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By Sara on 25-01-15
Quirky Start To A Mystery Series
The story for this first book in a new to me mystery series was good. I really liked the strong sense of place Delany created depicting British Columbia and the small town setting of the book. The characters were unusual and held my interest. I wouldn't call it actually charming, but it was a good start.
The problem for me was with the narration. It almost ruined the book. The whiny ten year old child's high pitched voice used for almost all of the female characters was just one half step away from terrible. A waste because I will probably pass on the rest of the series. I would suggest a serious listen to the sample before buying the book.
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By CoquinaBlue on 26-12-07
Left in the cold
I am an avid reader/listener but have never written a review until now. This book was so unfortunate it required comment. The writer shows some promise but has no life experience or perhaps has just not done her homework. The characters aren't charmingly odd but rather flat and predictable. The main character is too foolish to be taken seriously as a police officer. She comes off as something of an idiot rather than the disarmingly naive new constable the writer is attempting to portray.
Quite often a good narrator can elevate a story but in this case the reader/narrator has selected a tone and cadence for the female characters that makes them sound as if they are 10 years old and not particularly bright. I usually enjoy a good village mystery with quirky characters but this one left me cold.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful