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Monday, September 29, 2014

Two Mysteries

Melancholy Manor by Ellie DeFarr is an interesting mystery that kind of turns things around as far as good guy/bad guy goes.  

The protagonist Hera Hunter is a private investigator, and when she feels it necessary, an executioner.  Her best friend is an art thief and her foster sister owns a brothel.  These are the good guys.  

The bad guys present a respectable facade, but engage in corruption and murder. 

I like the twisty reversal, the suspenseful plot, and the engaging characters.  We all root for those who cross the lines sometimes.  

Melancholy Manor is the 2nd in the Hera Hunter series, and I enjoyed it.

NetGalley/Amazon Digital Services

Mystery.  Sept. 6, 2014.  

The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton is an entertaining historical mystery set in Northumberland in 1809--a Regency Mystery, I suppose. 

An heiress disappears from a locked room, something strange prowls Hareshaw Woods, unhealthy sibling relationships, gypsies, and a very good detecting duo in Detective Stephen Lavender and  Constable Woods.

Good characterization and well-plotted, the novel is an interesting start to a new series.  I like the time period with the Bow Street connection and the characters.

Historic Mystery.  2014.  Print length:  270 pages.  


  1. The Heiress sounds like fun. I'll be looking for it at my library. :) Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Lark - I did enjoy The Heiress and look forward to more in this series.

    Melody - Oops, I inadvertently deleted your comment, but the art thief is an interesting minor character. She is even on the board of an art museum. :)

  3. I like the cover of Charlton's book. It sounds like a book with well developed atmosphere and characters.

    Melancholy Manor sounds good too--different.

  4. Wendy - Both were interesting mysteries and completely different in time and place!