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This was a good cosy mystery set roughly 200 years ago. Full of inheritance issues, dastardly deeds, gypsies and servants. There are two reasons that it was a four star for me (rather than a 5). The first is that the solution to the story was clear from about half way and so it got a bit annoying that Lavender took so much longer to get there. The second is the narrator who used the same voice for annoying women and old men regardless. I did like his voice but the characters could have done with a bit more variety.
52 of 54 people found this review helpful
The mystery itself was very enjoyable-- complex and interesting. I really liked Constable Woods however I couldn't seem to form any attachment to Detective Lavender. He was a more than competent detective, not easily deceived but for whatever reason I didn't really like him much. As such, I probably won't continue with the series. But I do suggest giving it a try as I am sure some people will find him quite appealing and the mystery is quite good.
A note on the audio: I don't really recommend the audio version. The narrator did a decent (though not stellar) job with Detective Lavender and Constable Woods however all the other male characters sounded like they were yelling and most were quite indistinguishable from one another. It was a bit bothersome as the voices didn't feel "real" at all. I would stick with the print version.
64 of 67 people found this review helpful
I made this purchase on the fly and was expecting just a little time filler.
However I was hooked from the first chapter as it is good little mystery, made even stronger by a great performance by the narrator.
Not wanting to give too much away, but it is essentially a mystery / who dunnit surrounding the mysterious disappearance of an heiress from a locked room and a Detective (Lavender) and his Sergeant (Wood) who try and unravel how this could of happened.
I found the narrator's range of voices impressive and will be looking out for other stories that use this actor in the future.
The story moved at pace and I found myself staying up till the early hours trying to get to the end of it. My only criticism and this is a personal preference only - so do not necessarily take my word for it is that in terms of a plot device, the story is concluded or hangs upon a character not seen in the whole book. I personally like who dunnits where we have been introduced to a character at some stage in the story, even if it is momentarily. This gives me a chance to sort of guess was it you, or you or you or at least some buy in to their character.
This sort of left me with a sense of being cheated. I am keen to read the next installment and understand that the author has a 3rd book due out later this year.
I just hope that the aforementioned isn't the authors' trademark.
I'll finish by saying that this is a worthwhile investment in your time and worth it to listen to the range of voices which were very believable.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
A great find. Story line is quick to start and contines at 'page turner' pace. Characters were very well defined thanks to Michael Page. Enjoyable read and will look for more narratives by Mr Page.
The only good thing about this was the narrator. The plot was exceeding weak and there was far too much description. Dull passages went on interminably. What was the editor thinking? Avoid this one at all cost.