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Reviews by Cheryl

The Belton Estate

by Anthony Trollope

Good romance about the inheritance of the Belton estate. Kind of reminded me a bit of the TV show Downton Abbey and Mary's situation regarding inheritance of the property. The Belton Estate also has bits of humor thrown in, which made a lighter and more enjoyable read.

Reviewed on 2012.04.16

The Talleyrand Maxim

by J.S. Fletcher

Good, fast-paced crime story that's not a "whodunit" but a "will he be found out?" kind of tale. The characters were interesting, too. Worth reading.

Reviewed on 2012.01.18

Deep Moat Grange

by Samuel Rutherford Crockett

This was a good English village mystery, told from the point of view of an 18 year old boy. The story has bits of humor, some romance, interesting characters, and some gothic elements.

The mystery begins with Joe and his friend Elsie finding the empty, blood-spattered mail cart, still being pulled by a horse. The mail carrier's body is nowhere to be found, and the incident reminds people of other strange disappearances in the area. This book has an ancient manor house, secret tunnels, hidden rooms, murder, kidnapping, and madness. Joe's often humorous narration prevents the story from becoming too dark. A very interesting and unique book that's highly recommended.

Reviewed on 2010.12.17

The Mysterious Three

by William le Queux

I thought this mystery was a bit muddled. The "mysterious three" each went by more than one name, so at times I wasn't sure which person the author was talking about. The story centers on a mysterious stranger who visits Sir Charles and Lady Thorold while they were out of the house. Upon arriving home with their daughter Vera and friend Mr. Ashton, their butler tells them a gentleman named Smithson had stopped by, and describes him as looking like the man in a portrait they have. They make light of the incident, but later Ashton finds the family has vanished without notifying anyone where they went. The rest of the novel focuses on Ashton trying to find the Thorolds and finding the identity of Smithson. It's a quick read, but the story isn't too intriguing.

Reviewed on 2010.11.22

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