Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours by by Wiebke Martens & Jennifer Jang

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This photographic guide features five fully illustrated walking tours of the charming New Jersey town with seventeenth-century roots and the renowned university at its core. Explore the heart of Princeton University as well as its more modern sections; downtown Princeton, including some of its oldest neighbourhoods; and the campuses of Princeton Theological Seminary and the Institute for Advanced Study. Each walk highlights the town’s rich history, varied architecture, and a multitude of local attractions, ranging from museums and theatres to parks and playgrounds. For those who want to roam a bit farther, a host of ideas for short outings and longer excursions in the greater Princeton area are included. With compelling full-page images and informative captions, this unique guidebook will appeal to both locals and guests and makes an ideal gift or keepsake.

For someone who probably, will never do much more international travelling anymore.

I found this a delight and informative.

With beautiful photographs and 5 descriptive walking excursions, including the history of the university town of Princeton.

This would be suitable to grace anyone’s coffee table.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Schiffer Publishing and downloaded via NetGalley.

4 Stars****

A Youthful Indiscretion: A Novella (A Very English Mystery #1.5) by Elizabeth Edmondson

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This novella is the prequel to book #2 – A Question of Inheritance.

Not all secrets from the past stay buried!

From the end of book #1- A Man of Some Repute.  Freya and Hugo’s discovered a letter from a mysterious Mary Louise to the late Lord Selchester, stating “My Dearest Husband”.

Had Lord Selchester married this Mary (Marie) Louise?  And if so, was it legal?  Was his marriage to Freya’s aunt bigamous?  And will this put a stop to Lady Sonia being able to sell the castle to a Swiss Hotel Consortium?

Freya gets warnings from the family and others, to drop it.  But Freya is fighting with her conscience, and just can’t let ‘sleeping dogs lie’.

This series has to be read in order, to get the full effect.  This is the prequel to book 2, and it adds background to the next book.  But is only available in ebook/kindle, so can be missed out, without spoiling the effect of the next book – A Question of Inheritance.

Really enjoying this series.  With a good set of characters, in a well crafted and written mystery.

Looking forward to reading more of this series.

4 Stars****

Monk’s Hood (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #3) by Ellis Peters

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Gervase Bonel has bequeathed his manor in Wales to Shrewsbury Abbey, cutting his stepson out of what was to be his and sends him packing to his sister and her coffin maker husband in Shrewsbury. 

Meanwhile,  Abbott Heribert has been called to attend the legatine council, and has been instructed that until he is confirmed as Abbott or a replacement is named, that no business can be finalised…which leaves Gervase Bonel’s bequest incomplete.

Bonel with his wife and servants, still takes up residence in the Abbey’s Forgate of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, where he is suddenly taken ill.

Luckily, the Abbey boasts the services of Brother Cadfael, a skilled herbalist. Cadfael hurries to the man’s bedside, only to be confronted by two very different surprises. 

In Master Bonel’s wife, the good monk recognises Richildis, whom he loved before he took his vows.  And Master Bonel has been fatally poisoned by a dose of deadly monk’s-hood oil from Cadfael’s herbarium.

The Sheriff is convinced that the murderer is Richildis’ son Edwin, but Cadfael is certain of her son’s innocence.  Using his knowledge of both herbs and the human heart, Cadfael deciphers a deadly recipe for murder…

Another well crafted mystery from Ellis Peters, that sweeps you into the 12th century like travelling in a time machine.

This was a audiobook, produced by Hachette Audio UK and downloaded via Audible.co.uk.

Narrated by Stephen Thorne, whose voice, breathes life into the telling of the 12th century and the Brother Cadfael mysteries.

5 Stars*****

Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators in The Secret of Terror Castle (Book #1)

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The first book in The Three Investigators mystery series.

Originally written in 1964 (the year I was born), which I first read when I was 12 in 1976, and re-read many times since.  I just love this series.  It was so well crafted by Robert Arthur, that the series continued long after his death, with authors taking up his mantle – to a total of 43 books in the main series, with a further 11 books in the Crimebusters series until 1990.

The series has such a large international fandom, that the German fans continued to write and publish The Three Investigators books, adding to the series.

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Finding a genuine haunted house for a movie set sounds like fun — and a great way to generate publicity for the Three Investigators’ new detective agency. But when the boys arrive for an overnight visit at Terror Castle — home of a deceased horror-movie actor — they soon find out how the place got its name!

I so wanted to be one of the Three Investigators, and be able to use one of the entrances to Headquarters…like Red Gate Rover!

5 Stars*****

June/July Books for Murder, Mystery & More… Book Group & Murder/Mystery Reading Room on FB

Events on Murder, Mystery & More… Book Group.

18th June – The Alpine Advocate by Mary Daheim.

2nd July – A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters (rescheduled from the beginning of June).

30th July – Second Sight by Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz).

An Open Thread Discussion will be opened for anyone who wants to read and discuss for the rest of this month (June) of – The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles.

And the Open Thread Discussion for July will be – The Penguin Pool Murder by Stuart Palmer.

In the Murder/Mystery Reading Room, events will be set up for the following:

9th July – Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth.

16th July – Toasting up Trouble by Linda Wiken.

The Open Thread Discussion for the rest of this month will be – Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen.

And for July – The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott.

NOTICE: All books are chosen because they are ‘Firsts’ in a series, and are readily available in multiple formats to either borrow from a library, or are reasonably priced to buy.

So why not come and join us on FB.

Murder, Mystery & More… Book Group
Murder/Mystery Reading Room.

Death in Advertising (A Tobi Tobias Mystery #1) by Laura Bradford

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First in a New Series!

When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”

But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars.

As far as I’m concerned, Laura Bradford has created another wonderful series.

This is a fun, light cozy mystery, with a good set of characters that I want to learn more about, and see if there are any skeletons hanging in their closets!  Well plotted and written, with a good entertaining story line.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.  Published by Lyrical Underground/Kensington Books, and downloaded via NetGalley.

5 Stars*****

One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #2) by Ellis Peters

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England is in turmoil over the crown, between King Stephen and Queen Maude.  King Stephen has set siege on the castle of Shrewsbury, who are loyal to Queen Maude.  After taking the castle, and the principle players against him have escaped, Stephen orders that the 94 loyal Maude supporter left to be hanged, and the brothers at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul are ordered to bury the dead.

But when Brother Cadfael arrives and does a body count, there are 95 not 94.  It soon becomes apparent that there is one corpse too many, 94 hanged men and one murdered man.

Brother Cadfael is given 4 days in which to solve and catch a murderer, before King Stephen moves on and allows the murderer to roam free.

This is the second of the Brother Cadfael mysteries, and is full of intrigue, mystery and romance.

Ellis Peters weaves a tapestry of the 12th century, drawing you in and holding you captive.

I love historical mysteries, and Ellis Peters is one of the best writers in this field.  She has me returning back to her stories, time after time.

This was a audiobook, produced by Hachette Audio UK and downloaded via Audible.co.uk.  Narrated by Stephen Thorne, whose rich voice, brings Brother Cadfael and the 12th century to life.

5 Stars*****

Confession

So ok…confession time!

I my eagerness to create a Reading/Book group, I ended up creating not one, but two groups…

just call me ‘Mad’ or ‘Frankie’ as in Frankenstein or Frankenfurter…although I don’t look good in either a basque or fish net stockings…but that’s another story!

Not only did I create two groups…I also gave them the same reading list!  *goes and hides under the stairs where flying objects hopefully can’t reach me*

I’m going to blame the Meds/pills I’m taking! 😀

So here are the 2 groups…

Murder/Mystery Reading Room

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1371361949622778/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Murder, Mystery & More… Book Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/426009331095718/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

The next 2 events – Death in Advertising by Laura Bradford (tomorrow evening 11/06/2017) & The Alpine Advocate by Mary Daheim (Sunday 18/06/2017), are set up on the Murder, Mystery & More… Book Group page, and as I can’t split myself in two, there they shall stay.

And The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles, will also be set up on the same page.

So come on over and join us there.

 

 

 

Zachary (New Orleans Magic Book 3) by Patricia Rosemoor

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NEW ORLEANS MAGIC SERIAL
After a murder at a voodoo ceremony in a charming New Orleans bistro, street cops Jordan O’Reilly, Liam O’Reilly, and Zachary Doucet have a personal stake in solving the case. But if they meddle in the investigation, they may get thrown off the force—or worse.

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Officer Zachary Doucet arrives at a murder scene‒‒the victim another voodoo ceremony participant‒‒only to face his ex-partner Detective Rebecca Romero. Zachary sees this murder as proof that the wrong man is in jail and intends to clear his half-brother Jordan. From experience, Rebecca fears he’ll do anything to get what he needs, so she unofficially works the case with him. Their unconsummated attraction to each other flares anew, but with Rebecca a straight arrow and Zachary a maverick, is there hope for a future together?

This was the third and final part of the trilogy, and the weakest one.

Although the romance part was very good, with a very good set of main characters, with the half-brothers back story.  I found the conclusion to the murders very lack-luster.  It left gaping holes that could have been filled in, the loose ends tied together, and over all tidied up a lot better than what it was.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Season Publishing and downloaded via NetGalley.

3 Stars***

 

 

Liam (New Orleans Magic Book 2) by Ann Voss Peterson

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NEW ORLEANS MAGIC SERIAL
After a murder at a voodoo ceremony in a charming New Orleans bistro, three street cops, Jordan O’Reilly, Liam O’Reilly, and Zachary Doucet, have a personal stake in solving the case. But if they meddle in the investigation, they may get thrown off the force—or worse.

PART 2: LIAM
Liam O’Reilly doesn’t have to wear the uniform to be a cop, he is the uniform. Disciplined and skeptical, Liam doesn’t believe in voodoo any more than he does in lasting love. But then he meets brash defense attorney Simone Jones… and his carefully structured world spins out of control.

New Orleans Magic: Jordan… Liam… Zachary… Each of these compelling stories ends with an HEA for the hero and heroine. But only the full set will finally get to the bottom of the murder mystery. Be sure to read them all!

In this, the second instalment of the trilogy, sees Jordan arrested for the murder at Camille Dupree’s restaurant.  His brother Liam has been suspended for helping his brothers ‘fictional’ attempted escape.  Liam joins forces with Jordan’s Defence Attorney Simone Jones to clear his brothers name…only to loose control every time she is near.

I’m really enjoying this trilogy.  Each book has a great set of characters, within the continuous storyline about voodoo, murder and romance.

Next and final instalment…Zachary by Patricia Rosemoor.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Season Publishing and downloaded via NetGalley.

5 Stars*****

Jordan (New Orleans Magic Book 1) by Rebecca York

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NEW ORLEANS MAGIC SERIAL

After a murder at a voodoo ceremony in a charming New Orleans bistro, three street cops, Jordan O’Reilly, Liam O’Reilly, and Zachary Doucet, have a personal stake in solving the case. But if they meddle in the investigation, they may get thrown off the forceor worse.

Part 1: Jordan

Jordan O’Reilly is first to take the heat. While moonlighting with a security company, he’s assigned to protect Camille DuPree, the restaurant owner. Six years ago, he and Camille were in love, and each thinks the other broke it off. Now they’re thrown back together and must cope with their shattered relationship as well as the murder investigation and an ugly voodoo charm that shows up on Camille’s doorstep.

New Orleans Magic: Jordan…Liam…Zachary…each of these compelling stories ends with an HEA for the hero and heroine. But only the full set will finally get to the bottom of the murder mystery. Be sure to read them all!

I picked this book up from NetGalley, as the cover drew my eye, and the above synopsis piqued my interest…I’m glad that I did get it, as I wasn’t disappointed.

With a heady mix of voodoo, murder and a rekindling passion, this story is fast paced and will keep you on the edge.  With a great set of characters and storyline.

Can not wait to start the second book in the trilogy – Liam!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Season Publishing and downloaded via NetGalley.

5 Stars*****