Thursday 29 November 2018

Audio: A Dangerous Duet - Karen Odden

Audio CD, 10 h, 43 min
Narrated by: Billie Fullford-Brown
Published November 6th 2018 by HarperCollins
Historical Mystery
Thank you Harper for this review copy

My Thoughts
A historical mystery will always win over a modern one. It's darker, and harder to catch bad guys.

Nell is a pianist and she needs to earn money. What else to do than to dress up like a guy and play at a music hall. She is careful, and she wouldn't have gotten away with it if her brother had not been coming home late every night. Music is her passion and she wants to study and learn more.

I must say I was quite fascinated by her Scotland Yard detective brother. I would love to learn more about him and see him solve a crime, and hey maybe find that special someone. Now he is busy solving murder and thefts.

As for the story. Nell works hard. She finds that the owner's son seems nice. And then she learns something dangerous. Foul deeds at the music hall. Then the clock starts ticking. Will her brother solve the case in time for her to be safe.

I enjoyed the story, and I do hope she writes one about the brother!

Narrator Billie Fullford-Brown
I liked her narration. Everyone had a distinct voice and she kept the drama coming.

Nineteen-year-old Nell Hallam lives in a modest corner of Mayfair with her brother Matthew, an inspector at Scotland Yard. An exceptionally talented pianist, she aspires to attend the Royal Academy; but with tuition beyond their means, Nell sets out to earn the money herself-by playing piano in a popular Soho music hall. And the fact that she will have to disguise herself as a man and slip out at night to do it doesn't deter her.

Spending evenings at the Octavian is like entering an alternate world, one of lively energy, fascinating performers, raucous patrons-and dark secrets. And when Nell stumbles upon the operations of an infamous crime ring working in the shadows of the music hall, she is drawn into a conspiracy that stretches the length of London. To further complicate matters, she has begun to fall for the hall owner's charismatic son, Jack, who has secrets of his own.

The more Nell becomes a part of the Octavian's world, the more she risks the relationships with the people she loves. And when another performer is left for dead in an alley as a warning, she realizes her future could be in jeopardy in more ways than one. 


  1. You know, I've never really thought about it, but you're right. Historical mysteries have so much more going for them, because you have to use a lot of thought to catch the bad guy vs. technology. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. It does sound good!

    Great review.

    1. I do like when they try to solve things that would be easier now :)

  2. I hope you'll have the story about the brother!

  3. Oh I totally agree historical mystery over modern day. Great review thanks

  4. Historical mysteries are always so much more atmospheric too, compared to the contemporary ones, I find!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  5. Sounds like a heroine that as worth reading about - I like her even from your review.

  6. I didn't know she wrote a new one. I liked her first book. I definitely love historical mysteries over contemporary ones for similar reasons. I must hunt this one down now. :)

  7. I'll be looking out for this one.

  8. After LOVING Veronica - I'll have to find more historical mysteries!

    1. Oh oh, must check if you have read India Black!

  9. I like the sound of this one. The brother sounds like a great character so hopefully he will get his story.

  10. Will agree with you girl. Historical mysteries are much better.



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