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When Janice Gale is offered a job as a housekeeper at a country place near Pine Cone, she is grateful and looking forward to finally attaining some stability and peace. The last thing Janice expects is to become involved in the search for stolen Russian jewels. To further complicate matters, Janice finds herself dangerously attracted to Paul Dabney, the charming and suspicious houseguest.

If you love a good old-fashioned mystery complete with trap doors, strange guests, and frightening apparitions, you'll love The Red Lady.

Public Domain (P)2015 Daniela Acitelli

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Mystery with potential

Would you try another book from Katharine Newlin Burt and/or Daniela Acitelli?

I'm not in a hurry to read another Newlin Burt novel. The characters ran either hot or cold in a matter of page of narration. Ms. Acitelli did a fair job of narrating this piece. Overall, something wasn't quite right. Perhaps the style of narration did not fit the classic masterpiece mystery style this called for? Ms. Acitelli did keep me listening 'til the very end. Kudos to Ms. Acitelli.

The overall accents for the various characters took away from the narration. I could not tell if the servants were southern negro or lower class English. I believe they were supposed to be uneducated, southern negro.

What three words best describe Daniela Acitelli’s voice?

Nice, articulate, storyteller

Any additional comments?

I received a copy of this audio via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining mystery

If you could sum up The Red Lady in three words, what would they be?

atmospheric, creepy, mysterious.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the overall gothic feel to the mystery.

What about Daniela Acitelli’s performance did you like?

I loved Daniela Acitelli's performance of The Red Lady. I liked her accent, expression and tone of voice which I thought complemented the historical nature of the novel. She does a good job of voicing the characters and I would certainly listen to more books narrated by her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, this book is best listened to is one or two sittings in order to feel the overall creepiness of the setting and to enjoy the mystery unfold.

Any additional comments?

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Eerie Tale in Classic Style.

If you could sum up The Red Lady in three words, what would they be?

Ghostly Psychological Thriller.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Red Lady?

When Janice thinks she was locked in her room only to find that Mr. Dabney is able to open it easily. Mr. Dabney proceeds to take her into the child's room and announces that a woman resembling her had scared the child to death. The dead little boy is holding a handful of her hair, and Janice is left wondering if she is mad.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Janice rescues a bewildered Mr. Dabney who thinks she is trying to kill him. She figures out what the thieves are doing and thwarts their plan to kill him.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At a little over four hours, it was a bit long for one sitting. It took me three sittings. The narrator does an excellent job. Her voice is well matched to this story. She is easy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

This is an old book, so there are a few racist and sexist references in it. It is not pervasive, only a few sentences in the first chapters. This book is very clean other than that. It is a well written mystery/psychological thriller. I enjoyed it. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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A Good Novel

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Well written story that keeps you listening. The narrator carried the story and characters through nicely and was a pleasure to listen to. I don’t usually listen to books in this category, but will be looking for more from this author in the future.

* I was given a free copy of the book from AudiobookBlast dot com in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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The Red Lady

Considering that this book was written in the 1920's,I will cut it some slack on the stereotypical black slaves.I can't do the same for Daniela Acitellis performnace of the stereotypical slaves and the Russian man.They were horrendous.The story was a semi good one,but drawn out a bit too long.I was given this book free by the author,narrator or publisher.

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  • Gypsy
  • SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States
  • 09-09-16

Mystery puzzle

I just find the story to be to "chance filled".
The story kept me listening - but will not be one I listen to again soon.
Narrator did a great job!
Maybe I read too much and can see around corners; that might be my disappointment.
It's worth a try!

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A Good Suspenseful Tale Brought Back From the 20s

THE RED LADY was a good, suspenseful book completely refreshed with terrific audio. The story was intriguing and a page turner. It was twisty with a good plot. Katharine Newlin Burt penned many stories including Snow Blind. I hope more of this author's work is presented in audio format. I love her writing.

Daniela Acitelli did a fantastic job putting her voice to this book. She's a wonderful voice actor and has perfect voice inflections. Her tone and pace added an extra feel of suspense that I especially enjoyed. An overall great story.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

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  • Jan
  • United States
  • 01-23-16

Well wrought suspense,Would make a great stage pla

Told in first person.
Aspects of the plot would not fly today (housekeeper, treatment of laborers), but the basics of plotline and characterization are timeless. Listener is kept in suspense over the reasoning for happenings, as well as determining who are good guys vs bad guys. Denouement is startling and most unexpected!
Ms. Acitelli brings it all to life! She is able to differentiate characters well, and portray their emotions clearly.
This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review

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Classic gothic tale gets needed audio update!

Any additional comments?

The Red Lady is a classic short story that was written almost 100 years ago by Katharine Newline Burt. This book is written in a gothic first-person style with mysterious apparitions, strange events, and even a suspicious death. And its language and dialog is very similar to what a reader might find today in another book in this genre.

The story revolves around Janice Gale who is a new housekeeper at a country estate in the Southern United States (I pictured South Carolina while I was listening). After most of the house staff quit after repeatedly seeing ghosts, Janice becomes suspicious of the “ghost” and begins an investigation into the strange happenings around the manor house. It turns out this “ghost” is searching for lost Russian jewels. To complicate matters, Janice falls for one of the houseguests, who believes she has a split personality disorder because the ghost looks just like her!

I listened to the Audible version of this audiobook narrated by Daniela Acitelli who did an admirable job. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

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