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Book Review: The Oxford Mystery (Jenny Starling #5) by Faith Martin

The Oxford Mystery (Jenny Starling #5) by Faith Martin
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Joffee Books

A 3.5 rounded up.

I loved the setting at Oxford and the quirky taxidermist society conference attendees. The murder happened quickly enough (in chapter three of ten) leaving the main of the book for solving it. There were many suspects and the culprit fairly clear (along with the Why) but there was also a secondary murder plot entwined that made for a neat twist. Also to the good here, Jenny has a bit of a romance with a man she meets and the fact of people being agog when they take in her size and find her attractive waned considerably. So too have the "Junoesque" mentions. This reader was pleased, indeed.

Book Review: Heavy Time (Company Wars #4) by C.J. Cherryh

Heavy Time (Company Wars #4) by C.J. Cherryh
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars) 
Publisher: Tor

I'm so glad I finally got to this one. While the characters weren't much to rave about (Dekker spends pretty much the entire book deranged, poor guy), Cherryh gets me with her setting. The main of the story takes place during the miners time on Refinery Two station between jobs (which is called "heavy time"). The description of the place and life on it were vivid and pulled me in. I was reminded of what I loved about Downbelow Station.

Book Review: Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟(4 stars)
Publisher: Flatiron Books (July 2019)

The narrative begins slowly as we come into this story of four women working for a sporting apparel corporation, the CEO of which, has just plummeted to his death from the eighteenth floor. Three of the women work in the legal department and one is a cleaner. As the story unfolds and questions start to be asked about the true cause of the CEO's death, a lawsuit and a widely circulated list of bosses who've been accused of all manner of sexual harassment, each woman and her involvement in the situations unfold. What starts as a slow narrative but builds to a pretty good clip about the halfway point.

Book Review: The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz

The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Dutton

Told on a birthday, in dual timelines (one present day the other 24 years ago), this story focuses on Ellie, self-made entrepreneur, wife, mother and now 40 year old. She's having a few crises surfacing, from her daughter Sam reappearing back home from Stanford under mysterious circumstances, a business that needs a deal to go through to avert bankruptcy, two men from her long ago and best-forgotten past, dropping into her birthday party and worries that her husband is being unfaithful.

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.