This book is one of the later books in a series, but this is the first audiobook. If you haven’t read the first books I can’t imagine too many people..Show More » liking this book. If this is the first book in the series that you've read then I think it would be boring to some since you wouldn't have the background of the character. If you like the other books then you’ll like this one. I enjoy her books but they aren’t for everyone. In each book it’s been very easy to determine who committed the crime long before the characters in the book figure it out. What I enjoy about the book is the interaction between the two characters. There’s no sex or language in her books, I think it’s what some people call a “cozy mystery”.
The story could have been so much better but it was bogged down by too much sitting and talking. The narriator also didn't help. She spoke very fast a..Show More »t odd times, had a cliche Italian accent and child's voice and for some reason, one of the older characters talked with a high-pitched trill. Not cerebrial, not exciting, not well-narriated, not worth it.
I found the premise of this story very intriguing and I loved the setting. But I found the main character quite unevenly written. As a midwife working..Show More » with the poor at that particular time, I found her naivety pretty hard to swallow.
The murder mystery structure itself was competent, but I found that most of the characters were, like the main one, conveniently changeable to fit the plot.
It wasn't truly awful. It wasn't great. But the narration is excellent and makes the best of a mediocre story.
Sweetness is nice, but it needs a bit of tartness to be really tasty. Victoria Thompson, in her Gaslight Series, has always offered the mildest of co..Show More »zy experiences. I have enjoyed the concept of her independent heroine with a social conscience. In later entries, however, I find myself longing for Sarah Brandt's perfect little daughter to have a temper tantrum, or for Sarah and her policeman Malloy to share a feisty argument or a steamy kiss - some evidence of sexual tension! Sarah has become coy, and the innocence of the series has become a cloying sweetness. In this, the narrator shares responsibility. Her voices are varied, but overly syrupy. If the author and narrator continue to offer no touch of spice, I'm giving up on this series.