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Steph H

United Kingdon
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Not what I expected

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-19

In a somewhat dramatic departure from previous novels the writer took to exploring madness in an extremely interesting way.

Yes there are still murders to solve and mysteries to be understood but there was a lot of character development in this book and a great deal of background story revealed.

I think I can foresee the character that March is to become.

Getting better

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-19

In this second book of this series the protagonist of Sidney Grice starts to become slightly more human, although this is mostly towards the end of the book.

March is a character known by her thoughts and actions, however she is often referred to disparagingly for her looks by other by other characters. This would make more sense if there had been some description of her and serves to annoy mainly because it is referred to so often.

There seem to be too many random things happening without much of an explanation. Unless I'm missing something with the royal personage and the ruby at the end?

It's a start

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-19

After listening to the Betty Church series by this author which I thoroughly enjoyed, I thought I would give this series a go, which is the originator ofthe other.

I like the narrator character, March Middleton and can easily relate to her and her reactions to things. I really struggled with the character of Sidney Grice however. He's really unpleasant in this book and very obnoxious. I'm hoping that as the series goes on March manages to change him somewhat. Clearly Sidney is basically the Sherlock Holmes character, and written to be just as rude, however I think he's actually ruder.

As for the writing, it is clunky in places, descriptives are started and then it goes off on a tangent but it's not really clear what exactly is being spoken about. Some improvement on flow and editing could be made. I'd say the thing that was most clunky was the clear Sherlock reference at the end of the book, that felt very tacked on.

I look forward to seeing the stories continue and hope that March manages to smooth out some of Sidney's sharp edges.

Rollicking Good Fun

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-19

If you want a good shadow of a Jane Austen farcical romance then this should be right up your street.

Written in the 1920's this regency romance gave me the fun and laughter of the ridiculousness of crossed purposes and silliness echoing Jane Austens writing.

No it's not replacement for a genuine Austen, but it really is good fun and definitely one I'll be listening to again. I shall also be having a look at the other books by this author.

What an excellent listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Obviously the story of Oz that I know is from the film, so it was wonderful to listen to the original tale, especially read by someone like Anne Hathaway.

To be honest the story doesn't hold up too badly, a few holes here and there, and some of those only because we are used to having a 'universe' more fully explained.

I have to say Anne Hathaway did an incredible job with the reading, much better than I'd thought it would be. So many different voices to portray and done ever so well. You could hear the occasional laughter in her voice too which showed she must have enjoyed reading it.

Not sure I'm bothered about any other stories by the same author, but this was immensely enjoyable.

Such a wonderful listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-19

This was just delightful to listen to. And I'm so pleased that the author also wrote the dramatisation as then it was as close to the original story as could be possible.

The characters are wonderfully written and the actors do a brilliant job of bringing them to life. Can't wait to listen to more.

Enjoyable listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-19

I've always enjoyed watching Celia Imrie's performances and she really is an excellent actress.

This book is an interesting peek into her life and most especially the work she has done over the years.

I found it most fascinating when she was talking about the positive experiences she'd had with other great names from the entertainment industry. Glenda Jackson's generosity, Dame Judy's cheekiness and Colin Firth's quick wittedness.

I also found the section about her health scares and recovery very encouraging, she was aware of her need to take the time to heal, and she actually did it, although not perhaps as soon as she could have, which she also acknowledges. Her explanation of the mental healing was very enlightened.

She is always a joy to listen to and her voice acting skills are marvellous.

As mentioned a very enjoyable listen and I will certainly look out for more of her books.

Not what I was expecting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-19

I have to admit I was very puzzled by 'whodunnit' in this one up until the 'reveal', very good writing.

This book didn't grip me quite as much as the first one. I think that was a combination of me being a bit hit and miss with my listening and the book seeming to be a bit disjointed. However once I got into it more I did enjoy it and just to warn you it gets very dark very quickly.

Just one loose end I don't think was tied up, but hopefully that will be sorted out in the next book.

I will say this book has one of the best scenes ever written, all I'll say is it involves nun's. 🤣

Slow Starter But Worth The Effort

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-19

It took me ages to get into this book, I'd got a lot on at the time and so was only listening to bits and bobs when I could.

Once I gave it my full attention for a time though I found it to be well worth the effort and rollicking good fun.

There are a few great little asides to different books or films etc which are very enjoyable when you pick up on them. But overall I just loved the style, the characters and the feel of the book.

Set against the start of WWII there is a sadness that comes into certain parts of the book, however this does not mean that it is a depressing book. Far from it, it is hilarious and the story definitely kept me guessing until the "big reveal".

Little bit of swearing in it but overall highly recommended.

Interesting, but I wouldn't recommend it

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-19

I think J.K Rowling was attempting a social commentary in this book, perhaps I'm naive but the characters seemed to be caricatures rather than real people.

Definitely an interesting work in writing from so many people's perspectives, but there weren't any characters that I actually liked, plenty I pitied, but that's not going to endear them to you.

Not a book I'll be listening to again, the language is down right foul and there should be an explicit warning on this book.

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