I don’t know what it is but I truly love these Victorian mysteries. Perhaps it is because the ones I’ve read so far have been with ladies set as the main characters.
This one is no exception. Here we have Lady Grey trying to solve the mystery of what might have been her husband’s murder. She is determined to become the strong independent woman that she has always imagined she should be. It’s not always an easy thing to reconcile the person you imagine yourself to be with the person that shows themselves to the rest of the world. Especially when you have a dominate (albeit handsome) detective by your side. Add to that being a widow that should be in mourning in Victorian England…well, it certainly can add many complications to your life.
I was also happy when the mystery was solved. Raybourn did a really nice job of allowing the reader (and the lead characters as well) imagine several different scenario. I even imagined a few that I believe Raybourn was clever enough to desire me to conjure up so I could feel superior that I figured it all out on my own….alas, I was not….The ending was believable, but not any of the ones I imagined. Even better, I didn’t find it drop down jaw unbelievable either….I didn’t feel like she pulled the rug out from under me and went for something totally outrageous just for the drama factor. I really appreciate that from an author. Sometimes, I am often left to feel insulted…instead, Raybourn has made me delighted to follow Ms Grey into her next great adventure….
Until next time…
Buy it now Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
I’m not sure I enjoyed the mystery part of this novel. Parts of it were just too far-fetched. However, I loved the characters. I loved the going back in time to see an earlier time in the policeman’s lives. To see how they came to be members of the “Murder Squad”. The policemen themselves were interesting enough, but when you added the background stories they became larger than life. I really loved to see the bits of their past that motivates them in the pursuit of justice. I am a bit sad **SPOILER – KIND OF – NOT REALLY** that they won’t all be involved in the second book. I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of all of them.
As always, these Victorian era novels fascinate me and I always find myself running to google to look up different things…this novel was no different! I’m really looking forward to reading more of this series and from the look of things, they only get better as the series continues!
Until next time…
Buy it now The Yard by Alex Grecian
Yea..Yea…Yea….I know I don’t often give 5 stars to a book…and certainly not one so light and fluffy such as this….but damnit to hell….I so enjoyed this one! I’ve fallen completely in love with Mary and James. In this installment of the series we find Mary working at the Royal Palace as a maid. She is attempting to uncover the mystery of some stolen items. However, nothing is ever so simple with Mary. She soon finds herself involved in murder…and that’s the simplest problem she is trying to work through….
Yes, James is, of course, present in this story, however, during much of this telling, we find Mary alone. She is showing some clearer picture of the strong independent woman she will become. She is even, for some unexpected reason, cut off from her beloved Agency. We eventually find out why….and that sets up the final book beautifully…as well as the final meeting with James at the end of this novel…
I am diving right into the fourth and final book…I can ever remember one time where I read a series back to back like this…and that was Potter…no this isn’t Harry Potter…however, it’s just what my book soul needs…I can’t express just how much I’m enjoying this series. The mystery parts are not the best….they are perhaps even a bit silly…but I don’t care I love them….and I love the time period. My mind is racing to find out more about London during this time period. To find a really fantastic historical read to satisfy my cravings….and I do, so truly adore the banter between Mary and James…
Until next time…
Buy it now The Traitor in the Tunnel by YS Lee