Daily Archives: June 8, 2021

Russell, Holmes and Transylvania, oh my!

Castle Shade: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

By: Laurie R. King

Rating: 5 of 5

This series is one of my favorites. I always look forward to seeing a new book by Ms. King which features Russell and Holmes.

I enjoyed this book and laughed quite a lot as I read the first third. While there are usually bits of humor tucked into the Russell stories, this one had a bit more than usual.

It was also different in that, throughout the book, we were treated to Holme’s investigation when he was not with Russell. It made for a nice change of pace as I read my way through the book. I had to fight with myself to put it down so I could savor it for three days instead of a marathon read in a single one.


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Another lovely read by Jill Mansell

And Now You’re Back

By: Jill Mansell

Rating: 5 of 5

I’ve been a fan of Jill Mansell for many years. Her books always leave me feeling happy. While the endings are feel good, there is much of real life also included.

In this book, we follow the relationship between Didi and Shay. They were together as teenagers but split apart when Shay moved away following a huge blow up. Years later, Shay is back in town but Didi is engaged and is to be married shortly.


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