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but a good listen, nonetheless. I guess this would be Rendell's version of a village mystery. The cast of characters are the residents of a small road in North London, some living in houses, some in apartments. The point of view shifts from one character to another, all of whom see what they want to see, and act accordingly. There are various crimes, some exciting amateur sleuthing, and some classically comedic plot turns--not farce, just some genuinely pleasant things that happen. Generally well read by the narrator, except for one or two moments of over the top falsetto for the female characters. Very enjoyable.
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What did you love best about Tigerlily's Orchids?
It was truly funny. An ironic humor is an aspect of all of Rendell, but usually there's less of it than here. It's grisly, too, I guess, a little, but the characters are ALL adorably misguided, and there are mysteries, but they seem secondary to the story
What was one of the most memorable moments of Tigerlily's Orchids?
Won't give anything away. No, no.
Which character – as performed by Nickolas Grace – was your favorite?
The old lady alcoholic, I can't remember her name.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me chuckle and grin.
Any additional comments?
At first I thought, "Oh, no! There are too many characters to keep track of in an audio book." There are 9 or ten. But the reader managed to convey who was being focussed on, and Rendell always, somehow, made each one distinct. I'm afraid if you leave long gaps between your listening intervals you might have trouble remembering who's who. That's why I didn't give the story five stars. It may not be easy for some listeners. But it is really absorbing, really fun.
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