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I enjoyed the book. I made for an easy listening. The only points which were a bit annoying was the constant effort put into by both male and female characters to remind us that back then men thought they were clever and women hopeless. Although true in effect I doubt men would spend so much time making the point and women taking every opportunity to set them right. This "modern"day attitude towards women's rights kind of killed the atmosphere at times
Attracted by the number of positive reviews I decided to give this one a spin. It's clearly being enjoyed by a lot of people. It just wasn't on my frequency though, I've possibly read one or two too many books where it's a smugness competition between two equally clever and dumb lead protagonists.
It's well read by Emma Gregory. I thought her performance and delivery suited the book very well. Indeed there were some very good parts. March's childhood memories of being taken to a hanging by her father were powerful. There were also one or two genuinely amusing scenes including the two police constables with the grappling hooks by the marsh.
In the end though, it didn't quite grab me as it obviously has others. I think the smug characters came dangerously close to caricatures and once the lack of humanity in the Grice character failed to make me laugh it was uphill going. The publisher describing the book as "very, very funny" definitely felt a shade over-optimistic.
Still, lots of others like it and it does have a clever plot so there are certainly worse ways to spend a credit!
24 of 26 people found this review helpful
Bought this as it had great reviews.
Unfortunately not my cup of tea. It was described as very funny, but this was grossly exaggerated.
Sidney Grice personal detective and hero of the hour has nothing likeable in his character. March his charge and side kick is moderately likeable but still rather silly.
The story was good, and I liked the Victorian setting, however there are lots of funny detective stories out there to chose from.
This one infortunately failed to deliver by making the principal characters so unlikeable.
On a positive note Emma Gregory was a good narrator.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
A good mystery, if a little over complicated at times. Sydney Grice was a very difficult character to get through, with little to no redeeming qualities. Were it not for March's narrative, I would not have made it through. Curious to see if the series is more forgiving of the female sex, but not sure I would want to jump straight into the sequel if it continues in the manner of book one.
Three stars because it ticks the boxes for the genre, and I did enjoy the mystery, but the ending and characters were weak - succeeding purely due to a fortunate coincidence of an untimely accident.
Emma Gregory is an excellent narrator. Story was not what I expected - more off the wall and quirky. Good fun.