This series is not as compelling to me as others I have read (like the psychic eye mysteries). However, it is smart and enjoyable enough to keep me coThis series is not as compelling to me as others I have read (like the psychic eye mysteries). However, it is smart and enjoyable enough to keep me coming back.
Besides being set in Victorian/Edwardian England(not sure where one stops and the other begins - probably with the death of Queen Victoria, I suppose, but this is set at the end of her reign and society is progressing enough that it doesn't seem right to call it Victorian England). The authors(a husband and wife team) interlace their mysteries with real life people of the time. In this case, Rudyard Kipling is featured. While this is obviously a work of fiction, you do learn some fact about these people. I found "Rudy" to be a very likable character.
I will continue to read this series. It seems to promise many enjoyable and satisfying reads. ...more
Ah, the Ripper Murders - they figure prominently and are basically the focus of this book. I won't go into detail, but I never heard of this theory beAh, the Ripper Murders - they figure prominently and are basically the focus of this book. I won't go into detail, but I never heard of this theory before for the Ripper Murders. Seems a bit fanciful, but at the same time, is believable.
The authors, (a husband and wife team), include real life people of the time in their mysteries, set in Victorian England. In this case it is Jenny and Winston Churchill (mother and son), and posthumously, Randolph Churchill, Winston's father. Very interesting theory, that ties Randolph to the murders, though not "jack" himself. I'll have to research this a bit on my own, I think.
The heroine of the series, Kate Ardleigh, now Kate Sheridan, married to Lord Sheridan, is an American woman. Jenny Churchill was also an American, that married an English lord. The interplay and growing friendship between these two characters (one real, one fictional) was very interesting and intriguing. Winston, very young in this book, does not come across well. Of course, how many of us do in our youth?
Getting more interested in this series. Will look forward to the next. ...more
Mixed feeling about this book. Enjoyed this from the perspective that the heroine seems more in tune with her time and is not overly ambitious or aggrMixed feeling about this book. Enjoyed this from the perspective that the heroine seems more in tune with her time and is not overly ambitious or aggressive in trying to assert her independence and individuality. She is more sedate and more reined in by society's mores; which actually is more in keeping with is what is likely to happen in "reality". She is different, she is striving to make more of herself and be an individual, but she is very aware of the society of the time and how she may appear. This doesn't stop her from doing what she feels she must - she just doesn't brazenly go against current mores.
She is also a bit over confident in her abilities. She jumps to conclusions often and reads too much into things. This is not necessarily a bad thing on the whole; but doesn't help and is not productive if you keep jumping off, when you have been proven wrong in the past. She needs to temper her impulsive investigative abilities.
Even so, this was a bit unsatisfying in a way. It almost seems formulaic, but I can't exactly explain why I feel that way. I think the hero, the suspected murderer, was a bit of a cliche. Then, Nell does seem to overlook her duties to a alarming degree for that time, while doing her investigation. She totally neglects hurt duties as nanny to just delve into the mystery. A bit too much like too many cozy heroines of today.
However there is enough of a juxtaposition to leave me wondering. I'll have to consider if I want to go on; at least one more I think. We'll see. ...more
I finished this book. YEEAAAAH!!! What a chore to get through. I almost gave up at least twice. I have no clue what made me continue except basic, sheI finished this book. YEEAAAAH!!! What a chore to get through. I almost gave up at least twice. I have no clue what made me continue except basic, sheer stubbornness. I just didn’t want to give up, for whatever reason. It sure wasn’t from enjoyment – I wasn’t enjoying this at all in the beginning. I didn’t like the heroine, Tess Williams Becket, nor the hero J.T. Dillon. J.T. was such cliché in a way – a burned out ex-marine, with an abusive childhood, and suffering from the loss of his wife and “child”. Tess isn't really very sympathetic either and you think she would be – an abused wife. However, she has the distinction of being married to a serial killer. I think the characters were just not fleshed out enough for me. They were so trite and almost boring even. In had a hard time caring about them and becoming invested in the story.
This is more of a thriller than a mystery. I love mysteries, but don’t particularly like thrillers in and of them self. However, thrillers and mysteries are intertwined at times. However in this case, it’s a thriller through and through. There is no mystery as to “who done it”; only whether he gets caught and gets what he deserves.
As much as I disliked this through most of the book, it was very thrilling in the end. I grudgingly give this a three (3). ...more
Thought I’d try this series – especially since I remembered enjoying Father (a Catholic Priest) Andrew Greeley’s books in the past.
I did enjoy this.Thought I’d try this series – especially since I remembered enjoying Father (a Catholic Priest) Andrew Greeley’s books in the past.
I did enjoy this. However, I did forget how sincere, passionate and interminably focused Greeley could be on the Celtic/Irish race, heritage, folklore, etc., etc. I do have small stake in this – for some odd known reason I have been drawn to the Celtic heritage/race and have married a man of Irish descent. However, why I seem to understand and resonate with this heritage, though it is so different than my own, I do not know. Be that as it may, this focus on Irish/Celtic heritage does become tedious at times.
I truly am drawn to Nuala Anne McGrail’s fey, or psychic abilities, in “American” terms. While her “visions, impressions and/or feelings” lead her to help solve mysteries of the past, she can’t see to do this on her own, and needs the help of her “soul mate” and partner, Dermot Michael Coyne. I enjoyed this enough to want to explore the development of Dermot and Nuala’s relationship.
I will go on to read more in this series, even though the focus on the Celtic/Irish heritage can be a bit overbearing. ...more
I really like this authors books. Light mysteries, but very good stories. Loved the ghost hunter series and now we have a psychic and a very hot cop wI really like this authors books. Light mysteries, but very good stories. Loved the ghost hunter series and now we have a psychic and a very hot cop who appears to be her new love. We'll see how that develops.
Don't know any psychics personally and I am certainly not psychic so I found Abby's explanation of her talent and how she develops it very interesting. Still doesn't seem to help with interpersonal relations all the time. Though your psychic, your still human and she had a rocking road with her love life and the development of her relationship with Dutch, the cop.
I bought this on my Kindle, since I like the previous series so much. I may just have to go and the second one now. ...more
I really enjoy this author. I started out with the Ghost Hunter series and did enjoy those books very much. I was disappointed to find I had read allI really enjoy this author. I started out with the Ghost Hunter series and did enjoy those books very much. I was disappointed to find I had read all the books currently out. So, I decided to start this series, even though it was not quite in the same vein. It did not disappoint.
I am really enjoying the life of Abby Cooper, the clairvoyant, intuitive psychic. While she has special talents, I find her very human. Of course, she is human – she is not magical, just psychic. However, I find her very down to earth, though she has talents most of us don’t seem to possess. She has her faults, but she strives to be a good person and help if she can.
She also has moxey. I can’t believe how she stands up to a mob boss in this book. I’d be a quivering pile of jelly. I really don’t think I’d be as strong as she is.
At the same time, she is just so easily provoked to jealousy and stupid behavior with her significant other – a former cop and now recent FBI recruit and trainee. He really doesn’t help matters though. He is often insensitive in his dealings with Abby – opening mouth and inserting foot before thinking. But instead of annoying me (well, maybe a little), I find them both endearing.
Really?!?! Really?!?! Chicago is now the serial killer capital of the world? This is what this series would have you believe.
Catching up quickly on myReally?!?! Really?!?! Chicago is now the serial killer capital of the world? This is what this series would have you believe.
Catching up quickly on my old favorite series, so I thought I try this one in hopes of adding a new series to my list. I like series that develop the characters and have you engrossed and coming along for the ride. What a big disappointment.
The first book concerned a serial killer. The second concerns a serial killer as well; and form what little I read of the preview of the third book, yet another serial killer. (Little boys killing kittens/cats!!! I’m so, so, so, so sick of this. It’s cruel; it’s sick; It’s unconscionable as entertainment!)
It’s a shame really. I like the relationship between Jack (Jacqueline) Daniels and her partner and the humor in the books. This could have been and enjoyable series, except for the serial killer focus. I don’t mind a serial killer in the midst of a series. If it’s a fairly long series, that might be expected. But, to have the whole series focused on serial killers. I can’t take this.
Really liked this culinary mystery. Kate is not overly nosy as so many amateur detective seem to be be in books these days. Her investigation seems toReally liked this culinary mystery. Kate is not overly nosy as so many amateur detective seem to be be in books these days. Her investigation seems to come naturally, in the course of her preparing the funeral meal for her late friend, he aforementioned Dead Critic int he title. His will has stipulated that she prepare the meal, with foods of his choice and the meal and wake are to be in his home. So, Kate doesn't need to do something stupid, such as break into his home, since she has been given access to prepare for the meal.
Also, add in her kookie friend who has dropped in for an unexpected visit, and her society mother, and you have some interesting side characters to spice up the plot, a bit. ...more
Just finished this book. Its my third read of the Pennsylvania Dutch series. I'm sitting here, wondering how I got through three of them. Aa noted inJust finished this book. Its my third read of the Pennsylvania Dutch series. I'm sitting here, wondering how I got through three of them. Aa noted in another review, the lead character is a hypocrite at best and is not a very nice person at all. I guess I enjoyed the mysteries despite the annoying lead character. Also, I think some of the supporting characters, that are truly nice, made up for the lead character's faults. I can't think of any other reason to explain why I read three of these books. The antiquity series character, who has her own faults, but not as glaring, was more enjoyable. I'm not sure I'll chose another of this series again...but I may, if I'm desperate for a read. ...more
Love the lead character. I think this is why I have such a hard time not coming back. The political and sociological focus of the series leaves me conLove the lead character. I think this is why I have such a hard time not coming back. The political and sociological focus of the series leaves me confused and befuddled. I find it to hard to follow all the political and sociological aspects of the story, while also trying to keep up with the mystery. It's just too, too much for me.
Yet, I can't help myself. I keep coming back. I just love Aimee, her business partner (and possibly something more; at least on his end)Renee and her godfather and best friend. They are a family I like and admire; though I'm having a hard time with the other aspects of the series. ...more
This series is usually a fun and enjoyable read. This book did not disappoint. I love Savannah and her extended family - most of them helping her in hThis series is usually a fun and enjoyable read. This book did not disappoint. I love Savannah and her extended family - most of them helping her in her investigations as private investigator. Dirk, her friend (and possibly more? at least hinted at in this book), is the only one who is a "current" professional - a police homicide detective. (One of her extended family is a former FBI agent.)
Fairly light reads, in terms of being easy to read and not too graphic or grim, but still very engaging and intriguing reads. I don't know where I am in this series and it usually does't matter. I think they can stand up well on their own.
However, this book sees, to indicate that the friendship and partnership she and Dirk have had all these years may be changing. I may need to pay more attention to where I am in the series, so I can monitor this development. ...more
recently decided to try to read this series in order – even the ones I know I’ve read before. The Sarah Grave books became a favorite of mine once I rrecently decided to try to read this series in order – even the ones I know I’ve read before. The Sarah Grave books became a favorite of mine once I read the first book I bought. I lost touch somewhere along the way, but came across a new release recently and decided to catch up on the series.
Note: You really don’t need to read the books in order to enjoy the series. While there is progression in the characters and their situations, the author explains enough in each book that you won’t be lost or confused. Also, the progression in the characters is relatively slow enough that reading book 7 before book 1 won’t leave you confused and bewildered.
This was not one of the books I’ve read before and that was great (not that I haven’t enjoyed rereading the books I have read before). It was a pleasure to have a new story to get caught up and engrossed in reading to the end. For some reason, I caught on quickly to identity of the actual murderer. This is not something that usually happens and not something I aspire to do. (I really am not a great detective or perceptive when reading mysteries – I read for the enjoyment; not to solve the mystery before the author gives you the solution.) This did not spoil my read in any way. I still enjoyed the lead character in her efforts to figure this out, while protecting her best friend, whose husband is suspected of the murders in this book.
It was an engrossing read and though in the end, the lead character gets herself involved in a very dangerous confrontation with the actual killer; she does so almost unwittingly. She still is not one of those TSTL cozy mystery heroines; at least in my book. ...more
New series I thought I'd try. Turned out to be a very good read. Two likable, lead strong characters and an interesting mystery. I really liked the roNew series I thought I'd try. Turned out to be a very good read. Two likable, lead strong characters and an interesting mystery. I really liked the romance developing between the homicide detective and the heroine, a food columnist in shopper paper. I don't normally want romance mingled in with mysteries, unless the mystery is solid and the romance done slowly and believably. This may not have been slow, but believable enough for me.
Already have the next one set up in my library's electronic database to read. Look forward to getting to it soon, I hope. ...more