Something Sinister by Olivier Bosman
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Something Sinister by Olivier Bosman

I really enjoy Victorian mysteries, so was pleased to accept a copy of this book from the author.  I should note first off that this is the third book in the D.S. Billings Victorian Mystery series, and I much prefer to read a series in order, but was willing to read Book 3 on the … Continue reading

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
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A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

If you’ve finished the Lady Julia Grey series, you’ll be excited about this new series by Deanna Raybourn. Raybourn seems to have started three other series in the last few years (A Blade of Summer Grass, City of Jasmine, and Night of a Thousand Stars), so I’m not quite sure if this one will stick. … Continue reading

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
First Novels / Historical Mystery / New to Me Author / Review Requests and ARCs

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Mysteries are a perfect genre for informing readers about difficult political or historical issues. The Unquiet Dead is a perfect example. It begins with a case about a Canadian man who falls off a cliff. But it delves into much more sensitive matter when it’s discovered that the dead man is actually a war criminal … Continue reading

Snow White Red-Handed by Maia Chance
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Snow White Red-Handed by Maia Chance

This was a fun book that combines a 19th century mystery with fairy tale folklore and a good dose of modern-day snark. Ophelia and Prudence are friends traveling to Europe for an acting job. Along the way, they lose their jobs and lie their way into maid positions with Mrs. Coop, who has a castle … Continue reading

Mini Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
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Mini Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

This was the last book I finished in 2013, and it was a great way to close the year!  I was struggling halfway through A.M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven, and needed something light, and Sweetness was on my shelf. To be honest, I’d put off reading this book in the fear it would be … Continue reading

Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Highly Recommended / Historical Mystery / New to Me Author / Part of a Series

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is Laurie R. King’s take on Sherlock Holmes towards the end of his career.  In this first book of a series, Holmes meet fifteen-year-old Mary Russell, an independent girl who is as clever and observant as he is.  As the title suggests, he begins tutoring her in the ways of detective work, … Continue reading

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Review of A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd

I was excited about this book, because I’ve been looking for a good historical mystery to sink my teeth into for a while.  I love the Monk series by Anne Perry, and I used to like C.S. Harris’ Sebastian series, but it’s gotten a little repetitive and less historical.  The other books that get recommended … Continue reading

Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Highly Recommended / Historical Mystery / Part of a Series

Review: The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn

My book reviewing has been a little fluffy lately, and this won’t be an exception.   I figure reading War and Peace gives me a pass for a while on the heavy stuff. This is book five of the Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn. I reviewed the previous book, Dark Road to Darjeeling, here. … Continue reading