©1991 Anne Perry; (P)2006 Recorded Books
"Rounded out by a host of lively characters, this is a memorable tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"A gripping mystery as well as a look into the London of gas lights and foggy nights." (School Library Journal)
"Perry gets the Victorian mood just right....Settle in with this one on a rainy day." (Booklist)
Davina Porter leads the reader directly into the Victorian world with her actress's ability to become both male and female characters with convincing and consistent characterizations. I could almost SEE them as she gave them voice...I will look for her audiobooks in the future with delight and anticipation! Of course, I also love Anne Perry's work.
This book is talky and slow moving, but the spectacular narration and well-crafted characters help make up for it. Nicely written and a great portrait of the period, and it takes on interesting social and political issues. The writing style is unobtrusive, which makes for smooth reading. I wouldn't have minded a bit more intrigue, and I found the end a bit weak.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
I enjoyed this book so much. I love the Victorian times and this is really well done. I would recomend this to anyone who likes mysteries.
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
I enjoy Anne Perry's stories, and can't get enough of Davina Porter's narrations. I found the entire series to be fun "reading"!
Ann Perry makes the story come alive in that time era with such well developed characters. Always guessing about "who done it" and could not figure it out until the end, a great mystery !
perry is an excellent writer with great human insight. porter portrays all the characters as if she is actually living the roles. this a great way to spend time driving or just relaxing.
I'm not sure -- the plot rarely moved forward, just sideways, with all the characters repeating the thin drama and even thinner language.
The lack of actual writing. Approximately 10 sentences are repeated over and over -- her eyes were bright, his eyes went dim, she breathed in softly. By the middle of the book it sounded like a satire.
I'm afraid so. Overwrought but thin.
If one were totally ignorant of the English political and class system in the 1880's one might learn a bit.
This the 11th book in the series. Compared to the previous books, this one is only so so. About 60% of the book, different characters repeat over and over again the same possible solutions without choosing one solution over another . The ultimate solution is good, but it took way to l
I enjoy Anne Perry's description of London in an earlier time, and I love her detective couple Thomas and Charlotte Pitt.
I liked all the characters, especially some of the people who are only in this story. Charlotte tends to get on my nerves a bit, but I still like her.
Don't have a favorite
Although this is a good story, Ms. Perry is a bit long-winded. By the time I got to the last chapters, I was honestly thinking about fast-forwarding to get to the solution. I was also surprised that Thomas wasn't more prominent. He's there, but just. Charlotte and Dr. Shaw eventually made me want to scream, "Stop it or run away together!"
I will continue to read Anne Perry books because this is the first I've had any complaint with, and the stories are always wonderful.
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