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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Review ~ Recipe For Love by Dyann Love Barr

RecipeForLoveBook: Recipe For Love

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Author: Dyann Love Barr

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-ARC

Page Count: 334

Published: Entangled Publishing, November 19, 2014

Source: Publisher

Eat. Love. Murder.

Sparks and insults fly when Celebrity Chef Tilly Danes matches wits with the annoyingly sexy Jordan Kelly. As members of the judging panel for the Culinary Channel’s Personal Chef Showdown, they agree on only one thing:  Maxwell Etheridge, the third judge on their panel is an arrogant pain in the butt. Neither one would mind seeing him strung up like a ham hock. When their nemesis shows up not only dead but also missing an important body part, Tilly and Jordan are thrust smack in the middle of TV’s most shocking homicide…

Everyone is a suspect: the show’s host, the contestants, and even the victim’s lover. When Tilly and Jordan are pulled deeper into the investigation, those pesky sparks of antagonism transform into undeniable, incredibly inconvenient, red-hot attraction. And if they thought the sparks were hot while fighting, the heat between the sheets is an inferno. As the bodies start piling up, Tilly and Jordan must find the killer—and a recipe for love—before they become the murderer’s next course!

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As sister of a gastronomy graduate and a lover of murder mystery, I had to read this book. Not only the cover looks delicious, but the idea of two chefs trying to solve a murder was most compelling.
Restaurant owners, celebrity chefs Jordan Kelly and Tilly Danes are called to be judges for a cooking competition. They’ve known-and competed with- each other for years, so by the time we’re involved in the story, they already had a relationship albeit a contentious one. Things get more complicated when the third and final judge on their panel is killed and the evidence suggests that someone from the inside is responsible.

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