My Favorite Books

The Walking Drum
Ender's Game
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Curse of Chalion
The Name of the Wind
Chronicles of the Black Company
The Faded Sun Trilogy
The Tar-Aiym Krang

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Review: The Return of the Ripper

The Return of the Ripper The Return of the Ripper by Anna Elliott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Performance: ****
Story: **

An Interesting Mystery amid the Hollywood Drama

I remain a fan of the audible series even thought the quality of the stories has been slipping. With two narrators for the two PoV(s) still putting in a solid performance overall. The story here kicks off with what appears to be a Jack the Ripper copycat (or is he) that draws in Lucy and her father, who was otherwise involved in a case concerning stolen diamonds. As could be expected, the two cases quickly converge. While the portrayal of Sherlock is not particularly good, as a general mystery for Lucy is good enough to entertain and the weepingly relationship with her fiancee Jack (a police Sgt) has a Hallmark network feel to it. One minor quibble would be the typical Hollywood profession of love et al that happens in the middle of a mortal threat where time is an important factor (so yeah … lets hug and kiss and cuddle and then worry about the bomb on a timer … seriously can we please not do that?). So once again … not the strongest performance but after the last episode it was not the weakest either.

I was given this free advance review/listener copy (ARC) audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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My Ratings Explained ...

  • [ ***** ] Amazing Read - Perfect story, exciting, engrossing, well developed complex characters, solid plot with few to no holes, descriptive environments and place settings, great mystery elements, realistic dialogue, believable reactions and behaviors; a favorite that I can re-read many times.
  • [ **** ] Great Read - Highly entertaining and enjoyable, exciting storyline, well developed characters and settings, a few discrepancies but nothing that can’t be overlooked. Some aspect of the story was new/refreshing to me and/or intriguing. Recommended for everyone.
  • [ *** ] Good Read - Solid story with a 'good' ending, or has some other redeeming feature. Limited character development and/or over reliance on tropes. Noticeable discrepancies in world building and/or dialog/behavior that were distracting. I connected enough with the characters/world to read the entire series. Most of the books I read for fun are here. Recommended for fans of the genre.
  • [ ** ] Okay Read - Suitable for a brief, afternoon escape … flat or shallow characters with little to no development. Over the top character dialog and/or behavior. Poor world building with significant issues and/or mistakes indicating poor research. Excessive use of trivial detail, info dumps and/or pontification. Any issues with the story/characters are offset by some other aspect that I enjoyed. Not very memorable. May only appeal to a niche group of readers. Recommended for some (YMMV).
  • [ * ] Bad Read - Awkward and/or confusing writing style. Poor world building and/or unbelievable (or unlikeable) characters. Victimization, gaslighting, blatant abuse, unnecessary violence, child endangerment, or any other highly objectionable behaviors by Main characters. I didn't connect with the story at all; significant aspects of this story irritated me enough that I struggled to finished it. Series was abandoned. Not recommended.