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Publisher's Summary

This boxed set contains the first three books in C. J. Archer's popular Ministry of Curiosities series. Titles in the set include:

    The Last Necromancer
    Her Majesty's Necromancer
    Beyond the Grave
Description of The Last Necromancer:
For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn't raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time, her father banished her. This time, she brings even more trouble upon herself.
People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.
Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly made creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world - Charlotte - but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he's been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will, and for an organization she doesn't trust?
Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they're hunting.
©2017 C.J. Archer (P)2017 C.J. Archer
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5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 04-04-18

Just the kind of series I love to listen to!!

OK, so I've listened through book nine & am eagerly awaiting book ten. 'The Ministry of Curiosities' is an organization that monitors and tries to manage to keep secret the paranormals in the world. It's a warm & wonderful world that the author has created. The characters (for the most part) are likable & well developed. Each book has a new murder or mystery to solve and they don't feel redundant to me.
The series is through the eyes of the heroine who is strong willed, kind, courageous & in love with the hero. The romance is slow with a really good angsty part. (I happen to love me some angst) Her paranormal gift is that she's a necromancer. Meaning, that she can call back the dead & control them. This is a very rare gift that she uses to either find out who murdered them or gets them in their bodies to help her save herself or others.

Other series that I've enjoyed are: Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs; Night Huntress and Night Prince by Jeaniene Frost; The Phoenix Pack by Suzanne Wright;

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nancy M. Collins on 02-20-18

I’m hooked, to my surprise!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this boxed set because it is a great launch into the rest of Charlie and Lincoln’s story at a great price for three whole books.

What other book might you compare The Ministry of Curiosities Boxed Set to and why?

This is a period supernatural fantasy set during a favorite period of English history and it combines suspense, romance and mystery with engaging characters as do the books of Laurie R. King, Elizabeth Peters and Deanna Rayburn among others.

What three words best describe Shiromi Arserio’s voice?

Ms. Arserio has a very pleasant voice, easy to listen to, and her English accents are believable. However I don’t feel she is as skilled at other nationalities and her range isn’t broad enough for the range of men’s voices as I would like.

Any additional comments?

Perhaps if I were younger or if I hadn’t listened to all three books one after the other, I wouldn’t have grown impatient with Charlie and Lincoln’s drama. I had to remind myself repeatedly that Charlie is very young and both characters have been emotionally handicapped by their unconventional childhoods. It also helped to remember that all three books occur over the course of only a few months. I was sympathetic but I got tired of Charlie describing herself as “pathetic” and of Lincoln’s confused stubbornness. Still, I’m hooked and want to see these two continue to grow in their selves and their relationship.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 04-23-18


I like the premise of the stories, but the never-ending stuff about the ambiguous relationship between Charlie and Lincoln just got tedious and greatly detracted from the interesting stuff.
The narration didn't really help.
Having listened to the box set of the first three stories I have no desire to listen to any more.

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2 out of 5 stars
By David Burden on 05-17-18

Some good ideas in a poor framework

The performance was good but the story was very weak. The occasional original idea but the same scenario is repeated again and again.
The Perils of Pauline meets Charles Dickens.
Disappointing because the heroine and a couple of the other characters could have developed into interesting people.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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