But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.
©2003 Jacqueline Winspear; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
Yes, my daughter and I listed to this and it is a story with characters that grow on you. Started a little slow but improved and we enjoyed and now comment about after that fact which is rare with mystery books.
She did a good job of bring the characters to life.
Worth a listen. My 13 year old enjoyed it as well as her old mom.
Great beginning of what looks to be a fun series of books. The protagonist is likable and, while a bit too perfect to be believable, is enjoyable and easy to like. The narrator is excellent and the story is compelling.
Life is great!
I could listen to this again after a while...it was a good, not dark, not just like the rest of the books out there, story. I look forward to the rest of the books in this series!
It's not so much the edge of your seat sort of story. A mystery was being solved, a few mysteries actually, but it was more laying the foundation of a detective's life leading up to this case. Surprisingly intertwined characters in the end.
This series could have been written last year or ten years ago, but it doesn't matter like it does with current-time stories. Some of the series that were started in the nineties or early 2000's are dated, but this being a period piece you don't feel like its outdated.
It presents the time period beautifully.
Masie, I like the way she deals with the things that life has brought her way.
This is the first time I've encountered Rita, but I really like her performance.
Her character is fully three-dimensional, not only in life, but in time as well. She is vulnerable and fallible, making her someone I wanted to know more about.
The characters are seamlessly woven into the World War I era and are caught up in its happenings and aftermath.
Ms. Barrington gives us the flavor of what the era in Britain was like at that time - the transmutation of the culture from Victorian mores to a more progressive and permissive time, and the resulting change of how women were viewed and how they viewed themselves.
This is one of those series that I think I'll enjoy reading in print far more than I did on audio--the narrator certainly wasn't bad, but wasn't fantastic either. But anyway, I really liked this more than I thought I would when I first started it. Winspear managed to surprise me with a couple of things, and though at first I had a hard time with the way half the book takes places ten years previous, during World War I, I ended up really appreciating Maisie's back story. I'll definitely read the next book at some point.
To be fair, this is not my kind of genre. I think readers who like the Crocodile in the Sandbank or Janet Evanovich would really enjoy this book. I was drawn to it due the era. I have been "trying on" books out of my favorite genre, but from an era I enjoy.
For me, it was charming, but not a book that will stay with me. I certainly did not hate it, but didn't love it. I really appreciated the main character and loved the narration.
She is a great reader. Did an excellent job of changing the character voices without being annoying. Her accent was also charming, like the story.
I would watch it on HBO.
The outstanding narration of this book is what drew me in and the story held me there. Well done!
A story that unfolds at its own pace can be really comfortable, something calming that you can look forward to. But at what point does "comfortable" become a bad thing? As I listen, I find that I like it well enough, and the heroine is charming and intelligent, and I like her, but I can only listen for about half an before I'm ready for a change. If I were a commuter, that'd be perfect, but my listening habits are not like that.
The narrator is perfect, she really captures the time and the heroine in her performance. I think she's why I do enjoy it.
An avid listener of audio books.
The first book isn't as good as the others but I enjoyed it once I got into it and became engaged with the characters. I love all the history in the books. I knew very little about the first world war and it was very interesting learning more about that timeand the changes it made to the world. It really is an amazing series. The mysteries get better and better with each book.
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