Saturday, 25 March 2023

Of Silver Linings And Glad Tidings...: A Pride And Prejudice VariationOf Silver Linings And Glad Tidings...: A Pride And Prejudice Variation by S. Neha
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Pride and Prejudice variation which begins a year before canon when an unfortunate occurrence with one of their friends changes the dynamics of the Bennet family. Now it is a year later and the Netherfield party and Mr Collins have arrived. How will this impact on the Bennets.
A delightful story of all of the Bennet family, especially enjoyable as the story did involve all of the daughters and not just the usual Elizabeth and Darcy interactions.
An entertaining re-read, again.

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The Fear at Rockbridge HallThe Fear at Rockbridge Hall by Tim Heath
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1890. The owners of the bank of Manveham needs a new safe at his home of Rockbridge Hall to keep his secret papers. But why. Then there us the children's nanny Miss Maitheson, what does she hide or will reveal.
An interesting Victorian story.

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Friday, 24 March 2023

Something New to Observe A Pride and Prejudice VagarySomething New to Observe A Pride and Prejudice Vagary by Kimbelle Pease
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice variation Mr Bennet takes action after Darcy's behaviour at the Meryton Assembly, in front of Bingley, the Colonel and his brother the Viscount. The three elder Bennet sisters and Charlotte Lucas have more accomplishments than canon. Can there be a happy ending for all the participants.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this well-written variation, with its so many likeable characters. An entertaining re-read

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For the Deepest LoveFor the Deepest Love by Mary Anne Mushatt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice variation Georgiana Darcy's failed elopement with Wickham is public knowledge and the Darcys are now on the fringes of society. Then Darcy meets the oh so perfect Elizabeth Bennet, they marry and the plots start.
Overall an entertaining read, but Elizabeth Bennet is too much of a Mary Sue character for me and Darcy overly solicitous. Though an enjoyable re-read.

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Thursday, 23 March 2023

A Botanist's Guide to Flowers and Fatality (Saffron Everleigh Mystery #2)A Botanist's Guide to Flowers and Fatality by Kate Khavari
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1923 So far there have been three deaths, and three flower bouquets delivered to the victims. The deaths are investigated by DI Green. With help from Saffron Everleigh, a researcher for aBotany department, who reveals their meaning, then she and Dr Michael Lee continue their own investigation.
A mixture unfortunately of romance and mystery.
Overall an enjoyable story which did seem to drag a little in the middle.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Falconer's Judgement (William Falconer, #2)Falconer's Judgement by Ian Morson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1261. In Rome Pope Alexander IV is dying. In England Henry III backs Bishop Otho to be the next pope in the return of favours. A Templar is sent on a mission to England and a man is killed at Oseney Abbey. Can master William Falconer with the help of Constable Peter Bullock solve the mysteries.
An entertaining historical mystery with its likeable characters. A good addition to this series.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2023

Speedy Death (Mrs. Bradley)Speedy Death by Gladys Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At Alastair Bing's Country Manor Chayning Court a body lies in an upstairs bathroom. Unknown to everyone except the murderer. Mrs Beatrice Bradley watches the guests. Can she unravel the mystery before another death occurs.
An entertaining historical mystery.
Originally published in 1929

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