©2005 Linda Lael Miller; (P)2007 Recorded Books,LLC
The actual reader is Davina Porter. I am not sure how the staff managed to get the name of the narrator wrong.
This is a good introduction to the Pitt series and in many way I have liked this book best of all. Davina Porter is a superb narrator and I find it unfortunate that many of the later books have male narrators.
I really like this book. I actually started with her second book first then I went back to her first book. Her books are definitely not for everyone. Most of the story is about the Victorian era with the mystery as the back drop. So a lot of the story will be dialogue among the people of the household and day to day events. I think some people could find this quite boring it they like the true type of mystery stories or a fast paced story. I thought her second book left a lot of the smaller stories in the book not finished and the story ended abruptly. This book also ended abruptly but with all the smaller stories completed. I discovered this author after reading some of the reviews for Masie Dobbs. I think anyone that like the Masie Dobbs series will also like this type of book and visa versa.
This is my second time through this series. The first time was borrowing from the local library and I am VERY happy to now own them. This first book is exciting and sets the stage for all the others. Love the way Anne Perry writes and without all the sex that many other authors feel the need to add.
If you like English Who-dun-its.. you'll like this! The characters are human and Ms Perry's mind is inventive. I've listened to all the available audio's in this series and have always been pleased. The only constructive criticism I could even begin to offer, is that the book's endings are always abrupt. Once the crime is solved, that is it! No nice "wrap up" ... but, the stories are great.. characters likeable and crimes ... unusual. Yes, I'd recommend the series.
Plenty of intrigue and suspense, romantic without being cheesy or tawdry. Well developed characters and a very well written story line. Delightful all round!
What I loved most about this book was the articulate language and sentences. The plot was good, but listening to the sweet expression of English was wonderful.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
I loved it. I think it's the best of the Thomas Pitt series. It's always good to find out how the characters met.
I am just starting this series after reading Anne Perry's William Monk series. I enjoyed this book but, so far, the characters don't seem quite as well-developed as the characters in the Monk series.
More interesting plot, less about the lives of Victorian well-to dos, and more about the investigation.
No, I love books of this genre, but I doubt I will ever read another book by Anne Perry
She actually was quite good, well read, and she kept the story going, for what it was worth.
Not really - dull characters (though heavily developed, which might intrigue some people), poor story (I am a huge Victorian mystery fan, and I was very disappointed).
If you want to read the authors take on what life was like back then, this is a decent book. The characters are fully flushed out, giving much detail about their thoughts and lives. If you are looking for a Victorian mystery, I would look elsewhere.
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