And Then You Dye

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4 out of 5 stars
By Cheri on 01-07-13

And Then You Dye

Great story - Monica Ferris has done it again! The performance left a lot to be desired in my estimation. Susan Boyce put emphasis on the wrong words - used inappropriate inflections, and was, in my opinion, hard to listen to.

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3 out of 5 stars
By P. Buchanan on 06-20-13

Stilted narration spoils an okay story

What disappointed you about And Then You Dye?

The mystery itself was okay, but Susan Boyce presented almost all the characters as prissy and stilted. It was as if she was reading to a kindergarten class.

I added "And Then You Dye" to my library when Audible offered it on a reduced price--and I had a $10 coupon. Why not try a mystery series I hadn't known about? If I liked it, I could start at the beginning. I knew going in that starting with # 16 in the Needlecraft Mystery series would mean I'd be getting a lot of shorthand on development of long standing characters, but I was willing to give Monica Ferris the benefit of the doubt

What was most disappointing about Monica Ferris’s story?


How could the performance have been better?

The story was reasonably well plotted and included a couple of digressions to flesh out secondary relationships such as those of Godwin and Rafael and Jill and Lars Larson--the sort of thing that readers of mystery series want--and miss if they're left out (like the family dinners in Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti series).So. Points for keeping up with the major and minor characters.

What character would you cut from And Then You Dye?

And points also for incorporating a *lot* of information about handicraft dying into the plot without overloading her readers with too much detail. She uses a standard device--bring in an expert to explain the essential points about natural dyes but punctuate her delivery with additional conversation. Further, after setting us up to expect a murder based on poisonous dyes and mordants (see I paid attention), she switches to a plain old death by gunshot. But the dye-ing demonstrations are not irrelevant, as the conclusion makes clear.

Any additional comments?

However, if Susan Boyce represents the way Ferris wants her characters to sound, then I won't be going back to the beginning of the series. ]Boyce. articulates. every. single. word. and. every. sentence. on. a. falling. tone. no. matter. how. complex. it. may. be. And, although Boyce does modulate her voice in an attempt to distinguish the characters, the result is that she sounds like a sheltered first grade teacher reading to a Sunday school class. I will not be listening to any other books she narrates.Just a note: The only way I could get paragraph breaks was to type my comments into the separate boxes. As you can see, the headers don't fit the comments.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Annina on 01-21-13

Great Story - not so great reading

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is the third book in the whole series I've listend to. The others I've read as paperbacks. This show's how much I love this series.
I don't like the narrating of Susan Boyce. She speaks kind of 'choppy' and there is no 'live' in any of the characters. Sorry to say so, but I guess the followings I will read as paperbacks again.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By A. Lai on 09-04-17

Kept me guessing!

this may be one of the best of this series. I was totally baffled as to who did it. I usually get some hunch, but not with this story. Monica Ferris is such a good mystery writer! and Susan Boyle an outstanding narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Beatrice on 09-30-13

Simply the best

This is the best book in the series. Betsy is clever and tenacious. The mystery is full of twists and turns that moves the plot at a nice pace. All of Betsy's friends are included and they add to the enjoyment of the story.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Shawna on 08-30-13

My first by this author......and last....

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I bought this book because I like "Who done its" and because I'm from Minneapolis, but I wouldn't recommend it to Mpls people, for the reader doesn't know how to pronounce the names of the suburbs. Also, beyond that, I am a knitter and thought is sounded fun. It turned out to be agony just listening to the whole thing. Her characters were incorrectly portrayed; ie.: One may have a head injury but they don't go through such a dramatic personality change. (I'm a physician). Character development was ....Where?? These people were no more intelligent enough, especially the oh so sweet protagonist, to solve a crime and it's very doubtful the police would have appreciated the woman taking over the case. Utter nonsense! I finally just skipped the second half, to the very predictable ending. Don't waste your time. Agatha Christie the author is NOT.

What was most disappointing about Monica Ferris’s story?

The plot

How could the performance have been better?

A different author

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


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