Sunday, December 29, 2013

Heirs and Graces (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #7)Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My latest in this series is just as much fun as the first and all in-between. Royals, sassiness, murder, and just plain fun! If you've not read or listened to any of them, you REALLY don't know what you are missing! It's light and fun and you're gonna love the characters as much as the story!

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Great! A new series by Rhys Bowen

Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries #1)Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Murphy's Law is a perfect title as anything that can go amiss for Molly Murphy, does to this listener's enjoyment as I awaited her escapes and new predicaments as she bewitches a young police captain (second generation Irish lad...of course) and solves the crime. As I like a feisty, bright, inquiring heroine involved in murder mysteries, this was a good fit.

Nicola Barber's narration also worked for me as she brought all the characters to life.

What's also grand is the fact that there are several books in the series being brought to at the same time so I don't have to wait what always seems to be an "eternity" for the next in the series to come out! Now all I need to do is make sure I stuff some other good novels in-between so I don't quickly get to the end of the series only to be faced with the "eternity" problem!

If you've not enjoyed her Royal Spyness Mystery series, you could (and should) get stuck into this other series of hers! If you, like I, have, you will find find equal pleasure in the Molly Murphy series if this is any example!

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Friday, December 6, 2013

She got me again!

Etiquette & Espionage | [Gail Carriger]

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)
by Gail Carriger
Narrated by Moira Quirk

Now I am waiting anxiously for the next book in this new series to appear on and the ones thereafter! This may be written for teenagers but this little old lady (DH, too) are real fans of Gail Carringer! There is lots of wit and fun in her writing with a narrator who only adds zest to her words. My only problem is I don't want to turn off the book to go to sleep!

In this new series a "proper" English mother is at her wits end dealing with her most unlady like 14 year old daughter who starts the story by falling out of the dumb waiter causing a dessert to plop over the rug and a lady visitor. It's the final straw! She jumps at the visitor's recommendation to send the child off to "finishing school"...IMMEDIATELY! Next thing, the head of the school appears to whisk her away. The trip to the school is eventful when they are attacked. But they make it to the school...which is floating above them. Even more startling is finding out the curriculum  includes spy training as well deportment and all the other things a proper young woman should now to become a proper English wife and mother.

I highly recommend you fix yourself a "cuppa", find a comfy chair, and settle in for a fun listen as knit or shell peas or whatever. You might want to close the door from others so you don't have to explain the silly facial smile or the emission of occasional giggles!