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Monday, 10 May 2021

The Adventure of the Deceased Scholar (The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes Book 3)The Adventure of the Deceased Scholar by Liese Sherwood-Fabre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1868 The Holmes family are in town to watch the Oxford-Cambridge boat race when a body is pulled from the water. When Mycroft Holmes is able to identifiy the victim the family are now unfortunately involved in solving the murder of Lord Surminster, who was a university colleague of Mycroft. So Mrs Holmes investigates with the help of her sons much to the annoyance of her husband
A well-plotted and entertaining historical mystery with its cast of interesting and likeable characters which are developing over the series. This well-written story can easily be read as a standalone story.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Murder by Candlelight (Miss Alice, #3)Murder by Candlelight by Blythe Baker
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

While attending the theatre the audience which included the Beckingham family witness the death of one of the actors. Alice Beckingham decides to investigate when police believe it to be an accident.
A cozy historical mystery with unfortunately an unlikeable main female character

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Sunday, 9 May 2021

The Salisbury Manuscript (Tom Ansell, #1)The Salisbury Manuscript by Philip Gooden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1873 An amateur archaeologist, Andrew North, has gone missing near Salisbury. Meanwhile lawyer Tom Ansell, is on his way to the city on business with Canon Felix Slater. Soon Tom discovers a body. Initially he is thought to be a suspect by Inspector Foster. Then Tom and friend Helen Scott investigate to clear his name.
An enjoyable and well-written historical mystery with its likeable characters.

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An Incident at the Royal Rest InnAn Incident at the Royal Rest Inn by leavesfallingup
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this P&P variation a storm brings two couples to the Royal Rest Inn where both wives give birth to daughters. But they are returned to the wrong mother. Twenty years later Darcy is tasked with finding one of them so that she can be returned to her rightfully family, her very high ranking family.
Entertaining variation made so with the pairing of Mary's.

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Saturday, 8 May 2021

HELL'S HALF ACRE (Coffin Cove Mysteries #2)HELL'S HALF ACRE by Jackie Elliott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Coffin Cove, Vancouver Island. Some months ago, Ricky, the 42 year old son of ex-mayor Dennis Havers and his wife Sandra disappeared. A group of people when visiting the ruins of a chapel discover bones. Who do they belong to and where is the actual killing site. Inspector Andrew Vega is brought in to investigate with his team. Meanwhile reporter Andi Silvers does her own investigation. But more killings will occur.
Another enjoyable and well-written mystery in this series with its likeable characters. Which can easily be read as a standalone story.
An ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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All's Fair in Love and War and Death; a Pride & Prejudice VariationAll's Fair in Love and War and Death; a Pride & Prejudice Variation by Anne Morris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this P&P variation, Elizabeth it seems can travel to the 'other side' as she discovers when she follows Mrs Bennet on her death. Later this ability becomes useful. Meanwhile Elizabeth visits the Gardiners and meets the Colonel (unfortunately for him) and then Darcy.
Enjoyable variation





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Friday, 7 May 2021

The Constant Man (A Willi Geismeier thriller Book 2)The Constant Man by Peter Steiner
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1930s Because of previous events Willi Geismeier, ex-detective, is in hiding. But he returns to Munich as Karl Juncker when his friend Lola is attacked. So starts the investigation into a serial killer, which is what I wanted to read. Unfortunately we know who the killer is. But what we also got was a lot of descriptions about Germany, its people and their actions - worthwhile, but I have read history books for this information.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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