Saturday, 10 December 2016

A Rustle of Silk: A New Forensic Mystery Series Set in Stuart EnglandA Rustle of Silk: A New Forensic Mystery Series Set in Stuart England by Alys Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1603 and Gabriel Taverner has returned from the sea and qualified as a doctor. He now lives in Devon near his family, but all in the neighbourhood are not happy to see him practice.
But when the local coroner Theophilus Davey calls him out to examine a body he wonders what evil may be lurking nearby. And will this be the last body.
As a first in a series I found an easy, interesting and enjoyable read with some likeable characters, with the scene set for the development of others. I look forward to reading the next book.
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Friday, 9 December 2016

Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice VariationMr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Abigail Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This variation begins at Rosings, when Darcy is on his way to Hunsford Parsonage to offer marriage to Elizabeth. During this proposal the storm that has been raging gets worse and there are interrupted by villagers looking for a safe haven from the storm. Can any actions of Darcy persuade Elizabeth to accept him, of course the situations is made worse by the interference of all their families.
An enjoyable story and an easy writing style, with the usual characters plus more of the Matlock family.

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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Death at St. Vedast (A Bianca Goddard Mystery)Death at St. Vedast by Mary Lawrence
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bianca Goddard becomes interested in the death of a pregnant woman is found next to the church of St. Vedast. The same church that her husband's master, Boisvert, is set to be married to Odile. But this is not be be the only death, as poison is determined to be the cause of Odile's death. Bianca is determined to find the cause and who is responsible.
This is the second of the series I have read, and I find that I need to like the main character in a mystery series and I don't know why but I just can't take to the character of Bianca.
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A Fine JokeA Fine Joke by Alex9903
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Darcy is informed that he has only a few months to live. We learn how this information changes his life, but is it true and if not who is behind the action.
An interesting way to get a HEA for Darcy and Elizabeth.

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House of SilenceHouse of Silence by Sarah Barthel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1875, March, in Oak Park Illinois Isabelle Larkin is living a contented life as a newly engaged lady. Until by chance she sees her fiance commit a crime. As she fears for her life as no one believes her story she is convinced her only solution is to have herself committed to a sanitarium by faking a breakdown. But can this really solve her problems, and what will be consequences of her actions.
Soon of the characters in the book are based on real people, which added to the historical side of this captivating story. I also like the characters of this easy to read historical thriller.
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

At the Duke's Discretion (Ducal Encounters Book 1)At the Duke's Discretion by Wendy Soliman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Under duress Cristobel Brooke is working as a jeweller with her uncle in his shop near Winchester. Her only connection to the criminals is a man called Reece. Enter the Sheridan brothers into this situation. Can they or their connections help Cristobel and her uncle. Who is the mastermind behind it all.
An enjoyable regency romance, with some delightful characters and with that little extra - a mystery.
So I shall probably read the next in the series.

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Monday, 5 December 2016

HappenstanceHappenstance by Abby B.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This Pride and Prejudice variation begins the morning after the Netherfield Ball where accidentally Darcy compromises Elizabeth Bennet. In this forced marriage scenario, with its trials and tribulations can there be a happy ending.
An interesting story with characters all Jane Austen's fans will know.

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