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Summary

Alex Kingston reads her brand-new novel featuring River Song, from the worlds of Doctor Who.

1939, New York. Private-eye Melody Malone is hired to find a stolen ruby, the Eye of Horus. The ruby might hold the secret to the location of Cleopatra's tomb - but everyone who comes into contact with it dies.

Can Melody escape the ruby's curse?

1939, New York. River Song, author of the Melody Malone mysteries, is forced to find a reality-altering weapon, the Eye of Horus - but everyone who comes into contact with it dies. River doesn't believe in curses - but is she wrong?

From the top-security confines of Stormcage to the barbarism of first-century Egypt, River battles to find the Eye of Horus before its powers are used to transform the universe. To succeed, she must team up with a most unlikely ally - her own fictional alter ego, Melody. And together they must solve another mystery: is fiction changing into fact - or is fact changing into fiction? 

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MASSIVE FAN!! LOVE YOU ALEX

I’ve been waiting ever since the announcement!!! I’m so happy the wait is over!! I will make a more in-depth review once I’m finished but I know for a fact this is going to be one of my fave reads

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so enjoyable.

I really loved this book. river is my favourite character. a few inconsistencies but well worth the read/listen. and it was easy to follow even with all the timey wimey stuff (lol).

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brilliant story , river song is the best

Really loved this Doctor Who, River Song story , loved Doctor Who my whole life and River Song is one of my favourite characters. love Alex Kingstons voice, could listen all day and can't wait for more. Been waiting for this since I heard about it. Story is fantastic loved the way it went back and forth from River Song and her writing her Private Eye, Melody Malone story. I love that reading a book about a person writing a book makes me laugh 😅.

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River Song/Melody Malone fantastic

I loved this story so much that I missed out on sleep to finish it.

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Alex Kingston nailed it

i love how well she knows her character and fixes flaws from the original book

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Amazing

Alex Kingston has really written a great book. I was hooked from chapter 2. 100% recommend

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Excellent

I got this because I love the character but fell in love with the story and the epic narration by Alex Kingston I definitely recommend.

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absolutely brilliant

loved it love river song
story was brilliant and amazingly narratted by alex kingston

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stick with this as it does settle into a good story and adventure. almost gave up at the opening paragraph but glad I didn't!

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great book

No "spoilers" from me. A great listen for Dr Who fans and lovers of books which are a bit different. I loved it!.

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  • Mark M.
  • 22-05-21

Timey-Wimey Whirlwind of Fun

What a joy this is, made more so by Alex Kingston’s performance! The plot is complex to no end, juggling a main story, as well as a story-within-a-story, skipping wildly through time, doubling back on itself, encountering new and familiar faces along the way, and eventually blurring which is the main story and which is the story-within-a-story. It’s a wonder that with so many plot threads, taking us farther and farther from any sign of a conclusion, it is able to neatly and satisfyingly tie it all up in the end.
I will say that at a few points some of the minor characters are hard to keep track of. But otherwise this is a heck of a tale. It’s as if someone said “No one writes a more timey-wimey tale than Stephen Moffat”, and then Alex Kingston replied, “Hold my beer!” And her reading isn’t just your standard narration. This is a performance!

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  • Judy Bates
  • 19-06-21

Fans of River Song will love it!

Great story, loved the narration and has plenty of twists! Read this for a rocking good time!

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  • Alex Leigh
  • 16-06-21

Awesome!!

I loved this so very much!! I literally laughed out loud so many times while listening. I really hope Alex Kingston keeps up writing more River Song stories. I’ve missed her sass in The Who world lately.

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  • Nell Lime
  • 15-06-21

Great characters

Having read some of the other reviews, I chose to read this so I don’t normally read Doctor Who novels and it’s been a long time since I’ve Been an active watcher of the show. I did find the character very fascinating and was very curious about this novel especially that it was written by the actress herself. It’s been a long time but I have read a few Doctor Who novels in the past and I think this one was better than any of the other ones I’ve read and I think except for the theme fell flat it was overall a fairly good story. I think the theme fell flat because you didn’t walk away feeling like the main character had grown, And the cameo at the end that triggers the main character to defeat the bad guy felt really forced and didn’t feel like it made sense to have happened. It jarred me out of the story and As it felt like it went against the message in the theme of the book. Besides that it’s a very well crafted story she did a very good job with a plot and the characterization. I don’t know if I would read it again, and would only recommend it if you really like the character. The performance though is well done, the story is also overall fairly good. Anyways, I would be very curious to see if the author writes anything else in the future because I do see promise of good writing.

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  • Truthful Revew
  • 12-06-21

Big River Fan

I am a big fan. If you like Dr. Who, you'll enjoy this sun spin off.

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  • Brad Rivera
  • 11-06-21

Amazing performance by River Song

Alex Kingston did an amazing job on this one! I enjoyed the story, the performance, and most of all, how immersing it was. Truly felt like part of the Doctor Who world. LOVE IT!

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  • Shaunetta Braughton
  • 08-06-21

Spoilers sweetie

loved it! narrator and story is wonderful!! but I can say no more because,well, spoilers sweetie. I'm off to listen again

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  • mshbriggs
  • 05-06-21

I ❤❤ River Song

I absolutley loved this mixed story of her. If you ever need a character(s) to look up to as one to base your own strong personal character....take note of River/ Melody.

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  • Becca
  • 04-06-21

Love River Song!

This was such a River Song kind of narrative! More from Alex Kingston, please!

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  • Kerry
  • 04-06-21

Alex Kingston is River Song

This was done brilliantly and I loved every moment of it. I adore River Song and Alex Kingston is the reason why.