Anthony Hetheridge, ninth Baron of Wellegrave and Chief Superintendent for New Scotland Yard, has never married, has no children, no pets, no hobbies, and not even an interesting vice - and will turn sixty in three weeks. With the exception of his chosen career, too sordid for his blue-blooded family to condone, his life has been safe and predictable. But then he meets Detective Sergeant Kate Wakefield - beautiful, willful, and nearly half his age.
When Hetheridge saves the outspoken, impetuous young detective from getting the sack, siding with her against Scotland Yard's powerful male hierarchy, his cold, elegantly balanced world spins out of control.
Summoned to London's fashionable Belgravia to investigate the brutal murder of a financier, Hetheridge must catch the killer while coping with his growing attraction to Kate, the reappearance of an old flame, and a secret that emerges from his past.
©2011 Emma Jameson (P)2013 Emma Jameson
The story is good, but the narration ruined it.
Jack Wallen assumed voices that demeaned the intelligence of the characters, in particular Kate and Bahr. Kate is an intelligent woman, and he made her sound stupid and unprofessional.
I enjoy reading the series and would have enjoyed a decent narration. It is unbelievable that the author (if she had any say) approved this narrator. I would only buy another Audible in this series if the narrator is changed.
It was a good mystery with a back story. Bit too much back story, but barely so.
I adore English mysteries!!! I love nothing better than hearing a British accent in my earphones!
A different reader! He has an awful voice difficult to listen to. He also has a very small store of voices he can use that the story is almost ruined. His short, choppy style is distracting and annoying. I can't believe the publisher hired him after thr first book.
No, almost unlistenable
In every way possible. I'm shocked any producer could have found this performance acceptable.
The story is almost lost in my annoyance with the reader.
Tell us about yourself!
A big part of the plot hinges on something that is repeated a few times, but is not true, as though saying it more than once would make it true. Most authors do enough background research to know something as basic as the fact that a child with Type AB blood can not have any birth parents with Type O blood, because one parent contributed the A gene and the other contributed the B gene. So one parent was A or AB and the other was B or AB. If the mother was Type O, the child was adopted.
The books are generally good.
Actually, I'm not a huge fan of the way this book was read, because sentences tended to have the same tempo and emphasis, regardless of the content. Also, the communicative style chosen for Deepal makes him sound continuously sly and sarcastic.
Really engaging characters. I'm more of a traditional cozy fan and generally don't like more modern day mysteries with modern day sensibilities on sex and profanity. HOWEVER, I do like interesting characters and after the first book I found myself eager to read more. This is a well written and engaging book.
I definitely wanted to listen to this book in one sitting. I've read the second book and am downloading the third as I write this.
The narrator can't do women's voices and shouldn't try. He can barely do the voices for different men, but for any women here, he falls right down.
No, never, ever.
It introduced me to a writer who is new to me. I will look for more by her, but definitely not another book narrated by this guy.
I'm amazed that this performance was considered acceptable.
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