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review 2019-01-16 21:47
In the Bleak Midwinter / Julia Spencer-Fleming
In the Bleak Midwinter - Julia Spencer-Fleming

Heavy Snow...Icy Desires...Cold-Blooded Murder

Clare Fergusson, St. Alban's new priest, fits like a square peg in the conservative Episcopal parish at Millers Kill, New York. She is not just a "lady," she's a tough ex-Army chopper pilot, and nobody's fool. Then a newborn infant left at the church door brings her together with the town's police chief, Russ Van Alstyne, who's also ex-Army and a cynical good shepherd for the stray sheep of his hometown. Their search for the baby's mother quickly leads them into the secrets that shadow Millers Kill like the ever-present Adirondacks. What they discover is a world of trouble, an attraction to each other—and murder...

 

I never know these days when I pick up a mystery whether it will be a hit or a miss—I have read so many of them at this point that I’ve become pretty picky.

So I was pleasantly surprised by this selection—for a first book of a series, it was great. First off, I enjoyed the author’s style. I was never distracted by the words, I was able to immerse myself in the world of Millers Kill, N.Y. and go with the flow.

Secondly, I really connected with her two main characters, Rev. Claire Fergusson and the Chief of Police, Russ Van Alstyne. I loved Clare’s independence, the unexpectedness of her being an Episcopalian priest, being ex-army, driving an impractical hot little red car, and learning the ins and outs of this new community where she has been hired. I also couldn’t help liking Russ, who grew up in the community and has returned after his army career.

Just like Agatha Christie, Spencer-Fleming has chosen a small town as a setting for her story. It gives Clare and Russ a much better knowledge of the people around them, making the crime-solving aspect much more informed and interesting. Solving murders in a big city involves much more luck, while these mysteries set in small communities allow for much more exploration of the human decisions that pull people into criminal acts.

Unlike so many series where I’ve sampled one book and feel no need to follow up, I suspect I will catch up with Claire and Russ again in the near future!

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review 2019-01-16 01:19
A Christmas Party by Georgette Heyer
A Christmas Party - Georgette Heyer

This took me quite a while to get through, and I didn't finish it in time for the 24 Festive Tasks game, but I still really enjoyed it. The idea is that the master of the house is murdered at Christmas when the house is full of guests; suspicions ensue. I had guessed the murderer but I couldn't quite work out how they had done it, but that added more to my enjoyment than it detracted from it. It was quite clever overall.

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review 2019-01-15 20:24
A Swan for Christmas - M.M. Wilde

Una lettura dolcissima e piena di buoni sentimenti. La storia facente parte di una serie scritta da più autori ci porta in una cittadina dove regnano l'amore e le coccole, una cittadina fatata in cui shifter, umani, streghe e maghi vivono in pace ed armonia aiutandosi e supportandosi. Viste le premesse la novella scorre senza troppi problemi senza mai cadere nel angst o nel dramma. Troviamo Vic un Alpha shifter lupo, proprietario della locanda più famosa della piccola cittadina che durante una tormenta di neve salva da morte certa il dolce Kellan, uno sfortunato omega shifter cigno abbandonato dalla sua famiglia. I due seppur diversi per cultura, età e passato impareranno ben presto a conoscersi avvicinandosi sempre di più fino all'inevitabile, e anche piuttosto affrettato visto il numero di pagine, innamoramento. La storia è molto carina e piena di miele, perfetta per il clima natalizio e per combattere il freddo invernale. Vic è il classico bravo ragazzo che si lancerebbe nel fuoco per salvare l'amato e Kellan è il bravo ragazzo sfortunato, maltrattato e costretto a crescere prima del tempo per pregiudizio, ignoranza e crudeltà della famiglia. I due uomini si completano a vicenda e la loro storia seppur un po' troppo affrettata mi ha conquistato. La pecca principale che mi ha impedito di arrotondare a 5 stelline facendomi storcere il naso ahimè è proprio la lunghezza della storia. Essendo racconti brevi di appena un centinaio di pagine purtroppo mancano di descrizioni e approfondimenti. Sarebbe infatti stato bello esplorare maggiormente la natura degli shifter cigno essendo creature rarissime negli universi shifter/omegaverse così come il rapporto tra i due protagonisti. Non so se alcune cose verranno accennate in altri libri essendo in parte collegati (in questo ad esempio vengono citati due personaggi che saranno la prossima coppietta protagonista) però.. ho trovato i personaggi presentati (sia principali che secondari) non troppo approfonditi a livello di background. Sappiamo qualcosa in più su Kellan in base ai suoi racconti ma pochissimo su Vic e ancora di meno sugli amici della coppietta. Avrei voluto di più. Anche l'innamoramento è rapidissimo e si passa dal flirt al sesso in pochissime pagine. Tempo di uscire insieme che già si mettono insieme e la gravidanza rapidissima di Kellan non aiuta. Anche la gravidanza infatti avrei voluto fosse curata di più essendo particolare vista la natura del giovane omega. Curiosa infatti la scelta delle uova (seppur in tema) e avrei voluto capire come un lupo possa in effetti rendere fertili le uova di un cigno... avrei voluto il classico personaggio che spiega "è successo per questi motivi" almeno... ok che in un mondo fatato e magico le cose strane sono all'ordine del giorno però.. qualche dettaglio non avrebbe fatto male a nessuno. In ogni caso è una storiella carina che consiglio ma... credo sia da leggere solo dopo aver letto i libri precedenti. Non è indispensabile ma mi sono ritrovata a conoscere personaggi che a quanto pare sono vecchie conoscenze di Vic e che probabilmente sono stati approfonditi nei volumi precedenti e anche se ho potuto apprezzare il loro buon cuore e simpatia non mi sono entrati dentro come i protagonisti rimanendo personaggi di contorno carini ma nulla più quindi... anche se standalone lo consiglio solo dopo la lettura dei volumi precedenti della serie così da avere più chiara la struttura e i rapporti tra i vari personaggi secondari, la gerarchia della cittadina, le dinamiche tra le coppie ecc

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review 2019-01-13 11:16
"Mystery In White" by J. Jefferson Farjeon
Mystery in White - J. Jefferson Farjeon,Patience Tomlinson
 

"Mystery In White" is a 1930's version of a Christmas Special drama,

 

It's set on Christmas Eve, a fierce snowstorm, strangers on a stranded train grouping together to look for a way out of moving on with the plans for Christmas, an empty but unlocked Country House in the depths of the English Countryside, with fires lit and food laid but with no one inside.

 

What follows is a series of "TA DAH!" moments as murders and mysteries are uncovered and we learn more about the group of strangers and, eventually, the occupants of the house.

 

The strangers are all from central casting: the bright, young charismatic upper-class but friendly brother and sister, the heart-of-gold showgirl, the blustering old bore, the tongue-tied socially awkward clerk, the East End ruffian and the de facto leader of the expedition, a fierce, unconventional old man who claims the ability to see the dead and who assumes the role of detective, magistrate and ghost hunter.

 

This is a book that is bursting at the seams with ideas and people but often doesn't seem to be sure what to do with them. This was a time when genre boundaries had not yet been set and this perhaps explains why sometimes this reads as a Christmas Ghost Story and sometimes as a "The Rivals Of Poirot Christmas Special".

 

What the book lacks in discipline and character development it makes up for in sheer brio and a Saturday Matinee fascination with adding yet another plot twist.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-01-13 04:11
A Country Christmas (Review of The Christmas Angle)
A Country Christmas - Josi S. Kilpack,Jennifer Moore-Mallinos,Carla Kelly

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It’s been a while since I read a Carla Kelly book so gathered it’s time to read something new. I bought her latest back in May 2018, which is book 1 of the new St. Brendan series. Then I found out that the H and h of the story were introduced in a novella in the anthology A Country Christmas. This review and rating (4.5 stars) is solely based on Carla Kelly’s “The Christmas Angle”.

Sailing Master Able Six maybe only 26 years old but he’d already climbed the ladder of success when it comes to HRM Navy. At least as far as success is concerned for a total nobody, a bastard (and an orphan) like him. No one ever heard a person becoming a sailing master at the age of 22 (I don’t know a whole lot about this bit of HRM Navy so I’m solely relying on the author’s knowledge) but Able had become what no one has been before. Hell, he’s someone so unique that no one probably had seen anyone like him in the past decades, maybe more, and likely won’t see another for a long time to come. Able Six, what you can describe in the simplest terms possible, is a genius. A prodigy if you’d like that word too. Someone with photographic memory. He’d read/see/hear, basically experience anything, and he’d remember every single crisp detail. His memory is like sponge; it takes everything and can reproduce when the need arrives. Detail by detail.

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