MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth series are two of my all-time favorites. They are relatively light, fast reads that take you away to village life and entertaining characters. One very appealing aspect is that her main characters are unlucky in love. You'll often find yourself saying, "Agatha, don't!" You will be hooked on these books!
Simon Vance does a great job with narration and voices. This novel has received lots of praise from spy genre fans, but it is only enjoyable for readers who like novels with an anti-hero and mostly unlikeable characters. There's not a lot of action; it's more about whether each character is really who he/she seems. I got tired of it and found it a bit of a downer.
The Hamish MacBeth series is one of my favorites, but this book is a Hamish MacBeth mystery inside a comment (or perhaps, a fit?) by MC Beaton, I guess about publishing today. It seems to have a murder and some kind of non-lethal accident or crime in each chapter! By the end it's almost tongue-in-cheek humor. Odd.
Sam Dastor, narrator, does a very good job of bringing the characters to life in this classic mystery. Inspector Ghote novels are similar in pace and tone to classic British mysteries (Christie, Marsh) but Inspector Ghote is from Bombay and has a unique personality and different methods. The point of view is third person limited, where we know Ghote's feelings, including his insecurities, and thoughts, but not those of the other characters, so the reader feels he knows Ghote more personally. In this novel he makes his first trip to London, so there is the added pleasure of seeing him work in a new environment. Recommended!
Hot Water, and narrator Jonathan Cecil, are lots of fun. Wodehouse's way with words and joyful tone delighted me the entire time I read this book. There are lots of twists and characters who are full of surprises. Many of the characters are American, and most of the action takes place in France, so there isn't as much emphasis on the British aristocracy as is usual (in the Jeeves/Wooster or Blandings series.) Fans of other Wodehouse novels probably will be as delighted as I was. I plan to listen or read the book again to catch anything I missed!
It didn't take me long to get used to a different narrator, and I really enjoyed this book. The plot moves right along, and all of the favorite characters from the series are featured.
I'm a Marsh fan and am currently listening to this book. It's different in that the death and the appearance of Alleyn don't occur until Part II. Great narration though. We just hang out and get to know the characters at a spa of sorts in New Zealand in the first part.
The Hamish MacBeth series and narrator Davina Porter both are favorites of mine, but the characters' Scottish Highland accents are very thick and a bit difficult to understand in this one. Not good if you're in a noisy gym or need to focus on driving also.
A great shipboard mystery with brilliant characterization, pace, and writing style. Fans of Marsh and Christie probably will be delighted with this book, too. Excellent narration with voices acted out.
This is the Paul Temple novel where he meets Steve, and we find out her real name. What an enjoyable series, and what a wonderful narrator Anthony Head is.
I enjoyed the beginning of this novel with its unique, spunky, funny heroine, but by the middle I lost interest in the characters and setting. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is going on except people gaping after the new weird vampires and having sex.
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