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I am definitely enjoying this series with one large caveat: I find the gory descriptions on the gratuitous side. I'm a seasoned reader of mysteries and police procedurals in all their gory detail, and I also recognize the importance of historical accuracy, however ugly. Still, in my opinion, the author seems almost to revel in prolonged and unnecessary gruesomeness.
Furthermore, while I acknowledge that I'm a wimp when it comes to descriptions of animal cruelty, it seems to me that even a more hardened reader might find the salacious (and relatively frequent) depictions of such incidents in these books a bit over the top. Kasasian makes his point early on, no need to belabor it.
It's a shame, because it mars for me what is, in all other ways, a terrific new series.
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It's needed for context, otherwise you'll miss a lot here.
That having been said, this book proves a good sequel, though my fourth star includes Lindy Nettleton's awesome narration; the plot itself is really three stars, especially as there are regular flashbacks to March's time in India that detracted for me, especially in audio where they appeared almost randomly without any notice. Still, it's great to see Sidney and March's characters grow (though Sidney does his best to hide that). One of the best scenes was March (who had been raised in India) bravely facing an English dish of "curried vegetables" that bore as much relation to the original as passing off a can of Dinty Moore beef stew as "homemade Russian stroganoff."
Shocker of an ending makes the next book a Must Read!
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