Tag: Victorian England

Review: A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden

I really enjoyed this Victorian-era mystery/thriller by Karen Odden, although I did have some issues with the pacing at the end.  Nell Hallam is a young woman who sneaks out of her brother’s home every night to play piano at the Octavian Music House. … Continue Reading “Review: A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden”

Review: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Those who love a good gothic novel will certainly appreciate this one, as will those looking for more LGBTQ stories and characters in their reading.  I’ve been wanting to read Sarah Waters, but I started The Paying Guests and it didn’t grab me.  This… Continue Reading “Review: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters”

A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden

Readers of Anne Perry will enjoy this mystery set in Victorian England.  It’s a mystery that concentrates more on social and historical issues of the time, in this case railroad safety.  The characters are interesting and the story is fast-paced and engaging. Set in… Continue Reading “A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden”

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Stella Gibbons wrote this comic novel in 1932. It’s a satiric look at English novels like those by Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence, and the Bronte sisters, where the tone is gloomy and nature reflects the moods and attributes of the characters. I picked up… Continue Reading “Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons”

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… Continue Reading “A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn”

Review of Daniel Deronda by George Eliot

I finally finished it!  Not the best way to start a review, I’m afraid.  I didn’t read this book as well as I would have liked.  By that I mean, I got halfway into this book and realized the only way I was going… Continue Reading “Review of Daniel Deronda by George Eliot”

North and South: the Read-a-long Wrap-up

Well, I’m clearly no good at read-alongs, because I failed to post the last two weeks and honestly, I enjoyed the book so much I finished it well ahead of schedule.  So there you are.  Reading on a schedule doesn’t work for me. That… Continue Reading “North and South: the Read-a-long Wrap-up”

Full of Cheesy Goodness: King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

This is a book I wouldn’t have picked up if not for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Challenge.  Of all the books on that list, this one was a question mark for me.  I haven’t read much of the “adventure fiction” of the 1800s,… Continue Reading “Full of Cheesy Goodness: King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard”

Review: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I only discovered Sherlock Holmes last year, although I always wanted to read the stories.  I love Victorian literature and classic mysteries, so Sherlock Holmes is a perfect fit.  Maybe I was inspired by the movie with Robert Downey Jr, which I thought was… Continue Reading “Review: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle”

Review: The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

Spring-Heeled Jack is pretty much what you’d expect it to be – it’s good, fun steampunk set in an alternate version of Victorian England.  The “twist” is that it actually explains how the alternate reality came to be.  It also involves a whole cast… Continue Reading “Review: The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder”

It’s Monday; What are You Reading?

“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what you’ve read the past week and planning to read next. War and Peace, that’s what!  I’m feeling the need to actually finish this book.  Now… Continue Reading “It’s Monday; What are You Reading?”

Pregnant heroines and Gail Carriger’s Heartless

      At the same time as many of my friends are having babies, a lot of my favorite series’ heroines are getting pregnant as well.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this: I don’t want my heroines to have… Continue Reading “Pregnant heroines and Gail Carriger’s Heartless”

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