More December books.
I enjoyed the first three books in this series about a female photographer who has inherited the studio of her mentor, but who needs to pretend he still lives because her clientele remain leery of a woman as a photographer.
The first book (Snap Shot) introduces Julia McAllister, who takes normal photographs, including some of the recent dead, a Victorian custom, but is supplementing her income with risqué pictures. First one, then another of her models are murdered, and Julia comes under suspicion. Her knowledge of Alphonse Bertillion and his use of photography to solve crimes.
I liked this use of a female photographer and the inclusion of the first uses of crime scene photography and liked the first books.
Unfortunately for me, Dead Drop did not live up to what I was expecting. The book seemed to have lacked something with the traveling "wild west show." Disappointing, but hope the next book will be better.
None of the covers have much to do with the contents.
Historical Mystery. Dec., 2021.
Every once in a while, I enjoy a cozy, and I did find The Marlow Murder Club fun, in large part because the main character is 77, wears a cape, and loves good whiskey. :)
I'm drawn to older eccentric protagonists and Judith Potts fits the description. Having introduced the characters and setting, this new series has the potential, but isn't quite there.
NetGalley/Poisoned Pen Press
Cozy Mystery. Jan. 7, 2021. Print length: 340 pages.
Jeff Wheeler has written a number of series in related kingdoms and worlds: Muirwood, Mirrowen, and Kingfountain, and I've read and enjoyed many of these series. The Kingfountain books are a mixture of alternate history, fantasy, and excellent story telling.
Fates Ransom is the fourth and final book in the First Argentine series and is set in Kingfountain.
My favorite is The Queen's Poisoner, the first in the six book Kingfountain series, but each series is full of great characters and exciting adventures and each book is hard to put down. Wheeler's characters have depth--he excels at creating the kind of characters that the readers want to know more about.
I recommend starting with The Queen's Poisoner to become acquainted with the kingdom and see if you might become as addicted to Wheeler's books as I've become.
Fantasy. Jan. 4, 2022.