Category Archives: Book review

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

A review by Mystery Loves History

Four Stars

Roberts has written her usual tightly woven story. Be warned the story has multiple flashbacks (For most of the book, it seems to be two stories in the same book). This made the story move a little slowly for me. I confess I am not a fan of so many flashbacks—it breaks up the story. However, Roberts is called a master of this genre for a reason. She proveded a red herring suspect and a great many plot twists (no I won’t say who is the red herring—it would spoil it). I did guess who the actual villian was early in the book. If you are a mystery fan you will enjoy playing the “guess-who-done-it” game with the author, and Roberts plays it well.


A Review of “The Girl Who Knew Too Much”

by Amamda Quick aka Jayne Anne Krenz aka Jayne Castle, etc

A review by Mystery Loves History

Four Stars

The 1930’s is a new era in history for Krenz and it sometimes takes her several books to find her feet when she switches time periods. I refer here not to the actual story itself but to a feel for the mores and customs of a particular era. I have no doubt she will be more at home in the next book. And I DO hope there is a next book. The ending of this one certainly set it up for one.

The story itself is excellent, and the mystery is beautifully done, with plenty of red herring suspects to throw the reader off the track. True mystery writers always play a kind of guessing game with their readers, in which the writer may drop clues to the mystery, but uses misdirection to distract the reader from guessing the solution too soon. Krenz did great here and like all good mystery writers she played fair: the clues are there if the reader is paying attention.

Another Winner By Patricia Rice

This review is from: Mystery Loves History aka Gail Daley

Chemistry of Magic: Unexpected Magic Book Five (Kindle Edition)

Patricia Rice has done it again. This latest series follows the Saga of the Malcolm family a little closer to modern times into the Industrial Revolution. The romantic comedy in this story is overlaid by plots and counter plots as well as a hard look at the way women were treated in the early half of the 19th century. Rice manages to get the point about this across without ever sacrificing the entertainment value of her story.

Our heroine this time, is a Malcom woman scientist who considers herself unattractive. Thanks to her grandfather, who left her a fortune but didn’t trust her to handle it herself, she needs to get married if she wants the freedom to pursue her interests. She picks another scientist to marry; a man reputed to be dying of consumption. He agrees to marry her because he needs her money to support his mother and sisters after he dies.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read William’s story (he’s next), when Rice takes us through those marvelously logical Ives brothers we met earlier.

Five Stars

Review: The Painted Queen

By Mystery Loves History aka Gail Daley

Joan Hess has done an excellent job completing this manuscript. Amelia Peabody readers can rest assured this entry in the series was handled deftly and lovingly. For readers who prefer reading the series in chronological order rather than publishing order, I believe this story takes place between The Falcon at the Portal and He Shall Thunder in the Sky. In The Falcon at the Portal Nefret and Ramses discover they love each other, fight, and she is tricked into marrying the villain of the book, who is killed attempting to murder Amelia. This book isn’t just a place to tie up some loose ends that are only alluded to as having happened in Thunder (which it does very nicely by the way). It is tightly woven, with a well-done mystery. I confess I did guess the identities of the last two villains early on, but I suspect that was because as a writer myself I could find no other reason for their presence in the story, although their antics did make a nice distraction.

Amelia Peabody Mysteries In Chronological Order

Crocodile on the Sandbank (1884-1885)

Curse of the Pharaohs (1892-1893)

The Mummy Case (1894-1895)

Lion in the Valley (1895-1896)

Deeds of the Disturber (1896)

The Last Camel Died at Noon (1897-1898)

The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog (1898-1899)

The Hippopotamus Pool (1899-1900)

Seeing a Large Cat (1903-1904)

The Ape Who Guards the Balance (1906-1907)

Guardian of the Horizon (1907-1908)

A River in the Sky (1910)

The Falcon at the Portal (1911-1912)

The Painted Queen (1912-1913)

He Shall Thunder in the Sky (1914-1915)

Lord of the Silent (1915-1916)

The Golden One (1916-1917)

Children of the Storm (1919-1920)

Serpent on the Crown (1921-1922)

Tomb of the Golden Bird (1922-1923)