In 1890s France, at a time when forensic science is in its infancy, Madeleine Karno, a 21-year-old doctor's daughter, finds herself at the center of a mystery. Nicola Barber's narration is perfectly matched to the plot and characters of this mystery. She uses a light breathy voice to highlight Madeleine's youth and pragmatism and hardens her tones for the other characters, many of whom are men. Although Barber doesn't employ a French accent in the main body of the narrative, her precise reading style combined with the French names helps to create the illusion of France many years ago. The innocence that her characterization of Madeleine suggests exquisitely contrasts with the dark plot, helping to create the ambiance of this unconventional mystery. K.J.P. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2015]
Trade Ed. HighBridge Audio 2015
CD ISBN 9781622316601 $34.99 Eight CDs
DD ISBN 9781622316618 $24.99
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