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This is a surprisingly substantial slice of life in the 20's. I enjoy all the characters, especially Daisy. Yes, it's a dumb name for a well drawn character. Daisy is everything a heroine should be.
The narration is excellent as well!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
This is one of my favorite mystery series. As someone who thoroughly enjoys Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Connan Doyle, and Rex Stout, I was pleased to find another writer who appreciates period-based stories. Although I do agree with other reviewers that the writer embellished the characters' speech with lots of "spiffing" and "biffing," the book has a nice flow and rhythm. The characters are fun and interesting and I look forward to following their adventures for many books to come.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I didn't and I could kick myself. I can't move beyond the silly accent, it keeps grating on my nerves and what should have been a very enjoyable few hours (at least based on the first Daisy Dalrymple mystery which I read in paperback) has turned into a painful chore. I'd rather it was read in an American accent or whatever the reader's native accent is, than this farcical attempt at English RP. Sounds to me like it could only be passed off as an English accent to any other than an English audience. Maybe this was aimed at the American market? I rate it two starts for the narration, not the book which I shall have to read in paperback.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I bought this because I read and enjoyed the first book in the series. I am a sucker for "'tween the wars" detective novels, whether authentic or pastiche. I'd heard of other people not enjoying spoken word books because of the accent of the reader, but always wondered how bad it could really be. Now I know. I presume Bernadette Dunne is American or possibly Canadian and is trying her best at an English accent. It is dire. Her vowels are strangulated; gas becomes 'garrrss' and the name Sebastian is an assault on the eardrums - Sebaaarstiaaan'. It seems to go on forever and is dreadfully off putting; it has really spoilt my enjoyment of the book. And I think I bought another by the same reader ... Oh dear! Save your money
7 of 7 people found this review helpful