Review: A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

A Dangerous Collaboration
  • Series: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (March 12, 2019)

A Dangerous Collaboration (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery) by Deanna Raybourn is the fourth Veronica Speedwell mystery. Normally, I don’t read series books, but I’m glad I read this one.  I’ve added A Curious Beginning (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery Book 1) to my reading list.  I understand book 5 is underway!

A Dangerous Collaboration takes place in 1888 at a castle on an island in Cornwall, England.  This is a terrific setting for a who-done-it mystery.

Veronica is a feisty women for her time.  She is independent and vows never to marry.  Stoker is her colleague/love interest.  I enjoyed the sexual tension between the two of them.

The mystery is entertaining.  The lord of the castle gathers various people together to find out what had caused his new bride to suddenly disappear.

This was my first read on the Kindle Paperwhite.  The ability to look up words on the fly came in handy while reading this novel.  Not being familiar with some of the words did not hamper my enjoyment of this novel.  The Kindle Paperwhite has a Vocabulary Builder feature.  I’ll share part of the definitions of a few words here:

chat-e-laine

n. <DATED> a women in charge of a large house.  <SPECIAL USAGE> HISTORICAL a set of short chains attached to a women’s belt, used for carrying keys or other items.

<ORIGIN> mid 19th cent.: from French chatelain, from medieval latin castellanus

ret-i-cule

1 CHIEFLY HISTORICAL a woman’s small handbag, originally netted and typically having drawstring and decorate with embroidery or beading.

<ORIGIN> easy 18th cent.:from French reticule, from Latin reticulum.

vis-count

n. a British nobleman ranking above a baron and below an earl.

<ORIGIN>late Middle English: from Old French visconte, from medieval Latin vicecomes, vicecomit

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It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

It's Monday What Are You Reading

Each week Kathryn @ The Book Date hosts the It’s Monday!  What Are YOU Reading? meme where we can meet on-line with others and share what we are reading.  It’s a great way to connect with others.  Be sure to stop by her site to learn more about what others are reading.  Thanks Kathryn for hosting this fun meme.

Early last week I received the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader after purchasing it from Amazon.  The first book I am reading on it is A Dangerous Collaboration (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery) (March 12, 2019) by Deanna Raybourn.  I downloaded the ARC from NetGalley.  I expect to receive the hard copy from Berkley Books, Penguin Random House today.  This will be my first novel by this author.  She has written many others.

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Review: The Suspect by Fiona Barton

The Suspect

The Suspect by Fiona Barton is a fast paced mystery.

Two girls are missing.  They took off from England to go on a holiday in Thailand, before starting college.

Reporter Kate Waters quickly learns, while she is investigating the disappearance, that she has become the story as her son is somehow involved.

As the mystery unfolds, Barton explores the reactions that Kate and the mothers of the two girls have regarding their children.

I enjoyed THE SUSPECT.  I particularly liked the novel’s structure.  Each short chapter is designated from the point of view of a character or is a throwback to what actually happened.  I especially enjoyed the throwbacks and emails of one of the girls to her friend back home, learning what really happened while also following the investigation.

I reviewed Barton’s debut novel, THE WIDOW (read my review here).  Some of the characters are in both novels including Kate Waters (“The Reporter”) and DI Bob Sparkes (“The Detective”) .  I didn’t get a chance to read Barton’s second novel, THE CHILD (An NPR Best Book of the Year), but understand it also features the reporter Kate Waters.

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Review: Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

once upon a river

Once Upon a River: A Novel by Diane Setterfield begins, (circa 1887) at the Swan at Radcot, a pub along the Thames River where folks regularly gather to drink and tell stories.  One night something considered impossible occurs at the pub.

“For another hour they talked.  Every detail of the day’s events were gone over, the facts were weighed and combined, quantities of surmising, eavesdropping, and supposition were stirred in for flavor, and a good sprinkling of rumor was added like yeast to make it rise.” – Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield  – p. 158

Each chapter in the novel becomes almost a story in itself.  I enjoyed the novel, but took breaks between chapters as the writing was intricate and I needed to take extra time to let the chapters settle in my mind.  I did indeed enjoy each chapter and looked forward to picking up the book for the next epesode as I knew I would be in for a treat.

As the novel continues and we learn about the lives of people along the river,  various tangents begin to relate to one another, the suspense builds and I did not want to put the book down.

The author asks us to suspend disbelief.  If a thing is impossible, does that mean it didn’t happen?

“just ’cause a thing’s impossible don’t mean it can’t happen.” – p. 301

Once Upon A River checked off some of the things I especially like.  It is historical fiction and the characters are fully developed.

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First Book Of The Year 2019! #shereadswithfriends

first book of the year 2019

Happy New Year Everyone!

For the 6th year in a row,  Shiela at BookJourney has posted a collage of images of readers and their first books of the year.  Be sure to stop by BookJourney and check it out.  Thanks Sheila for hosting this fun event!

I recently re-started my blog after an extended break.  I am happy that I still have some offers to review books.  Starting off, last week, I received a SheReads’ December selection.  SheReads re-launched their book club in November,  #shereadswithfriends on Instagram.  I was happy to be invited to join in with my blog.

Their December selection is: Once Upon a River: A Novel by British author Diane Setterfield.

  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (December 4, 2018)
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Good Things In May #GoodThings

May Flowers

Mother’s Day

Birthdays

Bicycles

College Graduations

Memorial Day

Parades

Green Grass

The Kentucky Derby (Always Dreaming #5)

Cinco de Mayo

Cook-outs

Mani-Pedis

The Preakness

(Cloud Computing)

Celebrations

Home repairs

Ice cream

Longer days

Strawberries

Photography

May showers

May flowers

Fiestas

Outdoor reading and dining

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Giveaway! The Secret to Southern Charm

the secret to southern charm

The author, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and publisher, Gallery, have generously offered a free copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM via a contest (entry form below) on Posting For Now.

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Kristy Woodson Harvey and The Secret to Southern Charm:

“Escape to the beach with Southern writer Kristy Woodson Harvey’s newest book, the second in her Peachtree Bluff series. It’s a story about hope and heartache and the unbreakable bonds of family.”–Southern Living

“The Secret to Southern Charm is a compelling, beautifully drawn tale of love, hope, and small town secrets. The richly detailed backdrop of a charming coastal town and the struggles and joys of four generations of women solidifies Kristy Woodson Harvey’s spot as a rising star of Southern fiction.” –Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House for Rent

“Harvey’s (Slightly South of Simple, 2017) growing fan base will find another great beach read in this second novel in her Peachtree Bluff trilogy… Peachtree Bluff is the quintessential beach town, full of quirky residents and old bungalows, and readers will practically feel the hot sun and the sand between their toes. Harvey is an up-and-coming southern writer with staying power.” –Booklist

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The Secret to Southern Charm (The Peachtree Bluff Series) by Kristy Woodson Harvey

  • Series: The Peachtree Bluff Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 3, 2018)

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Good Things In April #GoodThings

Rain by Jill Wellington

April Showers (bring May flowers!)

Birthdays!

Easter

Passover

Sunny Days

Warm Breezes

Brunches

Bunnies

Gardening

Full Moon In April (PinkMoon)

“April’s Full Moon, the Full Pink Moon, heralds the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.”

Beautiful weather

Flowers in bloom

Spring menus

Easter gatherings

A sense of renewal

Birdsong

Weddings!

Photography

Early Mornings

April Fool’s Day

bluebonnets in Texas

EASTER

April showers (hopefully!)

FLOWERS

Lemons on the tree

BIRDSONG

Sunshine

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

Book clubs

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Book Brief and Giveaway! The Broken Girls

the broken girls

I loved, loved, The Broken Girls by Simone St. James .  Like any good ghost story, the secrets are slowly revealed.  So, I wont say too much.

Through the years, girls in an all-girl boarding school pass messages via the textbook margins about a ghost named Mary Hand.

One example:

Mary Hand, Mary Hand, dead and buried under land.  She’ll say she wants to be your friend.  Do not let her in again!

As the story progresses we learn more.   The novel skips from the present to the past seamlessly.  It is rich with story, characters, eloquence and suspense.

The publisher, Berkley, has generously offered a free copy of The Broken Girls by Simone St. James via a giveaway (entry form is below)  on Posting For Now.

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Giveaway! – The Broken Girls

the broken girls

The publisher, Berkley, has generously offered a free copy of The Broken Girls by Simone St. James via a giveaway (entry form is below)  on Posting For Now.

Also by St. James:

  • Lost Among the Living
  • The Other Side of Midnight
  • Silence For the Dead
  • An Inquiry Into Love and Death
  • The Haunting of Maddy Clare

Have you read previous novels by St. James?

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (March 20, 2018)

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Good Things In March #goodthings

flowers by Pfeilgiftfeder

St. Patrick’s Day

Birthdays!

Spring Time

Day Light Savings Time

March Madness (College Basketball Tournaments)

Flowers

Birds

The scent of orange blossoms

Navel oranges

Spring break

Being outdoors

The scent of lemon and lavender

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Early blooms

March Madness  Sales

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Thoughts of Spring

 

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