Beautiful Jean Briggerland is the epitome of evilness in this fast-paced thriller. Her many plots to steal her victim's riches do not shy away from lies and murder. Only Jack Glover, the lawyer of Jean's most recent victim, is aware of her true nature. Can he stop her crime spree and bring her to justice before she murders her way to wealth and happiness? Don't count on it! This audiobook offers action, new twists, and unexpected surprises that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats!
Public Domain (P)2013 Iambik Audio Inc.
I just finished listened to this wonderful book and I just couldn't wait to write a review. The plot of this book is so ingenious, well written and fast paced that it's literally unputdownable (sic!). I listened to it in one go — it's that good. The anti heroine is so devilious clever and relentless in her plotting and always thinks several moves ahead. She doesn't only have a plan B, she also have a plan C, D and E to fall back down if something goes wrong. And she does all that looking amazingly beautiful and acting so sweet all the while planning murders and deceptions. The book is very well written and the dialogues — especially between Jean Briggerland (the aforementioned anti heroine) and Jack Glover, the lawyer trying to stop her — are clever and delicious to hear. I don't really want to say more because it's such a pleasure to discover this brilliant book without knowing too much in advance.
One important thing to mention. The fact that everybody (except Jack Glover) is convinced that Jean Briggerland can only have an angel's nature because she has an angelic face can seem somewhat unrealistic to modern readers. But the book was written in 1922. At the time, it was a very popular misconception that one's exterior appearance reflected one's character and moral disposition. Simply put if you looked like a criminal people assumed that you were one and vice versa. For example, in Agatha Christie "The Man in the Brown Suit" (1924), Sir Eustace Peddler is constantly amused that his secretary Guy Pagett has the face of a 14th century Italian assassin while he knows that he has the soul of an extremely moral man. And it's that face that will lead several characters in the book to suspect poor Mr. Pagett of the worst crimes.
The narration by Bev J. Stevens is also excellent and she does a great job of making these different characters come to life. At first, I thought that her rythm was a little too slow but it quickly became appearant that it was perfect for the pace of the book. Her calm and poised narration offers in fact a great contrast to the quick successions of actions and plot changes.
I strongly recommend to any amateur of classic detective stories and anyone who enjoys a simply great book.
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