The Widow Ginger by Pip Granger Series: Soho, 3 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Third in the fictional Soho series based in post-World War II England, I continue to be amazed and thoroughly enjoying of Granger’s thoroughness with the vernacular. I’ve really noticed the use of the Cockney in this particular story and it’s been an absolute treat used in the middle of family. Yes, there’s a “criminal element” here but it’s more of a past practicality than anything. A way to survive and thrive through the privations of World War II. It’s a tight-knit family that has nothing to do with blood and everything to do with friendship in the very tolerant Soho. Aunt Maggie and Uncle Bert run the café, which serves as a gathering place for everyone. Rosie is the little girl they adopted as a baby from another of the extended family—and we finally get a good inkling as to the identity of her father! There’s Bandy and Sugar, an odd couple who run a local private club—Bandy smokes too much, wears slinky pajamas to the club where she loves to insult the patrons into coming back almost as much as she loves children and […]
Nothing Like The Night by David Lawrence Series: DS Stella Mooney, 2 My rating: 4 of 5 stars Second in the DS Stella Mooney mystery series set in modern-day London, Mooney has her work cut out for her with what turns into a serial murder case. The circumstances are bizarre and cause Stella to bring Dr. Anne Beaumont onto the case to create a profile. Poor Anne. Stella is, as usual, obsessed with the case and doesn’t consider night from day and badgers Dr. Beaumont at all hours. Nor does Anne know when Stella will be discussing her own personal issues or the case’s. Things are also heating up between Stella and Delaney while George gets a nasty revelation leading to a trip around Cape Horn. Additional subplots include background on how a serial murderer is created (a positive reason for instituting a program requiring that parents be licensed to have children!); Dogboy with his pack; Delaney’s investigation into a previous suspect’s beating at the hands of the police; and, Stella’s evolving dreams. It’s easy to be pulled into Stella’s life, both at the station and at home, as Lawrence writes with a passion that clearly creates the surroundings in […]
After a fire at Llanfair’s new French restaurant makes murder the dish du jour, Constable Evans is on the case.
Gin promises Caine she’ll help him find the traitor in the police force, if he’ll help her root out the unknown Air elemental killing people important to Gin.
Mistress by Amanda Quick My rating: 2 of 5 stars Yes, the title is quite accurate as this tale is about a woman faking being a notorious lord’s mistress while he’s in the country—well, she thinks the Earl of Masters is dead by his blackmailer’s hands and that it won’t matter what she’s up to. Her purpose in pursuing this course is to find out who is blackmailing her widowed aunt; Iphiginia Bright believes that it can only be the men who know both the late Lord Guthrie and Marcus Cloud, Earl of Masters. Unfortunately for Iphiginia, Masters is not dead and, when he learns of Iphiginia’s activities, comes back to town to confront her at the Fenwicks’ ball. He quickly finds himself both physically and intellectually attracted to the widow Bright and agrees to allow her masquerade to continue, only, he doesn’t intend for it to be a masquerade any longer. It didn’t take long for me to remember why I don’t like Quick. Yes, she does tell an interesting tale if only she would take into account the culture and manners of the time period in which she writes. I find that this lack of attention is very […]
Fundamentalists want to restore the glory of the Ottoman Empire, spurred on by a Roman manifest from AD 327, which may change history unless Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino can stop it.
Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer My rating: 4 of 5 stars A Regency romance with all the pathos and comedy that Heyer provides. Sir Gareth has finally comes to terms with his loss realizing that he must have an heir now that Arthur has been killed in the Peninsular War. Although he can never love anyone again, he does care for Hester Theale and so he sets out to honor her with his proposal. Sir Gareth is considered a prize in the Marriage Mart so he doesn’t consider that he may meet with rejection. After all Hester has been on the shelf for years now. How can she not see this as a rescue? Even when Gareth does some rescuing of a beautiful damsel in what he thinks is distress and brings this diamond along. When he enters the drawing room at Brancaster Park with the young and beautiful Amanda, the Earl and his family are shocked while Hester feels a relief mingled in with her unhappiness. Leave it to Amanda to liven things up when she escapes from Brancaster Park with Uncle Fabian to continue her intentions of forcing her grandfather to allow her marriage to her beloved Neil. […]
No motive for the murder of playwright Joy Sinclair can be found, and the suspects include a famous actress, a theatrical producer, and the woman DI Lynley loves.
A young woman dies after finishing dessert, and Faith is in serious trouble. Aleford’s wagging tongues say Faith herself laced the goodie with cyanide.
Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer My rating: 4 of 5 stars A very enjoyable Regency romance which takes place in Bath. Abigail Wendover finally returns to the home she shares with her older sister, Selina, and their niece, Fanny, after an exhausting five weeks of helping their sister, Jane, care for her brood of measled children with Jane expecting hourly to add another to the group—and Nurse with a broken leg! Abby has treated herself to a week of shopping in London with another sister, Mary, but is so looking forward to the peace and quiet of her own home. Alas, it is not to be, as it seems there is a fortune hunter after the heiress, Fanny. Those in Bath who don’t know Stacy Calverleigh’s reputation consider him a charming, well-mannered young man. Those who do know his reputation, well… Selina has fallen for his charm but when Abby meets him, she sees the calculation underlying his exterior poise and is at her wit’s end trying to figure out how to detach him when she meets his uncle, Miles Calverleigh, the black sheep of the Calverleigh family. Unfortunately for Abby, Miles has absolutely no thought of interfering—he does have […]