The Copenhagen Connection is an Elizabeth Peters classic, featuring her signature blend of ancient history and modern mayhem, red herrings, and the crème de la crème of amateur detectives.
©1982 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1995 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"This is an entertaining tale, full of charm." (Library Journal)
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As you may already know, I like to read books set in places I’ve visited so I was looking forward to this adventure in Copenhagen.
It fell flat for me. What was it? Comedy? Slapstick? A Danish Caper? Thriller-Mystery? I didn’t really get it.
Certain segments were entertaining enough, and some parts did make me laugh, I must admit… but were they supposed to?
Overall, it barely rates above a “meh”.
The narrator was nice but fast. This was a good light listen - one you don't have to concentrate on too closely. Good happily-ever-after ending. Kinda formula for Ms. Peters, but always pleasant.
I am writing this review in response to two of the other written reviews.
This non-series mystery and romantic caper by ELizabeth Peters is a madcap/screwball comedy which apparently (reading the other written reviews) is trying to a listener who is not a long standing fan of Peters and her other pseudonym, Barbara Michaels. Although this is not one of my top favorites among Peters/Michaels many works, I still enjoyed it very much (4 stars). The heroine, Elizabeth, is thrown in with the Rosenbergs, mother (Margaret) and son (Christian, who is the grumpy hero). Only Margaret, who goes on the lam, knows what the heck is going on, but Christian and Elizabeth muddle through with repeated clumsy mishaps when confronting the criminals. This is definitely one of the more confusing novels by Peters so I recommend it for listening by long standing fans and not for readers/listeners who are new to Peters. Lastly, this novel is not a travelogue for Copenhagen but does contain some Scandinavian history and archeology.
For listeners who are new to Peters, I recommend trying one of her other, more sedate novels or one of her series. See the bibliography in the Wikipedia entry for Elizabeth Peters.
Recommended for people who like madcap plays like Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" or Brandon Thomas's "Charley's Aunt" or madcap movies like "Bringing Up Baby" (Katherine Hepburn and Carey Grant). These are three of my favorites for light hearted screwball entertainment containing much confusion.
(I found the narration too loud and had to turn down the volume from my usual comfort level; odd considering I am slightly deaf.)
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