I liked best the character of Inspector Faro. He is a good old fashion plodding detective, without any of the modern detective idiosyncrasies, such as alcoholism, depression, etc...
I liked least that the story dragged on at times.
The most interesting aspect was the real life murder mystery it discussed in the body of the story. The least interesting was the background of the real life painters who were characters in the story.
The very end when the solution of the mystery is revealed.
No, it is definitely a stand alone. Again, the story was too long, so you get to the point that you want it to end. I couldn't think of reading a continuation of this story.
I enjoy this series just as I enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning. Inspector Faro, the Victorian setting, a more polite time, all add to the reading pleasure of this series. The mysteries are good, not great, not seat of your pants, but good. The only true negative is they are too long. If the author would just trime about 25% off the length of the stories, it wold move from a three star to a four star.
If you enjoy PD James' mysteries , you will love Anne Cleeves' mysteries. A great police procedural with wonderful character development and a totally satisfying mystery conclusion.
This is a fantastic series, Enjoy!
For this who enjoy a character intense mystery, this is for you. 90% of the book is about who the characters are, what they think, how they feel.
The mystery, the murder of a ten age girl, is really a back drop to the extensive character development. Yet, the mystery is very well done. I just wish the balance between character development and the murder had been ore even.
It is clear the author has done his homework and written an unbiased explanation of one of the more controversial battles in American history. He explains who the key players were, what they did, and why they did it. He gives all sides of the story, in plain everyday language. You walk away with a complete knowledge of a complex historical event. Extremely well done.
I have enjoyed many other mysteries by this author, but this book was very disappointing. Basically 90% of the book is the main character moaning about his life, getting high on cocaine, and getting drunk. I feel as if I was robbed.
If you are interested in the 100 years war and enjoy historical fiction, then this is the book for you! Don't think twice, buy it and step back into history!
This is another fantastic addition to the very best historical fiction series you will ever have the pleasure to enjoy.
Another fantastic addition to this wonderful series! If you love historical action series, this is the series for you!
Yes, the book has the right balance of detail to dialogue to make it a truly enjoyable listening experience.
Not quite on the edge of my seat, but definitely interested and wanting to hear more.
The different tone of voices he chose for the different characters was dead on.
The monk Michael, he seemed the most real.
Just the right amount of detail. Enough so you walk away with a thorough knowledge of what happened, when it happened, and why it happened.
Non fiction, so no characters, just real historical figures.
The sound of his voice just matches the material.
Yes, I couldn't put it down.
A great book for anyone interested in the history of Britrun from the time the Romans left to the time directly after the Norman conquest.
Not really time well spent. This book is more about the interaction between the members of a Victorian era upperclass family then about a Victorian era mystery. I would say 85% of the book has lillte if anything to do with the mystery.
I would not reccomend this book to someone who is looking for a Victorian era mystery because that's not truly what the book is about. It's more about the relationships and prejudices of a Victorian era family.
Mary Poppins' sister
Be more careful in choosing my next audio book. Stop relying on listener's comments that simply say the book was "wonderful" or "marvellous" and start paying more attention to the listener's comments that take the time to actually describe why the listener so liked or so disliked the book.
Many people love Anne Perry's mysteries, so I tried this one, and I was very disappointed. I am going to try one more, just because so many others enjoy her books, but if it is another Victorian soap opera, that will be it for me.
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