Pure Folly – Madelynne Ellis

me pure follyRunning scared has never felt so good.

The prospect of a night in a haunted folly terrifies Alastair de Vere almost as much as admitting the depth of his feelings for his cousin’s dashing fiancé. Love between men is utterly forbidden, but Jude captivates him in a way no woman ever has. Confessing the attraction could gain or lose him everything.

When a spirit seeking to end a century of torment takes possession of Jude, Alastair must face his deepest fears, for only by surrendering to fate can he hope to win freedom for them both.

I found the story well mapped out with a nice collection of characters.

An enjoyable story.

5 stars *****

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Moon Over Soho – Ben Aaronovitvh – Peter Grant Book 2 – Jazz is the music of life…or death!

ba moon sohoI was my dad’s vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that’s how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it’s why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognized the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in Soho.

He wasn’t the first. No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn’t trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus’ ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens’ portrait, but I needed her help. There were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune, taking beauty and leaving behind sickness, failure and broken lives. And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard ‘Lord’ Grant – my father – who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That’s the thing about policing: most of the time you’re doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you’re doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you’re doing it for revenge.

2nd book in the Peter Grant series, where jazz is the music of life…or death!

If you like Jim Butcher or Simon R. Green…you will like Ben Aaronovitch.

5 stars *****

Mrs. Hudson & the Spirits’ Curse – Martain Davies – Behind every Great man…is a Brilliant woman!

md mrs hudsonWhat if Baker Street’s most gifted resident wasn’t called Sherlock Holmes?

An evil stalks London, blown in from the tropics. Stories of cursed giant rats and malign spirits haunt the garrets of Limehouse. A group of merchants are, one by one, dying: murdered, somehow. The elementary choice to investigate these mysterious deaths is, of course, Holmes and Dr Watson. Yet instead of deduction, it will be the unique gifts of their housekeeper, Mrs Hudson and her orphaned assistant Flotsam that will be needed to solve the case. Can she do it all under the nose of Sherlock himself?

From the coal fire at Baker Street to the smog of Whitechapel and the jungles of Sumatra, from snake bites in grand hotels to midnight carriage chases at the docks, it’s time for Mrs Hudson to step out of the shadows. Playfully breaking with convention, Martin Davies brings a fresh twist to classic Victorian mystery.

A brilliant new spin on the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Behind every great man…is a brilliant woman!

I hope we will be seeing more of Hudson & Holmes.

5 stars *****

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The Secret Explodes – Book 3 of the Hunter’s League – Mel Odom – The League strengthens.

mo secrets explode“Unearthly Discoveries””Matt glanced at the table, mesmerized when the mummy’s fists clenched. Barely held on by the quick sutures Emma had taken through the dead flesh, Pasebakhaenniut’s head turned…. The mummy’s eyeless gaze fastened on Narada, who stood frozen in awe.

“It’s alive!” Gabriel shouted.”

If Matt Hunter hadn’t seen it, he’d never have believed it: a mummy — barely stitched together, come to life. And that’s just the first of the outrageous discoveries.

As Matt’s campaign of vengeance against the evil Lucius Creighdor continues, he and his faithful league delve deeper and deeper into a fantastical world that reveals grisly and extraordinary clues. The answers are coming faster now, as murder abounds and the team unearths hideous secret experiments.

But are they truly prepared to witness the horrific nature of what they have found — no matter how close it brings them to their goals? Or…to their end?

As the league grows, Matt’s fight against Lucius Creighdor strengthens.  And the end is near as I reach for the final book in The Hunter’s League – His Legacy Avenged!

5 stars *****

The Mystery Unravels – Book 2 of the Hunter’s League – Mel Odom – Friends come together to fight evil!

mo mystery unravelsSecrets can kill.

“You were afraid of my father….That’s why you had him murdered. You were of afraid of him, and I’m going to teach you to be afraid of me.”

Just weeks after his father’s horrific death, Matt Hunter confronts the murderous Lucius Creighdor and vows revenge. But battling this vicious foe is treacherous for Matt — and his steadfast league of friends. Yet without Paul’s financial wizardry, Emma’s scientic genius, Gabriel’s cunning street smarts, and the historical expertise of Narada Chaudhary, Matt knows he will be lost.

When Creighdor unleashes a mind-mutilating creature that can control a person’s will, Hunter’s League must pull together by drawing on their individual strengths, all the time wondering if they’ve stumbled upon one terrifying secret too many — and one blood-thirsty monster too much.

Friends come together to fight evil.

An explosive cliff hanger end to book 2 out of 4.

5 stars *****

A Conspiracy Revealed – Book 1 of the Hunter’s League – Mel Odom – Explosive start!

mo conspiracy“Matt ran though his heart thumped harshly in his chest and his breath burned the back of his throat. Although he didn’t yet know how he was going to achieve the goal, Matt knew he was going to find out Lucius Creighdor’s deepest secrets.Then he was going to kill the man….”

In one foggy night Matt Hunter’s entire world has changed. What began as a simple trip to the docks turned into a nightmare. Seven years ago Matt’s mother, Lady Brockton, was brutally murdered. Ever since, Matt’s father has fanatically hunted her attacker, risking his reputation and his life. Finally, Lord Brockton had cornered the man he believed to be responsible. On the docks that night, he planned to show his son the truth behind his mother’s death.

But then Lord Brockton was killed.

Now Matt’s own life is at risk. Fortunately he is surrounded by trustworthy friends, because Hunter’s League is on the trail of a vicious murderer who will go to great — and deadly — lengths to protect his secret plans.

Plans that spell the ruin of the British Empire…and the world beyond.

An explosive start to a 4 part series!

5 stars *****

A Fashionable Indulgence – Book 1 Society of Gentlemen – K J Charles spins her threads to create another masterpiece.

kjc fashionableIn the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation.

When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips.

After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.

As per normal K J Charles spins her threads to create another masterpiece.

5 stars *****

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What Angels Fear – C. S. Harris – 19th century’s The Fugitive

csharris what angels fearIt’s 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III’s England. Then a beautiful young woman is found raped and savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol discovered at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.

Now a fugitive running for his life, Sebastian calls upon his skill as an agent during the war to catch the killer and prove his own innocence.  In the process, he accumulates a band of unlikely allies, including the enigmatic beauty Kat Boleyn, who broke Sebastian’s heart years ago.  In Sebastian’s world of intrigue and espionage, nothing is as it seems, yet the truth may hold the key to the future of the British monarchy, as well as to Sebastian’s own salvation….

19th century’s version of ‘The Fugitive’.

A race through the start of the Regency period London to fined a murderer.

A page turner from start to finish.

Enjoyed this book so much that I have already started the second book ‘When Gods Die’.

5 stars *****

The Gentleman and the Lamplighter – Summer Devon – Novella

sd lamplighterYou Can’t Walk Away from Love.

Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he’s ever loved—until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything….

But You Can Walk Toward It…

Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the handsome, haunted gentleman he’s admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love—if they can overcome social taboos, and their own fears….

An enjoyable novella.

5 stars *****

Uneasy in New Orleans – Carol Carson – An engaging cosy mystery

Dead bodies aren’t on Finn’s New Orleans walking tour of cemeteries and haunted houses. Ditto disappearing bodies. Now she has to explain to Detective Jack Boyle how her missing corpse has turned up in the Mississippi putting her smack-dab in the middle of a murder investigation.
Unfortunately, another of Finn’s odd jobs is taking questionable photos for Jack’s PI brother, Tommy. After she snaps shots of a dubious pair of lovebirds, they stalk her, then kidnap her. Now Finn’s dealing with two lunatics intent on killing her. Or driving her crazy. She’s not sure which.
Because lunatics and smokin’-hot brothers aren’t enough trouble, she’s gossiping, yes gossiping, with a chef ghost at culinary school, cat-sitting her aunt’s six felines and attempting to corral her wayward teenage sister.
All Finn wants is to survive school and become the best chef in the world but…

An engaging cozy mystery, with a great cast of characters.  Would like to see more of Finn and the Boyle brothers.

5 stars*****

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