On leave from her job in Newcastle upon Tyne following the death of her lover, DS Abby Foulkes is on Skiathos with their young son, Johnny. But just a..Show More »s they begin to relax, Johnny finds human bones in a wood near a Greek monastery on a hillside above Skiathos town. It isn't long before Abby discovers that this isn't the first set of bones to be found. When someone disappears from the Hibiscus Fruit hotel where they are staying, Abby is drawn into the mystery.
Although not categorized as such, this is very close to being a cozy mystery. It differs from most cozies in many respects, but there is little direct violence, and, for the most part, murder is dealt with indirectly and circumspectly.
There are 2 stories in one. First, there are the crimes, past and present, and the investigation by the Greek police, with Abby as unasked for help. She must overcome the natural resistance of the local investigators, which she does, and she becomes an integral part of the investigation.
But alongside that story is Abby’s own story, one of love, loss, and terrible grief. She had come to the Greek islands to begin the healing process, and ended up falling into the worst “vacation” ever. However, she finds new friends, one of whom is also learning to begin his own healing process, and she slowly comes to terms with her loss, her family, and herself.
The story line is intricate, and, for the most part, well developed. I did find that the clues leading to the real villain were sparse and subjective, so, in that regard, I don’t think the author “played fair” with her readers.
On the other hand, her characters are excellent, and she manages some of them, especially those with hidden motivations, extremely well. Her characters are 3 dimensional and interesting, and while some of them are despicable, there are enough sympathetic characters to keep the reader interested and invested In them.
The writing is vivid and eminently readable, and the author has an excellent sense of place, and can evoke the Greek islands with such vividness that this reader could picture them easily, and, in fact, would like to have been there.
While the narrator did a professional and competent performance, I found her narration a bit flat. She modulated her voice nicely, but I suspected that she would have read anything, including a local phone book, using the same phrasing and expressions. Still, she has a pleasant reading voice, and listening to her didn’t distract me much from enjoying the book.
I give the book 4 stars and the narrator 3 stars. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of AudioBookBlast dot com.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com. ..Show More »> The narrator was ok. I like her voice, but she doesn't give distinct character voices which can make it difficult to follow.
There are a lot of characters in the story which made it a little difficult for me to follow. I like the story better than the first novel since she's actually investigating the murder and the novel ends with closure. (in the first novel we never resolve the mystery).