Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn

An exciting new novel that mixes history with both mystery and romance, Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn is a well-researched novel of the 1930s. The book begins with West End stage actress, Nina Land, meeting renowned artist, Stephen Wyley, for a hotel room tryst. Upon leaving the room, Nina interrupts an attempted murder in another room, allowing the victim to escape and giving her a glance at the potential killer. It soon transpires that she is a witness to the identity of the Tie-Pin Killer, who has recently been killing…

The Snow Queen by Alana Albertson

A brief novella with all the magic of the ballet, The Snow Queen by Alana Albertson features a disappearance case that covers five years in the short novella format. The story begins five years ago at the annual Cambridge Ballet performance of The Nutcracker, with their Sugar Plum Fairy, Svetlana, having disappeared without trace straight after the performance. Since then, a ballet dancer has disappeared each year after The Nutcracker’s closing night, despite the increase in police protection around the theatre. Protagonist, Nieves Alba, was a dancer in that first…

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[color-box]A Study in Ashes by Emma Jane Holloway (The Baskerville Affair #3) Del Rey (31 Dec 2013), Ebook: 688 pages, Steampunk / Mystery Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] *Warning: Contains spoilers for previous books in the series* Having read and loved the first two books in the series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on A Study in Ashes by Emma Jane Holloway. The first two books had outlined the steampunk world of Victorian England perfectly, with the steam barons responsible for providing…

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REVIEW: Red Fox by Karina Halle

Red Fox - Karina Halle

Red Fox is book two in Karina Halle’s fabulous Experiment in Terror series. The series follows amateur ghost hunter’s, Perry Palomino and Dex Foray, as they trample through reported haunted sites. At the end of book one, Darkhouse, (see my review here), Dex’s boss Jimmy had offered them a web series, with Dex filming and producing and Perry being the terrified on camera presenter. In this book, an old frenemy of Dex’s has got in touch requesting their presence at a farm in a town called Red Fox, New Mexico. There…

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[color-box]A Study in Darkness by Emma Jane Holloway (The Baskerville Affair #2) Del Rey (29 Oct 2013), Ebook: 544 pages, Steampunk / Mystery Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] *Warning: Contains spoilers for book one* Carrying on from the myriad of plot twists and secrets left hanging at the end of book one is A Study in Darkness by Emma Jane Holloway, book two of her steampunk, Sherlock Holmes-based series. The end of the first book saw Evelina leave the Roth household after her relationship with…

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[color-box]A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway (The Baskerville Affair #1) Del Rey (24 Sept 2013), Paperback: 560 pages, Steampunk / Mystery Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US RATING: [/color-box] Taking on the ambitious task of combining romance, mystery and steampunk, A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway also merges with the iconic figure of Sherlock Holmes. Evelina Cooper is Holmes’ niece, and occupies a fragile status in society between the gentry and the servants as her upper class mother eloped with a circus performer….

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Picking up after the conclusion of Silent Witness, Dead Calm by Shirley Wells is the fourth book in the Dylan Scott Mystery series, and this time takes the form of a novella. Along with his wife Bev, their two children Freya and Luke and Dylan’s mother Vicky, the Scott family are taking a family cruise aboard the Midnight Sun. This cruise in the middle of November is a freezing cold expedition to Norway in order to see the Northern Lights, a trip which Dylan was not overly happy about undertaking….

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