I enjoyed the first book of this series and really liked the female lead character. Her brother seemed to need some fleshing out as a character, so we will see if that happens in the coming books, or if he is meant to be a side character, rather than a main character, as it appeared when the series began.
This book was one of the ones that are so fabulous you wish they wouldn't end. I'm hoping there will be at least one more book to this story.
This is not just a family saga...there's history, mystery, romance, and plenty of suspense.
Please try to start it when you have plenty of time to read with no interruptions as it's important to take in who the characters are and keep them straight to follow the winding, weaving intricacies of the great plotting of this story.
This has been a great series until this book. We all know most series that last any length of time will have their ups and downs, so I'm hoping this is just a dip in the road. However, the afterword in this book, merely signed "The Author," (who we all know is really Tim Myers), is not encouraging. It reads, "In addition, I've had quite a few folks say that they would like my donut books to be a bit shorter, more along the lines of my diner and ghost cat mysteries. Keeping that in mind, I've cut a few scenes in order to provide you all with a more compact novel that I trust you will enjoy."
Is this an author writing this? As book lovers' we all know that the mark of a really GOOD book is that we NEVER want it to end! His other books in this series were fast, fun reads that had real flow to them. Not so, this installment.
I also wonder how these "folks" let him know they thought his books were too long as neither Jessica Beck or Tim Myers' website have a way to contact the author or leave your thoughts.
I will read the next book, but if this series has gone downhill permanently, there are just too many great books out there just begging to to read to spend more money or credits on a series that just doesn't "cook" anymore.
The first book of the wonderful Mitford series, Unabridged on 16 CD's.
The narrator on this is John McDonough. He is a good narrator, but it does seem odd they didn't choose someone with a southern accent to narrate this book. I much prefer the author's voice, used in the abridged version, as her accent seems to fit the story much better. If an author has a good voice, they can tell their story like no other. I guess she didn't have time to record the unabridged version at that stage in the series though with the second book to write. That said, the abridged version is very short and leaves so many wonderful parts out, that it is much better to listen to this version, even with the accent that doesn't seem to fit.
Recorded Books, LLC, puts out some of the best audiobooks made, and this one is no exception. Very enjoyable. I just had listened to the one read by the author first and was surprised when the unabridged was not read by her.
Are there any bad Aunt Dimity books? If so, I haven't gotten there yet.
Wonderful twists and turns to a good plot and always the warmth and hope that Nancy Atherton is so good at weaving her tales around. I can be in the worst mood ever and 2 pages into an Aunt Dimity book, it has vanished. Thank you, Nancy Atherton...your books are much better for stress relief than any medication!
I've loved every Aunt Dimity book, but this is my least favorite of the series.
It's still a good book, but most of your favorite Finch characters are missing, as are Bill, William, and to a large extent, Rob and Will, as Lori and Bree go from one large estate to another searching for a lost prince.