A lovely and optimistic start to a new series that I’m quite glad to have come across. I don’t know what drew me in, but I thought the cover was cozyA lovely and optimistic start to a new series that I’m quite glad to have come across. I don’t know what drew me in, but I thought the cover was cozy and sweet, and with the setting of post war London, I was completely smitten.
While the mystery lies with the murder that involves two clients of the Right Sort Marriage Bureau which our two protagonists own, what I really loved to read about was the London after World War II. The world building was so realistic that I felt like I was watching this as a movie. I could easily picture a city that was trying to regain its composure after the devastation that was the war. People trying to get back their lives, trying to move on after losing loved ones, and generally life trying to continue after so much death. I’m no particular history buff but I enjoyed reading about the historical aspect of this particular story.
What I also loved was the two women who seemed to be opposites of each other. Iris, the mysterious supposed spy that had seen the war firsthand, and Gwen, the kind hearted widow who was left with a child. They both had their strengths, and were intelligent and resourceful in their own ways. I liked the idea that after so much destruction, they came up with a business of ‘rebuilding life’ with a marriage bureau. It was fun and light in the face of everything else.
If you like cozy mysteries that have heart, I think you’d enjoy this one. I highly recommend it. My knowledge is limited considering the historical accuracy of all, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these ladies, in a city that I adore and miss wholeheartedly...more
It is now been cemented in my mind to always keep an eye out for Mary Burton’s books. I’ve only read two books by her before this one mind you, but thIt is now been cemented in my mind to always keep an eye out for Mary Burton’s books. I’ve only read two books by her before this one mind you, but they’ve been enough for me to believe in her storytelling.
HIDE AND SEEK was fast paced and captivating. This book was like a crossover episode of Criminal Minds and Law and Order Svu, and as someone who enjoyed both shows back when I was able to commit to watching tv series, I enjoyed this one a lot. From the very start, I was in tune with the main characters, especially Special Agent Macy Crow. The case was engaging, the book was heavy on the dialogues which helped with the flow and created that tv show effect. The story went on non stop, and not once was I alienated from anything that happened.
I highly recommend this book, this is definitely one of the top notch examples of a crime thrille...more
I’m going to be completely honest with you, and tell you that I’ve truly been torn about my rating for this book. Not for the lack of enjoyment, mindI’m going to be completely honest with you, and tell you that I’ve truly been torn about my rating for this book. Not for the lack of enjoyment, mind you, because I enjoyed this book. But perhaps because it took me a while to get in the book. Let me explain.
This book, though stated as the first of a series, is actually, probably a spin off of another series. Now, I usually don’t have much problem when reading such a story, but it seemed like in this case the rest of the characters who I believe had their own stories in whatever series this one sprouted from, never left the scene. Sure, the book was about Cleopatra and Thorne, two members of rival families, but especially in Thorne’s case, his family was there too much. While a part of me resented this, not knowing the stories of Thorne’s family when they occupied so much of his life, another part of me understood this for exactly that reason. Because they were so much part of his life, and having an idea about their lives, I can see why. Thorne and his brothers-and Cleopatra and her own family of mischiefs- are all pickpockets and thieves from the streets. They’re orphans at their best, and trouble at their worst. From what I gathered, they had shitty lives, all of them, up until Christi Caldwell gave them their stories.
So, there lies my problem. When I think about how left out I felt when I was reading this book, and how it took me quite a while to get into the story, I think I should bump down a star. But then I think how these people are intertwined with each other, however damaged their so called families are, and the fact that after that while that took me to warm up to the story and the characters, I simply couldn’t wait to read on, I can’t really bear to off that one star. So here goes.
This was an enjoyable historical romance, perhaps one that should be read after its predecessor if you’re strict about that stuff and if you don’t want to be left out at all. I personally found that, for all my whining about spin offs and supporting characters who kept me at an arm’s length away, I truly liked this book. And can’t wait to read the next story in the series. Not to mention, going back and reading the previous stories of these men and women who so occupied Cleopatra and Thorne’s minds and hearts....more