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In the spring of 1853, Private Detective Laetitia Rodd receives a delicate request from a retired actor, whose days on the stage were ended by a theatre fire 10 years before. His great friend, and the man he rescued from the fire, Thomas Transome, has decided to leave his wife, who now needs assistance in securing a worthy settlement. Though Mrs. Rodd is reluctant to get involved with the scandalous world of the theatre, she cannot turn away the woman in need. She agrees to take the case. 

But what starts out as a simple matter of negotiation becomes complicated when a body is discovered in the burnt husk of the old theatre. Soon Mrs. Rodd finds herself embroiled in family politics, rivalries that put the Capulets and Montagues to shame, and betrayals on a Shakespearean scale. Mrs. Rodd will need all her investigative powers, not to mention her famous discretion, to solve the case before tragedy strikes once more.

©2021 Kate Saunders (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Missing Anna Bentinck as narrator

The story was not as good as the first two and I do not like the new narrator. Mrs Rodd just doesn’t sound the same and the new narrator cannot do the male voices.

I may have liked it better if the narration was better. I felt lost at times.

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New narrator unfortunately

This series has changed narrators and the new ones tone is so monotonous that I gave up listening.

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Missing the former narrator

I love this series but the narrator is the wrong voice. She sounds young while Mrs Rodd is older- it makes the story hard to listen to. Please change the narrator and find someone more age appropriate for the book.

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Suspenseful and quirky fun great narrator!

This is normally not my type of book, but I loved this. It was very engaging and enjoyable the narrator did a nice job of immersing us in the world. Can't wait for the next one!

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Sordid, dreary and depressing

I chose this title because it was described as "charming," "genteel", and as having an "engaging protagonist." None of this is accurate in my opinion. At the outset, I was willing to suspend my disbelief that the prudish, meddling, and overly religious protagonist was called on by the police to assist in their murder inquiries. It had the feel of an alternate universe. This is not a real problem if the rest of the story is engaging and a pleasant way to be entertained while doing chores or exercising. So far so good for the first 3 hours. After the second 3 hours, as the judgmental, prissy protagonist agonized over the absurd goings on among two rival theatrical families, one fairly depraved and the other unbelievably holy, I thought things had really accelerated downhill. The story was fairly predictable at this point. I decided not to waste any more time and skipped to the end, listening at 2x speed. My prediction was correct. The female character who took any action to improve her situation is doomed and the "victims" are exonerated en mass. The author's note at the end explains that this is a somewhat autobiographical tale and needed to be written to banish some ghosts. However, I found it distasteful and not worth the credit nor the time. In addition, while the reader perfectly captures the goody-goody persona of the protagonist, it was still a challenge for me to listen to her prissy, stereotypical Victorian, sermonizing voice.

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Terrible Narrator

The narrator simply reads the story. There is no true distinction between characters, no character development, no depth of character. it seems that the narrator has never read the books. Extremely disappointed.

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Oh, Dear...

I really LOVED the first two of these, and was actually waiting for this one to appear on Audible - rare, as I am usually not that organized. So, I pounced. It was going to be my 'Listen-While-I-Do-All-That-Holiday-Stuff treat. But, erm, sadly, NOT. It's not awful, but it is nowhere near as good as the first two. The big problem is the change of narrator. WHY? Why, why, why? Anna Bentinck was just great; she made Mrs Rodd someone rather exceptional. This narration makes her sound like a prissy old maid, which is precisely what she isn't. I'm afraid that if Sasha Higgins narrates the next one, I won't be using a credit on it. It just made it really run of the mill, and at times, rather annoying. I just don't care too much about spending time in the company of this Mrs Rodd. The second problem is the story. It's not bad, either. But it isn't very good, either. It's OK, but really smacks of "I Need To Think Up Something for Book III." I think with Anna Bentinck narrating, I wouldn't have minded - but honestly, the combination of this narrator and this very so-so plot sank it for me. Let's hope book IV is better. Honestly, I'd skip this one.

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Couldn't do it

The new narrator seems to have no grasp at all of who the players in the book are. She reads every line of every character in the same vaguely whiny manner. And so, rather than becoming the characters, the new narrator herself actually becomes a distraction from them. I found that the narrator had my attention all the while, instead of the story. I hope this is a one-off circumstance and that Anna Bentnick will return to the series.

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What happened to our old narrator?

I really like this series of books, but this new narrator is way too young for this character! It doesn’t work at all. The story is still interesting and the characters are great, but bring back the old narrator!

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Where’s the old narrator???

I love this series, but the change in narrators is very disappointing. Anna Bentinck was FABULOUS. This younger woman is fine, but Anna was Laetitia… sigh..

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