I like the set up - the main character house sitting in various villages where murders are discovered. In response to another reviewer, I think it's t..Show More »ypical for police detectives to have several different villages in their jurisdiction.
I'm not crazy about the narrator. She has a nice, smooth, soft voice but I'm not sure she's really English. She was OK, though.
This is a fun mystery. Not Tope's finest work, the story nevertheless held my interest and the mystery kept me guessing. Like most of this author's ..Show More »mysteries, the main themes running through the novel center on family and interpersonal relationships. In this book Ms. Tope looks at how moments of careless passion can guide events and bring about tragedy immediately and for decades down the line. Given these strong thematic elements, I must respectfully disagree with another reviewer who found (what I thought to be fairly tame) sexual references superfluous. In this book a moment's unguarded passion whether sexual or angry can have profound and unintended consequences: the frivolity of a sex toy party is contrasted with a young doctor foregoing a medical career to stay home with her children. In another case a new police officer slaps a small child -- a potentially career ending act. Worth a listen!
I wish that I could give this book three and a half stars because I really did think it was better than just three which I tend to think of as just "l..Show More »istenable." I did enjoy this novel, but at the same time, I was never compelled to find more time to listen. I even listened to other books while I finished this one.
The reader did a good job of differentiating characters as she read, although the men tended to all sound similarly gruff. Her voice was pleasant, and she helped move the story along.
If you are looking for a cozy English country mystery, then this novel stands a good chance of satisfying you. If you are looking for an exciting listen, look elsewhere. The pace of this novel is very sedate. I chose it looking for something to listen to after I fell in love with the single Stella Whitelaw novel Audible has. This novel was not as entertaining as that one, but it still provided a nice diversion.
This book ranks as one of the top 50. I love certain series with Anne Perry's William Monk being the top-top. Having said that, I have been captivated..Show More » by Rebecca Tope's works just as I have with Anne Perry's. These authors write in the manner that I listen to their stories over and over.