Waiting on Wednesday: August 31

I am participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

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garden-of-lamentationsGarden of Lamentations

by Deborah Crombie

Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #17

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Publication date: February 7, 2017

Synopsis: On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill’s private gardens. To passersby, the pretty girl in the white dress looks as if she’s sleeping. But Reagan Keating has been murdered, and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. She and Gemma worked together on a previous investigation, and Gemma has a personal connection to the case: Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma and Kincaid’s son.

Gemma soon discovers that Reagan’s death is the second tragedy in this exclusive London park; a few months before, a young boy died in a tragic accident. But when still another of the garden’s residents meets a violent end, it becomes clear that there are more sinister forces at play. Boatman and Gemma must stop the killer before another innocent life is taken.

While his wife is consumed with her new case, Kincaid finds himself plagued by disturbing questions about several previous—and seemingly unrelated—cases involving members of the force. If his suspicions are correct and the crimes are linked, are his family and friends in mortal danger as well? Kincaid’s hunch turns to certainty when a Metropolitan Police officer close to him is brutally attacked. There’s a traitor in the ranks, and now Kincaid wonders if he can trust anyone.

As Gemma begins to see a solution to her case, she realizes she holds a child’s fate in her hands. Can she do the right thing? And can Kincaid rely on his friends, both inside and outside the Scotland Yard force, to stand beside him as he faces the deadliest challenge of his career?

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • This series is one of my most favorite series! So excited!
  • It has been nearly 2½ years since the last book was published.
  • I read books 1-14 in about a year. Now I’ve waited a year to read book 15 since I only had books 15 and 16 already published. I wanted to know the next book was coming soon!

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Sunday Post: August 28

Sunday-PostThis is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Last week–home and blog

We’re in Illinois this weekend helping our older daughter move. Luckily, she’s just 10 minutes from her old place so that helps with move plus we have five people helping so it’s going pretty fast.

My younger daughter and I drove over on Friday evening and my husband met us here in Illinois. He was in eastern Iowa all last week helping out his dad with doctors’ appointments, yard work and any other chores that needed to get done.

We’ll all go back home on Sunday.

Frustrations

I had a frustrating week. Lots of little things. Our house in Maryland, my husband being gone, etc., etc. I talked in one of my posts about reading part of the wrong book in a series. That was certainly part of the frustrations of the week.

Television

I watched a few mystery series this week mostly on Netflix.

The blog

A few posts and a book read plus I got one of the books I’ve been looking forward to all year from NetGalley–Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima.

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • Stalking Ground by Margaret Mi
  • A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire
  • The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
What I read last week
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley

Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima

The Gone Dead Train by Lisa Turner

Next Week–home & blog

We’re headed home on Sunday and I hope to get more things checked off of my to-do list. We have a very busy September so I need to get lots done now!

Blog posts

  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

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A funny thing happened

. . .  on my way to catch up with the October Daye series. a-red-rose-chain

But I’m not laughing.

I’ve had a frustrating week. Just a series of different things happening. Reading the wrong book is just one of those frustrations!

The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire is one of my favorite series, but I’ve fallen behind. I knew I already had the books I needed to catch up and I knew a new book was coming out in the series so it was time to start reading.

Late one night after I finished a book I decided to figure out which book to read in this series. I could have sworn I checked the last book I reviewed in the series and Goodreads. And I figured out A Red-Rose Chain was the book to read. I must have been dreaming!

The book grabbed me immediately. But now and then I thought . . . “I don’t remember when that happened.” However, I dismissed that little discomfort by thinking . . . “it’s been awhile since I read this series and I’ve just forgotten certain parts.”

the-winter-longHowever, as I got further into the book the discomfort became more insistent. I decided I’d better check again and sure enough I hadn’t read the book before A Red-Rose Chain.

I hadn’t read book number 8–The Winter Long . . . I already have it on my Kindle and it was waiting patiently for me to figure out my problem.

So now I’m part way through A Red-Rose Chain and enjoying it, but I think I really need to put it aside and read The Winter Long.

It starts out with great opening sentences:

The woods were dark, filled with strange shadows. They twisted and swirled independent of any light source, making the space beneath the towering sequoias look treacherous and wild.

However, I haven’t read much more than that and haven’t read more in A Red-Rose Chain either. I had another book I was reading (I often read several books at once) and I finished that (A Brutal Telling by Louise Penny).

And as I said this was a frustrating week. Starting the wrong book just added to my frustrations and I haven’t come to terms with it yet. 😦

So I hope to read The Winter Long soon so I can get back to A Red-Rose Chain!

Maybe I’ll read another book in between–space things out more . . . .

Has this ever happened to you? Have you accidentally started reading the wrong book in a series? What did you do about it?

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In the Land of Milk and Honey by Jane Jensen

in-the-land-of-milk-and-honeyIn the Land of Milk and Honey by Jane Jensen
Series: Elizabeth Harris Mystery #2
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Setting: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Published by Berkley
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: August 2)
–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.
304 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: With its peaceful, hardworking Amish population, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a rural paradise. But former NYPD homicide detective Elizabeth Harris knows that evil lurks there—it’s just easier to hide…

By solving the murders of two local girls, Elizabeth has gained some trust in the Amish community. So, she’s the first person its members turn to when a fast and fatal illness takes hold, though many believe that the sickness stems from a hexerei—a curse placed by a practitioner of old-world folk magic. Elizabeth doesn’t believe in curses, and when an entire Amish family is found dead, she begins to suspect something far more sinister…

As the CDC is called in to investigate, customers of a Philadelphia farmers market selling Amish raw milk start dying. Amid rapidly escalating panic, Elizabeth must peel away layers of superstition and fear to save the livelihood—and lives—of an entire community. Because what has happened isn’t an accident of nature or an act of God, it’s the handiwork of someone who has only just begun to kill…

Initial impressions

  • I’m so glad the publisher gave me a chance to read this book! A very good mystery.

Pluses

  • I really like the characters in this book–especially Detective Elizabeth Harris. Grady, Elizabeth’s boss, is also a well-rounded character. I like that he listens to Elizabeth even when he doesn’t agree with her.
  • The setting in rural Pennsylvania in a county where a large number of Amish live makes for an interesting and different setting.
  • Even though this is the second book in the series I didn’t have any trouble getting into the story. It did make me want to read the first book which I did almost as soon as I finished this book!
  • I felt the horror the police feel when they find an entire family dead. And the need to call in the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • I like that this story is about solving the mystery. The author does a great job of fleshing out the story and showing people’s lives, but the focus is on the mystery and the police trying to solve it.
  • Elizabeth is living with Ezra, a former Amish man so there is a little romance in the story. As well as temptation. . .
  • Ezra is feeling very alone in this story. He feels he made the right decision to leave the Amish, but he misses his large family. They will have nothing to do with him even when he tries to warn them about the sickness in the Amish community. Ezra appreciates Elizabeth’s work with the police, but she is so busy with this case she doesn’t have a lot of time to listen to him.
  • The Amish characters in the book are portrayed as real people. (Or so it seems to me.) Their relationship with the land and their animals seems very real. I could understand the pain and anger they feel when the safety of their cow’s milk is questioned.
  • I like that the mystery has a number of layers. Many possibilities:
  • –Is this a contagious disease? Hence the need for the CDC.
  • –Is this just a problem with the Amish? If so, why just the Amish? Is there a poisonous plant growing in their pastures the cows eat? Is it because the Amish sell raw milk? Does the raw milk make the milk dangerous?
  • –Is the sickness caused by a curse? Or someone wanting to make it look like a curse?
  • –Lots of political ramifications with raw milk. Some people feel it’s healthier. Others feel milk isn’t safe if it’s not pasteurized.
  • I like that the Amish aren’t portrayed as an ideal group of people. Many are doing the best they can; many have blind spots. They tend to have a an us vs. them mentality so they close ranks against outsiders–the English. Most are just people trying to live their lives as best they can.
  • That doesn’t mean the Amish won’t turn their back on their fellow Amish if they judge that they aren’t following their rules. Shunning is a harsh judgement.
  • I love the covers they’ve used for the first two books. I hope the publisher continues with this type of cover.

Minuses

  • There is almost a love triangle in the book.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • The author does a great job with the mystery, characters and setting. Even before I finished this book I looked for the first book in the series! I hope Ms. Jensen writes many more books in this series.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Jane Jensen is the game designer of the popular and critically acclaimed Gabriel Knight adventure games and author of the novels Judgement Day and Dante’s Equation.
  • Jane Jensen was born Jane Elizabeth Smith, the youngest of seven children. She received a BA in Computer Science from Anderson University in Indiana and worked as a systems programmer for Hewlett-Packard. Her love of both computers and creative writing eventually led her to the computer gaming industry.
  • Jane Jensen owns a farm in Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband, composer Robert Holmes, who composed the music for the Gabriel Knight series and for Gray Matter.

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Waiting on Wednesday: August 24

I am participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

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an-import-of-intrigueAn Import of Intrigue

by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Series: The Maradaine Constabulary #2

Genre:  Fantasy, Mystery, Police Procedural

Publication date: November 1

Synopsis: Mixing high fantasy and mystery, this is Marshall Ryan Maresca’s second novel in the Maradaine Constabulary series, companion to DAW’s Maradaine Novels.

The neighborhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. A set of streets to be avoided or ignored. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the crime falls to the most unpopular inspectors in the Maradaine Constabulary: exposed fraud Satrine Rainey, and uncircled mage Minox Welling.

With a murder scene deliberately constructed to point blame toward the Little East, Rainey is forced to confront her former life, while Welling’s ignorance of his own power threatens to consume him. And these few city blocks threaten to erupt into citywide war unless the constabulary solves the case

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I’ve waited for the cover of this second book in the series for a number of months! I kept checking for the cover so I could show it on my Waiting on Wednesday! I finally found it.
  • This was a favorite book last year. It combined fantasy with police procedural, mystery and a strong female protagonist.
  • This sounds like a great addition to the first book. Sounds like it moves the characters forward which I like.
  • Love the cover.

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Sunday Post: August 21

Sunday-Post

This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Last week–home and blog

This hasn’t been the restful, get things done week I’d hoped for. Our house in Maryland was supposed to close this week and I was looking forward to a celebration. However, at the last moment–just as we were driving to a notary so we could sign our papers we received word from our realtor that the buyers were unable to buy our house since the people who were buying their house weren’t able to get their loan.

We’ve bought and sold a lot of houses during our 30+ years of marriage (moving every three or four years), but we’ve never had one fail that late in the process before. However, it looks like we have other buyers who are interested. It means an extra one to two months of two house payments, but we’re hoping this works out. So even though it doesn’t do any good I’ve been stressed. 😦

Television

We watched a lot of Olympics this week. And at last I got to watch equestrian events! Lots of great athletes in track and field this week, too. It’s amazing to see all the different events and athletes of the summer Olympics, but I’m not sure it’s a good thing for the host city. The host cities always spend a ton of money and a few years later it seems like many of the stadiums, pools and arenas stand empty and are falling apart.

The blog

Since I watched a lot of Olympics to keep my mind off our house sale I didn’t do a lot of blogging or reading or commenting.

Blog posts

  • Sunday Post: August 14
  • Waiting on Wednesday: August 17

My books

What I’m reading
  • A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
What I read last week
  • Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

Moonshadows by Julie Weston

Badlands by C.J. Box

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

Next Week–home & blog

My husband is going out-of-town for the week and then we’re meeting at my older daughter’s in Illinois to help her move to a new apartment. She was able to break her lease since she kept finding snakes in her garage and even between her patio door and the cement slab of her patio. The snakes weren’t dangerous, but the apartment management weren’t able to keep them away so they’re letting her leave–much to her relief!

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

Waiting on Wednesday: August 17

I am participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

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all-the-little-liarsAll the Little Liars

by Charlaine Harris

Series: Aurora Teagarden #9

Genre: Mystery

Publication date: October 4, 2016

Synopsis: Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery—at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body.

While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be?

With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.

After more than a decade, #1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris finally returns to her fan-favorite Aurora Teagarden series with All the Little Liars, a fabulously fun new mystery.

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I read a number of Charlaine Harris’ mysteries before she wrote her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series. I liked them a lot so I’m really excited to have a new book in the Aurora Teagarden series.
  • This gives me a lot of impetus to go back and re-read the earlier books since I don’t remember a lot of what happened in the series.
  • The mystery and story sound great!

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Sunday Post: August 14

Sunday-Post

This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Last week–home and blog

We arrived home from our family reunion Tuesday night so I feel like I’ve been playing catch-up all week.

Family Reunion

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The family reunion was wonderful. About 100 people there (even relatives from Ireland) and it was a weekend of catching-up with people, water activities–including the annual “Swim the Lake,” partying, eating and celebrations.

The Annual “Swim the Lake” is very popular especially with the children and we even had a golden retriever in a life jacket. Everyone wears a life jacket and boats go alongside. It’s something to look forward to each year.

Since we celebrated our oldest living relative’s birthday (he’s 90 years old) we had a big party Saturday evening. There was even dancing and a dance instructor to teach dances like the Charleston. Lots of music from the 40’s, too. A very fun time. And even though Bill is 90 he’s very spry and has a great attitude about life.

On Sunday we had a baptism for one of the youngest family members! A beautiful, happy child!

Television

When we watched TV this week we watched the Olympics. I’m always amazed each Olympics to watch sports I seldom see–badminton or ping pong–or some I’ve never seen before (trampoline gymnastics or slalom canoeing). I love the swimming and track and field events, but I wish they would show more equestrienne events.

The blog

My daughter and I listened to an audiobook–Malice in the Palace–on the way to and from Wisconsin. That was a perfect book to listen to. I love the narrator. I managed to read a couple other books, too.

No commenting on other blogs. I need to find out what everyone else has been up to as summer winds down. I hope visiting other blogs will happen soon!

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
What I read last week
  • Lying Dead by Aline Templeton
  • Malice in the Palace by Rhys Bowen
  • The Last Death of Jack Harbin by Terry Shames
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Black Run by Antonio Manzini

Lamb to the Slaughter by Aline Templeton

Interesting on the internet

Free Sync Audio books

Sync is back again for the summer (May 5 – Aug 17). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. Each set of books are only available for one week.

Only 1 more week of Sync books!

The Sync books available this week (August 11 – 18):

  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby; read by Dan Bittner
  • Classic American Short Stories by O. Henry, Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, James Fenimore Cooper; read by William Roberts, Garrick Hagon, Liza Ross

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

Note: Some of the books have international restrictions, but some are available even if you live outside the U.S.

Next Week–home & blog

A week to catch-up, I hope. Still lots to do around our house–everyday cleaning as well as reorganizing and sorting the things to go to charity since they don’t work in our new house. Still a few boxes of stuff to find a place for!

Lots of reviews to write and schedule and lots of good books to read!

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

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A Killing at Cotton Hill by Terry Shames

a-killing-at-cotton-hill-by-terry-shamesA Killing at Cotton Hill by Terry Shames
Series: Samuel Craddock Mystery #1
Genre: Mystery
Setting: Jarrett Creek, Texas
Published by Seventh Street Books, 2013
E-book, purchased
231 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: The chief of police of Jarrett Creek, Texas, doubles as the town drunk. So when Dora Lee Parjeter is murdered, her old friend and former police chief Samuel Craddock steps in. He discovers that a lot of people had it in for Dora Lee. The conniving rascals on the farm next door want her land for nefarious purposes; her estranged daughter could be seeking vengeance; her grandson wants money for art school; and then there’s that stranger Dora Lee claimed was spying on her. Does Craddock still have what it takes to find the killer? In this debut novel, the strong, compelling voice of Samuel Craddock illuminates the grandeur and loneliness of the central Texas landscape and reveals the human foibles of the residents in a small Texas town-their pettiness and generosity, their secret vices and true virtues.

The two highway patrolmen are wearing their hats and sunglasses like they think a TV crew is going to come barreling up any second and they want to be sure they look the part.

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One problem with being a widower is that old women have us outnumbered. Right after Jeanne died I was scandalized and soon terrified at how quickly women started sniffing around. I’m no Gregory Peck.

Initial impressions

  • This is the type of mystery I really enjoy reading. Interesting characters, a strong protagonist with a moral compass and a good mystery. It’s one of my favorite books of the year!

The story

  • Samuel Craddock is the former Chief of Police of the small town of Jarrett Creek, Texas. His wife died of cancer a year ago. He misses her a lot and doesn’t have too much to do other than spend a lot of time with his small herd of cattle.
  • When a lifelong friend–Dora Lee–is murdered he feels the need to find out what he can about what happened.
  • The current police chief–Rodell Skinner–is no friend of Samuel’s. He was appointed to the position by a relative and is a drunkard who takes the easy way out.
  • Rodell is convinced Dora Lee’s grandson Greg killed her, but Samuel isn’t so sure. There are plenty of other suspects around.
  • Samuel convinces the best lawyer in town to take Greg’s case and she convinces Samuel he needs to investigate the case.

Pluses

  • Written in present tense, first person POV. Made the voice of Samuel Craddock really come through. I love the wry thoughts Samuel has about the world around him.
  • I like the cover. To me it has a rural vibe about it.
  • The small town Texas setting and lonely Texas countryside is really well done.
  • Samuel’s wife Jeanne got Samuel interested in modern art and they collected it during their marriage. They bought from unknown artists, but some of them have since become famous and their art collection is insured very well.
  • The art collection means a great deal to Samuel since it’s something Samuel and Jeanne shared and loved.
  • The plot gets more confusing when a fire starts at Samuel’s home. The house and Samuel’s art collection are saved, but the fire is arson and a painting was stolen.
  • Samuel is amazed when he sees the art Dora Lee’s grandson Greg is painting. He hasn’t had much training, but Samuel thinks he’s very talented. Of course, this makes one more reason Greg might be guilty–he wanted money so he could go away to art school.
  • Samuel is an honest man. I really like that and an author who writes a character like that.
  • A good mystery. Plenty of characters had motive and opportunity. I didn’t figure out for sure who had done it until the end.
  • Even though some characters are sympathetic that doesn’t keep them from being brought to justice.

Minuses

  • None I can think of!

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • I’m ready to read the next book in the series! I’m glad several books are already written.
  • So happy to find another new series and author to enjoy.

Awards

  • Macavity Award for Best First Mystery, 2013

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Terry Shames grew up in Texas, and has an abiding affection for the people she grew up with and the landscape and culture of the town that is the model for Jarrett Creek.
  • She graduated from the University of Texas and has an MA from San Francisco State University.
  • Terry now lives in Northern California with her husband, two terriers and a regal cat.

Reading Challenges

Waiting on Wednesday: August 10

I am participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

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a-perilous-undertakingA Perilous Undertaking

by Deanna Raybourn

Series: Veronica Speedwell #2

Genre: Historical Mystery, Victorian England

Publication date: January 10, 2017

Synopsis: Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman s noose in a week’s time if Veronica cannot find the real killer.

But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems, and unmasking her true identity is only the first of the many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural historian colleague Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderer a ruthless villain who not only took Artemisia s life in cold blood but is happy to see Ramsforth hang for the crime. From a Bohemian artists colony to a royal palace to a subterranean grotto with a decadent history, the investigation proves to be a very perilous undertaking indeed….

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I read the first book in this series and thought it was a lot of fun.
  • I like the Victorian setting and the characters–especially Veronica.
  • The mystery in this story sounds great!