Thursday, 23 March 2017

Murder Between the Lines (Kitty Weeks Mystery, #2)Murder Between the Lines by Radha Vatsal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Capability "Kitty" Weeks a feature female reporter, in 1915, is assigned to write a feature about Westfield Hall boarding school. But when one of the students is found dead Kitty decides to investigate.
I unfortunately found it difficult to get really involved in the story, I just about liked it, but not a great deal. Also I am not too sure that I cared much for Kitty, she wants to be a serious reporter but seems still too reliant on a rich father rather than herself. As this is only the second in the series that may well change.
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Shallow End: A Stonechild and Rouleau MysteryShallow End: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery by Brenda Chapman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Convicted child molester and ex-teacher Jane Thompson has been released from prison. But within one month the child she molested has been found murdered on the shores of Lake Ontario.
When Sergeant Rouleau appoints officers Stonechild and Gundersund to the enquiry Thompson becomes their prime suspect.
An interesting and twisty mystery, with time spent on the development of these original characters.
This is the fourth in the series but can easily be read as a stand-alone book. Though I hope to go back to Book One to start reading the series.
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations (A Mrs Pargeter Mystery)Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations by Simon Brett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While supporting her friend in her bereavement Mrs Pargeter invites, Jasmine Angold to a charity reception for PhiliPussies. A charity which rehouses cats from the Greek Island of Atmos back to England. But at the event she meets her previously unknown sister-in-law, which is followed by a death, results in a lot of potential revealing of secrets.
An enjoyable cosy crime mystery which re-introduced me to the tales of Mrs Pargeter.
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Dead in the Water: A Cherringham Mystery (The Cherringham Novels Book 1)Dead in the Water: A Cherringham Mystery by Matthew Costello
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When a body of a teacher is discovered in the river the day after the school's prom, Sarah Edwards a part time investigator is asked by the school's head to find out what happened.
For me a bit of a disappointment (I have read another in the series which I enjoyed) because the story really didn't take off for me. It just felt a little flat and the characters seemed one-dimensional.
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Monday, 20 March 2017

Rest and Restlessness: Mary Crawford, The Second Heroine of Mansfield Park (Mansfield Park Adventures, #1)Rest and Restlessness: Mary Crawford, The Second Heroine of Mansfield Park by C.M. Mitchell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Life of Mary Crawford from her point of view starts before the story of Mansfield Park, and continues when she receives an invitation to come and live with her sister at the Parsonage next to the Park, and finishes in this Part before the return of Sir Bertram.
A well written story with all the familiar characters plus a few of Mary's friends prior to her journey. Look forward to reading the next part.

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The Case of the Famished Parson (An Inspector Littlejohn Mystery)The Case of the Famished Parson by George Bellairs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While on holiday with his wife Inspector Littlejohn is called on to help solve the death of Dr. James Macintosh, the Bishop of Greyle, the famished parson.
A well-written story and a decent mystery.
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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Murder in a Cornish Alehouse: An Elizabethan Spy ThrillerMurder in a Cornish Alehouse: An Elizabethan Spy Thriller by Kathy Lynn Emerson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1584, and when Rosamond Jaffrey learns that her step-father, Sir Walter Pendennis, has been discovered dead she travels to his home in Cornwall. When she determines that he has been murdered her investigations lead to piracy and treason.
This is the third in the series but I didn't feel that I needed to read the previous books. A well-written mystery, with some characters which are easy to like.
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