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Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« Reply #125 on: April 14, 2018, 08:24:47 am »
I am trying to keep up with this thread. So many good suggestions. I picked up the Captain Lacey volumes for only 99 cents. The others seem to be too expensive at this point, but I will keep my eyes open.

Thank you for the link and the find! I just bought it. I havent read any of her work so Im looking forward to it.
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    Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
    « Reply #126 on: April 14, 2018, 08:33:07 am »
    Another entry in historical mysteries was recommended to me today.  One of the reviewers describes it as a "cozy historical".  For the price ($1.99) I am going to add it to the TBR pile.



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    « Reply #127 on: April 25, 2018, 01:21:05 pm »
    I am not amused. I just had a long post typed up and got wiped out by a power blip during thunderstorm. My batter backup on that main computer is apparently out of battery. Hmpf.

    Now on laptop.

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    17th in that series. Its fast losing its luster for me. Started a few books back. Its more and more like cozy now, but with not so great mystery anymore. They used to be much better in the early books. This was so obvious. Also lots of repetition that feels like filler. Characters tell the next character something and then they tell the next and on and on. So as the reader, I hear the same thing like 5 times, over and over. Got tedious.
    I'll still finish the series, 4 more to go, so at least I get caught up with something. But I am not rushing to the next one. Oh well. It wasn't really my favorite to start with, but certainly it was much better early on. Characters seem all a bit muted. Not sure how to put it. They are less complete now, just seems not as carefully written. I am no good with terms. More fluff I guess and especially Frank isn't the same person anymore as he used to be. All seem a bit more shallow and not as fleshed out.

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    « Reply #128 on: May 06, 2018, 08:14:28 pm »
    Reading the, what is it now, 10th in the CS Harris series.

    I just love this series so much I am going to curl up in a ball when I am caught up. I am not even kidding. I have not find a HM that comes even close to this one.

    There are lots of heads so far. Really old heads. Decomposed heads. Heads everywhere. Heads abound.  :P

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    « Reply #129 on: May 07, 2018, 03:37:06 am »
    Reading the, what is it now, 10th in the CS Harris series.

    I just love this series so much I am going to curl up in a ball when I am caught up. I am not even kidding. I have not find a HM that comes even close to this one.

    There are lots of heads so far. Really old heads. Decomposed heads. Heads everywhere. Heads abound.  :P

    I bought the first one of those back in 2014. Guess I should get started . . . . . :D
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    « Reply #130 on: May 07, 2018, 04:27:23 pm »
    I bought the first one of those back in 2014. Guess I should get started . . . . . :D
    Oh yes you should. And then you start panicking because you can't find anything else as good as that series out there.  ;D
    Its why I kept reading them so sloooooooooooooooooow. And now I will read the last 4 in a row as its otherwise so hard to keep up with some of the details that happen in older books. :-X

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    « Reply #131 on: May 07, 2018, 04:35:57 pm »
    Agree with you in spades on both Harris and Thompson, Atunah. Sorry the Victoria Thompson's finally wore thin for you. As you know, I abandoned them quite a while back. Whether it's the stable lad turning into a duke in Regencies or the Irish cop turning into a millionaire in books like Thompson's, it doesn't work for me.
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    « Reply #132 on: May 07, 2018, 04:44:28 pm »
    Agree with you in spades on both Harris and Thompson, Atunah. Sorry the Victoria Thompson's finally wore thin for you. As you know, I abandoned them quite a while back. Whether it's the stable lad turning into a duke in Regencies or the Irish cop turning into a millionaire in books like Thompson's, it doesn't work for me.
    Sometimes I let a lot of stuff slide. It depends on what else is going on. But I guess in a series that keeps going, you notice changes in characters and stuff that just isn't what it was anymore. I am probably still going further in some stuff than I should. In a standalone HR, I can buy some stuff, knowing its eyerolling if I like the overall story, or emotion. A series is a bit harder to take.

    I am just desperate to find other series, especially long ones. Cause once I am done with Harris, I don't know what I'll do.  :-X

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    « Reply #133 on: May 07, 2018, 05:48:05 pm »
    Sometimes I let a lot of stuff slide. It depends on what else is going on.

    If I didn't let some stupid stuff slide, I'd never have anything to read - and that's only counting what I know is stupid, which is mostly horse and dog stuff. I did give up on a mystery series recently when after ignoring a lot already, it said dogs had no eyelids. Enough!

    Long ago I read something that said traditional publishing houses had editors who checked manuscripts for accuracy. If an author described a certain uniform as blue with brass buttons, the editor would check and make sure that uniform was really like that. Obviously that kind of checking fell by the wayside long ago. I even know of a successful author who on his blog recommends that if authors don't know something, they just make it up and keep writing. His theory is that not enough people will know the truth and be upset to matter. Sadly he's probably right and his way is obviously the modern way, but you'd think if you didn't know squat about dogs, you'd either (a) not write a book featuring a police dog, or (b) get someone who does know dogs to read your draft. And do the same for other things you have no knowledge about.
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    « Reply #134 on: May 07, 2018, 05:57:35 pm »
    Make stuff up and keep writing. Groans. If it was about horses, I wouldn't know anything so they could make up stuff, if its believable, and I wouldn't know the difference. I guess that is what they are counting on. But I like to be able to trust what I read and that it has at least a respectable level of research. Eyes on it that know of a subject even if the author doesn't. Is that really too much to ask? Maybe I just need to stick with older stuff from publishers when they still checked that stuff?  :P

    Thing is, it takes quite a bit to get me off a book. I mean I might look something up after reading it in a book because I want to know more, but I wouldn't know all the details, or maybe even bigger events otherwise. So I do have to trust the books and the authors and the publishers in that way. But overall I can still enjoy a lot even with things like that. If something is a page turner and I really like the characters and I get all the feels, I guess its done its job with me in the end. As long as I don't find out about the big booboos.

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    « Reply #135 on: May 08, 2018, 11:27:16 am »
    But I like to be able to trust what I read and that it has at least a respectable level of research.

    That's the problem, at least for me. Once my trust is blown on a subject I know about, I don't trust anything from that source on subjects I don't know about. Some years back when the Amazon forums were still flourishing I saw a post by a reader who said she learned her history from historical romances, and I shuddered. It's sad that history is no longer taught, at least in U.S. schools, and even sadder that people rely on such unreliable sources.

    I've long known, Atunah, from posts here that you are a more - hmm not sure the word - constant? loyal? reader than I am. The older I get, the less it takes to put me off a book, a series, an author. I'll forgive a lot for a good story, but too many stories are borderline for me, so anything at all and I'm off to something else. I've forgiven C.S. Harris for some really stupid stuff like dogs sweating, but as you say, very few are in her class.
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    « Reply #136 on: May 08, 2018, 11:59:20 am »
    That's the problem, at least for me. Once my trust is blown on a subject I know about, I don't trust anything from that source on subjects I don't know about. Some years back when the Amazon forums were still flourishing I saw a post by a reader who said she learned her history from historical romances, and I shuddered. It's sad that history is no longer taught, at least in U.S. schools, and even sadder that people rely on such unreliable sources.

    I've long known, Atunah, from posts here that you are a more - hmm not sure the word - constant? loyal? reader than I am. The older I get, the less it takes to put me off a book, a series, an author. I'll forgive a lot for a good story, but too many stories are borderline for me, so anything at all and I'm off to something else. I've forgiven C.S. Harris for some really stupid stuff like dogs sweating, but as you say, very few are in her class.
    I think the word is stubborn.  ;D. I have changed a bit though too on that front. I have more dnf books that I ever had. Even though its not many, there used to be pretty much none. I think as times goes on it will get more and more. Although I have read more "older" stuff overall, rather than try new HR authors and books. I think that saves me some grumbling. With historial mysteries, there isn't as much so i have to take what I can get. Maybe we can clone Harris so she can write a few other series like that, maybe set in different periods.  8)

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    « Reply #137 on: May 10, 2018, 06:47:35 am »
    I think the word is stubborn.  ;D. I have changed a bit though too on that front. I have more dnf books that I ever had. Even though its not many, there used to be pretty much none. I think as times goes on it will get more and more. Although I have read more "older" stuff overall, rather than try new HR authors and books. I think that saves me some grumbling. With historial mysteries, there isn't as much so i have to take what I can get. Maybe we can clone Harris so she can write a few other series like that, maybe set in different periods.  8)

    Ellenoc and Atunah, you both have hit a chord with me. I have gone from never, ever not finishing a book to deleting it from my kindle (unfinished) the minute I realize I've become bored or find myself disliking the main characters. I feel a little bad that I've spent money on a book and am not reading it, but not bad enough to force myself to finish. I think it is a combination of being older and realizing time is too precious to waste, and having several hundred books on my TBR list that I could be reading instead of reading something I am not enjoying. I have even (horrors!) not finished a couple of new books by some of my very favorite 'automatic buy' authors whose quality of writing seems to be seriously slipping....maybe because they are trying too hard to crank out a new title several times a year. I have almost stopped automatically buying new titles now from authors I have loved. Instead I read the blurb and a few reviews and if the plot is an old trope that turns me off, I take a pass. I guess I am becoming harder to please in my old age.

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    « Reply #138 on: June 05, 2018, 06:38:03 pm »
    If these have already been mentioned in this thread, just ignore me, but I don't remember them and found them in a different way.

    I just finished a pretty good historical mystery by D.M. Quincy, Murder in Mayfair. It has a romantic thread to the story, but wouldn't qualify as a romance. It's one of two in the series available currently (haven't read the second, so maybe it wraps things up, but somehow I doubt it). Set in 1810, London and close by. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRZ3V3F/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

    Before that I read Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence. Set in Edinburgh in 1880s. It was okay. I'll try the 2d one of these when it comes out (only on pre-order now), but how I feel about the 2d will determine whether I'll read any more. It's mystery only, nothing romantic. In fact the hero avoids women. He's my problem with the book. He's kind of a jerk, so will have to see if he improves.

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    « Reply #139 on: June 05, 2018, 06:58:18 pm »
    Ellen . . . I have both of those; read the first and enjoyed it but haven't gotten to the other one yet.

    sigh! so many books, so little time! :o
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    « Reply #140 on: June 06, 2018, 12:43:32 pm »
    If these have already been mentioned in this thread, just ignore me, but I don't remember them and found them in a different way.

    I just finished a pretty good historical mystery by D.M. Quincy, Murder in Mayfair. It has a romantic thread to the story, but wouldn't qualify as a romance. It's one of two in the series available currently (haven't read the second, so maybe it wraps things up, but somehow I doubt it). Set in 1810, London and close by. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRZ3V3F/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

    Before that I read Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence. Set in Edinburgh in 1880s. It was okay. I'll try the 2d one of these when it comes out (only on pre-order now), but how I feel about the 2d will determine whether I'll read any more. It's mystery only, nothing romantic. In fact the hero avoids women. He's my problem with the book. He's kind of a jerk, so will have to see if he improves.

    https://www.amazon.com/Edinburgh-Twilight-Hamilton-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B06X3V28MX/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1528248989&sr=1-1&keywords=edinburgh+twilight
    Always happy to hear your recs on HM. I think I put the Quincy one on a wishlist some time back and then promptly it fell out of my brain. Sigh. Never heard of the other one, I'll wait until you read the 2nd to see.

    I am reading the 2nd in the Andrea Penrose series right now.

    Liking them, liked the first. Not sure if they'll ever go to a romance here, maybe. Nothing at the moment though other than friendship and working together. Well, maybe a few slight signs of something further down. But he's a lord and she's who knows what. Still lots of seeeeecrets.  ;D

    Ellen . . . I have both of those; read the first and enjoyed it but haven't gotten to the other one yet.

    sigh! so many books, so little time! :o
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    « Reply #141 on: June 06, 2018, 05:36:09 pm »
    Don't we all have that tshirt by now?  ;D

    I actually do have that on sweatshirt -- or at least used to.

    Will have to check out that Andrea Penrose series -- looks like it's in Overdrive, but not in any of *my* libraries. :(
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    « Reply #142 on: June 19, 2018, 04:18:53 am »
    As the Penrose books looked quite good, but I wasn't sure I wanted to spend $10 to try the first one, I asked if my local library could get them in their eBook collection. And they did! So I'm now on the wait list for . Woo Hoo!
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    « Reply #143 on: June 19, 2018, 08:44:04 am »
    As the Penrose books looked quite good, but I wasn't sure I wanted to spend $10 to try the first one, I asked if my local library could get them in their eBook collection. And they did! So I'm now on the wait list for . Woo Hoo!
    Yay. My library is pretty good with getting recs I make. More so if they are historical mysteries. They don't get me everything when it comes to HR.

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    « Reply #144 on: June 19, 2018, 09:25:21 am »
    Yay. My library is pretty good with getting recs I make. More so if they are historical mysteries. They don't get me everything when it comes to HR.

    Mine's been hit or miss. I guess they've gotten most that I've requested, but certainly not all. I don't do it all that often and I haven't kept close track.
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    « Reply #145 on: June 19, 2018, 09:40:24 am »
    OK, I'll read it, because it's available and my holds are filled in both of my libraries and I don't see any books coming any time soon!

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    « Reply #146 on: June 23, 2018, 08:31:15 am »
    Always happy to hear your recs on HM. I think I put the Quincy one on a wishlist some time back and then promptly it fell out of my brain. Sigh. Never heard of the other one, I'll wait until you read the 2nd to see.

    I am reading the 2nd in the Andrea Penrose series right now.
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    Not sure if they'll ever go to a romance
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     she's who knows what
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    Hey! Is that a spoiler? ;)

    There's too many vibes in this book for it not to have a HEA. OK, so maybe by book #3? Looking forward to more of her misteerious background because you know she has one.

    Almost done the first book, will have to wait to put the second one on hold when a hold opens up!

    Thanks for the rec (I hadn't visited this thread)!

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    « Reply #147 on: June 25, 2018, 01:36:25 pm »
    I liked the Miss Fisher books but got a little bored with Daisy Dalrymple. Going to be looking out for a lot of the books mentioned in this subject. Love an historical romance but if there's murder thrown in it's even better.x
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    « Reply #148 on: July 18, 2018, 05:01:33 pm »
    I started:



    and was hooked from the duel scene at the start.  It's been a while since that happened.  Thanks for the rec.

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    « Reply #149 on: August 12, 2018, 12:05:32 pm »
    I started:



    and was hooked from the duel scene at the start.  It's been a while since that happened.  Thanks for the rec.
    OMG I want to start again, but without memory of the first reading.  :P My absolute favorite of historical mysteries. I am pacing myself at this point, I only have like 3 to go I think. Or 2. Have to check. Sublime.

    Here is a sale on the 2nd in the Lady Sherlock series. I love this series also. Its 1.99 for the 2nd. First is still 9.99. There is a 3rd coming out at some point. Sorry, I can't pull up the kindle version for some reason. Just audible.


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