Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
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Books Read and Listened To Part Two

Second batch, and then I'll be almost caught up on reviews again.

Strong Poison
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Published by New English Library Ltd
Audio book
ISBN 9780450013928

Can Lord Peter Wimsey prove that Harriet Vane is not guilty of murder - or find the real poisoner in time to save her from the gallows? Impossible, it seems. The Crown's case is watertight. The police are adamant that the right person is on trial. The judge's summing-up is also clear. Harriet Vane is guilty of the killing her lover. And Harriet Vane shall hang. But the jury disagrees.

This was a lot of fun. I like Harriet, but I like Miss Climpson and her ladies even more. Lots of twists and turns and a thoroughly satisfying conclusion.

Have His Carcase
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Published by Hodder Paperback
Print book
ISBN 9780450027123

A young woman falls asleep on a deserted beach and wakes to discover the body of a man whose throat has been slashed from ear to ear ...The young woman is the celebrated detective novelist Harriet Vane, once again drawn against her will into a murder investigation in which she herself could be a suspect. Lord Peter Wimsey is only too eager to help her clear her name.


This was a reasonable enough mystery, but I got bogged down a little when the investgation started to focus on codebreaking. A complex little story, but not a favourite.

Gaudy Night
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Published by New English Library Ltd
Audio book
ISBN 9780450021541

Harriet Vane has never dared to return to her old Oxford college. Now, despite her scandalous life, she has been summoned back ...At first she thinks her worst fears have been fulfilled, as she encounters obscene graffiti, poison pen letters and a disgusting effigy when she arrives at sedate Shrewsbury College for the 'Gaudy' celebrations. But soon, Harriet realises that she is not the only target of this murderous malice - and asks Lord Peter Wimsey to help.

This one was far more fun, and I loved the characters, even though I worked the mystery out quite early on and found some of the final exposition a little excessive.

The Highest Price to Pay
by Maisey Yates
Published by Mills & Boon
Print book
ISBN 9780263886825

'While it has been reported that I may be missing my own soul, I have no interest in yours. This is about money.' When Ella's failing business comes wrapped up as part of Blaise Chevalier's recent takeover, he plans to discard it - as is his usual way with surplus goods. Then he meets Ella! Cast from the same fiery mould as he is, she makes an intriguing adversary. Perhaps he could have a little fun with his new acquisition...As proud and strong as she is beautiful, Ella is determined to prove Blaise wrong about her business and her worth. As long as she hides her hint of vulnerability and denies the flicker of attraction between them when she catches her enemy's eye...


I picked this one up thanks to a review on The Good the Bad and the Unread which gave a far better description than the official blurb, or even the cover. Ella has scars, some of which she displays to the world, while wearing dresses she has designed, but most are hidden: both the physical ones and the emotional damage from the physical damage, its cause and its after effects. Blaise, meanwhile, has madesome morally questionable decisions in the past and gone on to regret them. So lots of sources of conflict, which are mostly dealt with well, although wrapped up a little hurriedly at the end. Another author I want to read more from.

A Most Improper Magick
by Stephanie Burgis
Published by Templar Publishing
Print book
ISBN 9781848770072

"I was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy, and set off to save my family from impending ruin.

"I made it almost to the end of my front garden..."

Magic may be the greatest scandal in Regency England. But that's not going to stop Kat Stephenson when there are highwaymen to foil, sinister aristocrats to defeat...and true loves to capture for her two older sisters.


I love the opening to this book, and mostly it delivered on its promises. However, it did get bogged down a little in the middle, and by the end I still wasn't entirely certain whose side I was on. I'll have a look at whether the sequel is in the library system, but I won't be rushing to borrow it.
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