This is a very good book. I love Martha and her side need of playing sleuth as well as being a coroner. She is a smart and intriguing character. I ..Show More »look forward to reading more about Martha and her cases. The reader is very good as well. I think a reader can make or break even a good book.
Martha Gunn is a coroner who must rule on deaths that have occurred as a result of bullying in a school yard. I would not call this a traditional myst..Show More »ery, so much as a study in the psychology of the minds and motives of the people involved, though there is an unknown regarding the deaths in a certain way.
Priscilla Master's strength as a writer is in the way she makes parallel stories have an emotional connection, as there are several mothers who are losing their sons for different reasons weaving in and out of the story. Actually, in truth, that is the heart of the story.
There are parts of this book left unfinished, so I assume it must pick up in the next episode. I felt unsatisfied not knowing if it just abruptly ends with parts unknown, or the reader is supposed to expect the unfinished parts to pick up in a future book.
Patricia Gallimore is an excellent narrator. She does such a wonderful job with different voices. Better with women's than men's, but that is not surprising. The reverse is true for most male narrators. She is rapidly becoming one of my favorite readers, and I am looking for more books she has narrated!
Wish I could say more about this book that is positive. However, it is the third in a series of books about Martha Gunn, a coroner who also likes to b..Show More »e in on solving whatever mystery is happening. I think the author drags the stories out unnecessarily, and has a tendency to (in first two books) leave things unexplained with no explanation, then in this one--ties them up in an almost offhand manner. While each book has had a good story line--something about them has left me wanting to simply speed them up to get them finished. I sort of would recommend them to someone looking for a decent series that have interesting plots--but the writing is just so tedious and has too many fillers for me to give this book a higher rating. I will say that Patricia Gallimore, as narrator, does a lot to rescue the books. The fact that I listened to all three says that I found them okay--but I just can't get terribly enthusiastic about them.