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“All By Myself, Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark

“All By Myself, Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark, an international best-selling author, is another mystery in the “Queen of Suspense” list of novels.

Celia Kilbride has been hired to lecture on precious gems on the maiden voyage of the Queen Charlotte ocean liner.  She is really running away from the fallout from her fiancé’s arrest for hedge fund abuses.  She even convinced some of her friends to invest their money with him.  Now, she is a person of interest in being a partner in his crimes.  Of course, she knew nothing about that, she also lost money.  However, she was engaged to be married to him and no one believes her.

This maiden voyage of Queen Charlotte is very important to the shipping line and all efforts to make this an outstanding voyage for the elite and non-so-elite who are travelling on it are the number one concerns of the line.  Of course many passengers are wearing their most expensive jewelry which would tend to draw unscrupulous gem thieves to travel along.  We have a jewel thief on board, but who is it?  There is an inspector from Scotland Yard aboard, also the assistant to a very wealthy woman, Lady Em, her maid, and various other suspects.  After this poor woman is murdered, it becomes most important for Celia to establish that she is not a thief, nor a hedge fund accomplice, but a true gemologist, renowned in her field.

I received a complimentary print copy from NightOwlReviews.com for reading and review.

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“Murder on the Moor” by Julianna Deering

“Murder on the Moor” by Julianna Deering is a novel about friendship, clandestine activities, village eccentrics, and murder.  The dialogue reeks of Britain.  I found this very enjoyable.  This novel takes place in the Yorkshire moors in the village of Bunting’s Nest.  Drew and Madeline Fathering have earned a reputation for sleuthing and solving mysteries.  When Drew’s old college classmate Beaky’s calls Drew for help, he and Madeline can hardly refuse.  Beaky’s Bloodworth Park Lodge has become the scene of small crimes and unexplained worrisome incidents that are scaring the life out of his wife.  After the murder of the old vicar of the church someone needs to investigate.  Beaky welcomes Drew and Madeline to his home, not so much Beaky’s wife, Sabrina.  After the murder of an elderly woman follows on the heels of the vicar’s demise, everyone is suspect.  As the comment goes…the plot thickens.  I did not have an inkling of the ending.  It was a complete surprise and worth every word read to get there.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries and anything British.

I received a complimentary print copy from NightOwlReviews.com for reading and review.

“The Promise of Breeze Hill” by Pam Hillman

I was delighted to read “The Promise of Breeze Hill” by Pam Hillman.  I loved this book because of the sweet romance, the mysteries surrounding the Natchez Trace, the intrigue and the way that life during that time period was described.

An indentured carpenter, Connor O’Shea is chosen by Isabella Bartholomew for his help on her father’s plantation.  There have been many tragedies in the Bartholomew family of late and at the beginning of the book, no one suspected that someone wanted the Bartholomews out.  The death of the son and heir, the fiery destruction of part of the plantation house, missing stock, mysterious trespassers, and other incidents really do not come to the surface until Connor comes to the plantation.  His presence puts a distinct kink in the works for the one person wanting to see the demise of Breeze Hill.

I loved the book and its fast pace kept me reading long into the night until I was finished.  I thought the characters in the story were well-described and their actions fit their characters.  I also like a good romance and this was that.  Well worth my time reading this book.

I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a review.

“My Daughter’s Legacy” by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould have collaborated on a number of novels.  “My Daughter’s Legacy” is the third book in their Cousins of the Dove series.  This novel is the story of two women, living decades apart.  Nicole Talbot is a recovering addict determined to turn her life around and make something of it.  Therese Jennings lives near Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War.  They are connected by an ancient manuscript which has disappeared.

When Nicole, Maddee, her sister, and their cousins were very young, they came upon a murdered man.  However, when they went to get their parents and returned to the sight, there was no body, no blood, and no weapon.  All these years Nicole has harbored a secret about her grandfather that she is now determined to bring to light.

Therese’s father is an abolitionist living in the South.  Since his passing, and afterwards her maternal grandfather’s passing, she and her mother move to the estate where her mother was raised.  Therese wants her mother to free the slaves on their plantation, but her mother refuses.  Therese decides to leave home and take a job as a nanny in Richmond.  There she is introduced to nursing the wounded along with her friend Polly.  Dr. Alec Talbot, a Quaker, has gotten permission to tend the patients and is their only doctor.  Therese becomes aware that Polly and her cousin, Dr. Alec, may be a part of a spy ring, spying for the Union.  As a staunch abolitionist herself, she wants to help.

This novel’s chapters bounce back and forth between Nicole in present day and Therese in Civil War era Richmond.  What becomes a murder mystery to be solved by Nicole is strongly connected to the plantation where Therese’s family lives.  The interaction between the two time frames is sometimes confusing, but leads the reader to the conclusive end.  This is a very intriguing book.

“Missing” by Lisa Harris

 

The Nikki Boyd Files by Lisa Harris is a great series of mystery and murder.  In her second book of the series, “Missing”, Nikki Boyd is called to the scene of a double murder in a residential neighborhood.  Not only are the two men not the owners of the property, but the husband and wife are missing.  Tyler Grant, Nikki’s friend is involved only because the body of the husband is found on his boat and his father-in-law is involved as well.  As with all of Ms. Harris’ books, we are soon drawn into a complicated situation where there are many suspects and murders occur in each chapter.

Nikki’s main priority at this point is locating the missing wife.  Evidently the husband had found evidence of counterfeit drugs at the pharmaceutical company where he worked and was ready to go to the authorities.  Victims had died because the drugs were not what they should be and contained missing or non-existing ingredients making them lethal to some.  Because the criminals weren’t sure who knew the truth, they were out to destroy all those involved.

We follow Nikki as she tirelessly works to uncover the plot and the murderers and those who hired them.  Tyler, his son Liam, his mother and many others are at risk and time is running out.  I love Ms. Harris’ books.  They are well written, the characters are true and the plots are tricky and involved…just like I like them.

Revell has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

 

 

“Vendetta” by Lisa Harris

Lisa Harris has written a great series of mystery and suspense, The Nikki Boyd Files.  In this first book of the series, “Vendetta”, we are led through a maze of mysterious events which also lead to multiple murders, seeming with no reason.  Nikki and her team of investigators as members of the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force, follow the clues, the suspects, the victims and the crimes to solve the abduction of a young girl.  This case harkens back to ten years earlier when Nikki’s sister, Sarah, was abducted, never to be seen again.  Nikki has been on the lookout for her abductor ever since.  Is this the work of the same person or a copy-cat crime?

Into the mix, we find Tyler Grant, the widower of Nikki’s best friend, Katie.  The two of them are just discovering the feelings they have for one another and striving not to feel guilty that with Katie’s death, they lean on each other for comfort in their grief.  Neither one expected their feelings to escalate as they did.

This mystery kept me on the edge of my seat all the way to the end.  The list of suspects grew along with the dead bodies.  I could not put the book down and will definitely continue to read any books by Lisa Harris.

Revell has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

“On Her majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service” by Rhys Bowen

I love any book written by Rhys Bowen and “On Her majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service” is no exception.  This book is part of her Royal Spyness Mysteries series.  Lady Georgiana Rannoch is engaged to Darcy of Kilhenny.  He is Catholic and she, being a cousin of the King, is not.  In order to marry, she must give up the rite of succession and this must be approved by Parliament.  The Queen summons her to tea and Georgie is sure this is about her marriage.  In talking with the Queen, she is asked to perform a little subtle spying on the Prince of Wales and his lady friend, Mrs. Wallace Simpson.  The fact that Wallis is a Mrs. and that being two-times over, is cause for concern to the royal family.  The Queen, the Prince’s mother, makes arrangements for Georgie to be invited to a house party in Italy.  She is to keep an eye on the Prince and his “friend” and let the Queen know if Mrs. Simpson has acquired her divorce.  Georgie is also going to Italy to help a friend after the house party.

Among a varied cast of characters at this house party something sinister is happening.  Georgie, being the sleuth that she is, cannot keep her nose out of it.  When someone turns up dead, is she the suspect?  Even Darcy is involved in this little drama.  Everyone has a motive.  Some are planning political allegiances which would turn the tide of the current unrest in Germany.

If you enjoy historical fiction along with a little mystery, you will love this book and the way Ms. Bowen brings real figures in history to life in her novels.  I received a Kindle edition of this book from NetGalley.com.