It took me a while to get my head and mind into this read. The theme was serious two,
then three murders but the characters were whimsical.It also brought it very close
to home that Icould very well turn into one of those eccentric old ladies give it
a few years.
A body has been discovered next door. Being neighbours the police come calling.
This makes the group agitated, nervous and jittery because their murdered companion lies
in their own house. The Police are happily for them unaware of the fact. Lillith was
shot after a joint decision taken, including Lillith so the bunch are quite ok
with the outcome!
The plan is to find who murdered the neighbour so that Lillith's murder could be
pinned on the same person and voila they all can clear their minds over the little
matter of Lillith's death.
This seeking of truth leads to various escapadeswhich in their rather fragile state
of health is tricky. A miracle that no one died in the process of investigations.
This was quirky, different and refreshing.
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A family death always leaves untied ends. In this case two sisters areleft with three
boxes of memorablia, with instructions how to proceed. What they did not anticipate
was decades oldsecrets which were shocking, unexpected and had ramifications for tge
Left with so much documentary evidence, Jessica and Raine try to put together pieces
of their grandmother's past, why she kept so much secret and how they should handle
the future, given the complications in their own lives.
A very good story of a family crossing three generations, a closely knit family who
now have to forgive and move forward. Very well written.
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Number 14 in the series. Still very chirpy, different, slightly eccentric and
definitely not in the common way.
This is a murder mystery and always Lady Eleanor gets roped in, dropped in call it
what you may in unusual circumstances, very often not of her seeking. The characters
are all out of the ordinary. From her butler Clifford, to her dog Gladstone whom she
takes to all events, even her household staff are full of character. It all adds to
the liveliness of the story which takes it from the gruesome viciousness of modern
murder stories, though murder is murder of course.
This one with the backdrop of Manhattan, gangs, upper class speak easies as well as
all the machinations behind high finance and high society in Manhattan. Murders too
and the detective work to solve them.
Very easy Reading.
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Lady Violet has retired to a quiet town with two servants and her adventuress Ruby,
to get over and to understand why her partner jilted her. There she is approached
by a lady who needs her services to find out why her friend who was deeply attached to her
is no longer receiving her calls. She feels she is a prisoner in her home.
The problem is acute because the suspect here has an impeccable reputation and is popular
the local doctor. when one death after another follows with no connection at all, both
the police and lady Violet are confused but Violet is decided that it is in some
strange way connected to Haglin House and the doctor.
Unravelling the story was complicated particularly because the comments - some not at
all helpful or relevant comefrom voices speaking to Violet. A tad confusing that.
Nevertheless an interesting take on detective stories.
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Set in the 1930s this was an intricate story, with many characters coming in and going out
which could get confusing, if you tried to figure who was doing what.
A man goes missing, his suitcase and passport fiund in a derelict building, a very indifferent
wife who does not turn a hair when confronted with the gruesome details of her husbands
death, her lover who becomes the primary suspect, when the first suspect is found drowned.
It was an interesting story particularly for me as I like this era and settings. The detective
work was comprehensive and much slower than a modern story setting. it did not detract from
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I like this series especially Lily Adler. Spending time inHertfordshire is just
what she is looking forward to. Meeting her old friend Jack is a bonus. A good friend
of her hers he has spent years away at sea and has now returned.
Anticipating a relaxing evening at a neighbours Christmas festivities, the party
gets snowbound and what they think is an overnight stay gets extended when they find
a body in the snow brutally murdered. To add to the mystery the young man found
murdered is the same man linked to the gossip around Amelia, Jacks own sister.
When (in Lily's opinion) the wrong man is locked up, it is upto her sleuthing skills
to get to the bottom of this death in this country house where each person including
the host has plenty of secrets to hide.
The setting, the period and the varied characters all added depth to the story.
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We have heard of climate changes and in Colombo we are in the middle of a heat zone.
Monsoon rains have broken elsewhere, not in the capital city. It has never been this hot.
Nell Fagan is a brash journalist on the trail of two disappearances - centuries apart.
The men literally disappeared into thin air, never sighted again, but rumours are rife.
The Lodge is nota welcoming space neither are the owners popular amongst the locals.
To add to the mystery, a psychiatric facility run by the Sambrook family is also in
this village, and the family's aloofness addsto the mystery about the patients.
When Nell meets with one attempt to kill her which was unsuccessful, she does not heed
the warning that her prying into events even though 300 years old, obviously is
upsetting a few people. Meeting an untimely end, Rachel Savernake now embarks on her
own lines of enquiry typing up a death in London, with the multiple deaths now happening
in this remote village, and uncovering old family disputes and secrets.
The characters are so varied, the rector and the doctors, the wanna be lord of the
manor all hiding behind a facade of secrets they dont want uncovered. The detective
work progresses slowly but this vintage classic crime and it is very good.
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1859 was a bleak time if you were a woman with no money and responsibilities. Widowed
very young, with four children Martha's life was tough but when her father in law who
was their guardian died and left Martha and her young family to the guardianship of the
lecherous lawyer Montgomery, Martha knew she had to run away.
New York City was another world - poverty, the incessant noise, the animosity of
neighbours, the environment were foreign but they all gritted their teeth and tried
to survive. When things began to threaten their lives Martha took the bold step of handing first
her eldest two to the Friends of Society and then the youngest two. She did not realise
that she was legally giving them up.
The story of heartbreak with plenty of determination to get her children back against
immense odds is beautifully told. Martha never gave up hope for a reconciliation and
she was successful with the exception of Homer who did not know his biological mother
At the end of the story there was a chapter giving details of how the children's lives
evolved after they reconciled including Homer who had links with the author of this
story. This added a great human touch to the story and it was good to see how far
they all came to lead happy settled lives.
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Emma and Derrick just married and Emma is trying hard to live life "differently"
aware of Derrick's elevated social position, though despite it being 1901 with very
Victorian ideas that people in general have about women in society, Derrick has
startlingly modern views.
Covering a rather newsworthy event, a strike by domestic staff at the Berwinds
bungalow unheard at the time and put down drastically by the family by summarily
dismissing all the errant staff brought Emma into direct contact with the family.
an invitation to view the house with all its mod cons was the opening Emma needed
to find out more about the repercussions of the strike but it ended with the discovery
of a maids body (one of those who didnt strike) and the loss of an invaluable
Detective Jesse calls on Emma and Derrick to provide the inside information on this
high society party because he will never be privy to its machinations and cover ups
and it is this that for me was very good reading. How this society was blind to its
own defects and swept everything under the table to protect their own because the deaths
were mere poorer people who worked for them, mere nobodies.
The story unravelled slowly but it was a fascinating read - the murder, the clues,
the position of a newspaper reporter at the time, hypocricy of society all added to
the variety of the read.
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There is a lot of money, lots of beautiful men (all ages), women too all ages, A
Lea is a consultant and in this case she is converting an old chateau into a very
high class boutique hotel. No detail is too minute for Lea who wants to be hands on,
on every aspect till the hand over. She knows this project can make or break her
career. She did not expect her cousin and daughter to want to tag along. Stephanie
is just beginning a divorce proceeding and her ex husband is as difficult as they
come. Lea also did not expect the antagonism and put downs of the boss's son. At every turn
being critical unjustly, and very quietly insinuating vituperative stuff to his father
The dynamics get further complicated by romance which do not go down well with the
family further complicating matters.
The story of the stages of a hotel renovation, especially the descriptions added variety
to a story although it was one which was mainly about relationships in a close knit family, especially when "outsiders" come on the scene with all its cross cultural effects.
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Detective Claire Mackay is in her seventh of the series and there is no let up.Not just the actual story, but the human interest stories of the Detectives and those
involved in the behind the crime scene are also very much part of the story.
Harry Richards does not fit the picture of crime. A solicitor handling mainly property
conveyancy, his world is removed from the circumstances of his death. Found with his throat cut,
Detectives have to sift through seemingly innocuous business matters to find his connectio
to crime. When the wife of his junior solicitor is found dead in a horrific car crash,
detectives are skeptical that the two are linked. But in detective work there is no
room for coincidences, and when common links begin to start becoming apparent, the local
force realise that they have a very well organized, smooth operation to deal with.
Fast paced, varied characters, a really tangled storyline which started unravelling
once the pieces were in place, all added to the story's interest.
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