This was such a fun historical mystery! I love that this features characters from Jane Austin’s novels reimagined as spies!
This is the third book in The Secret Life of Mary Bennet series, but it can absolutely be read as a standalone. I loved the mix of mystery and romance and all the relationships between the characters. I really enjoyed Mary as a spy. I thought she was quite fun!
The Pickwick Murders is a retelling of the Charles Dickens story, The Pickwick Papers. I haven’t read the original, so this was a new story for me. Set in the early 1800’s, this was a fun historical cozy mystery. I enjoyed the fiancée, Kate in this story. She is a strong female character, and has to use a variety of tools in her belt to figure out what is happening!
A woman helping women kill their husbands in the 1790s through her apothecary shop? That got my attention! I loved the way this story was told through present and past day! It was a beautifully written, gripping novel that I thoroughly enjoyed!
The two characters we are focused on are Nella in the 1790s and Caroline in the present day. Nella is using her apothecary shop to help women kill their husbands with poisons. She has very strict morals about this killing. It must always be men, never women. She will destroy potions and refuse service to any request that has the intent to harm another woman. I really enjoyed her character. She was smart and resourceful, but also emotionally wounded, creating a character that I was deeply invested in.
There are just some authors that can drop you into a historical timeline with such ease that you feel like you were born there. Kari Bovee is one of those authors. She has a gift for storytelling that leaves the reader always wanting more of her stories!
Bones of the Redeemed takes place in 1950’s New Mexico. Ruby Delgado, an archaeology grad student stumbles across a buried pile of bodies that clearly do not belong at the dig site. She knows something is not right, but as she digs deeper, it seems that what she uncovers is dangerous, and no one believes her. She might just be the only person willing to save the town, but can she stay safe while doing it?
I absolutely loved that this book was about Annie Oakley! I think she is such an interesting person, and having this fun mystery series with her in the center is awesome!!
This plot was fast-paced and easy to jump right into! I appreciated that I was able to fall right into the story without any confusion because this is the 4th book in the series. I was a bit worried that I’d be lost and need to read the first three, but that was not the case. This is an easy stand-alone! However, I now need to go back and read the other three books!!