Becky Tibbs: A North Carolina Medium's Mystery Series
Series written by Chariss K. Walker⎮ Narrated by Kathleen Britt
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Author: Chariss K. Walker
Narrator: Kathleen Britt
Length: 3 hours and 54 minutes
Series: Becky Tibbs: A North Carolina Medium's Mystery Series, Book 1
Publisher: Chariss K. Walker
Released: Nov. 6, 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Sophia Rose's Review
4 Stars for Book One
This audiobook was provided by its narrator, Bill Schafer, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Bill!
A mysterious beginning that beguiled and tantalized the listener to thirst for answers made this new to me serial, author, and narrator a welcome combination. I love historical mysteries and saw The Mute of Pendywick Place ties in with a few literary greats like Sherlock Holmes so of course I had to give it a try.
The Mute of Pendywick Place is a serial historical mystery story and this was the beginning introducing a mysterious woman who lacks the power of speech and struggles with other language and memory-related issues. She knows that she desperately needs to get to Basil Collingwood and somehow convey a desperate message. Basil is something of a shock as he is a speech teacher, but he is a quirky man with a few mysteries of his own. They get on like matches and gas, but I liked how their struggles to work together along with her struggles to communicate add a nice tension to the story. Revelations near the end of this first part came as fabulous twists.
I loved meeting the household at Pendy Place, Basil’s work with his patients and this mysterious woman. It was fun tripping over mentions of 221B Baker Street and Basil going to school with Mycroft, and I think I missed a few others though I did have the sense that I was in the Pygmalion/My Fair Lady story, too. I also liked how her speech and memory issues felt authentic as did Basil’s work with several speech and language issues.
Serials are usually problematic for me, but I have to say that The Mute of Pendywick Place was ended in a good spot. Finishing up one series of tied together scenes and stopping before another big series of scenes begins. It was fully developed even while having the work of introducing characters, setting, and the beginning of the plot.
Bill Schafer’s narration work was delightful. He voiced the accents, class differences, and genders well, but he also tackled several of Basil’s speech patient’s issues right, too. He caught the tone and pacing of the story so well. I would definitely listen to more of his work. The production quality was exceptional.
All in all, this was a great start to the historical mystery serial and I’m excited to see where it goes from here. I can recommend it to historical mystery fans.
Meet the Author: Chariss K. Walker
Chariss K. Walker, M.Msc., Reiki Master/Teacher, writes both fiction and nonfiction books to delight and excite her readers. All of her books have a metaphysical and spiritual component. Those who search for meaning and the supernatural in themselves will enjoy her books whether readers of fiction or nonfiction.
Her fiction books such as cozy mysteries, thrillers, crime novels, dystopian, and fantasy illustrates growth in a character's consciousness while utilizing a paranormal aspect. Her nonfiction books share insight, hope, and inspiration.