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Monday, 12 April 2021

Dance with Death: A Barker & Llewelyn NovelDance with Death: A Barker & Llewelyn Novel by Will Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1893 Barker and Llewelyn are approached to protect tsarevich Nicholas from an assassination attempt by an assassin called La Sylphide. Circumstances change when an attempt in made on Prince George, as he is mistaken for Nicholas. Unfortunately for the agency potential suspects abound and not all Russian.
An entertaining and well-written historical mystery with its likeable main characters. Another good addition to the series. The book can easily be read as a standalone story.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Murder on Lot B (Starfire Cozy Mystery #1)Murder on Lot B by London Lovett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1923 Los Angeles. Poppy and Jasper Stafford of the Starfire Detective Agency are hired by Anna Colton. To investigate the death of her stuntman brother Roger 'Rowdy' James. A death the police have declared an accident.
Jasper was a bit of an annoying character, and Poppy really should dress for the occasion especially when partaking in an illegal activity.
Overall an enjoyable cozy historical mystery.

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Sunday, 11 April 2021

The Bartlett Mystery (A Mystery Classic)The Bartlett Mystery by Louis Tracy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1913 Who is Winifred Bartlett and why are people eager to hide her or find her. Detectives Steingall and Clancy investigate.
An enjoyable historical mystery
Originally published in 1919

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A Virtue of Marriage (The Moralities of Marriage #2)A Virtue of Marriage by Elizabeth Ann West
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This Pride and Prejudice variation continues, with the Wickham's marriage going from bad to worse. The Bingleys return from their honeymoon to Netherfield, but Elizabeth is still staying with the Gardiners until she gets an invitation from Charlotte Lucas to visit. Can the plans of the Colonel and Darcy succeed.
An enjoyable re-read

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Saturday, 10 April 2021

The Sign of Death (A Victorian Book Club Mystery #2)The Sign of Death by Callie Hutton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1891 Bath. William, Viscount Wethington and Lady Amy Lovell are drawn into another investigation when his man of business, James Harding, is found drowned. Wethington had recently become suspicious of Harding's activities and this according to the police gives him a motive. Can William and Amy find the true killer before he is charged with the crime.
An enjoyable cozy historical mystery (not enough) and romance (too much) with an annoying dog.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, 9 April 2021

By Consequence of Marriage (The Moralities of Marriage #1)By Consequence of Marriage by Elizabeth Ann West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this Pride and prejudice variation problems start for Darcy and his Fitzwilliam family when he fails to arrive at Ramsgate to stop his sister from eloping with Wickham.
To save face he is persuaded to let Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam search for them alone while he visits Netherfield Park, and in his haste to arrive (the day after the assembly) he nearly kills Elizabeth Bennet. The scene is set but can there be a happy ending for any of these characters.
An enjoyable re-read of the story, which continues into Book 2

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Face Value (Richard Patton #1)Face Value by Roger Ormerod
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Several days from retirement D.I. Richard Patton becomes involved in a missing person case, that of the husband of Amelia Trowbridge, who's burnt out car has been discovered. Then the threats to convicted rapist and killer Clive Kendall become known. What is the identity of the dead man found in a cottage.
An enjoyable mystery

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