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Despite a bit of far-fetchedness in the plot wind-up, this holds its own against most in the light subgenre, "Victorian-woman-sleuth, no bodice ripping nor rake-to-be-reformed." A narrator with a more credible(?) Brit accent would have made it a better listen. I give it an extra star for being rated G (even many adults appreciate that!) and capturing the traffic and sewage flow problems of Victorian London.
I think it would be a fun listen to share with a daughter or neice (or mother or aunt...) and its content doesn't exclude male listeners either.
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I really enjoyed this one. This is the first in the Mary Quinn series, and I'm sure it won't be my last. Y.S. Lee does a really good job balancing mystery and suspense with action. I listened to this one almost nonstop because I didn't want to leave it.
Justine Eyre's voice couldn't have been a better choice for this audiobook. She has a smooth voice that handles the voices of other characters well without losing the smooth quality that makes you want to get a cup of tea, sit down in your favorite chair, and relax while you listen. Just don't think you can go to sleep to this book because there's too much excitement going on at any given moment.
There are a few places (I remember three) where inappropriate language was used. I don't understand why that was considered necessary by the author, but there isn't much of it, so it didn't ruin the book for me.
Overall, if you enjoy period novels, mysteries, suspense, or action/adventure novels, you'll like this one. I'm planning on acquiring the next book in this series, myself.
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