A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden
First Novels / Historical Mystery / New to Me Author / Review Requests and ARCs

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 the 1870’s, Elizabeth Fraser is returning home from her “Fourth Season” … Continue reading

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
Historical Mystery / Part of a Series / Recent Release / Review Requests and ARCs

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

Blog Hops and Other Memes / Challenges / Classic Literature / Highly Recommended

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 aside, this was a wonderful book, and I’m grateful to the … Continue reading

Book to Movie News and Reviews / Challenges / Classic Literature / Highly Recommended / Historical Mystery / Part of a Series

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 pretty weak – I wanted to see what Sherlock Holmes was … Continue reading

Challenges / Part of a Series / Steampunk

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 of real-life characters, including the explorer Richard Francis Burton, the poet … 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