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I love Ruth Dudley Edwards, a bristish mystery with lots of dark humor. I loved Bill Wallis's narration of all the previous books, he brought great identity to each character. This new narrator fell flat and made it difficult to identify who was speaking as there was little difference from one characters portrayal to another.
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At first I thought Audible mistakenly placed this in the Arts and Entertainment category rather than mystery - but maybe not. RDE's mysteries never start with a corpse, and usually I love her set-up and backstory, but this novel began with almost an hour discussion of post-modern art. Unlike "Carnage on the Committee", where you do not need to know about Booker-like novels to engage with the satire (although it helps), this may require knowledge about post-modern art to get all the humour.
Fans of the series might wonder if the new offering focuses on Lady Jack or on Robert Amiss - but really the focus is the issue (critique of so-called experts in art), and the novel is weaker for that.
For me, Wallis is the voice of both Troutbeck and this series. Usually I like narrator McCaddon/ Doneda Peters, but not for this series - though it was funny to hear her prim voice repeatedly say the F word - which was sprinkled liberally around this novel compared to the others in the series. Is it even used in other instalments? Maybe Wallis slips it by my ears. Still, McCaddon is very competent; those who think Wallis over-the-top as Troutbeck might like the change.
Only Plutarch the cat was in top form here. I'd recommend any other mystery in this series, unless you are interested in the post-modern art angle.
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