Elaine Tomasso

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,140
Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (450 of 584)
Location: Troon. Uk


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,140 - Total Helpful Votes: 450 of 584
An Appetite for Murder: A Frances Doughty Mystery &hellip by Linda Stratmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian scheming, 29 July 2014
Ms Stratmann makes it all look effortless. This tale of Victorian financial shenanigans is extremely easy and pleasant to read. Mr Sweetman approaches Miss Doughty and asks her to find his wife and children who refused to have anything to do with him after he was imprisoned 15 years earlier for theft and assault. From there on it gets extremely complicated, improbable and deliciously amusing. I don't know much about the Victorians but it all seems very well researched and in keeping with what I do know. It is essentially a historical cozy but it is very well written and kept me reading until the end. I think this book is worth a read.
Her Enemy (The Maria Kallio Series) by Leena Lehtolainen
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read, 28 July 2014
I enjoyed reading this book and despite other readers' criticisms I had no difficulty keeping up up with the characters who were no more numerous than in many other books, just unfamiliarly named. The first person narrative gives it an intimacy I don't get in the straight narratives I prefer to read and is a welcome change although it means that the supporting cast of characters is less well defined. The plot is very much a one woman crusade with Maria Kallio convinced that she, alone, can solve the murder and get the accused off the hook. It may not be the most credible plot I have ever read but it rolls along at a good pace and the Finnish lifestyle details are interesting and so is easy… Read more
Call It Pretending (#3 - D.I. Paolo Storey Crime S&hellip by Frances di Plino
4.0 out of 5 stars Competent, 27 July 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series and was really looking forward to Call It Pretending but I found that, whilst good, it wasn't quite as gripping. The plot is clever with plenty of twists and turns, but, without giving away any details, it has been done before so, if like me, you read plenty of crime fiction you will probably have a good idea early on of what's going to happen. Ms DI Plino puts her own slant on it so it is still interesting and keeps you turning the pages. She intersperses her crime with plenty of detail on main protagonist Paolo Storey's home life which fleshes out the character. He is a nice guy and likeable but I felt the dialogue he was given was a… Read more

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