Wednesday, 1 April 2020

No Secrets in Creedence (Austen Goes West, #1)No Secrets in Creedence by Sarah Hall
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sense and Sensibility moves to Colorado in 1888. Moira and Ellie Dashwood are orphans and must leave their home of Norland Ranch to stay with their Aunt, Anne Middleton in Creedence, at her boarding house. Will the path to a happy ending for either sister be straightforward.
An enjoyable story, a quick and easy read

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The Figure in the PhotographThe Figure in the Photograph by Kevin Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1898. Juan Cameron's father, a photographer, is on assignment in Cuba to photograph the architecture, when he is killed during the war. In his last photographs his killer is revealed. But Juan travels to Scotland to deliver the remaining photographs. Having several weeks to wait for a meeting he invents a device allowing time lapse photography, which inadvertently helps solves a crime. On hearing of this Sergeant Macarthur involves him in the investigation of a series of brutal killings in Glasgow. Cameras placed in two locations with photographs taken at regular intervals may give the police a list of suspects to investigate
Quite a slow paced story but overall an interesting one with its plot and characters.
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Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Watson on the Orient Express (Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery #8)Watson on the Orient Express by Charles Veley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

9th July 1888
Dr Watson was kidnapped on the 7th July, by members of the criminal organisation, The Sons of Helios - headed by Lord Sonnebourne. He is lead to believe that there will be an assassination in Constantinople of an official in the French government, his guard, and Sherlock Holmes. But what can Watson do.
Meanwhile Lucy, Mycroft and Holmes are at the Harwell Estate in Kent, as Gerald, Lord Harwell has been declared missing, having not been seen since 24th June.
Is there a possibility that these two events are connected.
Another enjoyable and well-written mystery in this series with its cast of likeable and well-drawn characters. (It might be useful to read the Sons of Helios short story just for context).
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The Rookie: A Young Culverhouse prequel novellaThe Rookie: A Young Culverhouse prequel novella by Adam Croft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1981 P.C. Culverhouse has been promoted to D.C. and it is now his first day at Mildenheath, as a detective. The first case is a burglery but will it be a straightforward one.
Another entertaining story

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Monday, 30 March 2020

Death of an American Beauty: A Novel (A Jane Prescott Novel Book 3)Death of an American Beauty: A Novel by Mariah Fredericks
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1913. Lady's maid Jane Prescott is on holiday and aims to spend it with her uncle, the Reverand Tewin Prescott, at his women's refuge. But her selfish and self-centred employer Mrs Louise Tyler needs her help is making costumes for a pageant. Meanwhile one of the women at the refuge is murdered and the Reverand is suspected. So Jane decides to investiagte.
For me there was too much time spent on the social and historical background and not enough on the mystery. Though well-written is was just not interesting enough for me which is unfortunate as I enjoyed the previous two books in the series
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In the Name of the Father (Knight & Culverhouse #6)In the Name of the Father by Adam Croft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When an anonymous phone call reports a murder, DCI Culverhouse and DS Knight approach the religious community at Hilltop Farm. But they find no evidence. But what will happen when the newspapers get involved.
Another entertaining crime story

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Baynard's List (Stephen Attebrook Mysteries #2)Baynard's List by Jason Vail
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is now October 1262 and the list of spies for King and his rival Montfort, which was once held by King Henry's master spy in the area - Baynard - who had been recently murdered has gone missing.
By persuasion, from his former master, the crown justice Ademar de Valence - Attebrook has been forced to find the list.
Enjoyable re-read of the story and I continue to like the characters.

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