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The Rules of Murder

Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering.

Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0764210955

 

Amazon:

It’s 1931. Young Drew Fartherington and his friend Nick Dennison arrive at Drew’s home in Fartherington St. John to find his mother and stepfather throwing a house party that’s in full swing. He’s incensed to find his own room occupied, and occupied, no less, by David Lincoln, the man rumored to have had an affair with his mother. The only bright spot is the arrival of his stepfather’s American niece, Madeline Parker, whom Drew finds himself immediately drawn to.
Before the weekend is out, David Lincoln is found murdered in the greenhouse, and Drew’s mother has apparently committed suicide. But something seems wrong about both deaths, and Drew begins his own investigation, with the help of Nick and Madeline.

A very easy read.  I enjoyed this book. There was a good mystery to the murder(s) and along the way good introductions to the characters and their development. I would read another with the same characters.

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The Journey

Moriarty:  The Journey by Annelie Wendeberg.

Series: Kronberg Crimes (Book 3)
Paperback: 310 pages
ISBN-10: 1497392284

 

With her darkest nightmare come true and an assassin following her every step, Anna Kronberg must hurry to find the true motivation behind Moriarty’s plan to use disease as a weapon. Bit by bit, she and Sherlock Holmes unravel a spiderweb of crime, espionage, and bioterrorism that spreads across continents. 

Below is a review posted on Amazon and I liked it so much I thought I’d use it so you get a total look at this Trilogy.  I enjoyed this very much. Easy reading and yet intriguing. A bit of Sherlock with a very interesting Anna Kronberg.

Annalie Wendeberg has created just such an intriguing character in her Sherlockian series, the Anna Kronberg thrillers. Anna Kronberg has taken on the disguise of a man in order to attend medical school, complete her training, and practice medicine. She remains undiscovered until she is called to perform an examination on the corpse of a cholera victim. Her secret is quickly discarded by the detective evaluating the case, the great Sherlock Holmes. So begins Wendeberg’s continuing series about Dr. Kronberg, as she helps Holmes unravel the mystery of the cholera patient and a threat of biological warfare, becomes a prisoner of Holmes’ archenemy Moriarity, and has to flee for her life from Moriarity’s murderous henchmen.
Kronberg is a wonderful character, prickly, independent, analytical, intelligent, and often unreasonable, but grounded in altruism and a deep love for her father, who always encouraged her and never constrained her ambitions. Holmes is presented as a brilliant but flawed individual, damaged by the psychological torments of his childhood, and with a mildly autistic inability to respond with appropriate human reactions to emotional situations. Much like the Mary Russell books by Laurie King, the Kronberg stories show Holmes drawing emotionally closer to his distaff companion. The male masquerade aspect of the stories is handled deftly, with a great deal of insight into what care someone like Anna must take in maintaining the illusion of masculinity, and the stresses it induces. It would best serve the reader to begin with the first book in the series, as this third volume stands alone only with some difficulty.

Moriarty

Moriarty by Annelie Wendeberg.

Series: Anna Kronberg Thriller
Paperback: 824 pages (that’s all 3 books)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform;(August 27, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1517080223

 

 

Eluding Scotland Yard and Sherlock Holmes, Anna Kronberg leads aninconspicuous life far from London. Until the day she wakes up to a gun pressed against her temple. With her father held hostage and no help insight, Anna finds only one way out – to take her captor for a dance along the razor’s edge while delving into Britain’s tentative beginnings of espionage and systematic biological warfare.

This is the second book in the trilogy…

Anna gets abducted by the one and on Moriarty. What happens during her abduction is a bit surprising.  Having read  “reviews” on Amazon that said it wasn’t enjoyable, I disagreed. I had no problem with how the story was panning out.  It is not a typical Sherlock story, and Sherlock is not the main character.  However, her writing leads to easy reading and I wondered enough what was going to happen to read it quickly.

Today I will begin book 3 and hope it all comes to a grand conclusion!

The Devil’s Grin

The Devils Grin by Annelie Wendeberg.

Series: Kronberg Crimes
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform;(December 15, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1481262262

Amazon Review

London 1889. A dead man is found floating in the city’s waterworks. Fearing an epidemic, the Metropolitan Police call upon bacteriologist Dr Anton Kronberg to examine the body. All signs point toward cholera having killed the man…but for faint marks around wrists and ankles.
Evidence for a crime is weak, and the police lose interest in the case. But Kronberg suspects that the dead man’s final days had been steeped in cruelty. Soon, a second victim is found, and Kronberg gets embroiled in a web of abduction, abuse, and murder.
But catching a killer and staying alive would be easier if the doctor didn’t have secrets of…her own.

The book pictured above is actually a trilogy in one book.  I just finished reading the first book of the trilogy, The Devil’s Grin.

Dr. Anton Kronberg meets Sherlock Holmes. Together they try to solve a mystery. 

Dr. Anton is someone with secrets, that don’t stay secrets very long from Sherlock. I also like that it’s in “old England” about the time of Jack the  Ripper.

The story is fast reading and kept my interest.  I think the other two books in this trilogy will be enjoyable too.

The Earth is Weeping

The Earth is Weeping (The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West) by Peter Cozzens.

Paperback: 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage;(September 5, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0307948188

 

Amazon Review:

After the Civil War the Indian Wars would last more than three decades, permanently altering the physical and political landscape of America. Peter Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the intertribal strife over whether to fight or make peace; explores the dreary, squalid lives of frontier soldiers and the imperatives of the Indian warrior culture; and describes the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies. In dramatically relating bloody and tragic events as varied as Wounded Knee, the Nez Perce War, the Sierra Madre campaign, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, we encounter a pageant of fascinating characters, including Custer, Sherman, Grant, and a host of officers, soldiers, and Indian agents, as well as great native leaders such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Red Cloud and the warriors they led.

This book is a good source about the Indian Wars… however.. It doesn’t surpass, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”.

If I had to pick one over the other I would take Wounded Knee. 

I think this book talks a bit more of the white’s side of the story compared to the Indians.  It’s difficult not to take sides the more you read about what was done to the true natives of America.

All The Missing Girls

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster(January 31, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1501107976

 

Amazon Review:

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.
It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.
The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.
Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.
Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.

 

Interesting.

That’s the word for this book.  I did enjoy learning about the group of friends and how rumors can be so detrimental. (Something I already knew, but brought it back to the front of my mind)

A few times I felt somewhat lost but did pick it up again. I guess my “pea brain” didn’t want to “go backwards” lol. 

I, myself don’t think I’d want to relive a really bad time in my life, and I honestly couldn’t tell if it was “freeing” or not for those involved in the book.  However, I do think I could still recommend giving this a go.  Not a bad read at all.

The Heiress of Linn Hagh

The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton.

Series: The Detective Lavender Mysteries (Book 1)
Paperback: 325 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 9, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1477830081

 

Northumberland, 1809: A beautiful young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh.

The local constables are baffled and the townsfolk cry ‘witchcraft’.

The heiress’s uncle summons help from Detective Lavender and his assistant, Constable Woods, who face one of their most challenging cases: The servants and local gypsies aren’t talking; Helen’s siblings are uncooperative; and the sullen local farmers are about to take the law into their own hands.

Lavender and Woods find themselves trapped in the middle of a simmering feud as they uncover a world of family secrets, intrigue and deception in their search for the missing heiress.

Taut, wry and delightful, The Heiress of Linn Hagh is a rollicking tale featuring Lavender and Woods—a double act worthy of Holmes and Watson.

 

This was an enjoyable read.  Good characters and lots of things happening before you finally get to the results ! As some know I also like that the mysteries / murders etc. happen in the 1800’s in England. (smirk).

I’ve never read anything by Karen Charlton before but, I think I will try a second by her using Detective Lavender and Constable Woods.