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review 2018-07-21 20:41
A CURIOUS BEGINNING by Deanna Raebourn
A Curious Beginning - Deanna Raybourn
Veronica's last guardian has died and she is alone in the world.  When she returns to her cottage after the funeral she finds a man ransacking it and she is rescued by a baron.  They travel to London where the baron puts her under the protection of Stoker.  The next morning the baron is dead--murdered and the plot thickens.
I enjoyed this book.  I loved Veronica and Stoker.  She is a kick-ass broad and Stoker learns early not to get in her way.  Both have pasts and Veronica is always shocking Stoker with hers as she pulls his out of him. 
The world building in the story is good.  The mystery is good.  The story is good.  I hope some of the secondary characters remain in the series.  I look forward to book 2.
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review 2018-03-04 14:56
Murder at the Mansion
Murder at the Mansion: A Victorian Village Mystery (Victorian Village Mysteries) - Sheila Connolly

I’m a sucker for small town mysteries and when you have a mysterious mansion at the center of it all, well, you’ve got my attention. And this was an enjoyable read, with a likable main character in Kate; she’s a level-headed and unflappable sleuth and romantic interest Josh made for a good sidekick and added a sprinkle of romance. I liked the plot, surrounding a remarkably well-preserved mansion built a century ago by the mysterious Henry Barton and a very unlikable local woman who is found dead on the front steps. The intrigue kept me turning pages, although I feel like the endless rehashing that happened in every chapter killed the pace a little; with a bit of editing, this book would be a lean, mean intrigue machine. As it is, I’m completely sucked into the whole Henry Barton mystery, so I will be back for the second book and can’t wait to watch Kate’s vision for the town evolve into a reality.

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review 2014-06-14 07:42
A Treasury of Victoran Murder Compendium - While glad I read...don't think I'll be picking this up again for awhile!
A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium: Including: Jack the Ripper, The Beast of Chicago, Fatal Bullet - Rick Geary

If you like historical (in this case Victorian) murder mysteries whether solved or not, this is an interesting way to learn of some famous and not so famous cases. Straddling both sides of the pond, this books covers serial killers from Jack the Ripper and H. H. Holmes to the assassination of President Garfield and a few average cases. Told in simple but stunning illustrations, this is a beautifully done graphic novel about inelegant happenings in what most people see as a very elegant time.


While none of the pictures were gruesome, thankfully (even true of the Ripper story), the dark black drawing on a white surface could at times be quite chilling. In fact there were moments during the Holmes story that I could not take close facial shots of the man himself. They sent shivers down your spine.


This was an interesting and unique way to learn in depth knowledge of several crimes I'd heard about. If Victorian murders interest you, I recommend giving this book a look.

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text 2013-05-23 18:20
Tag 23

Tag 23 – Das Buch in deinem Regal, das die wenigsten Seiten hat


Hm. Das hier?


Sehr, sehr ... seltsam.
Der Zeichenstil ist nicht so recht mein Geschmack. Die Figuren haben alle so Streifen im Gesicht, dass es aussieht als hätten sie Schnurrhaare. :)
Und der Text ist schlecht lesbar ...

War zum Glück nicht teuer ;)

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review 2013-03-01 00:00
The Case of Madeleine Smith - Rick Geary
My interest in Madeleine Smith was first piqued years ago when I came across David Lean's 1950 movie 'Madeleine' on late night TV. I always meant to find out more about her and her life after the trial but as often happens my life got in the way and she remained mostly forgotten by me until recently. What renewed my interest in her story was that I found out Wilkie Collins' [b:The Law and the Lady|45207|The Law and the Lady|Wilkie Collins|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348450129s/45207.jpg|591267] was inspired by Madeleine's court case and the unsatisfactory and peculiarly Scottish verdict of Not Proven.

Anyway, in my mad rush to reacquaint myself with Madeleine and learn more about her, this was the first book that came to hand. Not my usual fare admittedly but enjoyable all the same. This is nonfiction despite being a graphic novel, and is the potted story of her life. Despite it's format and relative brevity, it contains more information than one would think and had quite a bit in it that was new to me. It was a fun read and did what it was supposed to well, although I do intend to now move onto meatier tomes.

Overall, a great place to start if you are unfamiliar with Madeleine and her story.
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