Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Fortune like the Moon (Hawkenlye Mystery)Fortune like the Moon by Alys Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1189. To curry favour with the English people on becoming king, Richard plantagenet released all prisoners. Unfortunately a nun was murdered and so Josse d'Acquin is sent to Hawkenlye Abbey to investigate. On arrival he is helped by Abbess Helewise.
An enjoyable well-written historical mystery, a good solid start to this series.

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The Crime Beat: New York (A Cole & Warren Crime Thriller Book 1)The Crime Beat: New York by A.C. Fuller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On a New York City rooftop, a sniper waits for the right moment, the moment to fire one shot at his target. Two people come together to try and solve the crime, one a crime reporter, Jane Cole, and the other a suspended NYPD cop Robert Warren. Suspended because of a story Cole wrote.
The first novella of a nine series story.
A well-written and interesting story, with the characters thankfully growing on you.

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Monday, 9 December 2019

When Scandal Came to Town (Scandalous Sons Book 3)When Scandal Came to Town by Adele Clee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Five years ago Cassandra Mills, daughter of the Earl of Worthen rejected Benedict Cavanagh, the illegitimate son of the Earl of Tregarth. Now due to a letter received he finds her at dawn, lying half-naked, and so ruined, in Hyde Park, unfortunately with four witnesses. What will become of Cassandra now, and how will she detemine the person behind her disgrace.
An fun and enjoyable well-written story. A mixture of romance and mystery with its cast of likeable characters

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Too Clever By Half (A Davies & West Mystery, #2)Too Clever By Half by Will North
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When a naked body of man, seemingly tortured is discovered floating off the Cornish coast, the case is given to D.I. Morgan Davies and her team. But it is two days before the man is reported missing.
The story goes back and forward is time in telling the crime story, which is fine. But I did find Morgan Davies to be too obnoxious to make it a totally enjoyable read

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Sunday, 8 December 2019

Murder & The Heir (The Violet Carlyle Mysteries #1)Murder & The Heir by Beth Byers
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1922 Violet Carlyle with her twin Victor plus cousins are invited to spend time with their aunt Agatha Davies (or is it Great Aunt?). A wealthy aunt who someone has been trying to kill for their inheritance.
A lightweight cozy mystery, with hardly any investigation, an overuse of 'luvs' and not especially likeable main characters.

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Imposter: A World War Two Mystery (Toby Whitby Book 2)Imposter: A World War Two Mystery by Eileen Enwright Hodgetts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

May 1952 Brighton. A body has washed up on the beach, without hands, but secretary Anthea Clark swears she knows him as Michael Cheviot. Problems arise when Dorothy Findlay wants to claim child support from Michael Cheviot who she says is still alive. Enid Trewin Cheviot says her son, Michael, is still alive. Toby Whitby's investigation with the help of Detective Inspector Slater leads him back to events nearly fifty years ago and in-between.
An enjoyable and interesting well-written mystery story

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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Fool's Gold (Malfine Mystery Book 3)Fool's Gold by Jane Jakeman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1833. On refusing Lord Ambrose's marrigae proposal governess Elisabeth Anstruther leaves Malfine to take up the role of companion to Lady Clara Jesmond of Jesmond Place. He soon receives a letter from Elizabeth detailing her unease of the place and the death of Sir Antony Jesmond's physician Doctor Kelsoe. Ambrose decides to investigate.
Another enjoyable and well-written mystery with its very likeable cast of characters

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