Victorian thrillers: The Corset, by Laura Purcell

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A woman is dead. And a Corset is to blame.

Ruth is in prison for murder. But it is the way in which she causes people’s deaths that is chilling: the teenage seamstress says she does it all with a needle and some thread. Her dark thoughts and anger, she claims, are sewn into the clothes she makes. And people who wear her clothes soon meet their untimely end. Continue reading “Victorian thrillers: The Corset, by Laura Purcell”

The Sentence Is Death : Another compelling story from the mind of Anthony Horowitz

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A death, a bottle, and a number

High-end divorce lawyer Richard Pryce is found dead in his apartment, brutally murdered. On the wall over his words a cryptic number is painted: 182. And his last words indicate that the murderer was someone Pryce had definitely known. Continue reading “The Sentence Is Death : Another compelling story from the mind of Anthony Horowitz”

Ghosts, spirits and long-forgotten disappearances: The Forgotten Child, by Melissa Erin Jackson

 

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Riley Thomas has spent her life avoiding ghosts.

Having been through a traumatic experience involving a ghost toddler and a Ouija Board in the past, the last thing she wants is to mess with spirits ever again.

Which is why she didn’t want to go on that trip to the haunted farm.

And she should have stayed away.

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Time for the spooks: 5 books you should be reading on Halloween!

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Raise your hands if Halloween is your favorite season!

There’s sea-and-sun people, and there’s Fall people. And although every season has its own charm, we’re here to talk about the most amazing time of the year: Halloween!

Books for the spooks

Now, we’ve done an article about Halloween books before, but so many amazing books have come out since then, that we just had to create another one!

Any complaints? No? Good! Here are five recently published (or soon-to-be published) books you should be reading this Halloween. Continue reading “Time for the spooks: 5 books you should be reading on Halloween!”

On proper manners and solving murders : A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder

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Mystery with a good dose of humor

If you have been following this site for a while, you have probably figured out by now that I am kind of obsessed with mysteries. The mystery genre has seen a rise in recent years, actually.

However, sometimes you need a book that will combine the ‘whodunnit’ element with a more light-hearted tone. A good dose of humor always helps, too. Which is why today I wanted to introduce you to A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder. Continue reading “On proper manners and solving murders : A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder”

The Year of the Snake : Plots, Murder and Rome at its peak

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The Year of the Snake is out now by Endeavour Media

 

While mystery has always been a popular genre for readers, historical fiction has also started to trend lately. Ancient Rome and Greece are now the preferred settings for readers. And they are not wrong. Most of us learn so much about these ancient worlds since we have been children, that they are absolutely intriguing to us!

I missed no chance in reading The Year of The Snake when I came into it. Here’s a book that combines some of my favourite things: mystery, cunning and a very well researched historical setting. But let me tell you more about the plot first, and there’s also an interview with the authors afterwards; trust me, you will love what they have to say about it. Continue reading “The Year of the Snake : Plots, Murder and Rome at its peak”

Medieval Noir : The Deepest Grave

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 London, 1392

 

Peculiar things are happening at the cemetery of St Modwen’s Church after sunset: corpses are said to come to life and roam in the churchyard, carrying around their own coffins. And it is not long after that that people start being murdered. Crispin Guest and his apprentice, Jack Tucker, are tasked with finding out what lies under these weird sightings. Continue reading “Medieval Noir : The Deepest Grave”

Treachery In Tuscany, by Phyllis Gobbell

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Welcome to Florence

Jordan Mayfair and her uncle find themselves in the heart of Renaissance : Florence. Everything starts out well; this is a trip for relaxation, after all, and a chance for her to see her romantic interest, Paul Broussard, who’s flying to Florence from France just for her.

But things will start  going terribly wrong.

Between a series of robberies around the city and the death of a young girl, Jordan will find herself investigating things the police theorizes are simple accidents. Can the death of a young girl who was full of life really be a suicide? Could it be staged?  And what can Jordan do in order to help uncover the truth?

 

As if all this wasn’t enough, Jordan will have to face cruel facts about Paul Brussard’s daughter, who does not seem to like her at all.  But could she really be more than just spoiled? Could she actually be dangerous?

 

This is a well written, pleasant mystery book. Perfectly easy to read in a day, it easily holds the reader’s attention to the end. The story peaks perfectly, becoming quite unpredictable at points. The region of Tuscany is also very well described, the author drawing a perfectly accurate picture for the reader.

 

All in all very enjoyable, it is specifically ideal for fans of mysteries. Treachery in Tuscany is the third book in the Jordan Mayfair Mystery Series, but it can be read on its own without any plot difficulties for the reader.

 

Horror and Gothic Mansions : Wildfell, by London Clarke

 

wildfellbibAnne Fleming wants to get as far away from her hometown as possible.

 

After a catastrophic experience with her ex boyfriend, she decides not to testify against him in court. Instead, she boards on a plane without telling anyone, and finds herself in London under a false name.

 

Desperately trying to get away from her own memories, Anne will feel well in the beginning. Having rent a room in a gothic mansion in northern London, she seems very fond of Bain, her striking Irish roommate. Continue reading “Horror and Gothic Mansions : Wildfell, by London Clarke”

Mystery in the Austrian Empire: Sins of the Father, by Stephen Weeks

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A good mystery book is an absolute enjoyment for a bookworm.

Mystery is one of those genres that, once you’re familiar with, you become a devoted fan. There’s something thrilling about a nail-biting, invigorating mystery story. After all, who doesn’t dream of playing detective, even for once in their lives?

And then there’s historical mysteries.  Being transported to a different era is magical. Playing detective while you’re doing that is all the more thrilling. Today we’re going to talk about one such book, that I really enjoyed.

A countess. A conspiracy. And a lot of questions.

Countess Beatrix von Falklenburg is more than just a woman from a noble family. She has proved her ability in solving mysteries before. Smart and resourceful, she has already been useful in police investigations before. So, it comes as no surprise when she receives an invitation to Vienna, where a very special task awaits, given to her straight from the powerful head of the Habsburg dynasty.

The Royal Family awaits her service.

The Royal family has been hiding a secret for years, one that has been said to have the power of crushing the empire. Parts and pieces have been whispered for years among the nobility, but it has all been hearsay. Until now. The Countess is summoned to the Palace, and she is given the task of finding the truth about one of the saddest events of the Empire’s history : what really happened on the night of the Prince’s death. Was it really a suicide, as stated, or could someone have murdered the Prince and Heir of the Austrian Empire? And if so, who would have been bold enough to attempt a crime of such magnitude?

A strong female character .

Countess Beatrice (or Trixie) is an intelligent, inquisitive, and brave woman. Breaking the norm of her times, when women of her status were not supposed to work or be involved in “peculiar” business, she decides to follow her instincts and grasps every possible chance at investigating and being of service. Strong willed and cunning, Countess Trixie doesn’t hesitate to carry her investigations to the end of the puzzle, even though she’s immersed in dangerous situations. Her character is portrayed incredibly wittily, making the reader very fond of her.

A well researched, intriguing read.

Sins of the Father is a pleasant, easy mystery book. All places and figures involved are historically accurate, and the story is clearly very well researched. Revolving around an actual event, the death of the Heir of the Austrian Empire, it manages to twist the facts just enough so that a good mystery plot is created, while at the same time retaining enough genuine facts so as to make it historically interesting as well.

Should you read it?

Sins of the Father is definitely recommended for the fans of historical mysteries, as well as the general genre.  Easy enough to read in a day or two, it will add to your collection nicely, while certainly keeping you entertained.

Sins of the Father is the second book in the series Countess of Prague Mystery, but it can also stand perfectly well as an individual read.