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Top 10 Tuesday: Books for Lovers of British Mysteries (+ A Canadian Cousin)

15 Aug

Top 10 Tuesday is back! Yay! The folks at The Broke And The Bookish had some well-deserved time off, but now they are back with great topics for book lovers. This week I’m talking about book recommendations for lovers of British mysteries. I love a good mystery and have found the following books to meet all the requirements — puzzling cases set in the British Isles. They run the gamut from historical and contemporary, amateur detectives and police procedurals, to urban and bucolic settings. Ironically, a couple of the series, while definitely having a British vibe, are authored by Americans. All are excellent!

Top Book Recommendations for Lovers of British Mysteries

+ A Canadian Cousin

(please note there may be more books in these series than are pictured)

The Aiden Mysteries by Fay Sampson


The Blitz Detective by Mike Hollow


The Drew Farthering Mysteries by Julianna Deering


The Faith Morgan Mysteries by Martha Ockley


A Father Gilbert Mystery by Paul McCusker


The Monastery Murders by Donna Fletcher Crow


A Mystery for D. I. Costello by Elizabeth Flynn


Poppy Denby Investigates by Fiona Veitch Smith


A Canadian Cousin!

The Herringford And Watts Mysteries by Rachel McMillan


What are some of your favorite mysteries?


Book Review: End of The Roadie

15 Nov

5138a7hu2ml-_sx331_bo1204203200_Brendan Phelan, rock star, is playing in a stage show that includes guns and whips. As it reaches its climax, a shot rings out—but it’s not part of the show. The body of Oliver Joplin, one of the road crew, lies lifeless outside the stage door.

Detective Inspector Angela Costello and her team investigate, but they quickly discover that several stage hands, and Phelan himself, are adept with firearms—and that Joplin was widely disliked and distrusted. So why had Phelan kept him on, despite the reservations of his crew? Joplin’s emails reveal the presence of a shadowy figure stalking the dead man. Who might profit from Joplin’s death?

Little by little, Costello unpicks the web of lies. But unless one key person opens up, she can’t crack the case. And that is not going to happen.



61gvshh-7l-_ux250_Elizabeth Flynn is a Londoner of Anglo-Irish parentage. An ex-actress, she currently works in a hospital. However she has always written and has a particular interest in crime fiction. For several years she has also been a keen tennis fan and is very happy that her first novel is a murder mystery set in the tennis world, located at the famous tennis tournament, Wimbledon.


My Impressions:

For those of you who love a British mystery, End of The Roadie is a great choice. A police procedural, this novel enters into the glitzy world of rock n’ roll. But beneath the bright lights and special effects is a seedy world of ticket fraud, blackmail and murder. Detective Inspector Angela Costello, along with her dedicated team of homicide investigators, is a determined, intuitive and intelligent policewoman who will not stop until she gets her man or woman.

I liked the very British flavor of End of The Roadie. Set in London, D. I. Costello visits the poor and posh neighborhoods. Small working-class pubs and extravagant theaters are also used as settings. The reader gets the whole London experience. Dialog is sprinkled with British slang — but not anything an American reader would have trouble translating. Angie and her colleagues come across as professional, yet with quirks that make them true-to-life. Suspects abound among the roadies and band members, and the motives are as complex as the crime. There are lots of clues for the reader, but Flynn does not give everything away during the course of the book. The detectives have information that is not shared until the very end. I guessed quite a bit, but was pleasantly surprised by the ultimate reveal of whodunit.

End of The Roadie is targeted towards a general audience. There is a bit of language, but it is mostly clean. It is also part of a 3 book series, but can easily be read as a standalone novel.


Audience: adults.

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(Thanks to the publisher for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Top 10 Tuedsay — New Books in The TBR Pile

8 Nov

Books, books and more books! That’s what my life looks like! I am always on the lookout for my next great read, even when I have 10s 100s 1000s waiting in the wings! This week the folks at The Broke And The Bookish have challenged us to list our most recently added books to the old TBR list. I will limit my list to just 10, although I could probably go on and on. To find out what other bloggers are looking forward to reading, click HERE.


I think I have a good mix of books to read in the upcoming weeks — history, mystery, romance, Christmas-themed and Indie-published novels. Eclectic, but that’s how I like it.

Top 10 Recently Added Books on The TBR List


Another Day, Another Dali by Sandra Orchard

A Christmas to Remember by Linda Brooks Davis

Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering


The End of The Roadie by Elizabeth Flynn

Finding Riley by Dan Walsh

Lucifer’s Harvest by Mel Starr

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year by Ace Collins


O Little Town of Bethany by Rene Guttering and Cheryl McKay

The Princes of Albion by Jon and Thomas Hopkins

Truth Be Told by J J Hemmestad


What are some of the books you are reading next?



Book Review: Dead Gorgeous

9 Jan

641315Fashion model Kirsty Manners is young, beautiful, and recently dead

Kirsty Manners is trying to make it as a model. As the in-house model for the Ivano King fashion house and girlfriend of Ian King, the man behind the label, she believes she is well on her way. But Kirsty is found dead in her flat one Sunday afternoon and D. I. Angela Costello is called to the scene.

First enquiries center on the local gym where Kirsty, her dangerous ex-boyfriend, Darren Carpenter, and her jealous flatmate, Sandra Hodges, worked out. But things are more complicated. Ian King is considered to have lost his edge. Why then is he so buoyant about his latest collection for London Fashion Week? What about his new girlfriend, Eleanor Chandler, who openly admits to having a reason to wish Kirsty dead?

Behind the gleaming smiles and flawless makeup of the glamorous fashion world, Angela’s enquiries uncover theft, drug-addiction, prostitution, and imprisonment—and suddenly her own life could be in danger.


61gVSHh+-7L._UX250_Elizabeth Flynn is a Londoner of Anglo-Irish parentage. An ex-actress, she currently works in a hospital. However she has always written and has a particular interest in crime fiction. For several years she has also been a keen tennis fan and is very happy that her first novel is a murder mystery set in the tennis world, located at the famous tennis tournament, Wimbledon.


My Impressions:

Dead Gorgeous by Elizabeth Flynn is a twisting, British, police procedural that keeps the reader guessing and turning the pages. Set amidst the glitz and glamor of the fashion business in London, it is filled with not so likable characters, both victim and suspects, except for D.I. Angela Costello. Angie is a smart and savvy detective and is determined to get her man.

The very British setting and style of Dead Gorgeous will appeal to those who like a British accent with their mystery. The clues are disclosed a bit at a time and keep the reader guessing along with the investigative team. The good guys — those in the police, Angie’s family and the family priest — are very likable. I really enjoyed the banter between them and their keen sense of right and wrong. The bad guys, and there are plenty, though not all are murderers, exhibit greed, jealousy, larceny and brutality. There is some adult subject matter (prostitution and human trafficking) but no graphic details. There is also a bit of profanity — this is a British publication. And while this is technically Christian fiction, there is very little evidence of it. A priest is a minor, yet crucial, character, and Angie Costello and her family are said to be believers.

I had a little trouble with the writing style. Transitions of scene within chapters are a bit abrupt. I found I had to go back and get my bearings. And there is some British idioms that I had to get used to. But it was English! I was able to easily make the translations ;)!

So if you are looking for a bit of Britain in your mystery selection, then I would suggest trying Dead Gorgeous. It is book 2 in the series, but is easily read as a standalone.

Recommended (with some profanity).

Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Kregel and Lion Hudson for my review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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