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Wonderful MM Historical Mystery and Romance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-20

I was delighted to hear that The Shooting Season would continue as part of a series. The Gentleman's Thief is book 2 in the series and once again I was seduced by the delectable, mysterious Sebastian Cavell, and Benedict Hannan, whose life he has turned upside down.
The chemistry between these two characters is fantastic, and the mystery that unfolds is brilliantly written, with dastardly characters coming out of the woodwork, spiritualism, and a lovely carriage sex scene!
I adore Gary Furlong's narration and I haven't yet found a dud among the work of Starling and Furlong.
A fantastic book and I cannot wait for book 3.

Started well, rushed at the end

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

Reviewed: 22-07-20

This audiobook started well. The narrator was good, although I could hear hints of his natural American accent slipping through.
The story was interesting and enjoyable, but it felt like the author was building the story up and then just left a bunch of story threads hanging.

Being a homosexual in the time the story was set was a jailable offence, however, I got none of the angst of the time, and just the personal angst of the MC who was unsure about his orientation.

The author introduce a nasty character Hale, the boss of the den of thieves that Cavan worked for. However, that character- although used as a threat, was left hanging. He just turned up once to be the bad guy and none of the threats went anywhere. Even when Cavan and Sam escaped there was zero threat from their ex-boss. This was disappointing..

Even more disappointing was the rushed ending. Cavan had no skills apart from being a thief. But then suddenly because he could cook scrambled eggs Benjamin decided he was a marvelous chef... that was pushing my incredulity to the limits.

So, this book could have been better, the second half of the story was rushed and undeveloped, I finished it feeling unsatisfied.

Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 06-07-20

I am so impressed by Callum Hale's narration. He is one of a handful of narrators who can do accurate British regional accents. His performance was great and made a story I would have found a little confusing in ebook, easier to understand.
This time-travel paranormal story has no sex and is the slowest burn MM I've listened to in a long time. It is also an incomplete story which ends abruptly. Luckily the rest of the series is also in audio and so even though I'm not 100% convinced by the story arc, or mad about any of the characters, I will get book 2 because the narration was so well done, and I'd like to hear how this plays out.

lovely story, disappointed by the narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-20

While I enjoyed this story, an initial misstep by the narrator took away from my enjoyment. The chapters were written in either the head of Lawson or Jack. However, the narrator used the same, near wooden primary voice for both characters and separate Aussie accents for dialogue. I don't get why he did that. If he wasn't good at accents I would have understood, however, the accents used for dialogue between Lawson and Jack were good and distinctive. The robotic British primary narration jarred and at times I didn't know which mc was 'talking'.
It's a shame because Antony Ferguson did a great job with Tallowwood.

Good narration, but bland writing

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-20

It's such a shame that the writing in this book was so bland and lazy. It was as if the author was writing to a template. The characters were not believable and all interaction, contrived. The murder plot was also predictable, and the ends not tied properly. We still had no idea of the killers name and how he was connected to his victims. It was made out that the killer had been watching Liam and Thompson, but it wasn't revealed if he was a cop, doctor, or whatever...as I said, lazy plotting.
The narrator was very good and he was the only reason I kept on with this book to the expected end.

Great story, but hate the additional chapter ruse

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

Reviewed: 18-06-20

Honestly, the book and narration are great, but I feel conned once again buy the addition of the first chapter for book 3 -artificially making the book appear longer and the price more expensive.
I wish audible would ban authors from adding additional first chapters for further books. its a con.

Gripping, well-written, well-narrated.

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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: 11-06-20

This was a fantastic book. N.R Walker's in-depth plotting and characterizations brought the story to life and had me on the edge of my seat for 10 hrs! Her portrayal of the systematic corruption in the police department and the cover-up of the murders of young gay men was heart-breaking, anger-inducing, and sadly, all too real. I was behind Detective August Shaw 110% and felt his bone-deep frustration at being given short shrift for so many years in his cold case investigations.

I would love to listen to more of N.R Walker's work in audio, but unfortunately, Joel Leslie does most of her books and I just cannot listen to his narration, so I won't buy those books.

I was very impressed with the narrator for Tallowwood, Antony Ferguson. He coped well with giving the characters slight Australian twangs without making a mockery of the accent and in turn dumbing down the serious topic. Bravo! Well done!

Absurd and over-indulgent

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-20

While I knew this book was the 'same old' cop/serial killer story template, I'd enjoyed the first two books, felt less inclined toward the second two, and by book 5 I really reached my limit, even though the narrator was very good.
The storyline reminded me of books by Aimee Nicole Walker and Gregory Ashe, but it was the repetitive 'life death scenarios' then banging on a consistent loop throughout this particular series that began to bore me.

The ID of the serial killer known as the 7 of Spades was revealed. If I wasn't so confused by how absolutely ABSURD it was that this particular person was chosen to be the serial killer I would have laughed out loud.

We have a body count of more than 50 -FIFTY- before the end game carnage begins. The serial killer has killed 50 mostly grown men and apparently, at least 14 of them were lugged out to the desert and buried - single-handed- without the killer's partner knowing. Forgive the eye-rolls for the complete implausibility of this. There were SO MANY HOLES in the choice of the person for the serial killer. Not only would their lack of physical strength, zero combat training, and involved home life have made all of the detailed planning and preparation for the murders impossible. There was a certain 'gender' fact that would have led to a gap in the murders... which never occurred to the author... or the cops investigating. I feel super disappointed that the author decided on high-octane, blow it all to hell for the end game. And the hour and a half of story afterward the endgame ended up feeling over-indulgent.

How is this even MM when there was no romance?

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-20

I was seriously disappointed with this book, not only did it start in exactly the same way as Lanyon's magic series, it took ages to warm to the characters. The unoriginal story arc meant mystery wasn't a mystery, and zero romance made this book the aural equivalent of 'watching paint dry'. I would say I expected better from this author, but from her most recent output, I don't. Lanyon has lost her edge.

Stunningly brilliant

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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: 21-03-20

This is such a fantastic twisty-turny mystery thriller. Wonderfully plotted and keeping the listener guessing until the very end. There is a romance entwined in the story and it was beautifully balanced with the mystery arc. Narration by Gary Furlong was masterful. This audiobook is a must for lovers of thrillers, police procedurals and mystery.