Review - Death at a Scottish Wedding
Mysteries and My Musings
by A.F. Heart
2d ago
I started with the first book in this new series: 1) An American in Scotland (click here) The second book is released featuring a deadly wedding held in a Scottish castle.  Talk about a great setup for murder! Author: Lucy Connelly Copyright: January 2024 (Crooked Lane Books) 265 pgs Series: 2nd in A Scottish Isle mystery series Sensuality: mild Mystery Sub-genre: Cozy, Amateur Sleuth Main Characters: Emilia McRoy, American ER Doctor, now all purpose country physician and coroner Setting: Modern day-- Sea Isle, Scotland Obtained Through: Publisher for an honest review, Netgalley  Bo ..read more
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Review - The Mayfair Dagger
Mysteries and My Musings
by A.F. Heart
1w ago
 The tagline for the book is: "A witty, feminist mystery set in the heart of nineteenth-century London, this daring adventure featuring an intrepid woman detective will thrill fans of Deanna Raybourn and Katharine Schellman."  Since I love both those authors, I couldn't wait to read this book.  It is available for preorder now with a release date of April 2024. Author: Ava January Copyright: April 2024 (Crooked Lane Books) 304 pgs Series: Mayfair Dagger Standalone? Series? Sensuality: mild Mystery Sub-genre: Historical Cozy, Amateur Sleuth Main Characters: Albertine Honeycombe ..read more
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Review - Death in D Minor
Mysteries and My Musings
by A.F. Heart
2w ago
     Hallmark has filmed Gethsemane Brown in the new Haunted Harmony Mysteries staring Tamera Mowry-Housley.  So far there is just one movie, but I'm hoping for more as Ms Mowry-Housley brings a bubbly aspect to heroine Gethsemane. I reviewed the first book in the series Murder in G Major (click here). Author: Alexia Gordon Copyright: July 2017 (Henery Press) 238 pgs Series: 2nd in Gethsemane Brown Mystery series Sensuality: mild Mystery Sub-genre: Paranormal Cozy, Amateur Sleuth Main Character: Gethsemane Brown, African-American famed classical musician and conductor now ..read more
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Review - Murder at the Merton Library
Mysteries and My Musings
by A.F. Heart
1M ago
I have been a fan since the beginning, check out the prior reviews of books in the series. 1)  Murder on Swan Lake (review here)  2)  Murder at Halfmoon Gate (review here)   3)  Murder at Kensington Palace (review here)    4)  Murder at Queen's Landing (review here)  5)  Murder at Royal Botanic Gardens (review here)  6)  Murder at the Serpentine Bridge (review here)  Author interview (click here)  The author uses scientific inventions of the time period to base her stories on and this outing we have the race to invent ..read more
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Review - Murder at Midnight
Mysteries and My Musings
by A.F. Heart
1M ago
 If you have followed me for very long, you've probably noticed I tend to read a lot of historical mysteries.  The Lilly Adler series is one of my favorites (but honestly, I have so many favorites) and I'm sharing the fourth with you today.  Check out the previous reviews of this series I've done: 1) A Body in the Garden (click here)  2) Silence in the Library (click here)  3) Death at the Manor (click here)  Author: Katharine Schellman Copyright: Sept 2023 (Crooked Lane Books) 316 pgs Series: 4th in A Lilly Adler mystery series Sensuality: mild with adult situa ..read more
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Musings--2023 Book of the Year
Mysteries and My Musings
by A.F. Heart
1M ago
       I looked over the books I reviewed for 2023 by month and filtered it down to one standout book for 2023.  Many of the books I read were fun and entertaining, but this book stayed with me well after I finished it in August.  I found myself recommending it enthusiastically to anyone who would listen.  So I'm not surprised when using a bracket format that this is the title that rose to the top.  Doing this month-by-month book analysis showed a few months where I slacked in posting book reviews and I apologize for that.  This year I'll endeavor ..read more
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Review - Locked In Pursuit
Mysteries and My Musings
by A.F. Heart
1M ago
 World War II spy versus spy gets a woman hero who is complex and passionate in Electra McDonnell with plenty of thrills and a slow burn romance.  Check out the newest book in the series and how it measures up. 1)  A Peculiar Combination (click here) 2) Key to Deceit (click here) 3)  Playing it Safe (click here) Guest Post  (click here) Author: Ashley Weaver Copyright: May 2024 (Minotaur Books) 272 pgs Series: 4th in Electra McDonnell mystery series Sensuality: mild Mystery Sub-genre: Historical Cozy mystery, Cozy Intrigue Main Characters: Electra McDonnell, a safe-cr ..read more
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Musing - Sherlock Holmes vs Hercule Poirot
Mysteries and My Musings
by A.F. Heart
1M ago
 I'll admit up front I like these two detectives pretty much equally, so comparing them is a new thought for me.  I had to research quite a bit on both of these detectives because I'm not an expert on either in any way.  Let's see how it shapes up. Sherlock Holmes Overview:   Sherlock Holmes  is known for his deductive reasoning, focus on forensics, some action with disguises and even fighting, lacks much personal emotion, and is a cocaine user/addict.  He often referred to his brain as his “mind palace.”  According to the Guiness Book of Worl ..read more
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Review - Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Lord
Mysteries and My Musings
by A.F. Heart
1M ago
 Author Celeste Connally is an Agatha Award nominee, and a former freelance writer and editor.  This is a brand new historical mystery series and the debut sounds fascinating. It's being billed as "Bridgerton meets Agatha Christie." Let's take a trip back to the early 1800s London for an adventure. Author: Celeste Connally Copyright: Nov 2023 (Minotaur Books) 301 pgs Series: 1st in Lady Petra Inquires series Sensuality: moderate- era references to intimacy and period treatment of women Mystery Sub-genre: Historical Cozy, Amateur Sleuth Main Characters: Lady Petra Forsyth, 24yo ..read more
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Musings - Track Your Reading (and so much more)
Mysteries and My Musings
by A.F. Heart
2M ago
I have done a few posts of interest for a New Year prior that I'd like to share again: Create Family Reading Habits and Traditions   To Be Read Jar   I am on a few reading/book facebook groups and besides asking for book recommendations, many people ask how they can easily keep track of the books they've read.  What follows are ideas to answer such a question and although not exhaustive, I hope they are helpful and perhaps also fun. If you only need to track the basics like the following: Books to read (Notes to remember the many recommendations you get) Books ..read more
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