When Sybil takes the stage again, murder plays the leading role.
In September 1873, medium and actress Sybil Ingram is looking forward to her new life as the wife of dashing violinist Roderick Brooke. But their plans for marriage are interrupted by a cry for help from Julia de Lioncourt, Roderick's former lover, who implores him to come to Paris to rescue her from a blackmailer, Danton Fournier.
When they arrive in Paris, the bewitching beauty proposes a daring plan: Sybil will take Julia's place in a new melodrama while Julia, her alibi thus secured, recovers the letters from Fournier's home. Knowing that Roderick still harbors guilt over killing Julia's husband in a duel, Sybil agrees to the plan for his sake - even though it's all too clear that Julia wants Roderick back in her bed. Moreover, the theater seems to harbor a ghostly presence that may foretell disaster for the masquerade.
Catastrophe strikes when Fournier's body is discovered stabbed through the heart. Suddenly Sybil needs an alibi. She must also find a way to prevent suspicion from falling on Roderick as well - while determining whether Julia knows more about Fournier's death than she is admitting. Can Sybil's abilities as a spirit medium help her discover the truth before the real killer stops her?
A delicious blend of supernatural mystery, gothic romance, and romantic comedy, the Sybil Ingram Victorian mysteries are perfect for listeners who love Victorian women sleuths like Anna Lee Huber's Lady Darby, Penny Richards's Lilly Long, Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey, and Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody. And be sure not to miss Sybil's previous adventures in Nocturne for a Widow!
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if you like Victoria Holt you'll love Amanda DeWee
A Victorian crime with a paranormal twist:)
This audiobook ranks among the top 5 I have listened to so far (both in English and my native Polish) - and I've listened to about 30 only in the last year.
I think my two favourite characters (especially in Ms Klett's interpretation) were Sybil Ingram and Julia de Lioncourt - two completely different women: the first a proper, intelligent, romatic lady, truthful and loyal, the other a manipulative coquette, self-centered and indifferent to anyone but herself. Both were portrayed excellently through words and actions. But there are many other well-developed characters that stay with the reader/listener, although they kind of take the backseat role in this book.
Ms Klett excellently brings all the characters to life, giving each one a distinctive voice.
The thing that worked especially well in this audiobook (and which would be difficult for me to get a grasp of if I was just reading the book) was the French accent of the French characters - especially Julia's; in Ms Klett's interpretation she comes out as a brilliant manipulator.
Generally, I loved Ms Klett's interpretation of all the characters; the emotions rang true, the way Ms Klett modulated her voice to differentiate each character from the others was spot on - I had no problem realizing who was speaking...
And I loved Ms Klett's singing in one of the scenes describing a rehearsal of a play:) It was a great surprise and a delight to hear a song from the play being actually sung by the narrator:)
If it was made into a film, my tagline for the book would probably be: Beware of what you do for your past actions may hunt you and cause your demise - and the ghosts of those you wronged will see to it...
I liked the tempo of Ms Klett's reading - it was neither too fast nor too slow, just the right pace. It was especially helpful when the French characters were speaking - as I'm not a native speaker of English, listening to "French" English would be much harder for me if the narrator spoke too quickly:)
I will definitely look for another book read by Ms Klett.
DISCLAIMER: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the narrator.
- Lidia Chymkowska