Based on the reviews I have read about this book I was expecting a post WWI Rector and his daughter solve a cozy British mystery. It isn't that at al..Show More »l. The story is set during the Regency Period around the Napoleonic Wars--early 1800s. It is a wonderful period mystery with terrific characters, village intrigue and loads of fun interaction and insight. The narrator has a slow drawn out sort of voice which added to the feel of the era and the suspense and drama. The author paints every scene with just enough information to transport the reader back in time. To me it proved an excellent diversion that gained speed gradually and held my attention to the last word. I've done some checking and it is the first book of a new series--book two is due out in December 2014. Can't wait to see what happens next.
I love this new mystery series set in England in the early 1800s. It continues the puzzle/murder solving adventures of neighbors and friends Lucy Har..Show More »rington and Major Robert Kurland. This time the story is set during the season in London. So, much of the action revolved around parties and dances and the formal life, dress, and manners of 1816.
I have to say that I really enjoyed and preferred the setting of the village of Kurland St Mary from book one over the London setting of this second installment. There is very little detail about the London environment and surroundings. The author really captured the village in beautiful vivid detail which made it far more engaging. To me, the best part of this book was the dialogue and fantastic conversations and interactions between the characters. But--that said--I admit I found myself missing the village and perked up whenever it was mentioned. I hope the next book finds them home again in the country.
The narration was good. A light and easy listen as the adventure continues in a good new mystery series.
I loved the first book in this three book series. The characters were well developed and the sense of mystery strong--with an excellent historic sett..Show More »ing. The second book moved the characters to London and became much more of a study of manners in society. There was still a mystery quality to the book--but it was less engaging. Now this third installment is a total game changer. The mystery recedes and the romance completely takes over. I personally will walk a mile out of my way to avoid a romance novel.
To me, the story was slow with serious gaps in the plot that at times made me think I had dozed off and missed a section. I would go back several chapters and listen again only to find that huge sections of the story had been just skipped over. I also found an unevenness in the plot with errors or fact changes that are never addressed or explained. Plus the story contains so much arguing and fighting between the characters that it verges on tedious.
Worse than anything, I found my mind wandering while I listened. I would suddenly find myself making a grocery list or planning the next days activities. I was just bored by it all and simply not engaged with this weak installment in the series. Too much rewinding and too little mystery for me. Proceed only if you enjoy romance novels with a hint of mystery on the side.