Thursday, 21 September 2017

Love's Chance (Sweet Grove Beginnings #2)Love's Chance by Emily Murdoch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The series continues in 1841 with the story of Katherine Morrison and Thomas Bryant. Sister to Elizabeth, and brother to Jonathan from the first novella. (This can be read as a stand-alone story) Where we found out, mainly what had happened to Katherine since she disapppeared from her Grand-parents home.
Another sweet enjoyable story. A quick read.
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The Devil's Band (The Devilstone Chronicles Book 1)The Devil's Band by Richard Anderton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

These are the start of the adventures of Thomas Devilstone. Unmasked as a fradualent astrologer to Henry VIII, he hopes to make his way to the camp of Richard de la Pole, pretender to the English throne. What could possible go wrong.
An enjoyable romp.

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Death Comes To Kurland Hall (Kurland St. Mary Mystery, #3)Death Comes To Kurland Hall by Catherine Lloyd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another re-read before the next unread book in the series. It is now May 1917 and there is to be a wedding in Kurland St. Mary - Lucy Harrington's friend Sophia is remarrying. As the wedding takes place an accident happens or so it seems. With plenty of enemies to choose from, the tasks of finding the guilty party may be difficult for Lucy and the Major.
Love the characters in this series and an enjoyable mystery.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Miss Georgiana Darcy of Pemberley: a Pride & Prejudice sequel and companion to The Darcys of PemberleyMiss Georgiana Darcy of Pemberley: a Pride & Prejudice sequel and companion to The Darcys of Pemberley by Shannon Winslow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sequel to Pride and Prejudice told from Georgiana Darcy's point of view. Her time at Pemberley, in London and her loves. Can she like her brother find happiness, with or without marriage.
An enjoyable story.

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The Assassin of Verona (William Shakespeare Thriller #2)The Assassin of Verona by Benet Brandreth
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1585 and English spies William Shakespeare, Oldcastle and Hemminges are in Venice. While Oldcastle and Hemminges want to return to England, Shakespeare wishes to stay with his lover Isabella Lisarro. This is only the beginning of their problems.
Unfortunately this book might read better if The Spy in Venice had been read but I haven't read the first in the series. But I didn't like the writing style, and became annoyed with the quotes of Shakespeare's plays starting or ending the short chapters. I also didn't care much for any of the characters.
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Monday, 18 September 2017

All the Wrong Places (A Cara Walden Mystery)All the Wrong Places by Lisa Lieberman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The film industry in post war London and Sicily as told by Cara Walden, a young actress. Didn't really find it an interesting read, the story or the characters.
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Kitty Bennet's Despair (Mrs. Darcy Enterains, #4)Kitty Bennet's Despair by Wendy Soliman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time again for the Darcys to have a house party with all their family. There is Georgiana’s engagement to Dominic Sanford to celebrate but what of the newly promoted Major Richard Turner and his relationship with Kitty Bennet. What could go wrong.
An enjoyable story with the familiar characters.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Longbourn Letters: The Correspondence between Mr Collins & Mr BennetThe Longbourn Letters: The Correspondence between Mr Collins & Mr Bennet by Rose Servitova
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After the end of Prode and Prejudice Mr Bennet and the Rev. Collins enjoy an exchange of letters that only ends on the death of Bennet.
An enjoyable series of letters.

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Last Adventure of the Scarlet Pimpernel (Jane Austen's Fighting Men, #2)The Last Adventure of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Jack Caldwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Captain Frederick Tilney, a rake and heir to Northanger Abbey has no wish to change. But when he meets Violet Blakeney, daughter of the Scarlet Pimpernel, and when his close friend Colonel Sir John Buford, tells him to take responsibility for his poor reputation, he wonders can he change.
When the Blakeney family is put in danger by a scheming French government official can Tilney redeem himself.
A very enjoyable romp, a mixture of action and romance with some interesting chracters.

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Friday, 15 September 2017

The Good Knight (Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries, #1)The Good Knight by Sarah Woodbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the year 1143 King Owain intends to marry his daughter Elen to King Anarawd. Unfortunately Anarawd is killed on the way to the wedding. So Hywel, son of Owain sends Sir Gareth, and his spy Gwen, to seek the truth.
An enjoyable mystery, and I look forward to reading more of their exploits.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Death Comes to London (Kurland St. Mary Mystery, #2)Death Comes to London by Catherine Lloyd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A year later in March 1817 Lucy Harrington and her sister Anna leave Kurland St. Mary to have a season in town. Both looking for husbands.
Not long after Major Robert Kurland is summoned to London to accept a baronetcy for his war deeds.
When the grandmother of a Major's friend - the dowager Countess of Broughton - dies, Lucy and the Major begin their own investigation, but can they prevent more deaths.
Really liking the characters and enjoyed re-reading this second in the series and look forward to the next.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Lion's Courtship (Anna Kronberg Book 0.5)The Lion's Courtship by Annelie Wendeberg
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1885 and Anna Kronberg is a nurse when Garret O'Hare forces his when into her lodging suffering from a gunshot wound. In this prequel to the series we read about the relationship of Anna and Garret, intermixed with a sadist who likes to cut prostitutes.
A depressing portrayal of Victorican London but still a good read.


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Charlotte: A Pride and Prejudice TaleCharlotte: A Pride and Prejudice Tale by Linda Phelps
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The life of Charlotte Collins nee Lucas of Pride and Prejudice. With a preface that covers her life before the start of the book.
I really enjoyed this well-written, easy writing style tale, and to read about Charlotte's thoughts concerning her life and aims.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Murder at the Brightwell (Amory Ames Mystery, #1)Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Amory Ames is asked by her former fiancé, Gil Trent, to accompany him to the Brightwell Hotel and talk to his sister, Emmeline, concerning the man she is marrying. Gil is convinced that there is something wrong with him and his attentions to his sister. But it is not long before a body is found, is it an accident or murder. Amory investigates.
An enjoyable easily read mystery.

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Henry: To Prove Himself Worthy: A Mansfield Park Continuation, Episode 1 (Other Pens)Henry: To Prove Himself Worthy: A Mansfield Park Continuation, Episode 1 by Leenie Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Henry Crawford late of Mansfield Park wishes to reform and marry. But can a rake every reform.
An enjoyable story, well-written with the introduction of new characters.
Received book as a gift from the author.

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Death Comes to the Village (Kurland St. Mary Mystery, #1)Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A re-read of the book so that I can eventually read the fourth in the series. Second and third books to go.
In this first of a new (for me) Regency series we meet Miss Lucy Harrington, eldest daughter of the village's vicar, and childhood friend of a badly injured Major Robert Kurland.
The Major after seeing a shadowy figure late one night confides this in Miss Harrington. Leading to the investigation of two missing girls and the apparent theft of small objects from various homes.
Enjoyed reading about the characters and look forward to reading the next in the series.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Lost Letter: A Victorian RomanceThe Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance by Mimi Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Due to her father's debts and death Sylvia Stafford, a daughter of a viscount, is now working as a governess in Cheapside. Colonel Sebastian Conrad after her tour of duty in India is no longer the dashing officer that Sylvia fell in love with, but fate has kept them apart. Until Lady Julia Harker, Sebastian's sister decides that she must do something to help her brother.
A well-written romantic story, with very believable characters. A very enjoyable and satisfying read.
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The King's Hounds (The King's Hounds, #1)The King's Hounds by Martin Jensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the time of King Cnut he instructs an illuminator, Winston, and a landless nobleman,Halfdan, to find out the murderer of a Saxon thane, named Osfrid.
An interesting mystery which kept my interest enough to read the next in the series to see how the characters develop.

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Death at the Seaside (Kate Shackleton, #8)Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As August is a quiet month as far as business is concerned Kate Shacklteon decides to go on holiday to Whitby, unfortunately for her it doesn't take long before she comes across a body and her holiday turns into a spot of investigating.
An enjoyable easily read mystery with some well-drawn characters set in the 1920's.
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Friday, 8 September 2017

A Dangerous Language (Rowland Sinclair, #8)A Dangerous Language by Sulari Gentill
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In this eighth of the series Rowland is approached by a member of the Communist Party to observe the Federal parliament in Canberra and replace the current man, Kelly. Although refusing, his friend the communist Milton Isaacs does not, and all four friends journey to Canberra where Kelly is found murdered.
For me too much politics which made the story is quite a large part boring, and certainly not enough of any mystery. A pity as I do find the characters an interesting bunch.
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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Sensing Danger (Sinclair and Raven #1)Sensing Danger by Wendy Vella
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In protecting the Raven family over the years, the Sinclairs have acquired various heightened senses to help them in their quest.
Now James Raven is the latest Duke, and once again a Sinclair saves his life. But who is it that wants him dead.
A story that kept my interest with some likeable characters which I shall probably read about in the next book.


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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Falstaff's Murder: A Mystery of ShakespeareFalstaff's Murder: A Mystery of Shakespeare by Leonard Tourney
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In 1599 William Shakspeare gives to Queen Elizabeth his account of the realife Sir John Falstaff. A gentleman he met when he was just 19 years old and travelling from Strafford to London to make a name for himself.
Didn't really find the story that compelling or the characters. Possible 2.5 stars.


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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Lady Molly of Scotland YardLady Molly of Scotland Yard by Emmuska Orczy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this collection of short stories Lady Molly mainly uses women's intuition to solve the crimes that Scotland Yard have failed at. As told by her maid and friend Mary Granard
Enjoyed these stories, in particular the last in the book.

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Monday, 4 September 2017

Her Dark PathHer Dark Path by Ken Ogilvie
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Acting Dectective Constable Rebecca Bradley manages to get herselfin charge of investigating a cold case concerning the disappearance and then death of a female in the town of Conroy.
Although I did finish the book, unfortunately I didn't really care or like any of the characters, or the style of writing.
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In Milady's Chamber (John Pickett Mysteries, #1)In Milady's Chamber by Sheri Cobb South
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's 1800s and Bow Street Runner, John Pickett is called in when a body is discovered at the home of Viscount Fieldhurst, by Lady Fieldhurst and her soon to be lover Lord Rupert Latham. It seems that there are plenty of suspects for Pickett to clear or not.
A good start to the series, I look forward to see how the characters develop.

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

The Circular StaircaseThe Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wealthy Miss Rachel Innes rents a house for the summer in the country to spend time with her niece and nephew, Gertrude and Halsey. But strange occurrences start happening on the first night resulting in a death.
A slow paced and interesting mystery first published in 1908.

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Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Golden Spider (The Elemental Web Chronicles #1)The Golden Spider by Anne Renwick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1884, and Lady Amanda Ravensdale is enrolled at medical school and working on a clockwork spider that can spin artificial nerves which she hopes can repair the damage down to her brother's legs. Sebastian Talbot, Fifth Earl of Thornton and lecturer and researcher in neurobiology is impressed with her work.
Mix the steampunk elements with romance, secret agents, foreign spies, betrayal and it makes for an enjoyable read.


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Friday, 1 September 2017

A Matter of Glass (Palazzo Galileo Mysteries Book 1)A Matter of Glass by Sylvia Prince


How much trouble could University of Padua student Paolo Serravalle suffer when he is sent to pick up a package in Venice by Galileo - it would seem quite a lot.
A quick read but I didn't find the characters interesting or the story compelling.


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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Black Wreath (Open Grave Mysteries Book 1)Black Wreath by M. Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Arthur Endswell, a poor gentlemen is employed by Dr Faust Grey to provide him with bodies, until Dr. Grey determines that two of the bodies have been poisoned and therefore useless to him. So he tells Arthur to find the murderer before he will accept any more bodies.
An interesting mystery with it seems no redeeming characters.

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Murder in Montparnasse (Phryne Fisher, #12)Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1928 and a group of soldiers from the Great War believe they are being targeted by a murdrerer - two are already dead - and they need the help of Phryne to discover why and who. Meanwhile chef Anatole Bertrand asks Phryne to find his disappeared fiancee.
An easily read enjoyable mystery.
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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The Queen's Man: A John Shakespeare MysteryThe Queen's Man: A John Shakespeare Mystery by Rory Clements
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is now 1582 and Sir Francis Walsingham has been training John Shakespeare to be his apprentice. So now he has been sent to Sheffield to assess the fortification of the castle holding the Queen of Scots, and then proceed to Warwickshire, his home county to investigate the situation of the secret Catholics.
A very enjoyable mystery, I liked most of the characters and look forward to reading the next in the series.

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Monday, 28 August 2017

The Essence of Malice (An Amory Ames Mystery #4)The Essence of Malice by Ashley Weaver
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1933 Italy, Amory and Milo Ames are on holiday when he receives a letter from Madame Nanette, his childhood nanny. They travel on to Paris only to find that Madame's employer, Helios Belanger, is dead and she suspects that he has been killed. Amory and Milo decide to investiage, though Amory as times seemed to be hindered by Milo's behaviour.
An enjoyable, well-written likeable mystery, which can easily be read as a stand-alone book in the series.
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The Colour of Betrayal: A Sebastian Foxley Medieval Murder Mystery (Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery Series Book 4)The Colour of Betrayal: A Sebastian Foxley Medieval Murder Mystery by Toni Mount
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a short medieval mystery story of the goldsmith Lawrence Ducket and the results of a street brawl with a Ralph Aldgate. With information obtained from his apprentice Jack Tabor, Sebastian Foxley is unconvinced that the right verdict has been reached.
An interesting enough story, but poor Sebastian it sounds like his wife is becoming a harridan.
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Sunday, 27 August 2017

The Countess of Prague: Book OneThe Countess of Prague: Book One by Stephen Weeks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1904 Beatrice von Falklenburg, and becomes embroiled in a Tontine scheme of her Uncle Berty. His nominee had been found dead and therefore he collects none of the money from the scheme, but is he really dead. Beatrice is asked to investigate this mystery by her Uncle which leads to bigger more complex plans to unravel. The reader was informed of every clue she found, as she tried to put all the pieces together.
A good start to this mystery series which I expect we will get to know and like these characters more.
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Saturday, 26 August 2017

Keeper of Pleas (Keeper of Pleas, #1)Keeper of Pleas by Annelie Wendeberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

December 1880 Whitechapel, and the skeletons of nine babies are discovered in flowerpots. It is Coroner Gavriel Severe who investigates. When the mortician, Alexander Easy, who received the bodies disappears, he wonders if the cases are connected.
The books brings to life the dark side of Victorian England, in this well-developed mystery with its interesting characters.
I look forward to reading the next in the series.

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Friday, 25 August 2017

The Fourth FriendThe Fourth Friend by Joy Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eighteen months after a light aircraft crash, injured him and killed his four friends Detective Sergeant Carter MacLean is back at work. But his dead friends keeping turning up, until he realises that they each have a last request to ask of him.
Meanwhile DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans are concerned for him, so they keep him away from their cold case investigation - what has happened to Suzanne Holland, the wife of one of his dead friends.
Again another well-written mystery from this author, the third in this series, containing well-rounded interesting characters.
It can be read as a standalone novel
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher, Joffe Books.

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Behind Closed DoorsBehind Closed Doors by Brian L. Porter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1888, while Whitechapel is reeling under The Ripper killings ,another serial killer roams London. Detective Inspector Albert Norris and Sgt. Hillman, are given this case.
For me just an okay telling of the mystery, more a 2.5 rating.

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Edinburgh Twilight (Ian Hamilton Mysteries Book 1)Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1881, Edinburgh and Stephen Wycherly walks up Athur's Seat to meet his blackmailer, not knowing he will never return.
On examining the the body Detectibe Inspector Hamilton determines he has been murdered, and so the hunt is on for the Holyrood Strangler, aided by Detective Sergeant Dickerson.
A well-written mystery with good developed characters. An excellent start to a new series which I look forward to reading.
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Death of a Busybody (Chief Inspector Littlejohn #3)Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Miss Tither, gossip and busybody of the village of Hilary Magna is found dead. Chief Inspector Littlejohn of Scotland Yard is brought in to investigate, but with so many possible suspects can he find the murderer.
A nice little mystery, though I would prefer less of the vernacular in the speech patterns, as I did at times find it tiresome to read.
First published in 1943.
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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Murder Too Soon (Jack Blackjack Mystery #2)A Murder Too Soon by Michael Jecks
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It's 1554 and Jack Blackjack (a former thief), is now employed as an unlikely assassin by John Blount who thankfully for Jack sends him to Woodstock, the place of imprisonment of the Lady Elizabeth to kill a spy in her household.
Soon after he arrives the murder occursand as he is First Finder he must prove his innocence by determing who is the guilty party.
As I didn't take to the character of Jack and it seemed that whatever could go wrong did, this did tend to spoil my enjoyment of the tale.
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Sherlock Holmes The Christmas RoseSherlock Holmes The Christmas Rose by John Pirillo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As Christmas approaches Holmes and Watson go on holiday to Switzerland where Watson re-discovers the true Watson. An interesting tale.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Death Shall Come (Ishmael Jones #4)Death Shall Come by Simon R. Green
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ishmael Jones is asked as a favour by the Colonel, working for the same Organisation, to spend the weekend at Cardavan house where a recently discovered mummy would be on display. Then the murders start.
A murder mystery with a twist of supernatural/alien content which although was interesting enough for me to read to the end, the plot and the characters really didn't engage me.
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The King's Man (Welsh Blades #1)The King's Man by Elizabeth Kingston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

By 1280 Ranulf Ombrier is known as the favourite killer of Edward I. Fearing for his mortal soul he wanders into the Welsh Marshers and is attacked. Tended by Gwenlliam of Ruardean, he is eventually on his way back to Edward's court. But that is only the beginning.
An interesting tale, well-written aand I liked the characters.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

The Property of Lies: A 1930s' Historical MysteryThe Property of Lies: A 1930s' Historical Mystery by Marjorie Eccles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

June 1930 and Ellen Reardon has been offered the position of French teacher at Maxstead Court School for Girls. But as she is shown around the school a body is discovered, and it is her husband DI Reardon that is called in to investigate.
An interesting enough mystery that kept me reading to the end though I didn't really engage with the characters.
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Saturday, 19 August 2017

The Red Hill (Thomas Berrington #1)The Red Hill by David Penny
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1480 and English physican, Thomas Berrington, is living in Moorish Spain. His Sultan requests he investigate the deaths that have occurred.
Very enjoyable mystery, well-written, and characters I want to read more about.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

A Shadowed LiveryA Shadowed Livery by Charlie Garratt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1938 and Inspector James Given is instructed to look again at a murder and two suicides at Grovestock House in a nearby village.
An interesting little mystery based on true events.

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Sweet Revenge (A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery #1)Sweet Revenge by Andrea Penrose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1813, and Lady Arianna Hadley has returned to England to revenge her father's death. In her disguise as a French chef she becomes a suspect in the poisoning of the Prince Regent. In his role of an investigator she meets the Earl of Saybrook. But this is just the start of the intrigue.
A well-written, enjoyable mystery with interesting characters which I look forward to reading more about.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Silver Gun (An Art Deco Mystery)The Silver Gun by L.A. Chandlar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1936, New York City and Lane Sanders is the personal aide to the city's Mayor La Guardia. But then her life is in danger from an assilant connected to one of the city's gangs.
I didn't really take to the characters or the plot, not sure why, maybe the plot was too reliant on gangsters to be overly interesting to me. It was interesting enough to keep me reading to the end, and I might try the next in the series to see how the characters develop in a new mystery.
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Shadow of the Dolocher: An Alderman James Mystery Thriller (The Alderman James Mystery Thriller Series Book 2)Shadow of the Dolocher: An Alderman James Mystery Thriller by European P. Douglas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It is now 1791, and two years have passed since the hanging of the serialkiller known ‘The Dolocher’. Then the killings start again, and Alderman James doesn't know who to trust.
Another enjoyable mystery in the series.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Dangerous and Unseemly (A Concordia Wells Mystery, #1)Dangerous and Unseemly by K.B. Owen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1896, and college professor Concordia Wells, is distracted by the ill-health of her sisiter Mary but this is compounded by the college being troubled by money problems, malicious pranks, and arson, all topped by the suicide of the bursar.
An enjoyable mystery, well-written, and likeable characters. I look forward to reading more.

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