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I find myself looking more and more forward to listening to the books in this series. At first, I was not keen on Callie Beaulieu's narration, but I'll have to say that both the stories themselves, and especially the narration have just steadily gotten better. Sadly, looking forward, I am seeing that the narrator will be changing in some of the books ahead. Too bad--just when this one is getting to be quite good.
This entire series is excellent. It opens a window to life around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century in New York. It offers a vivid contrast between the ultra-wealthy and those who live in a great deal of poverty--and attitudes of the times. There are also glimpses into social issues that were foremost in people's minds. This book tackles what must have been a very difficult subject to write about. The abuse of children. Though common enough these days, it would have been either unnoticed or unspoken then. So that gave the author a great challenge--to give her characters the ability to look at a situation trying to employ mindsets that would have been appropriate for the times, and not retroactively give them a 21st century social attitude. I think she did a good job of taking this on from that perspective.
If you like a good mystery series, that has elements of history and well-drawn characters that grow with the episodes, I'd sure recommend this one. So far, I have liked each story better than the one before.
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I have reached the point in this series where critiques are difficult. I love the series, and if you are up to Book 7 then presumably you do too so you will keep going no matter what I say!
Continuing with my binge-listen, I sailed through Book 7 in no time. My only complaint about this instalment was that it felt a little silly when everyone started confessing to the murder, it was almost comical which is not the usual tone of these books at all. Aside from that, I loved it as I knew I would.
Book 8, here I come!