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24 February 2017

A Knightsbridge Scandal by Anita Davison (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)

Please do yourself a favor and start this wonderful series at the beginning with Flora's Secret (originally titled Murder on the Minneapolis)! Unlike some series where book after book go by with little change in the main character, Davison's Flora has the kind of life that you really don't want to just jump in at with the third installment. 

The year in 1903 and Flora is visiting London where she gets wrapped up in society, the suffragist movement, international affairs and, of course, murder. There are a lot of other things going on, as well, but we'll not get into those just in case you're a book or two behind. The long and the short of it, though, is that this remains one of my favorite historical mystery series and each installment is better than the last. Considering I gave the first one five out of five stars, we must be up to at least seven stars for A Knightsbridge Scandal -- and I feel that at least one extra star needs to be given for the addition of the spunky lady's maid, Sally! 

Friday 56 (today is 56% from the ebook) is hosted at Freda's Voice 
& Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader.

22 February 2017

WWW Wednesday -- 22 February 2017

WWW Wednesday is hosted over at Taking On A World Of Words

What I'm Currently Reading
Anita Davison
A Knightsbridge Scandal

This is the third in the series and I loved the first two so I was thrilled to see the new one listed on NetGalley. It's going to be a difficult one to review without giving away spoilers from the first two, but so far I'm enjoying it just as much as I did those.

What I Recently Finished
Lauren Westwood
Finding Secrets

I will be completely flabbergasted if this one somehow doesn't end up on my "favorite books of 2017" list at the end of the year. It was that good -- which, to be honest, in itself completely flabbergasted me!

What I Think I'll Read Next
Vicki Delany
Elementary, She Read

I'm trying to knock as many books off my NetGalley shelf as I can before The Begorrathon 2017 starts up in March. I have hopes for that and I don't want to get it thrown too far off course just because I can't stay away from NetGalley. With this one, though, can you really blame me? A cozy with a Sherlock Holmes themed bookshop?!? 

21 February 2017

Finding Secrets by Lauren Westwood (Tuesday Intros & Teaser Tuesday)

When I realized that Lauren Westwood's Finding Secrets would likely be my Tuesday Intro/Teaser Tuesday book this week I kept my eye out for the perfect lines for the teaser. I soon discovered that there are just far too many perfect lines to choose from.

This book.

Oh my ... this book.

By the half way point (thanks to sleep and work getting in the way of things), I had already found myself laughing and crying and audibly gasping and "omig_d"ing repeatedly. On Amazon it's listed as
Finding Secrets: An uplifting romance where love conquers all, but it's so much more than just another romance book. Sure, there is that aspect to it ... but it's also full of history and intrigue and the journey of self-discovery.  There's so much going on and rather than try to figure out what's going to happen several steps in advance, this time I just went along on the journey with great delight (even when there are tears involved).

It's only February and I already have a feeling it'll remain one of my top books of 2017.

"First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" is from the first paragraph or two of a book being read now (or in the future) and is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. "Teaser Tuesday" at The Purple Booker asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read.

Finding Secrets is set to be published on March 1st 2017 by Aria.
I received my copy for free through NetGalley. 
The freeness, of course, has had no influence on my opinion.