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I have enjoyed all of the other novels in this series, but this one was just insanely boring. It starts off with a bang! It's exciting and leads the reader/listener to expect a story that goes somewhere. But don't let that fool you. After that brief burst of activity, the novel descends into talking. Endless talking. Exposition. More talking.
I made it about 3/4 of the way through, thinking that all that jabbering would eventually give way to Cleverly's usual combination of history and plot. Not so. This really just felt like Cleverly's excuse to lecture on some of her favorite historical topics. That was interesting enough, but I wanted to hear a mystery when I started this. The mystery is far in the background. As always, Crossley did a good job with narration. It wasn't his fault that I just didn't care.
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This is one of my favorite series, but the narrators of the last few books have been very disappointing. Terry Wale read the first 4(?) books, and he did a wonderful job portraying Sandilands as the charming, intelligent character he is. Steven Crossley makes all the female characters, and sometimes Sandilands himself, sound like elderly spinsters. His cadence is bizarre and soooo slow, and it's hard to distinguish between characters. If there are future books in this series, and Crossley is the narrator, I think I'll skip the audio and just buy the book instead.