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Predictable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-2019

Having enjoyed the first of this series I was excited about the second. Unfortunately it’s not a patch on Broadland. There were way too many plot holes and it was obvious early on who the killer was. And given that story is set in 2019, DI Tanner’s outdated idea that being a female detective was too dangerous for DC Evans was annoyingly sexist. Whilst it may have been the intention of the author to give Tanner a Gentlemanly demeanour, the reality is that he appears a misogynist. In all honesty, the only reason I listened to the whole novel was the wonderful narration by Jonathon Keeble.

Too many inaccuracies to be fully enjoyed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-2019

This had the potential to be quite good, but so many inaccurate details distracted from the story. An Upper Middle Class/Upper Class young woman would NEVER call her mother “Mum”!! It was simply never said in these circles! Similarly, she would not say “pleased to meet you”, it would be “How do you do?”. Several Americanisms slipped in too.....England has footpaths not sidewalks, and one goes “up to Town” not “to London”. And public telephone boxes did not appear on London streets until the later 1920’s. Some fact checking would have improved the story immensely. But.....if you can look past these, it’s a an easy cozy read.

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Not his best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-2019

This is definitely not the best of Herbert’s work. The story had potential, but it dragged in far too long, and was incredibly repetitive. It was almost as if it had been written as a serial, and readers needed reminding of what had come before. Narrator’s American accent grated, which was a shame as his British accents were quite good. Not one I’d recommend.

Slow

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-2018

This is the third in this series (and I believe last), and it just felt clunky. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. Such a shame, as I really enjoyed the first two.

Disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-2018

I have loved David Thorpe’s performances of previous Matthew Bartholomew books, but I was quite disappointed with this one. Why change the voice of both Clippersby and Brother Michael? They were wonderful the way they were, and really captured the essence of their characters. The story itself seemed overly convoluted, especially when it seemed obvious very early in the story as to what/how the people were becoming ill. Definitely not the best in the series.

Dull

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-2018

I really wanted to like this book, having read such favourable reviews. Unfortunately, I just don’t think it came anywhere near the hype. I could not make any connection with any of the protagonists, and even the exotic location of Morocco could not move this story along. I gave up after a couple of hours.

Disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-2018

I’m a huge fan of the Matthew Bartholomew series, but this instalment was tedious and over-written. The storyline seemed forced, and Michael, who is usually amusing if somewhat pompous, was plain insufferable. Not the writer’s best work.

Hated narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-2018

I expect I could have enjoyed this story, had the narration been better (or better still, a completely different narrator). I barely lasted 10 minutes before I had to turn it off. Such a shame.

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Lacking

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-2016

What did you like best about Crowned and Dangerous? What did you like least?

Unfortunately the bad outweighed the good. The new family characters did not ring true for me, and seemed to almost be caricatures (the "randy" uncle, Darcy's repugnant father just 2 examples). Story dragged, then was rushed into a finish.

What will your next listen be?

Not sure.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Katherine Kellgren?

I'm trying one of the earlier books in the series which I've read in hard copy, to see how she "dramatises" it.

Was Crowned and Dangerous worth the listening time?

Not really. I found myself just wishing it would hurry up and finish!

Any additional comments?

Definitely not up to the very entertaining standard of the earlier books in the series.

Not her best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-09-2016

Too long winded and dull. It seemed to never get to the point! The narrator did a reasonable job, but not my favourite in this series.