I just love books that feature the current Queen of England as a character. Although the idea of Her Majesty collaborating with a housemaid may seem iI just love books that feature the current Queen of England as a character. Although the idea of Her Majesty collaborating with a housemaid may seem improbably silly, it is all great fun. Jane is a plucky young Canadian taking a year off from school and staying with her great-aunt Grace in England. Short of cash, and not wanting to return home to Prince Edward Island, she gets a job in Buckingham Palace. The time period is a few years after the Queen's "annus horribilis" but before the death of Lady Diana. Lots of humor (footmen streaking naked through the palace), upstairs and downstairs intrigue, a film crew doing a documentary on life at the palace, and plenty of red herrings for Jane to sort through. I had fun searching for images of the various palace rooms on the internet to enhance my reading experience. These are books that I would reread, and I will definitely look for the others in the series. [Note: a much older Jane Bee, now married to a British aristocrat, also appears in the author's Father Christmas mystery series (Twelve Drummers Drumming, etc.)]
Book Description: (from book jacket) Jane Bee came to Europe for adventure, only to end up with the job of a lifetime -- housemaid at Buckingham Palace. Now her greatest challenge is removing gum from State Room carpets -- until she comes across a nasty accident right outside the Royal Apartments. The Queen Herself has -- literally -- stumbled across the dead body of Jane's good friend, footman and aspiring actor Robin Tukes, in what appears to be a suicide. But why would handsome, impetuous Robin, having just toasted his engagement to a gorgeous housemaid, not to mention his impending fatherhood, want to die? Buck House buzzes, but only Jane -- and the Royal Personage known belowstairs as "Mother" -- suspects foul play. At Her Majesty's behest, Jane launches a discreet inquiry that takes her from Servants' Hall to the highest echelons of the Palace. Yet the more Jane uncovers, the more clear it becomes that this latest royal scandal is a real killer.
Series info: Her Majesty Investigates #1 Death at Buckingham Palace ------------------------------- #2 Death at Sandringham House #3 Death at Windsor Castle...more
I loved how Mma Makutsi comes into her own in this book, being promoted not only to assistant detective, but now she is also in charge of running TlokI loved how Mma Makutsi comes into her own in this book, being promoted not only to assistant detective, but now she is also in charge of running Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and soon has Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's two lazy and silly assistants falling in line under her more disciplined hand. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is staying temporarily at the orphanage to recovery from a bout of depression, and becomes involved with the mysterious "wild boy" found out in the bush. Lots of the usual philosophical musings from McCall-Smith's characters on the nature of morality and other aspects of life. Would have been 5 stars, but I'm not a fan of chapters alternating plot threads which he does in this book.
Book description: Precious Ramotswe, founder and owner of the only detective agency for the concerns of both ladies and others, investigates the alleged poisoning of the brother of an important “Government Man,” and the moral character of the four finalists of the Miss Beauty and Integrity Contest, the winner of which will almost certainly be a contestant for the title of Miss Botswana. Yet her business is having money problems, and when other difficulties arise at her fiancé’s Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, she discovers the reliable Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is more complicated then he seems....more
Now this is more like it. Book #2 seemed much more tightly constructed to me. More of the plot threads were carried throughout the book to their conclNow this is more like it. Book #2 seemed much more tightly constructed to me. More of the plot threads were carried throughout the book to their conclusion. It is fun to see the connections between the books and the TV series. One major departure from the TV series (spoiler alert!!) is the adoption of two children from the orphan farm by Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. But Mma Ramotswe takes it all in stride. There is not yet any interaction between Mma Ramotswe and her first husband, Note Makoti, so it remains to be seen if that is in a future volume or if it was added for the TV series.
Book Description: Precious Ramotswe is the eminently sensible and cunning proprietor of the only ladies’ detective agency in Botswana. In Tears of the Giraffe she tracks a wayward wife, uncovers an unscrupulous maid, and searches for an American man who disappeared into the plains many years ago. In the midst of resolving uncertainties, pondering her impending marriage to a good, kind man, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, and the promotion of her talented secretary (a graduate of the Botswana Secretarial College, with a mark of 97 per cent), she also finds her family suddenly and unexpectedly increased by two.
Series info: Book 2 of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series....more
A bit hefty at nearly 500 pages for a "cozy" mystery, but I enjoyed every bit of it. Burns Night. Haggis. Bagpipers. Need I say more? Like the first bA bit hefty at nearly 500 pages for a "cozy" mystery, but I enjoyed every bit of it. Burns Night. Haggis. Bagpipers. Need I say more? Like the first book of the series, I thought this was well plotted. It is complex enough that you probably won't figure out who done it, even if the red herrings are a bit obvious. The main characters continue to grow and develop, although I still think there is too much name dropping of superfluous villagers. Yes, I had to go back to my notes of book one to help sort them out - but that isn't entirely a bad thing. I feel like I am being immersed in a whole village. Still, there is a certain disconnect for me between the well-developed main characters and the cardboard cutouts of everyone else. This book was a lot less "work" because the extensive back story has already been laid down. And I had my notes. I love Father Tom and I'm going to expect a love interest somewhere down the line as he continues to heal from the loss of his wife. His housekeeper is a hoot, and I love the plot device of her daily letters to her mother, complete with crossed-out typos, which gives us another point of view to the goings on. I wouldn't categorize these books as "Christian" fiction, but since Tom is a vicar, and his is the viewpoint that most of the action is filtered through, there is a certain amount of moralizing and human angst alongside his empathy and compassion. He is a man of faith despite his own tragedies.
Book Description: Father Tom Christmas, the recently widowed vicar adjusting to life in the English village of Thornford Regis, would do almost anything to avoid attending the annual Robert Burns Supper at the local hotel. But as chaplain to a traditional Scottish pipe band, Father Tom must deliver the grace—and contend with wailing bagpipes, whiskey-laced parishioners reciting poetry, and the culinary abomination that is haggis.
As snow falls to unprecedented depths, the revelers carry on—briefly interrupted by an enigmatic stranger seeking shelter. Then Will Moir, proprietor of the hotel and a dedicated piper, inexplicably goes missing—only to be found later in the hotel’s dark tower, alone and dead from what appears to be a heart attack.
Father Tom’s own heart sinks when he learns the actual cause of Will’s demise. When word gets out, the flurry of innocent speculation descends into outlandish gossip. And, for all its tranquil charm, Thornford Regis has plenty to gossip about—illicit trysts, muted violence, private sorrows, and old, unresolved tragedies. The question is: Who would benefit most from the piper’s death? Suspicion swirls around many, including Will’s beautiful widow, their shadowy son, Will’s obnoxious brother-in-law, and even the mysterious party crasher, who knows more than she lets on about the grudges she left behind—but never forgot.
Series info: #2 of the Father Christmas mysteries (See Twelve Drummers Drumming)...more
I am usually very conservative with my ebook purchasing, contenting myself with freebies and watching for books under $2, but I actually paid full priI am usually very conservative with my ebook purchasing, contenting myself with freebies and watching for books under $2, but I actually paid full price for this one. What can I say? It was Christmas, I was away from home, the title and reviews intrigued me, and I didn't want to wait until I could get it from the library. You could spend more on a movie and popcorn!
It did not disappoint! I love British cozies. And I love stories involving clergy and their families, since I'm a PK myself. While the story itself is not holiday-themed, we have a vicar called "Father" Christmas serving the parish church of St. Nicholas, and series titles all taken from the 12 Days of Christmas song. I will say that it took some effort on my part to keep track of all the characters - an investment that I hope will pay off as I read more of the series. There is a list of characters in the front, but after getting half-way through the book I started over and took notes as I went along. The major characters are fairly well developed, but others are mentioned once without really adding anything to the story. There are several mysteries going on throughout the book, and not all are resolved at the end. It remains to be seen if those threads will be picked up down the line. Hopefully, there will be eleven more books to come! The plot developments are somewhat predictable - it's the characters and the backstories that made this interesting for me. Tom Christmas is most definitely not your run-of-the-mill vicar.
Setting: The village of Thornford Regis (made up) in Devonshire.
Main characters: Tom Christmas is the new vicar of St. Nicholas church in Thornford Regis. He is lately come from Bristol where he was an inner-city team minister. His wife (Jewish and a doctor) was murdered in a violent crime there. The speculation is that it was somebody after money for drugs, but the killer has never been found. As his back-story unfolds, we learn that he was previously a professional magician (The Great Krimboni). His birth parents gave him up for adoption, and his adoptive parents died in a plane crash when he was still a baby. He was raised by his adoptive father's sister, a veterinarian, and her partner, Kate, an American flight attendant.
Miranda - Tom's 9-year-old daughter, who misses the French au pair she had in Bristol, and is fascinated with the French equivalent of Nancy Drew.
Julia Hennis - Tom's sister-in-law, a local music teacher who fills in as organist from time to time at St. Nicholas. She is married to Dr. Alastair Hennis, but their marriage has been very strained. She takes Miranda to synagogue every Sabbath.
Madrun Prowse - She comes with the vicarage and is cook and housekeeper. She writes to her mother in Cornwall daily, and these letters give us her point of view on all the goings on.
Peter Kinsey - the former incumbent vicar who disappeared after serving 18 months. His parents were wealthy farmers in Zimbabwe, killed by rebels.
Fred Pike - local handyman and a kleptomaniac.
Colm Parry - organist and choirmaster. Former pop-singer in the 80s. Reformed alcoholic. Father of Sybella Parry, who is found murdered.
Liam Drewe - ex-con with a very short temper. Owner of the Waterside Cafe where Sybella was a waitress.
Mitsuko Drewe - his wife, an artist. She was born in Wales where her Japanese parents had emigrated to after World War II. Her father, retired manager of the Sony plant in Brigend, is taking Welsh lessons and involved in Welsh folk-dancing (!)
Colonel Phillip Northmore - ancient church treasurer. World War II vet - prisoner of war at Omori.
Sebastian John - the enigmatic verger with a secretive past. He is also Colonel Northmore's gardener.
Book Description: Father Tom Christmas moves to the picturesque English hamlet of Thornford Regis to become its new vicar and to seek a peaceful haven. But inside the empty village hall, the huge Japanese o-daiko drum that’s featured in the May Fayre festivities has been viciously sliced open—and curled up inside is the bludgeoned body of Sybella Parry, the daughter of the choir director. Realizing this village is not the refuge he’d hoped for, Father Tom comes to a disturbing conclusion: Sybella’s killer must be one of his parishioners. No one is above suspicion—not Sebastian John, the deeply reserved verger, nor Mitsuko Drewe, a local artist, nor Colonel Northmore, survivor of a World War II prison camp. And over all hangs the long-unsolved mystery of a sudden disappearance, one that brought Father Tom to this picture-perfect place to live—or die.
About the author: C.C. Benison is the nom de plume of Doug Whiteway, who was born and still lives in Winnipeg, Canada. He was awarded a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Manitoba, and a degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa. He has worked as a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines, as a book editor, and as a contributor to non-fiction books. He started writing mystery fiction in the 1990s with Death At Buckingham Palace, and followed this with other novels.
Series info: Aunt Dimity series 01. Aunt Dimity's death - read 02. Aunt Dimity and the duke - read 03. Aunt Dimity's good deeOne of my all-time favorites.
Series info: Aunt Dimity series 01. Aunt Dimity's death - read 02. Aunt Dimity and the duke - read 03. Aunt Dimity's good deed - read 04. Aunt Dimity digs in - read 05. Aunt Dimity's Christmas - read 06. Aunt Dimity beats the devil - read 07. Aunt Dimity, detective - read 08. Aunt Dimity takes a holiday - read 09. Aunt Dimity snowbound - read 10. Aunt Dimity and the next of kin - read 11. Aunt Dimity and the deep blue sea - read 12. Aunt Dimity goes west - read 13. Aunt Dimity, vampire hunter - read 14. Aunt Dimity slays the dragon - read --------------------- 15. Aunt Dimity down under 16. Aunt Dimity and the family tree 17. Aunt Dimity and the village witch 18. Aunt Dimity and the lost prince ...more
This installment in the Flavia de Luce series felt more like a Christmas special than a full-length feature. We get cameo appearances of previous charThis installment in the Flavia de Luce series felt more like a Christmas special than a full-length feature. We get cameo appearances of previous characters (charming but serving no purpose) all thrown together at Buckshaw during a winter storm. The plot is pretty thin, and the mystery seems very contrived. The characters involved are never really brought to life, so the murder and its resolution are relatively lackluster. Oh well. There is still plenty of charm with Flavia and her relationships with her sisters, her father, Dogger, and the Inspector.
Book Description: It’s Christmastime, and Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern. Amid a raging blizzard, the entire village of Bishop’s Lacey gathers at Buckshaw to watch Wyvern perform, yet nobody is prepared for the evening’s shocking conclusion: a body found strangled to death with a length of film. But who among the assembled guests would stage such a chilling scene? As the storm worsens and the list of suspects grows, Flavia must ferret out a killer hidden in plain sight.
Series info: #4 of series See: The sweetness at the bottom of the pie...more
Description: Scholarly infighting can get a lot more violent than most outsiders realize, but usually that violence is confined to the printed page. NDescription: Scholarly infighting can get a lot more violent than most outsiders realize, but usually that violence is confined to the printed page. Not so in Concord, Mass., where the arrival of Homer Kelly, an expert on the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson, has stirred up passions concerning a manuscript that may or may not have been written by Henry David Thoreau. Things come to a head during the town's annual re-enactment of Paul Revere's famous ride, when one of the 'Minutemen' turns up dead, still in full Revolutionary regalia. Accustomed to little more than the odd stolen bicycle, the local police are way over their head, but Kelly - in this, his first outing - proves as gifted at sleuthing as he is at scholarship.
Series info: Homer Kelly series 01. The transcendental murder - read 02. Dark Nantucket noon - read 03. The Memorial Hall murder - read 04. Natural enemy - read 05. Emily Dickinson is dead 06. Good and dead 07. Murder at the Gardner 08. The Dante game 09. God in Concord 10. Divine inspiration 11. The shortest day 12. Dead as a dodo 13. The face on the wall 14. The thief of Venice 15. Murder at Monticello 16. The Escher twist 17. The deserter 18. Steeplechase ...more
This second book in the Penelope Spring and Toby Glendower mystery series was just as delightful as the first. Maybe more, as it didn't seem quite asThis second book in the Penelope Spring and Toby Glendower mystery series was just as delightful as the first. Maybe more, as it didn't seem quite as outdated to me. Still nothing of Toby's Welsh connections, but I am assured that that does feature later on in the series.
Description: When a mutilated corpse is found in a cranberry bog on the Dimola estate, Penelope Spring is summoned to the Cape by Zeb Grange, an old flame. But by the time she arrives, an attempt on Zeb's life has been made, leaving him in a coma. As Penny's suspicions gradually point to the wealthy Dimola clan, her colleague Toby Glendower begins to probe into the family's past in Italy. There is another murder, and Penny resolves to set up a trap for her prime suspect, using herself as bait. But what Toby uncovers sends him racing back, fearful that Penny is making a disastrous mistake - maybe her last.
Series info: #2 of series See: Exit Actors, Dying...more
First published in 1979, the first of the Penny Spring and Toby Glendower mysteries is showing its age a bit. Still good fun - reminds me a bit of JanFirst published in 1979, the first of the Penny Spring and Toby Glendower mysteries is showing its age a bit. Still good fun - reminds me a bit of Jane Langton, or Alisa Craig. Middle aged amateur sleuths, academia, witty, good plotting, interesting settings. I picked this up because the name Glendower is Welsh. Indeed, we are told that Tobias Merlin Glendower was born in Swansea, and that his father had been a "wild-eyed fanatic on the subject of Welsh nationalism and, for that matter, all things Welsh and wonderful. No wonder the word 'Celt' to Toby was like a red flag to a bull! As a compensation for the thorough brainwashing of his childhood, Toby had become almost an equal fanatic in other directions" namely Greek antiquities. He is a near genius with a photographic memory and a particular gift for languages. But it is Penny who seems to be the star of the show - described as "forty-eight years old, five-foot-one, and a dumpy five-foot-one at that." She has her own brand of maternal instincts, the curiosity to get herself into trouble, and the ingenuity to get herself out of it again. They make a good pair.
The "who done it" was a bit convoluted, but it kept me guessing, and all the pieces fit together in the end. My only quibble was with some of the language seeming a bit racist - a black man and a Native American man described as "bucks", for example. But it was written over thirty years ago. I definitely plan to continue with the series, and will hope that we might see something of Toby's Welsh roots.
Book Description: American anthropologist Penelope Spring and British archaeologist Tobias Glendower are traveling in the Mediterranean. One day in a Greek amphitheatre, Penny comes upon the corpse of a beautiful young movie actress. And Toby discovers a body there too, that of a black actor decked out as a Roman gladiator. Investigating among the cast and crew filming "The Travels of Telemachus," they encounter enough plausible suspects to confound themselves and the Turkish police. At steadily increasing risk to their lives, to be sure.
Series info: Penny Spring and Toby Glendower series 01. Exit actors, dying - read 02. The Cape Cod caper - read ------------------------- 03. Zadok's treasure 04. Death of a voodoo doll 05. Death on the dragon's tongue 06. Lament for a lady Laird 07. Menehune murders 08. Toby's folly 09. Catacomb conspiracy 10. Cape Cod conundrum 11. Dirge for a Dorset druid 12. The Midas murders
I almost gave this 4 stars, but I think it has room to grow as a series. I liked the ghost hunting aspect. Some of the spectral activity seemed a bitI almost gave this 4 stars, but I think it has room to grow as a series. I liked the ghost hunting aspect. Some of the spectral activity seemed a bit over the top, but the author is a clairvoyant and a police psychic, so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt. I loved the gay sidekick, Gilley, and the African parrot, Doc. M.J. I'm not too sure about yet - perhaps her personality will develop more in time. Steven Sable - nice romantic interest, but the running joke with his English started wearing thin about halfway through the book. The plot was interesting, but had some holes. On the whole, I enjoyed it and want to see where the series goes.
Description (from book jacket): M.J. Holliday has two rules. One, she and her partner, Gilley Gillespie, work alone; and two, she doesn't date clients. But when handsome Dr. Steven Sable needs her help, the specter-spotting sleuth is ready to break both of her rules. It seems the doc's grandfather jumped from the roof of the family lodge in an apparent suicide. But Dr. Sable knows in his bones it was foul play, and strange things keep happening at the lodge. He'll hire M.J. and Gilley - but only if he can come along. Hey, the duo needs the money - and looking at eye candy all weekend doesn't sound too bad either... But once they reach the lodge, the three realize they're dealing with more ghosts than just Grandpa Sable's. And the spooks keep playing nasty tricks on their human visitors. To the untrained eye, it would appear that ghouls just want to have fun. But M.J. knows they're communicating their distress - and it's up to her to figure out why...
Series info: Ghost hunter mystery series 01. What's a ghoul to do - read ------------------------ 02. Demons are a ghoul's best friend 03. Ghouls just haunt to have fun 04. Ghouls gone wild 05. Ghouls, ghouls, ghouls 06. Ghoul interrupted 07. What a ghoul wants ...more
Short, cozy, charming setting, humorous situations. Not literature, nor a compelling mystery, but I enjoyed it. The prickly protagonist did well as anShort, cozy, charming setting, humorous situations. Not literature, nor a compelling mystery, but I enjoyed it. The prickly protagonist did well as an agressive business woman in London, but her social skills are sorely lacking. This gives her kind of an appealing vulnerability as she tries to fit in and make friends in her new community. I liked her forthright nature. She says what she thinks and doesn't have a lot of patience for artificial social niceties. This book is the first of a series, and I will probably read more of them.
Book Description: Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when Judge Cummings-Browne not only snubs her entry—but falls over dead! After her quiche’s secret ingredient turns out to be poison, she must reveal the unsavory truth…
Agatha has never baked a thing in her life! In fact, she bought her entry ready-made from an upper crust London quicherie. Grating on the nerves of several Carsely residents, she is soon receiving sinister notes. Has her cheating and meddling landed her in hot water, or are the threats related to the suspicious death? It may mean the difference between egg on her face and a coroner’s tag on her toe…
Series info: Agatha Raisin 01. Agatha Raisin and the quiche of death - read -------------------------------- 02. Agatha Raisin and the vicious vet 03. Agatha Raisin and the potted gardener 04. Agatha Raisin and the walkers of Dembley 05. Agatha Raisin and the murderous marriage 06. Agatha Raisin and the terrible tourist 07. Agatha Raisin and the wellspring of death 08. Agatha Raisin and the wizard of Evesham 09. Agatha Raisin and the witch of Wyckhadden 10. Agatha Raisin and the fairies of Fryfam 11. Agatha Raisin and the love from hell 12. Agatha Raisin and the day the floods came 13. Agatha Raisin and the case of the curious curate 14. Agatha Raisin and the haunted house 15. The deadly dance 16. The perfect paragon 17. Love, lies and liquor 18. Kissing Christmas goodbye 19. A spoonful of poison 20. There goes the bride 21. Busy body 22. As the pig turns 23. Hiss and hers
Reread (on audiobook) April 16, 2013. I still think this is a wonderful book and a delightful character! I listened to this to refresh my memory priorReread (on audiobook) April 16, 2013. I still think this is a wonderful book and a delightful character! I listened to this to refresh my memory prior to reading the sequel(s). I'm quite sure this is one of those series I'll be revisiting often in future years. The audio version is narrated by Jayne Entwhistle and I thought her voice was perfect for this.
Original review: Read January 18, 2010 What a delightful book! It's a sort of English cozy, full of historical details, with an outrageous child protagonist, who is sometimes scary with her single-minded intensity. She is at once both precocious and naive, delightful and alarming, and utterly fearless. The cast of characters with their charming eccentricities rivals Alexander McCall-Smith as does the laugh-out-loud humor. I sincerely hope this will be made into a movie, and I have already put my name on the waiting list for book # 2, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, coming out in March. While written for adults, precocious older children and young adults would also find this enjoyable.
Book description from Amazon: "In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It is the summer of 1950 - and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia’s family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”
To Flavia the investigation is the stuff of science: full of possibilities, contradictions, and connections. Soon her father, a man raising his three daughters alone, is seized, accused of murder. And in a police cell, during a violent thunderstorm, Colonel de Luce tells his daughter an astounding story — of a schoolboy friendship turned ugly, of a priceless object that vanished in a bizarre and brazen act of thievery, of a Latin teacher who flung himself to his death from the school’s tower thirty years before. Now Flavia is armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together, to examine new suspects, and begin a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself. Of this much the girl is sure: her father is innocent of murder — but protecting her and her sisters from something even worse….
An enthralling mystery, a piercing depiction of class and society, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a masterfully told tale of deceptions — and a rich literary delight."
Series info: Flavia de Luce series 01. The sweetness at the bottom of the pie - read Jan. 2010 02. The weed that strings the hangman's bag - read June 2013 03. A red herring without mustard - read Aug. 2013 04. I am half sick of shadows - read Jan. 2014 ------------------------------------- 05. Speaking from among the bones 06. The dead in their vaulted arches 06.5 The curious case of the copper corpse (ebook) 07. As chimney sweepers come to dust ...more
This was the perfect escape after a very stressful six weeks. I didn't want anything with much of a plot. But like comfort food, the characters are faThis was the perfect escape after a very stressful six weeks. I didn't want anything with much of a plot. But like comfort food, the characters are familiar old friends. And I LOVE Ren. Fests. There was even a nice twist at the end, which I won't give away, except to say that Lori is NOT the one to solve the mystery...
From Amazon.com : Lori’s peaceful English village is being overrun by a rowdy and mischievous Renaissance fair.
Lori Shepherd loves living in the small English village of Finch, but as her eighth summer in the town approaches she finds herself wishing for something exciting to spice up her all-too-familiar routine. When King Wilfred’s Faire opens nearby, Lori gets her wish and more. The age of chivalry lives again at the Renaissance fair. Wizards, wenches, magicians, and minstrels cajole the fairgoers while lords quaff, jesters joke, and knights battle in the joust arena. But Lori discovers that it’s not all pageantry and play.
A sinister figure is stalking the angel-voiced madrigal singer. A jealous rival has sabotaged the Dragon Knight’s weapons. And an evil assassin is trying to murder Good King Wilfred. With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly guidance, Lori races to save her dear village and risks her neck to keep the medieval revelry from ending in tragedy.
Series info: #14 in series See: Aunt Dimity's Death ...more
Just what I needed to continue my "vacation" from the classics - requiring no brain cells, yet pleasantly cozy. Not as good as the earliest books in tJust what I needed to continue my "vacation" from the classics - requiring no brain cells, yet pleasantly cozy. Not as good as the earliest books in the series, but I still like them. Aunt Dimity has become an interested observer rather than an active participant. Once again Lori has let her imagination run away with her......
Book Description from amazon.com Lori Shepherd’s life in England couldn’t be more tranquil or more satisfying— except for one thing. Her five-year-old twins have started school, and Lori fears they’ll catch everything from the flu to fleas. What they do come home with, however, is worse: a report of a pale, cloaked figure with bloodstained lips lurking in the woods.
Lori is skeptical at first but soon grows concerned enough to consult with her late (but not entirely departed) Aunt Dimity and her dear friend Kit Smith. The vampire-hunting trail leads to Leo, a charismatic vagabond who just returned to England after a self-imposed exile, a bitter old crone named Lizzie Black, and finally to Aldercot Hall, where a mysterious murder took place forty years ago. With Kit and Aunt Dimity’s help, Lori uncovers the secret that will shock everyone—including herself—about the true identity of the twins’ vampire.
With its placid English countryside setting, eccentric characters, and lighthearted charm, Atherton’s newest novel will enchant cozy mystery aficionados and the many loyal readers of the Aunt Dimity series.
Series info: #13 in series See: Aunt Dimity's Death ...more