I need to start out by saying that I was unsure that I would like this book. Further, based on reviews I read over at amazon I was wary about giving ..Show More »it a try. It sat in my wish list for quite a while before I finally took the plunge. What a jump into the deep end it was! Gruesome, fascinating, terrifying and enthralling are words that come to mind. The mystery is just a part of this amazing tale of life in Victorian England, the US during the Civil War, the relationship between the two countries, and yes the business of Undertaking. The book leans heavily on true events and in the author's notes at the end of the book she discusses liberties she took with actual events in her writing of the story.
Be aware that every detail is drawn out and examined in great depth. There were so many facts and back stories that it was almost overwhelming at times. At hour eleven I was willing the author to get to the point and even thought of giving up. But by then I was so wrapped up in it all that I just had to finish the book. And finish it I did!
Polly Lee did a wonderful job with the narration. Her voice was stilted and difficult to adjust to a first but she added depth to the story telling and I enjoyed her reading once I got over the initial surprise.
As to some of the reviews that concerned me over on amazon--I'm not sure those kind folks actually read/finished the book. Their comments were puzzling in hind sight. This recording even has the first 30 minutes of book 2 in the series after the author's comments at the end of the book. So, you can jump right into the next installment--though I might need to take a breath for a bit.
Not your ordinary mystery story. Not for the faint hearted. A bit gruesome. No plot spoilers allowed-- but if you would like to try something totally different and completely enthralling this might be for you. I loved it in the end! Wouldn't have missed a word of it!
This a terrific follow up to Christine's first novel in this series! There are many twists and turns in the plot that keeps you guessing who the murd..Show More »erer is and why. It's like a thrilling roller coaster at an amusement park, wondering what is going to happen.
I enjoyed the story and the reading, except for having Sam's accent revert to the phony Southern accent he used under cover in the first book. We now ..Show More »know he isn't from the South. It was very disconcerting to hear him speaking that way!!!
Right out of the gate let it be noted that I really enjoy Ms. Trent's writing. Her main character is a great product of a gifted author's wonderful im..Show More »agination; a female undertaker who is also an amateur sleuth. Great idea! The time and setting are also perfect for my taste - England, 1800s. A set-up for a great listen. Right? Sadly, wrong.
While Ms. Lee's voice is very pleasant when she is speaking the 'perfect King's English,' when she is trying to ape an American accent (complete with Southern accent no less), things go awry. And, there is more than one character that requires this. It just didn't work for me. Also, the style and speed of her reading seems 'off' somehow. Maybe too slow? Maybe without enough emotion in many circumstances? Many too automated? Unsure exactly what the problem is.
I really wanted to recommend this book heart-and-soul, but found the narration too annoying to get much through more than half.
This book and author were recommended by a good friend and didn't fail to entertain and educate. A wonderful story as well as richly detailed and des..Show More »criptive characters. I found Victorian funeral practices very fascinating. I'm so happy to know there are many books in this series for my enjoyment.