When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest. India is fractured and divided into kingdoms, each independent and wary of one another, seemingly no match for the might of the English. But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge.
Michelle Moran's Rebel Queen was brilliant! I had never heard before heard of the Queen's story and I was so intrigued. The attention to detail in this book made me feel as if I were right in the midst of the story. Definitely recommend this title.
Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange.
I have read the Rei Shimura mysteries by Sujata Massey so I was curious about this new series. What a delight this was! It was a little tricky for me at first to grasp the laws of Perveen's time. But once I allowed myself to just enjoy the story, I was enraptured by 1920's Bombay. It was so interesting to hear Perveen's struggles with marriage and her fight for justice. Another very addictive series!
Mystery novelist Hazel Martin's maid suspects foul play when her childhood friend Doris jumps from the third-story turret of Farnsworth Abbey. Unable to resist an investigation, especially one that's staged to look like suicide, Hazel calls in help from her chauffeur, her cook, and even the mysterious butler her husband hired before his death. Hazel soon learns that Doris's death was no accident. Someone had a secret, and they wanted to keep it that way.
Another great mystery! I loved the story and the narration was spot on. Ms. Larkin brings so much life to the characters. Looking forward to see where this series goes.
Daisy Gumm Majesty is back and she's up to her ears again. Not only does she have to deal with her husband Billy's declining health and her dog Spike's obedience training, but she's been hired by Lola de la Monica, a fabulously spoiled silent-screen beauty, to be her spiritual advisor on the set of her next picture.
Daisy gets an assignment with the movie industry. And oh what an assignment. Poison pen letters, secret lifestyles, and spoiled starlets. Oh my! Luckily for Daisy, she has the spirits on her side. Another wonderful book in the Daisy Gumm Majesty series.
Olivia Denis is hesitant to help an old family friend get ready for her wedding outside London. The so-called friend is a master at using people. As a young widow trying to find her way through a new romantic relationship, Olivia would rather avoid the large party. She definitely didn't plan to find the bride's grandfather stabbed to death. The cruel, enormously rich aristocrat had changed his will only the day before, angering all his children.
This second book in the Deadly series was very well written. There were a multitude of characters and the narrator did a brilliant job at bringing them all to life. The mystery was intriguing and I was shocked by the reveal. Overall, this book was enjoyable and I look forward to the next adventure with Olivia.
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Olivia Denis is a content young wife with a carefree life in late 1930s London. Then her world is shattered with the violent death of her husband, Reggie. The police want to call it a suicide and close the case, but Olivia knows Reggie couldn't possibly have fired the fatal shot. Further mysteries surface surrounding her husband's death. Did the trustworthy Foreign Office employee betray government secrets? Was his murder linked to the death of a German embassy clerk the same night? And who searched their flat?
A wonderful beginning to the Deadly series. I enjoyed the lead character, Olivia, very much. How she discovers the truth about her murdered husband & proceeds to hunt for his killer was believable. And I loved the narrator. She brought life to the characters. I ordered the second book before I even finished this one!!
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Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome, something that's as frustrating to her fiery Irish pride as it is to her rapidly emptying pocketbook. Then two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. An aristocratic family in Dublin fears their daughter has fled to the New World with her unsavory boyfriend, and they hire Molly to track the two down and send the young woman back home.
This book was interesting because it dealt with the horrendous conditions that women in the garment industry lived with. Molly poses as a garment worker to catch a their stealing designs and selling them to a competitor. Add a love triangle and street gangs and you've got one heck of a story! Ms. Bowen outdoes herself in the third book of the Molly Murphy Mysteries.
When Daisy Gumm Majesty, spiritualist to people with more money than sense, is asked by her good friend, Johnny Buckingham, a captain in the Salvation Army, to teach a cooking class for disadvantaged ladies, she's sure Johnny is nuts. She earns her living raising the dead, for goodness sake! The only thing she's ever been able to do in the kitchen is burn things. Yet, she gallantly sets out to teach the class, using a cooking booklet Johnny provided, fully expecting calamity to ensue.
I read this book years ago & was so enchanted with Daisy, but I could never find more books in this series. So imagine my delight to find the audio books! Daisy Gumm Majesty is one of my favorite characters. Her wit, and her kindness towards her invalid husband, make her the kind of woman I want to befriend. This book was humorous because Daisy teaches a cooking class at the Salvation Army. This is because she has no ability to cook. But solving mysteries regarding illegal immigrants, now that's another story.
Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot was engrossing from the beginning. All of the characters were vivid and I honestly felt I was part of their story. Susan Meissner never disappoints!
Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can't neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey. Her cabinmate Katharine Keeling's first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson - newly married but carrying another man's child - is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair.
I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. The story was well planned. Lots of interesting tidbits too. I have no complaints about the author, characters ( which I've become quite fond of), or the narrator. In fact, I loved the way Justine Eyre brought each character to life. I am very much looking forward to reading/listening to more novels by Lindsay Jayne Ashford.
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