A deadly secret that won't stay buried....
It is the fall of 1896, and Miss Concordia Wells is hip-deep in the usual tumult of a lady professor's life: classes, clubs, student pranks, and the unending drama generated by the girls she lives with on campus. Complicating this normality is the new Lady Principal, whom the students have nicknamed "the Ogre". The woman seems bent on making Concordia's life miserable.
Events take a grave turn, however, when an ancient Egyptian amulet donated to the college mysteriously disappears, the donor is found murdered, and his daughter - Concordia's best friend - confesses to killing him.
Desperate for answers, Concordia unravels a 20-year-old secret, closely guarded by men now dead. But such secrets can be dangerous for the daughters left behind, including Concordia herself. Can she make sense of the mystery that has bound together their fates, before it's too late?
©2013 K.B. Owen (P)2015 K.B. Owen
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Having enjoyed the first book, I was delighted to have the chance to review this, the second of the Concordia Wells series.
The story opens with Concordia, the professor of literature, attending an exhibition of ancient artefacts in the newly opened College Gallery of Antiquities, (at this point I think I should add that it's best if the reader has read the first book, as this second one does build on the story from that). Concordia is not particularly enjoying herself, but when something goes missing things become more interesting.
As the blurb says, the donor of the missing artefact is found murdered and Concordias' best friend has confessed to the deed! Concordia can't help but get involved, but by doing so she uncovers many family secrets.
The relationship between Concordia and her mother, already strained and fragile, is put under further stress when these old secrets emerge.
Be warned, this is quite a complex tale but it is quite absorbing - apart from the final third where it does flag a little - however, it's a good story, plenty of twists and turns and with a satisfying ending, well worth a read.
An excellent narration by Becket Royce, I do love her voice, it's rich and pleasant to the ear with a lovely cadence. the characters in this book display a lot of emotion which Becket captures perfectly without overdoing it. There are quite a few regional accents but, as far as I can tell, all seem perfectly executed.
The sound quality of this second book is superior to that of the first.
I was given this audiobook by the narrator, publisher or author in return for an honest review
When I requested this book from Audiobookblast, I forgot that, while I loved the narration, the first book was not spectacular. The same very much holds true for this second book, also received through Audiobookblast. It has a complex and twisty plot involving Egyptian artifacts, old grudges, an all-girls production of Hamlet, and just a hint of romance… I do like Concordia, but she spends a good deal of time sobbing into people's lapels and suffering chills up her spine (it happens a lot). There's also frequent recurrence of "heathenish pleasure"... The plot takes a rather gothic turn, but both heroine and author carry it off quite well.
Positions of authority in the ladies' school featured in the "Unseemly" series by K.B. Owen seem to be rather like the position of Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts: high turnover, due to tragic terminations. Just one more reason to continue with the series - - I would give a dollar to see a Gilderoy Lockhart show up at the school.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast.com. Thank you!
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This was a good read! Becket Royce does a wonderful job bringing Concordia to life,as well as the other characters in this book.Concordia is a teacher at a girls college when it was common practice to discourage girls from learning.She has responsibilities of the cycling club,making sure her students stay out of trouble,etc.A nearly new Lady Principal arrives and really seems to hate our lead lady.,WHO is this new principal in reality?What happened to the jewel that went missing?A friends father is killed and the daughter confesses.Did she really do it?Will the play Hamlet ever really get off the ground lead by a math teacher??You'll have to read it to know.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review
Concordia is back to her normal duties as a lady professor but under a new Lady Principal who has been nicknamed “ogre” by the students. The woman clearly doesn’t like Concordia and takes away long time assignments and gives her secondary positions, such as moving her from director of the student play to assistant under a math teacher who has never had experience directing a performance. The continual insults from the Lady Principal take second place though to a theft of an Egyptian artifact recently donated to the museum. The donor is the father of Concordia’s best friend, Sophia. When he is found murdered the younger daughter is traumatized into silence by finding the bloody body. Not even the Police Detective believes Sophia when she confesses to the crime.
Concordia of course is intent on proving her friend innocent. She soon learns that the dead man had once been a partner of Concordia’s own father when they searched for artifacts in Egypt. Details that Concordia never knew and her mother continues to refuse to discuss. Instead, Concordia’s mother has gotten herself involved with a physic whose séance results in Concordia’s father speaking to her!
The Lady Principal is a character that you like to dislike, causing Concordia to seek help from the Dean and the President of the college. There is plenty of intrigue and multiple suspects as well as surprising twists. I enjoyed the friendship between Concordia and David which is continuing to grow, especially after a misunderstanding is cleared up.
This is the second story in the series and I recommend reading/listening to them in order to better know the supporting characters and the friendships and tensions that exist. I enjoyed this one even more than the first and it makes me want to hear more adventures/misadventures for Concordia. I recommend this to readers who enjoy character driven mystery.
Audio Notes: Becket Royce does another good job narrating this historical mystery. She manages the various voices with clear distinction. The narration enhanced my enjoyment of the story.
I received this title from the narrator for an honest review. My rating 4.5.
Unseemly Pursuits begins with the excitement of having an Egyptian collection being donated to the women college that Miss Concordia Wells is a professor there. The Egyptian collection is for display by the Colonel, (her best friend, Sophia's father). The amulet from the collection get stolen, the donor is found dead, and Sophia admits to killing her father, even though she doesn't remember.
Concordia is in pursuit in clearing her best friend, finding the murderer and trying to save herself from being fired from the college. Little does she know, her deceased father's past is also catching up to her. Those who knows about her father's interest in Egyptology, won't talk about her father's past. What secret is her mother be hiding about her father?
Unseemly Pursuits has a handful of suspects. It is the question of what role does each characters play in this mystery and what does the past of Concordia's father have to do with the theft of the amulet. For mystery fans, they will enjoy this story. The mystery format follows the formula of Nancy Drews/Hardy Boys' mystery. So fans who are looking for romance, there scarcely any in this book.
The narrator Becket Royce does a good job in narrating this story. Her narration of the story was pretty mellow until mid-way through the book. I have to go back a few times just to catch up of what has happened in order to follow the story. There are scenes that are a can't missed since they do put everything together in solving the mystery.
I was given this audiobook by the author/narrator/publisher via Audiobook Blast in exchange of an honest review. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for writing this review.
Unfortunately I haven't read the first book in the series, although this stands alone I felt I would have had a better understanding of the protagonist if I had.
The book was too long, the mystery was satisfactorily solved three quarters of the way through and became a little too convuluted. The last quarter focused on catching the criminal which could have been shortened.
Good narrator, great with accents in the story.
The character and setting lend themselves well to a series although the constant reminders of restrictions on a Victorian age female sleuth are a little annoying after a while.
I was gifted with this audiobook in exchange for a review.
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I truly enjoyed jumping back into The Concordia Wells Mysteries. K.B. Owen delivers a great narrative that embodies wit, humor, classic nuances, strong female characters, and a captivating story to boot.
Becket Royce returns to bring life to the second book and does a superb job. I enjoyed her reading of Book 1 and fell in love with her multitude and range of characters and voices in Book 2. She has wonderful timing, and a great tempo that is easy to listen to. Her voice is unique and engaging. I will definitely be looking out for more of her works.
Overall a great mystery; recommended to all.
This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
Unseemly Pursuits is the second book in the Concordia Wells Mysteries written by K.B. Owen. Like with the first book, this is a very enjoyable cozy mystery. Also similar to the first story, just when you think the mystery is solved, there is a surprise ending with lots of action and adventure to keep your interest to the final page.
The story centers around the title character, Concordia Wells, who is a college professor at an all womens college in 1896. She not only teaches several classes, she is a live-in chaperone to a bunch of college students who are continually pulling pranks on other students, as well as on the new Lady Principal, who takes an immediate dislike to Concordia.
From almost the beginning of the book we know an ancient Egyptian amulet donated to the college mysteriously disappears on the night of the gala unveiling the college's new antiquities collection. Shortly thereafter, the donor of the amulet is found murdered in his home study. Because Concordia is best friend's with the victim's daughter, she visits the home to comfort her lifelong friend. In true cozy mystery fashion, Concordia can't help but get involved in solving the theft and the murder. Along the way she also discovers a few truths about her long deceased and beloved father.
I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Becket Royce. She had good pace, inflections, and tone. I also liked the differing voices between the genders and her characterizations were very engaging and realistic. Simply put, Beckett did a fantastic job, keeping me entertained throughout.
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