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  • By: Tony Evans
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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Devil May Care

By: Tony Evans
Narrated by: Peter Noble
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Summary

Two years have passed since the dramatic destruction of Count Dracula. And Jonathan Harker has settled down to a quiet life as a junior partner in a law firm. But his reputation is about to catch up with him.

As word of his abilities spreads, clients are turning to him for help with problems which appear to have an involvement in the supernatural. His first case takes him to Cornwall, where the Haywood family are worried about the imminent marriage of their daughter, Flora, to the elusive Sir Owen Velland.

Flora had been engaged for two years to the amiable Doctor Goodwin, before suddenly breaking off the relationship in favour of Sir Owen. Yet Sir Owen had been recently widowed under very suspicious circumstances and rumours are circulating in the small Cornish town that his unnatural powers and abilities may have some involvement with devil worship.

Are these rumours just idle gossip? Or is there a dark truth behind what people are saying? Can Harker use his knowledge of unusual and the occult to befriend Sir Owen and discover his secrets? Or has he come up against an opponent even deadlier than Dracula himself?

Devil May Care sees the return of Jonathan Harker, the hero of Bram Stoker's classic Dracula, in a chilling new historical mystery series. Tony Evans is a full-time writer. His other publications include the Hester Lynton Mystery series and adaptations of classic novels [for the “Real Reads” series]. He lives with his wife in the Yorkshire Dales.

©2013 Tony Evans (P)2014 Audible Studios

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A good start to a new series.

If you could sum up Devil May Care in three words, what would they be?

Great Victorian Mystery

What was one of the most memorable moments of Devil May Care?

The hero and villain's first confrontation.

Which character – as performed by Peter Noble – was your favourite?

The hero, Jonathan Harker, although his wife, Mina comes a close second.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I hate it when books are turned into films, so this question would be irrelivant.

Any additional comments?

I really liked the idea for this book, and I understand it's to be the first in a series. It's great to find a story that concentrates on a mystery element rather than lots of grizzly detail and graphic violence, and the fact that it was set in Victorian England was so much the better. It lent a good atmosphere to the story. The book is perhaps a little short. I felt there were some scenes the Author could have done more with. He could have showed us what happened instead of merely telling us. It would have helped to increase the suspense and a bit more emotion wouldn't have hurt, but all in all, a good book and I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.

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Not a full size novel

I did enjoy the book and the characters in it with the concept that Dracula was based on real events and thus Harker is the go-to lawyer where something weird has occurred.

However, at only 4 hours, it’s very short and I may not have bought it had I realised.

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Great short story

This was short but sweet. A really good listen. It creates amn atmosphere from the start and carry it all the way through.

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would love to hear more from this author

Great story and one I think could really be developed. I love the idea of Jonathan and Mina Harker as occult investigators. I really enjoyed this story.

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Devil May Care ...

but I rather doubt it. Mediocre at best, the author seems to be at such great pains to reproduce the slow, somewhat ponderous tone of Johnathan Harker's journal in the original that things like pace, tension and atmosphere have been completely forgotten, and what we're left with is a fairly dull, unexciting little tale without much point or merit. And even though the characters (the main ones at least) were created by Bram Stoker, and therefore should have been a gift, handed to the author on a plate, Tony Evans has managed to leech all the personality out of them and render them flat and bloodless (sic). When every character - particularly the female ones - is described as 'unique' 'remarkable' and 'exceptional' in the end no-one comes to feel anything other than ordinary.

The biggest trial for me has to be the extraordinarily eccentric style of narration, with strange, random phrasing and emphases on all the wrong words, it begins to sound a bit like Jeff Goldblum doing one of his beer commercials ... just not as entertaining ...

I didn't absolutely HATE "Devil May Care", but I'm very glad I didn't pay for it.

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2really enjoyed this

This was.short, but as got this free as part of the membership, it was worth while

The narration was good, overall good reviews are deserved

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I hope the devil did care because the author didn’

really hoped I would like this book , Jonathan and Mina Harker are two potentially great characters for a good author to flesh out, a darker and changed J & M after the events of Dracula could really work ,we don’t get that we get a twee little story cobbled together badly . The author doesn’t seem to have actually read Dracula because the character’s of J &M are completely lacking in characterisation. For a book just over 3 hours long inI nodded of twice . The story is predictable, the villain forgettable quite like how the Harkers managed to forget they had a son throughout the whole story. Quincey is mentioned but as an adult . The story starts with J & M on a train to Cornwall while Jonathan in excruciating detail tell's us how they came to be on the train and never is Quincy mentioned , who’s caring for him ? Where is he ? Jonathan doesn’t seem to know or care .The biggest crime of all is that the author has actually made Van Helsing’s English make sense now as anyone who’s actually read Dracula knows Van Helsing’s “ English “ would strip the enamel of your teeth if you didn’t die of boredom first . So there it is a terrible book that really tries to hard to sound quaint and Victorian but just end’s up sounding boring and long winded. AVOID

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Just wonderful

Excellent narration of a tale happily true to the original characters. A great way to spend a few hours.

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Easy listening

If you are looking for a shirt and easy to follow story, this is it. The reader speaks clearly and although there is no real surprise on how the storyline develops, it is still very enjoyable.

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Rushed ending

The story was good but there was a lot of build up and then a rushed ending!

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  • R. G. H
  • 06-03-21

Snoozer

The story was a decent follow up to Dracula, but the performance was slow, and dull. It was boring but left you hoping it would improve; it didn’t.

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  • Krista
  • 30-01-20

I could do better

Can't believe this was recommended by Amazon. Predictable, mundane, not worth your time or money.

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  • Admiralu
  • 14-02-19

A Supernatural Mystery, Expertly Narrated


This was an excellent original story featuring Jonathan and Mina Harker from Dracula as they encounter more supernatural intrigue. Beautifully capturing the era and the characters, this was an entertaining adventure. Do Jonathan and Mina stop the nefarious Baron and his evil deeds? You will have to read and find out. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audiobook. Narrator Peter Noble was superb, his beautiful accent embellishing the narrative.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-21

Nothing Outstanding, Just an Okay story

The writing was average in spite of the "hat tips" to authors of gothic literature. I've read better and found the narrative pedestrian

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-21

Very entertaining

Excellent story and narrator. l look forward to ensuing series adventures. Worth short reading time.

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  • DMW
  • 02-08-21

Full and a bit hard to follow along

I did not particularly care for this book. I love a good suspense thriller. And this was neither.

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  • Faeriecat
  • 16-09-20

a new pleasure

as a "Dracula fan" for 60 years..I found this a wonderful read .I look forward to reading more

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  • Karen Rainey
  • 27-11-21

Easy mystery

I guess if there is such a thing as gothic cozy mysteries, this would be an example. This story isn’t going to stretch your powers of deduction, but it is nicely formed and well narrated.

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  • Donnie
  • 13-11-21

This had potential but was seemingly cut short.

I LOVED Dracula and so figured I'd try this.

One thing that bothered me from the beginning was that according to this story, the events of Dracula (at least the gist of it) are well known by the public, and in fact that was why Jonathan Hawker gets this "job" - because the person knows of his familiarity with these kinds of things. Going forward (very minor Spoiler here), even the "bad guy" is familiar with what happened. Wouldn't that be a big red flag to the "bad guy" as to why he might be there?

The story ended rather abruptly. It started off at a decent pace and then almost seemed like it just quickly ended. It was like they went from A->B->C->F->IJK. It could have been filled out quite a bit more for a longer and perhaps more enjoyable and suspenseful story.

The narrator is good, though I think someone younger could have done a better voice for Jonathan Hawker. But other than that, it was well done. I'd listen to other books he narrated.

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  • happyjo
  • 21-06-21

Devil may care

I enjoyed this gothic mystery. I definitely want to read more from this author very soon!