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My Particular Friend (A Charlotte House Affair #1)

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Miss Charlotte House will not admit impediments to marriage, not even when those impediments include scandal, blackmail and even a duel to the death. With the help of her particular friend Miss Jane Woodsen, she deduces all that happens in Bath-both good and ill-and together they ensure that true love's course runs smooth, even though both friends have suffered tragedies t ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Mallard Classics (first published March 1st 2012)
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I really don't do the whole Jane Austen thing, or the Sherlock Holmes thing either, so I very reluctantly agreed to be an early reader for this book. It didn't take long for me to figure out that I would have been a fool to miss out on this book. It is absolutely delightful, with plenty of humor and mystery. It concerns the inestimable Miss Charlotte House, a brilliant woman known for her ability to help in matchmaking situations. She can quiet scandals or start them, whichever serves her purpos ...more
Jun 25, 2012 IndieJane rated it really liked it
When Sherlock Holmes meets Jane Austen … I had no idea what I was getting myself into. You see, I’ve never read (or watched) any Sherlock Holmes, and mysteries are always strange to me. I have a hard time getting into them. But Jane Austen, now that I like. Or is it love? Regardless, the premise was interesting, and I decided to give it a shot. Oh my. What fun!

Jennifer has created a character – Charlotte House – whom I both loved and hated. She’s brilliant! She’s elegant. She’s rich and eccentri
Apr 17, 2012 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
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In her fledgling foray into the growing field of Austenesque fan fiction, author Jennifer Petkus takes an entirely new direction from her first novel, Good Cop, Dead Cop, with My Particular Friend, mixing up Regency match making and mystery, which some may argue are one in the same. My attempts to further sub-categorize it utterly fail. But, let’s try a recipe: Combine the crime-solving of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the location and dialogue of Jane Austen, the humor and romance of Frances Burney, ...more
M.J. Johnson
May 04, 2013 M.J. Johnson rated it it was amazing
This is the second of Jennifer Petkus’ books that I’ve read. Her first book was the sci-fi/police procedural novel ‘Good Cop, Dead Cop’ which I enjoyed immensely. Petkus has an easy style that flows pleasantly off the page, in fact Petkus can sometimes delude the reader into thinking that what she does is straightforward and therefore just plain simple - believe me, the only simplicity in this is her art! Like the famous English authors she admires and pays tribute to with ‘My Particular Friend’ ...more
May 21, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
This book is set in Bath during the period of the Napoleonic wars. It is the story of three ladies who team up to solve several affairs.
Each affair (or case) is a sort of romantic conundrum. Usually some individual seems to have erred in the romance department and finds themself at Miss House's doorstep begging her to rectify the situation. Most of the affairs are light-hearted and the outcome is desirable. A couple others seemed more sinister and the ladies were in some potentially dangerous si
I'm having a hard time rating this book. For the fluidity of the language, the intelligence, and creativity that went into this book, I'd give it 5 stars. The characters were very much a female version of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The author managed to capture the essence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved characters and yet give them the feminine traits appropriate for female characters. The reason for my 3 stars has to do more with the excitement of the book. I wavered back and forth wh ...more
Rebecca Emin
Apr 20, 2012 Rebecca Emin rated it really liked it
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I won a copy of this book via Goodreads First Reads.

What a super, different book. I had read of the comparisons with Austen and Doyle, however I made sure to read this book as if I had no knowledge of this, to avoid any influence on my opinion.

I absolutely loved the character Miss Charlotte House, and her friend and our narrator Miss Jane Woodsen. The way their friendship develops and grows is great to read.

I particularly enjoyed the reveals of how things happened for each case in this book, as
Jennifer Nelson
Jul 14, 2012 Jennifer Nelson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books, fiction
I found this book to be refreshingly creative, although it used elements from many familiar books. It's a mixture of Jane Austen and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with a dash of Dickens. There was a lot to love - wonderful characters, unique plot with a lot of twists and turns, and a very realistic aura (you can tell that the author has done her research). There were a couple of things that rubbed me wrong(two sections especially, at the beginning and again at the very end), but overall I was quite imp ...more
Pamela Mingle
Sep 01, 2012 Pamela Mingle rated it it was amazing
Loved this witty and clever blend of Holmes detection with Regency sensibilities. What a unique view of the "marriage mart," so different than the way it is usually portrayed. Will hope for a sequel to find out what happens to Charlotte and Miss Woodsen during their season in London.
Feb 12, 2016 suzi rated it really liked it
Awesome set of mysteries with a little bit of romance to spice it up. I want to know what happens next but it seeems there's no next book :( Note: The stories are finished. I just wanted to know what happened/happens to Charlotte, Jane, et al)
Jun 15, 2012 Jaime rated it really liked it
This is an intelligent homage to Austen, Conan Doyle, and Burney as embodied by two Regency-era ladies subtly solving domestic mysteries in Bath. I enjoyed it immensely.
Little Red Readinghood
Six little mysteries solved by a Jane Austen /Sherlock Holmes type character. Absolutely delightful and spellbinding. Noteworthy is the names of characters homage many of my favorite novels.
Larry Feldman
Sep 12, 2013 Larry Feldman rated it really liked it
A neat combination of Doyle' s detective and Jane Austen' s romantic sagas.
Jane Greensmith
Apr 02, 2012 Jane Greensmith rated it it was amazing
Really enjoying this Regency female Sherlockian romp--fun to recognize phrases, names, and references to so many of my favorite books and authors.
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Jennifer Petkus divides her time creating websites for the dead, writing Jane Austen-themed mysteries, woodworking, aikido and building model starships. She has few credentials, having failed to graduate from the University of Texas with a journalism degree, but did manage to find employment at the Colorado Springs Sun newspaper as a police reporter, copy editor and night city editor before the pa ...more
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