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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Hit and Miss

The first and third novels are to my taste, the second, not so much... it's a bit too wishy-washy. But I won't decry it, it's a personal opinion.

As for Lord Rothesby, he was nonexistent in the last novel, so I have no idea what his influence actually was, but I liked his character.

Finally. The editing (or production) for the third story was lacking. On too many occasions the narrative was pieced together poorly, so sentences were repeated. It didn't overly spoil the story, but it was tedious.

On the whole, I enjoyed this series, I shall certainly seek out more, but it's not a do or die read - I could take it or leave it!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Gemma Rose - <sigh>

I can't explicitly explain why Gemma Rose rubs me up the wrong way sometimes, because the example I would give is a spoiler. However, why, when Devlin goes to the trouble to detail exactly what needs to be done before a suspect is confronted, does she Immediately go and confront said subject!!! Sigh. It's irritating and extremely annoying!

A great plot, but an annoying central character on occasion.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

A great introduction

I found this a great introduction to the authors. I wondered if one or both of them are American, because we English don't say 'diapers' we say 'nappies'!

However I found the eldest daughter tedious, there was absolutely nothing to admire about her really (in my opinion). But that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the series - I look forward to reading more by the authors because I enjoy the genre made famous for me by Georgette Heyer.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-18

Hard to get my head around.

I find it hard to marry the English diffidence of Gemma Rose and her rambunctious attitude to getting information. So, sometimes I just want to shot out that this is the 21st century and that her missish ways just aren't credible for someone who has lived for 8 years across several continents in a 'high powered' environment.

In my opinion it makes her less credible! However the stories are very interesting, even if she isn't.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Potentially Good Story - Told Badly

The premise to this is great. The narration is ok. But the way the story is written is so unappealing to me. If there has been comparisons to Lee Child. They should be ignored. This author is currently not as good as Lee Child, he has the potential but he's not there yet. For example, it won't take you long to surmise who the bad guy is. That's a shame, because it then highlights all the 'errors' that you feel are being made.

Also, I really could feel no empathy for the teenager! None at all. So I really only cared about what happened to Seth... I really liked him, even though I thought that some elements of his thought process were irritating!

Finally - for now - the author did something that I associated with Tom Clancy in his earlier novels, but instead of guns, it was speaker boxes. I found it tedious. And unnecessary.

Notwithstanding all of this, I stayed the course. The last 4 chapters are good. Not brilliant, but worth hearing.
So, I hope that he gets better, I shall keep following him, it may be worth it some day!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I Did NOT See That Coming!

The blurb on the back will lead you to believe that this is your typical Miss Dortune tale. It is not! Yes it has its typical Gertie howlers, but the story is complex and engrossing and quire complicated.

You will enjoy it!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Walking the Gator like a dog...

That's about all you need to know about this book. If you're a fan of the Miss Fortune series, you will know exactly was doing that! So I need tell you no more, because you won't believe me anyway!

Hurry up! Buy it! Enjoy!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Quite Ordinary

I read a few of the reviews before purchasing this - not that I needed to be convinced, I enjoy every story. However, these 3 felt a bit 'ordinary', not fully fleshed out and in the first one, hardly credible.

As for the other 2, I don't know if it is me, but they had more of a short story, hurriedly finished, feel about them. The last one - who set the fire? The second one - (well I can't ask that question without spoiling the tale). Normally, there's more to the narrative, but not on this occasion.

A couple of reviews said something about Jack and Sarah's burgeoning relationship! I didn't see it! I could be wrong, but it just didn't seem that anything extraordinary was going on. Time will tell. But I would say: "Move along now. Nothing to see here."

If you're already a Cherringham fan, this is still good value for money. But it's just, ordinary.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Gossip Kills

J. D Robb never disappoints! If this is your first encounter with Eve Dallas, you're way too late and can't start here - even though this book is both interesting and intriguing.

I love the forays into the etymology of a word! You don't question it yourself until that moment. Definitely a 'page turner', Susan Ericksen is a fantastic narrator, doing the accents and the genders perfectly!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-18

Enjoyable Romp - Not Perfect But Passable

I enjoy this genre of fiction, so it was nice to discover this series. However the narrator's depiction of Lady Amanda is quite grating and requires getting used to. The inspector is foolish and therefore implausible and the story could have done with a little bit of tidying about the crime. However, I shall persevere.

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