The Shivering Sands
by Victoria Holt
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Ancient ruins. Family scandal. Forbidden love.
Caroline knows something is wrong. Her sister Roma has gone missing, and no one can tell her why. The only option is to go where Roma was last seen—an estate with a deadly history...
The Stacy family has lived off the Dover coast for generations, carefully navigating the treacherous quicksands nearby. But the sands aren't Caroline's biggest threat. Everyone here has a secret, especially enigmatic young heir Napier Stacy. No matter where Caroline turns, the ground she walks is dangerous. And the closer she comes to unraveling the truth, the closer she comes to sharing her sister's fate...
Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.
It Takes Two to Tangle
by Theresa Romain
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Wooing the Wrong Woman...
Henry Middlebrook is back from fighting Napoleon, ready to re-enter London society where he left it. Wounded and battle weary, he decides that the right wife is all he needs. Selecting the most desirable lady in the ton, Henry turns to her best friend and companion to help him with his suit...
Is a Terrible Mistake...
Young and beautiful, war widow Frances Whittier is no stranger to social intrigue. She finds Henry Middlebrook courageous and manly, unlike the foppish aristocrats she is used to, and is inspired to exercise her considerable wit on his behalf. But she may be too clever for her own good, and Frances discovers that she has set in motion a complicated train of events that’s only going to break her own heart...
To be reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.
A mind to murder
by P.D. James
Published by Faber & Faber Crime
A piercing scream, shattering the evening calm, brings Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh hurrying from his literary party to the nearby Steen Psychiatric Clinic, where he discovers the body of a woman sprawled on the basement floor, a chisel thrust through her heart. As Dalgliesh probes beneath the apparently unruffled calm of the clinic, he discovers that many an intrigue lies hidden behind the Georgian terrace's unassuming facade. Professionally, he has never known the taste of failure. Now, for the first time, he feels unsure of his own mastery as he battles to unmask a cool killer who is proving to be his intellectual equal, and who is poised to strike again.
A clever mystery, but I wasn't keen on Roy Marsden's narration on my audio. It felt too much as if he was reading from a text he was unfamiliar with.
Mr. Elkins and the Zombies of Elbert County
by Thom Adorney
Published by Untreed Reads
When John Bell tells his family that he saw zombies crossing their farm one October night, he asks them the keep it quiet so as to not cause a panic. But when his first daughter, Cecelia, draws a picture of the zombies in school, the cat’s out of the bag.
Now, some in the conservative little town want the little girl expelled. Some want to exploit the zombies for publicity. The media outlets catch wind of it and are in a feeding frenzy. All John wants is to keep the town from descending into chaos. One thing's for sure - when the townsfolk descend on the Bell household to see the zombies for themselves, they're going to get a lot more than they bargained for.
A cute little story, but I felt that it needed some expansion to increase the levels of horror, humour or both.
The Stranger Prince
by Margaret Irwin
Published by Chatto & Windus
Recounts the story of Rupert of the Rhine, nephew of King Charles I and brilliant soldier of the English Civil War, called the "Devil Prince," and who fell victim to an impossible love.
A fun historical romp that mainly served to whet my appetite for reading other biographies of Prince Rupert and his contemporaries. Fascinating background information, but I want to know more about what happened next.