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.
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 Trusted Thriller Series Book 1
by Michelle Medhat
Mystery & Thrillers, Intrigue
BooksGoSocial, Mindblowing Books Ltd
Pub Date 17 Apr 2019
He's a husband, a killer, and the only man who can save the world…
Sam Noor keeps his double lives separate with expert precision. But when the MI6 agent's wife discovers the lie, he fears that both his worlds may shatter. Distraught and conflicted, Noor concentrates on his latest mission and discovers a weapon that could cause a global catastrophe…
Drawn into the fight against a sinister terrorist group with powerful connections, Noor must uncover the faction's secrets by any means necessary. Even if it puts the woman he loves in the line of fire.
But Noor has no way of knowing that a supernatural war rages within his nation. And the winner could take charge of humanity's very soul.
Against forces that defy his reality, can Noor protect millions of innocents from a bloody end?
The Trusted is a riveting spy thriller with a dash of supernatural suspense. If you like dark action, gritty heroes, and intricately-woven plots, then you'll love Michelle Medhat's mind-blowing novel.
Buy The Trusted to watch a hero take down the terror today!
A female computer engineer – block chains are one of the latest concepts
in supply chain management to ensure the validity and trustworthiness of the
chain – has a husband in the Foreign Office who travels for work – abroad – a lot. And he has a secret that she doesn’t
know – even after 10 years.
And there is a plot. And Sleeping
Assassins. And quantum bombs and other elements of a good spy thriller with
lots of suspense.
Unfortunately this book ends with a cliff-hanger and thus you need to
start book 2 to begin to resolve it. You are given chapter 1 of book 2 and
hints from the author in order to gear you to reading it.
I didn’t. The plot line and contents were too much normal genre for a
spy thriller and there was not enough originality for me to continue.
am going to give this 3 stars because although the style was good it didn’t
grab me enough
I Dare You b
HarperCollins UK, Avon
29 Nov 2019
AN INNOCENT GAME. A SHOCKING CRIME. A COMMUNITY FULL OF SECRETS. Mapledon, 1989 Two little girls were out playing a game of dares. Only one returned home. The ten-year-old told police what she saw: village loner Bill ‘Creepy’ Cawley dragged her friend into his truck and disappeared. No body was found, but her testimony sent Cawley to prison for murder. An open and shut case, the right man behind bars. The village could sleep safe once again. Now… Anna thought she had left Mapledon and her nightmares behind but a distraught phone call brings her back to face her past. 30 years ago, someone lied. 30 years ago, the man convicted wasn’t the only guilty party. Now he’s out of prison and looking for revenge. The question is, who will he start with?
This was not a story that I got on with. I found it too slow moving even though I attempted it twice. Sorry!
For Whom the Shofar Blows
Rabbi Ben 1,2,3
Marvin J Wolf
thrillers , mysteries, religious
Rambam Press; 2 edition
October 1, 2013
Rabbi Ben, hero of For Whom the Shofar Blows and A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn, is back. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times—newly-engaged, Ben is in Pittsburgh for a medical procedure when he passes out in the street. He comes to in the home of Abby Silverblatt—the older sister of his ninth-grade girlfriend. Ben had saved her son from being attacked by school bullies. Invited to services at the Sanoker Shul, Abby’s tiny synagogue, Ben is asked to give a guest sermon—their Rabbi Geltkern, has disappeared. Abby’s wife Yolanda, a Pittsburgh cop, along with Abby and Stan Bernstein (who helps run the shul) ask Ben to look into Geltkern’s disappearance. Oh, and could he fill in for their rabbi while he’s at it? Ben just wants to take it easy, but how can he say no? Sifting through the clues of Geltkern’s disappearance, Ben discovers unusual goings-on at the synagogue. Papers are missing, a mysterious motion-detection camera alerts someone on the outside when the building is occupied, and an intruder visits the premises. When Bernstein is found dead in his office, his files stripped bare, Ben knows he’s touched a nerve. The more Ben uncovers, the less it makes sense—until he begins to suspect that perhaps Geltkern isn’t really a rabbi. Using Talmudic logic, Ben pieces together the puzzle, and comes up with millions of reasons why someone would want him out of the picture. With the help of a bowling alley’s oversexed accountant looking to score a strike with our red-haired hero, Ben unravels an elaborate plot that goes back to Sanok, Poland on the eve of World War II, and beyond. It is a far, far better thing that he does, than he has ever done.
A review for the 3 books currently in the series. When will book 4 be published please?
For Whom the Shofar Blows (1)
A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn (2)
A Tale of Two Rabbis (3)
I enjoyed reading M-9 so much that I checked the author out.
Marvin J Wolf has also written real crime and other non-fiction, but I found a
really enjoyable 3 book series (so far) about Rabbi Ben the Rabbi without a
Schul but acting as a Paladin, as he puts it. This being a trouble shooter for
various Rabbis and their Congregations in and around America.
I would put these 3 as 4.5 stars. The first 2 better than
the 3rd but still very good reading. Some extremely interesting
points about the way the Jewish religion is practiced in the US – more reform –
(I was brought up Orthodox), especially the fact that women were permitted to
handle the Torah and read even if not an official Reform Synagogue, but yet
with some religious things that I was not aware of. But then I’m not a Rabbi! So helpful for
those who want to know more about the Jewish faith – I particularly liked the
explanation that Jewish people don’t need Confession and Atonement , as life is
all about doing good and atoning for doing wrong immediately – helping others
through deeds and living a ‘good’ life.
I am waiting for book 4 to come out – clearly the author has
ideas on what it is to be like but has got side-tracked into writing M-9 etc