Reviews by LinnieGayl Kimmel

B-
More Than a Lawman

Hands down, More than a Lawman has the most unusual opening for a romance I’ve read this year: the book opens with the heroine hanging like a slab of meat in a locked freezer. When she looks around the freezer she discovers eight – now dead – individuals hanging there along with her. This unus ...

C+
Beautiful Crazy

Beautiful Crazy is the first in Kasey Lane's Rock ‘N’ Ink series featuring rockers and tattoo artists, and I found it to be an uneven read. The first part works too hard to feel current to the detriment of both characters and plot. Aside from numerous info dumps, I didn’t feel as if I knew mu ...

B-
A Sure Thing

Are you tired of romance series featuring large families? Then A Sure Thing probably isn’t for you. This is the first in Marie Harte’s The Donnigans series, featuring a large, dysfunctional Seattle family. While parts of the book felt familiar – a wounded Afghan vet back in the U.S., a large ...

A-
A Terrible Beauty

A Terrible Beauty, the eleventh entry in the Lady Emily series, returns to a pivotal event that occurred prior to the first book: the death of Lady Emily’s first husband Lord Philip Ashton. Over the course of the series Lady Emily has gone from being a recent widow to being a respected Greek schol ...

D+
Glitter

The premise of Glitter – a story set in a time with residents of the Palace of Versailles dressing and acting as if it’s the 18th Century – intrigued me. The author’s website describes the book as “Marie Antoinette meets Breaking Bad” and I suppose that’s an apt description, as our her ...

C-
The Secrets of Wishtide

My favorite mystery sub-genre is historical mysteries. I was excited to discover The Secrets of Wishtide,  set in 1850s England, a slightly different time period to those I normally read. The book features Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, the widow of an Archdeacon, who does investigations for her barrister bro ...

C+
The Confectioner's Tale

Paris is one of my favorite cities to visit, so when I learned that the historical portions of The Confectioner’s Tale are set in Paris in 1910 it seemed a perfect book for me to review. I was intrigued to learn that the “contemporary” portion is set in 1988 – mostly in Cambridge, another fa ...

B
The Queen's Accomplice

The Queen’s Accomplice is the sixth entry in the author’s World War II era mystery series featuring Maggie Hope, a former MIT mathematics graduate student and current secret operative for the British government. Over the course of the series Maggie has moved from working in Winston Churchill’s ...

B
The Bookshop on the Corner

I like romances with heroines who love to read. In the case of The Bookshop on the Corner, not only does the heroine love to read, the book is almost a love story about reading and the joys books can bring to people’s lives. In fact, the eventual romance – and it comes late – takes a bit of a ...

B-
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d

Whenever anyone asks what my favorite mystery series is, I respond, without hesitation, the Flavia de Luce series!  Set in the early 1950s, the books center around the activities of Flavia de Luce, a pigtailed, twelve-year old with a love of chemistry (poisons in particular) and an uncanny knack fo ...