Unladylike Rules of Attraction – Amita Murray

Anya Marleigh is a musician in Queen Charlotte’s court. Despite her half-Indian heritage, she’s respected for her angelic voice and musical talent. She’d been hired by the recently deceased Dowager Countess Budleigh for private singing engagements and thought they had a pleasant business relationship – until she found out that the dowager had willed herContinueContinue reading “Unladylike Rules of Attraction – Amita Murray”

Locked in Pursuit – Ashley Weaver

Usually, when I want to knock some sense into a character, I’m reading a dubiously written romance novel, not a well-written mystery by a great author; yet, here I am. Although a great story with a twisty ending, Electra McDonnell has never frustrated me as much as she has in her latest release, Locked inContinueContinue reading “Locked in Pursuit – Ashley Weaver”

The Persephone Code – Julia Golding

The Persephone Code by Julia Golding is fast and furious with some likable characters. The characters were the novel’s highlight, although they made one or two strange decisions. I liked how adventurous the plot was, but it could have been more intricate and mysterious. I felt that the supposed center of the plot was almostContinueContinue reading “The Persephone Code – Julia Golding”

Long Live the Baron – Nina Jarrett

I’m not sure how to start this review, to be honest. I try to be optimistic, but I struggled through Long Live the Baron; I would give it a maximum of two stars. The novel was promising based on the synopsis on BookSirens, but it fell apart pretty quickly for me. The characters were blandContinueContinue reading “Long Live the Baron – Nina Jarrett”

Murder by Lamplight – Patrice McDonough

In her debut novel, Patrice McDonough creates an engaging murder mystery. I couldn’t guess the murderer at all, but I thought the characters could have been more robust. Overall, I give the book a 3.5-star rating, but the mystery a 5-star.  Bucking rules, laws, and expectations, Dr. Julia Lewis, through a loophole, is licensed toContinueContinue reading “Murder by Lamplight – Patrice McDonough”

Jack Haldean Appreciation Post – Dolores Gordon-Smith

Advisory: This post will include a lot of fangirling, so if you need a TL/DR: Read this series.  I started A Fete Worse Than Death in 2020, believe it or not. I’d added it to my TBR a while before that but, like the Ursula Blanchard series, avoided it because I wasn’t a huge fanContinueContinue reading “Jack Haldean Appreciation Post – Dolores Gordon-Smith”

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Lord – Celeste Connally

Apologies, readers, as I read this book a while ago, forgot to write a review, thought I wrote the review, and am now having to refresh my memory on the whole novel. With that opening sentence, you wouldn’t think I’d be recommending the book to you but, we have to chalk that up to theContinueContinue reading “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Lord – Celeste Connally”

The Paris Mystery – Kirsty Manning

Seeking a fresh start, reporter Charlie James alights in Paris to start her new job as a reporter for The Times. Although her boss is surprised (and a little miffed) that she’s not the man he thought she’d be, he gives her a chance to prove herself. Her first task is to write an articleContinueContinue reading “The Paris Mystery – Kirsty Manning”

A Newlywed’s Guide to Fortune and Murder – Dianne Freeman

Finally Mrs. Hazelton instead of the Countess of Harleigh, Frances is looking for a way to fill her time while her new husband, George, is on a mission from the British Museum. She finds one in the dowager Viscountess Winstead, who wants Frances to sponsor her niece, Kate, for presentation to the Queen. When FrancesContinueContinue reading “A Newlywed’s Guide to Fortune and Murder – Dianne Freeman”

Pernicious Proclivities – W. Michael Hewitt

Thank you, Mr. Hewitt, for reaching out to me with a copy of Pernicious Proclivities. I am giving this review voluntarily. Pernicious Proclivities takes place a bit more recently than my other recent historical reads, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the novel. It took me a little bit to adjust to the voiceContinueContinue reading “Pernicious Proclivities – W. Michael Hewitt”