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If you could sum up The Cross of St. Anne in three words, what would they be?
Enchanting story with romance, witchcraft, and things that go bump in the night
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cross of St. Anne?
When Annie opens the case and the St Anne's cross is not in it.
Have you listened to any of Bill Burrows’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Bill Burrow's is a new to me narrator. I like his deep voice.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Annie discovers that the Devereaux family is not anything like she thought they were.
Any additional comments?
I liked this story because it had a mixture of romance, supernatural and spooky as well as some surprises that things as well as people are not always what they appear to be.
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Annie is driven to Curt's mansion by his chauffeur/handyman Spenser, she doesn't like him, he makes her feel somehow uneasy. Curt is not there to greet Annie, instead she is met by Karen who runs an hotel nearby, in her down time she assists with the planned museum. The two women take to each other immediately and Annie accepts Karen's invitation to tour the house.
On their return, Curt appears, and when the time comes to complete the delivery of the relic Annie is stunned to find that it's missing, but as she last saw it during the trip to the house she could only conclude that it had been stolen. Annie's nightmare begins.
She meets Curt's strange family who treat her with hostility and she finds staying in the mansion to be a creepy and scary experience, she wants to leave but the police and Curt want her to stay until the theft has been resolved. From her gloomy bedroom she witnesses strange goings on in the dead of night, why was Spenser out in the grounds carrying a shovel? In true sleuth fashion she ignores all risks to her safety and sneaks out to follow him, she almost gets the life scared out of her by the sinister cat. That's not the most frightening thing she is to experience! She finally gets to discover what lay beyond the locked door of the chapel.
This book is what I would call an almost cozy, it has all the cozy attributes: female comes across a crime; turns into amateur sleuth, abandons common sense to put life and limb at risk, and there is of course, a bit of romance. It's a good formula but this story is just a bit too sinister for the cozy label as there are some potentially disturbing accounts of occult and evil activities. The author certainly knows how to create atmosphere with some great descriptive writing, yet I didn't find it a compelling listen, and I certainly needed the denouement.
Narrated by Bill Burrows, who has a wonderful voice but I found his style too "announcer" like. I think if he'd maybe used a few more contractions, saying, for example "didn't" or "wouldn't" it would have sounded so much more natural. Still, this is just personal preference on my part.
This audiobook was provided by the author in return for an honest review.
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