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Hither, Page

(Page & Sommers #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,112 ratings  ·  251 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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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
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
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
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
Lois Bujold
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers interested in the period, or m/m romances
Recommended to Lois by: random Amazon cross-link
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 ...more
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.
☙ percy ❧
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 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
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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
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
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, historical
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 !
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.
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.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, lgbtq, 4-star
This was a marked improvement for this author. I enjoyed her first book, The Soldier's Scoundrel, but less so the two sequels. And I’ve dragged my feet on reading her other series even though I own the two books that are out. My main complaint has been the poor pacing; she tends to drag the story out too much. But here there were no words wasted. It was just exactly long enough to tell the story well. I was kept highly engaged by both the mystery involving a well-drawn cast of characters and the ...more
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
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
If D.E. Stevenson and Agatha Christie collaborated to make a cozy village murder mystery with a light romance, this would be close to that. The romantic component, of course, for those two authors would be M/F and this one is M/M, but that's a minor point for me. Love is love, attraction is attraction, whatever one's orientation. All I ask for in a relationship is that it be caring and respectful.

This appears to be the first in an intended series, since HITHER PAGE is Page and Sommers, Book 1.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Eva Müller
This book is a scrumptious cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows. It's curling up by the fire while it's snowing outside (the Hollywood movie snow, not the grey half-rain half-snow thing)'s... well, it's just delightful. The mystery is better than in many other mystery-romances (still, the characters are blind to something that's very obvious to the reader but at least it's not something that clears everything up). The characters are lovely and I either want to knit them ...more
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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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