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I have enjoyed listening to this series. There is an interesting combination of history, interesting characters, and always a good mystery. But I believe this is the best one in the series so far. I think Victoria Thompson has hit her stride here, with this being a really good balance of characters' stories with action.
This particular episode involves the death of a wealthy man, and then-police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt asks detective Frank Malloy to handle this case personally. Naturally, he can't manage that without his friend Sarah Brandt finding ways to be where he is, and help him solve the crime. What I love about this particular book is the details. The history--of the Anarchists who terrorized wealthy people at that time, and the insights into the early movement for teaching deaf children to sign and lip read, are interesting. And I like that the author has expanded the characters somewhat to include seeing more of Sarah Brandt's mother, and little Aggie, a child she loves who lives in a mission. I see this as a good move for the books in the future (or at least I hope we'll see [hear] more of them in future stories.
A word about the narration. I have not felt until now that Callie Beaulieu has been the best narrator for these books. But I am happy to say that I felt her narration of this book was quite good. I'm not sure what's different, but the entire listening experience was very nicely done. I really enjoyed this whole book, and recommend it!
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Fron the first chapter you are on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what is going to happen. This book keeps you captivated, and you can never guess who did what until it comes out.