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Would you try another book from Barbara Cleverly and/or Steven Crossley?
I am completing the series by reading the last book, but probably would not have if Steven Crossley was narrating. He was not a good match for the central character, Joe Sandilands,
What could Barbara Cleverly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
This plot line was murky and too unrealistic to satisfy. There was a lot of unhelpful padding. The detailed asides and descriptions did little to shed light on the characters or the political climate as in other books in this series. The author may be out of steam and lacking fresh ideas for new challenges for Joe Sandilands. This book dropped Dorcas altogether while hinting at her reappearance, but the lack of continuity felt forced.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The range of different voices was distracting, not a positive. I felt the narrator was too cartoonish for this series particularly his over-the-top cockney accent for the Julia character and his accent for Lydia that made her sound silly. His voice for Sandilands veered off into a high pitch that was quite distracting. His exaggerated variations made it more difficult to follow the arc of the story. He would be better suited for more broadly humorous fare.
Any additional comments?
The low-keyed and nuanced performances of Tony Wale, Simon Prebble and Andrew Wincott are a much better fit for this series.