The letters arrive unsigned. The writer demands that Penelope meet him in one of London's most ill-reputed and darkest streets. When she dares to keep the assignations, she encounters a man in a black mask who leaves her breathless from his stolen kiss. Yet he claims the reason for their surreptitious tryst is an honorable one. Should she believe him? Can he be trusted?
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I received a gifted complimentary copy of this book in audio format from the author in return for an honest review.
This is an intriguing romantic mystery short story set in historical London. I really enjoyed it!
The audio book is narrated by Marcus Hyde, who had previously narrated another one of this author's books, "See No Evil, My Pretty Lady", which I also loved. I love his narration, which is clear and precise. He brought all of the characters to life and gave them their own tone of voice and personality. I would definitely listen to this gentleman's voice in other audio books in the future.
Penelope is a wonderful character. She is a housekeeper in Lord Wellington's household. She receives a letter, which sets her into an assignation with a mysterious stranger.
This book is only one and a half hours long, but it is a very entertaining story to listen to. I was quickly thrown into the danger and the action, but felt a little lost at first, as there was not a lot of context in the beginning. It was only as the story unfolded that the mystery reason for the first letter, which saw Penelope and the stranger first meet, began to make sense. What puzzled me was: Why would Penelope meet someone she didn't know in an ill-reputed street without at least a chaperon, especially in the historical setting? It just wasn't done in those days, as far as I know. And, how did she and they mysterious stranger end up being assaulted to begin with? That not withstanding, the short story was a fantastic romantic mystery full of twists and turns. The mysterious stranger only known as "Soldier" is an intriguing character. His mystique remains through most of the story and is only revealed close to the end. I must admit that his identity was a complete surprise! There is romance, intrigue and espionage in this fast paced tale. I reached the end of the story and heaved a happy sigh. I love a good romantic mystery and this story is one.
Miss Mae has written a wonderful mystery. I love her writing style, which is fast paced and exciting, and the flow is wonderful. I am a huge fan of mystery novels, and one of my favourite authors in this genre is Agatha Christie. However, Miss Mae is an author that I will be keeping an eye on in the future.
I highly recommend this book to young readers who love mystery and suspense, and to adults who love a classic who-dun-it's and are looking for a quick, but highly entertaining read. - Lynn Worton
Adventures, courageous, exciting
It's beautifully written, you can see the characters and you move along with them.
Yes, I love the way he tells the story. He has great passion for story.
The sword fight was great I felt like I was there.
Love Miss Mae's stories she is such a great writer .
"Enjoy the audio!"
Exciting period piece story well written by Miss Mae & delivered well by narrator Marcus Hyde. Enjoy the audio!
"Short and fun melodrama"
Miss Penelope's Letter's is sitting up there with the audio books I have listened to more than once!!
The high drama and mystery played out well. I enjoy intrigue in stories and Miss Penelope's Letters had it in buckets! The melodrama was accentuated by the tone of voice and expression used by Marcus Hyde. His performance style certainly suited the story.
For being a short story it has plenty of great scenes to competing to be my favourite. However, the confrontation between Lord Wellington and Penelope on the moonlit terrace and the subsequent fight between Wellington and Soldier was a suspense filled scene.
I also enjoyed the scenes with Mrs Ashbury as I thought she was quite funny. She added lots of humour to the story.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
"Lovely, endearing book, fun mystery"
Such a fun book! This book is about Penelope, a housekeeper who receieves letters, gets involved in a mystery, and is rescued by a mystery man. I loved that the story masterfully combines mystery, romance, and is so visually written that you can see the scary streets.
Miss Penelope was a prominent character, but Miss Mae did suh a great jpb of writing all the characters I enjoyed them all
I did listen to this book in one setting!
I received this audio book in exchange for an unbiased review via Audible.
"A short novella that contains a big story"
MISS PENELOPE'S LETTERS
Author: Miss Mae
Type of Book: Audiobook Unabridged
Narrator: Marcus Hyde
Length: 1 hour, 38 minutes
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Release Date: December 23, 2014
Publisher: Miss Mae
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.*
Penelope has been hired on as a housekeeper in a wealthy household. She has not been there long when letters begin arriving addressed to her, but unsigned.
The letters ask her to meet the sender, but it is always at night and definitely not in the most reputable part of town.
Penelope is intrigued (what girl wouldn't be?) but she is also cautious and skeptical.
One brief but amazing kiss has her wondering just what she has gotten herself into.
This audiobook is short, but the author manages to pack a lot of story into a brief time.
There is mystery, there is romance, there is history and politics and there is lots of intrigue.
I enjoyed the fact that the story focused mainly on the mystery aspect and kept the romance aspect to a minimum. Sometimes, less is more as it is with this audiobook.
The narrator does a pretty good job of most of the voices in this book, but one voice (the voice of Charlotte) does not seem to match the character. She is supposed to be a fairly young, unmarried woman, but the voice he uses makes her sound the same age as the voice he uses for Charlotte's mother. But... that is just my opinion. Other than that, I think Marcus Hyde has done a good job with pacing and he speaks clearly which is much appreciated by the listener.
All in all, I rate this short novella audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Engaging historical mystery short story!"
Miss Penelope's Letters written by Miss Mae is an engaging short story of intrigue and mystery. The story centers around Penelope who is rescued one night from an attack by pirates by a handsomely masked soldier. That same soldier later sends her a letter requesting her help without letting her know it is for the utmost of noble causes (to rescue and nurse young boys who are being kidnapped and sold into slavery). She can't resist the temptation of seeing her soldier one more time. It is good clean fun finding out who the soldier is.
I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Marcus Hyde who did a fantastic job, keeping me entertained throughout. He had different voices for each character, both male and female. He also had a way of portraying "soldier" such that he sounded very sexy and smoldering. Great job! I received a copy of this audio in exchange for a review.
"Not a story....needs some chaanges"
I didn't think I had written my reviews down and I didn't think I had listened to it yet. I found my reviews so I'm posting. This isn't a a story, it's only an hour or so long. I've said it and I'll say it again, it's not a story! This should have short story, prequel, or novella on it somewhere. I know this is only my opinion.
This story was better than the other I had listened to hit its still set in the same type of places as her previous short stories. I think some change would be better instead of writing about the same type of place. It was filled with mystery, intrigue, and it kept me immersed. (less)
"Miss Penelope's Letters"
This was a short story.Penelope lands in a bit of intrigue concerning letters that arrive unsigned.When she's asked to do something that MAY be considered shady...she has to decide whom to trust.
Read by Marcus Hyde.He did a very fine job!
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."
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