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Publisher's Summary

When Harriet Gordon receives word from a friend about a tragic death, she and Inspector Curran are thrust into a web of family secrets that threatens to destroy them both in this all-new mystery from the author of Singapore Sapphire.

Singapore, 1910 - Harriet Gordon has found fulfillment at last. Her young ward, Will, has settled into his new home with Harriet and her brother, Julian. And Harriet’s employment as a typist at the Straits Settlements Police Force has given her an intriguing way to occupy her time and some much-needed financial independence. But when her friend and employer, Inspector Robert Curran, is called to the scene of a brutal murder and Harriet is asked to comfort the victim’s family, her newfound sense of contentment is abruptly shattered. 

Sylvie Nolan, the new and much-younger wife of Lieutenant Colonel John Nolan, has been bludgeoned to death in her bedroom. The tightly knit military community in Singapore quickly closes ranks to hinder Curran’s investigation, and Harriet realizes that her friendship with the colonel’s sister might prove useful. 

But to get close enough to the family’s secrets, Harriet must once again face her painful past, and Curran is forced to dredge up some long-buried secrets of his own. And when more shocking deaths occur that all seem linked to Sylvie’s murder, Harriet and Curran discover that they too are in the sights of a callous killer....

©2020 A. M. Stuart (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Why Change the Narrator?

For my money, this just wasn't as good as the first in the series. It may be because the narrator drove me up the wall. The reading was oddly wooden, and with a strange kind of 'little girl' kind of voice thing going on that drove me BATS. I actually only kept listening because I liked the first one, and Harriet, so much. All that having been said. This wasn't Bad. It just wasn't as good. No sizzle between Harriet and Curran, and a Very convoluted plot that was kind of a mash up of a bunch of British Colonial/Honor of The Regiment type stuff. I'll hope the third, when it arrives, is a bit stronger.

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Very entertaining!

I really enjoyed this second book in the Harriet Gordon mystery series. What a terrific storyline, with wonderful writing and an interesting cast of characters. And of course, with great reading by Katherine Lee McEwan.

I was initially annoyed that they changed readers because I adored Saskia Maarleveld, the woman who had read the previous book. But Ms. McEwan rose to the occasion and I got over my bias.

I am so looking forward to the next in the series.

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Ruined by wooden stilted narration

I enjoyed the gentle drama of the first of the series, brought to life by beautiful narration, This is the opposite, killed by dreadful, stilted narration. I gave up after a couple of chapters.

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Change the narrator

I found it hard to find the same charm of listening to the first book, specifically with the narration by the new voice. There were moments of listening that I could not tell which of the characters were talking, except for few. I really wish you bring back Saskia to narrate the next book of the series.

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As Good as the First Book

After reading the reviews I hesitated but decided to go ahead. I thought the reader was just fine and did not deserve the negative comments. I found the story just as engaging as the first book and look forward to the third installment.

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another great listen

got so involved with listening to this book while driving but I didn't notice that the gas gauge was getting low. was a shock when the little gas light came on.

can't wait to listen to the third book.

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Should have continued with Saskia Maarleveld. McEwan spoils the writing. I found myself concentrating hard to ignore her voice and to hear the words. The story is nearly as good as the first. Looking forward to the third. After sampling the new reader narrating another book, I have hopes that she will be better than Ms. McEwan.

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Really very good

One of the least banal series of recent years, great setting, tight plots, well-developped characters, and very enjoyable resolution.

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Barbara Rosenblat … you are needed!!

This is the 2nd book in the series I have listened to and the second narrator that has turned in a mediocre performance. The story has kept me listening in spite of that mild irritation. I would love to hear what someone of Barbara Rosenblat’s stature could make of these books.
The stories are worth it. I see the upcoming book, Evil in Emerald, is being read by a 3rd narrator. The colorful setting and the wonderful weaving of the plots and characters have me hooked! I will be pre-ordering the next one and hope that the next narrator can do it justice!

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  • 02-17-22

Love the story and characters

Enjoying the history, setting, and characters. Mystery delightfully convoluted. These are the reasons I perseveared through the listen. I think with a more animated and dynamic narration it would really shine.

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  • Clare
  • 05-13-21

Definitely recommend, but...

Must confess I was SO disappointed when I started listening to this and realised the fabulous narrator from book 1 had been replaced. The characters sounded all wrong and I had to stop listening... But, after a break, I returned and the change in voices didn’t grate and I was able to enjoy another fab tale by A.M. Stuart. Just loving this series... really interesting time & place, strong characters and a enjoyable level of murder & mystery (not lots of gore or psychological creepiness). The narrator sounded a bit computerised at first, but was just fine once they got going, although I did speed it up a bit (1.1x). Definitely recommend, but don’t rush from book 1 to book 2, the voices sound all wrong!

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  • allotmentlass
  • 02-12-21

Very Enjoyable

Better than the first Harriet Gordon book. Characters developing well and new ones from different backgrounds create interest.
I found the narrator a bit slow and listened at 1.1 X speed, but she read clearly and has pleasant voice. Accents not great, but not overdone.
Hopefully a third book will come along.

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  • MJ
  • 10-03-21

Wrong speed Audible, wrong narrator!

The narration of this second book was a disappointment. First of all the speed was all wrong, just terrible. I had to increase it to x 1.2 for it to make comfortable listening. Even then this book lost much of its charm because the narrator was not the same one used in the first book. She had been perfect. With these two flaws the story still stood as entertaining and the development of the characters making it certain that I will be looking out for book 3 in the series. Just hope you correct what was missing Audible or you will be letting this author down.

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  • Platykat
  • 10-22-20

Loved the story, unimpressed by narrator.

I could hardly wait for the next Harriet Gordon Mystery having enjoyed the first so much. Sadly, I found the narrator was not the same one who had enthralled me in the first book. In this book I found myself cringing at the mis-pronunciations and lack-lustre voice.

Oh! Please give book III a narrator worthy of A M Stuart's talent. I found myself unable to sink softly into the book as I had done with book I. There was nothing wrong with the story, but if the narrator is sub-standard then it doesn't matter how exciting the book can be, it merely limps along rather than zinging!

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