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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Capability Weeks is at it again. “Murder Between the Lines” by Radha Vatsal continues the saga of Kitty Weeks, intrepid reporter for the New York Sentinel Ladies’ Page. This time Kitty is sent to gather information on the girls’ school Westfield. The school-that is Ms. Howe-Jones, prides itself on its students entering higher education in schools such as Barnard, Radcliffe and Bryn Mawr. Anything that would compromise this tradition would not be favorably received.
Elspeth Bright is a very intellectual student at this school, ready to graduate and with a highly ambitious attitude. Something that Ms. Bright says causes interest in Kitty Weeks. She anticipates meeting Elspeth sometime over the Christmas holidays. However, before that can happen, Elspeth is found frozen to death not far from her home, a supposed victim of somnambulism, or sleep-walking. Kitty, of course decides that she needs to look into all circumstances surrounding this death.
During this time, before America’s advent into WW I, many types of defense goods are being tested. There is some concern that an invention by Thomas Edison is faulty and has caused accidents and death. Does this have anything to do with Elspeth’s death? Many scenarios are contrived and investigated by Kitty. Is this the result of treason, or someone’s needing to secure Elspeth’s silence?
This is the second book by Ms. Vatsal that I have read. I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one.
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.
I received an advance uncorrected proof of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.