Jun 23, 2017 9:47 AM
Kate Breslin has crafted a suspenseful story involving the Allied Underground in her book, High as the Heavens.
Evelyn Marche is a nurse during WWI who endures the horrors of German occupied Brussels in her native Belgium. Her German bosses have no idea of her true identity.
Evelyn and other characters in this historical fiction are based on real people and real events. It is a satisfying read with more than one surprising twist. 4 stars
Feb 16, 2017 2:03 PM
Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering is a satisfying tale in the style of an old Nick and Nora Charles mystery. A husband and wife team travels to Bunting’s Nest to solve the mystery of a murdered vicar. It is a lovely mix of Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes and PBS’s Mystery!
The characters are well developed and believable. The dialogue is pertinent to the story, and the plot moves at a good pace. There are no paragraphs and pages you will want to skip. The settings might be a bit more descriptive, but the author’s strength is in her characters. Drew and Madeline Farthering are the perfect couple to invite to a party or a murder investigation.
Sometimes a mystery can let you down in the end. The solution is too quick. It doesn’t quite make sense. Most frustrating, clues are kept from the reader. But I was not disappointed, and though I picked the right suspect, a delightful twist at the end trumped my mystery-savvy deduction.
If you like your mysteries nostalgic, mixed with a little light romance, a good dose of suspense and classical literature, you will enjoy Murder on the Moor.
I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House to review.
Oct 17, 2016 4:09 PM
This is the second book in the Secrets of the Shetland series. I received a free copy from Bethany House to review.
Loni Ford discovers she has inherited an island and a fortune...along with debts, taxes and responsibilities. The question she must answer is does she want it? A distant cousin is next in line to inherit and secretly working to better his odds in obtaining it. Another cousin is thought to be the rightful heir, the people's choice, and the people do matter because Loni is not just the potential owner of an island; she is the potential laird. The economic future of the residents of this small island in the Shetlands rests in her decision. Then, there’s the oil-crazed Texan.
The Cottage begins a bit slow, but as the chapters unfold, an element of mystery keeps you turning the pages. Phillips’ talent is creating a firm setting. The scenes are descriptive. You taste the tea and food. You hear the dialect in your ear. But the characters seem rigid, and the dialogue does not flow well between them. I wanted this to be different. Also, I wanted to like Loni and David together. Instead I felt like a worried friend. Their relationship is cautious. I understand they have issues. But neither communicates well, and there is no physical warmth. Perhaps it would have read stronger if the third person point of view would have followed Loni only or have been limited to Loni and David.
The Quaker element in the book is strong, but also rigid and tipping to the point of preachy in one spot. It is a delicate line to walk as an author, but I doubt I would have considered it preachy had the delivery been more relaxed in the dialogue.
Overall, the strong plot carries the book. I admire Phillips’ passion for family and family history. If you love an adventurous setting, a bit of intrigue and history, you will enjoy The Cottage.