mystery

B+
Hither, Page

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’ ...

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Ever Faithful

Ever Faithful is a terribly cute retro-romance that proves ‘traditional’ doesn’t have to equal ‘boring’; in fact its slow-burning romances and sweet courtships provide beautiful entertainment for the reader. It’s 1933 and Elsie Brookes is working as a maid at the Mammoth Hot Springs L ...

B+
The River Widow

Ann Howard Creel’s southern gothic mystery tale The River Widow combines homespun drama with wicked mystery.  It’s a superb tale, but it’s not without its problems. When we first meet Adah Branch, it’s 1937, the Great Depression is ongoing, and she’s trying to salvage what she can from ...

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The Lying Woods

What happens when it turns out your father is a liar and cheat on a colossal scale? The Lying Woods takes a look at this difficult subject through the eyes of a young man about to discover that the past has a way of catching up with everyone. Owen Foster’s family has long been in the oil busine ...

B
The Royal Runaway

Part mystery, part adventure, part romance, The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory is her entry in the current trend of regal-themed romances. Princess Theodora is recovering from the humiliation of being dumped on her wedding day but discovers things aren't quite what they seem in this story of duty, s ...

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Witchmark

Witchmark, by début author C. L. Polk, is an intriguing blend of history, science fiction, fantasy and romance.  In Aeland, a fictionalized Edwardian England, aristocratic families use their magical gifts to keep a stranglehold on the power and wealth of the nation, whilst relegating anyone outsid ...

B
Obscura

Fans of fast paced, action-based science fiction novels will find a lot to enjoy in Obscura. The tale of a spooky ship, a creepy mystery and a stalwart heroine, this book is a quick and easy read. It begins with an accident. Gillian Ryan is in the car with her husband when the culmination of the ...

B
An Unsuitable Heir

I freely admit that I’ve been chomping at the bit to get my hands on this third and final instalment of K.J. Charles’ Sins of the Cities trilogy, eager to discover who has been violently disposing of anyone with knowledge of the missing heir to the Moreton earldom and to find out how all the pie ...

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Foxglove Copse

Foxglove Copse is the fifth book in Riptide Publishing’s Porthkennack universe, and in my opinion it’s the best so far. The books in the Porthkennack series are all standalones, set in and around the Cornish town of the same name, and this one, written by Alex Beecroft, includes all the elements ...

B+
Missing

Here in the Northern Midwest the weather is warming up, the sun has finally come out from the clouds it’s been hiding behind, flowers are blooming and it seems as though summer may actually be just around the corner. I had my doubts there for a while. And of course, thoughts of summer immediately ...