I really enjoyed this book, and Olivia's character is really interesting/likable and with a decent amount of flaws (just like I like my heroines.) My...moreI really enjoyed this book, and Olivia's character is really interesting/likable and with a decent amount of flaws (just like I like my heroines.) My only complaint (potential spoilers, though I'll be super vague) is that it seemed like the killer really came out of left field. I like being able to guess along with the detective and this was one I wouldn't have been able to. (Though I did get distracted by some of the red herrings!)
Overall, it was a good read and I'll definitely be picking up more in this series.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. Huber has vey engaging prose and Lady Darby is a compelling and sympathetic character. The mystery was well-paced and well...moreI really enjoyed this book. Huber has vey engaging prose and Lady Darby is a compelling and sympathetic character. The mystery was well-paced and well put together. (Though I did almost spoil the ending for myself by reading the historical note--there's something in there that I read just before a particular scene that gave me a huge clue as to who the killer might be. So if you like being totally surprised, I'd recommend not reading that until after the big reveal.) I'm running to the bookstore now to pick up the second one in the series!(less)
I won this through the first reads contest. I have been a fan of St. James since "The Haunting of Maddy Clare" and this book does not disappoint. I am...moreI won this through the first reads contest. I have been a fan of St. James since "The Haunting of Maddy Clare" and this book does not disappoint. I am a huge fan of the haunted asylum theme which made this book all the more creepy. The suspenseful/scary moments weren't as heart-poundingly intense in this book as I remember there being in her last two books, but it is definitely still a creepy, suspenseful read. I'd highly recommend this book to fans of St. James, or anyone who is interested in historical suspense novels. (less)
I have been following the Pink Carnation series since its very beginning and I have to say that this was among my favourites! I enjoyed getting to lea...moreI have been following the Pink Carnation series since its very beginning and I have to say that this was among my favourites! I enjoyed getting to learn more about Miss Gwen from her own perspective (and from Col. Reid who found her trademark prickliness to be endearing.) I'll be honest and say that while I adore Ms. Willig and her series, I struggled to get into "The Garden Intrigue" and so I'm thrilled to once again find that spark in her books.
Plumeria was the type that before I was aware of it, I had churned through 100 pages. The banter between Gwen and Reid was highly entertaining and had me chuckling throughout. A lot is revealed in this book not the least significant being why Miss Gwen was as prickly as she was which made the ending all the more sweet. Overall, I can see that the threads of the series in terms of the Pink Carnation plot seem to be winding their way to a close. (Though I am really happy that Willig changed her mind and is not ending the series in the next book.) I'm hoping that we can see Lizzy Reid (and maybe Agnes Wooliston as well?) find their happy endings before it all closes.
As for the modern story, of Eloise and Colin it continues to progress--and I loved the twist at the end revealing the identity of Plumeria. I've learned more about Colin's family and part of me has almost started to *gasp* feel bad for Jeremy. I will be interested to read how Colin and Eloise will deal with the difficulties of a cross-continental relationship.
If you have been a fan of Willig's books for a while this one does not disappoint! (And even if you are not, this is they type of book that you can pick up and have a general idea of what has been going on in the Pink universe prior to the events in the book.) It is definitely a must-read!(less)