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I have read all of the other Dr Silkstone novels , I got hooked on the first one and so kept reading. While the quality declined I kept on reading. The cliff hanger at the end of the fourth book was frustrating but little did I know what frustration was until this fifth book.
I kept wondering why this doctor who is credited with being a brilliant practitioner kept doing stupid things. He blunders through three months of trying to get his lover released. From a mental hos
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Would you try another book from Tessa Harris and/or Simon Vance?
I doubt it, which is a pity. After reading The Lazarus Curse, I had high hopes for this novel. Harris does her historical research and chooses cutting edge topics -- the slave trade in the UK, enclosures. Unlike the first Thomas Silkstone mystery, however, this one asks the reader to believe in a protagonist who is smart enough to solve mysteries but naive enough not to see the obvious deceptions in characters around him. Over and over Silkstone enters into a scene with a villain only to be hoodwinked again. Tedious stuff; maybe his naivete is supposed to signify a "hero." It doesn't work. The ending was a drag and tedious as well; I could have predicted it from a mile off.
I think Harris got tired of him, as did I.
Would you recommend Shadow of the Raven to your friends? Why or why not?
Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?
Vance does a good job with all the male characters; his ventriloquized female voice is a little too breathy and high pitched to be believed. I ended up wishing Lydia would just be quiet (not his fault so much as the author's, who gives us a giddy fool for a heroine who is, like her lover, hoodwinked at every turn).
Was Shadow of the Raven worth the listening time?
I'd say no, though I was interested to hear more about the enclosures. In the end I stuck it out, but not quite sure why -- the black and white good vs. evil is a bit much to take. In retrospect there was some of that in The Lazarus Curse, but not so heavy-handed and the plot / historical flavor was much better done.
Any additional comments?
I would recommend The Lazarus Curse -- interesting historical moment at any rate.
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