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Garment of Shadows (Mary Russell, #12)
3.90
really liked it
Ah, much better..
After being so sorely disappointed in The Pirate King, I was rather hesitant about reading this one. However, my trepidation was unne
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Sep 17, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
 
India Black (Madam of Espionage, #1)
3.49
it was ok
Oh me oh my--I sooo wanted to like this book. It sounded just my thing. Alas, it did not work for me. Maybe I had on my grouchy pants when I was readi ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 03, 2011
 
The Mistletoe Kiss
3.89
it was amazing
La Betty is in fine form in this book from late in her career. Our heroine has to have just about the most pathetic name--Ermentrude. Good lord, what ...more
Jun 10, 2010
Jun 10, 2010
 
The Promise of Happiness
4.02
it was amazing
One of Betty Neels best. Our mousy little heroine, Becky, is just fabulous! And our Rich Dutch Doctor is so haughty(he's a Baron as well) and so flumm ...more
Jun 24, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
 
Snowdrift and Other Stories
4.05
really liked it
Lovely short stories. GH could write as well in the short form as she did in novel length.
This book is best when savored in small doses--a story a day
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Mar 14, 2017
Mar 20, 2017
 
Sylvester, or The Wicked Uncle
4.09
really liked it
4.5 stars for this charming offering from GH.
Oh how I loved Phoebe. She writes a novel whose villain is the physical image of Sylvester. All hell bre
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Sep 07, 1969
Jan 17, 2017
 
Master and God
3.69
really liked it
First up, for those who didn't read the blurb--this is NOT a Falco mystery--No Falco, no Helena, nope, no, nada.
Now that we've gotten that out of the
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Jun 18, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
 
Cassandra by Chance
4.13
really liked it
As several other reviewers have pointed out--this is really two books. The first half, set on the island of Mull, Scotland is just marvelous. Cassandr ...more
Dec 04, 2010
Dec 04, 2010
 
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
4.20
really liked it
Utterly charming fairy tale. Buran is the middle of seven daughters of a poor merchant. Buran is smart, clever and wants to do something, anything to ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
 
The Forgotten Room
3.87
it was ok
Well, I am totally bummed. I so wanted to like this book, but I had issues with it from the get-go.
The big deal breakers for me were the format and th
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Jan 30, 2016
Jan 30, 2016
 
A Lady's Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless, #5)
4.09
it was amazing
Duran outdid herself with this one. She manages to pack the story with numerous familiar tropes and produce a thought-provoking original.
Jane Mason, o
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Mar 27, 2017
Mar 26, 2017
 
Still Life with Shape-Shifter (Shifting Circle, #2)
3.54
really liked it
4 1/2 stars for me. I loved it.

The follow-on to The Shape of Desire is not as claustrophobic as the first book. And I think that's because the major s
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Dec 2012
Dec 02, 2012
 
Winter Wedding
3.96
really liked it
A nice, gentle little Neels, with a few WTF kickers. Typical mousy (and in this case, plump) British Nurse, and our older, aloof, Rich Dutch Doctor. T ...more
Oct 19, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
 
The Awakened Heart
3.85
liked it
Well, for one thing, the back blurb is a bit misleading...
Sophie Blount's one brush with love was when she was 19(!!)--he broke her heart, so in the y
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Dec 02, 2010
Dec 03, 2010
 
Stormy Springtime
4.01
really liked it
Wait--the doctor's British, not Dutch (but he does have a Dutch grandmother). However, he's definitely rich. She is one of Neels' small, mouse-like, n ...more
Jun 16, 2010
Jun 15, 2010
 
A Murderous Procession (Mistress of the Art of Death, #4)
4.11
liked it
This 4th book featuring Adelia Aguilar is a very mixed bag. Henry II insists that Adelia(and most of her household) accompany his young daughter Joann ...more
Apr 18, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
 
A Purely Private Matter (Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #2)
3.98
really liked it
Very engrossing mystery, with the clues being slowly revealed. I had to keep reading, intensely interested in what our intrepid heroine would discover ...more
May 17, 2017
Dec 08, 2016
 
Circle Of Shadows (Crowther and Westerman, #4)
3.98
really liked it
The blurb gives a good idea of the basics of the story--
This book so easily could have been subtitles 'A Tale of Love and Madness'. Those two themes a
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Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
 
One Was a Soldier (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #7)
4.14
it was amazing
Oh wow, the wait was worth it. This 7th book in the series featuring Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson and Millers Kill Chief of Police Russ van Alstyn ...more
Apr 23, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
 
Song of the Lion (Leaphorn  & Chee, #21)
4.08
really liked it
Read the blurb--it's a good one, so I am not going to do any kind of plot re-cap.
It is always good to visit with Bernadette Manuelito, her husband, Ji
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Apr 16, 2017
Apr 13, 2017
 
Beautiful Sacrifice
3.29
did not like it
First time I've ever given up on a book by Elizabeth Lowell--but then there's a first time for everything.
I thought I was caught in a time warp and wa
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May 29, 2012
May 29, 2012
 
The Fifth Day of Christmas
3.93
it was amazing
This fairly early Neels is first rate all the way. Nurse Julia Pennyfeather is just wonderful--not a mouse, not a shrew--but one of Neels' most well-b ...more
Nov 27, 2010
Nov 27, 2010
 
The Secrets of Wishtide (A Laetitia Rodd Mystery #1)
3.78
liked it
3.5 stars to the first in a new series.
Pluses: Laetitia is charming, smart, well-fleshed out, as are her brother Fred and Mary Bentley. The murder mys
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Sep 22, 2016
Sep 22, 2016
 
Matilda's Wedding (White Weddings) (Harlequin Romance, No 3601)
4.01
it was amazing
Betty Neels was in top form in this, one of her last books.Matilda is just great, the Rich British Doctor is nice, but oh so slow to realize what a ge ...more
Oct 03, 2010
Oct 03, 2010
 
The End of the Rainbow
3.98
it was amazing
My all time favorite Betty Neels. I am now on my third copy, as I have read the others to pieces.
Olympia is so put upon, but maintains her cool. Our R
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Jun 03, 1977
Oct 03, 2010
 
A Most Extraordinary Pursuit (Emmaline Truelove, #1)
3.49
it was ok
Meh, I lost interest around page 161.
I think it was the time-travel bit that finally tipped me out of the book.
Apr 21, 2017
Apr 16, 2017
 
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
4.07
really liked it
First rate soap opera! I can just see this as a BBC mini-series.
While most of the villagers are types rather than fully developed characters, three s
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Feb 19, 2017
Feb 17, 2017
 
The Tiger's Woman
4.25
it was amazing
Absolutely top notch historical romantic fiction. You have it all--wild San Francisco, abused heroine on the run, reclusive hero. Very emotional. Keep ...more
Jan 1985
Jun 12, 2008
 
Mistress of Mellyn
3.88
really liked it
The best of the old-style gothic romances. Mystery, thrills and true love--what's not to like?
not set
May 18, 2008
 
Midsummer Star
3.81
it was ok
This is about as close to mediocre as Neels gets, certainly not top drawer. Our heroine is not one of Neels' shining best. She starts by acting very s ...more
Sep 26, 2010
Sep 26, 2010
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