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I had never heard of this book at all, and when the opportunity came for me to listen to it I was surprised to see how many awards it had won, and deservedly so. This tale is meticuously crafted, perfectly plotted, and peppered with realistic and interesting characters.This is more than a mystery. It is a journey into the amazing mind of Don Daglow, and it is one that will make you feel everything that Steve, the MC, is going through.
Steve, the protagonist, just wants to lead a simple life, but suddenly finds himself the suspect of a double homicide. His shipmates decide to help him in his time of troubles, and this is where the story takes off. Questions arise from the typical Whodunnit to simply will Steve's love be requited? Oh, and while it is more than a mystery novel, the mystery is complex and captivating.
Stifel is excellent at drawing you in and holding your attention once he has you. He really makes you believe that he is each individual character, and that the events are really occuring in real time. He elevates an already amazing novel.
Fog Seller is just fabulous, and you will lament that your time with Steve and his crew is over. You will miss them and wish there was more to this story.
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I approached this book expecting a typical murder mystery. To some it may very well be but I found it more of a psychological study/love story using murder to move our protagonist, Steve, through coming to terms with who he is and finding romance. The eclectic cast of supporting characters assisting Steve on his journey of discovery is a group of street performers, a detective, a ferry deck hand, former students, a scientist, Steve's landlady and a baker.
As the murder investigation moves along different people become suspects and the identity of the killer wasn't tipped until late in the novel. The evidence was not strong enough for an immediate arrest and an elaborate "stage play" is designed to trap the killer. This was a unique turn for me and I enjoyed it very much.
I do recommend a listen to this book. I think it is well worth the time.
Mr Stifel handles the multitude of characters well although I found some of the character voices a little emotionless.
This review copy audiobook was provided by the narrator free of charge via Audiobook Boom. I have provided this review voluntarily.