Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Death in Hellfire (John Rawlings, #12)Death in Hellfire by Deryn Lake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1767. Sir John Fieldings asks that John Rawlings goes to West Wycombe and the home of Sir Francis Dashwood. He is concerned about the activities there - is there a possibility that they seditious. Or is the Hellfire Club something else.
After several days John discovers several bodies, but what are motives and who are the guilty parties.
Another enjoyable mystery in this well-written series with its very likeable characters

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The Devil’s Due (A Sherlock Holmes Adventure)The Devil’s Due by Bonnie MacBird
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1890. Sherlock Holmes becomes embroiled in the case of the French anarchists but then he is made aware of a series of murders which are then followed by family suicides. Mycroft wants him to concentrate on these killings. But he has his distractors in the persons of the new Chief Commissioner of Scotland Yard - Titus Billings - and Gabriel Zanders, a newsman.
With the help of Dr Watson can Holmes determine the motive and the guilty person.
Although the third in the series it is easily read as a standalone story, and I look forward to reading the first two.
A very enjoyable, well-written, mystery, with its likeable characters, and thankfully great support from Watson.
A NetGalley Book

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Escape (In The Den Of The English Lion Prequel A Second Daniel, #0.5)Escape by Neal Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

October 1558 and Menachem along with Yetta escape from Poland, to a ship sailing from Amsterdam and onward to England. Where Menachem becomes Noah Ames.
An interesting short story

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Monday, 16 September 2019

Over The EdgeOver The Edge by Lisa Regan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first emotion Joselyn Rush feels when her car is hit, is anger. But when the woman driver jumps off the bridge to her death curiosity gets the better of her. So she is determined to find out why.
An interesting well-written novella

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The Career Killer (DCI Mabey Book 1)The Career Killer by Ali Gunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The newly-promoted DCI Elsie Mabey is called in to investigate when a body is discovered in a church - St Dunstan in the East. Is this a copycat or the same killer as a murder from several weeks previously. DCI Fairbanks has no longer any interest in his case, so hands the two case over to Mabey and her team. But will the killer strike again.
Her team have their flaws but we get to know them over the story and become a likeable group, but can they come together to catch the killer.
An enjoyable and interesting crime story with characters I look forward to reading about again to see how they develop.
I recieved an ARC from Voracious Readers

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The Silent DeadThe Silent Dead by Keith Nixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The mummified body of a baby is found at the home of ex-foster carer Andrea Ogilvy - recently deceased. It was discovered by her children - Polly Draper and Philip Ogilvy - as they were clearing out the house. DI Solomon Gray investigates, but is it an accident or murder. He also gets drawn into the case of the teenage boys who have been deliberately attacked by a dog. What is the possible motive for the seemingly random attacks. Meanwhile he is trying to deal with his personal problems at home and work
An interesting and well-written story which I really enjoyed, and a standalone book as far as that is concerned. Though I would have like a bit more background detail concerning Gray’s personal life to put that part in context. I will just have to go back and read the missing books.
Received an ARC from the author

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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Death and the Cornish Fiddler (John Rawlings, #11)Death and the Cornish Fiddler by Deryn Lake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1767. John Rawlings and daughter Rose are in Devon staying with Elizabeth the Marchesa. They travel to Helstone in Cornwall to watch the dance festival when a child disappears. But then a murder occurs. What is behind these events. Who else will die.
Once again another enjoyable mystery in this well-written historical mystery series with its very likeable characters

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