Dark Clouds Over Nuala Audiobook by Harriet Steel (Review)

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Review of: Dark Clouds Over Nuala Audiobook
Harriet Steel

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On January 4, 2019
Last modified:December 29, 2018


Dark Clouds Over Nuala Audiobook

By: Harriet Steel

Narrated by: Mathew Lloyd Davies

Published by Tantor Audio 12/12/2018

Dark Clouds Over Nuala Audiobook

4 Hearts rating image Hot Listens

Inspector de Silva Series #2

5 hrs and 36 mins

Genre: Historical Mystery

Dark Clouds Over Nuala Audiobook Sample

Dark Clouds Over Nuala Audiobook

4.0 Hearts

After being enchanted by the first book in this historical cozy mystery series set in 1930’s Ceylon, I was eager to push forward for the next Inspector De Silva mystery.

Dark Clouds Over Nuala turned out to be just as good as the first book, Trouble in Nuala. This time, Shanti is called in to investigate a suspicious death on a hunting trip hosted by the city’s British government official for his high society guests. Shanti must once again carefully work as a Sinhalese among a group of entitled Brits. It angers him that he is beckoned peremptorily then thrust aside when his investigation pokes into secrets not meant to be found. Meanwhile, he is trying to help his sergeant settle a situation of injustice in one of the outlying villages. With help from his English wife, Shanti faces it all with aplomb.

I mentioned in my review of the first book how much I enjoyed the author’s careful work describing the exotic setting and the historical era, the colorful characters, and the clever mystery. The same goes for this new installment that is just as fabulous as the first. But, yes, I continue to enjoy this clever middle-aged Sinhalese detective paired with his English wife who share a love of classic literature, cinema, dancing, and mysteries.

Dark Clouds Over Nuala Audiobook Narration

4.5 Hearts

 Matthew Lloyd Davies had the ticklish job to narrate a cast that showcases his flexible vocal ability: both genders, multiple classes, and multiple races. I like the way he voices Shanti with his deliberate calm, gentility, and caring nature, Jane’s openhearted generosity and intelligence, his energetic sergeant, quirky and slow-paced constable, but also the stuff Brits of Government House. There is humor and excitement, thoughtfulness and simmering anger all vocalized so well.

Harriet SteelHarriet Steel wrote four historical novels before turning to crime with the Inspector de Silva mysteries, inspired by time spent in Sri Lanka (the former Ceylon)). Her work has also appeared in national newspapers and magazines. Visit her blog to sign up to her monthly newsletter for news of new releases and great offers, harrietsteel.blogspot.co.uk/
She’s married with two daughters and lives in Surrey. When she’s not writing, she likes reading, long walks and visiting art galleries and museums.

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Matthew Loyd DaviesMatthew Lloyd Davies‘ acting career spans over three decades. Starting on the Stage Crew at Chichester Festival Theatre and learning the ropes as an Assistant Stage Manager (Acting/ASM) he went on the train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and on leaving found himself very much in demand as the young and handsome Juve Lead!!!.
His career spans all genre’s and media. From TIE through Rep and UK Tours, to International Tours, West End Theatre and Musicals, Award Winning Television Drama and Oscar Winning Film.
Recent work includes productions of Three Days In The Country and A
Small Family Business at The NATIONAL THEATRE and Offie Nominated for Best Actor in a Musical: ‘Man in Chair’ in The Drowsy Chaperone at The Gatehouse Theatre and Ivan in The Acedian Pirates at Theatre 503.
Career highlights include appearing alongside Nigel Hawthorne in the NATIONAL THEATRE production and OSCAR winning film of The Madness of King George, and playing Amos Hart in Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre.
Matthew has recorded over 130 audiobooks and is AUDIE nominated twice.
Matthew is represented by Alexandra McLean Williams.

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My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.


  1. I hadn’t heard of this one so thanks for putting it on my radar.

    • You bet, Mary!

      I was pleased to trip over this one, myself. 🙂

  2. Oh right, this one! I did like the sound of a cozy m set here. It is different

    • Yep! I enjoy that its a historical and cozy, too. 🙂

    • I’m only two books in, but I really like it. History and mystery in an exotic place. 🙂

    • Yes, I was glad to stumble across it. I love that its historical and from a lesser known part of the world to me.

  3. Oh Sophia! This sounds wonderful. Thanks so much for the review.

    • Sure thing! Glad to introduce you, Jen. 🙂

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