Book Review ~ The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair

Book: The Right Sort of Man (Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery #1)

Author: Allison Montclair

Genre: Historical Mystery

Release: Minotaur Books | June 4, 2019

First comes love, then comes murder.

In a London slowly recovering from World War II, two very different women join forces to launch a business venture in the heart of Mayfair–The Right Sort Marriage Bureau. Miss Iris Sparks, quick-witted and impulsive, and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bainbridge, practical and widowed with a young son, are determined to achieve some independence and do some good in a rapidly changing world.

But the promising start to their marriage bureau is threatened when their newest client, Tillie La Salle, is found murdered and the man arrested for the crime is the prospective husband they matched her with. While the police are convinced they have their man, Miss Sparks and Mrs. Bainbridge are not. To clear his name–and to rescue their fledging operation’s reputation–Sparks and Bainbridge decide to investigate on their own, using the skills and contacts they’ve each acquired through life and their individual adventures during the recent war.

Little do they know that this will put their very lives at risk.

A lovely and optimistic start to a new series that I’m quite glad to have come across. I don’t know what drew me in, but I thought the cover was cozy and sweet, and with the setting of post war London, I was completely smitten.

While the mystery lies with the murder that involves two clients of the Right Sort Marriage Bureau which our two protagonists own, what I really loved to read about was the London after World War II. The world building was so realistic that I felt like I was watching this as a movie. I could easily picture a city that was trying to regain its composure after the devastation that was the war. People trying to get back their lives, trying to move on after losing loved ones, and generally life trying to continue after so much death. I’m no particular history buff but I enjoyed reading about the historical aspect of this particular story.

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Blog Tour ~ The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair ~ Excerpt

img_3192-1 (1)Book: The Right Sort of Man

Author: Allison Montclair

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published: Minotaur Books | June 5, 2019

First comes love, then comes murder.

In a London slowly recovering from World War II, two very different women join forces to launch a business venture in the heart of Mayfair—The Right Sort Marriage Bureau. Miss Iris Sparks, quick-witted and impulsive, and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bainbridge, practical and widowed with a young son, are determined to achieve some independence and do some good in a rapidly changing world.

But the promising start to their marriage bureau is threatened when their newest client, Tillie La Salle, is found murdered and the man arrested for the crime is the prospective husband they matched her with. While the police are convinced they have their man, Miss Sparks and Mrs. Bainbridge are not. To clear his name—and to rescue their fledging operation’s reputation—Sparks and Bainbridge decide to investigate on their own, using the skills and contacts they’ve each acquired through life and their individual adventures during the recent war.

Little do they know that this will put their very lives at risk.

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Review ~ Murder At Rudhall Manor by Anya Wylde

MurderAtRudhallManorBook: Murder At Rudhall Manor

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Author: Anya Wylde

Genre: Historical Mystery, Humor

Format: e-book

Page Count: 224

Published: June 16, 2014

Source: Author

A murder and a theft have been committed at Rudhall Manor. A box of jewels has vanished and Lord Sedley, a lusty old aristocrat, has been stabbed six times in the chest.

It is all very mysterious, and the Sedley family and the servants have decided that Miss Lucy Anne Trotter, a recently employed governess, is to blame for the unfortunate events.

The legendary and wickedly handsome Marquis, Lord William Adair, learns of the matter and decides to uncover the truth.

Lucy, however, has little faith in blue blooded creatures—even if they possess dashing good looks— and, accompanied by two naughty pugs and a moody raven, decides to investigate and unmask the killer herself.

But the hunt for the killer turns out to be far more complicated than she anticipates—what with snooty servants, warts in odd places, mixed up love affairs, agitated chickens and dreadful disguises ruining her plans.

Soon she begins to wonder if, for once, she is in over her head….

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Among the historical themed books I’ve read so far, I think no one does quirky characters like Anya Wylde. When I first read her Penelope, I thought she was too aloof for her period, but now that I’ve read Murder At Rudhall Manor I see that as a charming side to her heroines in general.

First of all, let me warn you if you’re getting into this story expecting a historical romance. Though we meet a few side characters with their own tangled relationships, and the undercurrent of a possible romance in the far future between Lucy and Lord Adair-they do seem like they’d make an adorable odd couple- this wasn’t a story revolved around any romance. In fact, for all its strangely charm, this was a murder mystery sprinkled with lots of quaint characters. Lucy, as the heroine, was a daydreaming, very creative young woman who liked to get lost in her own scenarios. Perhaps in another author’s hand she might’ve ended up annoying, but was pleasingly odd in Anya Wylde’s writing. I found her character to be very likable and definitely ahead of her time. She had a sense of humor I could appreciate and her monologues-we read the entire book from her perspective-very entertaining and engaging.

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