Sunday, 23 July 2017

Lord Lynster Discovers (The Traitor Lords Saga #1)Lord Lynster Discovers by Adella J. Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just as the Earl of Lynster is about to be exposed as a traitor he kills himself and leaves his estranged heir, James, to deal with the aftermath. When Daniel Rivers, the butler, is implicated in the plot the Earl decides he must investigate to remove suspicion from Rivers and himself.
An enjoyable straightforward mystery, with two likeable main characters.
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Blackstone on BroadwayBlackstone on Broadway by Richard Falkirk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Edmund Blackstone, Bow Street Runner, manages to assign himself as a consultant to the New York police but while there he is really after Captain Kidd's lost treasure.
An enjoyable story with a likeable main character, who is 'helped' in his adventure by an emancipated Fanny Campbell.

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Lord of Night (Rogues to Riches Book 3)Lord of Night by Erica Ridley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Miss Dahlia Grenville daughter of a Baron is the headmistress of a school for poor girls. Simon Spalding, illegitimate son of a Lord is a Bow Street Runner.His latest assignment is to catch the thief of Mayfair to ensure his promotion. To fund her school Dahlia has had to become a thief. I like the character of Simon and would have liked to have read more about his other cases.
An enjoyable read with a little mystery.
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Friday, 21 July 2017

Deadly Peril (Alec Halsey Mystery #3)Deadly Peril by Lucinda Brant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1763 and Alec Halsey's past has finally caught up with him. He is sent on a diplomatic mission to Midanich, to bargain or pay for the release of two of his friends.
While enjoyable (those at times there was too much description) this is not a mystery but a thriller so for me not as interesting as the previous two books.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

New York at the turn of the century, while visiting a patient, midwife Sarah Brandt, believes she sees someone she knows, a girl from her old life. Next day as she re-visits her patient, Sarah finds that the girl is dead and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy asks her to inspect the girls's room. So starts Sarah's involement in the case.
A well-written first in series, an enjoyable mystery, with developing characters. Can't ask for more from a historical mystery.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A Murder of No Account (An Eve Duncan Mystery)A Murder of No Account by Julia Underwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1940 London and when Eve Duncan comes across a body the police having no time to investigate ask her to start the enquiries.
A quick read which doesn't make for a complicated mystery or too much character development. But still a nice story to start the series off.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Cryptographer (Second Sons, #1)The Cryptographer by Alice Wallis-Eton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

England, 1813. Aster Tanner is employed in the Records Office and is content with her non-descript life until Captain Iain McIntyre, of the Second Dragoons, appears on a confidential mission.
Very enjoyable, well-written, and with lovely characters.
Would love to read the rest of the series but I can't find them anywhere

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Monday, 17 July 2017

The Fall Of White City (Victorian Chicago Mystery Series Book 1)The Fall Of White City by N.S. Wikarski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1893 Chicago and the body of Elsa Bauer has been found in a hotel room. Heiress Evangeline LeClair believes that the police have the wrong person in custody and enlists the help of her close friend Freddie Simpson to discover the truth.
A well-written mystery with some developed characters made for an interesting read and will look forward to reading the next in the series.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Case of the Bedevilled Poet: A Sherlock Holmes Enigma (NewCon Press Novellas Set 2 Book 1)Case of the Bedevilled Poet: A Sherlock Holmes Enigma by Simon Clark
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Jack Crofton a poet employed as a script writer during Word War II is suddenly faced with people wanting to kill him. Finally escaping into a public house he meets Holmes and Watson who offer to help.
Though I finished the story I unfortunately really didn't take to it.

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Deadly Affair (Alec Halsey Mystery, #2)Deadly Affair by Lucinda Brant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1763 and now Alec is a Marquis but when a vicar dies, sitting next to him, at a dinner given by Sir Charles Weir decides to investiagte. But soon secrets start to be revealed.
Another well-written, enjoyable mystery in this series

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Penance of the Damned (Sister Fidelma, #27)Penance of the Damned by Peter Tremayne
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

In 671, Ireland when King Colgú learns that his Chief Bishop has been killed in the fortress of the Uí Fidgente, held by his enemy, he sends his sister Fidelma to investigate in what seems to be a locked room mystery.
Took too long for Fidelma and her team to arrive at the fortress that I was already bored, too much extraneous detail, too much Irish history and religion.
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Friday, 14 July 2017

The Devil in Beauty (The Lord Trevelin Mysteries, #1)The Devil in Beauty by Heidi Ashworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

October 1811 and disgraced Julian Silvester, the Marquis of Trevelin vows to clear his friend Willy Gilbert of killing his younger brother. An acquinatnce of his, Lady Vawdrey, has had her diamond necklace stolen and he agrees to find it and the guilty party. But is there a connection between the two events. His aim is to get back his good name and be welcomed back into society.
I really enjoyed this well-written, historical mystery, with some good rounded characters and look forward to the next book.
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Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Alchemist in the AtticThe Alchemist in the Attic by Antonio Urias
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1899 San Francisco and bodies are being found in the bay. Theodore Atwood a newspaperman for the struggling Oracle believes that this will result in a story to save his career and the paper. He starts to follow the leads.
I enjoyed the story, even though occult mystery is not my usual read, especially the ending. The story was also full of interesting characters.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Cage (An Ed Galber Mystery)The Cage by Stephen Wade
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1920 Cardiff, and ex-boxer, ex-prisn officer and now provate investigator Ed Galber, is employed to find a man, a Captain Hone. We also have the story of Tommy, a conscientious objector held at a camp run by Hone.
It was an interesting enough story though I'm not sure that I care much for the character of Galber.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Inspector of the Dead (Thomas De Quincey, #2)Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In 1855 the Crimean War is continuing and the British government has collapsed. But the De Quincey's with their police friends - detectives Ryan and Becker - are faced with a killer of the upper levels of society. With each corpse he leaves the name of a person who had previously attempted to assassinate the Queen.
Really enjoyed with very well-written mystery with great characters.

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Monday, 10 July 2017

The ClueThe Clue by Carolyn Wells
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When heiress Madeleine Van Norman is found dead, suicide is the first thought. But clues start being noticed. Robert Fessenden, best man, lawyer and amateur detective decides to ask questions until finally near the end of the story Fleming Stone, the great detective is employed to find the guilty party.
The story was written in 1909 and needs to be read in that context, but still an interesting read.

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Deadly Engagement (Alec Halsey Mystery, #1)Deadly Engagement by Lucinda Brant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A re-read of the first book in the series in preparation for continuing the series -Alec Halsey, a diplomat, has returned to London of 1763 to find that his brother the Earl of Delvin is engaged to the woman he loves, and has killed a friend, Jack, in a duel. The mother of Jack believes he has been murdered and wants Alex to investigate. This leads him to a house party held by his god-mother.
Enjoyed the book again, well-written, good mystery and likeable characters.

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Mrs Hudson and the Malabar Rose (A Sherlock Holmes & Mrs Hudson Mystery)Mrs Hudson and the Malabar Rose by Martin Davies
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The very large Malabar Rose ruby is brought to London to be put on show, and Holmes and Watson are asked to make sure that it is not stolen. Meanwhile Mrs Hudson and Flotsam look into the disappearance of James Phillimore, a clerk.
Well-written with a good mystery with some likeable characters.

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

The Devil's Cup (Hawkenlye Mysteries, #17)The Devil's Cup by Alys Clare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When the French invade England in September, 1216 Sir Josse d'Acquin is called to the side of King John. Meanwhile his daughter Messie has joined up with Faruq, a man with a mission, on a journey to find the Devil's cup.
Having read the first couple of books in the series some time ago I had hoped to be reading a murder mystery, this was more of a historical thriller with a mystical element. If you have read all the previous books then this is probably a must read.
But as a stand-alone book is was just enjoyable enough, with some decent characters.
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Friday, 7 July 2017

Murder in DisguiseMurder in Disguise by Mary Miley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jessie Beckett is working at the PickFair Studio in 1925 and is asked to investigate the death of Joe Petrovitch, the husband of a co-worker, bue to her success in previous murder investigations. But how could this killer, a man in a red coat, who fired three shots at Petrovitch leave a crowded theatre without being noticed.
Although this is the fourth in the series I didn't find it was necessary to read the previous books. I found the story entertaining and a good mystery, and some good rounded characters.
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Nocturne for a WidowNocturne for a Widow by Amanda DeWees
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In January 1873 London, Sybil Ingram leaves her theatre group and travels to the States to marry. But nothing goes to plan and she finds herself at Brooke House, in the Hudson Bay aiming to be a guardian to young Roderick Brooke.
This romance with a bit of a gothic mystery is a fun and enjoyable read.

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

A Deadly Betrothal (Ursula Blanchard #15)A Deadly Betrothal by Fiona Buckley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1579, and Ursula is asked to help a family friend, Marjorie Harrison, who's husband has unfortunately returned after many years living with a widow. Events soon change when Marjorie's nephew goes missing. What other intrigues surround her.
A decent enough Elizabethan mystery but even with some interesting characters the story didn't really catch my imagination and pull me into the tale.
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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Murder Take Three (Langham and Dupre, #4)Murder Take Three by Eric Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A 1950's setting where Donald Langham, a private detective and writer is employed by an American actress, Suzie Reynard, to spend the weekend at Marling Hall, as she believes someone is trying to harm the director of the film being made at that location.
An easy to read enjoyable mystery with likeable characters. My only problem was that I had worked out who the guilty party was before the end.
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Changing of the Guard (Pomp and Poverty Book 1)Changing of the Guard by James Farner
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The story begons in 1827 when because his parents died when he was young Edward Urwin is living in poverty with his uncle andaunt in Birminham. Until a man, Henry Beechworth, takes an interest in him. And his life starts to change.
Just about kept my interest.

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Monday, 3 July 2017

An East End Murder (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #4.5)An East End Murder by Charles Finch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A short story set in 1865 London, where Lenox investigates the death of a well-liked rat-catcher.
Interesting, but felt it could have been expanded.

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Murder at Chateau sur Mer (A Gilded Newport Mystery)Murder at Chateau sur Mer by Alyssa Maxwell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1897, Rhode Island, while reporting on a polo match Emma Cross witnesses the removal of a female. Later that night the same female is found dead in the home of Senator George Wetmore. Mrs Edith Wetmore engages Emma to discover the truth behind the death.
An enjoyable, well-written easy to read mystery.
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Wickham's DiaryWickham's Diary by Amanda Grange
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The thoughts and actions of George Wickham from when he was a lad in 1784 up to deciding to join the militia.
A very easy, well-written story which I enjoyed reading the evolution of Wickham's character but I would have liked it to continue up to and past his marriage to Lydia.

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Angel Comes to the Devil's KeepAngel Comes to the Devil's Keep by Regina Jeffers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1819, London, Angelica Lovelace and Huntington McLaughlin, the Marquess of Malvern although they have not met, become aware of each other. But it is not until they are both heading north for a house party at his parents estate, during a severe storm, to they actually meet. But what can Angelica do to protect her reputation, and what mysteries come to light.
An enjoyable tale with likeable characters.

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

The Wrong ShapeThe Wrong Shape by G.K. Chesterton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Why does the shape of a piece of paper raise suspicion in Father Brown, and can it help him solve his latest case.

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A Dangerous Seduction (Bow Street Brides, #1)A Dangerous Seduction by Jillian Eaton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When Lady Scarlett Sherwood's husband is found dead, Captain of the Bow Street Runners Owen Steel believes she is the guilty party. But they have shared a past that blinds him.
It was an enjoyable enough story but would have preferred much more mystery and less of the romance.
Several things did distract from the story for me, as far as accuracy is concerned, which is why I didn't give it 3 stars - in this time period divorces were expensive and a long protracted process, not started and finished within a couple of months. I can't imagine there is any place in Surrey which was a four day carriage ride from London. Hampshire is not to the east of Surrey, and in England there is a ground floor beneath the first floor.

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Pride and Prejudice Sequel: Life After the Wedding Part V: The Darcys Host a Ball at Pemberley (Life After the Wedding Series Book 5)Pride and Prejudice Sequel: Life After the Wedding Part V: The Darcys Host a Ball at Pemberley by Denise O'Hara
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this continuing story we hear about the suitors of Georgiana Darcy, Mary and Kitty Bennet, and Anne de Bourgh. Can they all have their happy ending.
An enjoyable read.

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Lust and Lasciviousness: Sweet Jane: (Lust and Lasciviousness Book 2)Lust and Lasciviousness: Sweet Jane: by Emma England
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

With problems in her marriage to Charles Bingley, Jane turns to her sister Mary and her husband for help.
A very quick read, with mature content.

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

The Poison in All of Us (Emmie McAllister Mysteries Book 1)The Poison in All of Us by Connie B. Dowell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

6th December 1918, Georgia, and sixteen year old Emmie McAllister and Dessa Child are both home from school. Soon they discover the body of the leader of the suffragettes movement in the town. Emmie's Uncle Charlie, the sheriff, involves them in the investigation by asking questions.
An interesting well-written mystery.

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A Pride and Prejudice Sequel: Life After the Wedding Series: A Novella: Part ThreeA Pride and Prejudice Sequel: Life After the Wedding Series: A Novella: Part Three by Denise O'Hara
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story continues as influenza hits the homes of the Darcys and Bingleys. While Caroline Bingley begins to wonder if she will ever find a husband.
Fairly enjoyable novella.

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The Crown Jewel Mystery: A Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Story (A Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Book 4)The Crown Jewel Mystery: A Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Story by Anna Elliott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In 1895 Lucy James has just arrived in London in the company of Johnny Rockefeller to find out her real identity. This leads them to a bank at the same time that the police with Holmes and Watson arrive in the area.
This prequel to the series is an enjoyable quick read.
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Buried on the Fens (Nikki Galena Series #7)Buried on the Fens by Joy Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While Detective Inspector Nikki Galena and her team investiagte the killing of businesswomen Madeline Prospero, with no motive or suspects, a skeleton is discovered in a shallow grave. This victim was murdered many years ago.
An enjoyable mystery once again in this series. A well-written story that carried you to the final conclusion.
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

A Noble Pair of Brothers (The Underwood Mysteries, #1)A Noble Pair of Brothers by Suzanne Downes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In 1820 the brother of the Rev.Underwood arrives at Bracken Tor to recuperate from the trials of teaching at Cambridge Univerity. Soon he finds a grave marked Unknown, and as he enjoys solving puzzles decides to investigate her murder.
Well-developed characters, with a well-written mystery with romance means I shall want to read the next in the series.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Murder in Mayfair: An Atlas Catesby MysteryMurder in Mayfair: An Atlas Catesby Mystery by D.M. Quincy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1814 and Atlas Catesby and his friend the earl of Charlton are on their way back from Bath to London when stopping at an Inn they witness a man selling off his wife. Ever the gentleman Catesby buys the wife to save her from worse degradation.
Unfortunately for the wife, her husband is found dead. And Endicott, the Bow Street Runner employed to find the murderer suspect her and Catesby. To clear their names he is determined to find the guilty party.
A well-written, romance mystery with characters who seem to have some progressive views for the time period though this didn't distract from the story. I look forward to see how the characters develop in the next book.
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Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Honour of Israel GowThe Honour of Israel Gow by G.K. Chesterton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The mystery of the odd objects found after the death of Lord Glengyle in Glengyle castle in Scotland. Interesting enough.

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The Reichenbach Curse (Watson & The Countess #13)The Reichenbach Curse by Anna Lord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Its 1900 and Dr. Watson and the Countess have arrived in Switzerland to visit the Reichenbach Falls. When staying at the Englischer Hof Hotel they discover, happily, that it is hosting a hot air balloon festival. But events take a fatal turn as one balloon is consumed by fire. They both decide to investigate.
Another enjoyable mystery with these likeable characters. Hopefully there will be more in the series.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

A Pride and Prejudice Sequel: Life After the Wedding Series: A Novella: Part OneA Pride and Prejudice Sequel: Life After the Wedding Series: A Novella: Part One by Denise O'Hara
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An enjoyable short read about Jane Bennet as the new Mrs. Bingley and her life in the first couple of years of marriage

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Perish from the Earth: A Lincoln and Speed MysteryPerish from the Earth: A Lincoln and Speed Mystery by Jonathan F Putnam
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1837 and Joshua Speed just manages to board the steamboat War Eagle, owned by his father as it travelled up the Mississippi River.
Meanwhile new lawyer Abraham Linclon is on the circuit in Illinois hearing cases, when they meet up later on shore and discover a body. A body of a man who while recently on board the steamboat had lost all his money. Speed encourages Lincoln to defend the accused, while he aims to discover proof of innocence.
A very enjoyable introduction for me to this series, some good rounded characters and a well constructed mystery.
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Friday, 23 June 2017

The Styrian Curse (Watson & The Countess #12)The Styrian Curse by Anna Lord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1900 and Dr. Watson and the Countess have been invited to a christening by an old schoolfriend of the Countess, Mignon, in the Waldenwulf Castle. Mignon fears for the life of her child and needs the help of the Countess.
Mulitated bodies start being discovered and the explanation given is wolves suffering from rabies unfortunately the locals prefer their superstitions.
Another enjoyable story in this series

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A Father Brown Mystery: The Invisible ManA Father Brown Mystery: The Invisible Man by G K Chesterton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Father Brown provides that people can be mentally invisible as he discovers the murderer in this short story.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Trick or Sweet (Holidays With Jane, #3)Trick or Sweet by Kimberly Truesdale
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Six new modern variation of Jane Austen's work. An intersting enough selection that kept me reading all the stories.


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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Unnatural Habits (Phryne Fisher, #19)Unnatural Habits by Kerry Greenwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In 1929 Melbourne young females from differing backgrounds are going missing so Polly Kettle, trainee reporter, decides to investigate. But this is just the start of the problem. So Phryne Fisher investigates with the help of her increasing minions when Polly goes missing.
This is well-written interesting mystery with a group of well-rounded characters. Of the several books of the series that I have read this was the most enjoyable.
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Gallant Vicar: A Pride & Prejudice VariationThe Gallant Vicar: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Barbara Silkstone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Elizabeth and Mary Bennet return to Hunsford Parsonage to help Mrs Collins in her hour of need. But who is the new vicar that Elizabeth is attracted to. Can Darcy win Elizabeth after his previous disastrous proposel.
An entertaining story.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

The Cardinal's Court (Hugh Mac Egan Mysteries #1)The Cardinal's Court by Cora Harrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1522, at Cardinal Wolsey's Hampton Court, Irish lawyer, Hugh Mac Eganis, is interrupted in his drawing up of a marriage contract between the son of his employer, James Butler and Anne Boleyn by the discovery of a body.
Thoroughly enjoyed this, a well-written story with rounded characters and a good mystery. A very good start to what I hope is a long series.
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Sunday, 18 June 2017

A Mother's Love - A Short StoryA Mother's Love - A Short Story by Stephanie Hamm
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Pride and Prejudice sequel. A sweet, well-written enjoyable short story of the wedding day of the Darcy's eldest daughter.

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Kitty Bennet in LoveKitty Bennet in Love by Jane Odiwe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sweet short story about Kitty Bennet finding love at Pemberley.

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