Saturday, 28 February 2015

A Winter Wrong: A Pride and Prejudice Novella Variation (Seasons of Serendipity Book 1)A Winter Wrong: A Pride and Prejudice Novella Variation by Elizabeth Ann West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The 4 Seasons of Serendipity novellas are a Pride and Prejudice variation.
In this first volume an epidemic sweeps through Hertfordshire while Jane and Elizabeth are staying at Netherfield bringing unwanted consequences to the lives of the Bennet family.
This is my second read of this novella - I intend reading all books in the series straight through to get a better read of the whole story.

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Deadly Stillwater (McRyan Mystery Series, #2)Deadly Stillwater by Roger Stelljes
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a police procedural story which is set in St. Paul, Minnesota. It involves a case of the daylight kidnapping of two females.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

An Arranged MarriageAn Arranged Marriage by Jan Hahn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice variation, several days after the Hunsford proposal Elizabeth learns that their father has died. After six months of mourning Darcy proposes marriage again with a financial arrangement that the family can stay in Longbourn.
Can Elizabeth overcome her feelings to accept this and for this marriage to survive.

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The Case of Moomah's Moolah (A Richard Sherlock Whodunit, #2)The Case of Moomah's Moolah by Jim Stevens
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Richard Sherlock an insurance investigator starts with investigating the kidnapping of his assistant, Tiffany's uncle girlfriend, and progresses to stolen jewellery while his daughters spend their vacation with him.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

The Falmouth ConnectionThe Falmouth Connection by Joana Starnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice variation Darcy is spared his proposal by Elizabeth being recalled by her family to visit new found relations in Cornwall. Thinking that Elizabeth welcomes his attentions he offers to transport her and the Colonel to meet the Bennets as they travel from Longbourn.
This is third of Joana's books I have read and have loved them all.

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

The Case of the Not-So-Fair Trader (A Richard Sherlock Whodunit, #1)The Case of the Not-So-Fair Trader by Jim Stevens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Richard Sherlock, ex-cop and now an insurance investigator with his assistant Tiffany Richmond, investigate the death of a wealthy hated stock trader.

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Falling for Mr. DarcyFalling for Mr. Darcy by KaraLynne Mackrory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This Pride and Prejudice variation begins after Jane and Elizabeth have left Netherfield after Jane's illness.
One morning while at riding Darcy sees Elizabeth as a tree falls near her. This scare awakes his feelings for her, and Elizabeth sees a different side to Darcy. Is the path of love smooth?
Loved it.

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Dark Before DawnThe Dark Before Dawn by Laurie Stevens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the mountains near Los Angeles some murders have occurred with no pattern to them.
Gabriel McRay is assigned to the murders but he must battle his own demons to remember the past and catch the killer

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Dearest FriendsDearest Friends by Pamela Lynne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice variation Darcy and Elizabeth are in London after the Netherfield Ball.
Both are unhappy but can a chance meeting bring about an understanding between them.

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Monday, 16 February 2015

Passion and Principle (The Heart of Pemberley)Passion and Principle by M. J. Felice
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A continuation of Pride and Prejudice and a variation, which details the struggles of the marriage of Darcy and Elizabeth, and their interactions with Georgiana and the Colonel. Interspersed with the history of the Darcy's parents.

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

A Temporary Ghost: A Cozy Mystery Set in Provence (Georgia Lee Maxwell, #2)A Temporary Ghost: A Cozy Mystery Set in Provence by Michaela Thompson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Georgia Lee is offered the job in Provence of ghost-writing the memoir of a suspected murderess Vivien Howard. In the farmhouse she discovers a house full of suspicious characters to the killing.

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Magic Mirror (Georgia Lee Maxwell, #1)Magic Mirror by Michaela Thompson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

On a whim reporter Georgia Lee Maxwell leaves Florida for Paris. And soon stumbles on a plot to steal the Nostradamus mirror.

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Picking LemonsPicking Lemons by J.T. Toman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Professor Edmund de Beyer an economist professor is found strangled in his office.
Professor CJ Whitmore, the department's only tenured female decides to find out the killer from the suspects in the Economics Department.
An enjoyable read.

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Friday, 13 February 2015

Still a Young Man: Darcy Is In LoveStill a Young Man: Darcy Is In Love by P.O. Dixon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Elizabeth Calbry née Bennet at the age of 27, widowed, is determined to stay single. She meets several young men ready to console a young widow among them the young Fitzwillam Darcy.

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

In for a Penny: A Cleopatra Jones MysteryIn for a Penny: A Cleopatra Jones Mystery by Maggie Toussaint
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Accountant Cleopatra Jones after a wayward shot finds her golf ball on top of a dead banker.
Golf, a cheating ex-husband and Cleo's non-existent sex life form most of the book with a couple of murders.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Revisit Mansfield Park: How Fanny Married Henry (Revisited Series, #1)Revisit Mansfield Park: How Fanny Married Henry by Sarah Ozcandarli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this Mansfield Park variation we have a short resume of the book itself up to Fanny's visit to her parents home where her feelings begin to change towards Henry Crawford and why.

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Daughters of Delaford: A Continuation of The Daughters of Delaford: A Continuation of "Mrs. Dashwood Returns" and Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" by Lucia Edgerton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This Sense and Sensibility continuation, begins 10 years after "Mrs Dashwood Returns" and tells of the lives of Allegra Brandon and Grace Ferrars.

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Creatures of AppetiteCreatures of Appetite by Todd Travis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two FBI agents - Jacob Thorne (and once retired FBI profiler) and Emma Kane (a former Washington policewoman) are assigned to the case of The Iceman - a serial killer in Nebraska who takes young girls..




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Mrs. Dashwood ReturnsMrs. Dashwood Returns by Lucia Edgerton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As someone who has read Sense and Sensibility many times I was looking forward to reading this continuation. It picks up the story 10 years later and tells of the life of Mrs Dashwood, the mother of Elinor, Marianne and Margaret Dashwood.
I would have liked the book better if there had been less or no exposition from Sense and Sensibility.

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Misplaced Loyalty (Meredith & Hodge, #1)Misplaced Loyalty by M.K. Turner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The start of a partnership of Detective Inspector John Meredith with Detective Patsy Hodge in Bristol, England.
Is there a serial killer or just suspicious assisted suicides or euthanasia. And if a crime has been happened how long have they been committed.
I really enjoyed this, and hoping to read the next in the series.





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Friday, 6 February 2015

Designer Dirty Laundry (Style & Error Mystery #1)Designer Dirty Laundry by Diane Vallere
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Didn't realise that this was meant to be a humourous mystery.
Samantha Kidd goes back home from New York to live, and on her first day at her new job as a Trend Specialist she finds a body which later disappears.
Various silly events later all is revealed.


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19321932 by Karen M. Cox
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Pride and Prejudice variation set in 1932 America.
When Professor Bennet loses his job in Chicago, the now poor family move to the Longbourn farm in Kentucky owned by his brother-in law Gardiner.
Knowing the poverty of her family what does Elizabeth do when a rich landowner, Darcy, asks to marry her.

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Thursday, 5 February 2015

OFFSIDE: A MysteryOFFSIDE: A Mystery by William P. Barrett
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

After reading nearly a fifth of the book I find that I have been told everything I never wanted to know about soccer in California. I presume that there is a death in the book as it is called a mystery but I am never going to find out.

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The Last Train HomeThe Last Train Home by Tony Wilson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

On Christmas Eve three men are trying to get home when they met on a train a fourth man Mel. Sergeant Craig a man tortured my the battles he has fought, Stanley Barwell a rich business man who never feels the need to celebrate and Martin Downing who is so full of grief at the death of his wife he feels he can no longer celebrate Christmas. But the train takes them on a journey which may result in them coming better man.

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Persuade Me (Darcy & Friends, #2)Persuade Me by Juliet Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading a few modern retellings of Pride and Prejudice and not really liking them I was skeptical about reading this book. Which is why it has been sitting in my e-reader for some months. But I was very pleasantly surprised with this modern version of Jane Austen's Persuasion and loved it.

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Monday, 2 February 2015

Slippery Slopes and Other Deadly Things (Carrie Carlin - Book 5)Slippery Slopes and Other Deadly Things by Nancy Tesler
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As Carrie Carlin attends a biofeedback convention at a ski resort in Vermont she and many others watch as a person falls from a ski lift. This is the first of the murders she pokes her nose in.

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Golden Eggs and Other Deadly Things (Carrie Carlin - Book 4)Golden Eggs and Other Deadly Things by Nancy Tesler
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Carrie Carlin (a biofeedback therapist) is visited by her father's wife Eve. Next come news of beatings, child kidnapping, and murder. Eve asks Carrie to pay off an extortionist but when she refuses Eve steals her car and Carrie gives chase.Leading to the finding of a dead body.

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Jane Austen and the ArchangelJane Austen and the Archangel by Pamela Aares
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jane Austen is living in Chawton but has not written a word in many months. Then a mysterious stranger - Michael Grace - appears as a letter carrier, and stirs emotions in Jane. She enlists his help to find her friend Serena’s fiancé, who went missing in the War. But what Jane doesn't know is that this mysterious man is really an angel, but what is his mission on earth.

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