It worried me when I saw that this book takes place in Paris because I've loved its setting in London, but it didn't disappoint. McKinlay did a greatIt worried me when I saw that this book takes place in Paris because I've loved its setting in London, but it didn't disappoint. McKinlay did a great job of describing the beauty of Paris. There were still wonderful hats, fashion and food. Plus all of the major characters were there and the mystery was interesting. There was still plenty of humor. I've loved this series! I didn't want it to end. However, if it has to end, I feel like it ended in the right way. All of the loose ends are tied up. Still, I would love to read another. ...more
When the woman who raised her dies and leaves her a series of letters telling her that much of what she believed to be true about herself is actuallyWhen the woman who raised her dies and leaves her a series of letters telling her that much of what she believed to be true about herself is actually untrue, Bess is shaken. She takes an indefinite leave of absence from her job as one of San Francisco's top divorce attorneys and heads to Ireland to heal. Upon arriving she meets people and has experiences that start her on her journey to self-discovery.
About half way through the story I was concerned I had found myself in the middle of a trite romance where a brooding handsome stranger saves the day, but I under-estimated the writer and the story. There was a surprise twist at the end, and it also turns out the Bess doesn't depend upon men to save her.
As a warning to the sensitive reader there are numerous explicit sexual scenes throughout the book....more
This is a wonderful collection of short mysteries. It can be really hard for shorter stories to develop strong characters and complex mysteries, but tThis is a wonderful collection of short mysteries. It can be really hard for shorter stories to develop strong characters and complex mysteries, but these stories did it beautifully.
In "Death by Didgeridoo" Jamie is still reeling after the death of her mother. She has taken six months off work as a family attorney, and doesn't have much interest in taking on new clients. Then she receives a frantic call from her aunt telling her that her cousin, Adam, has been arrested for murdering his music teacher. Certain that her cousin is incapable of doing any such thing Jamie jumps in to help clear his name.
Jamie is such a likable and relatable character. All of the characters really are. I even liked Duke, the private detective, who I feared was going to be a bit too sleazy, but who ended up having his own kind of charm.
What I really liked about this story is the author's portrayal of Adam, Jamie's cousin, who is on the autistic spectrum. His character was well-rounded and not the robotic character so often used to portray people with Aspergers.
"The Case of the Killer Divorce" takes place a year later. Jamie is back at work and the husband of one of her clients has been found dead. Although she turns over the case to another attorney, and her friend, Duke, a private investigator, she remains concerned about the woman and her children. Meanwhile, she has started her own search for her father.
This story was really less about solving a mystery, but that didn't make me angry the way it normally would because I was very interested in Jamie, her story, and the characters.
"Peril in the Park" is the most complex of the mysteries. Jamie now has a boyfriend who finds himself with serious problems at his new job. When they discover they are being stalked, Jamie calls in Duke for help. Soon there is a murder and Jamie is scrambling to help keep her boyfriend safe.
This felt more like a traditional mystery that Jamie needed to solve with clues and red herrings and a small pool of suspects. Very enjoyable.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed it so much that I will buy the next in the series. ...more
The old general was definitely dead sitting in his chair and holding his paper. At 90 years of age and with a weak heart nobody was surprised, but somThe old general was definitely dead sitting in his chair and holding his paper. At 90 years of age and with a weak heart nobody was surprised, but something wasn't quite right. And soon a question of significant inheritance demands that a more accurate time of death be established. When Wimsey starts digging he isn't happy with what he discovers.
What I love about Sayers is how much her writing reflects the era in which she was living. This book was written ten years after the end of World War 1, but still in her books we encounter men living with the effects - missing limbs, stomachs and lungs affected by gas, shell shock.
At times the story dragged a bit and we had no sooner solved one mystery than another presented itself. However, there was a nice pool of suspects and clues didn't seem to be hidden. It was certainly a very clever puzzle. ...more
Tyler's Row, the collection of four run-down cottages in Fairacre, is up for sale. The current owner no longer feels up to maintaining them. In fact,Tyler's Row, the collection of four run-down cottages in Fairacre, is up for sale. The current owner no longer feels up to maintaining them. In fact, not much maintenance has been done for years. There's much speculation around the village about who might purchase property with two curmudgeonly tenants who can't be removed. However soon a lovely couple moves in and finds the village welcoming and the tenants more difficult than anticipated.
As with all Miss Read books this is a relaxing story with only a few mild episodes that are at all stress provoking. Just takes of rural village life. Pleasant. Sweet. Beautiful images of gardens and the countryside ...more