Discovering New Mystery Series

Always keen to find new book gems, I tend to devour a series or author once discovered, our children also have the same passionate approach to reading. This week I discovered a couple of  new mystery series, one of which was a pleasant read, the other was a little too slow.

Murder on the Half Shelf – Lorna Barrett
Tricia Miles the main character is the owner of ‘Haven’t Got A Clue’, a mystery bookstore in Stoneham, New Hampshire, America. She is an amateur sleuth and embarks upon solving yet another mystery, this one involves a long ago lover whom she thought dead.
Characters sprinkled throughout the book include Tricia’s selfish sister, her spineless boyfriend the local sheriff and her sweet employees.  This would be labeled a cozy mystery, not a ‘must have’ but a pleasant read.

The Jade del Cameron mysteries are set in Colonial Africa immediately after the Great War.  Jade is an independent woman, smart and tough. In the debut novel Mark of the Lion Jade sets out for Africa to investigate the death of her almost fiancee’s father and to find his missing brother. A mystery, adventure series that had the potential to be terrific with an intriguing heroine, plenty of interesting characters and a unique background but sadly I found it too slow in many places.  I ended up skimming the book as well as its sequel Stalking Ivory.
Though I did find it a fascinating glimpse into the impact World War had on changing the roles of women and class within society. Reminded me in this respect of other British mystery heroines of this time period.

Linking up at Housewifespice for What We’re Reading Wednesday

4 thoughts on “Discovering New Mystery Series

  • February 6, 2014 at 11:07 am

    They both sound quite interesting.I haven't had a chance to read a book for awhile, but am hoping to get stuck into The Book Thief soon.

  • February 6, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Hoping to read the book thief this week, on my bedside table:) I'm always reading, like breathing, I just have too:) Also reading Kate Morton's Distant Hours atm

  • February 7, 2014 at 2:57 am

    I've discovered Elin Hilderbrand. She is my new 'guilty' indulgence – pure fodder, but so enjoyable. x

  • February 28, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Will have to check her out, thanks


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