Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The Hangman's Secret (Victorian Mystery, #3)The Hangman's Secret by Laura Joh Rowland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While working for the Daily World, photographer Sarah Bain with her two friends and co-workers, Lord Hugh Staunton and Mick O’Reilly, are called out to a crime scene. That of the hangman, Harry Warbrick. But is it suicide or murder. And if murder why? While working to find the guilty partner Sarah is still trying to find her father and so disapprove that he may be guilty of murder some years previously.
Throughout the book some of the dialogue seems a bit too far-fetched. While some of the relationships between the characters seemed somewhat forced. Overall a satisfying mystery even though I didn't take to any of the main characters.
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrel (J.J. Graves Mystery #3)Dirty Rotten Scoundrel by Liliana Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is not just JJ Graves' past that has come back to haunt her. Six years ago Jack's SWAT team were on assignment. It seems that there is someone out to kill them one by one. Now there are only a couple left. Is Jack next? The FBI are on the case.
A really enjoyable well-written thriller

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The Belting Inheritance (British Library Crime Classics)The Belting Inheritance by Julian Symons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lady Wainwright is mourning the death of her two eldest sons, Hugh and David, both killed in the war. In the meantime her two youngest sons still live at Belting with a great-nephew Christopher Barrington. Then ten years later, as Lady Wainwright is dying, a man contacts her saying that he is David Wainwright. Not long after he arrives a body is found.
The story is told from the viewpoint of Christopher (aged 18 years) and is set in the early 1950's (written in 1965) as he tries to discern the truth. Complicated by a death from ten years earlier. The writing style is certainly reflective of that time but I did enjoy the story. Though I don't think there were any likeable characters as far as the Wainwrights are concerned.
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Girl Undone (Peacock & Rayburn, #3)Girl Undone by Marla Madison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

TJ Peacock is hired by Rina Petretti to discover where her niece, Kelsey Blasko, has been for the previous few days as she disappeared under mysterious circumstances. A local blogger, Bart Kosik, is being threatened, and soon a body turns up next to his home. Is he likely to be the next victim.
A enjoyed this thriller/mystery story.

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Drawing Mr. Darcy: A Faithful Portrait (Book Two)Drawing Mr. Darcy: A Faithful Portrait by Melanie Rachel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this P&P variation the story continues of Elizabeth Bennet Russell and Mr. Darcy. The story unfolds with the arrival of Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine and Wickham, with varying threats to the couple.
I enjoyed this well-written story but would love to also read the concurrent story of the Bennets after Elizabeth had left.

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Going Underground (Jonathan Roper Investigates, #1)Going Underground by Michael Leese
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jonathan Roper is autistic and employed as an investigator to the Special Investigation Unit of the police. Reporting to Detective Chief Inspector Brian Hooley. Sir James Taylor goes missing and parts of his body are found weeks later. But why and who needs to be determined, and the case is passed on to the Unit
An enjoyable mystery story

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Sunday, 9 December 2018

A Dirty Shame (J.J. Graves Mystery, #2)A Dirty Shame by Liliana Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

J.J. Graves has finally returned home to Bloody Mary. Unfortunately she discovers a body, a tortured body. But it's not the last. Sheriff Jack Lawson investigates, with JJ is her role as coroner and friend, helping.
A enjoyable, gripping mystery with a great cast of characters. And a good ending.

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