This was my first Emery mystery. I'm a vicar and I enjoy books set in the church. This did not disappoint. I love the detective and grew to appreci..Show More »ate the priest. The characters were engaging and well developed through the story. The plot focused on the current church controversy over paedophilia and the issues around celibacy and was handled very well by the author, I thought. The ending was held in suspense to the end which kept me wanting to stop everything to listen awhile longer than I had! Christian Rummel is an excellent narrator.....clear and engaging. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
Well, I liked the Collins- Burke duo in book one, and even though Burke was a priest who occasionally fell into carnal habits, one felt a certain amou..Show More »nt of understanding and sympathy for him. In this 2nd book he really was SO un-priestly in behaviour and language I felt disappointed. The whole book was littered with the f word - too much and mostly unnecessary. The spiteful wife of Collins was another character who I found to be 'unreal' - spiteful for no apparent reason! The story was heavily involved in the IRA troubles - but seemed to take a very sympathetic view of murder and mayhem. I also found it rather complicated with many characters that allowed for confusion. Overall, I do still have a 'sort of' liking for the duo, but in this book my fondness was sorely tested.
I would wait to hear reviews, and check out the synopsis before reading the next in the series.
Monty's world seems to be sliding into skid row in this outing for Collins and Burke, in more ways than one! His latest case takes him to the seedier ..Show More »side of Halifax life and his personal life is going from bad to worse. He even manages to put the friendship he values the most on the line with his descent into a troubled and troubling time in his life, that with Fr Brennan Burke. Two deaths which initially seem like a murder-suicide present Monty with more questions than answers and some circumstances which his nose for the truth just will not let go. When he gets to the bottom of the murky pond, the outcome is one which even he could not have predicted, both personally and professionally. This is the darkest of the Collins-Burke series, but for all that it is still a cracking story. The icing on the cake for all these books is the narration by Christian Rummel. He does a superb job. It's no wonder there are literally dozens of books out there narrated by him, he is awesome.
I basically do enjoy this series, but with each book The priest, Burke, becomes less priestly - I quite like his irascible ways, but the amount of dri..Show More »nk that he and Montague imbibe is just plain daft, and some of their other activities are a bit beyond belief too. I also find that the over the top obsession with his church music is reaching the heights where I am wondering - 'Is Anne Emery trying to impress us with her knowledge?' It detracts rather than adds to the story.
Having read and enjoyed so much the other Collins-Burke mysteries, I finally bit the bullet and read this one. I put off reading it because somehow I ..Show More »felt the aspect of a child narrating the story would jar me. And I was right, it did. But on the plus side, she does not narrate all of it. The problem for me was that a child supposed to be Normie's age would never use the kind of sentence construction and vocabulary in the narration. For that I made it 4 stars instead of 5. But enough of the downside. The up-side was that it was a good solid story with some nice twists and turns, what I have come to expect from Anne Emery. Also, and as I have come to expect from the author, the occasional funny scenes. I laughed out loud at the one with Fr Burke and the Harley. Just priceless. I wonder if anyone will think of putting these books into a TV series or films. I think they would work very well with the right cast. I don't know if authors ever read their Amazon reviews, but if they do and if you are reading this Anne, I am sitting here very patiently waiting for you to sharpen your pen and give us another tale for Collins and Burke. The icing on the cake for all these Collins-Burke books is the narration by Christian Rummel. He does a superb job. It's no wonder there are literally dozens of books out there narrated by him, he is awesome.
Well, I seem to be in a minority again, I really didn't enjoy this book as it was so political - all about the Irish troubles - I didn't even find it ..Show More »very well balanced, with heavy leaning towards the Catholic point of view - (I don't hold any opinion on the specific rights and wrongs of the issue so do not think that my comment is biased in itself)
Considering that this was supposed to be a murder mystery, the actual death that was being 'investigated' seemed just a minor incident that didn't form much of the story - I am just SO disappointed in this book - I managed the 2nd star because I was at least driven to finish it.
I particularly noticed the Canadian stresses in some of the Irish speech - with INquery being emphasised on the first syllable rather than enQUIRy..... also the thrown 'missals' rather than 'missiles' - that one took me a minute to understand as I couldn't fathom why anyone would be throwing prayerbooks!!
I really will give this series a miss from now on - I have read them all up to this one - but - no more!
Anne Emery has done it again. This latest in the Collins-Burke mysteries sees Monty dealing with the client from hell and Brennan turning private dete..Show More »ctive. Not since their first outing together, when Monty defended Brennan on a murder charge, have the two been unable to ask the other for support. Brennan has been told something in the confessional which rocks him to the core and he cannot ask anyone for help, not even his old pal Monty. Monty is faced with the dilemma of a client who he knows is guilty but has to defend against a charge of murder. The information he has he cannot share with Brennan who is a witness for the prosecution in the trial of the client from hell. Not only that, but Brennan and the client have had their own run-ins which cloud the waters even more. Throw in visions of the Virgin Mary, a sacked secretary after damages from St Bernadette's Church (and Fr Burke), and Monty performing an heroic life-threatening act which nearly kills him and it's all go from first page to the last. But, as usual with Anne Emery's Collins-Burke books there is plenty of time along the way to explore the relationship of the main characters with humour and with sympathy. The cast of characters have become old friends. The sad bit is now waiting for the author to write the next story. These books would make lovely TV mini-series and I'm at a loss to see why they have not been snapped up in this era obsessed with crime and detection stories. The narration by Christian Rummell is spot on and no-one could do it better. He brings all the characters (even the female ones) to life, giving them a voice and portraying their characters soundly. So sad, now have the wait for the next book. I hope Anne Emery has got something on way already.