I have read and listened to all the Phryne Fisher novels and just didn't think another series by the same author could be so good. WRONG. This one is modern, lusty, funny, and again has a heroine who asserts herself and grows. If you have an aversion to the occult or good sex then stay away. Neither overpowers the story but are interwoven well. The narrator, Ms Siversen, does a great job with all the voices too. Looking forward to listening to more.
I did not finish this book. Eruditely written. Well read to the point that the violence was just too real. Too much so, especially in this day and age of violence expounded.
Did not complete this book.
I could hear each character clearly.
NO. There is enough gratuitous violence already.
Sorry to have such good writing tell such horrible stories.
No. Too slick. Too predictable. Virtually no suspense. Hardly any character growth.
Just this series.
No. It was easy to shut off and take back up again.
I had wonderful hopes for this series but it's already like a cartoon. I stopped listening to the Stephanie Plum series because it became same old, same old. Thought this series had a better chance at staying fresh and interesting. I'll try one more, but if it doesn't get less predictable, then no more after that.
I loved the interactions and growth of the characters. These books are so much better than the last third of the numbered Stefanie Plum books which I have stopped reading.
Yes, this book definitely had many twists and turns. It could have ended several times but kept on going without a hitch.
I've only listened to the fist book in the series but am happy to listen to more.
I do wish the authors would write more than he said, she said. How about Kate shouted or Nick calmly explained, etc?
The exploration into Islam.
Yes, but not wholeheartedly. Too much of the ho going on with both men and women. Too many of the women are over the top and mean.
Even though most of the characters are women, RC changes his voice enough so that I can tell them all apart. Vernetta is spot on.
I was appalled by the pushiness of Special. If she really wants to become a detective she will need to learn some tact and patience.
Why do all the current mysteries rely on murders and deaths? This series seems to be getting more violent as it goes on. I'll try one more but unless we get a real mystery, not just find the murderer, that will be it.
As I have said in a previous review, I appreciate the insight into Black Culture but now am wondering if the representation is true or not with all the cursing and sexism.
I tried this book after reading several middling reviews saying the narrator ruined it for them. I agree that a female narrator might be better and certainly with so few men in the book, a woman narrator might have had an easier time with all the characters but I was pleasantly surprised that within a few minutes I was adjusted to RC Bray's voice and was pleased with it as well. I had no problems telling the characters apart.
For me, a white person, getting a glimpse, through this book, of modern black life and dialogue is informative and illuminating. Professionals of all races have A type personalities and relationship problems. Looking forward to reading the next book.
My only negative is the loud music played periodically which actually takes away from the story and important dialogue.
Good basis for more stories, although one would hope that not all the mysteries include deaths or the small town will be bereft of occupants soon. One of the sisters, Barbara, has a spelling and grammar fetish. It's a funny gambit. She goes around fixing signs and writing letters, anonymously, to the paper. Therefore I was quite surprised to hear Barbara's narrator mispronounce detritus.
Interesting idea to have 3 narrators, one for each sister, but they could stop emphasizing so many words and sound more natural. The sisters mostly take care of themselves and each other and only call in the guys when absolutely necessary.
Looking forward to the next book.
It's not just facebook.
So timely and so upsetting as we are told about how social media (newspaper lonely hearts ads) trapped women into sexual slavery in Victorian times.
At the same time Malloy and Sarah's relationship moves ahead with the potential blending of family and homes. Well paced, well told, well narrated. Looking forward to the next episode as things are set up for Malloy and Sarah to now be openly working together.
So delighted to have the whole gang working together. Each have their specialities and even though they may not be in the same location each do their thing to perfection. I so enjoy the vicarious satisfaction of hearing the vigilantes work out their schemes and right the wrongs. Read this one way out of order so was happy to learn how Dennis joined the group. Also the ending was not filled with gratuitous violence as some earlier and later books did. Just right.
Could hardly put this one down. Myra and Annie cooking up an adventure with the Post gang and a newbie. Glad to see some added characters although I miss it being mostly women. Looking forward to Charles' tale in the next episode. Meanwhile gratuitous violence was so unnecessary and achieved nothing. They reach their goal without needing to have done the last bit. Other than that I loved this book.
If I had known this was really a YA book, I never would have purchased it. Full of pouting, smart alecky supposed adults that sound like teenagers. The narrator has very few differentiating voices so many of them sound alike and often sound petulant. Interesting storyline hijacked by attitudes and immaturity.
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