Monday, 11 December 2017

Darcy's Awakening: A Pride and Prejudice VariationDarcy's Awakening: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Georgina Young-Ellis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Elizabeth Bennet is in mourning, and darcy is unofficially engaged toCaroline Bingkey when they meet at the Meryton Assembly. So how can they ever reach a happy ending.
Hopefully one day I will read this author's story of the Colonel and Mary and as a main story and not just as a background mention in some of her books.
An enjoyable, well-written story

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The Ravens' AuguryThe Ravens' Augury by L.J. Shea
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the summer of 1413 the presence of Wat Baudin, town alderman, is ordered to the castle at Rochester, by Lord John Ridley, Earl of Rochester to investigate the death of his 16 year old nephew.
An enjoyable mystery.

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

A Maiden's Honor: Elizabeth, Darcy, and Me: A Pride And Prejudice Variation (Elizabeth, Darcy, & Me Book 3)A Maiden's Honor: Elizabeth, Darcy, and Me: A Pride And Prejudice Variation by Georgina Young-Ellis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story continues with Georgiana Darcy getting ready to be married when her future in-laws receive some disturbing news. What can she do to correct the error.
An enjoyable ending to the story as Georgiana comes into her own.

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London Rain (Josephine Tey, #6)London Rain by Nicola Upson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It's 1937 and the country is preparing for the coronation of the king, but DCI Penrose's schedule is disrupted when he is called out to the murder of one of the BBC's broadcasters. But that is not the last of the murders.
In the end the story became a decent mystery but the pace was much to slow and certainly too much about the personal life of Tey.

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

A Battle of Wills: A Pride And Prejudice Variation (Elizabeth, Darcy & Me, #2)A Battle of Wills: A Pride And Prejudice Variation by Georgina Young-Ellis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story continues as Lady Catherine de Bourgh arranges a ball to celebrate the arrival of an heir to Pemberley. But discord occurs when Mary and Christopher are of too low a station in life to be invited.
An enjoyable continuation.

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Beware the PastBeware the Past by Joy Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DCI Matt Ballard is taken to the brink when a past case comes back to haunt him, with new killings occurring twenty-five years later.
A great read, a well-written mystery with some interesting characters, kept me interested right to the end

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Friday, 8 December 2017

A Queen's Spy (The Tudor Mystery Trials #1)A Queen's Spy by Samantha Burnell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1552 and the adventures of Richard Fitzwilliam, mercenary. With strife among his family and followers, does Richard trust anyone, where does his real loyalty lie.
An enjoyable, well-written story, with characters you do get to like, well some of them. Look forward to the next in the series.


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Elizabeth, Darcy, & Me: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Elizabeth, Darcy & Me, #1)Elizabeth, Darcy, & Me: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Georgina Young-Ellis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A re-read of the first of the trilogy prior to reading the next two in the series - To the background of the love stories of Pride and Prejudice, this is about the relationship between Mary Bennet and Christopher Jones, the groom of Mr. Bingley.
As Darcy leaves Netherfield, his travels taken him firstly to Rosings, where Christopher is a spectator to the events which enfold there and later at Pemberley and London. We also have Mary perspectives of events at Longbourn. Can there really be a happy ending between a servant and a lady, or do the Bennet parents finally get some sense.
An enjoyable story and always glad to read a book about Mary Bennet.

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Mayhem at the Minster (A Regency Era Above-Stairs/Below-Stairs Mystery Book 1)Mayhem at the Minster by S.M. Klassen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The adventures of Mary Bennet continue as she travels to York with her husband Major Ashton as he helps with the preparation of the Prince Regent's visit. For company Georgiana Darcy arrives a few days later. It is not long before suspicions are raised by various people they meet.
This series continues with once again a wonderfully well-written entertaining read. Hopefully it will not be too long before the next in the series is available.

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Caroline's Fate: A Pride and Prejudice VariationCaroline's Fate: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Elaine Jenkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What would be the consequences if Carolne Bingley tried to compromise Darcy at Netherfield. What would be the result for her and the occupants at Longbourn.
An enjoyable and entertaining story.

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Dead Men's MoneyDead Men's Money by J.S. Fletcher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hugh Moneylaws a lawyer's clerk, on an errand for his mother's lodger discovers a body. Mr. Lindsey, the lawyer and Hugh attempt to unravel the mystery if his name and make sense of everything that follows, as Hugh is not really the brightest of people. But an enjoyable tale, set and written in 1919.

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The Uninvited Guest (Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries, #2)The Uninvited Guest by Sarah Woodbury
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1143 and finally King Owain is to marry. If only the curse could be lifted and a killer found. Gareth and Gwen with the help of Prince Hywel investigate.
Enjoyable, well-written story.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon (Jane Austen's Dragons, #1)Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon by Maria Grace
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

England is covered with many different kind sof dragons but only a few and se and hear them. Darcy has unfortyunately lost his dragon egg - the first firedrake egg to have been laid in over a hundred years - and his search leads him to Longbourn.
I love dragons so I am enjoying the story, but not everything is resolved as the tale continues to Book 2 (then 3). I look forward to finding out what happens to the other characters (not Darcy/Elizabeth) who can hear the dragons.

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Monday, 4 December 2017

The Meryton WarThe Meryton War by Deborah E Pearson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice variation can a prophecy made by Christoper Bennet in 1730 come true. As soon as Darcy meets Elizabeth Bennet, the connection is forged. But can war now be avoided between the Blessed and the Empty. And what will the rest of humanity do, these so called Children of the Past.
A different situation for these characters to live through. An interesting story.

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Let There Be Blood (Lord Ambrose Historical Mystery, #1)Let There Be Blood by Jane Jakeman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the summer of 1830 Lord Ambrose is back from the wars of Greek independence recovering from his injuries when a double murder occurs at a farm near his estate. It becomes his duty to investigate.
An enjoyable easy to read tale and I look forward to reading about the characters in the next book.

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Desperate Hearts: A Pride and Prejudice VariationDesperate Hearts: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Anna Kate Suton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet quite quickly form an attachment but a courtship is never easy for them particularly when it involves a scheme involving Caroline Bingley and Lady Catherine.
I enjoyed this tale, especially as there is a larger role for Colonel Lionel Fitzwilliam. Probably more a 3.5 star story.

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The Death of Lucy Kyte (Josephine Tey, #5)The Death of Lucy Kyte by Nicola Upson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Josephine Tey inherits Red Barn Cottage in Suffolk from her godmother, but who is Lucy Kyte the female mentioned in the will. What dark secrets does the cottage hold.
Just about interested enough to read to the end, but without any interesting or endearing main characters.

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

The Forgotten SisterThe Forgotten Sister by Kyron Pennie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So what does happen to Mary and Kitty, and the rest of the neighbourhood after the marriages of the three sisters.
Though an enjoyable and quick story it did feel rushed most of the time. I felt the story would have been better told at a slower and more in-depth pace.

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The Singing SandsThe Singing Sands by Josephine Tey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Inspector Alan Grant is on sick leave and on the night train to the Scottish Highlands. When the train arrives a body is discovered and he becomes intrigued.
A good mystery, which kept me interested and which probably deserves 3.5 stars.

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Friday, 1 December 2017

LOVE LETTER OF MARY BENNETLOVE LETTER OF MARY BENNET by Rose Servitova
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After the marriages of her sisters Mary Bennet finally falls in love, but is it reciprocated. An enjoyable short story.

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Becoming Entangled: A Pride and Prejudice Novella (A Dash of Darcy of Darcy Companion Stories)Becoming Entangled: A Pride and Prejudice Novella by Leenie Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Anne de Bourgh has fallen in love and is determined to marry and it is not Darcy that is her intended.
An enjoyable story, with some new characters

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The AbominableThe Abominable by Dan Simmons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The memoirs of Jake Perry are mainly about the 1925 Expedition to climb Everest. Thoroughly enjoyed the read.

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

The Journey Home: A 1932 Side-quelThe Journey Home: A 1932 Side-quel by Karen M. Cox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the 1932 book we now have Georgiana Darcy and Sheriff Fitzwilliam's tale. A lovely written novella which I really enjoyed. It is not necessary to have read 1932 but it does add to the enjoyment.

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The MedievalistThe Medievalist by Anne-Marie Lacy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Student Jayne Lyons is on the dig in Leicester that finds the remains of Richard III - her ancester (that I would have liked to be explained) and as she touches the silver boar that is buried with him she is transported back to his time.
An enjoyable romantic story between Jayne and Richard, which I was interested in reading as Richard is my favourite king. At times I would have liked more detail on how she coped in the past.
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Dan Leno and the Limehouse GolemDan Leno and the Limehouse Golem by Peter Ackroyd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

London, 1880 and a murderer terrories London and which the newspapers call the Golem. It is for Inspector John Kildare to solve as his investigation leads himinto the world of the theatre.
Very enjoyable, well-written story

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Lady of Ashes (Lady of Ashes, #1)Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Violet Morgan and her husband Graham are undertakers in Victorian London. By complete luck Violet meets Prince Albert a few weeks before his death and so becomes involved in his funeral arrangements. Her husband unknown to her becomes involved in smuggling arms to the southern states of America, and by accident she comes across some suspicious deaths in her work as an undertaker. I was hoping the book would concentrate on the deaths - the crimes of a serial killer - rather than the other stories which really were not that interesting.

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Monday, 27 November 2017

With the Colonel's Help: A Pride and Prejudice VariationWith the Colonel's Help: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Leenie Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While at Rosings Colonel Fitzwilliam inform Elizabeth Bennet of a deed of friendship that Darcy had recently performed, unfortunately. How can the Colonel rectify his mistake and so bring Darcy and Elizabeth together.
Very enjoyable read and if a story involves the Colonel I am going to read it.

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The Independence of Miss Mary BennetThe Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nearly twenty years have passed since the marriages of three of the Bennet sisters. Now only Mary remains unwed as she looks after Mrs. Bennet. But all is soon to change and so Mary's adventure begins and she also begins to develop.
I really enjoyed this story which is not just about Mary. If you are looking for a sweet Darcy/Elizabeth story of love ad nauseam then you will be disappointed, this is more realistic. But there are happy endings. And yes this is a variation, where characters can change and grow from canon.

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

The Daughter of TimeThe Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Inspector Grant is in hospital with a broken leg - and is bored - but his interest is piqued by one of the books given to him. So much so that he spends his time and that of his assistant researching the murder of The Princes in the Tower and of the reign of Richard III.
As Richard III is one of my favourite rulers, and I have spent time studing the era, I really enjoyed this book.

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

The Rosings Bride: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Passage to Pemberley Book 1)The Rosings Bride: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Emma Osborne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Charlotte Lucas s to marry Mr. Collins and as the wedding is to be held in Kent, Elizabeth Bennet is persuaded to accompany Charlotte to Hunsford for the wedding.
A short story, which I probably would have preferred to have been longer and detailed some of Charlotte's thoughts, so only just 3 stars.

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Brooklyn on Fire (A Mary Handley Mystery #2)Brooklyn on Fire by Lawrence H. Levy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mary Handley continues her desire to be a private detective, in Brooklyn of 1980, and when Emily Worsham arrives with a new case, this would make only her second, she can have no idea of the consequences.
A good mystery or mysteries but couldn't take to the style of the writing which meant that I didn't get immersed into the story as I would wish. Plus there was Mary Handley herself, on the whole I probably would say that I didn't particularly like her and did find her romance unlikely.

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Friday, 24 November 2017

The Light in Mr. Darcy's Eyes: A Pride and Prejudice VariationThe Light in Mr. Darcy's Eyes: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Georgina Young-Ellis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Does darcy have a rival for the hand of Elizabeth Bennet in Wickham. How can he afford to marry. Soon after Charlotte's marriage to Mr. Collins, Elizabeth and Mary venture to Hunsford to find their futures.
Enjoyable, but it was a pity that the opportuniy was dismissed to portray, in detail, the second romance in this story. That I would have loved to read about.

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Thieves On The Fens (DI Nikki Galena, #8)Thieves On The Fens by Joy Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Recently, two of Eve Anderson's friends had unexpectedly died. Combined with her daughter - Nikki Galena - being immersed in a game with a potential murderer, and a spate of thefts in the area. Life for Galena is going to get very complicated.
Another great read in this series, I like the writing style, the characters, and with a good mystery it makes for an entertaining read.
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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Becoming Mary: A Pride and Prejudice SequelBecoming Mary: A Pride and Prejudice Sequel by Amy Street
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mary Bennet, vain, conceited and plain a matryr to her belief that her parents cannot do without her is invited to Pemberley with Kitty. Much to Kitty's annoyance. But is this the chance for Mary to change and grow, only if she ever believes that she should.
A very enjoyable, well-written tale, kept me enthralled.

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Murder in the Family( DI Hillary Greene #5)Murder in the Family by Faith Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

DI Hillary Greene is called in to investigate the murder of a 15 year old boy. But what possible motive could there be for his death. Add that to complications in her private life, and changes about to happen in her professional one she at first finds it difficult to discover a motive.
Once again an enjoyable well-written mystery with some well-drawn characters.
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Death of a Debutante (Riley Rochester Investigates Book 1)Death of a Debutante by Wendy Soliman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

London Summer 1870 and Lord Riley Rochester, younger son of a marquess, is one of the few divisional inspectors in the police. When he is called to Lord Ashton's residence one evening as the body of one of their guests has been found, the hope of his boss Chief Inspector Danforth is that the blame can be attributed to a burglar. Rochester is not so sure.
A very enjoyable mystery, some good well-written characters which I hope to read about in the next book

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Meryton Vignettes: Tales of Pride and PrejudiceMeryton Vignettes: Tales of Pride and Prejudice by Elizabeth Adams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An enjoyable group of short stories - well-written - I like the ones in particular about Lydia, Charlotte and Caroline Bingley.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Christmas at Longbourn (Pride & Prejudice Continues Book 4)Christmas at Longbourn by Karen Aminadra
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It has been several years since the marriages of three of the Bennet daughters so what has life thrown at Mary and Kitty the two who are still at home. Can either have a happy ending.
An enjoyable story of two of the forgotten sisters.

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To Love and Be Wise (Inspector Alan Grant Book 4)To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The famous American photographer Leslie Searle, seeks out Walter Whitmore at a London party, as they had a mutual friend in common. As a result he is invited to stay at the family home in Salcott St Mary. But then Searle disappears and Grant is brought in to investigate his disappearance/murder.
Very enjoyable, interesting tale

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Maximum Moxie (Maggie Sullivan mystery, #5)Maximum Moxie by M. Ruth Myers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As the end of 1941 approaches Magie is employed to finding an important employee - Gil Tremain, an enginner, has he just gone walkabout or is there a sinister reason.
Very enjoyable book as always, such a good read.

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The Forgotten Sister: A Sequel to Pride and PrejudiceThe Forgotten Sister: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Louise Hathaway
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After reading the account in Pride and Prejudice of her family life Mary Bennet decicides to share some of her diary entries of the last twenty-six years.
An interesting quick read.

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A Devious Death (A Lady & Lady's Maid Mystery, #3)A Devious Death by Alyssa Maxwell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1919 and Lasies Phoebe and Julie Renshaw are visiting their cousin Regina at her new home at High Head Lodge. When the rest of Regina's family arrive there can only be one outcome.
A delightful easy read, and well-written.It can certainly be read as a standalone novel. Tempted to read the first two in the series.
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Sunday, 19 November 2017

These Dreams: A Pride and Prejudice VariationThese Dreams: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Nicole Clarkston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This well-written story begins with the wedding of Lydia Bennet to Wickham but Darcy has failed to appear as promised. What happens to him and why is told.
I would probably rate this as 3.5 stars, and I would have given it a 4 star raring if there had been less angst described of Elizabeth and Darcy, or it it had only been implied. I would have preferred for the mystery to have been the main story as that, certainly for me, was the interesting aspect of this story.

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Dames Fight Harder (Maggie Sullivan mysteries Book 6)Dames Fight Harder by M. Ruth Myers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maggie's close friend and construction company owner, Rachel Minsky has been accused of murder. Murder of another company owner. Maggie is employed by Rachel's brother to investigate as it seems that all the evidence points to Rachel's guilt.
Really enjoyed this story, so easy to read this well-written story.
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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Kitty's Lucky Charm: A Pride and Prejudice VariationKitty's Lucky Charm: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Bianca St James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hoe does Kitty Bennet evolve after the weddings of her three sisters. Does she develop, does she get close Mary.
An interesting story which just about gets 3 stars. But needs some proofreading

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CAROLINE (Pride & Prejudice continued... Book 1)CAROLINE by Sue Barr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So how does Caroline Bingley fair when Darcy announces that he is to marry Elizabeth Bennet? Then she meets Lord Nathan - he everything she has always wanted - society and a title.
An enjoyable story for an interesting minor character.

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Friday, 17 November 2017

The Strangler Vine (Avery & Blake, #1)The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

India, 1937 and soldier William Avery is sent on a mission with Jeremiah Blake, an agent who has gone native, to find and bring back the poet Mountstuart. Involing them in murder and intrigue.
An interesting adventure, with some actual history thrown in. With the enjoyable developing bond between the two main characters, made it for me a great read. I look forward to the next in the series

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Island (A Grand & Batchelor Victorian Mystery Series, #4)The Island by M.J. Trow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In 1873 Matthew Grand and James Batchelor travel to Maine for the wedding, finally, of Grand's sister Martha. Only for the maid of Martha's best friend to be murdered. But she is only the first. But is there a connection with the fire that killed many, some months earlier, in Boston.
An enjoyable, easy to read mystery. I liked the book, but didn't love it. Easily read as a standalone story.
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The Eye of Apollo : A Father Brown MysteryThe Eye of Apollo : A Father Brown Mystery by G.K. Chesterton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Father Brown meets a priest of a pagan religion, but who did kill his patroness in an horrific way.
Interesting short story

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Season of Blood (Crispin Guest Medieval Noir #10)Season of Blood by Jeri Westerson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1390 London and Crispon Guest is followed home by an unknown female who wishes to employ himto find her niece. Their meeting is disturbed by a monk with a dagger in his back. Holy relics, monks, ex-sheriffs abound but its Guest who must find the guilty parties.
An enjoyable mystery, which I liked but did not love. Not too sure I cared much for some of the characters but I might go back to the start of the series. This can certainly be read as a standalone novel.
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