©2005 Linda Lael Miller; (P)2007 Recorded Books,LLC
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
This Victorian era mystery has a unique twist. Since this is the first book, you are introduced to the main characters and the general premise of the series. The book deals with not only a mystery, but also the division of social class and how that divide affects the investigation of crime and murder in 19th century London. This is a great beginning to a series. You can empathize with the characters and you get an idea of what life was like back then without the book being stuff or heavy handed. A good "middle of the road" mystery. Not too much gore or sex, just enough discription to get the point accross.
I would say it was clever, very passionate and rather creepy. At the reveal, I felt like the author was yanking my chain to feel sympathy for a serial murder. I am not at all comfortable with that and I suppose my reaction could be a success the author.
She is always easy on the ears to listen to.
The reveal of the murderer. Anything else would give it away!
I thought the budding romance between the Pitts was not very believable. I am reluctant to pick up the second book, but I always like to give a prolific series with many 4-5 star reviews a 2 book chance.
Take Jane Austen???s ???Pride and Prejudice,??? set it in London 75 years later, and add a serial killer; then you have ???The Cater Street Hangman??? by Anne Perry. It is a good novel that stood well on its own when it was released in 1979, something like 15 years before it was discovered that the author Anne Perry is also the convicted murderer Juliet Hulme. Reading (listening to) it now with that knowledge adds a distinct creepiness to the story.
As per a previous review, the reader is Davina Porter, and she does a great job.
I loved Davina Porter's reading of this great Anne Perry novel. Can't wait to read the next book.
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