I have not watched the TV programmes so my only knowledge of TK books is via these audible downloads. I really enjoyed the first book but I think on balance, I enjoyed this one at least as much if not a bit more.
The story though complex was not as complicated as Book 1 and also the ending was less annoying (the first being annoying only because there was really no way the listener could have hoped to 'guess').
The weaving of murder and Danish politics seems to be part of this series formula and I do enjoy that.
I really like the narration too.
Listening to this over the course of a stormy September week was a really lovely escape. I read this and other books by Delderfield when I was in my teens. Listening to it now some years later, perhaps I enjoyed the 'story' slightly less, but the ambience and feel for Devon and the era in which it is set, which the book conveys so well, very much more. I felt I had stayed there for a while - and I wanted to stay longer.
The reader has an old-fashioned style that is in keeping with the book itself. Slightly disconcerting lengthy pauses characterise his reading, but I soon got used to this. I *think* his Devon accents of c1900 sound like they might be accurate...? they are certainly broad!
I did enjoy this but nothing like as much as the recording of Chocolat I bought first. I rate the content as 3 stars but give it 4 because of Juliet Stevenson's amazing reading. The story simply isn't as magical, as evocative or as charming as Chocolat - but that would be a hard act to follow! On the other hand it gives other characters a centre stage and the ending, if trite, is neat.