Sunday, 31 January 2016

He'd Rather Be Dead (Chief Inspector Littlejohn #8)He'd Rather Be Dead by George Bellairs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It took a while to get into the style of writing but I got there eventually.
It's the 1940's and the mayor of Westcombe, Sir Gideon Ware has made many enemies during his stay in the town. Which means once he has been murdered there are a long list of suspects. In comes Chief Inspector Littlejohn from Scotland Yard to process the evidence and determine the murderer.
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Saturday, 30 January 2016

A Cast of Falcons (Birder Murder Mystery #3)A Cast of Falcons by Steve Burrows
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In northern Scotland one man watches another fall down a cliff face to his death and then retrieves items from the body.
When Domenic Jejeune of Norfolk police is shown the bird book from the body with his name on he can truthfully say he had never seen the book before.
Then coincidentally his brother, Damian, appears in Scotland and they travel back to Norfolk so Domenic can determine the murderer of a scientist. Is there any connection between the two deaths?
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Friday, 29 January 2016

The Lion's MouthThe Lion's Mouth by Anne Holt
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the first Hanne Wilhelmsen book that I have read and I just didn't like the characters and so probably will not go back to the beginning of the series.
Basically the plot is - after only been in office for a few months the Prime Minister of Norway is shot while sitting at her desk. What could be the motive - a personal one against her or against the office of P.M. (I did work out the solution).
I felt the book would work well as a film but did drag as a book.
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Thursday, 28 January 2016

A Deadly Truth (A Cady Delafield Mystery #1)A Deadly Truth by Joyce Proell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although Doyle Flanagan's wife committed suicide, society in Chicago 1881 has decided he is guilty of causing her death.
As Cady Delafield goes looking for one of her missing students she finds her dead in the home of Flanagan. But Cady begins to believe he is being framed just as she starts to have feelings for him.
We have mystery, romance and I really enjoyed reading this NetGalley free book. Intending to read the next in the series.


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Dead in a Dumpster (Leah Norwood Mystery, #1)Dead in a Dumpster by B.L. Blair
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After working late at her store, Leah Norwood discovers a body in the nearby dumpster. The body is the manager, Isabel Meeks, of the next door store - Patina - someone she dislikes so she becomes a suspect in the murder. As Isabel was generally disliked there are quite a few suspects.
Can Leah, a reader of mystery books, discover the murderer before the trained police.
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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter, #6)An Evil Mind by Chris Carter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When a freak accident uncovers two heads in the back of his car the driver proclaims his innocence . When the FBI take over the case, with the help of Robert Hunter, he starts telling them his involvement and the help he can give them in tracking down the killer. But is all what it seems.
A NetGalley book - I think I need to look out for more in this series - enjoyed the story.

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Dead Easy (Flap Tucker, #5)Dead Easy by Phillip DePoy


In my version too many missing spaces between the words - made it difficult to read and so I had to give up
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Death in ProfileDeath in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In London’s Hampstead there is a serial killer at large - Five women so far. After a long investigation. DCI Tom Allen is quietly replaced and soon a suspect is discovered.
Believe that the tale lost the plot in its 'golden age of detection' section.
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Death on a No. 8 HookDeath on a No. 8 Hook by Laurence Gough
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Detective Jack Willows is on a long weekend up in the mountains north of Vancouver until he finds a body of a young girl.
Back in the city his partner, Claire Parker, finds a body of a prostitute in a van. Is there a connection between the two deaths.
Found it difficult to engage with any of the characters.
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Monday, 25 January 2016

Jane and the Bow Street Runner (Bow Street Consultant Series #2)Jane and the Bow Street Runner by Sarah J. Waldock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jane Churchill nee Fairfax continues her involvement with the Bow Street Runner Caleb Armitage by solving 3 murders in the 3 novellas.
Enjoyable reads.

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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Death of an Alchemist (Bianca Goddard Mysteries #2)Death of an Alchemist by Mary Lawrence
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1543 London, and Bianca Goddard concocts remedies for the sick, while alchemist Ferris Stannum has found the elixir for immortality.
But the alchemist is found dead and she needs the elixir to save her husband John from a sickness. Solving a series of murders can she also save her husband.
For me the story dragged at the inclusion of the alchemy 'knowledge', and I didn't feel it was necessary to the story.
Although the book is the second in the series it was not necessary to read the first.
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Saturday, 23 January 2016

A Death Along the River Fleet (Lucy Campion Mysteries, #4)A Death Along the River Fleet by Susanna Calkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In April 1667 London Lucy Campion is working as a printer's apprentice. On an errand she comes across a disturbed young woman in bloodied clothing who she helps to a Dr. Larimer. Unfortunately the young women has lost her memory but she is soon recognised but can Lucy determine what has happened to her.
An enjoyable read/ Although this is the 4th in the series I didn't find it necessary to have read the previous 3, though I shall do so.
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Friday, 22 January 2016

Pushed  (Benny James Mystery #2)Pushed by Jason Deas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Benny James, ex-FBI, is employed by TV evangelist Reverend Jim to find his son, Brother Jim, who is accused of killing young women.
Interesting characters, enjoyable story.

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Miss Bingley's RevengeMiss Bingley's Revenge by Wendy Soliman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice sequel Elizabeth Darcy has arranged for a week long party at Pemberley. Included in the guest list is Caroline Bingley who does everything she can to destroy the Darcy marriage. Will she succeed.
Look forward to reading the next in the series.

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Alchemy: a story of perfect murderAlchemy: a story of perfect murder by Chris James
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In Victorian England a talented scientist and painter, Jacob Silver, believes he has found the recipe for immortality as described in an old book entitled Alchemy. But are the murders that are happening have any connection to his quest.
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Colonel Fitzwilliam and the Countess of Sainte TouloursColonel Fitzwilliam and the Countess of Sainte Toulours by Stanley Michael Hurd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice sequel Colonel Edmund Fitzwilliam, as a second son has joined the army. But now during the peace he is working at Whitehall . Just as he meets the lady that captures his heart he is sent on a reconnoitring mission to France.
Lovely characters, tension, romance. Loved this Colonel.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Murder Most Wholesome (A Blossom Valley Mystery, #5)Murder Most Wholesome by Staci McLaughlin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A member of a commune is murdered and Dana Lewis of O'Connell Organic Farm & Spa investigates - didn't really find the characters or the plot that interesting
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Wickham (Pride & Prejudice Continues #3)Wickham by Karen Aminadra
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story continues with the Wickham's marriage. Wickham's regiment is waiting to be called to join the war on the continent but have either of them changed, where will Lydia go once the regiment has left and does she start to grow up.
Enjoyed, and wondering whether there will be another story told.

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Monday, 18 January 2016

Messandrierre  (Jacques ForĂȘt #1)Messandrierre by Angela Wren
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jacques ForĂȘt, a Gendarme, in the rural French village of Messandrierre, realises that young adults have been disappearing from the area.
Will he find the perpetrator(s) before another disappearance.
Although an enjoyable read, I found that the writing was a little disjointed in places and I did determine the guilty person(s). But I will probable look out for the second in the series
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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Rosings (Pride & Prejudice Continues #2)Rosings by Karen Aminadra
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my second read of this book and I still enjoyed it so the 5 stars.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh decides it is time that her daughter Anne is married and invites some eligible gentlemen to a house party. At the same time, as the Colllins have left the Hunsford Parsonage, a new vicar arrives.
Can Anne break away from her controlling mother and choose her own destiny.

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Murder at the 42nd Street Library: A MysteryMurder at the 42nd Street Library: A Mystery by Con Lehane


The story opens with the intended murder victim being stalked by his murderer, to an office inside the library where he is killed.
Ray Ambler, a Librarian helps homicide detective Mike Cosgrove to eventually find the murderer.
I found the pace of the story slow and didn't really like any of the characters.
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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Charlotte (Pride & Prejudice Continues #1)Charlotte by Karen Aminadra
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this sequel to Pride and Prejudice we follow the marriage of Charlotte Lucas to Mr. Collins. Can a marriage without affection become a strong marriage.
Charlotte decides to enjoy what Hunsford society can offer her, but can Collins remove himself from Lady Catherine and acknowledge his wife as his equal.

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Friday, 15 January 2016

Open Season for Murder (A Mac Faraday Mystery Book 10)Open Season for Murder by Lauren Carr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mac Faraday answers a phone call from a young woman claiming to be Ashton, who he discovers is presumed dead from drowning five years ago.
But who is bringing all the suspects to Deep Creek Lake in time for the Diablo Ball, the first Ball since Ashton disappearance.

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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Death of a Fop (Bow Street Consultant Series #1)Death of a Fop by Sarah J. Waldock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Post Jane Austen's Emma Jane Fairfax has married Frank Churchill but the marriage is not as happy as she hoped. So when Jane is informed of his murder she wishes to know who the murderer is but is not vastly upset.
Helping a Bow Street Runner, Caleb Armitage, they work to find out who and why.
Some of the characters spoke in the language 'cant' which I did find offputting and slowed the story for me.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Heiress of Linn Hagh (Detective Lavender Mysteries, #1)The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Its 1809 and a young heiress, Helen Carnaby, has disappeared from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh in Northumberland . Her worried uncle hires Detective Lavender and Constable Woods to find his niece.
An enjoyable story, look forward to the next in the series.

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Three Days to Forever (Mac Faraday Mystery #9)Three Days to Forever by Lauren Carr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With three days to go to Mac Faraday and Archie's wedding, nothing can go wrong. Can it? Then family and friends start arriving.
When a professional hit squad hits Spencer Manor, with Mac, Joshua Thornton, Archie’s mother, and Gnarly in attendance, the shooting begins, and they start running for their lives. While Mac has also been framed for murder or has he?

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Teepees & Trailer Parks: A Cozy Mysteries Women Sleuths Series (Sweet Southern Sleuths Short Stories Book 1)Teepees & Trailer Parks: A Cozy Mysteries Women Sleuths Series by Hope Callaghan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Sweet sisters inherit a trailer park only for a body to be found in the main house.

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Monday, 11 January 2016

The Illegitimate Heir: A Pride and Prejudice SequelThe Illegitimate Heir: A Pride and Prejudice Sequel by Ayr Bray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story of Colonel Fitzwilliam, his love for Helen Malham. Who's father refuses to give his consent to their marriage. But a tale where the Colonel discovers his true heritage but has to contend with the actions of his cousin.
Some mature content.

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The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #6)The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's 1933 and Lady Georgiana Rannoch decides that she cannot spend the New Year at Rannoch Castle with her sister in law and her family. So she answers an advertisement in The Lady for a social hostess in a village in Devon which just happens to be the same place her mother and grandfather are staying with Noel Coward. Then the 'accidents' start happening.
Enjoyable. My first book from this series, will look out now for the first in the series

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

The Haunting of a Duke (Dark Regency, #1)The Haunting of a Duke by Chasity Bowlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Emme Walters can see ghosts and she is asked by Dowager Duchess of Briarleigh to a house party to determine whether her son Rhys Brammel killed his wife as the rumours suggest. Part historical mystery, part romance, part paranormal, with scenes of a mature content.
Not my usual read but I enjoyed this so will be looking out for the next in the series.

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Mary Bennet: A Novella in the Personages of Pride & Prejudice CollectionMary Bennet: A Novella in the Personages of Pride & Prejudice Collection by Jennifer Becton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this sequel Mary Bennet is the last of the sisters living at home (Catherine unmarried is staying at Pemberley) and becomes the focus of her mother's matchmaking. Made complicated when she is given a dowry of 10,000 pounds from Mr. Darcy. Can she finally awaken to romance and marry for love.
Very enjoyable read - more Mary stories are needed.

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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Tahoe Blue Fire (An Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller Book 13)Tahoe Blue Fire by Todd Borg
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Tahoe P.I. Owen McKenna gets a call from a woman who believes she is about to be killed. When he arrives at her home she is shot but is able to leave him a message before she dies. How many other deaths have recently occurred which are connected to this shooting?

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Friday, 8 January 2016

Maria Lucas: A Short Story in the Personages of Pride & Prejudice CollectionMaria Lucas: A Short Story in the Personages of Pride & Prejudice Collection by Jennifer Becton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A story tale about Maria Lucas marriage to Jonas Card.

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Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceCharlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Jennifer Becton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some years after her marriage to Mr. Collins he has been involved in an accident and died. Left with a small income and no children Charlotte starts anew, beginning with acting as a chaperone to Maria who is living with her. With the introduction of new characters a enjoyable tale is the result.

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Dead Wood (John Rockne Mysteries #1)Dead Wood by Dani Amore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When a woman, Jesse Barre, who builds custom guitars is killed her father hires ex-cop Rockne to find the murderer

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Sweet GingerSweet Ginger by Maria Grace
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A prequel to Emma, Harriet Smith arrives at Mrs. Goddard's school. Expecting nothing more from her life than to stay on as a teacher, she then meets the Martin sisters.

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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Last DanceLast Dance by Maria Grace
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Poor Mary Bennet, three sisters already married, and Kitty staying in London with the Bingleys is left in the care of Aunt Phillips who is determined to marry her off.

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Scraps of Paper (Spookie Town Murder Mystery #1)Scraps of Paper by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Abigail Sutton is finally moving on with her life and moves to Spookie. After hearing stories of the previous owner and her family, and finding scraps of paper hidden on the house, she tried to solve their mysterious disappearance.

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Kitty Bennet's Diary (Pride & Prejudice Chronicles, #3)Kitty Bennet's Diary by Anna Elliott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kitty Bennet has decided that she wants nothing to do with romance. She has returned from Waterloo and is staying with her sister Mary with their their aunt and uncle Gardiner.
So she has decided to find a husband for Mary, which she finds is not that simple but in the process she begins to grow into an adult.

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The Jane Austen CodeThe Jane Austen Code by J.D. Gregory
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After a murder is committed Anna Lewis finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with a connection to the works of Jane Austen who left clues in her books.

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Monday, 4 January 2016

A Fatal Twist of Lemon (Wisteria Tearoom, #1)A Fatal Twist of Lemon by Patrice Greenwood
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ellen Rosings opens her Victorian tearoom for only a murder to occur on the first day. For me just too much description of the area, teas and food.

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Pemberley to Waterloo (Pride and Prejudice Chronicles, #2)Pemberley to Waterloo by Anna Elliott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As Georgiana continues her diary with the news of her engagement to Colonel Fitzwilliam, news reaches Pemberley that former Emperor Napoleon has escaped, and the Colonel is called to war again.
Georgiana decides she must travel to Brussels to see him one more time.
Love this version of the Colonel.

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

The Last Fairytale (Gen Delacourt Mystery, #2)The Last Fairytale by Molly Greene
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Bree Butler has an after hours appointment for her next article. On entering his office she finds him dead. Having just previously meet her old college friend, ex-lawyer and now a P.I.; she contacts Gen Delacourt from the police station to help her out.

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Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Continued (Pride and Prejudice Chronicles, #1)Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Continued by Anna Elliott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's 1814, the first year of Darcy and Elizabeth's marriage. And a large party has gathered at Pemberley, including Lady Catherine and her daughter Anne. Lady Catherine seems determined to find a husband for Georgiana. But things don't always turn out as planned.
This is Georgiana diary of the events.
This is my second read of the book and I really enjoyed the tale and in particular the portrayal of Colonel Fitzwilliam.
Looking forward to reading the remaining two books in the series

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A Regimental Murder (Captain Lacey, #2)A Regimental Murder by Ashley Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Captain Lacey saves a lady from an assailant late at night. She asks him to clear her dead husband of the charge of murder, and to find out the murderers of her husband Colonel Westin. To do this he must uncover what occurred after a battle during the Peninsular War.
Looking forward to reading the next in this newly discovered series.

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Trouble With WickhamTrouble With Wickham by Olivia Kane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Charlotte and Guy Lancaster return to Hertfordshire for the annual hunt and ball hosted by Lord and Lady Radcliffe. The now married Mr Darcy attends with Elizabeth and Georgiana. While also Lady Catherine and Anne are invited. Unfortunately Wickham and Lydia join the gathering.

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Trouble With The EarlTrouble With The Earl by Olivia Kane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lord and Lady Radcliffe, who live in Hertfordshire near the estate of Longbourn decide it is time for their daughter Lady Charlotte, friend of Elizabeth Bennet, to marry.
After drawing up a list, the newly widowed Earl of Buckland is at the top. But can her attraction to Guy Lancaster, the family’s former tutor and now landowner, be overcome and marry the Earl.
The story continues in 'Trouble with Wickham' though they can be read separately.

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Friday, 1 January 2016

A Wedding and a Killing (A Mac Faraday Mystery, Book 8)A Wedding and a Killing by Lauren Carr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mac Faraday and Archie Monday decide to marry quietly in the local church. Things start going wrong when Gnarly finds a body in a church office.
Too much church and god for me, hoping it is a one off and will not continue with the rest of the series.

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