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This has been a fascinating series to follow. Story lines and plots have generally always been pretty good, but the narration has ranged from terrible to (especially this book) excellent, and there seems to have been a recent major remodel of characters and lifestyle of many of the people who have populated these stories. For the most part, a great improvement. For instance, many folks who were somewhat peripheral (like Sarah Brandt's parents) have become much more active. And then there is the rags-to-riches scenario that has altered the entire tone of the stories.
Personally, I used to cringe at some of the narration, it was so bad. But something there has changed a lot, and Suzanne Toren is very pleasant to listen to now. She is pitch perfect in this book. Sadly, however, I am not very thrilled with the sudden turn of events where Frank Malloy became incredibly wealthy, left the police and opened his own Investigation Agency. The plot and mystery are good, but I liked the previous setup better. It was certainly more realistic.
One thing that Victoria Thompson tends to do is focus on a social issue, around which she crafts each story. This one involves women who are entering the teaching field, living in new ways that many (at this time in history) don't understand. Though I like the characters and her style of writing, one thing that draws me to these books is always the way she takes on sensitive topics. Kudos to her for that. I just took one star away from the story, though, because this sudden wealth that Frank has acquired is hard to relate to, it changed the whole structure of the series, and I just miss the way they were before. My personal taste. But I do enjoy this series. The plots and the narration overall, just keep improving.
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this story gives us another peak into lives in early days in NewYork City. the end is a great/nice surprise!