Written by: Barbara Silkstone
Narrated by: Laura Jennings
4 hrs and 23 mins
publisher : Barbara Silkstone
SummaryThe legendary mastermind criminal and mummy thief, Kyzer Saucy, strikes again. Part-time tomb raider and full-time real estate broker, Wendy Darlin joins her lover, archaeologist Roger Jolley as they struggle to save a rare Miami mummy from the clutches of this evil genius. Can Saucy be stopped before he kills again? Meanwhile can Wendy keep her promise to Alfred Hiccup as he attempts to transmigrate from the afterlife? Or has Wendy finally made one promise too many?
This book is an homage to the great Alfred Hitchcock... who is probably turning over in his grave.
©2014 Barbara Silkstone (P)2014 Barbara Silkstone
My ReviewFour hours and twenty three minutes of sheer, feel good entertainment. If you like your crime stories po-faced, well push off somewhere else, this book is funny.
The story has two crazy and outrageous main themes, the first begins with spoiled little heiress Tippy, she wants to build a high rise, she wants to do it now and doesn't see why she should go to all the time and trouble to deal with petty little hurdles such as searches and permissions. Despite being Tippy Henman she discovers that no, she is not entitled to skip formalities, so when remains are discovered on the site, work has to stop and the archeologists move in. What they find ensures the start of a crazy, action packed adventure. Roger Jolley returns from his quest to foil the evil mummy thief Kyzer Saucy (who doesn't like Roger one little bit) to help Wendy sort it all out. Good luck with that Roger.
The second theme involves poor Wendys' attempts to fulfil a promise, and that is to assist friend and mentor Alfred Hiccup with his (wait for it) transmigratory plan, and a very good plan it is too.
Hitchcock fans will note the references to his work, after all, it is a tribute to him! It's so clever though, how they are woven in to the story.
Barbara Silkstone takes the reader on a well written wonderful, boisterous and hilarity filled adventure. Do not listen in public places!
Although I listened to this as a stand alone work, I do wish I had read the previous books in the series.
NarratorThe narration is the cream on the cake, Laura Jennings does a superb job, she has a certain way with characterisation and gender voicing that I've heard in other top notch narrators. I'm not sure if it's a learned technique, but, for example, when changing to a male voice, Laura doesn't seem to attempt an overtly masculine voice, yet there is a change, a subtle shift. Whatever it is that she does, she leaves the listener in no doubt whatsoever that they are listening to a man. It's very clever.
I received this audiobook in return for this, my honest opinion.