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review 2018-01-12 15:44
Prince of Darkness (Justin de Quincy #4)- Sharon Kay Penman
Prince of Darkness (Justin de Quincy ,#4) - Sharon Kay Penman

I really wanted to savor this novel. Knowing that when I finished, there were no more Justin de Quincy books, was kind of a bummer. I didn't want to rush through only to be sad at the end. You know what they say about the best laid plans.........


I couldn't take this book slowly. I was hooked from the beginning. The pairing of Justin and Durand was brilliant. I know they have worked "together" in previous novels but never really have they had to make it obvious they are on the same side. If that doesn't make sense, read the books. I promise you won't be disappointed. Anyway, I loved the Justin and Durand pairing. It was medieval good cop/bad cop. I would love to read more books featuring that dynamic.


It's unfortunate Penman has never had the opportunity to really wrap this series up. The end certainly left an opening for future books. However, Penman has said on several occasions that her publisher won't release any more de Quincy books. *Sigh* I guess I will just have to settle for the other Penman novels I have not yet read. 

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review 2018-01-10 20:33
Where Serpents Sleep aka the Book Where Everything Picks Up
Where Serpents Sleep - C.S. Harris

Author: C.S. Harris

Series: Sebastian St. Cyr #4

Rating: 4 stars


I only mildly enjoyed the first few books in this series.  When I expressed this, fans of the series told me that Hero's character- who plays a prominent role in this installment -  is a great addition to the cast and turned it around for them.  Considering this, though I had said I would read the series no further, I decided to give this one a shot. 


They were right.



In this installment, Sebastian comes to the aid of Hero, his enemy's daughter,  who is investigating the death of prostitutes killed under suspicious circumstances. The subsequent mystery is very much tied up in history- Harris takes a historical event and has spun her own story as to the motivations behind it. It is well done.


The characters were rich with depth. Harris' descriptions make them come alive as you're reading.  Sebastian still isn't my favorite character, but my least favorite has taken a huge leap back from the forefront and that improves things considerably. I'd elaborate more but #spoilers.



I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to continuing on with this series.

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text 2017-08-21 22:09
Slow going...
This Side of Murder - Anna Lee Huber

... but it may be my mood, putting it aside just in case it is. 


I just really want to read other books on my pile other than this one. Maybe if I eliminate the competition this one will have a chance. 



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text 2017-07-24 20:03
Past Crimes: A Compendium of Historical Mysteries by Ashley Garner

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.

Blood Debts
(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.


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review 2017-01-18 19:40
A Perilous Undertaking
A Perilous Undertaking - Deanna Raybourn

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.  





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