I really like the story this author has to tell, but don't know that I'll continue with the series. This story starts out with an open-shut case for Jackson, that ends up being a 'who Really done it?'. You think you have things figured out, but she tends to drop a rather unknown character in the mix at the end, which I'm not complaining about. I don't enjoy always knowing the ending in advance, which happens quite often.
What I don't like about these books is the way the author is constantly preaching her beliefs, to us, the readers. In this story the author sets out to clear up everyone's misconceptions about homosexuals, as well as what natural remedy to take as a sleep aid, and how grilling meat is bad for you. It's just TOO much at times, and tends to ruin the whole book for me. It's a shame because I really thought the murder mystery was a good one.
Start with "A Cold Cold Ground" that introduces us to Sean Duffy, a good companion cast of characters, and background on The Troubles in the 1980's. This book resumes where that one left off. A non-stop police thriller starting with a torso in a suitcase. Duffy dives right in, with one small clue blending in to another murder. They seem to be connected, but logically they are not, or are they? Duffy digs in, getting himself targeted by various groups, cops and robbers alike. His love life is suffering, his body ends up suffering, and perhaps his future is suffering. An interesting story, along with the absolute perfect narrator pulling us back to 1980's Ireland.
Trying to avoid scandalous talk about the baby, Alexia flees England for refuge in Italy. Of course, trouble always follows Alexia and this time it's in the form of vampires. Running for her life, she thinks she finds sanctuary in Italy, but that may be another fine mess she's gotten herself in to, no thanks to her werewolf husband trying to drink away his problems. Professor Lyle keeps the story interesting, with Channing and Flute saving the day. The story opens up many questions about Alexia's little inconvience, leaving things wide open for "Heartless"
After reading reviews of the wonderful narration, I had to download this book. Now, after listening to the book, I have to agree with other reviewers that the narration makes the book. If I would have read it, I don't think I would have enjoyed it half as much. It's a narration that begins after the affair ended 18 months earlier. The jilted lover, still hurting runs into his ex Sarah and all the old feelings re-emerge. His question 'does he love or hate her', thus the theme of the story, leading to the question of faith and how different people interpret the idea of faith. An interesting and thought provoking listen.
Alexia is back in another wild and witty adventure. This time the supernaturals are systematically losing their abilities leaving Alexia's husband in possible grave danger. She's off to save the day, but first she must take care of her obstinate sister and tend to Ivy's love life. In walks a new mysterious character that seems to be stalking Alexia and helping her out at the same time. The mayhem that ensues is one that only Alexia can get in to, with a mind blowing ending that will propel you straight in to the next installment of the series, "Blameless"
Set in an alternate Victorian England, this tale is wonderfully witty, full of humor, set within a horrific story . Miss Tarrabotti is what they call a preternatural, that can neutralize the effects of the supernatural. She is one of very few of her kind, who finds herself in all kinds of predicaments that ends up in the hands of the supernaturals' own police dept, thus enters Lord Maccon. These two are always at odds, thus becoming attracted to each other, with banter that delights the listener. Elsewhere, in the story is a group of sinister scientists that are out to exterminate anything unnatural, putting our main characters in peril. The whole book is made up of a very amusing group of characters that keeps us in chuckles while solving mysterious disappearances of vampires and werewolves.
The narration is excellent in capturing the language and wit intended.
Have read or listened to this entire series, and I must say that it was well worth the time. Harrison created an alternate world full of demons, witches, elves and vampires, made it thoroughly engrossing with good times and bad. The books had times that we cried for characters lost, feared for the future, and laughed out loud. I grew close to this little family and will miss them all, Jinx's sense of humor, Newt's unpredictability, the mystery of Trent, and Al being my favorite with his arrogance and seemingly uncaring attitude.
This book ties up all the loose ends of the previous books, solves the dilemma of the demons, the soul searching of the vampires, and the future path for all the supes.
Rachel does find out where she fits in to the whole scheme of things, finally, with a satisfying close to the series. Thanks Kim.
This story was like a whole new beginning for the series. Peter and Rena have moved cross country to be closer to the kids and grand-kids. Rena has settled in, but Peter is growing restless with his new boring job in a small police dept. That all changes when he is called to investigate a cemetery break in. Peter and his new partner have a way to go to blend, with him being a young Harvard graduate that seems to have a chip on his shoulder. This duo provides us with the comic relief for what ends up to be a complex art heist that turns very deadly for all involved. The characters are wonderful and the narration grows on you after awhile.
Will Robie is a government assassin, thinking about being 40, then letting his conscience be his guide on an assignment. A correct decision opens a whole can of worms and never ending consequences for Will, including involvement in a murder, and protecting a 14 year old eye witness.
This is a non-stop thriller with an ever evolving plot, likable characters and dramatic conclusion, left a tad open for the next book. The narrators do an excellent job (although Julie does sound somewhat older than she should). Glad this is only the first of the Robie saga, cause growing attached to this group was an easy thing to do.
This is the second installment of the Peter Grant series. Peter is an apprentice to Inspector Nightengale of the magic police. It picks up where the first book leaves off, with Lesley on the mend, so Peter is on his own, jumping head on into the fire. When things (speaking of the magical bad people) are obvious to us, Peter is in denial (which becomes a little frustrating at times), as he puts his family and co workers in danger. Still, it's a good story made even better by the narration. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does an excellent job with the voices and capturing the feel of the country. I'll go on to the next installment, hoping to see Peter mature some with his magical skills and acting correctly on his intuition.
Northern Ireland in 1981 during "The Troubles", one murder, then another, seems to be a serial killer of homosexuals, but is it? Sean Duffy is in charge and going to find out, but has many obstacles to cross trying to get to the conclusion.
This book recreates a great backdrop of the politics and civil uprisings of that time. Was a good history lesson for me, with a fascinating crime mystery to solve.
The narration is exceptional with the accents and character differentiation.
Glad to hear this is the first of a trilogy.
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