Portsmouth, NH, United States | Member Since 2010
Many things made this book captivating. I liked the focus on Barbara Havers. I loved that most of the "action" took place in Lucca, Italy. I liked that Lynley had a new love interest. There was just so much about this book that I adored. I liked the new character, Salvatore.
When Barbara Havers is up all night trying to figure out what to do next. I won't reveal more as no reader wants to know in advance too many details!
Davinia Porter is one of my favorite readers. As I am legally blind and have no option but to listen to books, the reader is key. Ms. Porter is excellent.
When Barbara sees Lucca from the rooftop terrace. Also, the various emotional encounters.
A brilliant read. I especially enjoyed that the book was not hurried and that it was long. I liked this very much. As always with Ms. George, the characterizations were marvelous. She is such a grand and enjoyable author.
Not sure. Probably only to those who don't want to be overly taxed intellectually or depressed by the medical stuff/death.
I liked the details of New York life, but always wanted to know more about some of the characters. It was not an even representative of the characters. I wish the author hhad developed some of the characters more fully.
She was good enough. Her accent for British men was a bit lame.
Meh. Had I been in better health and not stuck in bed, I probably would have not finished it.
Such great potential for a good tale, but left me wanted more in-depth and realistic depictions. I thought NYC got the short drift in this one.
Being able to spend time again with the cast of characters. I would have liked a bit more of Pat, but this series just keeps one wanting more and more.
The adventures of Bertie and the manipulative ways of Irene, his mum. It was entertaining that the husband finally stood up a bit. Comical, yet so real.
I also always like the attention AMS pays to architecture and societal customs and changes.
Yes, all in the series. He is talented.
This was answered above. In general, I cannot pin it down to one event. Not possible. The overall is the total of my enjoyment.
I only wish it was longer! I hope the next one will not take so very long to be available on Audible.
This book was a great read, even if you do not have children. I learned much and was engaged from the first page. This is a well written and insightful book about not only food, but manners and cultural differences
I enjoyed how the author coped, wrote about, and expanded her experience of living in France and eating.
The author, of course.
Eating while sitting, eating a little bit of everything, eating vegetables. The socialization of dining. I could continue ....
I hope this author will write a second book. I would read it with relish.
As a longtime Martha Grimes fan, I was not disappointed. Unlike some, this one didn't have Jury in a love affair ... but every other element was present.
Richard Jury and Melrose Plant. The odd couple of an engaging British mystery series
Yes, all the ones he narrates of Martha Grimes. He is good.
Yes, but I tried to pace myself as I know there will not be another one for some time.
A most enjoyable read. The one brief appearance of Agatha, Melrose's not blood related aunt, was limited and I didn't mind this. Would have like more of the antiques dealer. All in all, however, a wonderful book.
It is up near the top. A most enjoyable read and my short headline does not say it all as the book is clearly more than a romp through the art world of Paris.
One other does not come readily to mind. Perhaps, along the lines of India Knight and Ian Moore.
The reader was wonderful and never did that over-acting, shouting thing that is so annoying in some audible books.
I liked the scene where the artists videotaped his parents in the kitchen of the seaside house in England.
There are many levels to this novel and all work well together. I would read more by this author.
No. I kept thinking it would improve and didn't have another new book on hand. The lack of descriptive prose, given this was Cyprus, was unbelievable.
That it was set in Cyrpus. The characters, except for the southern american and the eccentric old woman, were boring and predictable.
not too awful
Given that I never watch tV because it is so banal, juvenile and boring, then yes. This would probably do nicely.
This read like a juvenile book. Makes some of Gerogette Heyer's romances seem positively Booker prize quality.
I did listen to the entire book as I have long been a fan of Jennifer Weiner. The reader was very good. That said, I felt that the last 1/3 of the book became just a tad predictable and not so interesting. The major issues of sexism, class divisiveness, etc. bode well, but then something happened. I also felt the husband was not portrayed as fully as he could have been. He wasn't developed enough as a character - or, perhaps this was the point.
I do not have any friends that would read this book as they tend to not read what the media continues to call "chick lit." While I do not agree with this labeling, I do understand their point. In Ms. Weiner's earlier books, the sharp humor and fast pace was very different from this book. I kept wanting a bit more and more descriptive prose.
I think the daughter, actually.
I was unhappy that I felt let down. I was sad that I felt compelled to read to the end because I had such high hopes for this book. I don't know what happened, but somehow the core got tangled. The overly long descriptions of the rehab place became tedious and repetitive.
N/A as I am visually impaired and cannot read in print.
The detective and his assistant. The way they play off each other is masterful and classic of the great duo sleuths throughout time. There is always that tease of a developing romantic interest.
Difficult to say. One would be the birthday dinner party Strike's sister gives him when he shows up with an unexpected date.
The drive when a near accident is averted ...`
I listened over the course of two days. It was riveting, but then I am a fan and loved the first book in this series.
The descriptive and atmospheric prose is wonderful. The portrayals of the diverse cast of characters rings true. If I had one negative to make, it would be that I skipped over the graphic descriptions of the murdered body. That was a bit too much for me.
No. I bought this one because I used to live on Nantucket and wanted to hear local color, etc. I had read some of Ms. Thayer's earlier books. This one was so cliche-riddent and predictable. I felt as if it could be a young adult book. There was almost no plot twists or originality in the development.
I will not read any more. There are very few american women authors I find as rewarding as the British writers. I could name them for you, but anyone who reads my reviews knows who they are and what I like.
This reader was very annoying. Her male voices, in particular, were alienating. Yet again, the male characters were so stereotypical and underdeveloped, she didn't have much to work with, did she?
A sadly disappointing book. I skipped about 1/4 after the half because it was already too obvious how it would end. And end as I predicted it did. Sad that the females were so darn stereotypical. The most interesting character in the book, Frances, was not given enough space. Also, almost nothing about Emily's parents.
A letdown on most fronts, even the descriptive prose.
Only one-third into this book, I was tweeting about it and telling friends. The story was captivating and the characters complex and interesting. Also, the historical aspects were brilliantly placed and informative.`
Perhaps the author's earlier book, Hypocrite int he Pouffy White Dress. Her style is her own, so comparisons are a bit meaningless.
The early years of the immigrant in lower Manhattan and the struggles to survive, succeed and thrive -- with humor.
I never answer this question because I think a novel is a novel and a film is a film It's a silly comparison.
This book made me laugh, think and cry a little, too. It was so rich in detail and characterization. I wanted to be there and be a friend to Lillian. I also thought the social commentary of this period of American history was so well done and thoughtful. I can only hope that Ms. Gilman is working on her next novel. I know I'll buy it.
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