Special Feature and Excerpt: The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull

Wallis Simpson is the woman that I love to hate. Having read some books about her over the years (non fiction and fiction), I have jut formulated my opinion of her and I came to the conclusion that I just don’t like her—she seemed like an opportunist.

But at the same time there is something terribly romantic about a king giving up his throne—the thing he had devoted his entire life to—just to marry the woman he loves. There is power in that story for sure.

This novel isn’t just another Wallis Simpson story though. Before Wallis there were surely women that caught the future king’s eye and this is the story of that woman. I am so excited to share about this book and an excerpt with you guys today! I can’t wait to start reading this one! Continue reading “Special Feature and Excerpt: The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull”

Review: A Stroke of Malice (Lady Darby Mystery #8) by Anna Lee Huber

2019 wasn’t even over yet before I sunk my teeth into this one on a cold December afternoon. I adore this series and couldn’t resist picking this one up well before the official release date to see what adventures Gage and Lady Darby get up to this time around!

I am sure a huge fan of Anna Lee Huber, I have read every single book she’s written and while some are better than others, both her Lady Darby and Verity Kent series are solid and tried and true favorites of mine and I would gladly clear my calendar for any of her books!

I picked this one up on a Friday afternoon, by Saturday night I was done with it. It was a great read that had a lot of red herrings to keep readers guessing! Continue reading “Review: A Stroke of Malice (Lady Darby Mystery #8) by Anna Lee Huber”

Review: Many Rivers to Cross (Inspector Banks #26) by Peter Robinson

This series has obviously been a long standing with. With 26 books in the series, it’s clear that people love Inspector Banks. I was thrilled to review this one when I was approached, but at the same time I was worried that being 26 books in, that I would be lost in the larger story.

But if I have learned one thing about well known, longstanding thriller/mystery series, it’s that the authors usually try to keep things simple or at least explain the back story more for a new audience.

After some debate, I decided to give this one a try and see how it went. I obviously wasn’t going to go back and read 25 books just to get to this one so I had to trust that at least a large chunk of the story would focus on the mystery and being a police procedural, that is indeed what should have happened. Continue reading “Review: Many Rivers to Cross (Inspector Banks #26) by Peter Robinson”

Review: Why Mermaids Sing (Sebastian St. Cyr #3) by C.S. Harris

This mystery series has been one that I have read and enjoyed but wouldn’t consider a favorite….until now. I picked up the later books in the series but hadn’t gone back to read the earlier books.

While I didn’t always feel out of place or lost in the plot, there were clearly nuanced relationships between the characters within the larger narrative that left me feeling not as invested in the series as I had hoped.

I read the first book a few years ago and thought it was good and at the time had planned to read the series in order, but I just didn’t have it in my reading calendar to do that. Well a few years went by and here I was over Christmas break and found that I had a clear schedule and nothing to read. The second book in this series was on sale so I downloaded it and devoured it in a day, needless to say I downloaded this one immediately following and was incredibly thankful for instant download because I couldn’t wait to see what Sebastian investigated next. Continue reading “Review: Why Mermaids Sing (Sebastian St. Cyr #3) by C.S. Harris”

Review: When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr #2) by C.S. Harris

I was approached a few years ago to read the Sebastian St Cyr series and at that time it was on book 12! I decided to give it a go, but I wanted to read the first book before I started book 12—so I did.

I read the first book and I thought it was really good but I didn’t have a desire to go back and read the series from beginning to end so that I could read book 12. So  read book 1 and then started book 12. Since then I have read books 12-14 with book 15 coming out later this spring.

As I was approaching the end of the year, I wanted to read something quick and fun, I happened to see this second book was on sale, so I picked it up randomly just to pass some time. Continue reading “Review: When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr #2) by C.S. Harris”