Meredith P. (Francophile) - Reviews

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The Accomplice (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries)
The Accomplice (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries)
Author: Elizabeth Ironside
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/27/2007


A wonderful character study and "mystery-in-the-past" type story. Not so much a "who-dunnit" as a "who-IS-she, really?" Suspenseful and intriguing up to the very last line.


And Ladies of the Club
And Ladies of the Club
Author: Helen Hooven Santmyer
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/14/2008


Although the ISBN on this listed the book at a hardcover edition, it is a paperback. It is a looooooong story...over 1100 pages. If you have the time and patience to read about a handful of women who start a literary club in 1868 and follow them and their families through 1932, this is the book for you. It is well-written with much period detail and very likeable characters.


The Baker Street Letters (Baker Street, Bk 1)
The Baker Street Letters (Baker Street, Bk 1)
Author: Michael Robertson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 8/20/2011


This book was somewhat disappointing. The premise of somebody getting and getting involved with letters written to Sherlock Holmes in modern times promised much more than this series has delivered so far. The characters just didn't have the spark I was hoping for.


Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery
Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery
Author: James R. Benn
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 14
Review Date: 11/25/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Looking for a good mystery with a bit of humor and a lot of history? This one is set in WWII England and Europe, and has General Eisenhower as one of the characters. A good story that keeps you guessing to the very end. Well-drawn characters, charming protaganist.


The Bloodied Cravat (Beau Brummell, Bk 3)
The Bloodied Cravat (Beau Brummell, Bk 3)
Author: Rosemary Stevens
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 13
Review Date: 1/11/2008


Do you enjoy Regency novels? Georgette Heyer your heroine? You'll like Beau Brummel as the detective in these evocative mysteries.


The Cape Cod Caper (Penny Spring and Sir Toby Glendower, Bk 3)
The Cape Cod Caper (Penny Spring and Sir Toby Glendower, Bk 3)
Author: Margot Arnold
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 1/21/2007


A Penny Spring and Sir Toby Glendower mystery, set on "old" Cape Cod. Full of interesting twists.


Captain Alatriste (Captain Alatriste, Bk 1)
Review Date: 1/14/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Tale of a 16th century Spanish soldier told from the point of view of his young servant...historically very interesting and well-written. Very well translated, too!


The chocolate box: An Edna Heathcott mystery
The chocolate box: An Edna Heathcott mystery
Author: Leslie Elizabeth Watts
Book Type: Unknown Binding
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 12/6/2007
Helpful Score: 1


When I began reading this book, my first thought was that it would be a ho-hum little (yawn!) story with a mousy little heroine. All of a sudden, WHAM, the REAL Edna Heathcott surfaces, and the book takes off! A delightful characterization (in Edna) and a fine, believable, twisty ending. Definitely NOT ho-hum!


The Companion
The Companion
Author: Ann Granger
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/11/2008
Helpful Score: 2


Set in 1864, this Victorian mystery follows a young woman's adventures when she takes the position of paid companion and discovers that her predecessor has disappeared. With the aid of a young Scotland Yard detective who seems very familiar to her, she finds a deeper and darker mystery waiting to be solved.


Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die  (A Blackbird Sisters Mystery #4)
Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die (A Blackbird Sisters Mystery #4)
Author: Nancy Martin
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/11/2008


Impoverished Philadelphia aristocrat Nora Blackbird, her two wacky sisters, a collection of odd-ball friends, and the handsome mysterious son of a Mafia don all embark on a wonderful series of adventures in solving murder cases. Nora does this in great style, having inherited all the haute couture clothing of her grandmother. Great fun, and VERY romantic!


Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley
Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley
Author: Linda Berdoll
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 99
Review Date: 9/17/2009


The sequel to "Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife", this hot-blooded romance continues the tale of Pemberly's most famous inhabitants, their family, friends and enemies. With great imagination and not a small amount of steamy detail, Linda Berdoll finishes the story we all wished would never end, and tells us what happened to everyone! A thoroughly enjoyable book!


Dead Girls Don't Wear Diamonds (Blackbird Sisters, Bk 2)
Dead Girls Don't Wear Diamonds (Blackbird Sisters, Bk 2)
Author: Nancy Martin
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/11/2008


Another in the wonderful Blackbird sisters series, starring Nora and her nutty siblings, Mick the Mysterious Maybe-Mafia Man, and Grandma Blackbird's vintage couture clothing. Don't miss them!


Death at Glamis Castle (Victorian-Edwardian Mystery, Bk 9)
Death at Glamis Castle (Victorian-Edwardian Mystery, Bk 9)
Author: Robin Paige
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/16/2007


A Kate Sheridan mystery that examines the Prince Eddy-Jack-the-Ripper link. Am American sleuth married to a British aristocrat in the early 20th century.


Death Qualified (Barbara Holloway, Bk 1)
Death Qualified (Barbara Holloway, Bk 1)
Author: Kate Wilhelm
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/12/2007


Have not read. Book given to me.


Died in the Wool (Knitting, Bk 1)
Died in the Wool (Knitting, Bk 1)
Author: Mary Kruger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/22/2007
Helpful Score: 2


A good, solid, 6.5 on a scale of 1 to 10 in the mystery department, but full of interesting characters. Has the cozy atmosphere of a knitting shop, and a lot of atmosphere of the southeastern Massachusetts locale which makes up the setting. There is, of course, just that little spice of romance, too! She finishs up with a couple of simple, but good, knitting patterns...excellent for beginners.


Eye of the Needle
Eye of the Needle
Author: Ken Follett
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/18/2007
Helpful Score: 2


One of the best mysteries ever written...a thrilling and frightening race to the finish, set in WWII England. Even if you've seen the movie and read this book before, your pulse will race at the end! A classic!


Farthing (Small Change, Bk 1)
Farthing (Small Change, Bk 1)
Author: Jo Walton
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/11/2008


A very odd and disturbing mystery set in an imagined 1949. Hitler has won the war, and England is not what it used to be...use your imagination and follow Lucy as she tries to save her Jewish husband, David, from a false accusation of murder.


The Glory Cloak : A Novel of Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton
The Glory Cloak : A Novel of Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton
Author: Patricia O'Brien
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/14/2007
Helpful Score: 2


A wonderful read! If you like Louise May Alcott and anything to do with the Civil War, you'll love this book!


Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too  (Blackbird Sisters, Bk 5)
Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too (Blackbird Sisters, Bk 5)
Author: Nancy Martin
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/11/2008


More from the infamous Blackbird sisters, their nutty friends, and the sexy and macho Mick, son of a Mafia don.


Hotel Paradise (Emma Graham, No 1)
Hotel Paradise (Emma Graham, No 1)
Author: Martha Grimes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/12/2007


Another "mystery-in-the-past" novel, this one with a charming young girl as protaganist.


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