The Vanished Bride
Female sleuths, historical fiction, bisexual erotic fiction
Hodder & Stoughton
November 7, 2019
The year is 1845, and Emily, Charlotte and Anne Bronte are sat around the dining room table, laughing merrily as the rain of their Yorkshire summer falls outside. When their brother, Branwell, returns from The Bull Inn, he brings with him the most shocking revelation: that Elizabeth Chester, wife of Robert Chester and mistress of Chester Grange has gone missing - but the bloody scene found in her bedroom suggests she may have been murdered. The governess at Chester Grange is Matilda French, a close friend of Charlotte's, who resolves to pay her a visit the following day. At Chester Grange, the sisters make the acquaintance of Robert, a rumoured cruel man, who is suspected of having driven his first wife to suicide. Determined that he should be brought to justice, the sisters throw themselves into solving the case. As everyone knows, solving a murder requires sense, morals and a very good imagination - qualities which these sisters have more than enough of...
The idea of this book is great, but somehow, for me, the execution
didn’t work. I found the Bronte girls 2 dimensional and the gypsy too stereotypical.
I didn’t manage to finish the book.
There is one good statement however, one which many of these historical
genre novels emphasise, that women were considered property and thus the
authorities – who were all men, and of which there few enough, were not
bothered to investigate fully, if at all. Detectives were just coming in in
London at this time and not further afield.
This was a 4 Bookset offered in a limited Kindle format with the original paperbacks no longer available. These were first published in 2014 which gives the author some credit in her writing as she may well have developed her style since. though I have not read any of them.
I read book 1 and Thought Ok, this may be one of those authors that gets better as the series progresses! A 3 star cozy.
But Oh? Book 2.... Whilst I appreciated that the author does do her research well, Book 2 went over the top. The whole interview with the Professor about Govis was one step too far. There is accuracy, and unnecessary confusion.
In terms of accuracy for instance, It was OK to mention eating in a posh place in Bray-as Bray is where Heston Blumenthal has 2 places, and other Michelin starred eating establishments cluster there. - I once lived there for 2 weeks in the middle of a hose move. A tiny village with several places to eat if you could afford them, the river Thames and a swan nesting on a slipway, an antique store open 2 afternoons a week and a similar hair-dresser. No other shops! And infrequent buses. A village scarcely inhabited. But very pretty.
I gave after book 2 - enough was enough with 3.
Baby Daddy Mystery
Shady Hoosier Detective Agency Series, Book 2
Hot Pants Press, LLC
(30 Nov. 2018)
It's spring in Pawpaw County, Indiana. Everyone has a bad case of hanky-panky pants. Senior sleuths Ruby Jane (RJ) Waskom and Veenie Goens are on the run, chasing down cheating heart jezebels and shaking child support out of deadbeat baby daddies. Love takes a peculiar turn when a prominent local dentist turns up dead, dressed like a scarecrow, on the porch of his father's mistress’s home in Hound Holler. When a gigged body floats up at the White River Boat and Gun Club, Sassy Smith, senior cougar, is arrested for the murder. RJ bemoans that no one in Pawpaw County can keep their pants on or their skirts down as her grown daughter, Joyce, begs for help chasing down her philandering husband. The romantic mysteries come to a surprise head as the senior sleuths outrun shotgun showers to close in on the answers at the Moon Glo Motor Lodge, the Original Home of Hillbilly Hanky Panky. Veenie and RJ have to buy an extra case of Bengay and a buttload of BBs just to keep up with the romantic misadventures in this humorous crime classic.
In HillBilly country there is nothing to do – it seems – but to have sex – with everyone and sometimes anything that comes along. And as the local population is limited and stable, and they can’t be bothered to travel far for entertainment, genes are very limited and very shared! Which is so not a good thing. Everyone is related to everyone else, whether they know it or not.
I enjoyed the storyline of older PIs basically investigating through gossip – which was very easy to entertain. Secrets were very hard to keep in this very inbred community.
And the eccentricities of life in rural Indiana were fascinating, as was the language and what they were prepared to eat. A diet very lacking in fruit, fish and vegetables it seems.
The Metaphysical Detective: A Riga Hayworth Mystery
A Riga Hayworth Paranormal Mystery
Mystery, Female Sleuths, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
4 edition (24 Oct. 2011)
Tarot, Wine... and a Dog Named Dog.
When Riga Hayworth finds her new client dead, she smells a setup of metaphysical proportions. Now, to find a killer, Riga must travel from San Francisco to the underworld of Greek mythology... and make it back alive.
Riga's client, Helen Baro, believes her husband is trying to kill her. One problem: her husband died in a car crash last year. Is Helen mad? Is someone else hunting the woman? Or is this really a case of attempted murder from beyond the grave?
But then Helen is found dead, leaving a strange haiku and tarot for a clue, and Riga is hurled into an investigation that threatens the detective and those she loves.
The Metaphysical Detective is the prequel to the Riga Hayworth series. If you like no-nonsense heroines and a bit of supernatural with your mystery, you’ll love The Metaphysical Detective. Buy this quirky urban fantasy and explore the magical world of Riga Hayworth today!
Here I am reviewing the series of 6 books plus bonus stories written from Brigitte’s view.
I really liked
these stories as they were fun to read, light despite some nasty occurrences
with dark magic, and as for the twins! – say no more –
A series that
takes you from the time when .. meets … and sets up her Metaphysical
Detective agency in Tahoe and settles down by the lake. Having visited Tahoe I
totally get what is meant by the road that gets boring as it keeps on going
round the Lake.. Loved the idea of Nessie in the Lake. And Kirsten should know
that the latest thinking on Nessie is that she is a either a giant eel, or a
whole load of eels that swim together in such tight formation that they seem to
be one. And yes, they would look like a monster when doing this…
Just fyi, I found
the origin of the phrase ‘sleep tight’
when I visited an old home last year. It comes from when the frame of a
bed was wooden with rope tied to form the base. The knots on the rope used to
slip so make the bed more comfy and less
saggy you had to tighten up the rope.
I also looked
into the Menehunes. [sorry, I have always been a researcher and can’t just stop
when I get interested in a topic]. They are (semi) mythical. When the
Polynesians arrived in Hawaii they found that there were s number of artefacts
and structures already in existence – dams , fish ponds, roads and temples. So
someone had lived on the islands before they came, but no skeletons have ever
been found. The Polynesians thought they were dwarves for some reason.
A Merciful Death
Mercy Kilpatrick Book #1
(17 Jan. 2017)
FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land—and off the grid—in rural Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event. But the crime scene details are eerily familiar to an unsolved mystery from Mercy’s past.
Sent by the FBI to assist local law enforcement, Mercy returns to Eagle’s Nest to face the family who shunned her while maintaining the facade of a law-abiding citizen. There, she meets police chief Truman Daly, whose uncle was the cave man’s latest victim. He sees the survivalist side of her that she desperately tries to hide, but if she lets him get close enough to learn her secret, she might not survive the fallout
A story about Preppers – that almost uniquely US lifestyle
that assumes a world disaster is likely to happen tomorrow and thus you better
be prepared today. Everything that might sustain life is required from food and
medicine, to methods of providing power and water.
There is a Preppers site for the UK population but its 40
hints start with assuming the following:
1. You are in debt – so get rid of it
2. You will need 6 months of cash to get by
3. You need to have a 72 hour survival kit.
Now this would just seem ridiculous to the US Preppers who are assuming – bearing in mind there is a lot of land they can use – that they will need to feed themselves from their own land and livestock for years at the very least – 72 hours pishposh…
The other point with
US Preppers is that very many of them don’t recognise that US laws apply to
them and many are not on the electoral role, the children are not registered,
and they are deep into the illegal purchase and storage of weapons – lots of
them – more and of many different types – than can seem at all reasonable and
very well hidden.
Apart from this belief of world disaster looming, the
Preppers , mostly, come across as rational self-sufficiency farmers using
bartering rather than cash.
I found this a nicely told tale with enough empathy for the
characters whether Prepper or Police.