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Fixing to Die, by Miranda James

In a Nutshell

Title:  Fixing to Die: A Southern Ladies Mystery

Author:  Miranda James

Publisher:  Berkeley Publishing Group

Date of Release:  October 3, 2017

Genre:  Mystery/Thriller/Cozy Mystery

Source:  The publisher provided a time-sensitive e-galley of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating:  3 Acorns out of 5

I’m still a huge fan of Nancy Drew mysteries. In fact, I still have the first 20 of that series on the shelf, not three feet away from me as I write. This mystery sure reminded me of those stories and Nancy Drew is mentioned more than once in it, along with the Hardy Boys. There’s a ghost and hidden rooms as the Ducote Sisters, plus their ward Benjy and pets visit an old home in Nachez to help the granddaughter of an old friend with a ghostly problem that turns into a murder.

I’m also a huge fan of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by the same author. The Southern Ladies Mysteries still feel like a spin-off and I look forward to this series finding its own place as also I look forward to seeing more of this series. This was a wonderful beach read and I think it unfortunate it won’t be released until October 3, 2017. Nevertheless, do check it out, it is probably as fun a read with a hot cup of cocoa while you’re curled up in an afghan!

Have a good week!

Susan

 

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The Shadowy Horses, by Susanna Kearsley

The Shadowy Horses by [Kearsley, Susanna]

In a Nutshell

Title:  The Shadowy Horses

Author:  Susanna Kearsley

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Landmark

Date of Release:  October 2, 2012

Genre:  Gothic

Source:  Purchased

Rating:  4 Acorns out of 5

 

I don’t think I’ve read a gothic novel since high school and I’m not sure what got me to purchase this one, but I’m sure glad I did.  The romance in it is light (thank goodness) and the basic story line involves an archeological dig in Scotland that is led in part by the ghost of one of the Roman soldiers. I just made that sound rather corny; but the author skillfully intertwines the romance, the mystery, the ghost story and words from the Scots dialect into a wonderful page-turner.  I’ll be looking for more of her books.

Have a good week!

Susan

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