Wednesday, January 12, 2022

A Five Star Review


Five reasons I'm giving five stars to
the Wrexford & Sloane mysteries by  Andrea Penrose:

1. The setting - This mystery series takes us to
Regency London (aka Jane Austen time), both
to the glittering high society and the dark
underbelly, and dead bodies are everywhere.

2. The protagonists - Charlotte Sloane is a
satirical cartoonist with a complicated past;
the Earl of Wexford is a chemist with a 
complicated character. And they are both
wonderful characters that grow on you 
from one book to the next and a great pair.

3. Caring is sharing - Each book sees new
characters, many of them unconventional,
that join our little group of fighters for
truth and justice. Love the way they all
interact with out two main protagonists.

4. The history- The author likes to weave
important developments in science
and technology into the books. It is gently
done and adds an interesting background
to the stories.

5. In short - If you like a well plotted
mystery with excitement and twists, interesting
settings, attractive characters, a pinch
of history and a dash of romance,
they could well be the series for you.


Featured: I lined this crochet basket
with plastic lining to house a 
strawberry plant.

53 comments:

VeggieMummy said...

Ooh, those books sound right up my street, I love the crocheted plant pot; what a great idea. xx

Patricia said...

What a sweet pot for your strawberry plant. I hope it has lots of berries! The Wrexford & Sloane mysteries sound good - Regency London is a fascinating era, and excellent for a good story. Take care xxx

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Your crochet basket is cute, perfect for your strawberry plant.
I will check my library for this book, thanks for the review.
Take care, have a happy day!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'll go right now and see what books are in my library to read as ebooks. I'm reading some of David Baldacci's books right now but they are a little too graphic for me. He spins a good mystery though! Happy reading!

Creations By Cindy said...

Love that cute basket. Hope you have a wonderful day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Kitchen Riffs said...

Sounds like my cup of tea! I'm currently rereading Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series. A bit dated and sometimes rather problematic, but fun -- the voice of Archie Goodwin is excellent.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Love the bright colours in your crocheted basket cover. Always enjoy your book reviews - sounds like another great book to check out. Thank, Amalia!

Gloria Baker said...

love your crochet basket!!
hugs

linda said...

Love your crochet basket, the book sounds good too. xx

Kim said...

Sounds like a great book and that crocheted flower pot is fabulous! What a great idea!

Junkchiccottage said...

These mysteries sound awesome. Great reading for the winter months. Your crochet little sweet pot is so cute. Happy Wednesday. xoxo Kris

MaryAnne said...

Gorgeous crocheted pot, and the book series sounds fun. I especially like the interweaving of science and technology advances into the plot.

Dewena said...

Hello Amalia, these mysteries sound delightful! I am so glad to be able to leave a comment here because I can't on about half of my blogspot blog friends. I can't even get the cursor to click on in the comment section. I think I'll have to ask for help in figuring the problem out on my next post.

I do wish the rabbit with a bad habit would stop texting while crossing the street! And that he would tell people not to text while driving. What are we going to do with him?

Be safe, sweet friend!

Jeanie said...

A satirical cartoonist in Regency London? Now that sounds like a wonderful combo for a good book! Thanks for the recommendation!

The French Hutch said...

I love a good mystery and the era makes it more appealing! Lovely basket for your strawberry plant. I enjoyed your review Amalia.....

Carla from The River said...

A great book review.. and I love the strawberry basket.

Conniecrafter said...

great spring colors for your basket, a strawberry plant sounds good :)

Little Wandering Wren said...

Oh, what a perfect gift your pretty strawberry planter and a copy of one of the books!

Polly said...

This sounds just right for my 'To Read' list. I like your crochet basket :-)

Lorrie said...

This sounds like a book I would very much enjoy!

Jo said...

Loving your pot cosy. I am not much of a reader anymore - I prefer to make but it does sound exciting. Jo x

Lowcarb team member said...

Sounds a good book, many thanks for the review.

I do like the crocheted plant pot.

My good wishes for 2022.

All the best Jan

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love books like these! Thank you for the review, Amalia, and I love your plant basket. ♥

Snowbird said...

Oooh, sounds good to me! Loving your delightful basket.xxx

Crafty in the Med said...

Sounds like my sort of read! Thanks for the review. I will check it out . Gorgeous plant cosy! Keep well. Amanda x

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Enjoyed your review - it is always marvelous to find a wonderful author who can tell a story and keep your attention. Your little strawberry basket is darling! I just adore your creations!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

I will add this to my reading list. I enjoy reading mystery books and I love the crocheted pot you made. Have a nice weekend. :)

Handmade in Israel said...

Sounds good! Anything set in Regency London suits me.
Love the little basket.

Jenn said...

Your basket is really pretty.Thanks for the review

Lalka Crochetka said...

very smart idea with the basket lining! love it and must try for my plants :)

Emille (Jesh) said...

My doc training wrecked my appetite for reading (too time consuming!) Now I look at front and back cover, read 4 beginning pages and 2 last pages of the story, close the book and move on - 99% of the time:) But I am happy you like this genre:)

Joanne said...

That does sound like a good series!!

ray said...

thank you so much for the review

Teri said...

Dear Amalia,

Such a sweet little pot of strawberries. I always love visiting here. I hope that your week is going well.

Homespun Hugs, Teri

HAPPY RETIREES KITCHEN said...

I love your strawberry basket Amalia. it would make such a nice gift for someone special. I haven't heard of this series so I'll check them out at my local library. I have just finished The Tea Ladies of St Judes Hospital by Joanna Bell, an Australian author. It was given to my daughter as a gift, not quite "her cup of tea", but I really enjoyed it. Sometimes we just need a comforting, non-complicated but relaxing read with interesting character development. Happy reading, Pauline x

Daniela said...

Dearest Amalia,
You're too generous with me!

As for your review, your series sounds so captivating to me, thank you for your suggestion!
Oh, and let me say that your basket is truly amazing, just the idea to make it with plastic lining sounds great!
Wishing you a most wonderful end of your week
XOXO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

Arun Goyal said...

Beautiful pot with crocheted design , Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.

Rostrose said...

Oh that sounds like a great tip, Amalia - these could be books my husband and I also enjoy. I checked, they are also available in German and they have good reviews there, too.
I also like your crocheted flower pot!
All the best from Austria
Traude
https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/02/italien-reisebericht-ein-tag-in-florenz.html

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Sounds like a good book. The little strawberry plant looks cute in the basket.

riitta k said...

Thank you for the book tip, Andrea Penrose is a new writer for me.

baili said...

hey dear Amalia ,never saw such delightful and gorgeous flower pot oh my :)

what a rich and sweet soul are as whatever you touch turns into some piece of beauty :)

series you mentioned sounds intriguing ,worth reading indeed .
blessings !

EricaSta said...

It's always a great pleasure, listening to your poems. Yes, I read it loud, pronounce each word. Thank you for sharing.

Stay healthy and well.

Veronica Lee said...

Love your pretty crochet basket.

Happy Sunday, Amalia!

Pam Richardson said...

The crocheted basket is beautiful. Thanks for the book review, sounds interesting!

NCSue said...

Thanks for the review and for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/02/alter-egos.html. If you don't mind, I'd like to bounce a recommendation back at you - The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley. The best read I'd found in years and years.
Have a great week.

Tom said...

...I hope that you are having a colorful day!

Diana Studer said...

Me too. Will add that to my next library list

Pam said...

Love your colorful plant holder...nice

Margie said...

Sounds like an interesting series! Thanks for the book review!

Tandy | Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

that strawberry plant and its lovely cover would make such a wonderful gift!

DeniseinVA said...

Thanks for the great book review Amalia :) I am putting this one on my list. I also love your cheery plant pot holder. Have a great day!

El INVENTARIO DE MJ said...

Tus fresas va en a crecer con alegría, en su funda multicolor.

BESOS

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Another lovely reading suggestion....

Oh my, your blog is a treasure trove of "goodies"!!!!!

Gentle hugs,
🌸🌼🌸🌼🌸