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I mentioned in earlier reviews of the two Anne Emery novels how I had stumbled upon this author and started my series experience by listening to Book 5 and then going back to the beginning and reading #1. I am now on #3 after completing The Obit. I must admit that I am surprised that Audible listeners only gave this mystery a 3.8 rating. The story takes place in New York and once again Anne Emery spins a fascinating yarn which makes the listener want to keep going.
First of all I want to underline that Christian Rummel is utterly incredible here. I liked him in the other two books but in The Obit the accents of New York are quite cleverly and convincingly portrayed. Further there seems to be more important secondary characters so Rummel has to cover a wide range of voices.
The second point which i failed to state an earlier review is the humor, especially the Irish humor. Despite the story being about murder, the involvement of the IRA and Father's Burke's father being a murder suspect, there are many funny scenes, scenes when I actually laughed out loud.
I enjoyed this mystery and am presently enjoying The Barrington Street Blues (great title).
Well worth the credits
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Downloaded this immediately after having finished the first in the series. I really liked The Sign of the Cross, but found this installment lacking. First of all, the premise seems a bit implausible -- a man's sons are unnerved by his reaction to an obituary and immediately conclude it hides a death threat, launching into an investigation on their own. If their father's past is as mild as they have thought all along, doesn't the panic seem a bit of a stretch? Secondly, if the man himself knows all the "secrets," but refuses to discuss said secrets with his sons (telling the family to forget it), why would they insist of pursuing the search? (They are basically trying to discover things that their father already knows.) So that's my problem with the plot.
A secondary problem, with the characters themselves, is the womanizing priest...and everyone else's acceptance of this priest's 'character flaw,' even encouraging it. Regardless of your views on Catholic priests and their celibacy vow, it seems a little weird that practically all the characters (most of them Irish Catholics for whom the Church is a key part of their lives) treat this priest's frequent 'pecadillos' as somewhat amusing.
That said, the writing is good. I will probably give the series a third try.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Well, I liked the Collins- Burke duo in book one, and even though Burke was a priest who occasionally fell into carnal habits, one felt a certain amount of understanding and sympathy for him. In this 2nd book he really was SO un-priestly in behaviour and language I felt disappointed. The whole book was littered with the f word - too much and mostly unnecessary. The spiteful wife of Collins was another character who I found to be 'unreal' - spiteful for no apparent reason!
The story was heavily involved in the IRA troubles - but seemed to take a very sympathetic view of murder and mayhem. I also found it rather complicated with many characters that allowed for confusion.
Overall, I do still have a 'sort of' liking for the duo, but in this book my fondness was sorely tested.
I would wait to hear reviews, and check out the synopsis before reading the next in the series.
Narration was good.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This second novel in the Collins-Burke journey deals with the history of Fr Brennan Burke's family, the shadowy Irish Republican past, the hurried flight from the old country to New York, and the past catching up for Brennan's father in a dramatic and almost fatal way. The plot twists are many, the red herrings almost as many, but I never felt lost or that I was being taken on an illogical journey. Anne Emery builds the story of a family with secrets, many of which are still too dangerous to let see the light of day. The real backbone of the story is once again the friendship between Brennan and Monty, though it is strained at times as Monty delves into sensitive family history. As usual with all the Collins-Burke books there is a fair share of humour and I laughed out loud at Leo Killeen's accidental faux pas. Or was it deliberate? As we get to know Leo, that's a distinct possibility! With this second book the reader gets to realise that there is going to be a series of Collins-Burke mysteries, Anne Emery is in no hurry to cram everything between the pages for fear she may start a story she cannot finish. We are being taken on a long journey, some of the threads of which only pick up again in the 6th book, Death at Christie Burke's. There are now 7 books in the series, and each may be read on it's own. Anne Emery is very good at filling in just enough history without rehashing huge chunks from the previous books. But do yourself a favour, to get the best out of the characters, start with the first book Sign of the Cross and work your way through. The books deserve it because they are that good. An author as competent, educated and assured as Anne Emery is hard to find these days. The icing on the cake for all these books is the narration by Christian Rummel. He does a superb job. It's no wonder there are literally dozens of books out there narrated by him, he is awesome.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful