Book was gifted by NetGalley for review.
Julia Bonatti is an astrologer that has a life she has always wanted, the perfect place to live, a job she loves and great friends, but Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle is about to turn all that upside down. When Julia answers a letter from her Zodia newspaper column about the Prophet cult her life becomes one of a moving target. The Prophet’s followers attack her home, her business and friends. She tries to get the authorities to help, but they seem to be either bought and paid for by the Reverend or do not want to suffer the wrath of him if they go against him.
If that was not bad enough, a friend of Julia’s, Dorothy is having issues with her two elderly aunts who she cares for. Evandra seems hell bent on accusing her niece of trying to kill her and Eunice wants to move to the Prophets Paradise. Julia checks the astrological charts for all of them and it does not look good. When the elderly gardener dies under mysterious circumstances, things go from bad to worse.
Will Julia be able to help her friend and her aunts or will Mercury weave it’s madness and leave a trail of destruction?
I have to admit the reason I requested this book from NetGalley was the cover, being a cat person I loved the cover and wanted to find out what the story was about. I have never read a cozy mystery either, so it had two things in its favour before I had even started. As an introduction to the cozy mystery genre I was very impressed. The story itself was very engaging, with believable characters. Being a person who is interested in all things to do with spirituality and the such, I found the seance scene really well written, I was a bit disappointed that it did not go a bit longer as it would have been interesting to know for sure if the psychic had in fact contacted Lily for sure. Another part of the story that had me totally enthralled was when Julia went in search of Eunice. There is enough of a “who done it” aspect to keep you guessing till the very end. I had my own theory on who it as and was quite surprised when the culprit was revealed.
If you love cozy mysteries, then you might want to check out this delightfully tale.
I won this book as part of a Goodreads “First Reads” Give Away.
Violet left her grandfather’s home years ago when he threw her out in a fit of rage, but now, the grandfather has passed away and left her the old homestead. She has returned to the town where she grew up and to people that affected her past… Mac McKellan is one memory that she had forgotten about, but it appears that Mac had never forgotten her. Violet settles back into life in the country getting her life and business in order when out of the blue the mother of her childhood sweetheart calls her with a desperate plea, to help organise the wedding of the her son Jason, the man who destroyed any thoughts of loving any man ever again. Can Violet forget the past and see a new future for herself and her daughter Holly? Will Mac’s brother Jason, the man who broke a Violet’s heart, break it all over again, or, will love eventually find its true path?
This is the first book I have read by Nicole and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised by it. There is not one thing that I can fault about the story at all, other than it ended way too soon. The book as a whole is the perfect package, there is romance, a bit of mystery and a hell of a lot of action especially when Jason’s fiancée comes to town throwing orders around. That woman in my opinion got off very lightly, I do not want to give anything away, but she deserved more than she got. I found all the characters very believable and easy to relate to. It may look like your average boy loves girl and tries to win her heart romance, but, there are so many different things going on that it rises above average romance novel and becomes a firm favourite in the hearts of fans of the romance genre.
The bad boy of Pride and Prejudice finally tells his side of this most famous of tales and what a side he has to tell. Brought up by a mother who has only his best interests at heart, but those interests are to get her son in a position in life that she missed out on. One that would see him married to a rich wife and have a high standing in society. Despite his mother’s plan Wickham, has other ideas.
Wickham wishes to have all the things in life that his childhood friend Fitzwilliam Darcy has had the privilege of enjoying but instead of working hard and take on the employment that was granted to him by Darcy’s father, Wickham moves through life living off the generosity of others until their generosity runs out, then, he moves onto his next pursuit. He is the worst kind of scoundrel, one that tries to gain the pity of others through lies and deceit.
Amanda Grange takes us on another interesting inside look at the characters of Pride and Prejudice. Once again captures the very heart and soul of those characters that have become like a family to those that love Jane and her books. The writing is flawless, flows wonderfully and is very Austen in its delivery. Grange writes such a convincing tale of Wickham that you could be forgiven for thinking this book was a prequel to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen herself.