I made this purchase on the fly and was expecting just a little time filler.
However I was hooked from the first chapter as it is good littl..Show More »e mystery, made even stronger by a great performance by the narrator.
Not wanting to give too much away, but it is essentially a mystery / who dunnit surrounding the mysterious disappearance of an heiress from a locked room and a Detective (Lavender) and his Sergeant (Wood) who try and unravel how this could of happened.
I found the narrator's range of voices impressive and will be looking out for other stories that use this actor in the future.
The story moved at pace and I found myself staying up till the early hours trying to get to the end of it. My only criticism and this is a personal preference only - so do not necessarily take my word for it is that in terms of a plot device, the story is concluded or hangs upon a character not seen in the whole book. I personally like who dunnits where we have been introduced to a character at some stage in the story, even if it is momentarily. This gives me a chance to sort of guess was it you, or you or you or at least some buy in to their character.
This sort of left me with a sense of being cheated. I am keen to read the next installment and understand that the author has a 3rd book due out later this year. I just hope that the aforementioned isn't the authors' trademark.
I'll finish by saying that this is a worthwhile investment in your time and worth it to listen to the range of voices which were very believable.
Interesting story of an early detective in Bow Street, Coventry Garden, a very different place than the touristy place it is today. The story evokes ..Show More »something of the dirt, poverty and harshness of life in England during the wars with Napoleon's forces.
Lavender and Wood make a good detective duo and it will be interesting to see how these characters are developed in future stories.
It was a long and complicated case for Lavender and Woods in Northants in 1810. I am not sure if it was as good as previous cases they have had to so..Show More »lve, but I did not feel it was as compelling. The victim was an unsavoury character whose death evoked no sympathy and so I did not care if his murder was solved or not. Woods and Lavender poked their noses into the doings of the community and opened up a can of worms, gradually pulling together the threads to make a picture or three, uncovering puzzle after puzzle.
Unfortunately I took a dislike to the narrator so things were not helped along there as I felt he did not give a true picture of characters including Lavender. Woods he made a better job of, but the voice was a detraction from quite a cast of characters