I read many mysteries written by Charlotte MacLeod in the mid 1980's. I found her stories to be gently amusing with plenty of plot twists. I was delighted when I discovered that her books were available in audio editions. I don't remember reading "Curse of the Giant Hogweed". Even so, I chose it for my first MacLeod audio book.
The first chapter was the type of story I remembered, bringing smiles and chuckles. Then the story took an abrupt turn into a sort of fantasy world set hundreds of years in the past. It just didn't work for me. The humor is still there, but it seemed forced. The mystery is there, but was not enhanced by the "fantasy" setting.
The dialogue in the "fantasy" world was somewhat annoying to me. For instance, the fantasy world characters often added "eth" to their verbs, i.e. "heareth". I found it distracting and a little annoying. Perhaps it flowed better in print.
The narrator has a pleasant, deep voice. However from time to time a character would speak with an English accent. I'm not sure why. To me, his female character voices sounded a little like parodies.
The publishers blurb mentions The Canterbury Tales. I haven't read any part of The Canterbury Tales for many years, and don't remember much about it. It is possible that there is humor here that I missed,
I plan to listen to more Audible titles by Charlotte MacLeod. In this case I just chose the wrong one.
I enjoyed the style of this book. It begins by introducing the story lines of a number of interesting characters and then gradually weaves them together.
I liked the ending, and wasn't able to guess what it would be before I read it.
There is violence in the book. However, there is not emphasis on explicit descriptions of violence.
Narrator Guerin Barry does a good job. As I listened I always knew which character was speaking and could easily follow the story.
This is my second "Magical Cats" book. I enjoyed this one as much as I did the first one.
I'm a fan of "cozy" mysteries. This book has everything I look for in a "cozy" - small town location, a "cast" of recurring, likable characters, a bit of humor, and a good mystery without explicit violence. One reason this series appeals to me is that the location is a fictional town in Minnesota, the state I've lived in all my life.
I enjoyed the narration by Sofie Kelly. For me she uses the the right amount of vocal distiction to each character. The tone of her voice is pleasing to my ears, and her diction is good.
Warning - possible spoliers
I am far outside the target age for this book. It was a Daily Special and had a number of good reviews, so I took a chance.
The first chapter in the book deals with an insane killer. Later on another sadistic serial killer joins the story. I have a very low tolerance for explicit violence and serial killers. There was more of that than I expected to find in a book aimed at young people. It seems I am very out of touch with that age group.
The plot was predictable. I do not have enough knowledge to judge how plausible the science is.
Partly because I wanted to learn if my expectations of how the story would unfold were correct, I listened to the entire book. I skipped the violent and predictable chapters. The plot was what I expected.
I won't be reading any other books in this series.
In this book Arthur C. Clarke creates a fascinating world of the far future. As I listened I was seeing images of it in my mind. I felt I was exploring this world.
The story is captivating and entertaining. This is the type of book that I couldn't put down when I read it as a youngster in the 1950's. It was a delight to find it had the same effect on me now.
I often read for relaxation, so I'm always on the lookout for new "cozy" series. This is one of the best I've found recently.
One thing that appealed to me right away was that the story takes place in Minnesota, which is where I live. The fictional town of Mayville is situated on Lake Pepin. There are several real Minnesota towns in similar locations - it is a beautiful part of the state. I've visited the area often, so it was easy for me to visualize Mayville.
The pace is brisk, with a mysterious death occuring early in the story. Numerous clues are found, some are "red herrings." I wasn't able to guess the final solution until it was revealed near the end of the book.
Though I like cats, I would not describe myself as "cat person." Owen and Hercules, the main "cat characters", have some very unusual abilities that add an element of fantasy to the story.
I liked protagonist Kathleen Paulson. Many other characters are introduced throughout the story. I'm hoping that some of them will show up in future books of this series.
The 10 plus hours of this story went by quickly for me. I plan to listen to more books in this series.
So far I've loved everything about this series. Main characters Duncan Kincaid and Jemma James are interesting, complex characters who have changed and matured as the series progressed.
The story lines are intricate, but not confusing. The pace of the stories is steady, but not overwhelming. In this book Debra Crombie once again skillfully weaves elements from the past into the current mystery. There is tragedy, but there is also hope.
Narrator Michael Deehy is excellent. The tone of his voice is pleasing, his diction is excellent.
I look forward to listening to more books in this series.
I listened to this book while I was in rehab recovering from knee replacement surgery. It was a great choice for the occasion.
This is a typical entry in this series. If you've enjoyed other Hannah Swenson books, you'll probably enjoy this one.
I wanted a book tht would be entertaining and distracting and this book was a good choice.
This book includes recipes. I'm not a baker, so I wasn't interested in the receipes. The recipes are located at the end of chapters, so it's easy to skip them.
This series takes place in a small Minnesota town. There is no explicit violence or sex and no grahpic language.
I didn't enjoy this series very much. The production is fine. However, main character Hilary Caine is just a little too giggly and silly for my taste. I believe this series is meant to be light and humerous. For me Hilary Caine was annoying.
The stories take place in England; the show is produced in the USA. To my ear, the English accents of some of the actors are not very convincing.
I love other Jim French radio shows. Harry Nile is a favorite of mine. Hilary Caine just doesn't measure up to the standard I expect from Jim French.
I read a number of these books when they were first published over 20 years ago. This is the first Audible edition I've listened to. For me the stories stand the test of time very well.
Carolyn G. Hart populates this series with a number of recurring characters who have very different personalities. For me, much of the enjoyment of these books is the way these characters interact with each other. Annie Laurance, proprietor of the bookstore Death on Demand, is a no nonsense young woman who has worked hard for everything she has. Her charming fiancee is Max Darling. Max comes from a wealthy family, He is very smart, easy going, and hard working when he needs to be. The two of them balance each other very well.
I classify this as a cozy series. It takes place on an island populated by a number of interesting characters. The mysteries are complex and well plotted. The pace is brisk. There are a few mild expletives that might be offensive to readers who have low or no tolerance for these words. Some sexual sitations are part of this mystery, but they are not discussed in an explicit manner.
For me this is an entertaining story. Kate Reading is an excellent narrator. I plan to revisit many of these books on Audible.
I'm always on the look out for a good cozy series. This is a promising start.
The things I didn't like are due to my personal taste and may not present a problem for other readers.
One thing that I don't like, even in a cozy, is inept police. That is an issue for me in this book. I'm reluctant to go into detail in order to avoid "spoilers".
The story is set in a small town, and the protagonist is a bookseller. The author has made a good start on establishing what I suspect will be recurring characters that I find appealing. The emphasis is not on graphic violence or sex.
This was book 1 of the series. I intend to read at least one more book in the series, probably skipping to book 3 or 4.
I am partial to narrators who have good diction, pleasing voices and don't "overact" charaters. Cassandra Campbell is good in all these areas.
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