Any fans of historical mysteries here? Ashley Gardner is a pseudonym for author Jennifer Ashley. Ashley is the author of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries series and the newly released the Leonidas Gladiator mystery series. She also writes the Kat Holloway Victorian (Below Stairs) Mysteries as Jennifer Ashley. And if you like historical and paranormal romances like me, you probably know she's also the author of the Mackenzies series and Unbound Shifters series.
Step into the past through three historical mysteries that reach from Imperial Rome to Victorian London.
A Soupçon of Poison
(Kat Holloway Victorian Mysteries)
Kat Holloway, a young cook who is highly sought after by the wealthy of Victorian London, becomes embroiled in murder and must clear her name. Only the mysterious Daniel McAdam, who is much more than he seems, can come to her aid.
(Leonidas the Gladiator Mysteries)
Leonidas, freedman, once the most popular gladiator in Rome and champion of the games, now must fight for his life outside the arena. A man who owed him money was murdered, and Leonidas is a prime suspect. With the assistance of Cassia, daughter of a Greek scribe who has been bestowed upon him as his slave, Leonidas fights for justice in the back lanes of Imperial Rome.
The Necklace Affair
(Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries)
Captain Lacey agrees to help a society matron discover what has become of her cherished diamond necklace and to clear her maid, who has been arrested for its theft. Lacey quickly becomes enmeshed in scandal and past secrets, and finds himself competing with the underworld criminal, James Denis, for the necklace's retrieval.
This collection includes three previously released novellas of about 25,000-30,000 words each.
Paperback Amzn: http://tinyurl.com/y9syx5aa
Paperback B&N: http://tinyurl.com/yboukudv
Hmmm. Can't do a synopsis since it's second in the series and spoilers and all. Soooo...
What I liked:
The Banter between Victoria and Stoker is on point. It was enjoyable to read.
The writing was solid.
The characters are engaging.
What I didn't like:
Some of the plot devices seemed to be there for pure shock value. This is not a book to read if you like your historical mysteries squeaky clean is all I'll say. It got to be a little much. I get Victoria is supposed to be a forward thinking female... but I thought that was more about her profession, not sex.
This book left me with a ho-hum feeling.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
This was a decent start to a historical mystery series. I liked the spunkiness of the main character, Lilly Long. And this series has potential. But I called the solution to the mystery on page 108 and I was right, so I hope the mysteries improve. Enjoyable read otherwise.
I was suffering from book hangover after America's First Daughter, so I judged the beginning of this book unfairly.
It's not a 5 star read but it's enjoyable once I accepted emotionally that they all can't be. Though I have a solid theory as to what is going on in the mystery. If I'm proved right, I will be a lil annoyed cuz you can't play all your cards this early on. But the characters are engaging enough to keep me reading. I hope I'm wrong.