Our Lady of Pain

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Our Lady of Pain book cover

Marion Chesney – Edwardian Murder Mysteries #4

Unlike my experience reading the ebooks for titles 1-3, I listened to the Audible audiobook of Our Lady of Pain. The book is not available on Scribd just yet (becomes available in mid-July), but the Audible version is free for those with a plus membership.

In spite of Davina Porter’s excellent narration, this story is the weakest in the series for me; it’s still a good listen or read, and worth a healthy three stars, but this series would’ve been better with just three titles. In book #4, both the comically dismissive attitudes of Rose’s parents toward her well-being and Rose’s on-again-off-again romance with Harry Cathcart are tiresome.

No spoilers here, except that loose ends are tied up. I won’t say how they’re tied up, and as Marion Chesney/M.C. Beaton fans know, no romance is guaranteed to have a fairy-tale ending in her worlds, but it’s very obvious that this was intended to be the last in the series. Readers of the first three books will want to read Our Lady of Pain for closure.

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