D. M. Quincy has written a series debut novel. “Murder in Mayfair” is an Atlas Catesby Mystery and the first one in the series. The story takes place in 1814 in England, where Atlas and friend have stopped at an inn for some sustenance. After hearing a commotion in the yard, they investigate and find that a husband is auctioning off his wife to the highest bidder. Sensing that the woman is high born and disgusted at the spectacle taking place, Atlas makes a winning bid determined to see her to her family. However, the woman, Lilliana, has been forced to leave her two boys behind. When the woman’s husband is murdered, Atlas must solve the mystery to keep himself and Lilliana from being suspects. As the story continues, there are many suspects to choose from.
I thought the novel was well planned and executed. The characters were very likable and I enjoyed reading about the time period as well. I have a feeling that Ms. Quincy’s series about Atlas Catesby and his puzzles will be well received and successful. I will be looking for the next book in the series.
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Jo Goodman is one of my favorite western novelists. “A Touch of Frost” is the sixth book that I’ve read. I love her novels because not only are the plot and the subplot involved and appealing, the dialogue among the characters is humorous and catchy. I enjoy the repartee she writes between certain characters in this novel. I think this is what brings me back to her writings each time. I know I will be entertained and interested throughout reading the whole book.
This particular novel is about Phoebe Apple and Remington Frost. Phoebe’s sister, Fiona, is married to Remington’s father, Thaddeus. Fiona and Phoebe really do not get along and Fiona is at times difficult to take. She is conniving and self-absorbed. Thaddeus is sure that Fiona is going to leave him. He brings Phoebe from New York to see her sister and along the way the train on which she is travelling is robbed and she is taken hostage. But Thaddeus has provided an unseen escort for Phoebe in his son, Remington. Remington follows Phoebe and her captors and rescues her. However that is not the end of the drama. Someone is out to get Phoebe and her life is still in danger. The plot is rather complicated which adds to the attraction of the novel. I highly recommend Ms. Goodman’s books.
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“A Death in the Dales” is the first book by Frances Brody that I have read. I wasn’t sure that I would like a British mystery, especially because the colloquial speech of Britain is so different. Phrases and words were foreign to me and forced me to search for the meaning of the words, foods, and other jargon that was new to me. I loved it! Because this book is set in one of my favorite time periods and is full of murder and mystery, I am determined to read more books by Frances Brody. I found that the story line was not as important to me as what I learned about British life in the 1020’s. I read because I love to read, I am twice blessed when I read a book and learn so many new things.
The character of Kate Shackleton, private investigator, is a strong woman, but still feminine. Her insights in dealing with suspicious characters are very revealing of her intellect. I especially enjoyed the minor characters in this novel. They were quite charming in their own way. I thought that the way they were presented gave me more suspects for the misdeeds and made the book much more interesting.
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“Death Among Rubies” by R. J. Koreto is set in Edwardian England and spotlights Frances Ffolkes, the sister of a Marquis. She is very active in civic organizations and a suffragette, which dismays her brother tremendously. She is very independent and lives in a hotel for ladies instead of the family home. Her dutiful lady’s maid, June Mallow is her constant companion and fellow sleuth.
In this novel, the second featuring Lady Frances Ffolkes, we are invited to Kestrel Eyrie, a fabled estate belonging to one of Frances’ friends. This friend, Gwen, is a sweet, unassuming young woman who is a special friend to Tommie. These three women are active in a woman’s suffragette movement which is frowned upon by most of the men of this era. This special relationship between Gwen and Tommie is not looked upon with favor and the two are the recipients of some threatening notes and confrontations. In working to solve the mystery of who is behind these threats, while they are staying at Gwen’s ancestral home with her family, Gwen’s father is stabbed with a jeweled dagger. There is much intrigue and speculation among the important government figures who are at the house and also among the staff and other visitors.
Lady Frances, along with Mallow, her maid, insinuate themselves in many situations which are dangerous, not to mention unladylike. Lady Frances’ brother is a member of Parliament and is not happy with his sister’s nose if everyone else’s business.
I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first in the series, “Death on the Sapphire”. I most enjoy reading about the people and historical times of this series. I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.
“The Devil’s Country” by Harry Hunsicker is a murder mystery, thriller, crime novel about a former Texas Ranger. Arlo Baines is roaming Texas by bus, or by hitchhiking. All he wants to do is be in peace and read his books. Trouble seems to find him wherever he goes. He is desperately trying to come to terms with the deaths of his wife and two children. In his grief and rage, he coerces his father-in-law to kill the dirty cops who took his family’s lives. His father-in-law was in league with some pretty unsavory characters, and was involved in money-laundering along with the three cops who paid the price for destroying Arlo’s family. Although there was not enough evidence to convict him of those deaths, former Texas Rangers were not so quick to defend his actions.
He stops in a little town in west Texas for a couple of days before moving on. As he leaves a bar after having a drink, he is drawn to a harrowing scene. A young mother thinks that he is her contact. There are people after her and her two children; they want to kill them. Two men try to take her, but Arlo steps in. The next day the sheriff sees him as a possible suspect in a murder, the murder of the young woman. There is no trace of the children. Arlo vows to find her murderer and the whereabouts of the children before he leaves town. The police do not believe his story about the two missing children.
It seems that there is a conspiracy between the townspeople and some other faction. It is as though something sinister has taken over the town and Arlo is determined to find out what is holding the people in fear. What he discovers will put a chill through you as you read.
Mr. Hunsicker is a very good mystery writer and I thought the characters had a depth that was brought out throughout the story. Although I enjoyed reading his writing, I am not a great fan of this kind of thriller…too brutal, and the subject matter is distasteful.
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Gregg Bell has written a thriller called “Saving Baby”. This is the story of a teenager, seventeen-year-old Annie Rebarchek, who answers an ad to be a nanny for the son of a multibillionaire in their town. When she goes to the home for an interview, she hears the baby crying and to her this is not just a “boredome” cry. It seems to her that the baby is hurting and she wants to go to him to help. The father is adamant that the baby is fine and that the crying is discipline. Annie is turned down for the job, but decides that she has to help the baby and tries again. She is hired, but is warned that she is to do things the way the father wants her to. In desperation, Annie kidnaps the child and enlists the help of a couple of friends to help her hide. Although this novel is fast-paced and had all the elements of a thriller; car chases, helpful journalists, special operatives, killings, and on and on, I didn’t feel that this story was real. First of all, a seventeen-year-old girl would probably have no knowledge of how to evade criminals, nor know how to use a gun, nor know exactly how to cover her tracks. I must say that I enjoyed the suspense, I read this book tongue-in-cheek. It was just not believable even as fiction.
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R. J. Koreto has been a financial journalist and some of his work has appeared in mystery magazines. “Death On the Sapphire” is his first novel and highlights Frances Ffolkes, the sister of a Marquis. She is very active in civic organizations and a suffragette, which dismays her brother tremendously. She is very independent and lives in a hotel for ladies instead of the family home. Her dutiful lady’s maid, June Mallow is her constant companion and the two of them can really stir the soup.
A good friend of the family, Major Danny Colcombe, is reported to have committed suicide, but his sister does not believe that and asks Franny to look into it because she knows that Franny is quite resourceful. The Major was working on a manuscript about the Boer War in South Africa and especially on one campaign of the war in which many soldiers were killed. Speculation is that the troops were sent into a unfortunate situation that couldn’t help but turn out badly with many casualties. The exposure of this doomed military foray could damage the careers and reputations of a few important and influential military and government men. After Colcombe’s death, the manuscript comes up missing and a series of murders occurs. Franny is determined to find the manuscript, expose the murderers and clear the Major’s name and see that he gets the posthumous recognition that he deserves.
I think this first book of Koreto’s series starring Lady Frances Ffolkes is a winner and I am eagerly anticipating the next books in the series.
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