©2007 Betty Rowlands; (P)2007 Soundings
Love fiction--classic to light, serious to comedic. Selective non-fiction. These days lots of mysteries (not too violent, please :-)
First, let me say what I loved best about this book: the narrator! Michael Tudor Barnes read this book at a perfect pace, with good voices for the different characters. I feel that many narrators read maddeningly slowly-- slower than most people speak in conversation, often making it frustrating to listen. MTB was very good, hitting just the right listening speed. Beyond that, his voice quality and tone perfectly hit what sounded like [my idea of] the quintessential british mystery reading-voice, deep, resonant and having that lovely accent! I have already put a couple of other books he has narrated on my wish list here.
The book itself is also very good. I listened for a long time, convinced I knew the solution, thinking it would be a ho-hum read. It was not. The book starts moving faster as the end approaches, and takes a few very unexpected turns which made it a very satisfying read.
This was the first book by Betty Rowlands I have ever read. It is the story of Constable Sukey Reynolds, and I gather that there are more than currently available in audio version. So sad. This story was quite well-written. In this episode, Sukey is new to this police team, but not to policing as a career. I don't know some of the details, not having read previous books, but one character from her former position was worked into the book to help explain her background and how she made the move to the new team.
The story has the theme of a Professor Lamont, who is seeking to help someone decide the authenticity of a possible document by St. Paul. But of course, his life is far more complicated than that--leaving him appearing to be the best suspect for the inevitable murder that occurs. Sukey tries to walk a fine line between being observant of her new superior's dictates vs. following her own ideas of where the truth might lie. And the rest is all that makes the book interesting. I found it quite good. There is just something about British mysteries that I particularly like, and this one certainly did not disappoint.
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