Sunday, 13 October 2019

The Crooked Spire (Chesterfield, #1)The Crooked Spire by Chris Nickson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1360 John the carpenter arrived in Chesterfield looking for work. He is employed in building the St. Mary's spire. But he becomes first finder when he discovers the body of the master carpenter. To move suspicion away from himself he is determined to find the guilty party. But this leads to more trouble than he could imagine, danger to him, and more deaths.
An enjoyable mystery, a well-written story with its very likeable characters. A very good solid start to the series.


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A Pretty Folly: A traditional British murder mystery (Inspector James Given Investigations Book 2)A Pretty Folly: A traditional British murder mystery by Charlie Garratt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

6th March 1939. The rumours of the threat of war across Europe has reached England, and has resulted in an increase in violence against the Jewish community in Coventy. Inspector James Given, a Jew by birth, is seconded to the investigation, for one day a week.
Meanwhile, in Kenilworth, at the Hannah Robinson's Charity School a body is discovered. A mummified body in the Chapel's vaults. Inspector Given investigates the case and suspects with the help of Constable Sawyer.
An enjoyable and well-written historical mystery, with a likeale style of writing and good plotting.


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The Imbroglio at the Villa Pozzi (Angela Marchmont Mystery #6)The Imbroglio at the Villa Pozzi by Clara Benson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While on holiday in Italy Angela Marchmont receives a request from her friend Mary Ainsley to vist them at Stresa and investigate two spiritualists. As her husband is convinced they are defrauding people of their money. But the investigation becomes more important when a body of one of the English residents in the town is discovered dead.
Another enjoyable and well-written mystery in this series

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Saturday, 12 October 2019

Elegance and Grace: Victorian VigilantesElegance and Grace: Victorian Vigilantes by Wendy Soliman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spring 1854. Annabel youngest daughter of politican Aitken, has disappeared. Has she been abducted or eloped. No one knows but Thorndike tries to convinced Jake, Lord Torbay to find her. But are there political motivations behind it all, with the question of the Irish situation.
Another enjoyable well-written mystery and romance, the last in the series.

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Social Graces (Victorian Vigilantes Book 5)Social Graces by Wendy Soliman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Autumn 1853. The actress mistress, Miss Constance Saville, of Lord Chichester is found dead, and he askes Jake Morton, the Earl of Torbay to clear his name. But her sister Sophia Larson is convinced that Chichester is guilty.
Another enjoyable mystery and romance in this series

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Friday, 11 October 2019

Winter of Despair (A Gaslight Mystery #2)Winter of Despair by Cora Harrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

November, 1853. The body of painter Edwin Milton-Hayes has been discovered, murdered, in his attic studio. Inspector Field has asked for the help of his friends, the writers Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.
Near the body are the slashed remains of a painting entitled A Winter of Despair. During the search Collins and Dickens discover paintings with faceless people. Unfortunately Collins realises one of these people is his brother Charles.
Collins and Dickens investigate to help clear his name.
Easily read as a standalone story.
An enjoyable and well-written mystery with plenty of suspects to deal with in this cozy historical story.
A NetGalley Book

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A Case of Conspiracy in Clerkenwell (A Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventure Book 3)A Case of Conspiracy in Clerkenwell by Clara Benson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unfortunately the Temperance meeting and the Communists have to share the Clerkenwell Central Hal with each other. The ladies of the Temperance society are not happy concerning this, especially Miss Olive Stapleton. This is made worse when Miss Stapleton is found dead.
Meanwhile Henry Jameson at British Intelligence asks Freddy to attend the Communist meetings as he suspects they are trying to arrange another general strike.
Another enjoyable well-written mystery with its likeable main character




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