I liked the main character, the Scottish detective. Very likable and believable character. Does not have the flaws of most fictional detectives, he is not going through mental health issues or addiction issues, and he is not arrogant nor all knowing. You feel like he is someone you might meet on the street, if your street happens to be in Scottland.Didn't like the occasionall drifting of the story away from the main mystery to tangential domestic dialogues between the detective and members of his household. I guess the author thought it added to the realism of the character, I felt it just detracted from the main story.
Yes, it is a good mystery, not a great mystery, but a good mystery and a relaxing read. Like having a mellow, not a strong, cup of coffee.
Never listened to his others. He was great in this one.
Give this one a try. You will definitely enjoy it, if you like a good mystery. But I warn you, it is not a great mystery. It is a police procedural set in 1870s Scottland. Not a Sherlock Holmes type tale. Going to try another one, because I like the main character so much. More like a light book for a day at the beach, not one you are going to stay up late at night reading because you can't wait to find out who is the murderer.
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.
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.
It should have been shorter. It took way too long to get to the solution of the mystery, and then, when it did, the detective just sort off fell into the solution.
It is the same as her other Inspector Faro mysteries. Perhaps a little longer than the others.
The tone of his voice seems to just fit Inspector Faro. I would definitely listen to other audio books that use him.
No. Too slow paced and too long. Wouldn't keep viewers' attention.
This was very disappointing for me because I wanted to like the book and the character. I keep searching for a replacement for Sherlock Holmes, but I find you either end up with very bad imitations or books like this one, which start well, have good dialogues , filt into a Victorian Police procedural mode, but they just fizzle out. I was hoping this series would be different, but it ended up just being disappointing. I would recommend you buy one and try it, you may disagree with me, but, if you do, don't say I didn't warn you.
concise understandable history
The Modern Scholar series is a great way to learn about the past. The lecturors give you a great overview of the topic in a very straight forward, matter of fact, way. They present the information in an ordinary everyday fashion that makes them a pleasure to listen to, easy to understand, and easy to retain.
The way, just as you thought you knew where the story was going, it changed on you.
The book has the appropriate mixture of period information, without it becoming a largely historical fiction tale with only a slight dash of mystery. For a mystery fan, you want a true mystery, with a taste of history mixed in for fun, not the other way around. This book does it right.
Doctor Thomas Silkstone.
The true birth of CSI !
If you have read Wilkie Collins and enjoy his stories, you will enjoy this book. It is a Wilkie Collins-ish suspense tale, taking place in the 1780's in England. There is some CSI like work done by the main character mixed in for interest. Simon Vance is outstanding as usual, with his characterization of all the players right on the money. There is just the right amount of period detail to let you feel as if you are in the 1700's, without the boring minutiae of detail that I find in some historical mysteries. I will definitely be buying the next installment of Dr. Thomas Silkstone.
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