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review 2018-06-11 19:40
Mr. Scarletti's Ghost
Mr Scarletti's Ghost (Mina Scarletti Mystery Book 1) - Linda Stratmann

This one has been on my To-Read list for awhile and I absolutely loved this well crafted slice of life in the Victorian times and the fashionable rise of Spiritualism. When a new phenomenon in the form of a spiritual medium named Miss Eustace takes Brighton by storm, Mina becomes worried that her mother and her financially well off friends will become the victims of fraud, Mina sets out to investigate the woman, her intentions and her mysterious past.

 

Afflicted with scoliosis, Mina Scarletti isn't expected to marry and have children, so she is free of many of the constraints and pressures that other Victorian women would face. She's already a successful author of horror stories, and her skepticism of the Spiritualist sensation sweeping Brighton has her free to do a little investigating without arousing displeasure from her family or the townspeople. Practical, clever, sensible and creative, she's fascinating and so gosh-darn likable. Along with her brother, Richard, friends Dr. Hamid and his family (Oh! Eliza's storyline was so sad!) it made for a warm and inviting read.

 

I love the level of realism in this series, it reads like non-fiction. Beautifully researched and rich in detail, from the descriptions of the Brighton seafront to Miss Eustace's demonstrations, it was brought to life handily and it was so easy to lose myself in the story. I also enjoyed that this was a clean no-murder mystery, just good old fashioned intrigue and deception. This is a a definitely a very highly recommended series for anyone who enjoys historical mysteries and a perfect pool read. Don't miss this one!

 

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review 2018-05-17 19:20
Wait There Must Be One More Page
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

To Ms. Black author and torturer -What ?!?!?  Ms. Black that is how you left it ? You went along basically on a straight path till you blew up the direct path replaced it with a spiral lined with deadly thorns.  I never saw it coming, there were no hints, so sneaky. So how long do I have to wait for the next book ? Forever ? Yep that's what it'll feel like. Thanks for leaving me hanging here. 

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text 2018-05-12 22:02
Reading progress update: I've read 75%.
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

Well that went well, not bloody at all.  

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text 2018-05-12 04:09
Reading progress update: I've read 55%.
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

Oh something is stinking here, something isn't right, damn it girl, get seriously worried !

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text 2018-05-11 17:09
Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

Nasty Nasty Nasty, Oh I love a nasty royal

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