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486
India Black (Madam of Espionage, #1)
3.49
it was ok
Oh me oh my--I sooo wanted to like this book. It sounded just my thing. Alas, it did not work for me. Maybe I had on my grouchy pants when I was readi ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 03, 2011
 
546
Garment of Shadows (Mary Russell, #12)
3.91
really liked it
Ah, much better..
After being so sorely disappointed in The Pirate King, I was rather hesitant about reading this one. However, my trepidation was unne
...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
 
713
Snowdrift and Other Stories
4.09
really liked it
Lovely short stories. GH could write as well in the short form as she did in novel length.
This book is best when savored in small doses--a story a day
...more
Mar 14, 2017
Mar 20, 2017
 
537
Master and God
3.71
really liked it
First up, for those who didn't read the blurb--this is NOT a Falco mystery--No Falco, no Helena, nope, no, nada.
Now that we've gotten that out of the
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Jun 18, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
 
541
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
4.20
really liked it
Utterly charming fairy tale. Buran is the middle of seven daughters of a poor merchant. Buran is smart, clever and wants to do something, anything to ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
 
642
The Forgotten Room
3.88
it was ok
Well, I am totally bummed. I so wanted to like this book, but I had issues with it from the get-go.
The big deal breakers for me were the format and th
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Jan 30, 2016
Jan 30, 2016
 
702
Sylvester, or The Wicked Uncle
4.10
really liked it
4.5 stars for this charming offering from GH.
Oh how I loved Phoebe. She writes a novel whose villain is the physical image of Sylvester. All hell bre
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Jan 17, 2017
 
731
Death in Zanzibar
3.85
liked it
Oh this was a tough one to grade.
The descriptions of the various locations, the deft handling of the politics of the time (late 1950s) and place (Eas
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Jul 18, 2017
Jul 14, 2017
 
718
A Most Extraordinary Pursuit (Emmaline Truelove, #1)
3.56
it was ok
Meh, I lost interest around page 161.
I think it was the time-travel bit that finally tipped me out of the book.
Apr 21, 2017
Apr 16, 2017
 
721
A Purely Private Matter (Rosalind Thorne Mysteries, #2)
3.89
really liked it
Very engrossing mystery, with the clues being slowly revealed. I had to keep reading, intensely interested in what our intrepid heroine would discover ...more
May 17, 2017
Dec 08, 2016
 
715
A Lady's Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless, #5)
4.03
it was amazing
Duran outdid herself with this one. She manages to pack the story with numerous familiar tropes and produce a thought-provoking original.
Jane Mason, o
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Mar 27, 2017
Mar 26, 2017
 
574
Circle Of Shadows (Crowther and Westerman, #4)
3.99
really liked it
The blurb gives a good idea of the basics of the story--
This book so easily could have been subtitles 'A Tale of Love and Madness'. Those two themes a
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Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
 
425
A Murderous Procession (Mistress of the Art of Death, #4)
4.11
liked it
This 4th book featuring Adelia Aguilar is a very mixed bag. Henry II insists that Adelia(and most of her household) accompany his young daughter Joann ...more
Apr 18, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
 
682
The Secrets of Wishtide
3.77
liked it
3.5 stars to the first in a new series.
Pluses: Laetitia is charming, smart, well-fleshed out, as are her brother Fred and Mary Bentley. The murder mys
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Sep 22, 2016
Sep 22, 2016
 
723
Murder in the Bowery (Gaslight Mystery, #20)
4.01
liked it
3.5 stars for the latest in this long running series.
It is always a pleasure to catch up with these characters. Frank Malloy (former cop, now private
...more
May 27, 2017
May 22, 2017
 
709
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
4.02
really liked it
First rate soap opera! I can just see this as a BBC mini-series.
While most of the villagers are types rather than fully developed characters, three s
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Feb 19, 2017
Feb 17, 2017
 
9
The Tiger's Woman
4.24
it was amazing
Absolutely top notch historical romantic fiction. You have it all--wild San Francisco, abused heroine on the run, reclusive hero. Very emotional. Keep ...more
Jan 1985
Jun 12, 2008
 
740
Above Suspicion
3.83
really liked it
Oh wow!
Set in the summer of 1939 (and published in 1941), the story's sense of impending doom really ratchets up the suspense. This falls into the 'a
...more
Oct 07, 2017
Oct 02, 2017
 
743
Minds of Winter
3.26
really liked it
4.5 stars for this engrossing tale of Arctic obsession.
The story weaves back and forth between a modern setting and various historical vignettes. The
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Nov 25, 2017
Oct 09, 2017
 
50
Beauvallet
3.60
it was amazing
Though written well before Errol Flynn made The Sea Hawk, I dare you to read this and >not< picture Flynn as dashing Nick Beauvallet. Sweeping r ...more
Aug 28, 1969
Jun 23, 2008
 
738
An Echo of Murder (William Monk, #23)
4.02
it was ok
Okay, who replaced the real Anne Perry with this imposter? Or maybe it was the editor who was replaced! Anyway you look at it, this was awful in terms ...more
Sep 26, 2017
Sep 22, 2017
 
268
The Unknown Ajax
4.03
liked it
ETA: 12/30/2012
Just finished a re-read of this and I have to say it isn't one of my favorites or one of her best, though I have thought better of it i
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Aug 31, 1969
Jun 23, 2008
 
469
Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mysteries, #1)
3.87
liked it
Very interesting murder mystery set in Boston, post-Civil War. The Hewitt family is one of Boston's most elite. But they are not immune to tragedy, as ...more
Aug 20, 2010
Aug 12, 2010
 
560
The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery, #1)
3.91
liked it
The obvious target audience for this book are fans of the Lady Julia Grey books or even Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily books. It has first-person narrat ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
 
419
The Perfect Wife
3.30
it was ok
I cannot believe I wasted several hours on such a stupid book. There was just too much going on. I can say the actual writing was competant and the au ...more
Mar 21, 2010
Mar 21, 2010
 
47
Frederica
4.15
really liked it
I have read this so many times I've lost count. It definitely ranks in my personal top 10.
4.5 stars from me.
Frederica is a joy, Alverstoke a wonderfu
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Jul 08, 1968
Jun 23, 2008
 
716
Pale Guardian (James Asher, #7)
3.97
really liked it
Hambly has now plopped the reader and her main characters smack dab in the early parts of World War I.
It is early 1915: Dr. Lydia Asher is with the m
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Apr 05, 2017
Apr 03, 2017
 
736
The Essence of Malice (Amory Ames Mystery #4)
3.79
liked it
3.5 stars
Clever, witty, chic mystery set in 1933. Amory and her oh so handsome and debonair husband Milo are drawn to Paris on a request for help from
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Sep 19, 2017
Sep 17, 2017
 
728
Murder on Black Swan Lane (A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery, #1)
4.03
really liked it
Very entertaining start to a new series set in Regency England.
I liked our hero, the Earl of Wrexford.
Aside--why doesn't he have a name? Seriously! Al
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Jul 04, 2017
Jul 01, 2017
 
735
A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock, #2)
4.16
really liked it
Still thinking about this one. Review coming soon.
9/9/17: No sophomore slump here; the second Charlotte Holmes book is just as engaging as the first.
T
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Sep 07, 2017
Sep 07, 2017
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