Posts Tagged: England

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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Review: Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie

Review: Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie

June 26, 2015 2015, A, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 1

Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series #13 Genre: Contemporary Mystery (police procedural) Setting: East End, London, England Published by Harper Collins e-books, 2009 E-book, purchased 388 pages Grade: A Synopsis: Once the haunt of Jack the Ripper, London’s East End is a vibrant mix of history and new ideas, but the trendy galleries of Brick Lane disguise a seedy underside where unthinkable crimes bring terror to the innocent. Artist and young mother Sandra Gilles disappears without trace after leaving her three-year-old daughter, Charlotte, with a friend at the Columbia Road Flower Market. Her lawyer husband, Naz Malik, is devastated – but he’s also the prime… Read more »

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TBR Review: Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell

TBR Review: Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell

May 20, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 8

Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell Series: None Genre: Women’s Fiction Published by Sourcebooks Landmark (originally published by Headline Review, 2001) E-book, purchased 501 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Bestselling novelist Orla Hart owes her life to her friend Millie Brady, whose rotten boyfriend has just left her. So Orla invites Millie to Cornwall, where Millie looks forward to a summer without any dating whatsoever. But Orla envisions Millie as the heroine of her next novel and decides to find Millie the man of her dreams. Except the two women have drastically different ideas about what kind of guy that should be. Millie watched Orla have an idea; she actually saw it happen…. Read more »

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Review: A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

Review: A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

March 5, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Winter, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch Series: Charles Lenox Mysteries #1 Genre: Historical Mysteries (Victorian England) Published by Minotaur Books, 2007 E-book, purchased 324 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery. Prudence Smith, one of Jane’s former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The grand house where the girl… Read more »

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Review: Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie

Review: Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie

February 21, 2015 2015, A-, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Winter, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #11 Genre: Mystery (Procedural) Published by Harper Collins, 2007 E-book, purchased 532 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: When Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid takes Gemma, Kit, and Toby for a holiday visit to his family in Cheshire, Gemma is soon entranced with Nantwich’s pretty buildings and the historic winding canal, and young Kit is instantly smitten with his cousin Lally. But their visit is marred by family tensions exacerbated by the unraveling of Duncan’s sister Juliet’s marriage. And tensions are brought to the breaking point on Christmas Eve with Juliet’s discovery of a mummified infant’s body interred in… Read more »

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Review: Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

Review: Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

February 14, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Winter, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal Series: Maggie Hope Mystery #1 Genre: Historical Mystery (WWII England) Published by Bantam, 2012 E-book, purchased 354 pages Grade: B Synopsis: London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the… Read more »

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Review: In a Dark House by Deboarah Crombie

Review: In a Dark House by Deboarah Crombie

January 26, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

In a Dark House by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #10 Genre: Mystery (police procedural) Published by Avon, 2005 E-book, purchased 384 pages Grade: B Synopsis: In a Dark House puts Gemma and Duncan’s multilayered relationship to the test, as these two gifted investigators find themselves working a brutal and complex case from differing perspectives. It starts simply. Superintendent Kincaid is called in to “help” when a member of Parliament’s venture into real estate goes up in smoke. At first Duncan expects that his role will be limited to keeping the politician’s involvement out of the limelight. But the discovery of the body of a nude young… Read more »

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Review: And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie

Review: And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie

December 12, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 3

And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series, Book 8 Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British) Published by Bantam, 2002 E-book, Library 416 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Gemma James is adjusting to professional and personal changes that include her eagerly sought promotion to the rank of inspector–and a future now intricately entwined with Duncan Kincaid. But her new responsibilities are put to the test when she is placed in charge of a particularly brutal homicide: The lovely young wife of a wealthy antiques dealer has been found murdered on fashionable Notting Hill. Dawn Arrowood was six weeks pregnant. Her lover, Alex Dunn, a porcelain… Read more »

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Review: A Finer End by Deborah Crombie

Review: A Finer End by Deborah Crombie

December 5, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

  A Finer End by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James series, Book 7 Genre: Mystery Published by Bantam Books, 2001 Library Book 325 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: When Duncan Kincaid’s cousin calls from Glastonbury to ask for help on an unusual matter, Duncan welcomes the chance to spend a relaxing weekend away from London with Gemma. But Glastonbury’s ancient past soon reveals a dark and bloody secret which is about to shatter the calm of the present day. Once outside, she stood her bike upright, then paused. There was a sharpness to the air that matched the clarity of the magenta sky above the Tor, and from somewhere… Read more »

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Review: Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie

Review: Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie

November 21, 2014 2014, A-, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series, Book 5 Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British) Published by Scribner, 1997 E-book, Purchased 355 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: It is the call Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid never expected — and one he certainly doesn’t want. Victoria, his ex-wife, who walked out without an explanation more than a decade ago, asks him to look into the suicide of local poet, Lydia Brooke — a case that’s been officially closed for five years. The troubled young writer’s death, Victoria claims, might well have been murder. No one is more surprised than Kincaid himself when he agrees to… Read more »

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