regency

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Sorcerer to the Crown

I’ve tried so many of the ‘British history, but with magic’ books over the years: Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, etc. Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown is the best one I’ve read - and the competition is not even close. ...

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What the Devil Knows

This sixteenth book in C.S Harris’ series of historical mysteries featuring aristocratic sleuth Sebastian St. Cyr is an entertaining page-turner which sees Sebastian investigating a number of particularly gruesome murders in and around London’s East End.  As always with these books, the histori ...

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Where the Dead Lie

When it comes to C.S. Harris’ long-running series of historical mysteries featuring the aristocratic sleuth, Sebastian St. Cyr, I arrived rather late to the party.  With eleven books already available, I wasn’t going to be able to catch up on them all in print, so, as I often do in such cases, ...

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The Earl Next Door

The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels has everything I love and expect in a well-written regency romance but feels fresh and original. Immediately after finishing the book, I searched for other works by Ms. Michaels and was surprised and impressed to discover that this is her début novel. It is a s ...

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Lady in Blue

There are more and more older titles being put back into circulation as authors and publishers republish their back catalogues electronically, and I certainly enjoy being able to access such titles easily and without having to search used-book shops for dog-eared copies or pay a fortune in postage f ...

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Seven Years to Sin

Seven Years to Sin commences (and concludes) with coitus. At its start, Lady Jessica Sheffield, on the eve of her wedding, is walking her dog on her fiancé’s estate. The pug runs away and, as she chases it down, she stumbles across a gazebo in which Alistair Caulfield, a friend of her fiancé’s ...

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Night in Eden

I don't get a chance to eat out at elegant restaurants much, so when I go, I invariably choose a dish I've had before. I don't want to waste my time, dollars, and calories on a meal I've never tried and that I might not like. Then I'd be disappointed and wish I hadn't experimented. I s ...