Sunday, 31 July 2016

Pursued (Leaving Bennet Behind, #3)Pursued by Sarah Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the story of Mary Bennet. Alexander Fitzwilliam, Viscount Primrose, who we met in volume 1 has fallen for Mary, But she is scared, scared of her feeling, and concerned about the scandalous stories that have been hinted about the Viscount. Can there be a happy ending. And what about the schemes of Lady Catherine, will they finally be discovered. Having a soft spot for Mary Bennet I knew I would enjoy this continuation of the series, as I have. And of course who could not like the characters of the two Fitzwilliam brothers.

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Stickman: A Mike Dime MysteryStickman: A Mike Dime Mystery by Barry Fantoni
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's 1949 and private investigator Mike Dime has an early morning meeting with a Nancy Canady. All she wants is for him to get her boyfriend off a murder charge, a murder he has confessed to, and find out why his attorney is doing nothing. Life it seems is never that easy. Not with crooked cops, mobsters, jazz musicians, the twists follow the turns.
An interesting tale.

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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Hunted on the Fens (Nikki Galena, #3)Hunted on the Fens by Joy Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We back to the Lincolnshire Fens and after the death of her daughter DI Nikki Galena first case back is to solve the death of a woman in a locked room, with her partner DS Joseph Easter and the rest of the group. But is there any connection to this, and the number of attacks perpetrated on her team and herself.
Enjoyed the twists and turns in the stories, and getting to re-acquaint myself with the characters in this series. Look forward to the next.
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Friday, 29 July 2016

Cherished (Leaving Bennet Behind, #2)Cherished by Sarah Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Following on from Chosen, Book 2 of Leaving Bennet behind begins just after the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy. Continuing with the courtship of Jane and Bingley, while Charlotte Lucas wonders about her fate, and can Mary Bennet ever trust Viscount Primrose. Can Colonel Fitzwilliam finally end his investigation into the death of two of his soldiers and marry the lady he loves.
Enjoyed the differences in these two books to the original. Now for Book 3.

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Echoes of Edisto (The Edisto Island Mysteries)Echoes of Edisto by C. Hope Clark
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When a car crashes into the sea and a rescuer - an officer - is killed while helping, Edisto Police Chief Callie Morgan, doesn't believe it was an accident. There seem to be a lot of suspects, and buried personal histories come to light.
I might have felt engaged with the characters if I had read the first two in the series, but for me there wasn't enough murders and too much about personal problems.
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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Chosen (Leaving Bennet Behind, #1)Chosen by Sarah Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice variation, a few years prior to the start of the story Mr. Bennet was injured resulting in a change in the Bennet family's behaviour. This is mainly the story of Darcy and Elizabeth, with minor stories of Jane and Mary.
Having just bought Part Three, I thought it best to re-read the first two in the series. Again I have enjoyed the story, and like that we read about the Fitzwilliams and Mary Bennet, and how conniving is Caroline Bingley.

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Lonesome Road (Miss Silver, #3)Lonesome Road by Patricia Wentworth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this story Miss Maud Silver becomes more involved in the solving of the tale. Because of the dying wish of her rich father Rachel Treherne must re-write her will every year. So who is trying to kill her. All her family are suspects as most or all are always there at the attempts. When Miss Silver arrives at Miss Treherne's home she must solve the mystery before Rachel is killed.
So finally it seems that Miss Maud Silver becomes more involved in the story. Hoping that we will see more of her character as the series continues.
An interesting tale.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Bouncer (A Hint of Murder #3)The Bouncer by Lia Fairchild
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When wealthy man Allen Schaffer is found murdered, there are a few suspects for Detective Lewis and his new partner Barnes to investigate.
A nice short story to round off the series.

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The Love Killings (Detective Matt Jones #2)The Love Killings by Robert Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although this is the second in the series it is not necessary to read the first book as it is summarised where necessary.
Six weeks previously LAPD detective Matt Jones had been shot chasing serial killer Dr. George Baylor. Now the FBI believe he is out on the Eat coast and recruit Jones on a temporary basis to track Baylor down.
I really liked the story and the style of writing, and the character of Jones, even the politics and the backstabbing that everybody seems to be doing. I look forward to going back and reading the first book.
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The Doctor (A Hint of Murder #2)The Doctor by Lia Fairchild
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this second story of the series Detective John Lewis is back to discover who is killing the patients off in a hospital - Doctors and nurses are the chief suspect. Though this one I did determine who was guilty before the end, but still an enjoyable read.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

The Writer (A Hint of Murder #1)The Writer by Lia Fairchild
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alicia Fairfield, a writer, becomes worried when the murders in her books occur in real life. Can she determine the killer before too many more people are killed. An interesting short story.

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Mercy of the Moon (Rhythm of the Moon #1)Mercy of the Moon by Jennifer Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1734 England and midwife Maggie Wilson's sister- Sarah - has died giving birth. When Apothecary Ian Pierce delivers Sarah home, alive, the people of the town become suspicious, and old superstitions come to the fore. But with the help of Ian can Maggie determine who is responsible.
I enjoyed this tale, the mystery, and the characters (well the good ones).
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Monday, 25 July 2016

Death Out of SeasonDeath Out of Season by Meg Elizabeth Atkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The secrets in the village of Clerehaven, are they worth killing for. Someone thinks so. The villagers lives start to be unsettled with the appearance of Jaynie Turner and her list of secrets. It will be up to Inspector Sheldon Hunter to find the killer
Took me a while to get into the book, but once I did I enjoyed the story and the many different characters.

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Come Twilight (Long Beach Homicide Book 4)Come Twilight by Tyler Dilts
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

At the moment life is good for Detective Danny Beckett, then he is called to a suicide which he quickly determines is a murder. His life only gets worse when his car via a bomb explodes. Are both these cases linked, what could be the motive in either of them.
Took awhile for Beckett to catch on to some of the clues. I didn't really feel engaged in the story or the lives of the characters, which can happen quite a bit.
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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Crime on the Fens (DI Nikki Galena #1)Crime on the Fens by Joy Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We are introduced to DI Nikki Galena, a detective tough on the drug dealers in her area, and herself and her team. Resulting in no-one wanting to work with her until she has to accept DS Joseph Easter.
What starts off with gangs committing crimes wearing identical hideous masks, leads to the disappearance of two teenagers. Unfortunately the past is ready to catch up on Galena.
A good start to a new detective series, with a range of characters.

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Nowhere To RunNowhere To Run by Carolyn Davidson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just as teenager Sarah Harmon decides to move away from Lion's Bay she is found dead. It is for Inspector Susan Kovalsky to unravel Sarah's life and determine who is the murderer from the long list of suspects.
Enjoyed the story and the cast of characters. Look forward to the next in the series.


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Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Braque Connection (Book 3) (Genevieve Lenard)The Braque Connection (Book 3) by Estelle Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Doctor Genevieve Lenard and Colin wake up after being kidnapped in Colin's secret house in England she and the rest of the team have to find the connection to Kubanov and determine what his endgame could possible be. The man they have been trying to catch, the man who has been studying them.
An enjoyable continuation of the first two books, and some likable characters.

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Bayou Nights (Haunting Desire, #2)Bayou Nights by Julie Mulhern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1903, New Orleans. How was Christine Lambert, (a milliner and shop owner), to know that the piece of eight that her father gave to her before he died would lead to solving a puzzle and bring with it a desirable prize.
But Matthias Blake has been sent to help, to combat the ghosts, voodoo and anything else that the evil in New Orleans can throw at them.
Very surprised, and delighted that I enjoyed a paranormal romance/mystery. I enjoyed the story and liked the characters. A pity that I can't get a copy of the first book on kindle as I love to read series.
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Cancelled Vows (Mac Faraday Mystery, #11)Cancelled Vows by Lauren Carr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What can stop the wedding of Police Chief David O’Callaghan and Chelsea Adams’ - only the Chief's first wedding which he has no memory of happening.
So off to New York the three go - David, Mac, and Gnarly - and while trying to getting the divorce papers signed they come across a murder - with connections that go back thirty years.
Really enjoyed the story, and reading about the characters again. Number 12 in the series will be read soon.

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Too Wicked To KissToo Wicked To Kiss by Erica Ridley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1813, and the Stanton ladies accompanied by Evangeline Pemberton are on the way to a house party at Blackberry Manor, the home of Lioncroft, a gentleman with a very bad reputation. The idea? With the help of Evangeline's 'gift' she will engineer a compromise between Lioncroft and Susan Stanton. What could go wrong - only a murder.
This is a Gothic romance, not a genre I read often or at all. But I loved the story and the characters, and the mystery. It is certainly a genre that I look forward to reading again, and especially this author.
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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Parthena's PromiseParthena's Promise by Valerie Holmes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In 1815 Captain Jerome Fender has returned from fighting on the Continent to England, determined not to settle for the society marriage his mother wishes to arrange.
In a Yorkshire market town, desperate, recently orphaned Miss Parthena Munro crosses his path. The next day he discovers that she has stolen some of his money. Determined to find her and discover her story he sets off in pursuit.
Can justice be serviced and true love succeed in these times.
An enjoyable tale,with some interesting characters that doesn't take overly long to get to the conclusion. Though I probably would have liked another chapter or two.
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Constable on the Prowl (The Constable Nick Series Book 1)Constable on the Prowl by Nicholas Rhea
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A story of the crimes committed while night policeman Nick Rhea is on patrol around the area of Aidensfield in Yorkshire during the 1970/1980's. Most of which would be considered minor crimes. It also includes some descriptions of the law at that time, plus the pranks that the police would play on each other, which I admit not to finding amusing.
Very low key stories, none of which I found that interesting. I gather this series of books were turned into a television series - Heartbeat - which I have never watched.
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A Season at BrightonA Season at Brighton by Alice Chetwynd Ley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The daughters of Lady Denham are off to Brighton in this Regency romance. Lady Denham closest friend, the Countess of Nevern, hopes that one of the three daughters - Louisa, Catherine, or Eleanor - will agree to marry her son, Viscount Pamyngton. But what scrapes can these three get into, and who can save them.
A well written, and clean, enjoyable read, with some lovely characters like Pamyngton, who is obviously the heroic lead.
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Wil JadeWil Jade by Philip Alyster LaGree
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It's 1940 San Francisco and Philip Jade, reporter is killed in an hit an run accident, just as he is about to expose a big story. When his son Wil receives information that it was murder, it leads him onto the trail of politicians involved in land management fraud, the search for the truth continues until the end of the war. Found I really couldn't get engaged with the narrative or the characters. Probably would have been a better read for me, without the details of the voyage of the sailing ship.
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Open Your EyesOpen Your Eyes by Jann Rowland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This Pride and Prejudice variation begins with the introduction of the Bennet daughters to Wickham in Meryton. Elizabeth is a more sensible being as she questions the revelations of Wickham, and continues as she gives advice to her younger sisters and as she speaks more rational to her mother about Mr Collins - what if she opened her eyes to her surroundings how would the story change.
A very enjoyable tale.

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Monday, 18 July 2016

The Man with the Lead Stomach (Nicolas Le Floch #2)The Man with the Lead Stomach by Jean-Fran├žois Parot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book has been translated from the French and is the second of a series in the historical mystery genre. It is now 1761 and Commissioner Nicholas Le Floch is asked to investigate the apparent suicide of the Vicomte Lionel de Ruissec.
In this story we have complex, convoluted plots and political intrigue, which I enjoyed. I also liked the main characters involved in solving the mystery.
I shall probably look out for the first book now.
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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Murder In The Library (Dekker Cozy Mystery #3)Murder In The Library by Steve Demaree
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A friend of Lt. Dekker is informed that he will killed, and he is in a locked library room. But he left a clue for the police to decode. Though there are very few suspects,
I found this book in the series a bit too long-winded.

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Dead & Buried (Calladine & Bayliss, #5)Dead & Buried by Helen H. Durrant
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

What is the connection between an illegal abortion in Granny Slaters's home which went gone wrong back on the 1960's, and the deaths of a woman and young men from a council estate in Leesdon
It is DI Tom Calladine job to investigate.
This unfortunately didn't really catch my interest either with the story or the characters.
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A Fine Stout Love and Other Stories (Pride & Prejudice Petite Tales, #1)A Fine Stout Love and Other Stories by Renee Beyea
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some short stories concerning Lizzy and Darcy of Pride and Prejudice. I particularly liked Eden Unashamed which turned out to be the longest story.

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Buried (Twisted Cedar Mysteries, #1)Buried by C.J. Carmichael
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dougal Lachlan, a writer of real-life crimes receives an email telling him of the murder of librarians back in the 1970's. The journey to the truth leads him back to his home town of Twisted Cedar, and his sister and friends he left behind.
I enjoyed the story and the style of bwriting, I found it very easy to read and I like reading about the characters.
So I am looking forward to reading the next two in the series..

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Jane & Bingley: Something Slightly Unsettling (Twisted Austen, #2)Jane & Bingley: Something Slightly Unsettling by Alexa Adams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some thoughts of Jane Bennet as events lead up and include the Netherfield Ball in this Pride and Prejudice story. A pity she felt that her thoughts could not be spoken aloud, how much more sensible then Elizabeth she shows herself to be in this version. I would have liked to have heard more of her thoughts.

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Friday, 15 July 2016

The Case Is Closed (Miss Silver, #2)The Case Is Closed by Patricia Wentworth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Geoffrey Grey has been found guilty of the murder of his uncle but his wife's cousin Hilary believes his is innocent. When she meets the cook of the Uncle, she believes evidence of his innocence has been hidden and continues to investigate. Miss Silver doesn't really make an appearance until about half way through, but with the help of Hilary's boyfriend Henry the guilty party are brought to justice.
Hoping that Miss Silver gets more involved in the next book, and that there is less repetition in the telling of the story.

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Emma and Elton: Something Truly Horrid (Twisted Austen, #1)Emma and Elton: Something Truly Horrid by Alexa Adams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this short story version of Jane Austen's Emma Woodhouse, she is made aware of Elton's affection. But where does it go so very wrong.
A very quick read.

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Shadow Over the Fens (DI Nikki Galena #2)Shadow Over the Fens by Joy Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When a friend and neighbour of Detective Nikki Galena dies she refuses to accept that it is suicide. While researching through death statistics of the area DS Joseph Easter finds an anomaly. He also believes that he is seeing a soldier from his army past. Then the killings start. Who to trust, what to believe.
I enjoyed this story, and I liked the characters. So I will be looking for more in the series, starting with the first book

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Red Rover, Perdition GamesRed Rover, Perdition Games by L.E. Fraser
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A dancer friend of PI Samantha McNamara commits suicide, while an ex-footballer is found dead. His wife is having an affair with another friend of Sam's - Dr. Roger Peterson. Is there some connection.
Sam and her boyfriend ex-Inspector Reece Hash must found out who the psychopath is before it's too late.
Unfortunately I found the characters to self-absorbed, I just didn't like anyone. For me there was also too much description - it was over-written.
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Cleaver Square (DCI Morton #2)Cleaver Square by Daniel Campbell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A body is found in Hackney Marshes and DCI Morton investigates. Complications occur when it seems to be a case of mistaken identity. Unfortunately I didn't find the story or the characters that interesting, and I determined who was one of the guilty parties very early on.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

George & Georgiana: A Pride and Prejudice Legacy NovelGeorge & Georgiana: A Pride and Prejudice Legacy Novel by Julie Westmore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice sequel, Wickham and Georgiana did elope to Scotland but are found by Darcy. Later Lydia and Wickham do leave Brighton together. Darcy grudge against Wickham forces Wickham to marry Lydia. But truths are hidden, but can be found out and can lead to untold misery.
Some new characters are introduced to this story, which I enjoyed, and is Wickham really the villain that Darcy believes.

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The Blood of The Fifth Knight (The Fifth Knight, #2)The Blood of The Fifth Knight by E.M. Powell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is now 1176, two years after the penitent Henry II has walked to Canterbury Cathedral, and now he calls for help from Sir Benedict Palmer. Palmer is reluctant to leave Theodosia and his children, but the life of the King's mistress has been threatened and Henry trusts no one else to find the culprit. Plots are woven by many of the King's enemies, but who can be trusted.
Really enjoyed this tale, and liked the characters. Before I read the third in the series sometime in the future I might have to go back and re-read the first two.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Stop Press Murder: A Crampton of the Chronicle Mystery #2Stop Press Murder: A Crampton of the Chronicle Mystery #2 by Peter Bartram
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Brighton 1963, as Colin Crampton, reports on the death of a night watchman at the Palace Pier, he discovers that some pictures have been stolen from the Butler Saw machine.
During his investigation he discovers a feud between twin sisters - one a actress and the other the wife of an aristocrat. Are there ant connections.
An enjoyable read, with some likeable characters, though I did determine some of the results before the end of the book, but I will look out for some more of the series.
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Monday, 11 July 2016

The Misadventure of Sherlock HolmesThe Misadventure of Sherlock Holmes by Giles Chanot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Holmes and Watson start investigating numerous crimes in London starting with a kidnapped wife. Which bring in more clients one of which is Mary Anderson, or is Irene Adler, and her agent M.
But there is a puzzle, or a master plan, and they have a limited time to solve it.
An entertaining book, and I do like Holmes and Watson mysteries.
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Grey Mask (Miss Silver, #1)Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First published in 1928 - Four years after he was jilted by Margaret Langton, Charles Moray returns home only to overhear a conspiracy he believes to murder a girl, lead by the Grey Mask. One of the people in the room is Margaret. He turns to Miss Silver for help solve the riddle, save Margaret and determine who is this master criminal called the Grey Mask.
As I have the first 7 novels I will be interested to find out if Miss Silver becomes more involved in the stories or stays in the background.
An interesting story, reflective of its time, but with one very silly girl.

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Captain Wentworth Home from the SeaCaptain Wentworth Home from the Sea by Mary Lydon Simonsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this alternate Persuasion Captain Wentworth comes back to stay at Kellynch Hall with the Crofts as an accident aboard ship has depraved him of most of his memories. He does not remember Anne Elliott. This is their story of their new romance. Who cannot like the character of Wentworth.
A delightful short read which I look forward to reading, which basically means I wish it had been longer to enjoy the story for a longer time.

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

We Are The Hanged Man (DCI Jericho #1)We Are The Hanged Man by Douglas Lindsay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DCI Robert Jericho of the Wells police force is seconded to the latest reality television show - 'Britain's Got Justice'. But Jericho is as determined to keep a low profile, since the mysterious disappearance of his wife ten years ago, as his boss is to put him on the show.
As if by coincidence Tarot cards of the hanged man are sent to him. And now we have a killer released from prison after thirty years. Are all these connected, with and to a series of random deaths.
Thoroughly enjoyable story, though grim. I liked some of the characters, disliked all the awful TV crew but that is probably how it should be. Look forward to read the next in the series.
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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Salvation Lake (Leo Waterman, #9)Salvation Lake by G.M. Ford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In present day Seattle, when two bodies are found in the boot of a car covered with a coat that belonged to his dead father, Leo Waterman has to investigate. This brings a lot of trouble to him and his friends.
Really enjoyed this story, the style of writing, and the characters and hope to go back and read the series from the beginning.
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Friday, 8 July 2016

Death Deserved (Detective Jackson Mystery #11)Death Deserved by L.J. Sellers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Detective Wade Jackson is sent to investigate a double shooting at a legal marijuana factory. Resulting in many suspects to interview. Meanwhile his sergeant has been poisoned and is seriously ill in hospital. Is there a connection between the two events.
Interesting rounded characters make this an enjoyable read. Now having read the first and eleventh in the series maybe it's time to read the rest.
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A Lesson in Murder (Cherringham, #13)A Lesson in Murder by Matthew Costello
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An enjoyable read from this novella which went straight into the story, and an hour or so later we have the solution.
In an English village of Cherringham Jack (ex-NYPD) and Sarah (web designer) are asked to investigate a series of incidents at a local public school.
Liked the two main characters and we look out for some more from the series.
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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Buried CrimesBuried Crimes by Michael Hambling
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Freemans have recently moved to their new home, and decide to do some gardening, when they find two bodies buried under a bush. The time frame suggests that they have been there for twenty years. Its DCI Sophie Allen and her team's job to investigate.
For me this series has too much personal details of the police interwoven into the story. As I don't really like the characters this creates a problem for me.
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Jane ShoreJane Shore by Mary Bennett
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Having read others fictional accounts of Jane Shore's life I was really looking forward to reading this, but I have to admit I was bored by it. I didn't like the style of writing, and disliked the writing of the Welsh dialect. It might have been a better book if it was a lot shorter.
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A Killing TermA Killing Term by Robyn Sheffield
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The first body lands on the ground from the roof of the Chalingford’s Planning Office. Accident, suicide or murder? Detective-Inspector Jones investigates the circumstances. But we also have Robert Howick, the headmaster of Trelawne School, with his secrets, and the secrets of the staff. Then another body turns up.
An interesting enough murder mystery, written in 1993.
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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Act of TreasonAct of Treason by Frank Dickens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

George Bullen, living in London, is an amanuensis - a scribe for the illiterate - in the late Elizabethan era, of 1598, is employed to transcribe a tale by Gareth Simmons a foot soldier in the employ of the Duke of Norfolk. The story begins in 1592 - the telling of which is An Act of Treason.
An interesting enough story, there was enough intrigue during that era that suspending your disbelief is not impossible,
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