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Frozen Shroud, The (Lake District Mysteries)
Frozen Shroud, The (Lake District Mysteries)
by Martin Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I do enjoy Martin Edwards series of novels set in the Lake ..., 11 July 2014
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I do enjoy Martin Edwards series of novels set in the Lake District and this one for me didn't disappoint. It's a spooky tale, very imaginative although it was clear to me from early on who the murderer was. That aside I really enjoyed it. I think the characters which are involved in the series make the story enjoyable whatever the storyline is around them. They have developed well over the years and never become boring or static in their progress within the investigations. I love the way M Edwards sets the scene and takes you on a journey through one of the most picturesque landscapes in Britain. Another sucess and I LOOK FORWARD TO HIS NEXT.


A Suitable Vengeance: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 4
A Suitable Vengeance: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 4
by Elizabeth George
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A difficult read for me., 11 July 2014
I did try to read this to the end but found that almost impossible. It was tediously boring, lacking depth of characterisation, sense of place with a dragging storyline which seemed to never end. Oh I did so want to like it but for me the story never realy started. I will try some of her other novels however as not all novels can please everyone and I have read some other very positive reviews regarding her Lynley series.


Sepulchre
Sepulchre
by Kate Mosse
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A long but worthwhile read., 26 Jun. 2014
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I recently took this book with me on a trip as it would be several hours trapped on a bus cross country. It's a meaty novel at over 700 pages and some might say a little slow going in places but I thoroughly enjoyed it. 1891, Carssaconne, France, finds Leonie and Anatole, brother and sister running from a vicious enemy where they take refuge at their mysterious Aunt Isolde's mansion, the Domaine de la Carde. Whilst there things arn't quite what they seem to Leonie and as she discovers an ancient Sepulchre hidden on the grounds high in the woods which leads her to the mysterious Tarot cards, she soon realises the house holds secrets reaching back into her own family history. 2007, Meredith, searching for clues to her heritage whilst reaserching a book, has her Tarot read for fun only to discover she too is caught up in an ancient legend surrounding the fall of the infamous Domaine de la Carde which could lead to her distant relatives' involvement indirectly with the events when the Domaine was raised to the ground a century ago. It's an involving novel, very atmospheric which is a forte of Ms Mosse and I would recommend it if you can spare the time to read such a long book. I thought it imaginative and very detailed and so interesting, especially if you have an interest already of Tarot cards and their history.


Lady of Hay
Lady of Hay
by Barbara Erskine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic., 15 Jun. 2014
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What can you write about this amazing book which hasn't already been said? I adore Barbara Erskine's novels, she is a pure genius when it comes to historical fiction and this, her first is one of her best. Set in two time frames, prsent day and the time of King John, she takes you on a journey with Matilda into the historical past and a time of discovery for Jo in present day. This can be read and savoured over and over and is one of my all time Favorite novels, much read and much treasured.


The Chatelaine: Number 1 in series (Rochford Trilogy)
The Chatelaine: Number 1 in series (Rochford Trilogy)
by Claire Lorrimer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Extreemly enjoyable., 15 Jun. 2014
I have had this for sometime yet never quite got round to reading it as it is a long novel, some 600 pages. It tells the story of Willow, a young beautiful American heiress who is betrothed to a handsome English Baron and her first thirty years as his wife at Havorhurst, a stately manor set in the English countryside at the turn of the Century, 1889. Wilow is deeply in love with her new husband but that love is not returned as he only wants a rich wife to secure his failing family fortunes. The innocent Willow grows from a naieve young child to an accomplished Baroness, ruling Havorhurst with a firm but fair hand, overcoming the devious plots to undermine her by the devious set of characters residing at the manor. The Dowager Duchess, ruler extraordinaire, is vicious, ruthless and has set a plot in motion, so vile and unbelievable to secure the male line of the Rochfords, it takes all Willows strength and determination to right the wrongs whilst giving the reader a fabulous story to lose themselves in. All kinds of dastardly deeds are done at Havorhurst, often with the Dowager or Rochford herself at the helm and as the story unfolds, you find yourself rushing towards the final chapters, eager to see what happens next. it's a very accomplished read and I would certainly read the next in the trilogy, The Wilderling.


The Debutante
The Debutante
by Kathleen Tessaro
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely., 11 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Debutante (Paperback)
I re read this again recently and found it a more interesting story secone time around. Present day, Cate and Jack are sent to catalogue the contents of a crumbling house, Endsleigh set on the cliffs of the West coast of England. Here they discover a shoebox with some old trinkets inside which once belonged to one of the infamous Sisters' Blythe who resided at the house generations back which sets them on a quest to discover what happened to one of the sisters who mysteriously disappeared all those years ago. Past story is written in letter form from one Blythe sister to the other and sets out the tragic story which led to the downfall of one of the most famous debutantes of her time. It's a true escapist read, one for the fireside on a wet Sunday afternoon, just lovely.


Child of the Phoenix
Child of the Phoenix
by Barbara Erskine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable, 11 Jun. 2014
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This novel, for me is Ms Erskine's masterpiece. It's not a time slip one such as her previous novels are but set in one time frame, MEDIEVAL, telling the tale of Eleyne and her long term affair with Robert the Bruce of Scotland and the consequenses which follow such a liaison. It's a remarkable achievement and even though some 600 plus pages long, a real joy to sink into and lose yourself whilst learning some interesting historical facts along the way. It's absorbing, romantic, brutal at times and totally engrossing and for me this is probably this author's greatest acheivement to date. Highly recommended.


The Perfume Collector
The Perfume Collector
by Kathleen Tessaro
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing., 11 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Perfume Collector (Paperback)
What an amazing story. This is set in two time spans, 1955 and 1920's. It tells the story of present day Grace as she receives an unexpected inheritance from a mysterious benefactor, taking her to Paris and into a mystery she must solve. 1920's Eva, a young naieve girl who secures a job as a chamber maid in a hotel in New York during the heydays of the Follies, is seduced by a couple of con artists which changes her future unresolvably. The story is set around the world and science of the Parisian parfumiers giving an insight into the complexities of perfume creation. It's a very visual book with a wonderful sense of place and an assault on the senses. I have read other novels by this author, The Debutante being a favorite but she has excelled herself with this one. Highly recommended.


The Missing One
The Missing One
by Lucy Atkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 5 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Missing One (Paperback)
This is a tense psychological thriller and I cannot agree it is dragged out until you want to scream! It's a exploration of grief and how berevement can alter your perspective on life and how you can behave so erratically after losing someone close. TWO TIME ZONES...present day and Kal's attempt at finding her Mother's long lost friend, uncovering secrets which has lead to her disturbed and unloved childhood. Past...1970's, Elle, Kal's mother discovers a story of untold cruelty of Orcas captured in the wild and brought to theme parks around the US, only to perish with grief and loss of their pod families. This is tense, thrilling and the author's sense of place is amazing. I was gripped the whole way through, no page skimming even tho' it is almost 600 pages long. It's sinister, moving and very informative on the life of wild Orcas and I absolutely loved it, highly recommended.


The Cornish House
The Cornish House
by Liz Fenwick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...., 2 Jun. 2014
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For a quick light read this is ok, sat outside in the sun with a cuppa. The dialogue has much room for improvement, it's very stilted and akward; poeple just don't have conversations like that. The story bobbed along but there could have been so much more input on the mystery aspect being based in Cornwall, the land of mystery, myths and magic and I just didn't feel it here at all. It was quite predictable, infuriatingly slow at times and I have to say the main characters started to grate half way through. I do so hate to write negative reviews as to compose a story must be a wonderful thing but for me, this was just an ok read to pass away a couple of hours.


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