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Book Review: The Castle Mystery (Jenny Starling #4) by Faith Martin


The Castle Mystery by Faith Martin
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Joffee Books

I feel that this series has hit its stride with this book. I very much enjoyed it. Most all the characters were well fleshed out. I really loved the Avonsleighs, George & Lady Vee. The pace was well done (the murder takes place by the end of the fourth chapter). Happily, there were only two mentions of Jenny's "Junoesque" figure (there are still too many people shocked by her physicality & that she's attractive, but at least the descriptors were more varied). And her prior respiratory issues that caused innumerable instances of sighing also seemed to have righted itself. Inhaler or breathing exercises, I don't know but kudos to that hurdle having been cleared. This reader greatly appreciated it.

Book Review: They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall


They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Forge Books

I love Agatha Christie so this was a must read as soon as I'd heard about it. As this is a modern retelling of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None there's no question how this was going to end and I still couldn't help pulling for narrator Miriam to make it out alive. She was a dedicated fabulist (for reasons never revealed) and a self-saboteur but I wanted her to find redemption and get to see her daughter again. So silly really but well done by the author, coaxing those feelings out of me.

Book Review: The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude


The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟(4 stars)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

This is the first story I've read with Inspector Meredith and I'm completely out of order in his series. This is book three but I've come to it as part of The British Library Crime Classics (which I'm working my way through & recommend). It's written in such a way that reading the first two books don't seem necessary.

Book Review: A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan, #1) by Arkady Martine


A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Tor

After reading the whole book, I needed a day to just savour it and think about what I wanted to say about it. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Everything that captivated me in the excerpt was sustained except for the murder mystery thread. Martine is a world-building mistress and just so put me in this place she created. It's just how I love my science fiction.

Book Review: The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John-Ligali


The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John-Ligali
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars)

A quick and cute story that continues with the two friends readers met in The Big Event. Constance and Estelle finally go on the weekend spa break using the voucher that Estelle gifted Constance and it's the getaway they both need. The posh resort is all things plush and pampering and that's a good thing because both ladies have some of their home life concerns on their minds and Constance has an actual intrusion connected to her now ex-fiancee, Maxwell (though I'm not yet convinced the intrusion isn't just an unhinged, online stalker). It's a good read and I was incorrect that this was a duology, it's a trilogy and I definitely will be reading that one.

Book ReviewL The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali


The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟(4 stars)

I was in the mood for a frothy British chick-lit book so this is one I've recently grabbed. This felt more like the opening chapter to the real story in this duology. I thought it was cute, insightful and it made me want to read what happens next.

Book Review: Tangle's Game by Stewart Hotston


Tangle's Game by Stewart Hotston
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars)
Publisher: Abbadon (May 2019)

I was so excited to read this from the summary description but I have to say that it was a bit of a disappointment. The opening immediately pulled me in and made for a scary world that Amanda inhabits and her place in it is on the cusp of peril. All things were great as she receives what Tangle's sent her and her meeting Tatsu, a contracted AI helper and the story is well on its way.