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Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

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Publication Date: August 15, 2017

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and St. Martin’s Press

 

 

In this latest book from the Rosato and DiNunzio series, Mary DiNunzio is once again embroiled in neighborhood/family business. Mary gets embroiled in what appears to be a relatively straightforward discriminatory firing of a young man from the neighborhood who has a very sick child.

As the investigation begins DiNunzio soon realizes the complexities with which she is dealing. The actual case is complicated by the fact that the parent firm she intends to sue is owned by a large corporate conglomerate represented frequently by her partner Bennie Rosato. Before she can begin, internal legal and ethical issues must be resolved.

The characters from the South Philadelphia neighborhood are amusing as usual, and the new characters play their roles well. The storyline twists and turns with murder and danger lurking throughout the pages. The story is entertaining with its suspense, intrigue, and drama. A good light read!

This ARC copy was received from St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

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Publication Date: Nov 2016

St. Martin’s Press

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and St. Martin’s Press

 

Daisy Goodwin once again takes on a cast of historical characters in this novel set in England during the early 19th century. The novel details the early years of Queen Victoria’s ascendance to the throne of England as well as detailing some of her earlier years prior to becoming queen.

Alexandrina Victoria was a young woman who lived an extremely sheltered life guided by her single parent mother and her mother’s advisor, Sir John Conroy, a rather shifty individual who stood to gain much through his manipulations of Victoria and her mother. However upon gaining her crown, Alexandrina Victoria retitles herself as Queen Victoria and finds her own mentor in the form of Lord Melbourne.

The book portrays the Queen as having a less than discreet romantic interest in Melbourne; however, Melbourne treats her for the most part like his Queen in spite of his feelings for her as a female. The reality of the story is not really known, but Ms. Goodwin does a nice job of portraying Melbourne in a positive manner.

As Victoria gets a couple of years experience behind her and learns some difficult lessons along the way, she receives a visit from her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.  Her Uncle Leopold did his best to match make, and he eventually succeeds. Victoria marries Prince Albert in what will become a very strong love match.

The characters are dynamic and changing as they age and progress through the story. They are not always likeable, but generally always interesting. A fun read filled with historical data based on the real life of Queen Victoria, her family, and the political intrigues that followed her! A well written, interesting story!

This ARC copy was received from St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

Fortune HunterPublication Date: July 2014

St. Martin’s Press

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and St. Martin’s Press

 

Daisy Goodwin takes on a cast of interesting historical characters in this novel set in 1875 in Victorian England. The three primary characters in the novel are Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as “Sisi”, Charlotte Baird, and Bay Middleton. The three form a very complex love triangle in the story; and as in most love triangles, someone will get hurt. Interestingly enough, all three characters are based on real people.

 
The storyline is very loosely based on Sisi’s time in England hunting with the British upper crust. Several important events in Sisi’s life have been incorporated in to the tale, including her time hunting with Bay Middleton. As in all historical fiction, the character’s lives have been embellished to add to the story.

The book is an interesting read, but there were times I really did not like the characters. They all displayed some traits that were just annoying; Bay couldn’t be faithful nor make up his mind; Charlotte accepted pitiable treatment from Bay and her annoying prospective sister-in-law; and Sisi acted like the spoiled drama queen that she was. Even though the characters had aggravating behavior, I still finished the book and enjoyed the core story.

This book will appeal to readers of historical fiction, particularly to those who enjoy the Victorian era and royalty.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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