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review 2019-12-07 17:22
Es geht weiter mit dem 2. Fall für Louisa
Die Schwestern von Mitford Manor - Jessica Fellowes

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Es ist ihr großer Tag: Pamela Mitford feiert ihren 18. Geburtstag. Doch die Party endet in einer Tragödie, als der charismatische Adrian Curtis in den Tod stürzt. Die Polizei identifiziert schnell das Dienstmädchen Dulcie als Täterin. Louisa Cannon, Anstandsdame und Vertraute der Mitford-Schwestern – und selbst eine ehemalige Kriminelle –, hält Dulcie allerdings für unschuldig. Aber welcher Gast wurde dann zum Mörder? Und welche Rolle spielen Alice Diamond und ihre Bande der vierzig Diebinnen, zu denen Dulcie Kontakt hatte? Louisa und Pamela stellen Nachforschungen an – und der wahre Mörder ist ganz in ihrer Nähe. 

 

Meine Meinung 

Band 1 der Reihe, in dem wir die älteste Schwester Nancy kennengelernt haben, habe ich gelesen. Nun wollte ich mal einen Versuch mit dem Hörbuch und der mir noch unbekannten Sprecherin Juliane Köhler machen.

Im zweiten Band der Reihe dreht sich alles um Pamela und ihren 18. Geburtstag, auf dessen Feier ein junger Mann ums Leben kommt.

 

Womit mich die Autorin wieder sehr schnell in den Bann ziehen konnte, war der kriminelle Part im Buch. Das Dienstmädchen Dulcie Long und auch ihre Schwester sind bzw. waren Mitglieder der weiblichen Verbrecherbande „Forty Thieves“.

London und diese Zeit, in der die Geschichte spielt, braucht sowas einfach.

Es passt vom Setting und auch von der Atmosphäre und man ahnte als Hörer von Vornherein, dass von dieser Seite Gefahr in Verzug ist.

 

Und dann kommt es zum schrecklichen Vorfall, dass der junge Adrian Curtis bei Pamela’s Party aus dem Kirchturm fällt und stirbt. Niemand weiß, was sich dort oben abgespielt hat. Gab es einen Streit oder sogar einen Kampf?

Eines ist gewiss. Kurz nach seinem Sturz erscheint das Dienstmädchen des Hauses, Dulcie und wird prompt verhaftet.

Ist sie die wahre Täterin? Und was sollte ihr Motiv gewesen sein?

 

Louisa beschließt diesen Fall zu untersuchen und stößt dabei um viele Geheimnisse, welche Dulcie um ihr Leben gesponnen hat. Aber diese neuen Informationen bringen genau zum richtigen Zeitpunkt Schwung in die Geschichte.

 

Weiterhin ist das Buch durch eine sehr angenehme Sprechstimme seitens Juliane Köhler geprägt, welche einen gut durch die Geschichte führt. Dieses „Ermitteln in eigener Sache“ bereichert das Buch schon, es gibt auch ein Wiedersehen mit Guy aus Band 1.

Ansonsten sollten sich die Hörer und Leser auf viele Geheimnisse gefasst machen.

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Der Kritikpunkt, der für mich wohl über die gesamte Reihe bestehen bleiben wird, ist, dass wir die Geschichte und Erlebnisse aus der Sicht der Anstandsdame Louisa Cannon erzählt bekommen. Was mir da verloren geht, sind die Eigenheiten der individuellen und berühmten Mitford-Schwestern. Sie kommen mir in ihrer Persönlichkeit einfach zu kurz. Heißt, ich hätte mir lieber jeweils eine Schwester als Protagonistin gewünscht und nicht unbedingt Louisa.

Mag absolute Geschmackssache sein, da man ohne Louisa wohl auf den Nachforschungspart in den Büchern verzichten müsste.

 

Mein Fazit

Auch der zweite Band der Reihe konnte mich gut unterhalten.

Das Medium Hörbuch werde ich mir für den kommenden Band im Hinterkopf halten. Trotz der vielen Figuren im Buch, konnte ich den Überblick behalten und der Geschichte und dem Fall aufmerksam folgen.

Ich freue mich auf Schwester Nr. 3.

 

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text 2019-10-04 04:30
September Books

I read 35 books this month with an average score of 3.87. 7 were graphic novels and 14 were YA. My most-read genres were mystery, contemporary, and sci-fi. Fantasy and thriller were right behind. It's been a while since romance didn't make that list. Horror actually tied it for sixth.

 

I just realized all my favorite books were graphic novels this month. It was a really good month for those. Of those, I think Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1: High School Is Hell might have been my favorite, but it's really close with Pumpkinheads and Go For It, Nakamura!. All three of those had great art and I had a smile on my face the entire time I read them.

 

My least favorite was Bring Me Back - B.A. Paris. The main character frustrated me for the entire book and I just wanted him to stop and actually think things through.

 

 

4.5 Stars

Go For It, Nakamura! - Syundei 春泥  Pumpkinheads - Rainbow Rowell,Faith Erin Hicks  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1: High School Is Hell - Jordie Bellaire,Joss Whedon,Dan Mora  The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel) - Margaret Atwood  Astra Lost in Space, Vol. 1 - Shinohara Kenta  

 

4 Stars

Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel - Meg Gardiner The Lovely and the Lost - Jennifer Lynn Barnes  Parasite - Mira Grant  The Boys Omnibus, Vol. 1 TPB - Darick Robertson,Garth Ennis,Peter Snejbjerg  Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris  Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World - Ashley Herring Blake  The Grief Keeper - Alexandra Villasante  

The Mother-in-Law - Sally Hepworth  Keep This to Yourself - Tom Ryan  My Sister, the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite  Symbiont - Mira Grant  Let Me Hear a Rhyme - Tiffany D. Jackson  Chimera (Parasitology) - Mira Grant  Killing November - Adriana Mather

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass - Steve Pugh,Mariko Tamaki  His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe's Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined - Kendare Blake,Fran Wilde,Lamar Giles,Stephanie Kuehn,Emily Lloyd-Jones,Hillary Monahan,Rin Chupeco,Dahlia Adler,Tessa Gratton,Marieke Nijkamp,Caleb Roehrig,Amanda Lovelace,Tiffany D. Jackson  The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World - Sarah Weinman  The Perfect Wife - J.P. Delaney  A Duke by Default - Alyssa Cole  Wayward Son - Rainbow Rowell  

 

3.5 Stars

The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date #3) - Jasmine Guillory  You Must Not Miss - Katrina Leno  The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor  The Lost Coast - Amy Rose Capetta  Middlegame - Seanan McGuire  Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage - Amy Klobuchar,In This Together Media  Murder in the Mews - Agatha Christie

Loki: Where Mischief Lies - Mackenzi Lee  

3 Stars

The Under Dog and Other Stories - Agatha Christie 

 

2.5 Stars

Bring Me Back: A Novel - B.A. Paris 

 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 4
  • Female: 28
  • Nonbinary: 1
  • Male/Female Mix: 2

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 14
  • Audio: 21

 

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review 2019-10-02 22:51
Days of Air and Darkness / Katharine Kerr
Days of Air and Darkness - Katharine Kerr

The city of Cengarn is under siege. Armies both astral and physical are massing for and against the goddess Alshandra, who seeks to prevent the birth of one fate-bound child. It falls to the dweomermaster Jill and her allies to protect the child's human mother, Princess Carra--and Deverry's already foretold future--by magic and by might. But as the warrior Rhodry wings toward the battle on dragonback, he cannot know that soon he will face his ancient enemy, Alshandra's high priestess Raena, who will use any means to destroy him. Their confrontation could turn the tide of the siege--and change the fate of Deverry forever.

 

This is a very odd series, just for the combination of features that the author uses. Celtic history and language used in a rather realistic way, but liberally salted with Magic, the ethereal plain and it’s otherworldly beings, and now Dragons. I have a difficult time knowing what to write about because of this scattering of elements.

I find some of the dialog tiring because of the way that Kerr phrases it. I realize that she has chosen her form of “Bygone-ese” and is sticking with it, but I find it gets in my way while I’m reading. Your mileage may vary.

I must admit, however, that I find Rhodry’s strategy when partnered with his dragon in battle was ingenious (and as realistic as possible regarding dragons). This despite admitting that I don’t really like Rhodry much as a character, which is a bit dismaying since he’ll be continuing on in the next book and Jill won’t be. Not that I was entirely sold on her either, mind you.

I’m not sure why this series makes me a bit cranky, but it does. I’ve already purchased the next two volumes from my used book store, so I’m pretty sure that I’ll read them, but prepare yourself for more whining when I actually do.

Book number 327 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project.

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review 2019-10-02 22:28
The Last Hours / Minette Walters
The Last Hours - Minette Walters

When the Black Death enters England through the port in Dorsetshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is—or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The Church cites God as the cause, and fear grips the people as they come to believe that the plague is a punishment for wickedness.

But Lady Anne of Develish has her own ideas. Educated by nuns, Anne is a rarity among women, being both literate and knowledgeable. With her brutal husband absent from the manor when news of this pestilence reaches her, she looks for more sensible ways to protect her people than daily confessions of sin. She decides to bring her serfs inside the safety of the moat that surrounds her manor house, then refuses entry to anyone else, even her husband.

Lady Anne makes an enemy of her daughter and her husband’s steward by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs...until food stocks run low. The nerves of all are tested by continued confinement and ignorance of what is happening in the world outside. The people of Develish are alive. But for how long? And what will they discover when the time comes for them to cross the moat again?

 

As historical fantasy goes, this is very much to my taste. How can I resist a tale about a noblewoman resisting the patriarchy of her time, both socially and religiously? Since I’m a firm believer in the worth of education, the importance of literacy, and in the ability to reason well and plan accordingly, this book was perfect for a cold, snowy day where I prefered to hunker indoors rather than venture out into the snow storm.

This is a departure from Walters’ usual genre, that of the mystery, and I found it to be well done. How difficult it must have been to live through the Black Death, wondering how in the world the disease was spread and being given apocalyptic reasons by the all-dominating Catholic Church. How brave must have been the people who dared to dissent, claiming that God was kinder than the Church was willing to acknowledge? Those who decided that God could not have anything to do with the pandemic.

Some readers may find that the attitudes displayed by Lady Anne and Thaddeus Thurkell to be too modern for the tale. I struggled with that briefly, but got caught up in the story and abandoned my reservations early on. If we are going to enjoy historical fantasy, why not give the characters motivations that modern readers can identify with?

If you enjoy this book, may I also recommend to you Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book and C.C. Humphrey’s Plague.

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review 2019-10-02 22:06
The Janus Stone / Elly Griffiths
The Janus Stone - Elly Griffiths

It’s been only a few months since archaeologist Ruth Galloway found herself entangled in a missing persons case, barely escaping with her life. But when construction workers demolishing a large old house in Norwich uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway—minus its skull—Ruth is once again called upon to investigate. Is it a Roman-era ritual sacrifice, or is the killer closer at hand?

Ruth and Detective Harry Nelson would like to find out—and fast. When they realize the house was once a children’s home, they track down the Catholic priest who served as its operator. Father Hennessey reports that two children did go missing from the home forty years before—a boy and a girl. They were never found. When carbon dating proves that the child’s bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn ever more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the trail by frightening her, and her unborn child, half to death.

 

Okay, I have definitely become invested in this series. I really like the main character, Ruth Galloway, probably because I can see a fair number of my own beliefs and qualities reflected in her. Ruth is a professional woman, working for a university, building a life for herself as a single woman, pretty immune to religion of any flavour but willing to contemplate the faith of her friendly neighbourhood Druid, and reserving the right to tell everyone else to bugger off.

I must confess that I don’t know how I would have responded to finding myself pregnant after a one night stand, but I think I would have waded into the situation just as Ruth has done. I find myself both fascinated by her situation and glad that I never had to face it myself (although I’m aware that it could easily have happened).

I found it amusing that this self-sufficient woman, who never really expects to have a stable relationship with any of the men in her life, ends up in hospital with no fewer than three of them in tow. When I’ve ended up in hospital, its always been my female friends and relatives who have surrounded me!

I’m so tempted to just barrel along through this series, but I also find myself wanting to draw out the reading experience and not finish it up too quickly. I do enjoy the anticipation of waiting to read the next installment! I guess that’s my way of saying that I’ll definitely read The House at Sea’s End, but I’ll save it for a special occasion or when I need a pick-me-up.

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