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text 2017-09-23 14:59
Haunted House Square
The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell

I've been looking forward to starting this one. It's another off my A-list, which means I've read a sample and found it worthy. I was going to start it after finishing a couple of the others I have in progress, but the square was called and it's well placed for me, so now I have a good excuse. I'm likely to finish a third book on that row today or tomorrow and the fifth one to finish the row is another one I'm really anxious to try.

 

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review 2017-09-15 13:40
The Germanicus Mosaic by Rosemary Rowe
The Germanicus Mosaic - Rosemary Rowe

Series: Libertus Mysteries#1

 

An influential (or at least well-off) Roman is found dead in the furnace room of his country villa in 2nd century Roman Britain. Libertus, a former slave and mosaicist by trade, had recently completed a mosaic for this Germanicus. Libertus is enlisted by his patron, Marcus (yes, this historical fiction book plays it a bit loose with the use of Roman names), to investigate the matter because Marcus is worried that the murder may be political in origin (these days the Roman Empire is rather unsettled).

 

This was a cute little historical mystery set in a slightly later Roman time period than I'm used to reading about. The resolution to the mystery did turn out to be one of my theories but I wasn't certain that I was right until the end. I completely missed the motivation for the murder though. I may continue reading the series, but I'm not rushing out to buy the next one. I liked Libertus and his slave, Junio, but overall the characters felt a bit flat.

 

I read this for the More Historical Than Fiction bookclub and for the "Murder Most Foul" square in the Halloween Bingo. It could also fit the "Terrifying Women" and "Amateur Sleuth" squares.

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text 2017-09-13 02:43
Reading progress update: I've read 26%.
The Germanicus Mosaic - Rosemary Rowe

So we have a British former-slave mosaicist-by-trade sleuth in the 2nd century. It's a bit like Guy Gavriel Kay's Sailing to Sarantium meets Lindsey Davis's Marcus Didius Falco. Ok, that comparison may be a bit of a stretch...

 

It's not bad, so far, although we're only at the beginning stages of the investigation.

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review 2017-09-02 00:16
Sweetheart, Sweetheart
Sweetheart, Sweetheart - Bernard Taylor,Michael Rowe

The smell of roses was so strong.

For 95% of the book, this was an enjoyable, suspenseful story about David who returns to England from New York to find out what happened to his twin brother.

 

I didn't like David, and some of the suspenseful descriptions were overdone a bit, but most of the book was a good story.

 

And then Taylor spoiled the book for me with an onslaught of gratuitous violence and something that I can only describe as a gore-storm. 

 

Not for me.

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text 2017-09-01 23:04
Reading progress update: I've read 89%.
Sweetheart, Sweetheart - Bernard Taylor,Michael Rowe

“I did it. I sent her away.”

 

Oh, really? Hm, ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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