Sunday, 24 May 2020

Ice Blue (Lord and Lady Hetheridge, #1)Ice Blue by Emma Jameson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Anthony Hetheridge, 9th Baron of Wellegrave, aka Chief Superintendent Hetheridge is called out to the home of the Comfreys due to a suspicious death. He is assisted by DS Kate Wakefield and DS Paul Bhar in his investigation
Enjoyable crime story.

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Mr. Darcy's Miracle at Longbourn: A Pride and Prejudice Holiday Tale (Jane Austen Reimaginings Book 7)Mr. Darcy's Miracle at Longbourn: A Pride and Prejudice Holiday Tale by Rose Fairbanks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this P&P variation Darcy and the Bingleys left Netherfield over a month ago. Now it is December 23rd, again and again. What needs to be righted, who is aware, do people have to change and will there be any happy endings.
Enjoyed this tale especially as I am a Groundhog Day fan.
Would have liked more of Mary and the diary in Part One, especially with her interactions with the Colonel, and see the scenes from more of her perspective but that's because I am a Mary Bennet fan.
An enjoyable re-read of this story, again

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Saturday, 23 May 2020

The Woman in the AlcoveThe Woman in the Alcove by Anna Katharine Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Anson Durand is accused of murder, Miss Rita Van Arsdale believes he is innocent and intends to prove to Inspector Dalzell the truth
An enjoyable historical murder mystery

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Mr. Darcy's Christmas Joy: A Pride and Prejudice Holiday Tale (Jane Austen Reimaginings Book 7)Mr. Darcy's Christmas Joy: A Pride and Prejudice Holiday Tale by Rose Fairbanks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is Part 1 of Mr Darcy's Miracle at Longbourn
A P&P variation set at Christmas, as the 23rd December constantly repeats itself. The story is from several viewpoints. How can the people involved stop the day reoccurring.
An enjoyable re-read of this story

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Friday, 22 May 2020

A Mother's Touch: Inspired by Pride and PrejudiceA Mother's Touch: Inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jennifer Redlarczyk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Scenes from the lives of Lady Anne and her son, Fitzwilliam Darcy
1 - Lady Anne's Quilt
Forgotten Treasures - While searching the Pemberley attics for toys for the soon to arrive Darcy child, Georgiana discovers a trunk with her name on it.
Of Days Gone By - 1780 - Thirty-two years previously, while staying at Pemberley Lady Anne teaches to James Darcy, the heir, the beauty of his estate.
To Kent - Later Lady Anne is sent to Rosings to stay with her sister to continue her studies and finish the quilt their mother started
2 - Her Most Precious Gift - the birth of a new heir in 1783
3 - An Act of Kindness - 1789 Fitzwilliam visits Lambton with Lady Anne
4 - Our Special Day - 1793 Lady Anne mourns her dead daughter, can she ever be happy again.
5 - Our Future - 1812 While waiting for the birth of their first child, Darcy reflects on the past
5 - The Teacher- 1817 Darcy teaches his son Bennet.
6 - Mr Darcy's Songbird - Darcy plays with his daughter
Well-written and sweet stories

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The Roman HeirThe Roman Heir by Zara Altair
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Argolicus agrees to deliver a book from Boethius to young Philo in Ostia. On arriving he is informed that Philo's father has been killed. He is asked to investigate.
An enjoyable historical mystery novella

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Thursday, 21 May 2020

The Asylum (The Forensic Genealogist #.5)The Asylum by Nathan Dylan Goodwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Morton Farrier is a forensic genealogist - A researcher into family history. He has been employed by Gerald Peacock to research his family. This brings up a few surprises.
An enjoyable story

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The Burned Man (A Stephen Attebrook Mystery Book 9)The Burned Man by Jason Vail
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

November 1263 former coroner Stephen afternoon becomes interested when a mill is burnt down and the body of the miller discovered, and is 'informed by the Ludlow castle constable to investigate. But this leads to a series of robberies, and more deaths.
Another entertaining historical mystery

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

August's Heat (Larry Macklin Mysteries #10)August's Heat by A.E. Howe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Conrad Higgins, antique dealer has been discovered dead, one early morning, by a neighbour. The list of suspects is large due to his 'criminal' activities involving it seems the whole town. Deputy Larry Macklin and his team investigate. Unfortunately for Macklin this will not be the last death.
An enjoyable crime story

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Fitz Darcy and the Drowned Heiress - A Pride and Prejudice Continuation (Fitz Darcy Adventures Book 1)Fitz Darcy and the Drowned Heiress - A Pride and Prejudice Continuation by Vic Neal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1840 In this sequel Charles Bingley has died and Jane is Heartbroken. Wickham is presumed dea, lost at sea. Will Darcy is in town searching for his younger twin brother Fitz. Fitz seems to be in a lot of trouble mostly of his own making. He is looking for the sister, Roksana, of his friend Angel. But Lydia wants Fitz's help. On his adventures he meets Ivy Flitwood, but what is her connection to the Earl of Witney, and the evil Lord Thorne.
A frantic series of adventures, a romp through Victorian England. The characters seem to be all extreme ones, in the end Fitz was the only one I liked.
The adventure continues in the next book

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Private LivesPrivate Lives by J.G. Harlond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1942 Bideford Due to the war DS Edgar (Bob) Robbins has been brought out of retirement to once again join the police force. While on holiday, walking a coastal path he hears shots and notices an incident, involving two men. The elder man looking injured but his help is not welcome. Then later while investigating at the Hentree Farm he hears a pistol shot and discovers the body of the young man. Soon due to local police shortages, Robbins is seconded to the area and is in charge of the investigations. He recruits his constable Laurie Oliver to help. While on the case he is staying at the Peony Villas, where he is sure that there is a mystery to be solved there.
An enjoyable historical well-written mystery with a couple of likeable main characters.
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The Peach WidowThe Peach Widow by Zara Altair
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

512 A.D. Argolicus is asked to talk to the newly widowed Livilla Valerius about her legal position now, as her step-sons want her to leave the farm. So Argolicus and his tutor, Nikolaos, visit the farm. But is the death of the much hated Valerius suspicious.
An enjoyable historical mystery

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Monday, 18 May 2020

The Girl with the Silver Eyes: Short StoryThe Girl with the Silver Eyes: Short Story by Dashiell Hammett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Continental Op is called out of bed one Sunday morning to visit a Burke Pangburn. He states, eventually, that his fiancee Jeanne Delano is missing. Of course the case is not as straightforward as it at first seems.
Another re-read of this enjoyable short mystery

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Kidnapped at the Tower (Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mysteries , #18)Kidnapped at the Tower by Anna Elliott and Charles Veley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1899 Holmes' new client is a Sir Humphrey Rollings. On a visit to the Tower of London, while Lady Rollings rested nearby, their six year old son Thomas, and his nursery governess Miss Abigail Marsh disappeared, presumably kidnapped for ransom. Holmes is called into the case, and a note is delivered with the first set of instructions.
An enjoyable well-written novella

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Sunday, 17 May 2020

Awakened HeartsAwakened Hearts by Susan Potts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this Pride and Prejudice sequel several years have passed since the marriages of Elizabeth and Jane. With Mary as the last of the Bennet sisters still at home, and determined to become a governess or companion. Then she is invited to Pemberley, her first ever visit. There she meets Georgiana Darcy and Brigadier Henry Fitzwilliam, cousin to Darcy. But can she come out of her shell and accept the friendships on offer.
A delightful story, well-written, lovely to read about Mary's emotional development. Just loved everything about the story and the characters.
This is now the third read and I still loved the story

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The Fool's Folly: A serial killer is at large at the court of Richard III (Sandal Castle Medieval Thrillers Book 2)The Fool's Folly: A serial killer is at large at the court of Richard III by Keith Moray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1485 During the reign of Richard III. Sir Giles Beestom is the Constable of Sandal Castle, under heir presumptive John de la Pole, and Judge of the Manor Court. When Dickon the falconer discovers a pigeon carrying a message, which he passes to Sir Giles, events start to unravel, with the first death. But who is the priest escaping from the hired assassins. But more deaths will occur before the motives are revealed.
Although the second in the series it can be read as a standalone story as events have moved on more than a hundred years.
An enjoyablewell-written historical mystery, with its good plot and likeable characters.
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Saturday, 16 May 2020

The Tenth ClewThe Tenth Clew by Dashiell Hammett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mr Leopold Gantvoort had arranged a meeting with the Continental Op for 9.00pm at his home. The Op arrives on time, but Mr Gantvoort fails to appear, after waiting several hours and just as he was leaving a call to house informs his son Charles that his father is dead. But why are there so many clues. The Continental Op and Detective O'Gar investigate.
An enjoyable re-read of this short story historical mystery

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Murder at Broadstowe Manor (Stephen Attebrook Mysteries #8)Murder at Broadstowe Manor by Jason Vail
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

1263. Sir Stephen Attebrook, among others, have been called to Hereford Castle to select the county's representives to a Parliament of Simon de Montfort making. But Attebrook is striped of his coroner's duty by his enemy FitzAllan, so the new coroner, Sir Thomas de Mapuleye, investigates the death of Sir Rogier FitzHerbert, one of the candidates. But Sir Stephen is employed to find a letter missing from Sir Rogier's chamber.
Another enjoyable well-written mystery in this series with its delightful characters.

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Mark My Words: A 'Pride and Prejudice' Variation VignetteMark My Words: A 'Pride and Prejudice' Variation Vignette by Margaret Lynette Sharp
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In this P&P vignette, Lydia's behaviour has been noted by the Lucases. But as normal Mr Bennet is totally useless as a father in his (lack of) action.

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February's Files (Manny Rivera Mystery Series Book 2)February's Files by Rich Curtin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A body is discovered which turns out to be retired investigative reporter February Flanagan, who disappeared three years ago. Although known as a friendly person, and a married man, I was unconvinced that nobody seemed concerned when he left.
Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera investigates.
I didn't really find the story that interesting

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Friday, 15 May 2020

The Golden Slipper: and other problems for Violet StrangeThe Golden Slipper: and other problems for Violet Strange by Anna Katharine Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Young society lady of New York, Violet Strange, investigates various cases
1 The Golden Slipper - who really is responsible for various thefts
2 - The Second Bullet - When George Hammond dies,is it suicide or murder. Finding a second bullet would mean mirder and finalcial relief for the widow.
3 - An Intangible Clue - When Mrs Doolittle is murdered there seems to be no clue to the murderer.
4 - The Grotto Spectre - Roger Upjohn, widower, a year after his wife's death needs to know the truth regarding his suspicions,
5 - The Dreaming Lady - Mrs Quintard sister to C Dudley Brooks, dead, has lost his latest will which has changed the main beneficiary to her family away from her brother's step-son.
6 - The House of Clocks - Arabella Postlethwaite, of Gloom Cottage, wants her will drawn and invites lawyer to her home, but it is the fate of the step-daughter that concerns him
7 - The Doctor, his Wife, and the Clock - It has been several years since the murder of Mr Hasbrouck, a crime that is still unsolved, until a confession is made, but is it the truth
8 - Missing: Page Thirteen - Mr Cornell believes his honour is at stake when a page with a formula on goes missing from a document. But what secrets will be revealed.
9 - Violet's own - Violet reveals the family secret to her future husband on the eve of her wedding.
A set of enjoyable short mysteries

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A Portrait Of Death (The Versipellis Mysteries Book 1)A Portrait Of Death by Rhen Garland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two deaths, one in 1889 and 1891. But what could be the link to 1899. Now there is a weekend house party in Marmis Hall, in south-west England, home to Lord Foster and Lady Rebecca Marmis. The party is being held to disguise a covert government meeting on the South African situation.
But when another two murders occur one, of the guests, Lord Vivian Lapotaire calls in distant cousin DCI Elliott Caine, and DS Abernathy Thorne to investigate. These two men seem to have a mysterious past but we are told very little concerning this.
An enjoyable and well-written Victorian murder mystery with just a touch (thankfully) of the paranormal. With a selection of interesting characters. A good solid start to the series.
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Thursday, 14 May 2020

The Grove of the Caesars (Flavia Albia Mystery #8)The Grove of the Caesars by Lindsey Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

AD 89 Flavia Albia and husband Tiberius have workman in a grotto in the Grove who unearth some possibly ancient scrolls. Are they real or fakes, and if fakes who and why is involved. Flavis is interested in finding out the answer and so investigates among the many scroll sellers.
Meanwhile at a party held by Cluventius in the Grove of Caesars, his wife disappeared, and later her naked body is found. It is for Ursus, of the Seventh Cohort of Vigiles to investigate.
Flavia Albia discovers that many woman have disapppeared from the Grove, over the decades, and that bodies of murdered women have been found there but their deaths not investigated. Obviously their in a serial killer in the area. Eventually Flavia is engaged as a professional advisor to the Cluventius family to find the killer of his wife.
An enjoyable and interesting well-written historical mystery, with its likeable main character and secondary ones.
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The Journal of Miss Jane Fairfax: Weymouth to HighburyThe Journal of Miss Jane Fairfax: Weymouth to Highbury by Ronald McGowan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

August 1808. The story begins when Dora Campbell is just about to meet Mr. Dixon. We read about Jane Fairfaxs' thoughts as she, the Campbells and Dixon venture to Weymouth. Then onwards to Highbury via a few adventures.
An enjoyable and well-written story.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

The Other Bennet SisterThe Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This P&P variation begins with Mary's childhood, and the discovery that she is plain. The emotional abuse that Mrs Bennet afflicts on Mary affects her so much she withdraws from Jane and Elizabeth, thinking herself unworthy.
Then two years pass after Charlotte's wedding. It is now time Mary must decide what to do, as she visits, Jane, where Caroline is cruel to her, then Pemberley where Darcy makes her feel unwelcome then to the Collins' at Longbourn. But can the Gardiners save her, and offer her at the very least some peace.
Really enjoyed this delightful well-written story of my favourite Bennet daughter.

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Missing Persons (DCI Morton, #5)Missing Persons by Daniel Campbell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

DI Rafferty responses when approached by a newly released convict, Faye. It seems Mark Sanders, boyfriend of Faye Atkins has disappeared. But what couldn be the possible reason. DCI Morton and his team investigate
An okay read, it just didn't really interest me and I didn't find any of the main characters likeable.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Hawthorn IslandHawthorn Island by Geri Hemer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been several years since rich lawyer, Henry Hawthorn, held a party for all his famous associates. But now he is is throwing a party on his island off the coast of Australia for the 'common man'. Who are these select eight people, and why them. But there is a prize of $500,000 for the person who can interpret a series of clues to solve a riddle.
But once they all arrive on the island it is not long before the murders start. Is anyone innocent.
An enjoyable murder mystery
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The Bear Wagon (Stephen Attebrook mysteries #7)The Bear Wagon by Jason Vail
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

1263 A body of a girl has been found in the River Teme near the Dinham mill, obviously murder. But before they can investigate Stephen Attebrook, coroner and his assistant Gilbert Wistwode are recruited by elder brother William Attebrook to find his missing daughter Ida.
Another enjoyable story in this series.

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Monday, 11 May 2020

Cherishing Kitty: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Marrying Elizabeth #5)Cherishing Kitty: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Leenie Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lorcan Langley, on the morning of his friends' Lord Westonbury's wedding, compromised Kitty Bennet. But Kitty refused to marry him, stating 'I am not marrying him' missing off the important 'yet'. Therefore Langley refuses to marry her on the grounds that neither want the marriage, but he does, desperately. What a tangled affair. Can either admit their true feelings
Another delightful and well-written story in this series. All the characters are a joy to read about.
Though it would be best to read the series from the beginning to understand the characters, and all their stories.

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The Marriage of Billie BirdsongThe Marriage of Billie Birdsong by Laurie R. King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sherlock Holmes is in San Francisco having having just successful closed a case, and now is bored. So he decides that he wants to experience the way of life of the area and he recruits pickpocketer Martin Ledbetter as his guide. Soon he is involved in another case, involving singer Billie Birdsong.
An entertaining story

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Sunday, 10 May 2020

Assessing Mr. Darcy (Dash of Darcy and Companions Collection #16)Assessing Mr. Darcy by Leenie Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this P&P variation, William Collins, orphan, comes to live at Longbourn as its heir and takes the name of Bennet. he becomes protective of all his cousins but especially Elizabeth.
When the Netherfield party arrive, William takes against Darcy and tries to keep him away from Elizabeth as he deems him not worthy. Why does he feel this and how can William's dislike be overcome.
An enjoyable story

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Alexandra & Edith's Escapades - The Diamond RingAlexandra & Edith's Escapades - The Diamond Ring by Ellen Read
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alexandra Thornton, while working at his father's antique shop, becomes suspicious of a customer. Will her actions result in success or embarrassment for Alexandra and her friend Edith Blackburn
An enjoyable short story

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Saturday, 9 May 2020

The Thin ManThe Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nick and Nora Charles get involved with the Wynant family when Dorothy asks Nick if he knows where her father, Clyde Wynant is. This results in him re-acquanting himself with solicitor Herbert Macaulay, and the now divorced Mrs Wyant, who has recently re-married, Mrs Mimi Jorgensen. Then the bodies start appearing.
Just a wonderful well-written read

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The Nightingale Gallery (The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan, #1)The Nightingale Gallery by Paul Doherty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1376 A goldsmith named Sir Thomas Springall has been found in his bed, murdered. Sir John Cranston, coroner and his assistant Brother Athelstan are called in to investigate. But how and why was he killed. Then there is another death.
An enjoyable historical mystery

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Friday, 8 May 2020

The Red, Red Snow (Anderson & Costello #11)The Red, Red Snow by Caro Ramsay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Christmas is approaching but also death as at Planet Burger a man is stabbed. But with no why and how it makes the case difficult to investigate
Then DCI Colin Andersons' potentially disastrous Christmas is saved. As up in the highlands, at Glen Riske, a body is discovered in one of the holiday lets. Could it be murder.
I found the mystery part of the story, interesting and enjoyable. But for me there was too much extraneous, and boring details about the Anderson and Costellos' personal lives. So overall I liked the mystery, but didn't love the final story. Also the two main police characters are really not that likeable.
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The Cold Light of Dawn (Gaffney and Tipper Mysteries #1)The Cold Light of Dawn by Graham Ison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Colonel Pierre Matthiel on his morning walk on the Brittany coast discovers the dead body of a female. The case lands on DCI Harry Tipper and DS Charlie Markhams' laps, as it turns out that she is called Penelope Lambert and works for the British Foreign Office. So maybe the case will not be as straightforward as Tipper first thinks and hopes.
An enjoyable crime story, a good solid start to the series.

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The Indigo GhostsThe Indigo Ghosts by Alys Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1604 Gabriel Taverner is summoned by Ezekiel Colt, captain of his old ship, the Falco currently docked in Plymouth, having just returned from the Caribbean. Colt has a tale to tell his old ship's surgean, a tale of a crew including him, frightened, seeing and hearing things in the bowles of the ship. They all believe that the ship is haunted. Taverner is determined to find a logical explanation to the events but then he and the captain discover a body. It will not be the last.
An enjoyable and well-written historical mystery, another interesting story with its likeable characters in this series. A book which can easily be read as a standalone story but having enjoyed the first two I would recommend reading them in order.
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Thursday, 7 May 2020

Beauty and Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice VariationBeauty and Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Sarah Courtney


In this P&P variation we have the story of the Bennet daughters and Charlotte Lucas interwwined with their own fairy stories. I was enjoying the Charlotte and Collins story but when it looked like Mary Bennet was going to marry the local vicar I gave up. Just not a storyline I am interested at the moment reading, maybe sometime in the future but I doubt it

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Dead Game (Keith Calder Book 1)Dead Game by Gerald Hammond
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Keith Calder is a gunsmith and shooting instructor, but when a member of a shoot is killed and a friend arrested he decides to investigate. A bit too much about guns and bullets at times, which I just skipped.
But enjoyable enough for the first in a series

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The Hour of the FoxThe Hour of the Fox by Cassandra Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

July 1399 To the background of the turmoil times between Richard II and his cousin Henry Bolingbrook, a body of a female novice from Barking Abbey is discovered, naked, murdered, at Dowgate. Sir Arnold Archer, London Coroner, and Brother Rodric Chandler, (spy for Bolingbrook) investigate.
An enjoyable well-written historical (fictional) mystery, the writer easily makes the characters come alive in your mind as you read the story. A good solid start to a new series.
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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

The LifelineThe Lifeline by Margaret Mayhew
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Lady Ursula Swynford dies her, her daughter, Ruth takes over the manor in Frog End and provides gardening therapy for her husband Dr Tom Harvey's patients. When a body is discovered in a greenhouse the Colonel is asked to investigate due to the lack of confidence in the local police.
A very slow paced story which takes the first half of the book to set up the characters and their history, and the plot. Though not the first in the series it can easily be read as a standalone story. Although mention is made of previous murders no clues thankfully are given as to who the guilty parties were.
A modern, pleasant story of village life with the hint of mystery and murder i.e. a cozy mystery.
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The Glass KeyThe Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Taylor Henry, senator's son is dead. Murdered. Everybody believes that Paul Madvig killed him. But not his friend Ned Beaumont, so he investigates.
Who are the good guys, who are the bad, the line is very blurred.
A story of city politics, loyalties challenged or changed, betrayal everywhere
Originally written in 1931.
A re-read of another Hammett story

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Tuesday, 5 May 2020

The Doom ListThe Doom List by Gerard O'Donovan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1922 Will H Hays, 'movie czar' in on his way to Hollywood, to clean it up of its undesirables. Which brings a problem to actress Barbara La Marr (pregnant and not currently married), and upcoming actor Ramon Samaniegos, because of his close friendship with a Gianni.
When a body is discovered in the desert Ramon is convinced that it is Gianni, who disappeared some weeks ago. This unnamed body is also of concern to Detective Thad Sullivan and p.i. Tom Collins, as they might know who it is, and be implicated in the death. Collins is employed by La Marr and Ramon to help with their problems, and hopefully for them not to be exposed so that their careers are ruined by ending up on Hays' 'Doom List'.
An enjoyable well-written historical mystery covering sleaze, corruption and sexual scandals, at city hall, the police or at the film industry.
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Jane and the Careless Corpse (Jane, Bow Street Consultant Book 9)Jane and the Careless Corpse by Sarah Waldock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Among the dead at the Peterloo Massacre which took place at St Peter's Field, Manchester, Lancashire Monday 16 August 1819 was the body of Charles Heskyth. But why was a pig farmer there. His valet is convinced that there is something suspicious about his death, especially considering how many of his family have recently died. He goes to town to ask for the help of Sir Caleb Armitage and Lady Jane.
Another enjoyable mystery in this well-written series with its bunch of very likeable characters

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Monday, 4 May 2020

Murder On The Levels (Detective Kate Hamblin Mystery, #1)Murder On The Levels by David Hodges
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

During a surveillance operation, D.C Kate Hamblin is the only officer to survive an explosion. Is it the person under surveillance the guilty party as her boss DCI Callow believes, or someone else as Hamblin begins to believe. As Hamblin investigates, the more trouble she gets into
An enjoyable and well-written crime story. A good start to the series.

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1811-1812 HOW IT ALL BEGAN: PART 1 (The Darcy Legacy)1811-1812 HOW IT ALL BEGAN: PART 1 by Deborah E. Pearson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this P&P variation it is 1st August 1844 and Darcy has started to write his side of the story of his relationship with Elizabeth Bennet, starting with the 31st May 1811 when he is 27, and Georgiana is in Ramsgate. Finishing this part after the Hunsford proposal and letter. The story covers his thoughts of his situation and what he thinks of all the people he interacts with. Hopefully Elizabeth knows all already.
An enjoyable read

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Sunday, 3 May 2020

Bad Money (Stephen Attebrook Mysteries #6)Bad Money by Jason Vail
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

1263 April and a series of events lead to Attebrook investigating. Is here any connection, and if so what, between the theft of silver from various houses in Ludlow, the discovery of a dead boy in the back garden of the glover, and a dead man floating in the privy of the Broken Shield Inn (no not that one, another one).
Another enjoyable mystery and another re-read

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Darcy by Moonlight: A Pride & Prejudice VariationDarcy by Moonlight: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Allison Smith
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In this P&P variation Charles Bingley is married to Jane Bennet, and over time he and Jane have told Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet about each other. So when the Bingleys arrange a ball, Elizabeth and Darcy are both eager to meet.
Obstacles to their happy ending include Mrs Bennet, and Darcys’ concern that Elizabeth might be a fortune hunter, but he thinks if she was, would it really matter as there would seem to be a connection between them. A connection which Elizabeth is constantly fighting.
Elizabeth meanwhile is envious of Jane’s happiness, and is herself lonely, but unfortunately overhears Darcy talking about her.
Though there still is Caroline Bingley hounding Darcy and her very harsh views of the Bennet daughters.
A quick read, though I found Elizabeth to be stubborn, stupid and frankly unlikeable.

But as you would expect there is a happy ending for this pair

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Saturday, 2 May 2020

The Maltese FalconThe Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spade and Archer are hired to find a Floyd Thursby, because according to their client Miss Wonderley, he has eloped with her sister. But then when Archer is killed following Thursby, the case gets complicated.
A wonderful, well-written crime mystery (A re-read).
Originally written in 1930

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Summon Up The Blood (Silas Quinn, #1)Summon Up The Blood by R.N. Morris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1914 London. D.I. Silas Quinn of the Special Crimes Department is told by his superior Sir Edward Henry to investigate the case of the murdered man found in the London Docks area. A young man had been exsanguinated. Is the dead man's orientation the motive for his death, will there be more murders.
An enjoyable historical mystery, a good start to the series

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