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The Last Serenade

(Sybil Ingram #2)

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"If one enjoys a great mystery with a touch of romance, there are few better than this!" --InD'Tale magazine

When Sybil takes the stage again, murder plays the leading role. In September 1873, actress and spirit medium Sybil Ingram is eagerly anticipating her marriage to dashing violinist Roderick Brooke. But the wedding plans are halted by Roderick’s former lover, Ju
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Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published October 20th 2016
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Peyton
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, ebook
So glad to be back with Sybil and Roderick again! And what a fun new adventure. What starts as a (somewhat) simple effort to help foil a blackmailer turns into a murder investigation. Amanda DeWees deftly weaves mystery, romance, the supernatural, and humor into a wonderful story, following my (still) favorite of her heroines as she supports (and pushes) her hero into overcoming his personal demons, while learning more about her mystical superpower to contact the undead and blowing the Paris sta ...more
Jodie
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sybil Ingram is lucky enough to take the stage again in the newest installment by Amanda DeWees. Sybil is a fearless female heroine who prefers to take action in every situation. Although I didn’t care for the circumstances around this little adventure for her and Roderick, I still was entertained. In real life if my fiancé’s ex-girlfriend needed help with anything, I would tell her to get lost. I did enjoy the many twists, turns, and guesses in this novel. I hope there are future stories featur ...more
Darrell Grizzle
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Last Serenade continues the story of Sybil Ingram and Roderick Brooke, whose relationship began in the novel Nocturne for a Widow. This novel is set in the theatre world of 1873 Paris, and it has all the elements that make reading books by Amanda DeWees such a delight: compelling characters and storyline, mystery, intrigue, and of course a ghost or two. Another great Victorian/Gothic mystery from one of my favorite authors.
Amy Huff
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Amanda DeWees

Amanda DeWees is always fantastic. Great for fans of Victoria Holt or Barbara Michaels. Well written with elements of paranormal that don't overwhelm the book. .
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Lilmissmolly
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Last Serenade is another thoroughly enjoyable gothic historical mystery by Amanda DeWees. This is the second story in the Sybil Ingram Mysteries and follows a few years after the first book in the series, Nocturne for a Widow, where we are introduced to Sybil, who is a spirit medium and her fiancé, Roderick Brooke, who is concert violinist. However, rather than setting this second story in the Hudson Valley of New York, The Last Serenade is set in the theatre world of 1873 Paris.

The story
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Lilmissmolly
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Serenade is another thoroughly enjoyable gothic historical mystery by Amanda DeWees. This is the second story in the Sybil Ingram Mysteries and follows a few years after the first book in the series, Nocturne for a Widow, where we are introduced to Sybil, who is a spirit medium and her fiancé, Roderick Brooke, who is concert violinist. However, rather than setting this second story in the Hudson Valley of New York, The Last Serenade is set in the theatre world of 1873 Paris.

The story p
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Kristen
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I really loved the first book in this series. The snap and sparkle of both Sybill by herself, and her interactions with Roderick were delightful.

I must admit that I was a tad disappointed with this second book. I feel like Sybill went off the rails a bit in this story. In the first book, Sybill was strong and fierce and determined and took shit from nobody. She was going to look after herself and do what was necessary to protect herself and her interests so I found her wonderful.

Somehow, resolvi
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Jade
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as the first, I think, but still undoubtedly enjoyable. That said, (view spoiler) ...more
Susan
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sequel to Nocturne for a Widow, and equally as interesting. Sybil and Roderick's marriage is delayed when he receives a plea from his former lover Julia to rescue her from a blackmailer. Since he feels guilty for killing Julia's husband years ago, Sybil agrees and they go off to Paris. Julia is determined to get Roderick back again, but they go along with her plan to retrieve some letters for which she is being blackmailed. Julia wants Sybil to take her place on stage while she goes to steal t ...more
Alice
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book Two: Sybil

In this book, Sybil apparently has been developing skills as a medium since her experience in book one with Roderick 's murdered Mother. Their plans for marriage are temporarily derailed when Roderick recieves a letter from the infamous Julia begging his help. Julia had nearly destroyed him and involved him in a illegal duel with her husband who was killed. It also nearly ended his career as a famous violinist until he met Sybil. Sybil feels they should travel to Paris and help J
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Marietta Slater
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I actually liked this book better than the first one; mainly because it had a tad less ghostly atmosphere to it. The element is still there for those who love that type of atmosphere.
Roderick and Sybil go to Paris to help a former girlfriend (Julia) of Roderick's. Sybil agrees to go onstage impersonating Julia so she can get back some damaging information about herself from a man named Fortnier. Unfortunately, Fortnier is found murdered in the theater. Julia, Sybil and eventually Roderick are
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Samuel E KING
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Missing pages

For some reason, the Kindle edition had blank pages often enough to interfer with my ability to follow the plot. I enjoyed the first Sybil Ingram mystery and had looked forward to reading this one. Unfortunately, the missing pages have discouraged me from reading any other of Amanda DeWees' books. It was just too frustrating to try to guess what was on the missing pages
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Kitty_ranma
A little reminiscent of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series in feel, I loved that series too.
The narrator draws you into right away. I couldn't stop listening.
This book was provided free by the author/narrator/publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
Reasons I enjoyed this book:
Action-packed, Easy-to-read, Entertaining, Great world building, Haunting, Happily Ever After, Page-turner, Unpredictable Witty, Wonderful characters.
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April Terry
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This sequel to Nocturne for a Widow wasn’t as compelling to me as the first, but I was already enjoying the character of Sybil Ingram. It was by no means a disappointment as I loved the first one, it was just that he setting didn’t speak to me. Even so, I enjoyed the book and will definitely read the third in this series. I am looking at other stories by this author as well because she writes well.
Maria
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Entertaining

I live to read book series. Because I prefer to read them in the swap written, but not consequently, sometimes there are years between my reading the books. This book is the second in the series but can stand alone. The references to the past were perfect to remind me of the first book.
Bear
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Got to page 80 before I had to put it down. I think it’s a taste thing rather than quality but there’s not nearly enough ghosts and it’s the same plot as the first book: two women fight over Roderick and like I don’t. Care. Damn!!!
Deedra
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book just as much as the first one.Elizabeth Klett was a fine narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
Karen
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been enjoying this series. Can't wait to start the next one. ...more
Lisa
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great read

It has everything. Mystery, atmosphere, the supernatural, relationships, good characters. And a happy ending. I'm looking forward to the next book.
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carol a corcoran
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another winner !

I have just finished book number two. It was just as interesting as book one. I enjoyed reading it so much,, I know I will be reading number three soon,,,,
Amber Lovell
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Amber by: I found it on Amazon. Read 'Nocturne for a Widow' and was hooked!
Absolutely fabulous and I love Sybil and Roderick. I will definitely be back for more.
Susan Clark
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emotional. Quite suspenseful. The reader is so caught up n the story that it is difficult to return to the world outside of the book. I enjoy the paranormal elements.
Sena
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun cat and mouse game. Well written with well developed characters a book of innocence and intrigue. This is the 2nd book in a series. I will start the next book tomorrow.
Hope
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A good twisty mystery, and I really liked the supernatural elements and the friendships between women.
Lisa Blackwell
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of gothic romance, so I was really happy to see that Amanda DeWees has put out a new book with Sybil Ingram and (spoilers for the first book) her fiancee Roderick. Just in time for Halloween! I say that because there's a nice carryover from the first book (Nocturne for a Widow) in terms of some supernatural abilities developing for Sibyl that are a really key part of the plot.

This may sound like a backhanded compliment, but I like it when I can get through a book quickly -- what I mean
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Susan Goggins
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this, the latest Sybil Ingram book from Amanda DeWees. I love the charming and resourceful Sybil character and her fiance, the dashing and fiery Roderick. DeWees's books represent the best of the gothic tradition. This one is her most suspenseful yet, and is told at a brisk pace. There are lots of suspects who have a motive to have committed the murder and enough red herrings to keep you guessing. The book is set against a fascinating period of French history that I knew nothing about. A ...more
Andrea
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad, I liked the first one better, though. (view spoiler) The character seemed kind of incongruent her portrayal in the first book. It was entertaining, though, and that's really the important part, I suppose. ...more
InD'tale Magazine
4.5/5.0

If one enjoys a great mystery with a touch of romance, there are few better than this!

Read full review in the 2016 December issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Nicole Thompson
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

I like and I don't like the Sybil Ingram series. I like that is a historical mystery, the author provides excellent descriptions of clothes/places/atmosphere, the fact that the stories revolve around theater, and that there is a supernatural element to the stories.

What I don't like is the heavy-handedness of the romance part of the stories. Yes, I understand the relationship between Sybil and Roderic
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Amanda DeWees received her PhD in English from the University of Georgia and wrote her dissertation on 19th-century vampire literature—the perfect training, although she didn’t know it at the time, for writing Victorian gothic romance novels. Her books include With This Curse, winner of the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award in historical mystery/suspense. Her other passions include costuming, movies, C ...more

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