But life as a working woman isn't quite what Rose imagined: When a playboy is murdered, Rose returns to high society to follow a trail of deception, rumors, and devious plots - even as a singularly calculating killer prepares to end rebellious Rose's sleuthing for good!
©2004 Marion Chesney. All rights reserved.; (P)2005 BBCA
Davina Porter does an excellent job of making the story come alive. Her changes in voice for the male and female characters are subtle and nuanced but distinguishable.
The story is enjoyable if you are looking for an easy listen. It is very predictable and doesn't fill out the characters but then again it is a very short story.
I only found this book because I was looking for something narrated by Davina Porter. I love this genre but prefer much longer books that take the time to deveolp the story & and characters. I decided to listen to because of narrators merits--and wasn't disappointed by her performance.
I must take exception to the review criticizing Porter's narration, Reviewer: Bronwyn appears to be in the Minority--not one person finds the opinion helpful. Porter is by far and away one of the MOST Talented Narrators!!!!
My favorite authors: Tess Gerritsen, Anne Perry, Deborah Crombie, & Lisa Scottoline. Also, MC Beaton/Marion Chesney writes hilarious fluff.
If you want a period piece that is essentially a teensy bit of romance, a teensy bit of mystery, and a teensy bit silly, check out this series by Marion Chesney. There are four books in the series - I'm just about to start Book 3, and so far I find them fun to listen to while I'm working. This series is light enough that you can multi-task while listening, unlike some authors (Anne Perry or Tess Gerritsen) that require you to really concentrate on the details. (I do love both Perry and Gerritsen, though)
I will say that Harry's solutions to problems seem to border on the unrealistic and rather slapstick at times, but otherwise it is a nice listen. And I ALWAYS enjoy Davina Porter's reading. That's actually what led me to the series in the first place - she narrated many of Anne Perry's books and I loved her in those as well.
I've always liked Marion Chesney's regency romances for light reading and thought this might be good for listening to while doing housework, etc. But I just could not stand the narrator! She simply sounded, to my ear, very old and 'fussy' for the material but the thing that just grated on my ear to the point where I could listen no longer was her supposedly 'American' accent for one of the main characters! I am American, but have relatives in the UK and am familiar with a variety of accents, but I just have no idea what this voice was! I normally am not too bothered by narration, but in this case I really did stop listening simply because of that. Maybe I will try this book from the library, but I won't be trying to listen to it again. At least it was cheap! I hope Davina Porter does not narrate all of Chesney's books. This was the first time I have ever totally given up on a book because of the narrator.
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