London, 1867. As Inspector Ben Ross of Scotland Yard walks homeward one Saturday night, the fog that swirls around him is like a living beast. After it has lifted a woman lies murdered in Green Park. Allegra Benedict was the beautiful Italian wife of an art dealer. As Ben begins his investigation, his wife Lizzie looks into Allegra's private life and uncovers more than one reason why someone might want her dead...
©2010 Ann Granger (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
Narrative makes the world go round.
This has similar pacing and plot to an Anne Perry Victorian mystery, but I did not find the characters or historical detail as engaging. Both narrators usually do better work. With so many excellent Victorian mysteries available, it's hard to recommend this one. However, if like me, you download even the weaker Anne Perry's for relaxation easy listens, this at least was a PG rated tale with a few twists, if mostly pedestrian and unremarkable. This is weak in atmosphere, too - in a good Victorian London murder, you can "feel the fog," even if you're not looking for an edge-of-set-thriller.
The first in the series, A Mortal Curiorsity, is on Audible at a better price but not yet tagged as the series. That might be a better place to start.
Granger is better in moden day settings.
Yes. It is a good story by one of my early favorite authors. Narration is very good.
No real stand-out. Each character was developed fairly well.
I enjoyed the narration; however, the voice of "Bessie" was a bit child-like.
Funny, but the mention of Aunt Perry made be think of Anne Perry and her Inspector Pitt novels, which follow a similar husband-cop, wife-sleuthing helper model.
Which came first... the books or the glasses?
I enjoy this type of lighthearted mystery. It's not all blood and guts or deep, dark and depressing. The characters are well defined. Both narrators were excellent. I was kept guessing to the end and surprised at the one that "dunnit". I recommend this audiobook. I understand there is a "prequel" to this book called "A Mortal Curiosity". I didn't know about it before this one but I plan to listen to it.
"Laboured performance by narrators!"
I have enjoyed the listening but may think twice about having another book with the same narrators
I like the concept of the two narrators, husband and wife in this case, I just wish they had communicated with each other at the speed of a normal ocnversation
I listen to books while driving; when this book was on I had a desire to use my right foot to try to hurry it along. I thought the storyline a good one but the narration was so laboured that at times it really irritated. It is as if in 19th century Britain, everyone spoke at half the speed they do today.
Yes, but only just.
"Reasonable story ruined by one of the readers"
Choosing a different female reader
Didn't have one, too distracted.
They had clearly had no guidance and/or heard each other's reading. The character Bessie, the maid, has a normal sparky cockney sparrow tone when voiced by Laurence Kennedy, but she became a slow-witted idiot when read by Maggie Mash. This made following and enjoying the story impossible. Almost all Maggie Mash's characters were very badly handled, complete ly OTT. Very annoying.
Re-record it, or stop selling it!
"A good yarn, entertaining to the last"
It was an interesting plot, set in Victorian London and well researched so there were no jarring notes, apart from the author's belief that English women hyphenate their maiden and married names the way Americans seem to - we don't.
No - but their performances were good and listenable.
It's not great literature, but it's a great page-turner which made me choose activities so I could listen to the story!!
"Submerged in historic bliss"
I recommend this book if you like a gentle mystery but beautifully written and narrated - for a time gone by.
I like both the lead characters particularly made more interesting by the switch in narrators.
I particularly like Maggie Mash's portrayal of their maid.
I broke this book down into several sittings but it was like walking about with a friend.
I have not been disappointed by any of the books from this series and am looking forward to the next.
"Gripping story line with wonderful narration."
Full of characters you either love to hate or love to love, performed with unsurpassed narration in a finely tuned complimentary alternation between two great performers.
"SUPERB! Didn't want to put it down!"
This was an enjoyable text & it was brilliantly read. I didn't want it to end so I have bought another. Can't stop, must get on listening!
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