• Limelight

  • Penny Green Series, Book 1
  • By: Emily Organ
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

How did an actress die twice?

London, 1883. Actress Lizzie Dixie drowned in the River Thames, so how was she murdered five years later in Highgate Cemetery?

Intrepid Fleet Street reporter Penny Green was a friend of Lizzie's, and Scotland Yard needs her help. Does Penny unwittingly hold clues to Lizzie's mysterious death? Penny must work with Inspector James Blakely to investigate the worlds of theater, showmen, and politicians in search of the truth. But who is following her? And who is sending her threatening letters?

Penny is about to discover that Lizzie's life was more complicated, and dangerous, than she could ever have imagined.

©2017 Emily Organ (P)2018 Tantor

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Nice read

The ending had a twist that I didn't guess and that always makes me happy. I liked the book and will probably read more in the series but I didn't love it. But it has potential.

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  • KS
  • 05-06-21

I might not finish it.

I thought this series would be promising, but right at the beginning when the landlady was introduced, Mrs. Garnet from British West Africa, and the narrator uses an approximation of a West Indian accent for the character, I was put off. How disrespectful to take care to differentiate accents from different postcodes of The UK, but can’t be bothered to figure out that populations that live more than 8,000 miles apart don’t sound the same. Ignorance about places where Black and brown people are in the majority is not acceptable.

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Clean and Charming Victorian Mystery

I think this was a delightful read. I loved the narrator and this is one of the few books I think are better listened to than read. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because it is a little slower; but I found the characters and time period so endearing that I didn't want to skip ahead or return it. At the end, you understand why some of the "slower" stuff was in the middle. I wasn't surprised by who the murderer was, but then there were a couple quick twists that did catch me off guard at the end, and I liked that. I have already bought the second and look forward to listening to it.

I don't like reading stories with teenagers as the leads because there tends to be petty drama. I liked that this book had adult main characters, but didn't have any swearing or sex scenes, and wasn't Hallmark cheesy. There is discussion of consorts, but it isn't uncomfortable or detailed. They acknowledge that life style exists and it plays into the murder, but that's it. I would feel good with anyone 12+ listening to this. Buy it!

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Better be abridged!

Way too long till almost the very end, repetitive, dragged and dragged, I kept fastforwarding. A bit too many not very believable coincidences. The narrator does not make a clear distinction between characters in dialogues, it was often v. confusing. However, the resolution was unexpected and satisfying!

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iveting every Moment

A new author for Me and well
l worth the trial. I intend to continue and read the series . I am that impressed with the tentative reporter\forced-to-be-detective and the (for a nice change)friendly,handsome police Inspector. The story is fresh with only one murder of an actress, somtime courtesan. It does seem like everyone has a part-time job except the Inspector.

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A good one for fans of Anne Perry

If you enjoy the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels of Anne Perry, you'll be very comfortable with this novel. While Penny and the inspector are not married, in fact, just meet in this novel, they work together well, bounce ideas off each other, and make their way thru a number of red herrings to get to the truth of the murder. The ending was satisfying, and the characters throughout the book were well developed and interesting personalities. As in Anne Perry's books, the historical manner of living provides a backdrop for the story.

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Can't finish

I've started and stopped this book three times now. It's time to move on. The story is boring and the best efforts of the narrator can't make it interesting. Wasted credit.

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Entered the period and enjoyed !

love the characters and story was grt! looking forward to learning more about them all!

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Too long and too unbelievable

I had enjoyed Emily Organ’s delightful Churchill and Pemberley series. I had expected something similar in a more serious vein, but found instead a book of unlikable characters. Way too many coincidences to be endured. Incredible the way people would just allow the main character into their lives. The reading was also annoying—the reader was unable to lower her voice to even the high range of a man. Made the men sound so wimpy. A waste of money

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  • The Curator
  • 07-29-18

Why don’t Audible label YA fiction as such

I know that there is some excellent fiction for young people and I enjoy reading it on occasion but I was expecting this to be an adult fiction. The appalling narration didn’t help. There was no life or energy in the reading and nothing to engage the reader.

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  • A Moskow
  • 10-21-21

Dreary drivel

What a terrible audiobook! The original idea behind the plot could have produced an enjoyable book, but alas, it failed in every way imaginable. To compound the problem, the narration is sadly lacking… utterly lifeless with a distracting lisp and poor accents (complete with a French waiter straight out of ‘Allo ‘Allo)
Looking through other reviews of one and two stars, I fail to see how Audible promotes this as 4 star. I wish I hadn’t wasted my time.

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  • Helly
  • 06-04-20

Dull and annoying narration

Just couldn’t get past the dull and annoying narration. Not sure if it’s because she’s putting on a northern accent, but every sentence has the exact same cadence and an annoying superciliousness that completely ruined the story and made the protagonist extremely unlikable... ugh

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  • nicola king
  • 09-26-19

Not the best narrator

Enjoyable story but the narrator was not the best, her accents were awful and almost gave up listening but after I guessed ‘whodunnit’ wanted to find out if I was right. Would definitely read some more of this authors books.

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  • fiona kew
  • 06-24-19

Almost gave up halfway through

Found myself wanting to give up half way through due to wooden narration!The story itself was a bit slow in places but ended well. Not sure if I will continue with rest in the series.