Valerie Fletcher Adolph

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (344 of 388)
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,415,707 - Total Helpful Votes: 344 of 388
Death of an Old Master (Lord Francis Powerscourt M&hellip by David Dickinson
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great storytelling, 16 Jun 2004
This book is set in London in 1899. A leading art critic has been murdered. Now I hesitate to read books about the art world because either the writer talks down to the reader, or a non-art historian hasn't a clue what it's all about. This writer manages to explain the art world quickly, simply and effectively. I understood and I didn't feel patronized.
This is a good story; it moves right along with plenty of action. The characters are so well drawn that you don't even notice the writer doing it. The background is authentic and the various motivations very true to the time, the setting and the plot. The dialogue was crisp and the transitions barely noticeable.
This is John Buchan… Read more
The Fugitive Queen: An Ursula Blanchard Mystery at&hellip by Fiona Buckley
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is the latest in an excellent series of mysteries set in England during the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth. The writer shares a comprehensive understanding of the uneasy political and religious dynamics of the time, as well as life at court and the (very different) life in every-day Elizabethan England.
The plot is well designed and carried through and the characters are well-drawn and memorable. I enjoy the fact that the protagonist is a woman and the viewpoint is feminine rather than masculine. It's all too easy, when writing historical fiction, to gravitate to the masculine, with the hero mounting his steed and dashing off in all directions, with exciting chases and plenty… Read more
Pride and Prescience (Mr & Mrs Darcy Mystery) by Carrie Bebris
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This book will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates the gentle feminine wit of Jane Austen. The story and its characters are set in the Regency world left behind by Jane. This is a refined, drawing room tale, with overtones of detection and Gothic mystery.
The writer has tried to write in the same vein as Jane Austen, but there are a few jarring lapses. It's hard to maintain the accuracy and tone when you're a couple of hundred years after and a couple of thousand miles away.
The writer manages to convey the social scene and offers acute observation of social interactions. Some of her characters are less than finely drawn, though, and this can be a distraction. But the plot holds… Read more