A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.
I've not written a book review in a long time but I liked this book so much I had to write a review. This book is written with absolute excellence with a storyline that has just enough history woven in to make this book enjoyable and educational. In all honesty, I don't think I would have liked to read this book, but the narrator brought every character to life and I want to meet these people in real life! Odd how that happens.
Just don't miss this book! EXCELLENT!!!!
Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked - and nude! - lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him...only to find she may have been a trifle hasty. Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice....
Although I liked this story, I was disappointed that there was no new Ghost of St. Giles, no Maiden Lane and no Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children's home. I think this is the last book in the series and so for it not to have the three main items which made up the series, is a bit disappointing. This doesn't really fit into the series very well in my opinion. I liked it - I was just hoping for more.
Elizabeth Hoyt always write a good story and the love scenes are the best. Of course if you are into the Maiden Lane series - you have to listen to this book!
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All of London is abuzz over the imminent arrival of Wulfric Bedwyn, the reclusive, cold-as-ice Duke of Bewcastle, at the most glittering social event of the season. Some whisper of a tragic love affair. Others say he is so aloof and passionless that not even the greatest beauty could capture his attention. But on this dazzling afternoon, one woman did catch the duke's eye - and she was the only female in the room who wasn't even trying.
I think I'm in love with the Duke of Bewcastle. What a great book. I laughed, I cried, I sighed! I'll be listening to this book again and again. Listen to the whole series though. You can't miss the other Bedwyn's!
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From deep in the heart of his 18th century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow - a secret elopement. Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. And soon Sir Adrian himself is found slumped over his writing desk - an ornate knife thrust into his heart.
There are some quite clever lines in this story. In the first chapter, the lady of the house is reading the obituaries in the newspaper and ponders how the commoners always manage to die in alphabetical order. I thought that was funny although the author never did carry on with the story of the ditsy lady of the house.
The ending was not predictable - at least not to me. I liked this story and of course, Davina Porter is one of the best narrators out there. If you are looking for something not to heavy, but with some funny bits here and there and excellent narration give this a try.
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New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.
What a great book! It makes me sad to hear what people did to other people during WWII and I'm afraid that we are forgetting the tragedy and horror of that war.
What a terrible time. Thank God people are resilient and have such a will to live and love again. This story was remarkable and the narration really brought the characters to life.
I would HIGHLY recommend this book!
Ever wondered what it might be like to be a mail order bride? Or the groom, already married to a woman he's never laid eyes on? On the Canadian prairies in 1886, having a mail order romance wasn't unusual. Noah Ferguson desperately needed help on his farm. Annie Tompkins knew she couldn't go on working in Lazenby's cotton mill. So she'd been a little less than honest in her letters, was that really so terrible?
I really, really enjoyed this short story. The characters had substance and that is hard to achieve in a short novella like this. I would have given this 5 stars had the narrator been just a tiny bit better. She seemed to be in a bit of a hurry and a lot of her sentences ran right together.
But the story is perfect! I would highly recommend this if you are looking for a good short story, with a little bit of sex and great characters.
Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
After a first boring book and a very good second book, the third book is fantastic!!!! I would say this is a must listen. You don't have to listen to the first two books, but I'd recommend you at least listen to the second book in the series before listening to this book.
Definitely an excellent book! The narration is excellent, the story is excellent and the characters are spot on!
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When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.
Give me more Strike and Robin. The first book was rather boring, but this book is MUCH MUCH better!!!! It was very good. This book further develops Strike and Robin and provides a a great mystery too. Very well written with a good amount of action and intrigue.
I strongly recommend this book.
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After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
This book really got more praise than it deserved. There is very good writing and character development, but there's no excitement or intrigue. NONE! I did love the characters and I decided to stick with it. The last 2 hours are really good and since I like the characters so much and the last 2 hours were so good I decided to buy the next book in the series.
You don't necessarily have to read this book before reading books 2 and 3. But if you want the history on Strike's business and how he meet Robin - go ahead and work your way through this book.
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London police detective Maeve Kerrigan has spent plenty of time at Murchison House. One of the many cement high-rise towers comprising the Maudling Estate housing project, Murchison House is home to a motley mix of society. From domestic abuse victims and elderly widows with nowhere else to turn to its flourishing criminal elements, Maeve is familiar with many of its occupants by name or reputation.
I've already listened to this book twice. The story is so good and you can tell Jane Casey has done her research. I love Derwent. He is such a rogue! I just don't know why Maeve still thinks so badly of him when everything he does shows how much he cares about people and her. I think Josh is in love with Maeve, but she is in love with Rob. I love Rob too, but Josh is such a bad boy that I love him a little bit more. I laughed out loud during the "sex" scene. It was hilarious.
I don't really understand why Maeve blames everything on herself. She simply never puts the blame where it belongs. BUT --- I just cannot wait for the next book in the series. Bring on more Maeve and Derwent.