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Blueroseis

Blueroseis

Joined July 2018

Enjoy Victorian police procedural. Retired, spending the Summer in the UK and Winter on Fuerteventura.
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The Circus Train Conspiracy by Edward Marston
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The Butchered Man | Harriet Smart
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With an interesting opening and written in quite a pleasing, relaxed manor I was really enjoying the first in the Norhminster Mysteries. Unfortunately the investigation became slightly tedious as the book progressed and with the introduction of some romantic, courting interludes my enjoyment diminished. A third of the way through I had assumed who the guilty person maybe although I had the reasoning completely wrong. The ending redeemed the story.

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Signal for Vengeance | Edward Marston
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It's nice to know that you are going to enjoy a book even before you start reading it. All of the Railway Detective books that I have previously read were good and there should be no reason why this one would be any different. I wasn't disappointed. A womaniser had been murdered and Inspector Colbeck was called in to solve the case. I had no idea who the guilty person was until it was revealed and with an unexpected motive it was a pleasant read.

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Signal for Vengeance | Edward Marston
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'Sherborne was a pleasant town, nestling around a magnificent abbey..........yet Leeming hardly took any notice of it' I've Just started chapter 7 of this book and Leeming's investigations have taken him to Sherborne, which is where I was a couple of weeks ago. The photo is of Sherborne Abbey's Organ.

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Quite an interesting police procedural set in South Wales UK, the 2nd book in the D.I. Meadows series. While it was well worth reading it wasn't a patch on book one. I did manage to surmise what had occured in the events leading up to the murders well in advance of the crime team, and remained ahead of the investigation throughout. Frozen Minds iis a steady, moderately paced book that is satisfying but I wouldn't say enthralling.

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Petteril's Thief | Mary Lancaster
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If someone asks why I enjoy reading the answer will be found in Petteril's Thief. It is about family and friendship, about truth and deception but mostly it is one of those stories that leaves you satisfied with a warm feeling inside and a sense of fulfilment. A reluctant Viscount, a 'boy' taken off the streets and the selection of loyal servants all intermingled in one household introduces the reader to the excellent Lord Petteril mystery series

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#NoPlaceLikeHolmes This book has just been obtained by our County Library. It looks really interesting. I took a picture of the Great Detective while in Baker Street a few weeks ago.

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Mehso-so

1890 Bath, England is the setting for a story that loosely encapsulates the upper class sentiments of the era.Fancying a cosy mystery is the reason I chose this book. At the start I was pleased with my choice, It had a relaxing, interesting storyline with lots of amusing occurrences and even a little romance on offer. Unfortunately once the detective work begins the story slows, becomes somewhat dreary, elongated and uninspiring.

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For 8 weeks I've experienced a readers block. Only the publication of Karen Charlton's latest novel, some 4 years after the last 'Lavender' mystery tempted me back. A mystery with a Myriad of Characters, an interesting number of cases and with a new Magistrate, this book has everything one requires in an historical police procedural novel. With a very pleasing ending this pleasant story has left me invigorated and looking forward to my next read

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As I really enjoyed the Victorian Detective series by Carol Hedges, I thought that I would introduce my Grand Daughter to this author. I obtained a copy of The Dark Side Of Midnight, (Spy Girl Book 1) for her.

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As this book looks interesting, I purchased a copy for my Grand Daughter. She still loves reading a lot.

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This story was set in a sleepy out of season seaside resort and mainly revolved around the local Newspaper office and its employees. When there are two deaths on the same day ,one of the employees believes murder is the cause and starts her own investigation. While it has been described as a cosy mystery, cosy is too fast a word for this monotonous book. Only with dogged perseverance did I manage to reach, with a sigh of relief, the last page.

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A Face Book post by Karen Charlton.

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The books shown in the picture, which are being delivered Tuesday, will be some of my next reads.These are in addition to the books obtained from the Library.

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Timetable of Death | Edward Marston
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A case that develops over time that should keep the reader interested throughout. With an abundance of characters there are several that become suspects in another of the railway detective series. While I was a bit dubious how the evidence gathered or surmised was sufficient to convict the perpetrator, it was a worthwhile, descriptive read.

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Losing You | Nicci French
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We found this absolutely riveting book on our apartment block swap shelf. It's a book my partner chose as it's not one that I would have picked myself. While some parts were a little far fetched the story itself was very tense and mostly believable.The anguish of the missing girls mother was conveyed in such away that the anxiety and anger felt by her was effectively passed on to the reader. For edge of the seat reading, it's excellent.👌

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What I thought was going to be a case that was easily solvable, turned into a marathon. With the Sergeant questioning some of the inspector's methods and both showing some fatigue with the Superintendent's suggestions it was a slightly different format to previous books in the Railway detective series. While I wasn't too certain if the introduction of some sexual content with its accompanying descriptive text was really necessary its a good read

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Homicide in Chicago | Edward Marston
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Previously published as Saint's Rest by Keith Miles, this is another re-release under the pen name of Edward Marston. 'Homicide in Chicago.'

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Silver Bay: A Novel | Jojo Moyes
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My partner really enjoys reading JoJo Moyes novels which prompted me to try one of JoJo's books myself. I can't say that I was grasped by the story from page one, but as the book continued I realised that I was actually enjoying it. Yes, it was about Dolphins, Whales sleepy hideaway coves and impending change but also about tradegy, families and relationships. Even the most cold hearted reader will be left with a warm feeling inside.

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Peril on the Royal Train | Edward Marston
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Too many coincidences and too much involvement from a sheepdog gave silly undertones to what could have been an intriguing investigation. While the story was interesting, the anamosity between some characters and arguments between others lessened my enjoyment of this novel. Most of the Railway detective books that I have read so far have been a pleasurable, comfort and believable read. Let's hope this series doesn't continue on the down-line.

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I wasn't certain if I was reading a book for a teenage audience or younger. I wouldn't describe it as for adults based on the plot. Somehow I knew that the password would be guessed on the last try, everyone would escape from impossible situations and how they would all know where to meet up, along with the locations of the missiles by some dubious deductions. This was my first Lee Child/Jack Reacher Book. It will also be my last.

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The previous story of the railway detective I found disappointing. I also found this book slow and labouring at the start, it was as if the author had lost his way. Gone was the exciting openings I had associated with the books in this series. The slow start was hiding, what turned out to be a really interesting case with some exciting moments. Although it was obvious where the diary and cash was hidden the ending was more than satisfactory.

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To Find A Penny | Lillian Maddison, Sarah Jane Rees
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The story is loosely based on the Jack the Ripper crimes that haunted Whitechapel in London towards the end of the 19th century. Apparently this is the first of an intended series of books featuring the two main characters. While I enjoy Victorian Police Procedural fiction, I do like to have some excitement in the storyline which I found lacking in this novel. I also found the actual story to be slow and overly descriptive and not to my liking.

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Blood on the Line | Edward Marston
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A little more gruesome than some of the other Railway Detective series, I found the story just as entertaining although disappointing. A measure of predictability in the slow investigation and with some ludicrous decisions made by the the two, previously intelligent and calculating fugitives which could lead to their capture, it was not on a par with earlier novels.

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Keeper of Pleas | A. Wendeberg
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Not your usual Victorian Crime mystery. Nine new born babies were discovered buried in flowerpots. Their deaths came under the durisdiction of the Coroner. The same Coroner that was being thrashed by a whore prior to her becoming his assistant and wife. Subsequently, what occurs in the matrimonial bed is described in great detail. While the investigation of the crime is not that inspiring the court case and storyline itself is very good.

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Who would have thought that such a picturesque cover would encompass an immensely intriguing story. Commencing in 1999 this is a crime investigation into the murder and attempted murder of two school girls. Years later, after a further incident the case is reopened.The investigating officers, the victim and the suspects who were all children when the crime took place all attended the same school. An exceptional, gripping book for crime enthusiasts

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Eleven short stories all of which were overflowing with detail and will be exceedingly entertaining for all those who adore the great detective. Martin Daley has a relaxed way of writing that portrays the era and wraps the reader in a blanket of nostalgia. While reading his novels I can easily imagine being in the same room or walking the same streets as the characters he is portraying, a skill not all writers have.

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Keeper of Pleas | A. Wendeberg
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A Christmas present from my Daughter. Happy Christmas everyone.

TheBookgeekFrau Merry Christmas!! 🎄🎅🏼 5mo
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Railway to the Grave | Edward Marston
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While there were no train crashes in this novel someone did get killed by one. Apart from the journeys taken by the Detective and his Sergeant the crimes to be investigated in this story took place away from the railway. The investigation itself made an interesting read and with an abundance of prime suspects it was quite difficult to ascertain who was responsible until the very end. Another good case for Edward Marston's Railway detective.

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Lavender House | Lev AC Rosen
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Different from the normal kind of book that I read, I found the story somewhat unique and interesting. Set in the 1950s it was quite eye opening. Describing the various attitudes of the time and the brutality of the police was shocking. This was the first in a series following Evander Mills or the Gay Detective as he was once described. While I enjoyed the story as a one off, I don't feel that inspired to continue reading anymore in the series.

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Untitled | Unknown
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A very pleasant way to spend the day. Free hot drinks and a place where you will feel welcome.

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To Find A Penny | Lillian Maddison, Sarah Jane Rees
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Looking for a new author to read in the Historical Fiction section I came across 'To Find A Penny' The storyline appears slightly unusual. Lets hope I like it.

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Quick reads are quite useful, it kept me entertained during a four hour flight. This story started off in away that gave me hope that I was going to be reading a good book. The crime was interesting, it revolved around an aggrieved son wanting his pound of flesh after the suicide of his mother. While interesting in the first part of the book it became a little far fetched as the story progressed. I feel the story was an ideal read for adolescents.

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Out of the eight Railway Detective books that I have read by Edward Marston, this was by far the best. It was enjoyable from start to finish. While I had an idea part way through that the evidence was not all that it seemed, the way the story progressed made me dismiss my theory. This book is all that one can expect from an excellent historical police procedural murder mystery and with a great ending I would class it as a cosy read.

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I've just read a book that was published in 1954, Safer Dead: At the back of the book it had a list of famous authors in Panther books. Out of interest I checked which of these were still alive. Sadly there is only one, Len Deighton who is now aged 94. Of those listed it appears that Dylan Thomas had the most tragic and needless death at a young age. I try to imagine all the authors now gone, sat at their desks pondering what to write next.

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Safer Dead | James Hadley Chase
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I'm not certain how I obtained this book but I found it a satisfying read which is the most important thing. First published some 69 years ago it has stood the test of time. This couldn't be classed as historical fiction in the usual sense as in 1954 it was present day. The case was quite complicated but there was a full explanation of all the evidence towards the end. With some thrilling and tense moments it was quite gripping in places

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Book 1 of5 in 'The Cambridge Hardiman Mysteries' by Susan Grossey. The Author is an expert in the investigation of money laundering so it is no wonder that there is a hint of financial wrong doing in this book. Set in the early 19th century the actual story was rather slow and uneventful and it is clear it was pathing the way for future novels while giving some history of the life of Hardiman along the way. I hope book 2 will be a little better.

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For a book set in 1780 it was quite surprising that some of the analytical tests used in the story were not developed until many years later. Having worked in the chemical industry including some laboratory work was the only thing that kept me interested in this rather dull, slow novel. However, some of the accusations, innuendo and wrong footing in the investigation was quite enthralling. I don't intend to read any other books in this series.

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Trying hard to think of something positive that I could say about this Victorian crime novel proved to be very difficult. There was a couple of moments where I felt the story may have been coming alive but this only lasted for a couple of paragraphs. The inquest after the murder of a student from Oxford was the best part of a rather dreary story, a story that had an abrupt unfulfilling ending. The Epilogue rounded off a book that I didn't enjoy.

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Another year passed.Never to be forgotten.

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Reading reviews on Litsy this morning I found the review for 'The Last Heir to Blackwood Library' a book that I was unaware of before today. I thought fellow Litsy members may like to see a picture of an actual Blackwood Library which is in Blackwood, South Wales UK.

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With the 1st in the Insp. Chard series being so good it would be very difficult for subsequent books to match the uniqueness of that story. Sadly neither the 2nd or 3rd books could do this. Sabrina's Teardrop is a Sapphire pendant that has been stolen and it is up to Chard to find it and solve two other mysteries. It will prove difficult as Chard also has to escape from prison where he is held accused of murdering his Wife. A far fetched storyline

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I couldn't resist purchasing the Railway Children for my Grandchildren as a 208 page unbridged edition was available from Amazon for £3.99

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I read fantasy books every now and again which is why I opted for The Left Handed Booksellers of London. I found the 1st Chapter interesting after a drab prologue. Subsequent chapters didn't really inspire me nor did they do much to tittilate my imagination. By the time I got to the area where a pot of tea was required and with the elongated discussion surrounding it, I had had enough. Perhaps fantasy books are not really for me after all.

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Sovereign | C. J. Sansom
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The 3rd in the Shardlake series and full of interesting facts. I did find the book repetitive in parts, there are only so many times that you can talk about the weather or visit your horse in the stables. It's quite amazing how trouble finds Shardlake or he finds trouble himself. Due to the similarities between the first three books, at this stage I don't feel inclined to carry on reading anymore in the series. It's a good 16thcentury period read.

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Tenby - A Seaside Holiday | Philip Henry Gosse
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Visited Tenby last week for the first time, spending four days there. It was a nice place but you could easily walk around it in one day. Luckily the weather was good. I'm not certain what we would have done all day if it had been raining.

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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I thought I'd share this cartoon that I came across this morning.

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For 9 to 11 year olds. At 400 pages this should last the grandchildren a bit longer than than their normal 200 page books. Although at the rate they devour books, I don't believe it will last too much longer.

peanutnine What a magical cover! 💖 9mo
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A book written for the 9 to 15s. At142 pages it should be a quick read for the teen and nearly a teen in my daughter's family. £3.99 from Amazon I couldn't grumble about the price

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A book of short stories, some dating back to the 1920s. Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple appear in a few. It has been awhile since I've read any Agatha Christie and I always enjoyed the build up and subsequent investigation relating to the crimes portrayed. As this is not possible in a short story collection I didn't enjoy the tales as much as I would have liked. What you do get is a fine collection where each one can be read in less than an hour.

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Amazon have copies of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief available at a great price of £4 at the moment. I thought it was an ideal time to purchase a copy for the Grandchildren. Added two other books to the order so I would reach the Free Delivery threshold.