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Set at a women's college in 1896, I found this listen to be fun and quite interesting. Concordia Well, a young teacher, is a strong (for the times) and very likable character. The descriptions of the lifestyle, architecture, and clothing is just wonderful. The story depicts the plight of females during this period, several murders, and a little romance. I totally enjoyed the quotes from famous literature (especially MACBETH) sprinkled throughout the story. Narration by Becket Royce was superb! I understand there will be more books released in the series~I will definitely be listening. Highly recommended...
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I have read and listened to many mysteries (some with female heroines) set in Victorian Britain and was drawn to Dangerous and Unseemly because it was set in America in 1896. Concordia Wells is a professor at a women's college in Hartford, CT. At odds with her family,at least with her mother over her choice of career over marriage and motherhood, Concordia is contented with her busy life educating and shepherding young women. All is not well at the college though; money has gone missing and embezzlement is suspected. A series of troubling events begin with Concordia's discovery of the body of the college Bursar. The death is ruled a suicide but Concordia doubts the verdict. Then she suffers a great personal loss when her sister dies of a mysterious lingering illness.
Filled with multiple vivid characters, many of whom are not at all what they appear to be, Dangerous and Unseemly is both an engrossing mystery and a look at the plight of women of the era. Deemed to be unfit for anything other than marriage, any woman who did not walk that path was considered suspect and subject to great censure. I'd like to say that life was better for women in America than in Britain at the time but that would be wishful thinking. Concordia herself is a very likable character, at times impetuous but always intelligent and resourceful.
Becket Royce's narration is excellent. She is the very personification of what I imagine a well brought up and educated young woman of the time might sound like. I particularly like the way she handled the characters who speak with a foreign accent; just enough to differentiate them, never veering into parody.
I highly recommend Dangerous and Unseemly!
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What did you like most about Dangerous and Unseemly?
There is never a dull moment in this book. It starts off in a very dramatic way and keeps this momentum going for the duration of the story. Concordia gets embroiled in dangerous situations one after the other which makes for suspenseful listening. There is also a little bit of romance which topped off the story nicely.
What did you like best about this story?
I love historical mysteries and was delighted with this book. Concordia makes a realistic amateur sleuth and the puzzle she had to solve was complex and well written.
I really enjoyed the mystery surrounding the death of Concordia's sister. It was less convoluted than the mystery at the school where there were a lot of characters with different motivations to keep track of.
What about Becket Royce’s performance did you like?
The characters are very well done and I found the narration to be very easy to listen to. I normally listen at the slightly faster pace which worked well with this narration.
Any additional comments?
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to audio book blast.