Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell (Gilded Newport Mysteries #1)

Emma Cross, a society reporter and poorer Vanderbilt relation, borders on respectability with her re-styled gowns and a summer cottage inherited from a forward-thinking aunt. It is 1895 and Alice and Cornelius Vanderbilt II are re-opening their summer cottage, The Breakers. When one of Cornelius’ business associates is murdered and Emma’s brother is arrested, everyone [...]

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Death Rides The Zephyr by Janet Dawson

December 1952. Jill McLeod is a Zephyrette, a stewardess on the California Zephyr (CZ), which is making its Christmas run from California to Colorado. Jill hopes for a quiet run until a rock slide forces the train to a standstill, stranding passengers on board with a thief and a killer. As a Zephyrette, Jill has [...]

Anything But Civil by Anna Loan-Wilsey (Hattie Davish Mystery #2)

Thirty years have passed since the Civil War erupted, and feelings still run deep in the town of Galena, Illinois, where Hattie Davish, a traveling secretary, is assisting Sir Arthur Windom-Greene, her wealthy employer, in the research of a biography. General Cornelius Starrett is the subject, and his quiet Christmas is interrupted by the unexpected [...]

The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

Journey to the wilds of California’s Big Sur region, where secrets are hidden in the dense fog at The Edge of the Earth, the newest book by New York Times bestselling author Schwarz. The stars of this book are the setting and its inhabitants: the isolated Point Lucia Lighthouse, where young, naive socialite Gertrude “Trudy” Swann [...]

Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni (Angelology #2)

Ten years after the Times Square incident, Verlaine has become a lethal angelologist, a hunter, but is haunted by his lost love, Evangeline. A chance encounter before Evangeline is kidnapped leaves Verlaine with an exquisite clue to a mystery touching upon the Romanov Dynasty and the seeds of ancient civilization. While he pursues Evangeline’s captors, [...]

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #1)

Patricia Briggs introduces us to an alternate universe where werewolves and witches, shapeshifters, fey and vampires live largely unnoticed by humans. In the Tri-Cities area, Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a bad-ass mechanic who has connections to several magical beings but she tries to keep a low-profile. She's a "walker" which means she's a shapeshifter (into [...]

The Phantom of Pemberley by Regina Jeffers (Pride and Prejudice Murder Mystery #1)

This was a difficult book for me to read as my first foray into the Jane Austen/Regency mystery genre.   Although only 409 pages long, I found the mystery format difficult to embrace.  The traditional whodunit format of investigator questioning and answering that I associate with mysteries was not present until the last 50 pages [...]

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale (Austenland #2)

Trying to compare Midnight in Austenland to its original, Austenland, is like attempting to formulate one of those tests you take in high school, the kind that ask you to compare apples and oranges. Midnight in Austenland is to Northanger Abbey as Austenland is to Pride and Prejudice. That is, they are very different books [...]