Funny Regency novel

Eugenia

By: Clare Darcy

Rating: 5 of 5

It’s been a long time since I read any book by Clare Darcy. I vaguely remembered enjoying them, so when I saw her books were now available in ebook form, I took a chance.

I’m very glad that I did. Eugenia is a very fun and funny read. Eugenia is a heroine and she seems to get involved in schemes fairly easily. She drags her best friend Muffet along with her which makes it easier for her but a tad more difficult for Muffet.

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What a treat of of a read!

Miss Buncle’s Book

By: D.E. Stevenson

Rating: 5 of 5

I’ve been on a binge of reading older books recently. I find them witty, charming and, most of all, well-written. I had read a couple of books by D.E. Stevenson when I was a teenager. Even then, they were out of print and available only at my small, local library.

I had not read this book, but picked it up to try. I was complete hooked, right from the start. That is actually a bit of the plot as well.

Miss Buncle writes a book based on her small village, complete with characters that are almost exactly like the individuals who people it. People who read the book, get hooked on it whether they love it or hate it.

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Another winner by Georgette Heyer

Sprig Muslin

By: Georgette Heyer

Rating: 5 of 5

I found Georgette Heyer books a long time ago. There came a time (decades, really) when they were no longer published. I ended up buying hardbound books where I could find them, so I could read them over and over again.

Suffice to say, that I’ve since bought paperbacks and, then finally, ebooks of every single one.

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Elena Standish visits Washington DC

A Darker Reality: An Elena Standish novel

By: Anne Perry

Rating: 4 of 5

In an unusual segue in this series, Elena Standish and her family visit Washington DC. The reason for the visit is her maternal grandparents 60 year wedding anniversary.

Elena is surprised by the, seemingly, widespread support for Hitler. Much is discussed about the political situation but, of course, there is a murder.

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A Wonderful Story

The Flowering Thorn: A Novel

By: Margery Sharp

Rating: 5 of 5

Recently, I’ve been reading more and more books set in post World War I Europe. These are recent books which are given the advantage of 20/20 hindsight. I thought I would like to try some books that were actually written during the period and this is one of those books.

I wasn’t sure what to expect as I had not read any books by this author before (except for The Rescuers as a child.) At first, I didn’t have a lot of sympathy for the main character; in fact, I found her very unlikeable.

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Great Fun, Great Mystery

Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody Book 1)

By: Elizabeth Peters

Rating: 5 of 5

I first read this book years ago. I’ve re-read it several times since. For a change, this time, I decided to listen to the audiobook format, and, it is just as good.

This is the introduction to Amelia Peabody and her crew. She is an intrepid lady, in her thirties and living in Victorian England, who decides to travel once she inherits a fortune.

Who she meets is part of the joy of the story, so I prefer not to discuss what happens. Suffice to say, this is a book that aged wonderfully and the series, as a whole, is one of my favorites. I return to it again and again.

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Confronting the past

Murder Most Fair (A Verity Kent Mystery Book 5)

By: Anna Lee Huber

Rating: 4 of 5

I’ve read all of the books in this series. This story deals with Verity’s relationships with various members of her family. While I enjoyed reading the book, I would not suggest it as the best starting point for the series. I would suggest that the series be read in order as there are so many references to the growth of the characters and what they have been through in the past.

In this story, Verity and her husband, Sydney, journey to Verity’s childhood home. She hasn’t been to visit in more than four years and her mother is hurt and unhappy with her. They bring with them Verity’s aunt Tante Isle. She is older and has come out of Germany to be united with her English family.

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Suspenseful thriller

Memory Man (Amos Decker Book 1)

By: David Baldacci

Rating: 4 of 5

This is the first David Baldacci book that I have read. It is more of a suspenseful thriller than the mysteries that I normally read. Having said that, there certainly is a mystery component and one that I did not fully figure out until closer to the end.

Amos Decker has hit rock bottom. His family was murdered and he found them, seeing the entire crime scene. While for some, that is an awful memory that will fade somewhat over time, for Amos, it will always be as if it is happening that moment.

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Ghost hunting, relationships and a funny murder mystery all in one book

It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To (A Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery Book 2)

By: Vickie Fee

Rating: 4 of 5

This is the second book in the series about a party planner, Liv McKay and her postal worker friend, Di.

In this story, Liv is planning a number of events and is also attending the local businesswoman’s retreat at a great local hotel. The hotel is actually made up of three areas that differ in luxury. The one they are at is the middle one, so rooms are shared by most.

That plays into the story, so it is important. In addition to all her planning, she is also responsible for herding the local gal who became a television celebrity, Lucinda Grable. Lucinda has a cable television show where she goes ghost hunting.

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Good start to a long-standing series

Her Royal Spyness (The Royal Spyness Series Book 1)

By: Rhys Bowen

Rating: 4 of 5

I just recently read this book, which is the first of a series that has been on-going for many years. I enjoyed it, had a few nits but will certainly be reading more of the series in the future.

Lady Georgiana Rannoch runs away from her home in Scotland when she overhears the Queen’s plans for her future. She heads to London only to find the skills she has (i.e., being a Royal) don’t make for finding a job in the real world. This becomes a serious issue as she has no money of her own.

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