• An Ominous Explosion

  • Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 10
  • By: Lynn Messina
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (133 ratings)

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By: Lynn Messina
Narrated by: Jill Smith
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Publisher's Summary

To be clear: Beatrice, Duchess of Kesgrave, does not think every dead person in London is the victim of a sinister plot. The city is large, after all, and some of its inhabitants had to have died from innocent causes. Like Peter Huzza, who was killed in a horrifying steam engine accident. It is shocking, yes, the way his body was torn apart by the explosion of his very own machine, but not entirely surprising. High-pressure steam is notoriously dangerous to harness. 

There is no reason to suspect foul play. 

Nope, none at all. 

And yet there is that disquiet Bea feels when she pictures the decimation caused by the blast. It just doesn't seem quite decimated enough. But the alternative makes even less sense, for how could she have noticed something that 100 other spectators missed? Believing the inventor was murdered right before their eyes—it is a wildly implausible theory.

No doubt it is. But when has Beatrice Hyde-Clare ever let the impossibility of a theory stop her?

©2022 Lynn Messina (P)2022 Lynn Messina

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Can't stand the. reader. Found her voice grating

The narrator's style and voice are gratingly annoying. Between the narrator and the slow and laborious beginning I was unable to continue listening and will return.

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Such a feel good series!

I have enjoyed this entire series. The characters are unique, endearing and so so funny. Perfect tone for a little break from the business of life!

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A marvelous listen as always

I wish there was more than one book a year for this series, hint hint.
Don't try to make the stories more than they are, just enjoy the authors' talent for a good story. I have all of the books in this series and look forward to many more.
Note on the narration, I had to turn the speed down to 90, as. the voice for the younger cousin & the aunt too shrill for my taste.

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Charming characters, but there needs to be some growth

I love this series and the characters, most especially the witty banter. However, in the last two books, I feel as if Bea is becoming a bit of a bully and exhibiting less intelligence in the way she chooses to interact with suspects. She’s unnecessarily antagonizing people which puts her own life in danger, and she’s a bit too obtuse at times. You would think that after several investigations she would show that she’s learned and improved her interrogation skills, but instead she seems to be getting worse. I’m a big fan of character growth, but am less impressed by character stagnancy.