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By Judith A. Weller on 12-05-15
Another Brilliant Sebastian St Cyr Mystery
Where does Why Mermaids Sing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It ranks near the top as I have been following the series since if first appeared. I like the period and this is a good mystery series in which the writer also has a writer who knows the period very well
Who was your favorite character and why?
My favorite charter and most interesting one is Hero Jarvis whose father wishes she were a boy and really does not understand all the things she get involved in. In this story she is involved in finding out who murdered the girls in by burning down a half-way house for prostitutes.
Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?
Davina Porter is such a brilliant narrator that she makes every character come alive by giving them a unique tone and quality of speech. Her narration is the unsung hero of this book. I always look for a book where she is the narrator as she is one of the best in business. She is able to give a unique voice to characters whether male, female, or children and imbues here characters with the distinguishing quality of the social class they belong to.
Any additional comments?
Any lover of historical mysteries will want this book. And I noticed that there is only one more book to add, to have all the series available on Audible .
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By Bibliophile1963 on 10-17-16
An Addictive Series
This series is the type of mystery novel I love best. It is definitely not a "cozy" mystery, but neither is it bogged down by procedural minutiae or ever-increasing levels of violence intended to shock jaded readers. While dark and occasionally gothic, it avoids crossing over into blood and gore horror. It's greatest strength is the sense of time and place, wrought with the aid of prodigious historical scholarship. History would be a much more intriguing subject in school if taught through the personal, human, lens employed by Harris. The way real people and events are woven throughout the series is impressive, always based upon real timelines and interests. The politics of the time offer insights into repercussions still felt today. The series also retains the reader's attention with complex, evolving characters, their psychologies enfolding across the novels as both the characters and the reader grasp hidden motivations, needs, and outlooks, becoming more self-aware and wise with time and maturity. In that sense, the series also offers an enlightening view of human nature. This is first rate literature all around, not just as a mystery novel.
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