Book Review: Conspirators’ Club

by Elena Jagar A Book Review by Jackie Houchin I thought CONSPIRATORS’ CLUB by Elena Jagar, would be a juvenile type mystery-adventure, but it is a true mystery with evil villains who have a history of violence, jewel theft, and blackmail. And the schoolmaster at the boarding school would make Cruella Deville look like a…

Book Review: Valued For Murder

by Victoria Tait A Book Review by Jackie Houchin VALUED FOR MURDER, another dive into the world of antiques and art, builds beautifully on Victoria Tait’s first book in the series, FAKE DEATH. (And also the prequel novella – HOUR IS COME – which the author is giving away free as backstory for her heroine, Dotty…

Book Review: One Summer In Monte Carlo

by Jennifer Bohnet, narrated by Julia Franklin An Audiobook review by Jackie Houchin   I enjoyed ONE SUMMER IN MONTE CARLO, especially having just visited the Principality in the last few weeks. Jennifer Bohnet brought the setting alive, particularly with the yachts in the harbor, and the set-up and anticipation of the Monaco Grand Prix…

Book Review: Auntie Poldi and the Vanishing Lions

By Mario Giordano A book review by Jackie Houchin Lists. This book has a lot of lists, short ones, and those that go on for pages, such as the one when Uncle Martino pontificates on an encyclopedia of things he knows while driving his nephew (the narrator) around the island of Sicily. Some lists are…

Book Review: Destination Unknown

By Agatha Christie A book review by Jackie Houchin DESTINATION UNKNOWN, formerly titled SO MANY STEPS, is an interesting read with an atmosphere of tension almost from the first page. A woman, flying from London to Casablanca in the throes of despair because of a recent humiliating divorce  and the sudden death of her young…

Book Review: Fake Death

by Victoria Tait a book review by Jackie Houchin Fake Death is the first book in Victoria Tait’s delightful Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series (after the prequel novella, Hour Is Come*). It’s set in the English countryside among quaint cottages, farms, and pubs. If you are thinking “Miss Marple” you are not far off. Dotty Sayers,…

Book Review: The Baker Street Letters

by Michael Robertson A mini book review by Jackie Houchin The Baker Street Letters, by Michael Robertson. What a fun, imaginative audiobook I’ve just finished! (6 hours, 19 minutes, Audible.com) A century later, and Sherlock Holmes still “seems” alive to quite a few people, who write to him about their unsolvable problems. Because the Heath…