Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Murder Too Soon (Jack Blackjack Mystery #2)A Murder Too Soon by Michael Jecks
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It's 1554 and Jack Blackjack (a former thief), is now employed as an unlikely assassin by John Blount who thankfully for Jack sends him to Woodstock, the place of imprisonment of the Lady Elizabeth to kill a spy in her household.
Soon after he arrives the murder occursand as he is First Finder he must prove his innocence by determing who is the guilty party.
As I didn't take to the character of Jack and it seemed that whatever could go wrong did, this did tend to spoil my enjoyment of the tale.
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Sherlock Holmes The Christmas RoseSherlock Holmes The Christmas Rose by John Pirillo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As Christmas approaches Holmes and Watson go on holiday to Switzerland where Watson re-discovers the true Watson. An interesting tale.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Death Shall Come (Ishmael Jones #4)Death Shall Come by Simon R. Green
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ishmael Jones is asked as a favour by the Colonel, working for the same Organisation, to spend the weekend at Cardavan house where a recently discovered mummy would be on display. Then the murders start.
A murder mystery with a twist of supernatural/alien content which although was interesting enough for me to read to the end, the plot and the characters really didn't engage me.
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The King's Man (Welsh Blades #1)The King's Man by Elizabeth Kingston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

By 1280 Ranulf Ombrier is known as the favourite killer of Edward I. Fearing for his mortal soul he wanders into the Welsh Marshers and is attacked. Tended by Gwenlliam of Ruardean, he is eventually on his way back to Edward's court. But that is only the beginning.
An interesting tale, well-written aand I liked the characters.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

The Property of Lies: A 1930s' Historical MysteryThe Property of Lies: A 1930s' Historical Mystery by Marjorie Eccles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

June 1930 and Ellen Reardon has been offered the position of French teacher at Maxstead Court School for Girls. But as she is shown around the school a body is discovered, and it is her husband DI Reardon that is called in to investigate.
An interesting enough mystery that kept me reading to the end though I didn't really engage with the characters.
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Saturday, 19 August 2017

The Red Hill (Thomas Berrington #1)The Red Hill by David Penny
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1480 and English physican, Thomas Berrington, is living in Moorish Spain. His Sultan requests he investigate the deaths that have occurred.
Very enjoyable mystery, well-written, and characters I want to read more about.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

A Shadowed LiveryA Shadowed Livery by Charlie Garratt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1938 and Inspector James Given is instructed to look again at a murder and two suicides at Grovestock House in a nearby village.
An interesting little mystery based on true events.

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Sweet Revenge (A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery #1)Sweet Revenge by Andrea Penrose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1813, and Lady Arianna Hadley has returned to England to revenge her father's death. In her disguise as a French chef she becomes a suspect in the poisoning of the Prince Regent. In his role of an investigator she meets the Earl of Saybrook. But this is just the start of the intrigue.
A well-written, enjoyable mystery with interesting characters which I look forward to reading more about.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Silver Gun (An Art Deco Mystery)The Silver Gun by L.A. Chandlar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1936, New York City and Lane Sanders is the personal aide to the city's Mayor La Guardia. But then her life is in danger from an assilant connected to one of the city's gangs.
I didn't really take to the characters or the plot, not sure why, maybe the plot was too reliant on gangsters to be overly interesting to me. It was interesting enough to keep me reading to the end, and I might try the next in the series to see how the characters develop in a new mystery.
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Shadow of the Dolocher: An Alderman James Mystery Thriller (The Alderman James Mystery Thriller Series Book 2)Shadow of the Dolocher: An Alderman James Mystery Thriller by European P. Douglas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It is now 1791, and two years have passed since the hanging of the serialkiller known ‘The Dolocher’. Then the killings start again, and Alderman James doesn't know who to trust.
Another enjoyable mystery in the series.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Dangerous and Unseemly (A Concordia Wells Mystery, #1)Dangerous and Unseemly by K.B. Owen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

896, and college professor Concordia Wells, is distracted by the ill-health of her sisiter Mary but this is compounded by the college being troubled by money problems, malicious pranks, and arson, all topped by the suicide of the bursar.
An enjoyable mystery, well-written, and likeable characters. I look forward to reading more.

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Monday, 14 August 2017

A Deadly Affection (Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery #1)A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In 1907 when Dr. Genevieve Summerford, a newly qualified psychiatrist finds one of her patients accused of murder, she needs to investiagte because it might just be her fault.
I wasn't too sure about the character of Genevieve, at times her attitude did annoy me, and didn't really find her interesting, and I did wish for less medical input, but nevertheless an interesting mystery.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Unquiet GraveThe Unquiet Grave by David J. Oldman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1946 and Captain Harry Tennant has returned from service to join the intelligence corp to investigate war crimes - the smaller cases. Which was the exact reason that Rose Kearney's letter seeking to determine the whereabouts of her missing in action brother ended up on his desk.
A very readable story and mystery with descriptions of the time.

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Grave Matters (Lord Danvers Investigates Book 2)Grave Matters by Donna Fletcher Crow
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

At the Great Exhibition Lady Antonia discovers a body. But this is soon forgotten as her marriage to Lord Danvers appraches and they set off on thier honeymoon in Scotland. With digging into past personal histories, the body also comes back to haunt them.
Too much non-inportant description to make it interesting.

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Friday, 11 August 2017

The Daemoniac (A Dominion Mystery, #1)The Daemoniac by Kat Ross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

August, 1888 New York and Leland and Elizabeth Brady employ Miss Pell to find their missing friend, Robert Straker. Harrision Fearing Pell decides to impersonate her older sister and take the case with her best friend John Weston. This leads them to the first body.
Very enjoyable mystery, look forward to see how the series has developed.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

A Lack of Temperance (A Hattie Davish Mystery)A Lack of Temperance by Anna Loan-Wilsey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's 1892 and Hattie Davish has been newly employed as a secretary to temperance movement leader Mrs. Edwina Trevelyan of Eureka Springs. But before she has a chance to officially meet her Mrs Trevelyan goes missing. Hattie decides to find out why and where.
An enjoyable start to a new mystery series. Interesting to see which other characters if any transfer to the next book.

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Goodnight Sweet Prince (Lord Francis Powerscourt #1)Goodnight Sweet Prince by David Dickinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lord Francis Powerscourt is called in by the household of the Prince of Wales when in 1891 Prince Eddy his eldest son is found murdered.
At times there was a bit too much description which for me slowed the pace of the story but still an enjoyable mystery.

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Bleddyn HallBleddyn Hall by Amanda L.V. Shalaby
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's the 1860s and with her debut season underway Lady Isabel Sutton becomes engaged to Lord Tresham Bleddyn, Earl of Dancy. His family return home to Bleddyn Hall, after devasting news, taking Isabel with them only to find that Tresham locks himself away from the family. What secrets, what mysteries does the old house hold.
An interesting gothic mystery with romance.

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Monday, 7 August 2017

High Marks for Murder (Bellehaven House, #1)High Marks for Murder by Kate Kingsbury
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's 1905 at the Bellehave House school and the headmistress Mrs Meredith Llewellyn wakes up one morning to discover that one of her teachers is dead.
A light quick read that involves the ghost of the dead teacher pointing Meredith to the guilty party.

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A Marquess for Convenience (Matchmaking for Wallflowers, #5)A Marquess for Convenience by Bianca Blythe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lord Arthur Carmichael, Marquess of Bancroft, has been employed as a spy by the British Governmentduring the French war, meanwhile Lady Madeline Mulbourne, has been intent on retrieving stolen jewels and giving them back to their rightful owners. But then Carmichael is assigned to find and arrest this unknown thief.
An enjoyable thriller and romance with likeable characters.
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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Never Sleep: The Chronicle of a Lady Detective (Chronicles of a Lady Detective Book 1)Never Sleep: The Chronicle of a Lady Detective by K.B. Owen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Penelope Hamilton Wynch is assigned to a Pinkerton case at the request of her husband. To find out who is trying to kill H A Comstock, mill owner, she is to work undercover as Comstock's secretary.
A well-written, interesting mystery and a quick read.

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What You Propose (Anything for Love, #2)What You Propose by Adele Clee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1820 France and Madame Marie Labelle has been sent from England by the Marquess of Danefield to the home of Marcus Danbury.
Though Danbury works for the British Crown or any member of the nobility who can pay, providing a sanctuary for a brothel madam was not something he envisioned doing.
An enjoyable, well-written romance with a hint of mystery.

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

The Hidden House Murders: Miss Hart and Miss Hunter Investigate: Book 3The Hidden House Murders: Miss Hart and Miss Hunter Investigate: Book 3 by Celina Grace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Back in the country with Miss Dorothy Drew, lady’s maid Verity Hunter and cook Joan Hart, are working at Hidden House, the home of Mrs Ashford.
The next day the guests are struck down with suspected food posioning which could be the cause of at least one person's death.
Inspector Marks is brought in to investigate, and yet again he relies on Joan for inside help.
Really enjoy this well-written, cozy mystery series with some lovely characters which just grow on you.
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Friday, 4 August 2017

She Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey MysteryShe Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey Mystery by M.J. Tjia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1863 and courtesan and private investigator Heloise Chancey is employed to trace a young lady in Waterloo, London. During her search she discovers that prostitutes are being horrendously killed and decides to discover the guilty party.
A very readable book, a good mystery. Though I do like to become attached to the characters in any book I am reading this didn't really happen here, which maybe because of her occupation. It may take more books for that to happen.
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Murder at Hartigan House (Ginger Gold Mysteries #2)Murder at Hartigan House by Lee Strauss
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's 1923 and Lady Gold has finally arrived back in London at her family home - Hartigan House -
only to be informed that a body had been found in an attic room. The room used to belong to her father's valet - a body that has been there for ten years.
An enjoyable, easy to read mystery.

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Design for Dying: A Lillian Frost & Edith Head NovelDesign for Dying: A Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel by Renee Patrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Los Angeles, 1937, and Lillian Frost realising how bad an actress she is has given up on her non-existent acting career and is working in a deparment store. Only to be questioned by the police - Detective Morrow and Hansen - when her ex-roommate and actress Ruby Carroll is found murdered, wearing clothes purloined from the wardrobe department of the Paramount studios. Lillian and Edith Head decide to worked together to clear their names.
An enjoyable start to a new mystery series which establishes the main characters for the future.

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Poisonous SeedThe Poisonous Seed by Linda Stratmann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1880 London, and Percival Garton has received his bottle of medicine from William Doughty's chemist shop. Unfortunatley, Garton soon dies and from strychnine poisoning, a substance in his medicine. To clear her father's name Frances Doughty decides she has no choice but to investiage the death.
I enjoyed this book, for the mystery and the characters, and look forward to reading the next.

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Butchered Man (Northminster Mysteries, #1)The Butchered Man by Harriet Smart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1840 Northminister and doctor Felix Carswell and his new superior Chief Constable Giles Vernon investigate the death of a body found in a ditch.
Well-written, lovely characters and setting, with a decent mystery means I will be reading the next in the series.

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Monday, 31 July 2017

From the Ashes (Ravenwood Mysteries #1)From the Ashes by Sabrina Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Atticus Riot returns to San Francisco three years after his partner was killed. Now 1900 he is quickly drawn into the lastest case of the detective agency. The abduction of an heiress, Mrs Isobel Kingston.
A well-written, enjoyable mystery with some complex characters.

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The Mysterious Miss Flint (Lost Ladies of London Book 1)The Mysterious Miss Flint by Adele Clee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oliver Darby returns to England to claim his title as the 4th Earl of Stanton only to find his younger sister, Rose, missing. His search leads him to Morton Manor, only to find Rose missing, but her companion Miss Flint still needs his help.
An enjoyable easy read of romance mixed with mystery, that has a strong female lead.
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Sunday, 30 July 2017

A Heartless Design (Secrets of the Zodiac #1)A Heartless Design by Elizabeth Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In 1806, Georgian England, why does Cordelia Bering continue to refuse all marriage proposals, what secrets does she hide. Sebastien Thorne, a spy for the Crown, a member of a group called Zodiac, is determined to find out as he seeks to find out what Andraste means.
An enjoyable mystery romance, an easy to read story, with well-rounded characters. A good start to the series which I look forward to reading.

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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Marriage Can Be Murder (Dr. Benjamin Bones Mysteries, #1)Marriage Can Be Murder by Emma Jameson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's 1939 England and Dr. Benjamin Bones has been assigned as the doctor to the village of Birdswing and its surrounding area. But for his wife, Penny, it is a return to her old life, a return she doesn't welcome.
But moments after arriving she is killed and the Doctor seriously injured.
Once recovered he joins with Lady Juliet to find the guilty party.
I enjoyed this well-written mystery with some well-rounded characters, and look forward to reading the next in the series.

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Friday, 28 July 2017

The Mystery of a Hansom CabThe Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Melbourne, in the late nineteenth century and early one morning two men enter a hansom cab. After one leaves the other is found dead.
An interesting mystery though at times a little longwinded and I did scan the conversations written in the vernacular.

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Beastly House (A Cupid/Archer Mystery Book 1)Beastly House by Joni Green
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1920,and Leigh House is now a sanitarium. But now a murder has been committed and Detective Phalen Archer teams up with one of the patients - Florian Valentine Flix -also known as Cupid to discover the murderer.
An enjoyable mystery though I did get to most of the solution before the duo.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

LimelightLimelight by Emily Organ
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

London, 1883 and the body of actress Lizzie Dixie is found in Highgate Cemetery. But how is that possible when she had drowned in the River Thames five years earlier.
A very enjoyable well-written mystery and I like the main characters as well. Look forward to reading the next in the series.


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The House of Closed Doors (The House of Closed Doors #1)The House of Closed Doors by Jane Steen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In 1870s midwest Eleanor Lillington finds herslef at 17 pregnant and refusing to name the father she is sent away to have her child. But her peaceful extistence is broken by the discovery of a dead female and her baby, which Eleanor decides to investigate.
A nice slow paced, well-written mystery

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Monday, 24 July 2017

A Head for Murder (Master of Defense, #2)A Head for Murder by Peter Tonkin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1594, while Tom Musgrave is rescuing a girl from a mob of apprentices playing football, the ball is replaced by a head. With his old friend Talbot Law, the Bishop's Bailiff they investiage the crime.
An enjoyable mystery.

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Lord Lynster Discovers (The Traitor Lords Saga #1)Lord Lynster Discovers by Adella J. Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just as the Earl of Lynster is about to be exposed as a traitor he kills himself and leaves his estranged heir, James, to deal with the aftermath. When Daniel Rivers, the butler, is implicated in the plot the Earl decides he must investigate to remove suspicion from Rivers and himself.
An enjoyable straightforward mystery, with two likeable main characters.
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Blackstone on BroadwayBlackstone on Broadway by Richard Falkirk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Edmund Blackstone, Bow Street Runner, manages to assign himself as a consultant to the New York police but while there he is really after Captain Kidd's lost treasure.
An enjoyable story with a likeable main character, who is 'helped' in his adventure by an emancipated Fanny Campbell.

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Lord of Night (Rogues to Riches Book 3)Lord of Night by Erica Ridley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Miss Dahlia Grenville daughter of a Baron is the headmistress of a school for poor girls. Simon Spalding, illegitimate son of a Lord is a Bow Street Runner.His latest assignment is to catch the thief of Mayfair to ensure his promotion. To fund her school Dahlia has had to become a thief. I like the character of Simon and would have liked to have read more about his other cases.
An enjoyable read with a little mystery.
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Friday, 21 July 2017

Deadly Peril (Alec Halsey Mystery #3)Deadly Peril by Lucinda Brant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1763 and Alec Halsey's past has finally caught up with him. He is sent on a diplomatic mission to Midanich, to bargain or pay for the release of two of his friends.
While enjoyable (those at times there was too much description) this is not a mystery but a thriller so for me not as interesting as the previous two books.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

New York at the turn of the century, while visiting a patient, midwife Sarah Brandt, believes she sees someone she knows, a girl from her old life. Next day as she re-visits her patient, Sarah finds that the girl is dead and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy asks her to inspect the girls's room. So starts Sarah's involement in the case.
A well-written first in series, an enjoyable mystery, with developing characters. Can't ask for more from a historical mystery.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A Murder of No Account (An Eve Duncan Mystery)A Murder of No Account by Julia Underwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1940 London and when Eve Duncan comes across a body the police having no time to investigate ask her to start the enquiries.
A quick read which doesn't make for a complicated mystery or too much character development. But still a nice story to start the series off.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Cryptographer (Second Sons, #1)The Cryptographer by Alice Wallis-Eton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

England, 1813. Aster Tanner is employed in the Records Office and is content with her non-descript life until Captain Iain McIntyre, of the Second Dragoons, appears on a confidential mission.
Very enjoyable, well-written, and with lovely characters.
Would love to read the rest of the series but I can't find them anywhere

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Monday, 17 July 2017

The Fall Of White City (Victorian Chicago Mystery Series Book 1)The Fall Of White City by N.S. Wikarski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1893 Chicago and the body of Elsa Bauer has been found in a hotel room. Heiress Evangeline LeClair believes that the police have the wrong person in custody and enlists the help of her close friend Freddie Simpson to discover the truth.
A well-written mystery with some developed characters made for an interesting read and will look forward to reading the next in the series.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Case of the Bedevilled Poet: A Sherlock Holmes Enigma (NewCon Press Novellas Set 2 Book 1)Case of the Bedevilled Poet: A Sherlock Holmes Enigma by Simon Clark
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Jack Crofton a poet employed as a script writer during Word War II is suddenly faced with people wanting to kill him. Finally escaping into a public house he meets Holmes and Watson who offer to help.
Though I finished the story I unfortunately really didn't take to it.

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Deadly Affair (Alec Halsey Mystery, #2)Deadly Affair by Lucinda Brant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1763 and now Alec is a Marquis but when a vicar dies, sitting next to him, at a dinner given by Sir Charles Weir decides to investiagte. But soon secrets start to be revealed.
Another well-written, enjoyable mystery in this series

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Penance of the Damned (Sister Fidelma, #27)Penance of the Damned by Peter Tremayne
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

In 671, Ireland when King Colgú learns that his Chief Bishop has been killed in the fortress of the Uí Fidgente, held by his enemy, he sends his sister Fidelma to investigate in what seems to be a locked room mystery.
Took too long for Fidelma and her team to arrive at the fortress that I was already bored, too much extraneous detail, too much Irish history and religion.
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Friday, 14 July 2017

The Devil in Beauty (The Lord Trevelin Mysteries, #1)The Devil in Beauty by Heidi Ashworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

October 1811 and disgraced Julian Silvester, the Marquis of Trevelin vows to clear his friend Willy Gilbert of killing his younger brother. An acquinatnce of his, Lady Vawdrey, has had her diamond necklace stolen and he agrees to find it and the guilty party. But is there a connection between the two events. His aim is to get back his good name and be welcomed back into society.
I really enjoyed this well-written, historical mystery, with some good rounded characters and look forward to the next book.
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Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Alchemist in the AtticThe Alchemist in the Attic by Antonio Urias
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1899 San Francisco and bodies are being found in the bay. Theodore Atwood a newspaperman for the struggling Oracle believes that this will result in a story to save his career and the paper. He starts to follow the leads.
I enjoyed the story, even though occult mystery is not my usual read, especially the ending. The story was also full of interesting characters.

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