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.

Par 3: Zachary
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*****

Carrots (Shelby Nichols #1) by Colleen Helme

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Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots.

As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber’s mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer. The next thing she knows, she’s lying on the floor with a bullet wound to her head.

Luckily, the bullet only grazes her scalp, and she doesn’t suspect any lasting affects until later, when she suddenly ‘hears’ what people are thinking.

With this uncanny ability, her life takes on a whole new dimension. Her kids think she’s bossy and too old to understand them, but that’s nothing compared to her husband. He says he loves her, but what is it about the redhead at work that he doesn’t want her to know?

As if that isn’t enough, the gunman knows she can identify him, and he’s out to silence her forever. In her fight to stay alive, she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime. This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone’s thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.

I loved this book!

Shelby goes from stay-at-home mom, to reluctantly working for a mob boss.  All because she needed carrots!

In this fun and fast paced story, excellently narrated by Wendy Tremont King.  With a great set of characters, in this well plotted and written first in a series novel.

I voluntarily reviewed this audiobook.  Supplied by the author, and download via Audible.co.uk

5 Stars*****

 

 

A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #1) by Ellis Peters

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In 1137 the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the remains of Saint Winifred for his Benedictine order. Brother Cadfael is part of the expedition sent to her final resting place in Wales, where they find the villagers passionately divided by the Benedictines’ offer for the saint’s relics.

Canny, wise and all too worldly, Cadfael isn’t surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder. The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow, and some say Winifred herself dealt the blow. Brother Cadfael knows that a carnal hand did the killings, but he doesn’t know that his plan to unearth a murderer may dig up a case of love and justice, where the wages of sin may be scandal – or his own ruin.

In this book, Ellis Peters introduces her beloved character Brother Cadfael, herbalist to the 12th Century Shrewsbury Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, on the western boarder of England and Wales.  A man who was well past his prime when he entered the Benedictine order, and had been, done and seen more than any man in the cloister.

I love this series, it’s richly historical settings and the characters Ellis Peters created.

Personally I think this is one of the best historical mystery series about, and well worth reading.

The books are available in all formats, paperback, Kindle/ebook (free to read if you are on Kindle Unlimited at the time of reviewing) and on audiobook.

This is a review on the audio narration by Stephen Thorne, who brings the story to life in his reading.

5 Stars*****

 

 

Fatal Reaction (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries 0.5) by Aimee Nicole Walker

Prequel for Josh and Gabe from the Curl Up and Dye Mysteries Series.

A friend and neighbour of Josh “Jazz” Roman’s is brutally murdered, just minutes after he had waved to her when taking the trash out.

Josh Roman owner of  a full service salon called The Curl Up and Dye, takes an instant dislike to Detective Gabe Wyatt.

Maybe it was Gabe’s fault, when he indicated that Josh wasn’t his type, or just maybe that Josh has a chip on his shoulder.

Either way, Gabe has got Josh under his skin.

But Josh is now in the killers sight, and the only person that he can turn to is Gabe…

Loved this prequel to the Curl Up and Dye mysteries.

With a great set of characters, in a well plotted and written story.

This series is definitely going onto my reading list!

This prequel was originally published in a collection, but is no longer available to buy.  But you can read it on Aimee’s Blog site:

http://aimeenicolewalker.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/fatal-reaction.html

5 Stars*****

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****

Nantucket Vistas by Arthur P. Richmond

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As a souvenir or a gift, this small-format book captures Nantucket vistas in wide-view format, offering colourful panoramas to treasure for years to come.

From the harbour with its iconic lighthouse to the streets of the town featuring cobblestones and quaint and upscale shops, the pages capture the highlights of time spent on the island.

Continue your tour through the island’s landscapes, by viewing the beaches along the north shore en route to the western end of the island and the area around Madaket. Heading east, pass the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean including Cisco and Surfside. Enjoy colourful glimpses of the former quintessential fishing village of Siasconset, with its rose-covered cottages.

Just to the north are two historic lighthouses, Sankaty and Great Point. Pass by Quidnet, Polpis, Altar Rock, and Monomoy. Captured across the island, these panoramas provide an enjoyable keepsake of magnificent Nantucket.

Full of beautiful photographs of the Nantucket area, this small format book is ideal for anybody visiting the area as a keepsake, or for any armchair visitors.

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

4 Star****