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I'd read this a few weeks ago with #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub but am just getting around to catching up with reviews. The story was predictable and full of outrageous cliches, but I enjoyed it all the same. I loved all the gothic elements!

Ruthiella It felt definitely more like a gothic romance than a golden age mystery to me. But it definitely had its fun moments. 🦜 5d
kwmg40 @Ruthiella Very true. I still liked the mystery aspects, though, even if there were no surprises at the end! 5d
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Aimeesue @Ruthiella Thé parrot was the best! ? 5d
LeahBergen I found it fun, too! 5d
rubyslippersreads I think the Gothic elements were what made it fun. 5d
CarolynM It was one of those “so bad it‘s good” reading experiences 😆 4d
julieclair It was so much fun. Especially the parrot! 🦜 4d
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Objectively speaking, not a very good book (or mystery), but hilariously campy, silly, and hysterically gothic. I had great fun reading #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub reviews prior to starting, and everyone's comments on Cynthia really prepared me for her inability to understand what is happening right in front of her eyes 🙈 One is tempted to give her a copy of Northanger Abbey; better to be a Catherine Morland than a Cynthia! 🤣 Justice for Spot, btw.

batsy I almost screamed when having heard Gillman and Sybil discuss what can only be nefarious plans that involve her, Cynthia took a sip of the coffee that was brought to her and was like, "This tastes so weird, Sybil!" Then eats the rest of the breakfast like, "Hmm, all of this tastes so weird!!!" ? Even Spot, may he rest in peace, would have known better and barked at the toast. 3w
CarolynM Justice for Spot! Our new club motto🤣🤣🤣 Great review. 3w
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batsy @CarolynM Thank you! Lol Spot 4eva 🐶♥️ 3w
Tamra 😆 Yes, poor Spot! 🐾 3w
quietjenn Spot was by far the smartest character in the book 😅 3w
jlhammar 😂 Yes to all of that! Great review. 3w
batsy @Tamra @quietjenn He was definitely the sharpest knife 😂🐶 3w
batsy @jlhammar Thanks! 😁 The group reactions and reviews definitely heightened the fun lol 3w
LeahBergen Poor Spot deserved better! 😆😆 3w
Ruthiella #JusticeforSpot ❤️🐶 The parrot and the dog were doing their darndest to tell Cynthia the truth. 3w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾 I hope the release day is soon! I didn‘t see a potential date, which is maddening. 😅🤣 3w
quietjenn Hooray! I'd heard they were trying to make it happen, but that was a while ago. Glad they've managed to work it all out! 3w
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LeahBergen @Tamra I even checked Amazon for a publication date. 😆 3w
LeahBergen @quietjenn Me, too! 😍 3w
quietjenn @LeahBergen @Tamra the blog post says August 5? Victoria is pretty active on their Facebook page/group, so hopefully she will confirm there soon. 3w
Tamra @quietjenn thank you for the eagle eyes! 🦅 3w
LeahBergen @quietjenn @Tamra Thank you! I just noticed the date on a reread of the post. Oops! I guess I was too excited when I first read the news. 🤣 3w
Jess_Read_This Wait. What?!!! *girl shrieking* ensues. This just made my day to hear this! 3w
CarolynM That‘s wonderful news! 😃😍 3w
Ruthiella Awesome! 🤩 3w
Sace @LeahBergen me too! I'm ready to order! 3w
jlhammar Yay! 3w
Aimeesue Huzzah! Such great news! 3w
elkeOriginal Is weird he says other titles ‘may‘ follow? Like…are you really back? What‘s with the uncertainty of ‘may‘?And if pubbing in August then listings need to be up online for ordering! That is soon! 3w
willaful Such wonderful news!

@elkeOriginal things can be precarious for a small press. Whether there are more may depend on how this does. I'm going to buy it and request it at all my libraries, that's for certain!
Cathythoughts Wooohooo🥳 3w
batsy That's some wonderfully uplifting news! ❤️ 3w
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal @willaful There was another short newsletter out today regarding the change of company name to Dean Street Press Limited (from the previous Dean Street Press), so perhaps they‘re merely proceeding with caution while restructuring? 🤞 3w
MaureenMc 🙌 3w
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I just wish while they are working on relaunch, they consider making prettier spines. They are a real low point on my shelves when the fronts are so fun! 3w
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal They are pretty bad, aren‘t they? 😆 3w
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Deeply terrible. 3w
Ruthiella @elkeOriginal It also irritates me that the circle on the spines doesn‘t match up. 🙄 3w
rubyslippersreads I couldn‘t be more excited about this! I‘m going to pre-order as soon as I can. 3w
LeahBergen @Ruthiella That‘s the most annoying part for me! 3w
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Fellow #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub members, my thanks to you graciously being such good sports to read this novel. I chose it and am horrified how over the top it was! The best parts were your witty comments. I counted two times a villain was twerking his mustache! The simple dialogue and writing, dim heroine, non existent mystery it was all so obvious, and the bizarrely fast forwarded HEA all disappointed.
No cute deck drinks with this book photo! 😒

Tamra I thought it was a fun read bc it was over the top! 😂 3w
Jess_Read_This @Tamra I‘m so glad! I think I felt a little pressure in wondering how everyone was enjoying it/thought of it since I picked it that I probably should have sat back and enjoyed the ride! (edited) 3w
Tamra @Jess_Read_This for sure! Besides, you didn‘t write it! 😉 3w
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Jess_Read_This @Tamra Quite right! 😄 3w
LeahBergen I‘m with @Tamra ! And I‘d actually try another one of her books (someday). 😆 Your new deck looks amazing! 3w
kwmg40 I‘m only halfway through but enjoying it so far. I love all the gothic elements, even if they‘re way overdone! 😂 3w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen We had a thunderstorm roll in this afternoon which aptly turned the atmosphere Greylands like for the photo. One of these summer days I‘ll be getting a better drink and patio photo. 😂 So glad you enjoyed the book too! I was so busy overthinking it all! 3w
Jess_Read_This @kwmg40 😂 I did a few times envision this book as a 1930‘s gothic type movie with the dialogue and Cynthia needing help for pretty much everything. I‘m so glad you are enjoying it so far too! 3w
Aimeesue I enjoyed the over-the-topness. Sometimes it‘s fun to scream at the MC “Don‘t go in there, you fool!” and then watch them go in anyway. 😂 3w
jlhammar Gorgeous deck! I‘m not sorry we read it. It was fun for what it was. 3w
Jess_Read_This @Aimeesue 😂That‘s true! There is always a bit of fun in that. 3w
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar Thank you! I‘m so excited to use it this summer. And I‘m glad found a bit of fun in the book. It was not quite what I expected but had so much in the club book chats about it. 3w
Ruthiella Your deck looks fantastic! I‘m with you on this particular title 😂, but the discussion was such fun . 3w
quietjenn No need to be horrified - sometimes it just shakes out that way and it sounded so promising! Hope you'll have many enjoyable days and nights on that deck! 3w
batsy The deck looks lovely! It's very much a so-so book objectively speaking, perhaps even a pan, but the campy OTT hilarity is making me laugh 😆 3w
Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella @quietjenn @batsy You are all simply the best to make me feel better about this book and liking my deck! Fingers crossed more nice days for reading on it this summer. It was a labor of love 😂 My back still isn‘t right lol 3w
CarolynM I once chose a book for my IRL book group that was so bad (pretentious and cringey) that no one got through more than 2 chapters 😬🥴 At least this one was fun to roll your eyes at! And your deck looks fab😍 3w
julieclair I totally enjoyed this book! Yes, it was a far cry from great literature, but it was still a fun read. And the back and forth of everyone‘s comments was a hoot! I think this was a great pick, because we all enjoyed ourselves dissing…. Um, I mean discussing… it. 😘 3w
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM oh my gosh, I have to ask… what book did you pick?? Thanks for liking my deck and having fun eye rolling with the group on this one! I had fun too 3w
Jess_Read_This @julieclair I‘m glad you had fun reading too! There‘s no better group than this one for dissing.. and/or errr discussing books! 😂 3w
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Is the universe trying to tell something? #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

jlhammar Most definitely! 4w
Tamra Try it! (edited) 4w
Ruthiella I think so! 😅 4w
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LeahBergen It must be! 😆 4w
BarbaraJean I think this is a case of: “If it's free, it's for me!“ (edited) 4w
Jess_Read_This Sounds like it to me! 😆 3w
Sace @jlhammar @Tamra @Ruthiella @LeahBergen @BarbaraJean @Jess_Read_This I just hit the buy with one click button. For my next trick I'll try to read it before the end of May! 3w
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After a few false start the last two weeks, I‘ve picked this one up in earnest. And am loving reading the reactions from the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub. It‘s so campy that already by page 16 a potential bad guy is twirling his mustache and creeping out our helplessly dim heroine.

Even if it doesn‘t turn out to be a good one, the group‘s reactions to it are making it an enjoyable one for me so far.

Sace Just curious, what's the Furrowed middle brow club? 4w
batsy I'm about midway through and feeling the same! It's so ridiculously campy and truly funny and I keep thinking of everyone's comments about the not quite the sharpest knife in the drawer, Cynthia 😆 4w
Jess_Read_This @Sace It‘s a bookclub here on Litsy where every other month we read a book published by (sadly now shuttered) Dean Street Press. The genre is female writers typically 1910-1960 that write about domestic life, interwar experiences, country life,etc. I think it was Virginia Woolf who coined middlebrow as writing about middle class life. It‘s a great club and it would be great if you join us on the reads! 4w
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Jess_Read_This @batsy 😂 Me too. Cynthia lost me with all the hand wringing just trying to get from the train station to Greylands 4w
Sace Thanks! I'd love to be tagged when the next book is picked. 4w
Jess_Read_This @Sace I will try to find the original post with the schedule and tag you. I believe the rest of the year‘s picks might be scheduled for planning purposes. And feel free to jump in on this months too. We have the entire month for reading and everyone posts their thoughts/reviews and we comment to each other there on the book. 4w
Sace I love Litsy for all the readalongs but it is hard to find the original posts. 4w
Jess_Read_This @Sace I know what you mean! I‘ll try to remember to tag you for the next read too. I think July‘s read will be a good one! 4w
Sace Yes! The July pick is just the kind of thing I like to read! 4w
Ruthiella @Sace I will add you to the tag list for the next group reads in July, September & November and @LeahBergen can add you to the voting list for when we pick new titles for 2025 if you are interested? 😃 4w
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This I think if you double down on the OTT silliness of this one, you will have fun reading it. 😅 4w
LeahBergen The reactions from everyone in the club whilst reading have been the best! 🤣 4w
LeahBergen @Sace Yes, please join us! I see you‘ve already been directed to the reading schedule post. 👍 4w
willaful @Sace yes indeed! 4w
julieclair Twirling his mustache! 🤣 I can see you‘re already getting into the spirit of this one. Enjoy! 4w
quietjenn Haha, not the most subtle writing, but good fun. 4w
CarolynM I hope you will join us @Sace This group is so much fun🥰 4w
Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella @LeahBergen @julieclair @quietjenn It just keeps getting more and more outrageously over the top. 😂 Thanks for being such good sports in reading my selection because it‘s not at all what I thought it would be. 3w
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Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, our Cynthia. I suppose she makes up for it with her “tender, adorable ways.”😆 I was definitely feeling impatient and annoyed with our heroine and would have liked more mystery (the reader pretty much knows what‘s up from the get-go), but still fun for what it is—an entertaining, atmospheric tale.


julieclair Tender and adorable have to count for something, right? 😆 1mo
Tamra Agreed, still fun. It started out so gothic I had hopes the mystery was going to be more substantial. Oh well! 1mo
Ruthiella Sharp as a butter knife! 😆 1mo
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batsy I'm interested to meet this infamous butter knife of a heroine when I finally get started 😅 All of the reviews about this have piqued my curiosity lol. 1mo
quietjenn I did not find her ways tender and adorable 🤣 1mo
CarolynM Do you think “tender adorable ways” is manspeak for “nice to look at and too thick to be threatening”? 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, our “few sandwiches short of a picnic” Cynthia. 😆😆 1mo
jlhammar @CarolynM Oh my gosh, totally! 1mo
jlhammar @quietjenn Right? I couldn‘t help but roll my eyes when Sir Donald was saying that to her. What a match they make! 1mo
Jess_Read_This I am loving everyone‘s comments and reviews. My reading experience with this book is definitely enhanced by the group‘s reactions to it. 4w
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Am I the only one who thought the introduction comparing this to Agatha Christie was a bit much? I enjoyed it, but felt like I could see what was coming a mile away. It was much more Gothic romance to me than murder mystery. And Cynthia might be the dopiest Gothic heroine I‘ve ever encountered. 😂


Tamra 😆 dopey, yes! 1mo
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quietjenn Definitely not just you, with the intro. 1mo
Ruthiella Awesome photo and review! 😂😂😂 I did not read the introduction, but I am vicariously annoyed on Christie‘s behalf. (edited) 1mo
willaful @Ruthiella 😂 Also, Christie's characters, though very much types, have some *life* to them. These were such cardboard cutouts. 1mo
julieclair Spot! 🥹 And I didn‘t read the intro, but Christie?? Ummm…. that would be no. 😆 1mo
jlhammar Poor Spot 😢 Yes, agree with all of that! 1mo
batsy Haven't read it yet but I guess the intro writer went all in to sell this book to the reader 😁 1mo
CarolynM I skipped the introduction, but it sounds like it might be amusing. This one was nothing like any Agatha Christie I‘ve ever read. 1mo
LeahBergen They did Spot dirty in this book. He deserved better. 🤣🤣 1mo
Jess_Read_This Oh geez, I skipped the intro and am glad I missed that comparison. From what I‘ve read so far this no comparison at all. Not even in the remotest of possibilities is this novel comparable to a Christie mystery. 4w
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OMG Cynthia! Could you be any more of a drip? And your taste in men is terrible. All the “secrets” of this story were so well flagged (I mean, Letchingham? The clue‘s in the name, love) but they just passed you by. Sigh…

But it was good, campy fun and I enjoyed it.


Ruthiella Haha 😆 I also thought lecherous Lord Letchingham was intentionally named- just in case the reader didn‘t pick up on the veiled reference to her friend being “ruined” by him”. Cynthia was such a noodle. 1mo
quietjenn Drip is the perfect word for her. 🤣 1mo
willaful @quietjenn yes, she goes on my “heroine is wet“ shelf. 😂

Lord Letchingham's name might have been my favorite part! Don't hold back, tell us how you really feel!
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LeahBergen I immediately laughed at “Lord Lecher”, too 🤣🤣 1mo
Centique “The clue‘s in the name love” 😂 I havent read it and yet your review has me cackling out loud! Hope you and the family are all going well 💕 1mo
julieclair Cynthia was definitely a drip. With blinders on. 😂 1mo
batsy 😆 Haven't read it yet but this review is perfect. 1mo
jlhammar 😂 Great review! 1mo
sarahbarnes 😂😂😂 1mo
Aimeesue Right? Did she never read Dickens? 😂 1mo
BookWrym Never heard of this but now I really want to read it 🤣🤣 1mo
CarolynM @Centique Hope all is well with you too💕 I‘ll send you an email. 1mo
Rissreads All these references have made me snort! 🤣🤣🤣♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
Jess_Read_This I‘m twenty pages in and I think I‘m finding everyone‘s comments/reviews a bit more entertaining than the book! 😂 4w
CarolynM @Jess_Read_This Sometimes it‘s fun when everyone piles in on a book😆 4w
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Secret of Greylands | Annie Haynes
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Hooray for all the Gothic vibes! Boo for a heroine who is, er, let's be kind and say very, incredibly naive. 🤣 As a book, it's super readable and I mostly enjoyed it. But I also did a lot of eye-rolling and had to tamp down some irritation.


Tamra Yes, 🙄 🙄. Hahaha 1mo
LeahBergen “Naive” is a nice way of putting it. 🤣 1mo
Ruthiella You are very kind to Cynthia! 😂 But it was fun in its way. 1mo
jlhammar Well said! I felt the same. 1mo
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