• Evil in Emerald

  • A Harriet Gordon Mystery, Book 3
  • By: A. M. Stuart
  • Narrated by: Olivia Dowd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (201 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Craving a change of pace, Harriet Gordon, joins a local musical theatre production but when a fellow cast member is brutally killed, Harriet and Inspector Curran must turn the spotlight on murder in this all-new mystery from the author of Revenge in Rubies.

Between working at her brother’s school and typing up Inspector Robert Curran’s police reports, Harriet Gordon has little time for personal pursuits and she has been enjoying the rehearsals for her role in the Singapore Amateur Dramatic and Musical Society’s latest production - Pirates of Penzance. But Harriet quickly discovers tensions run deep within the theatre company and when the leading man is found murdered, suspicions abound, exposing scandalous behavior as well as some insidious crimes.

Inspector Curran once again turns to Harriet for help with this difficult case, but his own life begins to unravel as a mysterious man turns up on his doorstep claiming to know more about Curran’s painful past than he himself does. And after the one person he has always counted on delivers him some devastating news, the line between his personal and professional life begins to blur. Now, more than ever, Curran needs Harriet’s steadfast assistance, and when another cast member meets a violent end, Curran and Harriet will have to close in on a killer determined to make this case their final curtain call.

©2022 A.M. Stuart (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Lovely but predictable

I enjoyed characters developmemt through the series but the mystery was not mysterious enough.

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Annoying narration that isn't evident in the sampl

I wanted to enjoy the story, but this book wasn't read very well at all which meant that I felt the need to skip whole chapters regularly

Each word is over pronounced and there is no difference in the voices; even male and female!
I had to increase the playing speed to tolerate the pedantic pronunciation. It's a shame as I was looking forward to listening to this novel.

The story wasn't as interesting as the other two and needn't have been so long.

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Boring narrator adds no life to workmanlike story

I’ll start with the performance… well, the best thing about it is that, since they use different readers for the books, they won’t use this one again. Half the time I found myself dozing off and half the time irritated by her delivery.

Now to the story… Honestly, it was not as good as the first two. I saw “whodunnit “ about a quarter of the way through, which means it was WAY too obvious since I rarely figure things out until much later (if not until it’s explained to me.)

There are three intermingled plot lines, only two of which are concluded (so be forewarned that there is a bit of a cliff hanger.) A couple of major recurring characters depart (only one of which I will miss.) So, enough going on to move the series forward even if I don’t like the direction of some of the elements.

As I said, I think this is the weakest of the series so far. I still like the setting and the characters, so I will try the next one, but if you are interested in this series, don’t start here.




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Memorable Story

I'm thrilled for the next book! this series gets better and better! the killer may have been a bit predictable but the taking of the story, the balance of all things tasteful, and the intriguing lives of these characters fleshes into a captivating story. the narrator was excellent as well. better than the previous one.

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Best Read This Year

I have listened to all three books. I have LOVED all of them. The writing is fast moving with very well written characters and story line. The time period and setting is wonderful. The author keeps the mystery and a touch of romance. The narrator Olivia Dowd is absolutely perfect. Couldn't ask for better. I hope there are many more to come. Thanks, Ms. Stuart for such wonderful books. Best I've read in a long time.

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Geat story very poor reader

The reader was horrible he did not make any changes in his voice or tone You couldn't tell who was who. it was like he was just reading a book from rote. Or possibly a computer read the book for as much personality he imparted to anybody.

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Excellent Historical Mystery Novel

Evil in Emerald is a dense, atmospheric and multi-layered mystery novel. It's set in 1910 in a hot and sultry, English-ruled Singapore The crimes and criminals are widespread and seemingly unconnected. Until the end, of course.

The heroes are Harriet Norton, widow, tutor, and police stenographer, and Inspector Robert Curran, a principled and honest-to-a-fault policeman who never gives up. Together and apart they work to solve numerous crimes, including three murders.

But running underlying the lives of all the characters in this book run currents of deep emotions - grief, humiliation, anger, jealousy, lust, greed, pain of rejection, and love. Stuart writes these powerfully.

The book begins in the light-hearted Gilbert and Sullivan musical, The Pirates of Penzance. Then a leading player is murdered, and the delightful silliness disappears. Harriet, who has a minor part in the musical sleuths among the actors while Inspector Curran follows the evidence. His investigation takes him to other crimes. Then another player is murdered. And another.

Curran never falters in his search for the truth despite being hit again and again with personal tragedies. The resolving of the all crimes (but one) is satisfying though tragic, but the book goes in a bit longer, revealing glimpses of secrets which surely must follow and unravel in Stuart's next book.

I was totally immersed in the story and enjoyed it enough to consider reading the two previous books in the series. The narrator was terrific.

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The Best Yet

This is the third novel in the Harriet Gorton series and we hope the author is hard at work on the fourth. All three are worth listening to but this one is the best so far - the most complex and absorbing- even if the murderer is a shade obvious. Harriet Gordon is excellent company as are the supporting characters. The rendering of early nineteenth century Singapore is unique among the plethora of historical mysteries and very interesting and worthwhile. That alone makes these novels worthwhile.

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Historical mystery in a foreign land

I really enjoy this series historical placement in Singapore for its different setting and intermix local and colonialism culture in early 20th century.. The Author’s writing and, content development is very good and consistent throughout the tree books so far. The story line flows and characters are well thought out.

Can’t wait for book four in the series.

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The best so far

I am a Harriet Gordon fan from the beginning and this installment builds considerably on her character. There’s a good mystery, star crossed lovers to spare and just enough threads left loose to not make the whole feel too tidy and contrived.

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  • Mrs Z Gray
  • 08-06-22

Lovely book

This is the 3rd in the series, and my favourite so far. I love a whodunnit and a period drama, so this satisfies my requirements nicely. Super easy reading, I was unable to find the book in stores and my impatience lead me to try the audible version - it doesn’t disappoint. The narrator delivered all the characters well, and her gentle voice didn’t detract from the story itself.

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  • Rosemary
  • 05-20-22

Hugely Enjoyable

Great story full of twists and turns. For the audio book please find a new narrator. It is fairly flat and no distinction between male and female voices. Go to the first narrator Saskia Maarleveld for book 4 Terror in Topaz.

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