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Heiress for Hire

Madeline Hunter’s new series, A Duke’s Heiress, opens with Heiress for Hire, a nicely done combination of romance and cosy mystery in which a young widow is left a large sum of money by a man – a duke, no less – she never met.  There’s also a mystery to be solved surrounding the duke’s ...

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Getting Dirty

Getting Dirty falls into the trap a lot of the books in Harlequin’s Dare line fall into, in that it wants to be daring and naughty but falls afoul of typical romance conventions.  And the conventions it shows us aren’t that great, either. Private dick Ash has been assigned to uncover the sec ...

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Her Deadly Secrets

Her Deadly Secrets is the second in Laura Griffin’s Wolfe Security series which débuted last year with Desperate Girls.  Unlike the author’s long-running Tracers series, in which the stories revolve around the workings of a high-tech crime lab, and thus have a strong focus on forensics, the Wo ...

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Silent in the Grave

Silent in the Grave is the book that introduced readers to Lady Julia Grey. While it has its romantic moments, I wouldn't say it's strictly romance. It's more a historical mystery with strong romantic elements - and rather a good one. The book opens as Lady Julia becomes a widow following events tha ...

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Aphrodite's Kiss

A DIKlassic review review originally published on May 6, 2001 Following on the heels of her The Cat's Fancy, her delightful single title contemporary debut romance, Aphrodite's Kiss has made Julie Kenner's books an autobuy for me. I found this book a total delight and absolutely unique. For those ...

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Spies & Prejudice

Girl detectives have always been a big thing in the reading world. From Nancy Drew to the more recent Flavia de Luce, we can’t seem to get enough of youthful sleuths. This novel channels Veronica Mars a bit, combining that character very gently with Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to deliver a fun, ...

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True to the Law

After reading The Last Renegade, the first book in this series, I couldn’t imagine how Goodman could possibly follow up such a delightful and enjoyable tale with anything better. Now I know since she’s outdone herself with this book. Set again in Bitter Springs, Wyoming, the story ...

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Home is Where the Bark Is

This is a follow-up to an earlier book and features the best friend of the author's previous heroine. I didn’t catch the first book, but this one had me laughing from the start, filled with some funny dialog and hilarious situations. Despite that, I never felt the humor was over-the-top, nor did i ...

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First Grave on the Right

"I see dead people" has got to be one of the most famous movie lines of all time. Recounting the number of puns I have seen made of this infamous line would be nigh on impossible. But imagine if you actually did see dead people. All the jokes probably wouldn't be as funny then. Charley Davidson r ...

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Dark Road to Darjeeling

Filled with complex adult characters, beautifully evocative prose, and an intriguing mystery, the latest entry in the Lady Julia Grey series does not disappoint. If you’re a fan of historical mysteries with a strong romantic thread, I highly recommend you read Silent in the Grave, the first book i ...