The Story: I enjoyed this even though I felt the murder mystery a little vague. A...moreREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; 29 SEPT 2013: 3.8 STARS Narrator: Koullis Kriacou
The Story: I enjoyed this even though I felt the murder mystery a little vague. All I know, with regards to this, is that someone is killing off tall, blond Scandinavian women. The serial killer sticks a spoke in his own wheel when the latest blonde he's abducted turns out to be part Greek.
This isn't a straightforward serial killer mystery in that while the murders are solved, the reader is not presented with everything neatly tied in a little bow. While I liked this where the cops are concerned (and Andreas Kaidis' unGreek-like reaction), I would have liked more clarity where the killer was concerned. He is so distant from the story even at the last part where we are taken into the scene where he's got Annika, his latest prey, that, in the end I have to say my 4 stars is because I so enjoyed Mykonos through Siger's eyes.
This isn't a murder thriller on par with, say, Karen Rose, but while I missed the intensity of Rose's writing here, I'd say Siger's lightweight mysteries are more enjoyable for me. As a romance-lover, I'd have liked Kaldis to have a love interest but if that were to happen, I'd also prefer him to be gay, especially since he's a six foot-two good-looking hunk. As a straight cop, I like him unencumbered. I don't know if he gets hooked up in the later books; I just know that finding the right girl is there in his mind somewhere.
The Narrator: On my initial try, Kyriacou did not come across well but on the second attempt, the problem I initially encountered - speaking too fast, insufficient pauses - wasn't there. I've concluded it's the fault of my own aural perception since the audiobook is unchanged.
I liked Kyriacou's Greek-accented narration. It wasn't too heavy and he gave the characters sufficient expression. Pacing was fine.
The rest of the series is narrated by Stefan Rudnicki and I'm curious to find out how he compares with Kyriacou. I'm also looking forward to accompanying Kaldis and Kouros on their next Greek mystery island tour. (less)
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; MARCH 17, 2014 Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
The Narrator: Ms Gavin was so much better in this 3rd installment of the Baltimor...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; MARCH 17, 2014 Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
The Narrator: Ms Gavin was so much better in this 3rd installment of the Baltimore series. Her voice sounded rounder and everyone sounded normal, without any nasal twangs just because the character is male. It was because of the narrator that I lasted as long as I did. I was very hesitant to start on this and left the audiobook alone for 2 years after my purchase because I did not like Ms Gavin's narration in the previous books.
4 stars for the narration.
The Story: Way too long. It's classic KR - cram as much data and peripheral characters as possible to make your reader think it's a complex, intricate plot when, in reality, it's pretty simple and straightforward.
Like just about every KR heroine, Daphne's present troubles are caused by something that happened in her past. The perp waits years planning revenge on the already tortured heroine. I call Daphne an All-But-the-Kitchen-Sink heroine because KR really dumps it on her - her childhood trauma is horrific (Daphne's recounting of it is the best part of the book) then she gets pregnant at fifteen, throw in the mother-in-law from hell, unfaithful husband, divorce, accused of adultery, has to wear a wig because of chemo, target of some perps she successfully prosecuted...gee, what else? Oh yes, the main point - her only son gets abducted.
I did not appreciate Ms Roses's skill in throwing everything she could think of in the pot, this time. I long for the days when her plots were good, her characters consistently three-dimensional and the romance qualified the book to be labeled Romantic Suspense without the convoluted telling. These days, I categorise KR under Suspense and within this parameter, DYMM failed for me. Neither Daphne nor Joseph were interesting MCs when seen as a couple because the romance thread was so weak. When the story begins, Joseph Carter has already had his eye and his heart on Daphne so I missed out on whatever chemistry there could (should) have been if the attraction had begun in this book. As it is, DYMM would have been better (for me, that is) if it had been pure suspense, without the bland romance thread.
I give myself kudos for having lasted till 75% of the audio before surrendering and just skimming through the Kindle book the rest of the way. I skipped the romantic and sex scenes since they didn't interest me and just read the suspense parts.
The remaining 25% of the book is 4 stars quality but the rest is just a weak 3 stars. After this installment, I won't be reading Watch Your Back because I wasn't attracted to Stevie's character in the previous book and can't even contemplate another 20-hour KR audio for a heroine I don't particularly like.
That said, I am intrigued by Deacon and if KR is writing a book for him, I'm interested.