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Love & Other Crimes by Sara Paretsky
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: V.I. Warshawski
Published by HarperAudio on June 30, 2020
Length: 14 hours, 11 minutes
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From New York Times bestselling author Sara Paretsky, a collection of thrilling crime and detective short stories, many featuring legendary detective V.I. Warshawski--including a brand-new V.I. story.
Now in this spellbinding collection, Paretsky showcases her extraordinary talents with fourteen short stories, eight of which feature the indomitable detective--and a new V.I. story.
I have read and loved the V.I. Warshawski series for a looooong time, since it started in 1982! Each book is another case, so you could read them out of order but I wouldn’t. I enjoy the progression of the characters and they are all great to read.
Love & Other Crimes is different, an anthology of short stories. Many have been published in magazines previously but I am happy to have them all collected here. Some of the stories are NOT V.I. Warshawski stories. At the beginning, there is a detailed author’s note talking about the stories which I loved. There are also brief additional insights at the end of some of the stories.
My favorites were definitely the Warshawski stories, which is nearly all of them. I think it might be hard to connect with them without the context of having read some of the series. Similarly, I had more trouble with the stories not in this world. For example, the Sherlock Holmes story surprisingly did not capture me, as it was told more from another point of view, Amelia, who was not familiar to me. I love Sherlock Holmes but I found it hard to focus from this perspective. But I would like to read the series about Amelia. But the story loosely related to her father’s work in Kansas was wonderful, and not in the Warshawski world.
Overall, I was delighted with this collection since it is unlikely I would have gotten the magazines. I really appreciated having all the author’s thoughts and perceptions.
Susan Ericksen is an excellent narrator and the voice of the V.I. Warshawski for me. Many of Vic’s cases are a lot of her thoughts in a stream of consciousness. The dialogue is handled well for both male and female voices. It was charming to get a British accent on the story with Sherlock Holmes. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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