Review: The Vanished Bride (Brontë Sisters Mystery #1) by Bella Ellis

Big big big Bronte fan here! So it’s a given that I have been looking forward to this book for quite a while!

But I will admit I was on the fence about it. This book is a reimagining of the Bronte sisters as lady detectives and for me it could have gone either way. I mean, the sisters wrote romances, not mysteries so I was worried that this book might come across as hokey.

So basically, I had reservations. I worried that I might have a hard time imagining them as detectives but on the other I love all things Bronte and I simply couldn’t pass on the opportunity to find out which way this book was going to go—-all good or all bad! Continue reading “Review: The Vanished Bride (Brontë Sisters Mystery #1) by Bella Ellis”

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Review: Murder at Kensington Palace (A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery #3) by Andrea Penrose

I stumbled on this series a couple of years ago and instantly fell in love. I loved how sassy and sardonic Wrexford is and even if Mrs Sloane is overly pig headed  at times, she’s independent and sassy and I can’t get enough of them together!

Reading these books is always such a delight. There is clearly this romantic tension between Wrexford and Charlotte Sloane, but it doesn’t overtake the prime focus of the books which is the murder mystery.

Because of that I think it makes the romance so much more sweet. The little morsels of romance sprinkled in make the reader eager to see what happens between them, but ultimately it’s the well written mystery that holds their attention late into the night.

So when I finally saw this one on Netgalley I begged to read it! I couldn’t wait and read it in a couple of fast sittings! Continue reading “Review: Murder at Kensington Palace (A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery #3) by Andrea Penrose”

Review: A Golden Grave (Rose Gallagher #2) by Erin Lindsey

I read the first book in this historical mystery series, Murder on Millionaires’ Row, back in 2018 and thought it was a solid beginning to her new series.

This author has written other fantasy novels but the Rose Gallagher series is a new genre for her and I thought she made a nice transition but I wasn’t completely sold on the series as there were some things that I thought needed a little working out and polishing.

While I had some reservations, I know that the transition from fantasy to historical fiction can be challenging so I decided to give this series another stab and see how things evolved with this latest installment. Continue reading “Review: A Golden Grave (Rose Gallagher #2) by Erin Lindsey”

Special Feature: The Other End of the Line (Commissario Montalbano #24) by Andrea Camilleri

The Commissario Montalbano series has obviously been a successful one! This is the 24th book in the long standing series and it clearly has a large fan base and the latest book is out this week!

Author, Andrea Camilleri, has been widely praised for creating such a beloved character and series that is crafty and smart. Camilleri was 91 years old guys—-91. To be such a prolific writer still at that age is impressive and inspiring.

Though he passed away in July of this year, the fact that he has continued to write such an intelligent series is incredible and again, just so impressive. He leaves behind a huge literary legacy with beloved characters and devoted fans. His is a big loss for the literary community for sure!

This book is the 24th in the series with the 25th book coming out in March 2020. If you like crime novels you need look no further than this best selling series! Continue reading “Special Feature: The Other End of the Line (Commissario Montalbano #24) by Andrea Camilleri”

Review: Wonton Terror (A Noodle Shop Mystery #4) by Vivien Chien

I stumbled upon Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop Mystery quite by accident. When I started the first book, I fell in love with Lana Lee’s charm and sass. I also loved all the various food descriptions in this series and found myself perpetually hungry for noodles.

While there are times that I have found myself wanting more romance in this series, the fun mysteries that Chien constructs are undeniable—I am hooked on her mysteries.

Each book could probably be read on their own. Chien does a great job catching new readers up to date on the most pressing back stories in the series if it pertains to the new book, but she is equally careful not to reveal too much about previous books incase readers want to go back and read them later on. Continue reading “Review: Wonton Terror (A Noodle Shop Mystery #4) by Vivien Chien”