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Garment of Shadows (Mary Russell, #12)
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
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
India Black (Madam of Espionage, #1)
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
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
Master and God
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
Jun 18, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
Cassandra by Chance
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
A Murderous Procession (Mistress of the Art of Death, #4)
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
The Promise of Happiness
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
The Tiger's Woman
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
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
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
One Was a Soldier (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #7)
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
The Restorer (Graveyard Queen, #1)
Let me digress for a minute. Way back in the mid-1960's gothic novels were hot stuff. Some of these gothic offerings were by really good authors (Vict ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
Ghost Ship (Theo Waitley, #3) (Liaden Universe, #15)
Oh wow, Sharon and Steve really come through with this doubly entwined story. This is a sequel to Fledgling and Saltation as well as I Dare.
Theo has s
Aug 11, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
Winter Wedding
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
Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant, #3)

The third book featuring Peter Grant, London policeman and budding wizard, does not disappoint. More snarky comments from Peter-yay! Lesley continues
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby, #1)
The obvious target audience for this book are fans of the Lady Julia Grey books or even Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily books. It has first-person narrat ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
The Unknown Ajax
Just finished a re-read of this and I have to say it isn't one of my favorites or one of her best.

The blurb gives a good idea of the basic story, so I
Dec 30, 2012
Jun 23, 2008
Tales of the Emerald Serpent: Ghosts of Taux (Tales of the Emerald Serpent, #1)
3 1/2 stars from me.
Very entertaining anthology of stories set in the fictional city of Taux. The Emerald Serpent in a bar where a number of the chara
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
The Reluctant Heiress
Oh no, fooled by the great re-naming bug. I loved this book when I read it years ago under its original title of Magic Flutes. The new packaging is ni ...more
May 03, 2009
May 03, 2009
Tulips for Augusta
The Bettys who run The Uncrushable Jersey Dress (blog devoted to Betty Neels' books) gave Tulips for Augusta their top rating. Alas, I am afraid that ...more
Jul 15, 2010
Jul 15, 2010
Mouse and Dragon (Liaden Universe, #7)
Lee and Miller are in fine form in this direct sequel to Scout's Progress.
Though the book can stand alone, it has a whole lot more emotional weight if
May 30, 2010
May 30, 2010
The Cloud Roads (Books of the Raksura, #1)
Confession time right up front. I am a Martha Wells fan-girl. I do not understand why this author is not a constant best-seller.

One reason I love her
May 02, 2011
May 05, 2011
The Rose Garden
Oh my, what a lovely, lovely book. Romance at its best.
It's really funny, but I just couldn't get into Kearsley's previous book (The Winter Sea), but
Nov 08, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
The Hasty Marriage
This book is one of the high-points of the Neels canon, and one with the most widely divided opinions about the Rich Dutch Doctor. You either think Re ...more
Oct 17, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
The Silver Thaw
Ah, another fine outing from LaNeels. You either buy into her standard plot (which varies only in the small details from book to book) or you don't. T ...more
May 04, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
Anatomy of Murder (Crowther and Westerman, #2)
A very deep,dark,rich mystery with lots of threads that come together for a heart-pounding conclusion. I loved it. One of the best historical mysterie ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
Hell Is Empty (Walt Longmire, #7)
First, I have a request for Craig Johnson--please! no more stories where Walt is on a mountain, on foot, during a blizzard. Please!!
This starts as a s
Jul 19, 2011
Jul 21, 2011
Only by Chance
Oh my, this is a really charming little romance with the most down on her luck heroine that Neels has ever produced. Henrietta is an orphan, raised in ...more
Nov 30, 2010
Nov 30, 2010
Stormy Springtime (Harlequin Romance)
Wait--the doctor's British, not Dutch (but he does have a Dutch grandmother). But he's definitely rich. She is one of Neels' small, mouselike, non-nur ...more
Jun 16, 2010
Jun 15, 2010
Darling Beast (Maiden Lane, #7)

Why is it that I love the fairy tale that leads in each chapter more than I liked the book? Maybe Ms Hoyt can indulge her readers and release an a
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
Nightkeepers (Nightkeepers, #1)
Very entertaining entry in the paranormal romance genre by a new author. Not a vampire or a were-anything in sight. Rather we have the Mayan gods and ...more
Jun 2008
May 25, 2008
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