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Christmas is Murder by C.S. Challinor

Christmas is Murder by C.S. Challinor

November 18, 2015 2015, book rating, C-, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Read-a-Thons, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

Christmas Is Murder by C.S. Challinor Series: Rex Graves Mystery #1 Genre: Mystery Setting: English countryside at Christmas Published by Midnight Ink, 2008 E-book, purchased 203 pages Grade: C- Synopsis: Christmas is murder… when you’re stranded with a killer Not even a blizzard can keep Rex Graves away from Swanmere Manor, a secluded Victorian hotel in the English countryside owned by the eccentric Dahlia Smithings. But instead of Christmas cheer, the Scottish barrister finds a dead guest. Was it a stroke that killed old Mr. Lawdry? Or an almond tart laced with poison? When more guests die, all hopes for a jolly holiday are dashed. Snowbound and terrified, no one can… Read more »

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Review: The Railway Detective by Edward Marston

Review: The Railway Detective by Edward Marston

November 15, 2014 2014, book rating, C-, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

    The Railway Detective by Edward Marston Series: The Railway Detective, Book 1 Genre: Historical Mystery (England, 1851) Published by Allison & Busby, 2004 E-book, Purchased 318 pages Grade: C- Synopsis: Set in the 1850s when rail travel took off, this title, written by Edward Marston, also chronicles the new crimes it inspired. Horses and ships have their place in the scheme of things but they were not enough to defeat the steam locomotive. Cheers Provides a great picture of the beginnings of railways and the clashes between horses and trains. We learn some of the history of this Victorian era. Robert Colbeck is the police inspector who must… Read more »

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Review: These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

Review: These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

July 8, 2014 2014, book rating, C-, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 3

  These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer Series: Alistair-Audley, Book 1 Genre: Historical Romance (France and England during reign of King Louis XV) Published by Sourcebooks, 2009 (originally published 1926) E-book, Purchased 400 pages Grade: C- Synopsis: Justin Alastair, Duke of Avon, is called ‘Satanas’ by enemy and friend alike. In the aristocratic circles of London and Louis XV’s he has a reputation as a debauched rake. Late one evening, the Duke stumbles across Leon, a red headed urchin fleeing a certain beating at his brother’s hands. On a whim, Avon buys the boy and makes him his page. But it soon becomes clear that Leon is not what he… Read more »

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Reviews: Christmas novellas

Reviews: Christmas novellas

December 19, 2013 2013, B, B+, book rating, C-, Short fiction review 2

A set of three short reviews of three Christmas novellas. A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan Series: Brothers Sinister, #1.5 Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian England) Published by Courtney Milan, 2012 E-book, Purchased 121 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can’t forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him…or the butterflies that take flight in her… Read more »

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Kissed by Darkness by Shea MacLeod

May 22, 2013 2013, book rating, C-, reviews 0

Another new author! It’s been so much fun reading all these new authors. I’m taking part in the New Author Challenge 2013 hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Kissed by Darkness by Shea MacLeod Sunwalker Saga, book 1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Montlake Romance, 2012 (Reprint Edition) E-book, purchased 256 pages Grade: C- Synopsis: Three years ago, Morgan Bailey narrowly survived a vampire attack that left her with heightened senses, uncanny speed, and a new calling: supernatural bounty hunter. Since that day, sexy, street-smart Morgan hasn’t met a vampire she couldn’t dust or a demon she couldn’t kill—until she’s hired to hunt down a priceless amulet and the sunwalker… Read more »

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Review: Apocalyptic Moon by Eva Gordon

Review: Apocalyptic Moon by Eva Gordon

May 15, 2013 2013, book rating, C-, reviews 0

This is another new author I’ve read this year and as such is part of my New Author Challenge 2013 hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Apocalyptic Moon by Eva Gordon Series: After the Bane series, book 1 Genre: Zombie Romance Published by: The Wild Rose Press, 2013 E-book, Purchased 276 pages Grade: C- Synopsis: Dr. Dora Adler’s life has been in disarray since the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, but when she gets bitten by one of the undead her whole world is turned upside down. Held captive in a secret underground lab, the tall, muscular hunk in the next cell is her only hope for salvation. Unfortunately, he… Read more »

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