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Monday, 10 August 2020

Leaving Longbourn: A Compilation of Five Short StoriesLeaving Longbourn: A Compilation of Five Short Stories by E A Batten
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

1 - Finding Elizabeth
In this P&P variation, the Bennets are so desperate for an heir that they arrange a kidnapping of a gentleman's son. Unfortunately this turns out to be Elizabeth Darcy, cousin to the Darcys of Pemberley. Then Darcy visits Netherfield.
I admit that I didn't care for Mary Bennet's future pairing and so lost some interest in the story, and I would have liked to have read about the later events at Longbourn which I think would have been more interesting.
A well-written story
2 -Her Grandmother’s Wisdom
In this P&P variation, Darcy's and Elizabeth's happy ending is aided by their first meeting in Lambton four years earlier. And so the Meryton assembly becomes an enjoyable evening for them.
An entertaining short story
3 - Miss Bennet’s Adventure
In this P&P sequel Mary Bennet is invited to spend as long as she wishes at Pemberley. An invitation she is very eager to take. Soon an injured Colonel Fitzwilliam joins them but he has a secret mission to complete. Will they both get their happy ending.
A very enjoyable well-written story about my favourite JAFF couple.
4 - Hurst Knows All
A short Pride and Prejudice variation where Hurst proves he is more than a gentleman who spends his time drinking and eating. Helping Darcy to an early HEA.
A nicely written enjoyable story
5 - Storms over Hunsford.
Elizabeth while reading Darcy's letter is caught in a thunderstorm. Unfortunately she has been afraid of them since childhood. The colonel and Darcy go looking for her. Does this action change their future.
A well-written story

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Murder Comes to Call (A Beryl and Edwina Mystery #4)Murder Comes to Call by Jessica Ellicott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1921 Walmsley Parva. There have been a spate of burglaries in the village with the prime suspect according to Constable Doris Gibbs is the new Irish under-gardener Declan O'Shea of Edwina and Beryl. But then they come across the dead body of the magistrate in his ransacked house. When they are employed to investiage a theft they are pleased to get an official case whereby they then can unofficially investigate the death and the other burglaries. So they join forces with Constable Gibbs.
A well-written enjoyable cozy historical mystery with a cast of interesting people. A good addition to the series.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Captain Wentworth's Christmas CarolCaptain Wentworth's Christmas Carol by Eightyearsandahalf
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Captain Wentworth is onboard the Laconia when he is visited by three spirits. Can these events lead to a quicker understanding with Anne Elliott.
An enjoyable short story variation

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Sunday, 9 August 2020

SLASH KILLER an absolutely addictive crime thriller with a huge twist (Detective Mike Nash Thriller Book 5)SLASH KILLER an absolutely addictive crime thriller with a huge twist by Bill Kitson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DI Mike Nash and his understaffed team investigate a series of killings. Alan Marshall once a convicted killer seems to be the prime suspect, but there is more going on behind the scenes.
An entertaining well-written crime story

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No Simple Death (Dublin Murder Mystery, #1)No Simple Death by Valerie Keogh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West is called out to view a dead body found in Foxrock village churchyard, found by local Edel Johnson, who's husband had disappeared several months previously. The next day she disappears. A straightforward case suddenly becomes complicated.
Irritated by the cliche attraction between Edel and West. Also as the story continued it became more farfetched and Edel actions annoying.

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Surprise at Kellynch HallSurprise at Kellynch Hall by Eightyearsandahalf
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this Persuasion short story, Anne Elliott wishes to retrieve some personal items from her room at Kellynch Hall. Only to find that Captain Wentworth has taken the room.
An enjoyable story

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Saturday, 8 August 2020

A Change of Heart: A Pride and Prejudice VariationA Change of Heart: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by E.A. Batten
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this P&P Variation, what if Darcy did not make the Hunsford proposal because Elizabeth reacted angrily to the Colonel and his story of Bingley. As the Colonel informs Darcy, Darcy's actions change and so the future changes.
An enjoyable well-written tale, which I think could have been expanded to give more time to the Colonel and his romance

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