Sunday, July 21, 2024

Stacking the Shelves #31


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Reading Reality. It's a place to showcase any books I have purchased, borrowed, or been lucky enough to have been given an advance copy of. Hope you find something that looks interesting to you or that makes you remember a favorite book you need to finish. Enjoy your reading this week!

This book is part of a series called Mamur Zapt Mysteries. I plan to read book one soon but this one was on sale this week. The author, Michael Pearce was born in Egypt in 1933 and he uses Cairo as the setting for this series. I found the premise so interesting when I researched it. The Mamur Zapt was the name for the special investigator of the British government in pre-World War Egypt. The protagonist of the novels is a Welshman who investigates the political more than the procedural and so the books focus on both aspects. This series looks very original and I hope to learn a lot too reading some of these mysteries! Not sure if they qualify as cozy though. 

This is just a beautiful cover and it really caught my eye. It's book one in the Miss Dido Kent series. The story takes place in 1805 and seems like a mystery that might be solved by a Jane Austen character. It was on sale and I snapped it up for 99 cents. Dido Kent is described as a "spinster aunt" who is called in to solve the crime and that sounds a lot like Miss Marple from Agatha Christie mysteries. 

Is it ever too early for Christmas books? Yes, I am on a definite mystery kick this year and this is one of my favorite new cozy series. It was available for a steal on Kindle and I can't wait to read and review it this winter. I will probably wait until November as there are so many books ahead of it to get to. I've read the first two books in the series and the unusual setting of Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka) is fascinating. 

The author really knows the time and place. It's the 1930's and Inspector DeSilva and his English born wife Jane live in the quaint fictional town of Nuala and are an adorable couple. These books will make you smile but also have just the right touch of suspense to make them a bit dark at times. I like that combination if things work out in the end!


Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Can't Wait Wednesday: The Gathering Storm by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (Book 36 of the Morland Dynasty)

For this week's Can't Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, I'm featuring, The Gathering Storm by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. This is the 36th book in the popular Morland Dynasty series started by Eagles in 1980. She said she wanted to teach others about the history of England in an interesting way with a family saga. I have read one of these books and would love to read them all. I was surprised to see it as there has been an 11 year gap in them. The last one she penned, The Phoenix, came out in 2013. This book continues with the life of Edward VIII and the fictional character of Polly Morland. I know those who have read and followed this series will be excited to see it continuing. Harrod-Eagles has written 100 books, including many historical, romance books. 

I hope you've found something you can't wait to read this week!

August 22, 2024

Historical Fiction

Description courtesy of Amazon

The eagerly-awaited return to the acclaimed Morland Dynasty series, and the 100th novel by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

England, 1936

The reign of Edward VIII has begun, but danger for the monarchy already looms on the horizon. At home in Morland Place, Polly Morland feels alone and abandoned, with her brother summoned to France by his old employer. James soon finds himself travelling to Russia, whereas Polly will voyage on the Queen Mary with New York - and a long-lost love - her destination. Soon the family are scattered to the four winds, from Hollywood to war-torn Spain.

Working for the Air Ministry on new fighter planes, Jack fears that his children are not taking the increasingly tense situation in Europe seriously enough. The nation is divided over which is the greater thread: Communist Russia, or Fascist Germany. As the storms of war gather, they will threaten to overwhelm the Morlands and destroy all that they have worked for...

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Covert in Cairo by Kelly Oliver: A Fiona Figg and Kitty Lane Mystery Book Two


Publication Date:

April 25, 2023


290 Pages


This was on my Summer 2024 list because its setting is Egypt. I love the cover too. This has just been a cozy mystery year for me. Due to some personal stress this last year these keep me lighthearted and are welcome at the end of a long, trying day. I especially enjoyed the setting of the pyramids, tombs, and Egyptian feel. So even though I hadn't read any other books in the series I started with this one for those reasons. 

Former nurse Fiona Figg and her young friend Kitty Lane are working undercover for the British Intelligence Office. Escorted by their companion, Captain Clifford Douglas, they travel to Egypt working from a tip left by the elusive spy Fredrick Fredricks (ridiculous name I know, but stick with me!). Soaking in the tourist vibe the girls and Clifford get to know some locals, and investigate a supposed plot to blow up the Suez Canal, although Fiona is unsure if this is a red herring planted by Fredricks to disguise an ulterior motive and keep her distracted. Fredricks seems to pop up everywhere unexpectedly and both Fiona and Kitty do not trust him. He seems to be working as both a German spy and possibly British Intelligence but who knows?