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Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella
Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, sexy and quirky - a perfect addition to Carriger's world, 18 Aug. 2016
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Gail Carriger dedicates this book to fans who have told her that they'll read anything that she writes - well that's me pretty much. I read everything she's published (pretty much) after I discovered her via the Finishing School series and this is her first self-published novella. It takes Preshea, one of the Finishing School characters who you like the least, and actually makes you root for her to get a happy ending.

It's probably not the best place for you to start with Carriger's work - try Souless for that - but this is fun, sexy, quirky and fits in perfectly with the other books in this version of a Steampunk nineteenth century universe. What's not to love?


A Mint Condition Corpse
A Mint Condition Corpse
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Smokes! Classic crime meets Comic Convention and its brilliant!, 18 Aug. 2016
This is a really fun play on classic crime fiction - but set at a comic convention. You've got all the crime tropes - a preternaturally talented detective with a faithful assistant, there's a quirky side kick, a love interest or two, an antagonistic cop, a friendly cop and plot twists and red herrings galore.

Add to that the comic convention element - with its own quirky characters and tropes - which also plays into the current trend for comics being turned into movies - the machinations of which feel remarkably plausible!

This rattles along at 100 miles an hour, barely drawing breath as it rattles from one development to another. It's playing with all the conventions of classic crime (and cozy crime to a lesser extent) with a wry smile and a wink. I absolutely loved it - I want more adventures for Kirby and his posse - and I really want to know what happened in Liechtenstein!!


A Gentleman Never Tells
A Gentleman Never Tells
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet romantic novella with some old friends reappearing, 12 Aug. 2016
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I liked this, I didn't love it. I also wanted it to be a bit longer (but then I almost always think novellas are to short) but it's sweet, romantic and fun to see some old friends again. There's a big old typo early on (the house is Tolford House at first mention, then Telford for the rest of the book) which had me flicking back and forth a bit, but then I was back in the story and it had sorted itself out for the rest of the book.

I find Eloisa James' novels always work a bit better for me than her novellas, but this is a nice read - particularly if you've already read the Essex Sisters' books.


Before Lunch (VMC)
Before Lunch (VMC)
by Angela Thirkell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing comedy of manners and society - but don't start your Thirkell reading here, 12 Aug. 2016
This review is from: Before Lunch (VMC) (Paperback)
Not my favourite of the series but still a fun and amusing comedy of manners and society in inter war England. There's the reappearance of a few old friends from previous Barsetshire novels as well as a few new ones. I particularly enjoyed the state of warfare between Lord and his butler and the complicated tangle of relationships between step-children and their relatives and relatives friends.

I wouldn't advise you to start your Thirkell journey here - go to High Rising, Summer Half or Pomfret Towers for that - but if you like the world that Thirkell creates this won't disappoint. And the new cover is gorgeous.


An American Airman in Paris: A Short Story from Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War
An American Airman in Paris: A Short Story from Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short and readable, but it'll leave you wanting her next novel, 12 Aug. 2016
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This is interesting but short - and a set up/primer/taster for Williams next novel. As such, it's a bit teasy and not entirely satisfying, but if you like the author it's worth a look, just don't pay more than about £1 for it.


Police at the Funeral
Police at the Funeral
by Margery Allingham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Murder comes to a dysfunctional family - but who exactly is Albert helping?, 12 Aug. 2016
This review is from: Police at the Funeral (Paperback)
The thing about Albert Campion is that you're never one hundred percent sure which side he's on. Unlike Peter Wimsey who will hand pretty much any murderer over - even if it's his own brother (although of course he hopes it's not) - Campion always gives the impression that he's dancing to his own tune. He might hand the murderer over to Oates. He might not. And that's part of what makes these so much fun.

Anyway, this time Campion is looking into the death of a member of a *very* dysfunctional but distinguished (in their eyes at least) Cambridge family, on behalf of the family, but also in co-operation (sometimes) with Oates (who's just been promoted). No (or very little) Lugg in this, but you've got a full cast of grotesques without him. The body count mounts, there's an obvious suspect, but who is actually responsible? It's well worth reading to find out.

NB My copy came via the Allingham Estate, in return for an honest review - but I started reading the series 7+ years ago when I was living in Essex where the libraries used to keep copies as Allingham was a local author.


Look To The Lady
Look To The Lady
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced thriller featuring on of the Golden Age's less known detectives., 27 July 2016
This review is from: Look To The Lady (Kindle Edition)
More a thriller than a murder mystery, this really shows the twisty mysterious nature of Albert Campion. By this point - book three in the series - he's moved beyond being a Peter Wimsey parody into being his own man.

In this he is trying to stop a priceless relic from being stolen by ruthless thieves working on behalf of shadowy collectors. In the process he reunites an estranged father and son and ends up dashing around Suffolk as artifacts and people go missing - and a body turns up.

If you like Peter Wimsey and similar stories - this will work for you. But it will also work for fans of John Buchan or even more modern thriller capers like Fox and O'Hare.

***Copy received from the Allingham Estate in return for an honest review (although I'm a bit of a Campion fan already)****


Sunset In Central Park (From Manhattan with Love, Book 2)
Sunset In Central Park (From Manhattan with Love, Book 2)
by Sarah Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Gardening fun with a New York (and Puffin Island) twist, 14 July 2016
****Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review****

I enjoyed this so much. It's fun, it's romantic, and even if I wanted to give Frankie a bit of a slap sometimes, I understood why she was behaving the way that she did. Sarah Morgan's created a group of relatable women who are good at their jobs (I love me some competence porn!) and strong enough to stand up for themselves and paired them up with some strong (but not Alphole) men who compliment them. It was great to see the Puffin Island couples again for part of this too. I think I liked the first book in this series more - but that's because I'm more of a Paige than a Frankie. I can't wait to see what happens in Eva's book - the trailer at the end of this left me wanting to read a Christmas-themed book in July. What an achievement!


I Don't Want to Talk About it (Yorkshire Romances)
I Don't Want to Talk About it (Yorkshire Romances)
by Jane Lovering
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and intense and may well make you cry..., 6 May 2016
I really enjoyed this - and it brought a tear to my eye on several occasions. Win's story is gripping and interesting and I liked the social media posts and emails that were interspersed into it. I had a few reservations about the ending, but I can't really explain what they are - partly because I haven't worked out fully why I have them - but mostly because it would give far too much away.

This is the second of Jane Lovering's books that I have read - and this one is slightly darker than Please Don't Stop the Music, but I like her narrative voice and style - and having lived in York when I was a student, I love seeing my old home and the area around it pop up in books.

Definitely worth a read.

My copy was sent to me by the publisher in return for an honest review


Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary Book 1)
Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thursday Next meets Vicky Bliss (sort of) with a few minor glitches, 22 April 2016
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I really liked this, but had some reservations about the continuity and editing which keep this from being an all out rave.

I liked the premise, I liked the set-up, I liked most of the execution - but in places this felt like it hadn't been properly edited. I had several moments where I skipped back to see if I'd missed a key detail - but I don't think I had. These inconsistencies - which could be fairly easily ironed out by a few extra sentences or a subheading here or there - really hampered my enjoyment of what was otherwise a witty and different genre bending book - with history, sci-fy and a bit of romance. This has a lot of potential - it is Vicky Bliss crossed with Thursday Next in many ways, if the editing can just get sorted out. I'm going to try book two to see if the glitches are ironed out there - and because there are still loose ends and I Need To Know!


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