Wendy Darlin is at it again with her wild and rather unconventional explorations and mystery solving in the fifth of her stories from Barbara Silkstone. Mix a clever premise with some outrageous humor, a heroine who is rather prone to missteps and angst – and you get this series. Please read on for my audiobook review of
First off – you don’t have to have read / listened to the earlier titles in this series (although for pure fun – you’ll want to). You don’t want to approach this title like anything out there: it’s a mystery of sorts, a romance in the snarkiest sense of the word, and always over the top in humor. Be warned – if you haven’t a sense of humor – this is not the series for you.
Wendy and her new husband are finally taking their honeymoon trip in Vulgaria. Of course, Wendy needs for Roger to understand that seven months pregnant is NOT a time when she wants to deal with murders, mobsters or weirdness. Perhaps they shouldn’t have checked into the Van Helsing Resort and Spa?
Oh – the hits just keep on coming! Both Wendy and Roger are attempting to clean up their language so as not to barrage or disturb ‘Little Roger”, but when the actual reasons for choosing that particular resort come to light- all bets are off. Toss in a BFF in the form of Kit, vampires, a dead ex-husband, mobsters and a Vatican investigations team and the plot just spins out in ever widening circles to encompass the multiple characters and their competing agendas.
Narration by Laura Jennings is spectacular – I can’t imagine keeping all of the characters and voices straight, let alone not burst into giggles with the sheer absurdity of the many elements of the plot. Silkstone never loses the joy that Wendy brings – with her offbeat attempts at optimism and courage against formidable odds, and Jennings keeps that tone fresh and new. Even in Wendy’s less “charitable’ or ‘friendly’ hormone-infused moments. A truly fun installment in a wonderfully quirky series.
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Title: Vulgarian Vamp
Author: Barbara Silkstone
Series: Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider #5
Also in this series: Miami Mummies, Cairo Caper
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Narrator: Laura Jennings
Published by: Self-Produced
Published on: 3 June 2015
Source: Audio Producer
Audio Length: 4 Hours: 20 Minutes
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You are cordially invited to the destination wedding of Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider and Doctor Roger Jolley, world-renowned archaeologist to be held at the Van Helsing Resort and Spa in Loutish, Vulgaria. In lieu of wedding gifts please bring whole garlic buds. The ceremony will begin once the forty bloodless monks are contained in Carfax Abbey.
This is the fifth book in the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider series.
~~Until last year Wendy Darlin was a full-time real estate agent for Miami Beach millionaires. Then she met Roger Jolley, world famous archaeologist, Johnny Depp look-alike, and at times the most irritating person on the planet. Join her as she travels the globe in search of lost treasures and antiquities. She’s been told her life is like the movie Romancing the Stone but at times she feels more like Indiana Jones with boobs. ~~
A copy of this title was provided via Audio Producer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.