But when Harry is caught between his client's desire for discretion and his suspicion that murder may have been committed, he enlists the help of Superintendent Kerridge of the Scotland Yard and Lady Rose herself.
©2003 Marion Chesney. All rights reserved.; (P)2004 BBCA
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While I'm not a huge fan of Chesney/Beaton's Hamish MacBeth mysteries, I found this novel charming and look forward to the rest in the seies.
The Edwardian setting, the slighly campy tone (enhanced by the author's selection of period quotes to set the theme for each chapter), and the ALMOST tongue-in-cheek narration by the talented Davina Porter made this a jolly listen. You know that Lady Rose and Capt.Cathcart are going to live happily ever after in some distant future, but till then the lightweight sexual tension between the characters keeps you laughing and believing in "ever after." Meantime there is nothing truly dark in this novel to disturb the present moment, if a relaxing listen is what you're after.
The rich Edwardian English accents of the reader, Davina Porter, whisk the you away to an England long since gone. The characters are richly developed and entirely believable, if eccentric to our modern temperaments. Marion Chesney includes dashes of humor that lighten the murderous mystery at the manor. Daisy, with her spunk and cockney verage, was my favorite. As maid to the rebellious Lady Rose, she comes to the rescue on several occasions and levels. Loved this story and can't wait for the next!
I enjoy thrillers and mysteries. I find the work of Tess Gerritsen, Anne Perry, Deborah Crombie, & Lisa Scottoline interesting.
If you want a period piece that is essentially a teensy bit of romance, a teensy bit of mystery, and a teensy bit silly, check out this series by Marion Chesney. There are four books in the series - I'm just about to start Book 3, and so far I find them fun to listen to while I'm working. This series is light enough that you can multi-task while listening, unlike some authors (Anne Perry or Tess Gerritsen) that require you to really concentrate on the details. (I do love both Perry and Gerritsen, though)
I will say that Harry's solutions to problems seem to border on the unrealistic and rather slapstick at times, but otherwise it is a nice listen. And I ALWAYS enjoy Davina Porter's reading. That's actually what led me to the series in the first place - she narrated many of Anne Perry's books and I loved her in those as well.
i only recommend books that were particularly enjoyable. this was only ok.
davina is always excellent
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