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By connie on 12-20-12
start with another in the series if you must start
This seemed like an innocuous police procedural series, so I tried this instalment on sale. Know that an early chapter contains a detailed sex scene from a black mass - perhaps the black mass was necessary for the plot (I didn't finish the book for additional reasons), but the amount of detail was not, in a police procedural. A good crime writer can communicate such a context without such detail.
If you are attracted by the title - "Vespers"- thinking this might involve the sub-genre of priest sleuth - definitely stay away!
This also seemed to me to be Dick Hill's narration at it absolute silliest. He is not among my favourite narrators, but I can enjoy his reading - not so here. Perhaps he didn't know how to take the content either!
I don't usually review books I can't finish, but this one needs a warning for the unwary. Some scenes that can pass in text are just not suited to many listeners in audio - and since you can't skim ahead to see what awaits and adjust reading speed accordingly -- this can be disturbing.
My overall rating = Yuk. Don't waste your time or credit; there is too much good crime fiction out there.
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