His practice newly established, metaphysician Ned Mathey can't afford to turn away any clients. But the latest Londoner to seek Ned's magical aid gives him pause: Mr. Edgar Nevett, an arrogant banker, is the father of the bully who made Ned's life hell at boarding school. Nevertheless, Ned accepts the commission to ensure the Nevett family silver bears no ancient or modern curses, and then prepares to banish the Nevett family to unpleasant memory again. Until Edgar Nevett is killed by an enchanted silver candlestick one of the pieces Ned declared magically harmless.
Calling on his old school friend Julian Lynes - private detective and another victim of the younger Nevett - Ned races to solve the murder, clear the stain on his professional reputation, and lay to rest the ghosts of his past. Assisted by Ned's able secretary Miss Frost, who has unexpected metaphysical skills of her own, Ned and Julian explore London's criminal underworld and sodomitical demimonde, uncover secrets and scandals, confront the unexpected murderer and the mysteries of their own relationship.
In Death by Silver veteran authors Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold introduce a Victorian London where magic works, influencing every aspect of civilized life, and two very appealing detectives.
©2013 Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold (P)2013 Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold
I mostly likes me some sword and sorcery, not really in to sifi but theirs a place in my library for anything from John Scalzi.
Yes for the authors.
No for the narrator.
Maybe the book but not this version. The story seems solid but Cresswell bombs the telling to the point that 2 hr in I had to stop.
Cresswell fells like he's just reading aloud rather than tell a story. There's no inflection, it's hard to tell who's talking which makes it hard to follow the story. to top it off you can hear his lips smacking in the backgrounds which is highly annoying.
Book looked ok going to get the paper/digital version
If it's ever recast I'd it again but nothing else from this narrator will enter my library.
The setting and characters were well done. The reader was monotonous, and a variety of nonverbal mouth noises made it through the editing process. Inhalations, sighs, lip-smacks, tongue clicks make for a very amateur performance. No effort was made to differentiate one character's voice from another.
Alt world Victorian London murder mystery with a dash of m/m, what's not to love?
The narrative style and dialogue were witty and perfectly pitched as to the situation at hand. The flashbacks truly helped the reader (I read this first) understand the current state of affairs among the players in the drama. Well Done!
Unfortunately, the audible version was not so delightful. The narrator did tolerably well with character voices (There were some inconsistencies in accent and timbre), but the editing! As one of the characters might say, "I could hardly keep my countenance!" Long pauses, repeat sentences, truncated paragraphs, disturbing extraneous noises (like sirens), snuffling, were almost distracting enough to render it unlistenable, which is truly a shame as the story is so good. I would recommend to the authors or Audible that they spend a few schillings on a re-edit of this delightful tale so as increase its appeal and market value
It kept my attention and increased my understanding of what Gay life and bachelor life was like in late 1800's London.
The book was in the format of a Sherlock Homes novel in that a mysterious murder is unraveled by pure detective work and it takes place in a similar city and time with two characters playing on each other's strengths to catch the killer.
Voice is excellent. The quality of the recording itself was just below excellent. The editing was obvious and distracting, at times one heard the narrator swallow, turn pages, move his chair and one heard background sounds.
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