Posts Tagged: England

Books set outside the U.S.

Books set outside the U.S.

July 19, 2016 2016, Top Ten Tuesday 4

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week. Check out their blog for more information. The topic this week: talk about the books we’ve read set outside the United States. As I looked for books I’ve read set outside the United States I realized most of the books come from just a few countries. Also a number of the books I read are science fiction and fantasy with imaginary settings. I do have books which take place in other settings. I just haven’t read them yet!… Read more »

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Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

July 16, 2016 2016, book rating, C+, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner Series: Unknown Genre: Mystery Setting: Cambridgeshire, England Published by Random House Format: e-Arc (Release Date: June 28) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 368 pages Grade: C+ Synopsis: At thirty-nine, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to… Read more »

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Christmas Gifts by Mary Balogh

Christmas Gifts by Mary Balogh

December 11, 2015 2015, A-, book rating, Goodreads, Read-a-Thons, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Christmas Gifts by Mary Balogh Series: None Genre: Historical Romance–Regency England Setting: Christmas in England Published by Class Ebook Editions Ltd., 2015 (reprints of three out-of-print novellas) E-book, purchased 168 pages Overall Grade: A- Synopsis: CHRISTMAS GIFTS brings together three previously published and long out-of-print novellas, each on the theme of Christmas gifts that will last forever because the gift, in essence, is love. In “The Best Christmas Ever” a boisterous house party is in progress and all the children when asked are eager to tell what they want for Christmas. But one man feels sad, for his young child has not spoken since her mother died and he does not… Read more »

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Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd

Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd

December 10, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery #1 Genre: Historical Mystery (cozy) Setting: Rural England, 1816 Published by Kensington, 2013 E-book, Kindle Unlimited 282 pages Grade: B Synopsis: A wounded soldier and a rector’s daughter discover strange goings-on in the sleepy village of Kurland St. Mary in Catherine Lloyd’s charming Regency-set mystery debut. Major Robert Kurland has returned to the quiet vistas of his village home to recuperate from the horrors of Waterloo. However injured his body may be, his mind is as active as ever. Too active, perhaps. When he glimpses a shadowy figure from his bedroom window struggling with a heavy load, the… Read more »

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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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The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

October 31, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton Narrated by Penelope Keith Series: Agatha Raisin #1 Genre: Contemporary Mystery (Cozy) Setting: The Cotswolds in England Published by Blackstone Audio, 2012 (originally published 1992) Audiobook, purchased 272 pages 6 hours, 26 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator grade: B+ Synopsis:  Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. But her… Read more »

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The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Putney, Beverley, Bourne, Rice, Cornick, Elliott, Gracie & King

The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Putney, Beverley, Bourne, Rice, Cornick, Elliott, Gracie & King

October 15, 2015 2015, book rating, C+, Goodreads, NetGalley, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King Series: None Genre: Historical Romance Setting: Great Britain, 1815 Published by Kensington Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Sep 29, 2015) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 320 pages Grade: C+ Synopsis: Christmas 1815. Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Hall is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year’s most festive—and romantic—holiday. For at the top of each guest’s wish list is a last chance to find true… Read more »

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A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

August 31, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, NetGalley, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn Series: Veronica Speedwell Mystery #1 Genre: Historical Mystery Setting: England, 1887 Published by NAL/Penguin, 2015 e-ARC (Release Date: Sep 1, 2015) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 352 pages Grade: B Synopsis: London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending… Read more »

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Review: Disturbed Earth by E.E. Richardson

Review: Disturbed Earth by E.E. Richardson

August 8, 2015 2015, B, book rating, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Disturbed Earth by E.E. Richardson Series: Ritual Crimes Unit #2 Genre: Urban Fantasy (police procedural) Setting: An alternate North Yorkshire, England Published by Abbadon, 2015 E-book, purchased 256 pages Grade: B Synopsis: A hard-nosed career officer in the male-dominated world of British policing, DCI Claire Pierce of North Yorkshire Police heads Northern England’s underfunded and understaffed Ritual Crime Unit. Injured in the line of duty, Pierce returns to work to find her new Detective Inspector has brought in a self-proclaimed necromancer to question the victim of a murder, there’s a coven of druids outside protesting the sale of their sacred site, and an old iron lantern in the evidence room has… Read more »

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Review: Under the Skin by E.E. Richardson

Review: Under the Skin by E.E. Richardson

July 24, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 0

Under the Skin by E.E. Richardson Series: Ritual Crime Unit #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy (police procedural) Setting: An alternate North Yorkshire, England Published by Abaddon Books, 2013 E-book, purchased 99 pages Grade: B Synopsis: A tough, hard-nosed career officer in the male-dominated world of British policing, DCI Claire Pierce of North Yorkshire Police heads Northern England’s underfunded and understaffed Ritual Crime Unit. Unregarded by the traditional police, struggling with an out-sized caseload, Pierce is about to tackle her most shocking case so far. Following reports of unlicensed shapeshifters running wild in the Dales, DCI Pierce leads a failed raid to capture the skinbinder responsible. While the dust is still settling, a… Read more »

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