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"Tallis' writing and feel for the period are top class." (The Times)
"A mouth-watering view of Viennese café society....well and forcefully written." (Literary Review)
The main characters (doctor and detective) were not well drawn - Doctor was a know-it-all, perfect type, the inspector was just dumb - and he wasn't supposed to be. A really lame plot.
The problem I had with the narrator was I couldn't distinguish who was saying what in dialogue. No enough differentiation. Besides that he was good.
All of them - all were predictable and not that interesting.
This is the first book in the series; maybe the following ones are better.
The setting, the city of Vienna at its best, made this an engaging story that was difficult to leave. One tends to forget how important and influential it was. I loved the policeman and the psychiatrist meeting for musical evenings. It made them both whole people with interests and lives of their own. I did worry about the policeman's wife seeing him with the actress. That never seemed to be resolved. But perhaps it will come up in the next book in the series, which is already on my wish list.
I enjoyed them all.
Hard to say. Burnip did an excellent job. His accent was believable, and he managed to do credible women's voices without sounding like he was getting ready for transgender surgery. Always a plus.
I have no idea what a tag line is, so I have no answer for this.
This was a great story and a really interesting opening of what seems like it will be a very engaging series.
Mortal mischief was the first of three Frank Tallis books I listened to on Max Lieberman, psychiatrist who, solves mysteries in Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century. The criminal mystery is not the main theme in the novel. The atmosphere of this interesting city at that particular time with it's bureaucracy and anti Semitism are much more important, and definitely not least the jewish doctor's engagement to a nice but quite shallow jewish girl and his beginning fascinatination — even infatuation — of a young gentile Engiish student of medicin.
For anybody with some knowledge of Vienna and interest in classical music (which the protagonist executes together with the real detective) will experience a great delight in this and the two following novels. The reading by Richard Burnip is congenial with the text: magnificent!
Peter Cassirer, Sweden
"Well researched thriller - very clever"
I highly enjoyed Mortal Mischief. The plot is ingenious. The main characters are extremely well drawn. The multiple levels of historical detail of Vienna at the turn of the century is fascinating and very educational - covering politics, culture and the history of scientific ideas.
There were only a couple of aspects I found irksome - some of the architectural descriptions seemed cumbersome, but that is a rather petty criticism. Slightly more irritating was the political correctness of the main character. The other characters were clearly portrayed as creatures of their time but the main character is so 21st century in his outlook he could be a on a modern day student unions speakers list- oh and he happens to be a practising psycho-analyst ...just like the author. His critique of Freud seems very modern, and not what one might have expected of a young doctor of that era. This leads me to think that the book is rather a vehicle for the author's views on Freud, and so written as both thriller and text book. I am the wiser for that, but it felt slightly incongruous in that genre.
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