Although this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel, you'll get more from it if you listen to the first part of this trilogy of books largely set in the Outer Hebrides. Many of the characters from the first novel re-appear in the Lewis Man in which their lives are moved forward in time. As with The Blackhouse, though ostensibly a detective novel, that aspect of the narrative is just the back-drop to life stories that switch between the 1950s and the present day. There's lots of atmospheric writing about the scenery and weather (!). Along the way we learn more of how life on the islands has changed and social attitudes altered.
Peter Forbes is an excellent narrator who really brought the characters alive for me.
Thanks to the favourable reviews of other listeners I downloaded this interesting and imaginative detective story. I have a rudimentary knowledge of music and know little about the finer points of playing the violin but enjoyed all the musical, technical and historical information that is seamlessly woven into parallel narratives: a modern one of a young virtuoso violinist giving concerts in Italy and another based on Paganini's life.
The main characters are well drawn and the narrative gathers pace to become so gripping that I couldn't stop listening and finished the book very quickly. In the over-populated category of detective fiction the author has created a memorable book.
Sean Barrett has an attractive natural voice that's a pleasure to listen to but is also adept at performing in different accents, ages and genders which he does to perfection in this recording.
I've listened to all eight of the previous books in Hewson's Rome series following the detectives: Nic Costa, Giani Peroni and Leo Falconi and their collaboration with pathologist Teresa Lupo. If you've followed the series you'll know the author's style of combining a contemporary crime with an historical event often depicted in a painting. Each book has a stand-alone story, but you do get more insight into the characters by following the series chronologically. This ninth book is an intriguing crime story that resonates with an execution of a young women, Beatrice Censi, who was beheaded four hundred years earlier for killing her father. The modern day story involves the death of Malise Gabriel an English academic who falls to his death: is it an accident or murder? Mina, the daughter of the dead man identifies with Beatrice. But don't be surprised that the solution is not simple and there are twists and turns throughout the book. Great stuff.
Saul Reichlin is a superb narrator and all the Italian words flow off his tongue like a native as they do when he reads all the Swedish words in the Steig Larsson, Millennium trilogy.
Classic detectives and history are mostly my thing along with a dash of science fact and fiction.
Once again Ian Carmichael brings Lord Peter Wimsey to life and once again his characterisations are wonderful. I have become an avid fan of this series of books to such an extent that I have spent eight hours straight listening to this book. What more can I say? I believe I am an audiobook addict and I blame Ian Carmichael. If you are a fan of murder mysteries look no further!