An okay story slogged through because of fondness for the author, the series, and the
narrator. The story is hindered by a too-detailed description of the killing ground oill field and not enough character development of the perpetrators. It did provide more info about
Kate and her private life-- especially poignant since I know what happens in later books. The narrator seems to speak just a bit too fast and I got the feeling I was being rushed.
I did enjoy the brief glimpse into the archeology aspect; if only this part had been more indepth.The story is predictablle but elevated by the respect shown to native peoples.
Fall in love with the people of Three Pines and listen as Inspector Gamish (sp) finds and brings to justice a killer lurking just under the surface. I started with "A Brutal Telling," then went back to the first book in the series.
I enjoyed the low key storytelling style of the author as she described the citizens and their various lifestyles. Under it all is an underlying tension between the French and English of Quebec.
A seemingly simple murder story blossoms into a multi-layered confection providing a look at greed, fear, and courage in the small village of Three Pines. The lead investigator and his team
become the quietly powerful force that solves the case inspite of those incapable of telling the truth. There are unexpected humorous interactions, interesting characters, nods to art, history, poetry and a reverence for native tribes.
More variety in the vocal performace would have helped to keep all the characters straight--females sounded similar and there was not enough variety in male vocalization. The chapters are long and stuffed with details that make visualization easy. Though there is no arguing with the evidence as the killer is finally brought to justice, a certain sadness lingers as village harmony is shattered.
A second read for "The Brutal Telling" will be so sweet!
After listening to books by Indridason, Nesser, and Lackberg, this murder mystery was pure pleasure because it simply flowed along and carried me away. The narrator has a most pleasant and melodious voice and the names of the characters were much easier on the ear. Translation was exceptional but for "picnic blanket" instead of "picnic basket" early on. Providing narration of the main non human character provided an interesting plot turn that has given me a lot to ponder. I hated for the book to end and I was left wanting more of Rebecca--her life before this story and afterward.. A really good read!
I would try another book by this author hoping the music used in the dramatazation would convey a lighter mood. The music selected was too dissonate and kept my granddaughter and myself from getting more than one minute into the story. The foreboding music caused her to rush to mom with an "I'm scared."That ended what was to be an exciting shared experience and it made Grandma look really bad. Luckily, the folks at Audible gave me a full refund.
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