Monday, January 27, 2020

Review - Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark by Victoria Hamilton

Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark by Victoria Hamilton
Narrated by Danielle Cohen
Series: Lady Anne Addison Mysteries #1
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
Date Read: January 22, 2020
Length:  10 hours and 40 minutes
Source: Narrator
★★★★☆
After receiving a distressing letter from a friend, Lady Anne Addison wastes no time in traveling to Yorkshire to offer whatever help she can. She has no idea what she'll find there, but she certainly wasn't expecting to be met by tales of a werewolf terrorizing the area - nor the dead body she discovers upon arriving. Driven by curiosity and a keen intelligence, Lady Anne dismisses the notion of such a beast, but she's nonetheless drawn into the mysteries by the secrecy surrounding her friend and the infuriating yet enticing Lord Darkefell.

With a murderer on the loose and the supposed werewolf ravaging livestock and terrifying the locals, Lady Anne puts her reservations aside and joins forces with the seductive Darkefell to get to the bottom of things. And though his nearness is a tempting distraction, Lady Anne manages to uncover one clue after another, unraveling the mysteries and drawing ever closer to the killer, even while her true feelings for the enigmatic marquess elude her....
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48921984-lady-anne-and-the-howl-in-the-dark
My Review

I had a really nice time with this audiobook.  I have listened to this narrator before and enjoyed her work so I thought I would give this series a try.  I thought that this was really good.  I found that once I got started with this audiobook, I eagerly listened to it for hours at a time.  I am glad that I took a chance with this one.

Lady Anne goes to visit a friend who is troubled.  When she arrives in town, she is shocked when nobody is around to meet her and she is forced to walk from town to the estate.  Her walk turns out to be a lot more exciting than she had hoped for when she hears what sounds like a wolf and trips over a dead body.  When she finally makes it to her friend's home, she is met with not so welcoming ensemble.

I was captivated by this mystery.  I was very curious about what had happened to the poor maid that Anne stumbled over on the way to the estate.  It turns out there have been several women who have died recently and I was just as puzzled as Anne was as to what was going on.  The possible werewolf was another interesting element that had me guessing.  I thought that Anne turned out to be a very good sleuth and it was fun watching her piece everything together.

I liked the characters in this story.  Anne was smart and rather bold.  After her fiance's death years ago, she has decided not to wed and she has become a fiercely independent woman.  Darkefell seemed to be her perfect match.  He was used to being in charge but eventually decides to work with Anne to get to the bottom of the murders.  I really liked Anne and Darkefell together and thought that they had fantastic chemistry.

Danielle Cohen did a fantastic job with the narration.  I felt like she really was able to bring this story to life.  There was a nice sized cast of characters in this story and I thought that she did a really good job with all of them.  I really liked her accent and thought that it added to the charm of the story.  She read the story at a very nice pace.  She was able to add a lot of excitement to the story.  I feel like I enjoyed the book a bit more due to her narration.

I would recommend this book to others.  I found this to be a very well done story filled with great characters and a mystery that kept me guessing.  I can't wait to get started on the second book in this delightful series!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the narrator.
The Series - Lady Anne Addison Mysteries
Book #1- Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark
Book #2 - Revenge of the Barbary Ghost
Book #3 - Curse of the Gypsy
About the Author

Victoria Hamilton is the nationally bestselling author of the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, the Merry Muffin Mysteries, and the Teapot Collector Mysteries. In addition to her mysteries, she has written twenty regency romance novels as Amanda Cooper and Donna Lea Simpson.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

30 comments:

  1. a little strange that in that era a girl gets called to solve a mystery and not a man. Perhaps that's why he's annoyed?

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  2. I just started this one so glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. It looks like another one I'm going to have to add to my list of audiobooks, sounds really interesting. Glad you enjoyed it Carole.

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    1. I thought it was very well done. I hope you get a chance to listen to it, Jovita!

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  4. Ooh.. sounds wonderfully intriguing.

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  5. I love it when a narrator can really bring the story and the characters to life. It elevates the reading experience to something special.

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    1. I have listened to this narrator several times and really enjoy her work.

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  6. that's great to see the story was interesting and that you loved the characters too!

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    1. I can't wait to see what is in store for the characters in the next book!

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  7. Sounds like its right up my alley. Love when a detecting pair has great chemistry.

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  8. The mystery sounds so good and I think Anne would be great follow on her quest to figure everything out.

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  9. The mystery sounds intriguing. I curious to know if a werewolf was truly involved.

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  10. This sounds good! I hope you enjoy the rest of the series, too.

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  11. This sounds really fun and I had no idea that Victoria Hamilton wrote books like this! I've read a few of her contemporary cozies but nothing like this. This sounds really good.

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    1. I know this author writes under a lot of different pen names.

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  12. Its always a delight to see a narrator just brings such vibrance of life to a book ....its needed so much.

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  13. Definitely had a bit of chill run down my spine. And I love that a woman was solving the mystery!

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  14. it's great when a character doesn't fit a profile, a woman that doesn't fit the mold.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  15. I say a historical mystery is always the best mystery

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    1. I do tend to enjoy mysteries set in the past. Of course, I like mysteries set in the present as well.

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