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review 2018-10-16 01:21
The Wolfe Widow
By Victoria Abbott The Wolfe Widow (A Book Collector Mystery) - Victoria Abbott

Jordan is back in book 3 and she is let go from her position just before Thanksgiving. It seems a woman named Muriel has come and has something she is holding over Vera's head and gets her to let Jordan go and tell Senora and Kevin that they cannot talk to Jordan at all. The two are frantic and beg Jordan to find out what is happening and get rid of the woman.

 

This book is tied to Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. She uses the lessons she learned from Archie (in the books) to help her in her quest to find out the truth.

 

I am actually glad that I finished this series. While I enjoy the tie-in to mysteries and learn some things that have encouraged me to borrow books by authors I have heard about or never heard about before. I didn't like parts where she talks about how she doesn't whine and then does. How she is so dependent on others to help her, but she does find her own feet while whining, and finding the truth. 

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text 2018-10-09 18:31
The Importance of Being Wicked By Victoria Alexander $1.99
The Importance of Being Wicked - Victoria Alexander

For Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, finding a prospective bride always seemed easy. Perhaps too easy. With three broken engagements to his name, Win is the subject of endless gossip. Yet his current mission is quite upright: to hire a company to repair his family’s fire-damaged country house. Nothing disreputable in that—until the firm’s representative turns out to be a very desirable widow.
 
Lady Miranda Garrett expected a man of Win’s reputation to be flirtatious and devilishly charming. But the awkward truth is that it’s she who finds him thoroughly irresistible. While Miranda resides at Millworth Manor to oversee the work, Win occupies every waking hour of her day, her dreams at night, and soon, her bed.
 
And for the first time, the wicked Win is falling in love too. And what begins as a scandalous proposition may become a very different proposal of the heart.

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review 2018-09-28 12:58
The Marsh Madness
The Marsh Madness (A Book Collector Mystery) - Victoria Abbott

Back to Ms. Bingham and her search for first editions for her employer, Vera. They had been contacted by the assistant to a man who had inherited from his uncle. They were to bring cash to the sale and after they had left the place, it was quick because that is the way, her Uncle Lucky drove. The next day, she gets a phone call from her friend, Lance, telling her that the man who owned the books was found dead. The detective feels that Vera, Lucky, and Jordan were the people who murdered the man and does everything to make it true. Lucky has disappeared and Jordan is being followed and Officer Smiley has broken up with her via text. She is hurt and angry and when the books are taken from Vera, she tasks Jordan with finding out who really did the deed. 

 

The story was okay and I promptly borrowed two books by Marsh. I had not heard about this author and I was interested to read this author as with previous books, I was familiar with the authors and had some of those books. This was an author I had not heard of before and so I want to check her out. 

 

 

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review 2018-09-18 15:50
different,very different but brilliant!
Five Minutes Longer - Victoria Sue
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO file of this book. Some 30 years ago, children began waking up with a mark on their faces and enhanced abilities: speed, strength, mental abilities. Talon, now given the job of setting up a human/enhanced task force within the FBI, was one of the first. He doesn't want to work with normals on his team, but this task force is his, and the other enhanced team members, last chance at becoming a useful member of society, not just a mark on his face. Finn wanted to join the FBI forever, and worked hard to get to apply, but he is not accepted. Instead he gets a cryptic phone and flies to Florida, and finds himself face to face with several huge enhanced, one of whom makes Finn want that boyfriend he never had. They have four weeks to make this team work, do or, quite possibly, die. Oooooo-eeeee! Loved this! Different, very different and different is always good in my book! The guys on the team really don't want Finn around, but know they gotta put up with him, at least for a little bit, but he grows on them, Talon especially but Talon fights that attraction all the bloody way, and when he finally gives up the fight?? Oh yes ma'am, that boy falls hard and he falls FAST! And when Finn gets caught in the cross fire at a bank robbery?? Talon goes all MAJOR Alpha-Male- Protect-What's-Mine! I loved that not everything is fully revealed about the guys abilities, I think there is quite a bit more to come! Nick J Russo narrates and he does a sterling job! He's a firm favourite of mine, and each and every time I listen to his work, it becomes my NEW favourite! Russo's voices are clear and distinctive, even in multi person conversations. He reading voice is deep and even and I had no trouble, not at all, keeping up. He gets cross all of Finn's emotions and his reactions to the guys, to Talon. His intense dislike of his brother and how his mum was with his dad. Russo gets across all of Talon's fighting, and that boy fights hard, his feelings for Finn, and you get just how much Finn means to him, when he thinks Finn is lost. This is book one, there appears to be an underlying story arc running through these books, and I look forward to watching that unfold, and to watching these guys fall, like dominoes, one by one. Off to listen to book 2, which is a continuation of Finn and Talon's story. 5 stars for the book 5 stars for the narration 5 stars overall **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2018-09-18 01:47
Mistress of Mellyn - Victoria Holt for Genre: Suspense
Mistress of Mellyn - Victoria Holt

Maybe it's nostalgia, maybe it was the disappointment of the last book, maybe the potato finally got digested, whatever it was I quite enjoyed this. Unlike the heroine I have a bit of familiarity with gothic conventions, so there weren't a lot of surprises, not that I expected any. But now I would like to do some kind of survey of the genre, noting popular locales (Cornwall and Scotland, of course, but where else), characteristics of the leads, relationship with the servents, what happened to the first wife, etc. No doubt the time of the writing has more influence on these attributes than the supposed setting year.

 

Fun times with old houses and dark doubts.

 

Library copy 

 

Would also work for Romantic Suspense, Terrifying Women, Gothic, Country House Mystery, and Amateur Sleuth.

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