This second visit to Storyton Hall was just as enjoyable as the first one. What an intriguing place it is, with its secret hidey-holes and passages anThis second visit to Storyton Hall was just as enjoyable as the first one. What an intriguing place it is, with its secret hidey-holes and passages and its secret library filled with rare and valuable literary treasures! It's such a quaint, idyllic retreat for book lovers of all genres, except for the unpleasant, pesky murders that keep popping up to ruin the quiet atmosphere.
Even though I'm not particularly fond of the romance genre, the week-long events planned by Jane and the staff of Storyton Hall sounded like a lot of fun...until the aforementioned nasty murder reared its ugly head to put a damper on the festivities.
Jane Steward was once again a strong, likeable character and her twin boys, Fitz and Hem, were adorable and incorrigible. Jane's somewhat complicated relationship with the mysterious, handsome Edwin seemed to carry promises of potential romance and intrigue in the future.
There were plenty of twists and turns, viable suspects and motives, secrets, lies, and greed to satisfy lovers of murder mysteries. And, a disturbing glimpse into how rabid and extreme fans and readers of books can become!
I would highly recommend this series to any reader of mysteries, especially those that include dedicated, passionate bibliophiles....more
This was another enjoyable installment in the Briony Martin Gothic series. Once more, Briony's amateur detective skills were put to the test as she trThis was another enjoyable installment in the Briony Martin Gothic series. Once more, Briony's amateur detective skills were put to the test as she tried to unravel the spooky happenings at Dark Hall and to keep her best friend's brother-in-law from succumbing to a dangerous woman, who was rumoured to be a witch.
Once Daniel met Sharlyn Dark's twin sister, Shelby, I began to have a pretty good inkling about what was behind the secrets and goings-on in the strange, mysterious Gothic mansion. But, Ms. Coverstone's writing was such that she held my interest right to the end.
I look forward to reading the third book in this series. It seems there will be romance and an exciting new partnership in the works for Briony!...more
Short, but sweet and fun, even though there were no dragons! :(
This was a cute children's fairy tale that can be enjoyed by adults as well. Even thougShort, but sweet and fun, even though there were no dragons! :(
This was a cute children's fairy tale that can be enjoyed by adults as well. Even though I much prefer dogs over cats, Niffy charmed me with her intelligence, cleverness and fierce loyalty to Prince Jamas.
The plot was uncomplicated and somewhat predictable and the book was perhaps a little too short for in-depth world building and characterization, but it still enthralled me. It was filled with political intrigue, royal court shenanigans, murder and, fortunately, implicit sex, which still might be considered unsuitable for very young children.
Although Anne McCaffrey's dragons will always remain my favourite, this little story was nevertheless a pleasure to read....more
One of the earlier “Murder, She Wrote” books, but still an enjoyable whodunit from this series.
The lovely, exotic setting of the Caribbean made me wisOne of the earlier “Murder, She Wrote” books, but still an enjoyable whodunit from this series.
The lovely, exotic setting of the Caribbean made me wish I was accompanying Jessica on her vacation, sans the dead body, of course! Once more, we are carried along with Jessica as she tries to solve the murder mystery that has tainted her well-earned holiday in her usual tenacious, cool-headed way.
Something that was a little problematic for me, however, was the whole fake suicide in the jail cell thing. How it was carried out seemed pretty sketchy to me, especially how the police somehow managed to miss the rather important detail of no body. I have to say that part of the plot made me lift my eyebrows in skepticism.
Anyway, despite that and the somewhat rushed ending, I am very seldom disappointed in Jessica’s adventures, and this continues to be my all-time favourite cozy mystery series. ...more
A nice little collection of short stories from my favourite mystery writer and featuring two of my favourite detectives, Hercule Poirot and Jane MarplA nice little collection of short stories from my favourite mystery writer and featuring two of my favourite detectives, Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. Of all the stories, I enjoyed The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding best....more
Normally, I like to read the books in a series in sequential order, but this was one I picked up at a used book sale and I had no idea what number itNormally, I like to read the books in a series in sequential order, but this was one I picked up at a used book sale and I had no idea what number it was. No matter. I had read the first book in the series and enjoyed it fairly well, so I thought I’d give this one a try. And, I’m glad I did, although it did take quite a while before the first body actually showed up in the story and the mystery actually got under way.
Ms. Page did an excellent job of depicting the insular atmosphere and thinking of a small, close-knit community such as an island where, no matter how long you’ve lived there, if you weren’t born and raised there, you are still considered an outsider. She also captured the lobster and fishing aspects of Maine living quite well. And, the lighthouse lore added an interesting, unique touch to the story.
Aside from the tensions and problems of the proposed development of Sanpere spoiling the beauty and tranquility of the island, summer vacation there for the Fairchild family seemed quite ideal and pleasant—until murder reared its ugly head. Once again, I liked Faith and her curiousity, feistiness and willingness to help out in the community even though she and her family were basically outsiders. I really liked Ursula, too, and how she took the Fairchilds under her wing while the renovations were being done on their summer cottage.
These are not particularly complicated, scintillating mysteries, but the characters are quite likeable and the plots are interesting enough to keep a reader entertained for several hours. ...more
Usually these books are comfort food, brain candy, imaginative and fun reads for me. I'm a Trekkie fan from way back when, especially of the originalUsually these books are comfort food, brain candy, imaginative and fun reads for me. I'm a Trekkie fan from way back when, especially of the original series with Captain Kirk and company. And, while this one fit the bill in many ways, it was also not one of my favourites.
I thought the author did a fairly decent job of describing the ancient civilization of the Kh!lict, crab-like aliens who were both fascinating and horrifying. Their depictions of brutal sacrifices and annihilation of other cultures were very reminiscent of the Aztec society. But, after a while, these descriptions became a little too repetitive. We get the picture already! These creatures are repulsive, xenophobic, ruthless and dangerous. We just don't have to be told this repeatedly throughout the whole book.
The book was quite technical and seemed to drag in places to the point where I almost became bored. I get that it's science fiction and, of course, there will be technical aspects that have to be explained, but my eyes kind of glazed over after a while.
Kirk and his gang of intrepid space explorers will always hold a place in my heart and, most of the time, I enjoy their adventures. This one just fell a little flat for me. ...more
This book was obviously based on the characters of the television show, Castle, and it was easy to associate each person with their TV counterpart. IThis book was obviously based on the characters of the television show, Castle, and it was easy to associate each person with their TV counterpart. I love that show and especially Nathan Fillion’s charming, playful, intelligent character.
However, I didn’t find Jameson Rook nearly as endearing as Richard Castle, and he didn’t seem to come up with the clever, insightful, often off-the-wall theories that Castle spouts. In fact, Rook’s humour and actions were rather childish at times. Nikki Heat was another character who didn’t quite fit the image of the tough but vulnerable Kate Beckett, and the easy, flirty chemistry that we associate with Castle and Beckett seemed to be lacking somewhat between Heat and Rook. That could be why I found the big build-up to the so-called steamy “heat wave” scene between them sort of disappointing and flat after all the hype.
The murder mystery itself was pretty decent—not too complex or unpredictable, but fun and enjoyable nevertheless.
I already have the next two books, so I will continue on with them. Hopefully, the relationship between Nikki Heat and Rook will improve as the series moves on, and Rook will become more like the character I’ve grown to love on the TV show. ...more