Portsmouth, NH, United States | Member Since 2014
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.
I would, but would suggest they read this one before the Heartbreak Hotel. I read in reverse order.
Impossible to name just one. I liked the scenes with Poppy in the pharmacy and Buffy looking the window at Harrod;s.
I cannot name just one. This question is annoying.
Again, you expect absolutes. No, I did not cry. Yes, I laughed. Yes, I was nostalgic and melancholy.
It might be helpful if your review questions were not to one or the other or so black and white. We're talking about literature here, not some stupid TV show with lists, etc. Thank you.
Yes, I am almost finished with the third one and have bought the next one. Someone in a review compared her to Donna Leon. Yes, in some ways this is true. In others not, but it does not matter. I love a mystery with strong characterization and sense of place.
Perhaps a Donna Leon, but I do not like to think this way. It seems artificial and counterproductive.
I mostly like all of it with one tiny complaint. I wish his voice level would not go up so loudly at times and then I must turn the volume down to not wake my spouse and then it goes back to normal and I have to turn it up again. Consistency would be good. This is normal for most USA books, which is why I buy so very few. I haven't found this to be a problem with UK books before now. But, basically, he is really good
I never answer this question as it is too lame.
I hope the author continues to write and that I will have more than the four currently now available. I adore the characters and scenes. Modernity with acute social commentary. Such a worthy series that is also a great read.
Yes, I would. I do not care for the term "chick lit" but if we must put it into an elevated grouping, this book would suit nicely. The plot and characterizations are beyond excellent.
The pace, the exquisite prose, the tensions, the little moments. Quite simply, everything. I did not want this book to end.
As I cannot read print due to partial blindness, I cannot say. I did think this reader was exemplary and did a fantastic job with pacing and voices.
I would not rename it as the title is perfect. Why would I want to rename it? This is a bit of a silly question, isn't it?
Probably a one off kind of book as I cannot think of any others that come close. Such a really fine read - meaty yet whimsical. Quite simply, perfect.
How would I know? I am visually impaired and can only listen to books.
The gentle humor and compassion for animals and human beings. I also loved the details about living in rural France.
Yes. I have listened to his first book, a La Mod ... that is also very good. I suppose I would say this may be a tad bit better, but again -- who can say? Because I've read the first book and read his blog posts, I feel as if I almost know him and his family.
I do not answer these type of questions as I find it irrelevant. I also almost never, ever go to see a film of a book I have read. They are never good.
Ian Moore's reading of this book lends it a very special touch. Not many authors can read their own books well. Perhaps because he is a comic, he can do it. It is such an easy and natural reading, that I feel as if I am there with him, nodding and laughing or crying a bit. I love his gently humanity. An intelligent humorist.
No doubt partly it is because I have read every book in this series. This new one is even better than I had expected. A sure page turner.
I liked Grace's pre-wedding dream and then the wedding itself.
Also liked the inner conversations of Red.
If it is the same as earlier Peter James books, then yes. Very good.
I was spell bound and could not figure out what would happen next always, so this is good as in most the plot is too simplistic. Not the case with how James presents the work.
I especially like that it is set in Brighton. The descriptive prose lives up to my expectations. You do want to get to know these characters more and more.
Yes. For any fan of the classic Golden Age mystery, this is great. I am actually rereading them. Witty, clever plot and likable and despicable characters.
I suppose all of hers are similar in that they follow traditional mystery lines and I like this.
A wonderful reader. Just perfect. Brings the story to life.
It made me laugh as I enjoy truly witty dialogue and plot twists. This book has both.
A most delightful read. If only the good Ms. Heyer had written more mysteries and less romances. Those are okay, but the mystery books are far superior.
I love most all things in the Wentworth mysteries. Miss Silver, most certainly!
Cannot define just one. Love the interactions between the lovers/friends. Wentworth is an expert at dialogue. A master.
Yes. I have listened to Ms. Bishop many times. She is good in that she does not over-act and keep raising her voice. Who wants to hear shouting in an audible book?
Mostly. I read all of Wentworth long ago when I was still able to read a proper, print book, before my eyes went wonky.
I'd say Wentworth is one of those amazing ladies of the Cozy Mystery/Tea Cake Ladies genre. I wish we had some NOW.
No, I think not. Yet, I did like the reader. I feel as if McNamara might grow up a bit.
No. I finished it because I was hoping for a twist. It is pretty darn shallow.
The reader was pretty good. It is not her fault she was given such lines.
The premise led one to believe the book would have some depth, but it did not. This would be okay if the book held some huge humor or sardonic commentary or even a message. God forbid! The only reason I finished this book is that I was ill and in bed and had no other options. I thought the characters were beyond believable. Some, in fact, were simply as boring as if I were watching some lame tv show. Which I never do.
I cannot rank all the books I have listened to, as it would be comparing apples to oranges. In the genre of cozy mysteries, I would rank this quite high.
As I lived in NYC, in close proximity to the sight of Jocelyn's apartment, this was much about nostalgia. I can attest that her descriptions and sense of place are spot on. Also, I love that Jocelyn is a smart character, not some lame stereotypical woman.
I think she reads her own prose very well. I was engaged and have since purchased two more in the series.
No, not that sort of book. It was a gentle, sweet read. I read it in two days. `
I am very happy that Audible has made this series from the 80s/early 90s available on audible format. Now, get me Barbara Pym!
I think that this Jane Dentinger series is pretty much timeless. The author's wit and dry humor resonate. She is a compelling character and good read. Bravo!
I mostly enjoyed this book, but having read all of her previous Shopaholic and other novels was a bit let down by the ending. Not much was resolved and this may have been intentional. Still, it could have been done so with a bit more information.
Becky, I suppose. I would have enjoyed ore of Sooz and the other other characters. Shopaholic and Sister was so ripe with rich characters. This may have spoiled me. However, as satire of Hollywood and american shallowness, this is pretty right on as the characters are exactly that.
No. I had been overly anticipating the new one. I think this book could have been much better if it had gone on for a few more chapters, "to sort things out a bit more."
The character of Eleanor was ripe for expanding and this did not happen. Also, Minnie was a bit stereotypical and not particularly lovable. I also felt the reader/presenter was too gushy and the variations in sound level annoying.
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