Monday, 29 May 2017

On Copper Street: A Victorian Police ProceduralOn Copper Street: A Victorian Police Procedural by Chris Nickson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1895 Leeds, and Henry White has just been released after six months in prison for carrying silver from a robbery and refusing to say who gave him the goods. D.I. Harper waits until the next day to question him, but it is too late and this is only the start of the murders.
Meanwhile is a seperate incident, acid is thrown at a young boy working in a bakery. An unprovoked attack?
This was my first read of a book from this series, easily read as a stand-alone book.
Really enjoyed this well-written, easy to read story. A good mystery and some interesting characters.
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Hardcastle's RunawayHardcastle's Runaway by Graham Ison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3rd March 1919 and DI Hardcastle is assigned the task of locating the missing daughter of a M.P. Once she goes missing again, this time finding her may not be as easy.
But the impatient, irritable Hardcastle and his poor Sergeant Charles Marriott are determined to solve the crime.
The story had just enough interest to keep going and was a fairly easy read. It can certainly be read as a stand-alone book in the series.
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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Lies that Bind (An Alex Duggins Mystery)Lies that Bind by Stella Cameron
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A body of a female is found in the village of Underhill. Discovered my a young man called Kyle Gammage who works for the local vet. Alex Duggins, is the owner of the neighbouring village Folly-on-Weir’s pub, and decides that this time she will not get involved but she is drawn into the case.
Unfortunately I didn't find the story or the characters particularly interesting.
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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Most Truly (Love at Pemberley, #1)Most Truly by Reina M. Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice sequel we have the tale of Catherine Bennet and Colonel Fitzwilliam while they stay at Pemberley.
More stories are needed with the minor characters of Jane Austen.
An enjoyable re-read of this tale, setting the story for the next three in the series.

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Lord Scoundrel Dies (Harriett Honeywell #1)Lord Scoundrel Dies by Kate Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Harriet Honeywood agrees to retrieve her cousin's necklace from the home of Lord Sutton. But she is not the first one to arrive that night. Harriet learns that her cousin isn't the first victim, and on finding all the missing items is determined to return them to the original owners. If only it was that simple.
An entertaining mystery/romance with some very likeable characters.

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Friday, 26 May 2017

At All Costs: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novel (Willow Hall Romance Book 4)At All Costs: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novel by Leenie Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Jane Bennet travels to Derbyshire all she wants is to visit with her sister Elizabeth but Bingley arrives wanting to win Jane's heart. But can she ever forgive him. And what of the Colonel. Will he even realise who has captured his heart.
A very enjoyable, easily read, conclusion to the series with all the usual characters.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Bits of Ribbon and Lace: Short Pride & Prejudice TalesBits of Ribbon and Lace: Short Pride & Prejudice Tales by Zoe Burton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A selection of short stories about Darcy and Elizabeth, mainly Regency but some modern. An enjoyable mix.

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The Sixth Victim (A Constance Piper Mystery #1)The Sixth Victim by Tessa Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whitechapel 1888 and the story of the murders that occur is told from the viewpoint of two females Kensington, a flower girl from the area and Emily Tindall, a teacher. Does Constance suddenly become possessed of second sight, and if not how is she guided to Miss Pauline Beaufroy who is looking for her lost sister.
An easy writing style, makes for an interesting read with likeable characters which hopefully will appear in the next book in the series.
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Mr. Darcy Loves Elizabeth Bennet: 4 Variations of Jane Austen's Pride & PrejudiceMr. Darcy Loves Elizabeth Bennet: 4 Variations of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice by Elizabeth Ann West
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Two modern day and two Regency stories (which I preferred) about Darcy and Elizabeth. An enjoyable collection of stories.

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The Curse of Dr. Cagliari (Watson & the Countess #10)The Curse of Dr. Cagliari by Anna Lord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

February 1900 and Dr.,Watson and the Countess have arrived in Venice in time for Mardi Gras and a holiday from murder. Then they are asked by the Marchesadi Malaga to investigate the death of a groom on his wedding night and prove that the wife is innocent.
An enjoyable story of the locked room variety.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

The Case of the Missing Stradivarius (Sherlock Holmes)The Case of the Missing Stradivarius by Emanuel E. Garcia
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1896 London and Donato del Nero arrives with his Stradivarius to give a concert. Unfortunately it is stolen and Holmes and Watson are brought in to investigate.
Too much about the violin, and not enough of the mystery though that is quite a straightforward one.
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The Lord's Secret (The Regency Renegades, #2, Beauty and Titles)The Lord's Secret by Jasmine Ashford
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

During a land-based naval enactment Lord Aaron sees his long lost love after being separated for six years because of her lack of rank. The story wrongly calls Shauna a peasant (a peasant is a lowly paid worker of the land). Can they this time have a happy ending.
The story was fair enough though we really didn't learn that much about their characters.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

A Very Private Grave (Monastery Murders, #1)A Very Private Grave by Donna Fletcher Crow
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

While studying at the College of the Transfiguration in Yorkshire, Father Dominic gifts Felicity Howard a book, but then he is found murdered. So Father Anthony and Felicity are sentto find the meaning behind the murder and the contents of the book.
Straightaway I unfortunately found Felicity irritating, and that coupled with for me too much information about Cuthbert and the history of the Church of England, was not a good start to a series I have been looking forward to reading.

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Only a Viscount Will Do (To Marry a Rogue)Only a Viscount Will Do by Tamara Gill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this straight historical romance, Callum, the new Lord Arndel has not just inherited his title and lands, but according to the moneylender threatening Lord Arndel's daughter,his dead cousin's massive debts as well. So he becomes the Surrey Bandit stealing jewellery to order.
Near neighbour, duke's daughter, Lady Alice Worthingham is an unconventional female. But what does happen when she discovers his secret.
An enjoyable story though I am not sure I took to Alice that much, probably too calculating in her actions. But Arndel was an interesting character.
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Friday, 19 May 2017

Snifter of Death (Bloodstone Series, #2)Snifter of Death by Chris Karlsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summer 1889 in London and Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone with his partner Archie Holbrook are chasing a sexual pervert when they are called to the first mysterious death of an influential business man.
Although we know who, and why the murders occur this doesn't distract from enjoying the story, and wondering how it all will end. As this was my first book in the series I was left unsure how this would be resolved. I also liked the characters Bloodstone and Holbrook, and others in the police station, and now look forward to reading the first in the series.
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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Christmas Cheer (Holidays With Jane #1)Christmas Cheer by Jennifer Becton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Six modern stories with my favourite probably being The Work of an Instant by Jennifer Becton basically because it is based on Persuasion. But I enjoyed them all.

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Ruining Miss Wrotham (Baleful Godmother, #5)Ruining Miss Wrotham by Emily Larkin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

15th July 1812 and Nell Wrotham is arriving in London hoping for help from her ex-fiancee Roger but it is Mordecai Black, Roger's bastard cousin who voluntaries his help. But what are his motives and with his reputation will it be her ruination.
Although this is the fifth in the series it is not necessary to have read the previous books, though I have enjoyed them all.
Another very enjoyable read, excellently written and some lovely characters.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

When a Lady Dares (Her Majesty's Most Secret Service #2)When a Lady Dares by Tara Kingston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

in 1891 London Sophie Atherton is employed by the Colton Agency to investigate Trask, a medium, and his possible involvement with the deaths of three prominent gentlemen who had ties to the Queen's inner circle.
Professor Gavin Stanwyck is intent on discovering Trask's connection to his friend Peter Garner.
A story that is part mystery, spy and romance. An enjoyable well-written read with some very likeable characters.
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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Oxford Cottage: A Pride and Prejudice VariationOxford Cottage: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Leenie Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice variation the Bennet daughters are being taught household duties at Oxford Cottage on the Longbourn Estate.
As Darcy and Bingley head towards Netherfield Park their directions result in approaching the Cottage during a heavy rainfall. The two gentlemen are quickly captivated but problems soon arrive. And his name is Wickham.
An enjoyable story mainly based around Darcy and Elizabeth, though I found I would have like to have read more about the activities of Lillesley and the Colonel.

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Lost Innocents (Servant of the Crown Mystery, #3)Lost Innocents by Denise Domning
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sir Faucon de Ramis and Brother Edmund investigate the death of a leper's daughter found in a well in the village of Wike. Meanwhile another young girl has gone missing with Sir Faucon no closer to finding the murderer of these girls.
A very enjoyable read, loved the characters and look forward to next in the series.

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Monday, 15 May 2017

The BeekeeperThe Beekeeper by Stewart Giles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the Cornish village of Polgarrow, beekeeper Alice Green discovers a body under a bush. But this is not the last body. The police team lead by DI Jack Killian and including DC Harriet Taylor flounder without any probably motive.
An enjoyable, easily read, mystery, with some interesting characters.
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Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Forgotten PaintingThe Forgotten Painting by Gabriel Farago
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Jack Rogan after discovering a diary detailing a hidden treasure follows the clue to the discovery of the forgotten painting.
Unfortunately the story or the style of writing didn't really catch my interest.

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Very Merry Mischief: A Pride and Prejudice NovellaVery Merry Mischief: A Pride and Prejudice Novella by Elizabeth Ann West
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A year after their marriage, the Bingleys, with Caroline and Elizabeth, head for Pemberley to spend Christmas. But what are Darcy and Elizabeth's feeling for each other, and can there be a happy ending.
A enjoyable novella.

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The Twice-Killed ManThe Twice-Killed Man by E.A. Allen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The widely disliked Earl of Ormond has been found murdered in his stables after an argument with his wife. The detective Montclaire has been asked to prove that Lady Ormond is innocent of the murder.
An enjoyable enough mystery with clues throughout to determine the guilty party.


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Learnt To Be Cautious: The Story of Kitty BennetLearnt To Be Cautious: The Story of Kitty Bennet by Jaina Kirke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Silly, self-absorbed, flirt Catherine Bennet after making a fool of herself travels to Pemberley with Mr. Bennet. Unfortunately for Mr. Bennet but not Kitty, they find three single, eligible gentlemen visiting.
Who will Kitty decide she will flirt with and marry.
An enjoyable, easy to read story, of Kitty's growth away from Lydia, and without the expected guidance from her parents.

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Unmasking the Earl (Wayward in Wessex)Unmasking the Earl by Elizabeth Keysian
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It's 1821 and Miss Cassandra Blythe has a plan, a ludicrous plan, to make the man, Julian Carnforth, she thinks she loves finally fall in love with her. In her stupidity she continues with her plan with the help of the rake Captain Wycherley. Meanwhile the Earl of Stranraer is searching for his missing sister, and blaming the Captain he enters his employ as the servant Ned Ganstridge. I would have preferred a lot more mystery and less of the romance as I found Cassandra's actions annoying.
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Friday, 12 May 2017

A Winter Wonder (Seasons of Serendipity, #5)A Winter Wonder by Elizabeth Ann West
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Darcys and the Bennets have finally arrived at Pemberley and spend the next several months settling into their roles.
My favourite parts were when Brigadier Richard Fitzwilliam and Mary entered the story.

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Discovering Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Novella (A Dash of Darcy, #3)Discovering Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Novella by Leenie Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lady Catherine has a plan, in fact she has had this plan for many years. But can it succeed. She will need the help of the Colonel, but can she make Darcy marry the women she has chosen.
Loved this version of Lady Catherine and will look for her further plans in the sequel.

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Tempest in the Tea RoomTempest in the Tea Room by Libi Astaire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1811London and Ezra Melamed investigates when several different groups of people start suffering from a near fatal stomach problem. (The solution to this was fairly obvious.) There is also the mystery of missing pearl bracelet.
A generally enjoyable read.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

So Very Unexpected: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novel (Willow Hall Romance #3)So Very Unexpected: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novel by Leenie Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lydia has arrived at Willow Hall but with Wickham. How can she get out of being forced to marry him. This Lydia might just manage it.
Very enjoyable story.

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Season of the Fox (Servant of the Crown Mystery, #2)Season of the Fox by Denise Domning
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's only been several weeks but Sir Faucon has another murder to solve. A wealthy merchant has been murdered in Stanrudde - Bernart the Linsman.
Another well-written, enjoyable mystery in this series with very likeable characters.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Tenant's Guest: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novella (Willow Hall Romance, #2)The Tenant's Guest: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novella by Leenie Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elizabeth Bennet is staying at Willow Hall with her aunt, while waiting for her Gardiner family and Jane to arrive. Then she meets Darcy. Can they both have a second chance of being together.
A nice interesting story with some likeable and familiar characters.

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Gilded Deceit (A Malcolm & Suzanne Rannoch Historical Mystery Book 13)Gilded Deceit by Tracy Grant
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1818 and the Rannochs are fleeing to Lake Como.
To me this is not a stand alone book in the series, there are just too many past events and people mentioned to make it so. This book might have been more interesting after having read the previous 12 books so that you have all the background information of these events, and information about the characters to make them more rounded.
For me there was much too much talk and description and not a lot of action or going forward with the mystery.
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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Season of the Raven (Servant of the Crown Mystery, #1)Season of the Raven by Denise Domning
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In 1194 and Sir Faucon de Ramis is employed as the Keeper of the Pleas. One of his duties is to assign the cause of any death. On his first day the Priors Holston's miller, Halbert, is found dead. The Sheriff believes he drowned but Sir Faucon is convinced by Brother Colin, a herbalist, that he was murdered. It is for Sir Faucon to follow the clues. From almost the beginning of the story Sir Faucon with the help of Brother Edmund are investigating the death.
An enjoyable mystery, with some likable characters.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Remember, Remember (The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mysteries Book 3)Remember, Remember by Anna Elliott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1897 and Lucy James has woken up outside of the British Museum, unable to remember why or how, and who she is. She must decide who she can trust as she searches for the clues to her identity while solving the mystery of why.
I really enjoyed this mystery, and found it a wonderfully easy read. Unlike the first two in the series this book was not from the point of view of Dr. Watson but Lucy, and I admit I did miss the character in this story. Hopefully he will return in the next installment.
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

And Then Love: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Prequel (Willow Hall Romance, #1)And Then Love: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Prequel by Leenie Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story of Philip Dobney, the new vicar of Kympton and Lucy Tolson late of Willow Hall. A sweet, and enjoyable story telling of the romance of these two friends of Mr. Darcy of Pemberley. With Wickham as his usual bad character, but not as bad as his mentor, Lucy's evil uncle.

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A Twisted Vengeance: A Kate Clifford NovelA Twisted Vengeance: A Kate Clifford Novel by Candace Robb
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1399 and a civil war looms. With the widow Catherine Clifford wondering at the secrets her mother, Eleanor has with her abrupt arrival in York. While living next door to Catherine, one of Eleanor's beguines or poor sisters is attacked. But this is just the start.
I enjoyed the mystery and the historical setting. I also liked most of the characters but the story seems to lack a spark to keep me totally engrossed. Which is unusual as I have read quite a few books from this author which I have really enjoyed, though some years ago.
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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Trouble CoveTrouble Cove by Nancy Lindley-Gauthier
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1916 on Cape Breton Island, Elizabeth Eames is working at the Oceanside hotel, where she believes that the people are not what they seem.
Unfortunately I was hoping for more of a mystery rather than mainly romance though it was well-written.
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The Wilhelm Conspiracy (A Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Book 2)The Wilhelm Conspiracy by Charles Veley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1896, a body of a dead banker has been found, and on Dover beach a burnt body has been discovered. But when a new and powerful weapon is stolen, Holmes is brought in to determine any connection, retrieve the stolen weapon and find the possible traitor in Lord Lansdowne, Secretary of War's department.
An enjoyable story and characters. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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Friday, 5 May 2017

A Fine Gentleman (The Jonquil Brothers #4)A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When barrister Jason Jonquil meets his new client Mariposa Thornton who so infuriates him he is close to losing any dignity he possesses. The seemingly simple brief she offers him is complicated by the persona she has undertaken to hide her real motives. This persona I did find irritating and exasperating but I kept on reading.
I enjoyed the story with its easy and well-written style, and liked the development of the characters as the story progressed. Although the fourth in the series it is a stand alone novel though I am interested enough in reading about the other brothers to start from the beginning of the series.
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Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Honorable Mr. Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Variation (Meryton Mystery, #1)The Honorable Mr. Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Jennifer Joy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The militia are in Meryton and this includes Wickham, while the Bingleys and Darcy are at Netherfield. But when Wickham is murdered Darcy becomes the main suspect. Who can clear his name and who is the guilty party. Most of the characters from Meryton are here plus a few new characters.
An enjoyable mystery which thankfully I didn't guess, and so I look forward to the next.

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The Last Moriarty (A Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Book 1)The Last Moriarty by Charles Veley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1895 and although Holmes has been asked to aid the Prime Minister of Britain in solving a murder that could threaten a meeting with some very influential Americans he is approached by actress Lucy James to find out her true parentage.
Though not true to canon as Holmes does seem to have a past I still enjoyed the story and liked the characters.

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

An Impartial Witness (Bess Crawford, #2)An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the wounded that Nurse Bess Crawford is escorting back to England is Lt. Meriwether Evanson. Pinned to his clothes is a picture of his wife. Later at Portsmouth rail station Bess sees Mrs Marjorie Evanson, with a man, and in great distress. On finding out that Mrs Evanson has been murdered Bess informs the police of what she has seen, and so becomes embroiled in the investigation.
I enjoyed this mystery, the style of writing, and I like the reoccurring characters.

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Mr. Darcy's ProposalMr. Darcy's Proposal by Susan Mason-Milks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As Darcy arrives at the Hunsford Parsonage to propose to Elizabeth, she receives a letter from Jane stating that their father is seriously ill. Offering help Darcy learns what Elizabeth really thinks of him. This is the story of how they proceed from there.
An enjoyable story.

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Spy in Chancery (Hugh Corbett, #3)Spy in Chancery by Paul Doherty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1296 and Edward I is convinced that their is a spy in his court passing his secrets to the French. He instructs Hugh Corbett to find the guilty party, and evidence for a conviction. Corbett's mission takes him to Paris and Wales.
An enjoyable quick read.

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Monday, 1 May 2017

Lord of Pleasure (Rogues to Riches, #2)Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1817, and 'Lord of Pleasure' Michael decides it's time to change society's perception of him. Which becomes easier when he meets Lady X at a masquerade.
Meanwhile Camellia Grenville, with an arranged loveless marriage to look forward to, no longer wants to be thought of as a mouse.
Can either of these two have what they really want.
This well written story is an enjoyable addition to the series. With some interesting characters and a good plot.
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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Whispers in the WindWhispers in the Wind by Janet Woods
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

December 1865, Mrs Adele Pelham and her step-daughter have returned to Dorset believing the man she had years previously jilted at the altar was dead. Captain Ryder also known as Lord Madigan has returned to his estate from the wars not knowing that Adele has returned.
Can these two have a chance of happiness or are there too many secrets keeping them apart. Or do their changing feeling towards each other threaten to pull them apart.
I enjoyable this well written story. An easy to read tale with some decent characters.
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Longbourn Library: A Novel of Pride, Prejudice, and BooksLongbourn Library: A Novel of Pride, Prejudice, and Books by Trudy Wallis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A modern variation of Pride and Prejudice, where the five main female characters work in the Longbourn library. Add to the mix, Collin, Charlie, Darcy and Wickham. Can Liz get over her first idea of Darcy or will she fall for Wickham.
An entertaining read, though I would have preferred to read more about the other characters in the later chapters rather than just Darcy and Liz.
So more a 2.5 than a 3.

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Persuasion - RegenderedPersuasion - Regendered by L.E. Smart
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Basically the original wonderful Persuasion with the genres swopped, so a female Captain Fredericka Wentworth, and Anne now Andrew Elliot in the exact same situations and having the same conversations.
The story didn't work for me.

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

A Compromise At Rosings Park: A Pride And Prejudice VariationA Compromise At Rosings Park: A Pride And Prejudice Variation by Isabelle Mayfair
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So what are the results when Lady Catherine tells Elizabeth that she must marry the unknown man who compromised her. Particularly as Lady Catherine has already informed Mr. Bennet that Elizabeth is engaged.
An enjoyable, easily read story, with the usual characters.


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