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Hither, Page

(Page & Sommers #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  547 ratings  ·  142 reviews
A jaded spy and a shell shocked country doctor team up to solve a murder in postwar England.

James Sommers returned from the war with his nerves in tatters. All he wants is to retreat to the quiet village of his childhood and enjoy the boring, predictable life of a country doctor. The last thing in the world he needs is a handsome stranger who seems to be mixed up with the
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Published June 18th 2019
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Cat Sebastian: Hmmm, I wonder what Teal would like to read? (starts writing Hither, Page)

Teal: (reading Hither, Page) Cat Sebastian, how did you know???

Okay, so that's not exactly how it went. But it sure felt that way!

Before I say more, I have a heads-up to offer about the blurb. If, like me, you read the first sentence:

"A jaded spy and a shell shocked country doctor team up to solve a murder in postwar England"...

...and concluded that postwar + shell-shocked = post WWI, then, like me, you we
It feels like it's been some time since I read something by Sebastian and I quite enjoyed this little reunion. But I'll admit that of the plot, the characters, and the romance.. I think I only liked the characters.

He was so accustomed to playing a role, acting a part, completing a mission, that sometimes he found it convenient to ignore that beneath the mission there was a man.

The plot for HITHER, PAGE was an almost Clue-like whodunnit, set in a small English town after the war, and there was sp
Kaje Harper
This story, set in the years after WWII, is quieter than Sebastian's Regency romances, bleaker, yet there's an undercurrent of emotion in it that hit me just right.

James Sommers was a doctor in the military in WWII, and after leaving the service, he's still haunted by all he saw and did. He retreated to the tiny village where he spent his happiest childhood moments, to become a country doctor. He battles what we would now call PTSD, emotional resonances that can hit unexpectedly and make even s
Well, the sex part of this certainly wasn't as prevalent as the mystery, but it did deliver on Sebastian's other promise, which was "Agatha Christie, but make it gay."

Small English village, check.

The mysterious murder of one of their own, check.

The discovery that the small village is hiding a bunch of secrets, check.

An outsider coming in to unearth those secrets, check.

Lonely spy falls in love with traumatized country doctor, check.

This was very sweet in terms of the romance, and pretty clever i
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
"The one thing everyone in Wychcomb St. Mary agreed on was that Mildred Hoggett was up to no good."

This book is an utterly delightful, Agatha Christie-esque 1940s mystery set in a small English village full of gossip and secrets - and absolutely wonderful characters I adored, many of whom turned all sorts of stereotypes on their heads. The kind, shell-shocked village doctor and an amoral visiting spy fall in love as they solve the mystery together, and their romance is really sweet and well don
The one thing everyone in Wychcomb St. Mary agreed on was that Mildred Hoggett was up to no good

And with that opening line of Cat Sebastian's latest book, Hither, Page , I found myself being transported to the kind of reads of my childhood -- the Agatha Christie's mystery books, to be exact. Although of course, this one, may be even BETTER because Cat Sebastian also includes romance between a jaded war veteran doctor, James Sommers, and a spy, Leo Page, who comes to St. Mary on the order of his
A jaded spy and a shell shocked country doctor team up to solve a murder in postwar England.

James Sommers returned from the war with his nerves in tatters. All he wants is to retreat to the quiet village of his childhood and enjoy the boring, predictable life of a country doctor. The last thing in the world he needs is a handsome stranger who seems to be mixed up with the first violent death the village has seen in years. It certainly doesn't help that this stranger is the first person James has
Ah, I'm sorry to give this book only 3 stars, because it was really well written and it had an interesting plot and everything, just didn't excite me at all. It was getting exciting near the climax and everything, but it didn't quite reach that for me.

I like James and Leo well enough, but there wasn't much between them either. I know they were just getting started, but still, barely any heat, and barely any romance, for that matter. They barely seemed to have any scenes together for at
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I’m not going to review this as I’ve interacted with the author personally. However, it’s no surprise that I adored this book since we all know I’m a fan of English countryside mysteries (with or without a house party!). As I said to a friend on twitter, romantic mysteries like HITHER, PAGE or PROPER ENGLISH make me feel very cozy, like I ought to be reading them in front of a
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of Sebastian's best up to now (well after the The Soldier's Scoundrel). Let me just sit and applaud for more.
Taryn Pierson
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A small-town historical mystery à la Agatha Christie with a charming romance between a WWII veteran doctor and a spy who never lets anyone get too close and doesn't know how much he wants a true home until his job brings him to a sleepy village to investigate the murder of a charwoman. The best part of this book is the quirky but lovable cast of characters, from the harried, frazzled vicar's wife, to the two elderly spinsters who took in an apparently orphaned teenage eccentric, to the two leads ...more
Superb. Setting, mystery, relationship and characters all hugely satisfying.
Full review to come. Honest.

PS Love the naming nod to Midsomer Murders.
Helen Kord
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh christ this was beautiful. Full review to come closer to the publishing date, but CHRIST.
This was such a beautiful, tender and kind book. Cat has this gentle atmosphere in all her books that just soothe my tired queer soul, and this one did just that and then more. God I cried through the whole thing. I cried in public, I cried on the train, I cried on my dad's couch. I cried at every tender interaction between James and Leo. I cried when Leo started realizing his self-worth. I cried when Jam
Joyfully Jay
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Cat Sebastian billed Hither, Page as a gay Agatha Christie-type story and that is really a perfect description for this cozy mystery set the in the years soon after WWII. The murder takes place during a dinner party, so this is a closed-door sort of crime in that it is clear the murderer is among those attending. Along with Leo, we quickly meet the assorted locals who are involved, and there is such a charming, lovely, small village feel to the story. What I love
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A who-dun-it set in a small English village shortly after WWII. Not my usual era or genre but it was a riveting read!

The main characters:
Dr. Sommers – trying to wash away the memories of war in a gentle countryside, he is suffering from PTSD without believing he deserves it. He was only a doctor, not a soldier, after all. Believes in the goodness of people.

Leo Page – A spy, still spying, still doing his spy things. Trying to figure out if the murder is just a casual murder, or linked to espio
A mystery and a love story, set after the end of the second world war. Page is a secret agent, a tool or a weapon, pointed where his superiors decide. Sommers is a country doctor who is dealing with his PTSD. Great story, not only about solving a mystery but also about finding humanity where it was thought to be lost, and about allowing yourself to believe in good things even when they seem impossible. The romance is sweet rather than steamy -- there is, in fact, only one sex scene.
Several of t
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I loved everything about this book. The only downside is that I have to wait for the next one in the series. It’s smart, sweet, funny, charming and whole bunch of other adjectives that I could either spend time writing out or I could just simply say, read this today.

So... read this today!

Highly recommend.
Oh, this was charming! Can't wait to see where the series goes from here. This is a Christie-esque mystery in a small English village, plus a really lovely gay romance. The romance isn't as full-on as you would normally get in a romance novel, presumably because it needs to develop throughout the series--and I'm so looking forward to what's next! Leo and James are both great characters, and the cast of side characters is excellent too. Highly recommend!
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply wonderful. Review should be up by 5/22
Annika Barranti Klein
This book is SO CHARMING. It is my first Cat Sebastian read—I don’t typically care for historicals except for the occasional western, but I have a soft spot for WWII mysteries. This one well and truly hit the spot. I adored the main characters, James and Leo, and hope to see more of the supporting cast, especially Wendy.
Christine Sandquist (eriophora)
This review and others can be read on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks.

“You know,” Page said conversationally, “this is the second time you’ve grabbed my arm like that.” He glanced down at James’s hand. “I’m beginning to think you like touching me.”

It’s a rare day that you find me reading romance, but I was heartily overdue for something cutesy, feel-good, and upbeat. Admittedly, given that it takes place in a post-war English murder village and focuses on two (very attractive) men who have been
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is the emphasis of HITHER, PAGE that started Cat Sebastian’s newest series “Page & Sommers.” (This is by no means referring to the book cover itself as personally I loved that cover regardless). It’s a historical romantic suspense set in a post World War II England. A veteran of war spy Leo Page was sent to Wychcomb St. Mary to untangle a freakish situation without jeopardizing the intelligence service existence. He met James Sommers, the country doctor who ...more
"Agatha Christie, but make it gay."

I loved it, I can't wait for the rest of this series. This is a fantastic cozy mystery. I got a little confused about characters a couple of times but that is probably because I am a lazy reader. I really adored the main characters, the setting, and the secondary characters. Just very lovely, like all my favorite British mysteries wrapped up into one. But gay!
Freya Marske
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely, cosy English village murder mystery crammed full of queer protagonists and queer supporting characters. It was exactly what I needed during a stressful week, and I'm looking forward to further books in this series so I can save them for rainy days when I need a book that feels like dipping a biscuit into a hot cup of tea.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m, mystery
This was *SO* cute! A lovely cozy English village mystery, set post-WWII, with a spy who just wants somewhere to belong, and a doctor who just wants the world to return to what he wishes it had once been. Absolutely adorable.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melissa by: Cat Sebastian
A m/m romance and mystery set in Wychcomb St. Mary - if you like Grantchester, and want a bit of romance, too, this first installment in Sommers & Page is as if Sidney Chambers was a hot doctor, instead of the vicar (and if you've seen the TV adaptation, James Norton is almost a dead-ringer for Dr. Sommers) and Geordie was a jaded spy, and they were both gay. This is a romance set in the immediate aftermath of WWII so many lives have been shattered and not put back together, if they ever wil ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cozy, with a bit of an edge. The characters have their dark thoughts, and pasts.

I enjoyed the romance, and the outcome of the mystery.
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The WWII queer romance mystery novel I didn't know I needed ;A; It's everything you love about a murder mystery in a small gossipy British village PLUS everything you love about emotional, sexy, Cat Sebastian romance novels, all in one perfectly package.
Full review~
May 26, 2019 added it
This was so good.

More thoughts later.
Anwen Hayward
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of this, and I basically devoured it in two sittings (would have been one, but apparently humans need sleep? Who knew?). Cat Sebastian's books are reliably wonderfully written and researched, and this was no different.

As always, the side characters are ridiculously good fun - in fact, one of my only qualms with this book is that one of the side characters in particular is so interesting that she rather outshone the MCs - and the protagonists are nuan
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Cat writes steamy, upbeat historical romances. They usually take place in the Regency, generally have at least one LGBTQ+ main character, and always have happy endings.

Before writing, Cat was a lawyer and a teacher. She enjoys crossword puzzles, geeking out over birds, gardening badly, and–of course–reading. In high school, her parents went away for a week, and instead of throwing raucous parties,

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