Monday, 16 January 2017

A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House #1)A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Its 1814, and Stranje House run by Miss Stranje, has the reputation for disciplining the awkward, the abnormal, the young ladies who do not fit into Society. Currently housing four girls Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent there by her desperate parents. But what is the real reason for the girls and the school. What are Emma Stranje plans for them in the world of war.
I enjoyed the story, a mixture of thriller, mystery and romance, with some likeable characters and I found it very easy to read.

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Unpunished (A Gardiner and Renner Novel)Unpunished by Lisa Black
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Who is killing the staff on the Herald and why. This is for Maggie Gardiner, a forensic expert, and policeman Jack Renner to determine. I hadn't read the previous book but I don't think it is necessary to do so.
In quite a few places the book bored me - the long explanations of the death of printed newspapers and their working. It would have been a lot tighter story without it and a definite three stars.
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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Unmasking Miss Appleby (Baleful Godmother, #1)Unmasking Miss Appleby by Emily Larkin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charlotte Appleby is totally surprised to find on her 25th birthday that she has been granted a wish from her Faerie godmother - but can she choose wisely.
Given her current situation she becomes a man, and applies and is given the position of secretary to Lord Cosgrove. Unfortunately someone is trying to destroy Cosgrove's reputation and kill him. Can they solve the mystery of who and why.
Really enjoying this series though I have not read them in the right order. The writing style is very easy and enjoyable to read and I like the characters.

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Friday, 13 January 2017

The Thames River Murders (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, #10)The Thames River Murders by Ashley Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Peter Thompson of the Thames River police asks Lacey to try and find the murderer of a person killed about fifteen years earlier, all he has are the bones, a piece of cloth and a locket.
Meanwhile he is receiving blackmail letters stating that he is not the real Captain Lacey, and trying to cope with his daughters' coming out.
I really enjoy this series, the stories, the characters and the writing style.

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Lottie Pursues Bill (Meryton Matchmakers #1)Lottie Pursues Bill by Kristi Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story of Charolotte Lucas (baker) and William Collins (parson) living in the town of Meryton where they are friends with the co-owners of Meryton Matchmakers - the Bennet sisters. Unfortunately for Jane and Elizabeth, an investor in their company is Lady Catherine de Bourgh and when trouble occurs she arrives with her family - Anne, the Colonel and Darcy with his lawyer Bingley.
A modern day variation of Pride and Prejudice (not usually a genre I like), a very enjoyable read, I liked the story and style of writing was very easy to read.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Mary BennetMary Bennet by Kate Allan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice sequel Mary and Catherine Bennet are invited/sent to Pemberley to acquire husbands. On their journey northwards, while staying at an inn, Mary meets early one morning a Mr Sharnbrook of Kent. This proves not to be an auspicious start to a relationship but they meet later at Pemberley. Can Mary overcome her faults to have a happy ending.
An enjoyable easy to read tale of one of my favourite characters.

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The Trapped Girl (Tracy Crosswhite #4)The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When a body is found in a crab pot in Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite has to first identify the body. Facial implants lead to a name, and her picture leads to a person who disappeared several months earlier.
I have not read earlier books which didn't seem a problem, and we were told some of the history of Crosswhite which I found distracted from the plot, and didn't find at all interesting.
For me this was a rating between a 2 and 3.
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