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Hither, Page

(Page & Sommers #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  3,699 ratings  ·  721 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 (first published June 7th 2019)
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Heather Anything by this author, Cat Sebastian, is going to be a great queer, english, murder mystery!

Some of my favorites, though, are:

The Queer Principles o…more
Anything by this author, Cat Sebastian, is going to be a great queer, english, murder mystery!

Some of my favorites, though, are:

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian (set in 1750s England)

Slippery Creatures by K.J. Charles (set right after WWI England, this is a trilogy and AMAZING)

His Lordship's Secret by Samantha SoRelle (I haven't read this one but it's on my list and right up my alley!)

Hopefully this helps! But honestly if you look at some of these authors they have so many good ones. (less)

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Michael Jensen
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was almost finished with Cat Sebastian's Hither, Page when Friend X asked what I was currently reading. "Isn't that a M/M romance?" they said when I told them. "Because, ugh, I do not read those."

"It is," I said, "But I understand." And our conversation moved on to other topics.

But as we kept talking, another part of my brain piped up, "Um, excuse me, Michael. If Friend X had said 'Ugh, I do not talk to Swiss people' or 'Ugh, I do not eat chocolate' you would've pointed out that writing off a
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
h o l l i s
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
Vanna (on a semi-hiatus due to onslaught of work)
4.5 Loved-this-cross-of-an-Agatha-Christie-novel-with-M/M romance Stars!! 😱😍 💕🤩
It's 1946, WWII is over but the ravages of the war are far from over, especially for the good doctor; Dr James Sommers residing in the small village of Wychcomb St. Mary. His battle-scars (PTSD) are invisible, but make his life and work as a doctor/surgeon challenging at times. However, with a strong will and positive outlook, he relishes his work as the village doctor, checking in with the mishmash of villagers, the
Lois Bujold
Mash-up of several subgenres: the cozy English village murder mystery, spy stuff, historical with a pretty convincing just-post-WWII depressed British social scene, m/m romance. The latter, set historically, has the drama threatening the relationship and raising the stakes built-in by the setting, relieving the need for much in the way of Stupid Misunderstandings to move the plot along, always a plus. The ending felt a little crammed, as the writer contrived to arrange happy endings and apportio ...more
nemo the emo ☠️ (pagesandprozac)
cat sebastian is always a fucking delight but this was even more delightful than usual.

fantastically developed characters, a luscious slow burn romance that didn't make me want to slam my face into the nearest wall like most slow burns do, and a mystery worthy of agatha christie?? bingpot. (apologies to people who have never watched b99 for using that word.)

and the next one comes out in one and a half years. boy oh boy do i love DEATH
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A solid historical mystery set just after WWII, with the lingering aftereffects of the way playing a large role in the plot. Well-written, with interesting characters. I hope Wendy goes on to great, or at least dramatic, things.
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 h
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great start to a series

I really enjoyed this story. Good mystery and slow burn romance.

Fave quote: “I don’t think you have a place to call your own.” He rubbed the back of his neck. “A place where you belong. You could belong here.”
Ulysses Dietz
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hither Page
By Cat Sebastian
Published by the author, 2019
Five stars

“Have you ever met a rich man somebody didn’t want to kill?”

I’ve read a lot of favorable commentary about this book, and I was not disappointed in the least. Cat Sebastian – who, against all logic, is an American and from, as she puts it, a swampy part of the South, somehow captures the language and the sense of place of a British writer. I am a snob and a sucker for British authors, not to mention historical fiction, and Sebastia
re-read/listen - still like this, it's got a quiet but intense tone the setting making it feel more than a light cosy. Love how there's so many secrets and digging into things for someone to then casually mention them as if open fact and no bother, made me grin and seemed typical.

Narration is ok, it's Joel Leslie - if you've listened to one you know what you get! Able and listenable but.. His women's voices are limited and accents uncertain, a few sound mock-Australian to me. Not the best choice
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
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars

Cat Sebastian has become known for her queer historical romances set in the nineteenth century, so Hither, Page is a bit of a departure in that it is set in Post-WW2 England. The sleepy Cotswold village of Wychcomb St. Mary is the sort of place where everyone knows everyone else, is in each other’s business, and gossip abounds, but also where people pull together and look out for one another in times of trouble.  Hither, Page is billed as the first
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 life of Wychcomb St. Mary, a sleepy Cotswolds village in the early years after the end of WW2, is shaken by the suspicious death of a nosy charwoman. Leonard Page, a jaded and disillusioned spy, is sent to investigate the murder and his arrival starts wreaking havoc to the life of the village's inhabitants who may be hiding secrets behind the closed doors of their living rooms and parlours.

The presence of Page - who represents by extension the disruption of the imaginary bubble of peace and
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Re-read in time for publication of book 2.

This was a rather enjoyable post WWII mystery. The description of the setting, in terms of both place and time, was compelling. I mean there is nothing better than a mystery in a small English village :0)

The plot was decent but the strongest element here was the cast. The two main characters of the spy and the country doctor, of course, but also the rest of the inhabitants, all hiding something. The portrayal of people dealing with life after the war, b
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. ...more
* 5 Stars *
*MM-Romance, Historical, Mystery, Small town/village, Slow burn, Low to Med Heat, HFN*

I LOVE CAT SEBASTIAN. I own and have read about ten of her work, and each one is as excellent as the next. Cat Sebastian made me fall in love with historical romances once again.
I found everything to be absolutely perfect in Hither, Page .
~ The sarcastic, wounded ex-war-time-medic who wants to live with his head buried in the sand and battle his PTSD all by his lonesome.
~ The cynical spy who has
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
This was the most boring ass "mystery" I've ever read. I should have quit this two days ago when I originally wanted to, but I got stubborn.

I really enjoyed Sebastian's Turner series, and so I was looking forward to reading this. But it was so slow and quaint, despite these men dealing with PTSD and murders. But the slow and quaint far outbalanced the PTSD and murders, and honestly, there was so much tonal discord to the various pieces crammed into this thing, that none of them really get a cha
This was spectacularly good. Wow. Cat Sebastian is one of my favourites, and this is quite different in lots of ways from the other things she has written, but it's possibly even better. I absolutely loved this and it's one of my favourite things I've read this year. It's nuanced, it's tight, it's moving, it's funny, and it's extremely satisfying. I *cannot* wait until the next book. ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This was absolutely fantastic.
I have to be honest, I'm not a huge fan of historical and I'm always very picky with my historical books but this blew my mind.

Page and Sommers was fantastic, complex characters and I was really rooting for them from the start. I am a sucker for Agatha Christie and this had all those feels. Can't wait for more.
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
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a lovely historical read ... just needed a little more passion for me. I sense this is just the beginning for these two and perhaps some spice will be added in the next one !
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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
Shawna (endemictoearth)
This is legitimately good mystery, but an even better study of a village. Very Agatha Christie, only more introspective. I'm very happy this is the start of a series, because the two MCs are wonderful, but we are really only just starting to know them when the story ends. I just loved the writing, and can tell I'll be re-reading soon.

(And, less than six months later, I have!)
Another Cat Sebastian book I loved - shocker, I know.

James is a military doctor turned country surgeon after WWII was over, and Leo is a spy and an assassin and for him the war never ended. Leo is sent to the English village of Wychcomb St. Mary - the place James grew up in and retired to - to investigate a murder that might or might not involve an old Sergeant suspected of conspiring with the Nazis during the war. The two meet, realize they've met before, and form a tentative friendship that g
I've given this an A for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals

Cat Sebastian’s Hither, Page is book one in a series of mysteries set just after the Second World War in the sort of sleepy English village beloved of cosy mysteries and British detective series; a place in which all the inhabitants are in and out of each other’s business, gossip abounds and deep secrets are kept. I read the book when it came out last summer and enjoyed it very much, so I was really pleased to be able to experie
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I can't write a review right now, but I think author Kaje Harper wrote the best one and one with which I heartily agree. Atmospheric with a strong sense of time and place. Deftly drawn characters. Lovely prose. A few editorial faux pas, for which I deducted a half star. Please refer to Ms. Harper's review.
Audiobook: Full five stars for the audiobook. Voice actor Joel Leslie was phenomenal. As with the book: The writing is atmospheric with a strong sense of time and place. The characters are deftly drawn. The prose is lovely, and the narrative and dialogue insightful and ever so charming. And the mystery? Well done! Cat Sebastian is a truly superb writer.
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Cat Sebastian has written sixteen queer historical romances. Cat’s books have received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist.

Before writing, Cat was a lawyer and a teacher and did a variety of other jobs she liked much less than she enjoys writing happy endings for queer people. She was born in New Jersey and lived in New York and Arizona before settling dow

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