various accents. It aided in visualizing the class system in Britain at the time.
I have had to work hard to like this series. I love Butcher's Alera Codex series, but this series has been slow to grab my interest. However, this book finally has won me over. We learn about Harry's past. We see inside a wizard meeting and learn that they can be good, bad, or very petty. We see Harry's friends supporting him, even when he does his best to push them away. I enjoyed learning more about fairies in Dresden's world. I enjoyed all the creatures and their stories. Marsden does a fabulous job with the voices of Toot Toot and his compatriots. They made me laugh like crazy and I have a strong craving for pizza right now! This is something I could not say about the first three stories. Not much to laugh about in the first three books.
Most importantly, the growth of the characters in this book have guaranteed that I will be reading the next book in this series by tomorrow.
The book stops abruptly without completing the story. However, they have time to advertise the authors next book. I would have preferred to read a complete book. Not worth the $4.95 I spent on it.
You know, I read the first book in this series because it took place in my hometown, Cincinnati. I read the rest of this series because it is so well written. I also have enjoyed listening to Ms. Gavin's wonderful narration throughout the entire series.
Kim Harrison tied up this series in a very satisfying way. It is hard to believe it is over! I loved the way the story lines came full circle. We now understand why Newt's powers seemed to be so much stronger than her male counterparts. We also understand her insanity throughout the series.
The visual of Cincinnati burning in the background with Al in the foreground was very striking. However, the most important question to the series still stands...what will happen to Ivy when she dies? I don't want to add a spoiler here. Suffice it to say, I love the way we get to add this answer ourselves.
This is a book about change and relationships, with a great deal of action. The entire series has been amazing. I was lucky enough to spend midnight Tuesday with Kim, her husband and a large group of fellow readers toasting the assumed success of the book, as well as the hours of pleasure this series has brought all of us. It is with great joy that I can recommend this series to you. At the same time, it was bittersweet to close the book knowing there will not be any more novels about Rachel and her world. However, I can always go back to the beginning and start over!
Thank you again, Kim, for your generosity of time spent with your Cincinnati fans and for the amazing amount of entertainment, laughter and tears this amazing series has given us. I look forward to your next series!
Yes, for those who like urban fantasies with a nice dose of romance, this book ranks high on my list of likes. Ilona and Gordon Andrews have turned out another amazing story in which we see all the characters mature to the next level. We finally get to meet the dread Lord Roland. Indications of his power are awesome. We get to see Kate as the killer she was raised to be, but also as the true friend who feels deep distress when her loved ones experience any kind of hurt or are in danger. This book could very well have been the end of the series. I'm very happy to know that the story will continue! I love these characters, with all their flaws and all their good points as well. I still want to learn more about them and what their future will bring.
When Kate walks into Roland's Swan Tower. It is a very high powered scene.
I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying the scene where Kate let's her inner killer out to wreck havoc and revenge on Aunt Bea's killer. It was quite brutal, detailed, and very satisfying to see this monster get what she deserved. I'm not a violent person, but I enjoyed every moment of this scene. Well done! On the flip side, one of my biggest laughs came when Curran asked Andrea if she was done vomiting yet. Andrea's reaction and the way the scene played out was quite comical. And it was all done in just a few words!
There are many moments that moved me, but if I have to pick just one, it would be knowing how often Kate visits Aunt Bea's grave. Another would be Kate's time with Ghastek when they are trapped and Ghastek tells her about his past. We learn that Ghastek isn't his real name. He is still creepy, but it was moving to understand what happened to lead him to his desire to be a nagivator and how he received his name.
Of course, Renee Raudman did a stellar job, as usual. It continues to amaze me how very well she handles not only the voices, but the emotions of these characters. Additionally, Ilona told us on her blog that critics commented on the love scene in this book. The scene is very well written, but more graphic than love scenes in other books in this series. However, the writing most definitely fits into this story perfectly, where all emotions and actions seem to have been raised to a higher level. I was surprised and uncomfortable by the way the authors take characters from the Bible and change the mean and/or reason for the biblical lessons. If I were an author, I wouldn't take such liberties, but you can see from my ratings and comments above that this hasn't stopped me from loving this book.
I think Ms. Cassidy could have deleted two chapters from this book if she had deleted all of the cursing and swearing. I will give her credit for cursing creatively. However, I found it offensive. There is a time and place for cursing, but there was way too much used here that didn't fit the story line. Having said that, I think Ms. Cassidy has the talent and ability to write an interesting and fun book without all the offensive language. She could easily have used pure sarcasm and achieved the same outcome...with less cringing on the part of her readers. I don't think she'll hit the best seller's list as long as she depends on using such language. She is short-changing herself. That is a compliment...this could have gone from an overall rating of 2 to an overall rating of 4 if the language had been less offensive.
No - this is an urban fantasy/romance story about a woman who is accidentally bitten by a werewolf. She is a successful saleswoman for a door-to-door type of cosmetic company. I have not become interested in selling make-up and I don't believe werewolves exist. So my interest hasn't peaked. However, the cute story line would interest me more if the language wasn't so offensive.
Marty, of course. Can you imagine what it must be like to find that you have grown a new piece of anatomy? The mental image of that still makes me laugh.
You know, reading the reviews I see many people complain about the narrator. However, I quite enjoyed her reading of the story and I found nothing wrong with her pacing. I would definitely read another book narrated by her.
On the positive side, the plot is creative and made me laugh. On the negative side, the swearing was not only offensive but overwhelming and did not add to the story at all. Surprisingly, some of the character elements in this book reminds me very much of Victoria Laurie's main character in her Psychic Eye series. Both books maintain that the main characters are horrible liars. When they are nervous about lying, they "over talk" the situation. The sentence structure and rhythm of the nervous patter is almost identical, even though the words are different. Both authors also curse in a creative way, although Victoria's stories do not have as much cursing as this book.
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