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I can't decide whether the story or the narration was worst. I only got as far as I did because I fell asleep while listening.
I found this interesting and intriguing and an unusual tale. A story of Boston manners, trauma and murder after the American Civil War! Sensitively and sensibly written, yet engrossing.
There's mystery surrounding every character, so it's difficult to outline the plot beyond that which is already given!
Listen to it, it's well narrated and with none of the typical English fading, foolish or Flapper women to roll your eyes at!
If you could sum up Still Life with Murder in three words, what would they be?
Thrilling, compelling page-turner!
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The combination of terrific writing, a well-crafted plot, and exquisite narration added up to a delightful listening/reading experience. I didn't want it to end.
Which character – as performed by Leigh Ryan – was your favorite?
My favorite was Nell Sweeney, the sleuth. I'd never experienced Leigh Ryan's narration before, but now I'm going to look for her name! Her voice quality is lovely and easy to listen to, she reads with feeling, she handles accents well, and she manages to differentiate between different speakers smoothly and clearly. Unlike some female narrators who rough up their voices to do male characters, Ms. Ryan was able to indicate a male voice in a much more listenable (and nondistracting!) way. Altogether, a great choice of narrator for this book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I wish I could! I listen in the car during my commute, but this book and narrator were so good, I continued to listen after I got home. I almost never do that.
Any additional comments?
Only that I'm eager to listen to the rest of the series!
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What did you love best about Still Life with Murder?
Still Life with Murder is the first book of an amazing mystery series which follows governess, Nell Sweeney, as she goes through 1860s Boston, looking to uncover the truth about a grisly murder that is tied to the upper-class family she works for. I was thrilled to see that it was now an audiobook, and I had so much fun listening to this story again.
What about Leigh Ryan’s performance did you like?
Leigh Ryan captured Nell's voice magnificently, and her impressive stock of characters and dialects wove seamlessly into the story. Really lovely voice, I can't wait to see how she handles the rest of the series.
Any additional comments?
If you like a rich historical mystery with unexpected twists, Still Life with Murder is a wonderful read, and an exciting listen!
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