©2006 Marion Chesney; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
Narrative makes the world go round.
This is another tongue-in-cheek, campy Edwardian-set cozy like the four previous in the series-- but near the end, I wondered if author Chesney/Beaton got tired of her characters and whipped up a quick ending for the novel and maybe the series. That made the read less enjoyable. I suspect there will be no more adventures for Daisy, Beckett, Lady Rose, and the Captain - and I think they could have lived on in more situations, given the cleverness of Chesney/Beaton for creating other longer series for her protagonists.
So - another light read, but with good natured, PG 13 humour and some good social history thrown in. That makes it worth 4 stars for me.
It is in the middle just because it is short and sort of a sappy theme. Davina Porter makes it one of my top listens. I love Davina Porter narrations.
I compare them to the Midsomer Mysteries. Also the 'Poor Relations' stories. They take place in old England and just seem to go together to me.
Davina Porter is just simply the best narrator. Her voice and accent make the characters breathe in a way reading a print version just can't match. I would buy a book just to hear Ms. Porter narrate it.
Good entertainment. I would buy another book in this series.
Davina Porter is one of the best audio readers I've heard so far. She sounds perfectly natural in whatever voice she does. And of course, Marion Chesney writed lovely mysteries!
The first 3 books in the series: Snobbery with Violence, Hasty Death, Sick of Shadows.
Yes, and this one is as good as her first three of the Marion Chesney mystery books.
These Marion Chesney books are all well worth a listen. The plots meander the slightest bit, but always in an interesting, and sometimes fascinating, way. The heroine Rose is a great girl, as is her side kick, Daisy. Along the way are some good quotations and some interesting snippets of Victoriana, like who started Fortum and Masons.
Good stuff for the Anglophile and period mystery lover!
The books are numbered backwards, as Our Lady of Pain is the last in the series and Snobbery with Violence is the first. M C Beaton/Marion Chesney books are light, fun period pieces. Davina Porter is an excellent narrator. I always keep an eye out for books she narrates, as she brings them to life beautifully. I didn't enjoy this book as much as others I have read by Beaton/Chesney, but it still had some fun moments. Character and setting were, as always, well painted. The story just needed some tightening as it felt like riding the same roller coaster three times in a row. The third time listening to the characters going through the very similar events and subsequent emotions grew slightly tiresome.
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