©2005 Linda Lael Miller; (P)2007 Recorded Books,LLC
Well paced and enjoyable detective story based on snobby victorian ways and the upper and lower elements of old London town. First in a looong series, if you've got the time to spend watching the characters develop and the bad guys get caught.
I just love Davina Porter as a narrator. She's wonderful and could make the dictionary sound interesting. Her characters are distinctive and believable. Not at all overdone. I chose to start this book series because of her.
Anne Perry's story is good but it's long in portions. The mystery is well done though. I did very much enjoy the characters - they are developed nicely.
Overall - a well done story and performance.
Emily's proposal. The timing was off. And when Charlotte went out alone after her sister was murdered. Ridiculous.
I'm hoping the rest of the series is better. The characters were one dimensional.
Enjoyed this one immensely. Highly recommended for readers like me who want cleanish content but don't want silly writing. It was realistic enough for me and yet felt somewhat indulgent.
Yes if they love mysteries set in England during the 1880s. I fell in love with Perry over 15 years ago and the joy in listening to these books is great.
It's hard to chose between Charlotte and Thomas. Both are focal points of the series, but this book I think Thomas Pitt wins out. He sets the tone for the rest of the books to come. In the very rich and reserved upper class, a policeman is little more than a tradesman and should know his place.
Thomas refuses to be treated in this manner and using perfect manners and a sharp wit Thomas manages to gain the trust of all.
No. I really don't understand this question. Most books I read or listen to are well over 9 hours. Even I don't want to read that much.
Good plot and interesting weaving of narratives/character perspectives.
Any time someone came into the withdrawing room unannounced. It always revealed a new twist in the story.
One-dimensional male voices
Don't walk alone in the fog of Cater Street.
The plot was interesting and I enjoyed the multiple narratives/character perspectives. However, the narrator was difficult to listen to because her voices for the women all sounded very similar and her interpretation of the men was terrible! She allowed the women to have intonation, variation, pause, emotion. Her voice sounded exactly the same for each male character and with little variation other than annoyance or ambivalence. The only time you could really understand the motivations or emotions of the men was in the author's addition narration about the male character -- basically. the voices did not match the words coming out of their mouths.
I've liked every book I've listened to it read by Anne Perry Often the endings surprise me and this book has an amazing twist at the end.
Yvonne, love to read and do audio books. Spends too many hours and too much money on books. But I love them. I can't stop.
Great book. I've read several others in this series before reading this book. It gave great background info for the series. However, this series is not for everyone. There's a lot of historical info of the time period, and if you're not a fan of that type of info, you may get bored trying to get to nuts and bolts of the murder. I love it because it refreshes history in an enjoyable way.
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