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Buy from our partners. From the slaughterhouses of Manhattan to the elite enclaves of Saratoga Springs, private detective Pamela Thompson follows a trail of death and deception left by a Civil War hero. New York City, Captain Jed Crake is a decorated veteran of the Union army and a successful mogul in the meatpacking industry. But this powerful man also has a hidden private life as a predator of young women. Before they can find the missing woman, Crake's dark history catches up with him and he is murdered in a posh hotel in Saratoga Springs. As fate would have it, Pamela's ward, Francesca Ricci, working as a chambermaid in the hotel, is accused of the crime.
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It needs some repairs and Jane decides to bring in some money to the resort by hosting a Murder and Mayhem Week event. Little does she know that a real murder will take place and she has to solve it before her resort goes bankrupt. Using the help of the staff of the hall, she discovers a secret about her family and learns a motive for the killing.
She is determined to make sure that her beloved home is safe for her guests and for her family. I simply couldn't get myself to put this one down. As I stated earlier, I tend to love Adams' mysteries and this one was no exception. I cannot wait to read the next one and return to the lovely Storyton Hall and Storyton Village. Adams has a new hit series on her hands and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.
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If you love cozy mysteries and books this is the perfect series for you. I cannot recommend it enough and hope that you will have the pleasure of reading this one soon. My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once again--which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.
Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother all but forgets about Max and matrimony--especially when movie mogul Cy Goldman insists on casting her in his next picture.
Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy! Mother's movie and Darcy's larceny lead everyone to Cy's Hollywood hoe, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and there's enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead--as if there wasn't enough drama already. This is a series that I return to time and time again. I love this author and I love her writing style.
I also can't help but love Georgie's character. She is smart and very humorous at the same time.
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I love reading about her antics and her impossible relationship with her mother and her lady's maid, Queenie. I find the characters so amusing that I usually find myself laughing out loud with all the silliness. Bowen has a way with creating a mystery that I can enjoy each and every single time she releases a book.
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This series never gets old for me and I look forward to the next installation with anticipation. Gerogiana Rannoch, is a very distant relation to the current King of England. She has quite the adventures in England and the reader gets to see her interact with royalty and the upper crust of English society.
However, in this book, Bowen tries something a little different with Georgie on a trip to America with her not-so-loveable mother. Her mother is trying to arrange a quickie divorce so that she can be with her wealthy beau, Max, and asks for Georgie to join her for her trip across the pond. Of course, Georgie, good sport that she is can't turn down that offer and off she goes. While they are on board the ship, mysterious circumstances occur and Georgie of course cannot ignore the signs that something sinister is at play.
If you haven't read this series yet, I ask, well why not? I absolutely adore this series and like I stated before, I eagerly await the next installation. I am always sad when my time with Georgie ends and I have to wait months for our next adventure. This author simply is amazing and can write an engaging and entertaining book every single time. I usually get bored quickly with series, but not with this one.
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If you enjoy strong characters, that are very silly at times and yet are very smart, this might be a series you might want to check into. According to legend, Lady Godiva lifted the unfair taxation of her people by her husband, Leofric, Earl of Mercia, by riding through the streets of Coventry wearing only a smile. It's a story that's kept tongues wagging for nearly a thousand years. But what would drive a lady of the court to take off everything and risk her reputation, her life, even her wardrobe--all for a few peasant's pennies? In this daringly original, charmingly twisted take on an oft-imagined tale, Nicole Galland exposes a provocative view of Godiva not only in the flesh, but in all her glory.
With history exonerating her dear husband, Godiva, helped along by her steadfast companion the abbess Edgiva, defies the tyranny of a new royal villain. Never before has Countess Godiva's ride into infamy--and into an unexpected adventure of romance, deceit, and naked intrigue--been told quite like this.
So, I picked this one up thinking that it was going to be bland historical fiction and that I would be hopelessly bored. I was completely wrong. I really enjoyed this one. Lady Godiva is someone that I knew of, but really knew nothing about. It was interesting to read about her and her life and the circumstances that made her legendary. This author does a fantastic job of creating historical fiction using strong characters and an interesting storyline that had me anxiously waiting to see what happened.
Lady Godiva and her friend Egdiva are protesting the King's tax on the people. The bulk of this book is about Godiva dealing with the King asking her to either forfeit Coventry, which she owns, or to ride a horse naked in front of all of the townspeople. The King thinks that she will not even consider doing this and the storyline has Godiva going back and forth between her options. She seeks counsel from some friends, her husband and the local bishop in making her decision. I loved the ending of this one and how it was unexpected in a way.
This is a fantastic read for historical fiction lovers who love a little something out of the ordinary. Lady Godiva is not someone that I would expect that I would enjoy reading about, but this author did a fantastic job of taking Godiva and making her story very interesting. I applaud her for that as this might have been a book I skipped over had I not been asked to review it by the publisher. I was shocked as to how much I enjoyed this book, even though I have read this author before and liked her other works.
Goes to show that you can never judge a book by its cover. Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher, through Edelweiss, in exchange for my honest review. In October of , the Little Season is in full swing, and Sally Fitzhugh has had enough of the endless parties and balls. With a rampant vampire craze sparked by the novel The Convent of Orsino , it seems no one can speak of anything else.
But when Sally hears a rumor that the reclusive Duke of Belliston is an actual vampire, she cannot resist the challenge of proving such nonsense false. At a ball in Belliston Square, she ventures across the gardens and encounters the mysterious Duke. Lucien, Duke of Belliston, is well versed in the trouble gossip can bring. He's returned home to dispel the rumors of scandal surrounding his parents' deaths, which hint at everything from treason to dark sorcery. While he searches for the truth, he welcomes his fearsome reputation--until a woman is found dead in Richmond.
Her blood drained from her throat. Lucien and Sally join forces to stop the so-called vampire from killing again. Someone managed to get away with killing the last Duke of Belliston. But they won't kill this duke--not if Sally has anything to say about it. I adore this series.