Posts Tagged: England

Review: Mourn Not Your Dead by Deborah Crombie

Review: Mourn Not Your Dead by Deborah Crombie

November 20, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

  Mourn Not Your Dead by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series, Book 4 Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British) Published by Scribner, 1997 E-book, Purchased 310 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: The murder at Holmbury St Mary was not one that Superintendent Duncan Kincaid of Scotland Yard would relish investigating. A man has been beaten to death in his own home. A man who just happened to be Commander Alastair Gilbert of the Metropolitan Police… Only adding to Kincaid’s problems are his tangled personal feelings for Sergeant Gemma James. And in an investigation of this importance neither can afford a breakdown in their relationship. Combining subtle emotional nuances… Read more »

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TBR Review: A Regency Christmas II by Putney, Mills, Balogh, Kelly & Walsh

TBR Review: A Regency Christmas II by Putney, Mills, Balogh, Kelly & Walsh

November 19, 2014 2014, B, book rating, Goodreads, Read-a-Thons, Reading Challenges, Short fiction review, TBR Pile 1

  A Regency Christmas II Five Stories by Mary Jo Putney, Anita Mills, Mary Balogh, Carla Kelly, Sheila Walsh Series: None Genre: Historical Romance (Christmas) Published by Signet, 1990 Paperback, purchased 347 pages Overall grade: B Synopsis: This warm and delightful collection brings together five all-new stories of Christmas by some of the most beloved and highly acclaimed Regency authors. Written especially for the new edition, these delightful tales capture the spirit of Christmas ritual and tradition, its hopes and heartbreaks, its joys and passions. These are stories that reflect happy reunions and homecomings, the fun and festivities, the pleasures of giving, and, of course, the love and goodwill that… 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: All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie

Review: All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie

October 24, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, reviews 2

All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, Book 2 Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British) Published by Scribner, 1994 E-book, Purchased 268 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Perhaps it is a blessing when Jasmine Dent dies in her sleep. At long last an end has come to the suffering of a body horribly ravaged by disease. It may well have been suicide; she had certainly expressed her willingness to speed the inevitable. But small inconsistencies lead her neighbor, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid of Scotland Yard, to a startling conclusion: Jasmine Dent was murdered. But if not for mercy, why would someone destroy a life already so fragile and… Read more »

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Waiting on Wednesday–Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

Waiting on Wednesday–Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

October 22, 2014 2014, Waiting on Wednesday 6

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday occasionally. Breaking the Spine blog hosts Waiting on Wednesday–a time each week we can spotlight upcoming releases. Visit the blog to find out more information and to leave your link on her blog.   The book I’m excited about this week: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch, book 5 in the Peter Grant urban fantasy series. The book comes out November 13 in the UK, but isn’t out until January 6, 2015 in the U.S. published by DAW. Synopsis from Goodreads: In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him… Read more »

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Review: A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie

Review: A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie

October 7, 2014 2014, Audiobook Challenge, B, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie Narrated by Michael Deehy Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, Book 1 Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British) Audiobook Published by AudioGO, 2011 (originally published in 1992) Audiobook, Purchased 288 pages 7 hours, 7 minutes Grade: B Narrator Grade: B Synopsis: A week’s holiday in a luxurious hotel is just what Scotland Yard’s Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But his vacation ends dramatically with the discovery of a dead body in the whirlpool bath. Despite a suspicious lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid’s keen sense of duty won’t allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young… Read more »

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Review: Break In by Dick Francis

Review: Break In by Dick Francis

August 28, 2014 A-, Audiobook Challenge, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

  Break In by Dick Francis Narrated by Simon Prebble Series: Kit Fielding #1 Genre: Mystery Published by Berkeley, 2005 (originally published 1986) Audiobook, Purchased 320 pages Length: 9 hours, 14 minutes Grade: A- Narrator Grade: B+ Synopsis: Steeplechase jockey Christmas “Kit” Fielding has had more than his share of close calls both on and off the course. But trouble hits close to home when a grudge between his family and his sister’s in-laws turns into a blood feud. (I don’t have any quotes since I listened to the audiobook and wasn’t thinking about quotes as I listened.)  Cheers I enjoy Dick Francis’ writing so much. Dick Francis’ books are… Read more »

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TBR Review: The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

TBR Review: The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

August 20, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 6

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan Series: Brothers Sinister, Book 2 Genre: Historical Romance–1867 England Published by Courtney Milan, 2013 E-book, Purchased 280 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Miss Jane Fairfield can’t do anything right. When she’s in company, she always says the wrong thing—and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can’t save her from being an object of derision. And that’s precisely what she wants. She’ll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe. Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He’s… 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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Review: Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James

Review: Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James

July 2, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, reviews 2

  Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James Series: Desperate Duchesses, Book 7 Genre: Historical Romance Published by Avon, 2014 E-book, Purchased 400 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India. Exquisite, head-strong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks. But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them. Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option. But there is only… Read more »

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