The Bloomsbury Affair
1905 London is a heady mix of unimaginable wealth and simmering political tensions, and with war looming Flora Maguire wants to keep her family safe.
So when her beloved charge Viscount Edward Trent is accused of murder, she's determined not to leave the investigation to the police. Flora has trodden the path of amateur sleuth before, but with so much at stake, this time i...more
It's the perfect time of year for a Flora Maguire, with the evenings drawing in darker and chillier, ...more
I couldn’t help but take to Flora Maguire. She used to be a governess but she is now married and lives rather comfortably with her husband, Bunny. A former charge of hers ...more
England in 1905 was characterised by political intrigue and a shifting in the social and gender class systems. This story uses the ethos of unrest to dramatise and authenticate the ...more
This is the first book I have reviewed by Anita Davison and understand there a ...more
In Edwardian England, former governess Flora Harrington is settled with her solicitor husband Bunny and they’re doing ver ...more
Flora Harrington is upset when Bunny, her husband, arrives late and somewhat dishevelled for the dinner party they are hosting for Flora’s mother, Alice and father William. Flora had hoped that by inviting them to a dinner party, they might get reacquainted and even rekindle their love. Some twenty years earlier, William’s family had forbidden them to marry, forcing Alice to marry Riordan Maguire. The marriage was a disaster, with Alice disappearing and her disappearance being ...more
As the mystery a ...more
I enjoyed the first four mystery novels in Ms.Davison’s Flora Maguire series and also enjoyed her new novel, The Bloomsbury Affair, Book Five.
Flora and her husband Bunny’s love is heart-warming. Although Bunny has misgivings about his wife being an amateur sleuth, he is always there for her.
When Bunny arrives too late to dine with guests Flora is annoyed. After they leave Bunny fetches Eddy, a viscount, whose governess she had been before her marriage. Flora is shocked by his appearance. “His ...more
Flora and Bunny were a different kind of couple. Fortunately. Flora was a modern young woman who had come out of a complicated family drama where she found a long lost family of both her mother and father and lost the much loved father she ever knew. Flora and Bunny have previously solved two murd ...more
I couldn’t say no to a mystery and as a big historical fiction fan, I was sure this was the book for me.
It wasn’t easy for me to get into the book at first, felt there were so many characters and names which I’m sure were introduced in the first books of the series and I felt I am missing out on some traits of them.
But still, I was told this could be read as a standalone and it is certainly so.
Set in 1900’s, a murder ...more
The characters were interesting and acted realistically. Historical details (like politics, technology, etc.) were woven into the story. The mystery was clue-based, and I realized whodunit before Flora did. Unfortunately, Flora's active inv ...more
In the early twentieth century, we find Flora happily married and with a new baby to enjoy. However, old habits die hard and when her previous charge looks set to be arrested for murder, Flora sets outs to find out the truth despite dire warnings from her old adversary, Inspector Maddox.
This is a very entertaining read, true to the time it's set in. Not only is the mystery attention-grabbing, but t ...more
I didn't realise that this book was one of a series - that I hadn't read before - so when I was reading it, I thought it had just begun in the middle of something and there were certain aspects of Flora's personal life that I found I couldn't grasp really well. I do understand that not having read the previous books, I am missing out on quite a bit. This didn't hinder the main plot of this story th ...more
I loved the cast characters, all are well developed and intereting. Flora is great character and Bunny a great counterpart.
The mystery was good, it kept hooked till the last page.
There're some slower part but it's an enjoyable and fun read.
The historical background is well researched and I liked the way the women condition was described.
I look forward to the next instalment in this series and will surely look for the previous ones.
I really enjoy this series so I was delighted to see that a new book had been released!
I love Flora and it was brilliant reading about her again in this one. Her interaction with the other characters were great and I thoroughly enjoyed every page – and I have to say I do love Bunny too – she definitely deserves a mention!
The writing style was excellent and the book flowed very well. It was a real page turner for me and I was hooked! I love a good historica ...more
An enjoyable well-written cozy historical mystery, with its well-drawn characters. Another good addition to the series. Though I was not especially taken with the Viscount with its seems his sen ...more