S is for Sally Lockhart #AtoZChallenge #MondayBlogs

Although I read the three books of Philip Pullmans’ “His Dark Materials” with great enjoyment, there is something about the Sally Lockhart mysteries which appealed to me more, and that is mainly Sally herself.       In the first book The Ruby in the Smoke, Sally is a pretty sixteen year old orphan. Her father hasContinue reading “S is for Sally Lockhart #AtoZChallenge #MondayBlogs”

The Bridge of Dead Things by Michael Gallagher #FridayReads #BookReview

This Young Adult book is the first story about 13 year-old Lizzie Blaylock, the involuntary Medium. Set in late Victorian London, Lizzie has been fortunate in receiving an education despite the poverty of her family. But this ceases, when a strange fit in the classroom causes teacher, Miss Smutts to expel her. Miss Smutts’ motivesContinue reading “The Bridge of Dead Things by Michael Gallagher #FridayReads #BookReview”

Fear and Phantoms by Carol Hedges #NewRelease #RBRT #BookReview

I always look forward to another volume in Carol Hedges’ Victorian mystery series.  Once again, she has created an effective picture of the grime and poverty of 1860s London, filled with vivid characters, good, evil, peculiar and captivating.  In Fear & Phantoms, we face the very real horror of murder and fraud as well asContinue reading “Fear and Phantoms by Carol Hedges #NewRelease #RBRT #BookReview”

The Pierced Heart by Lynn Shepherd #BookReview

The Pierced Heart continues the story of Lynn Shepherd’s flawed detective Charlie Maddox. Regretting his behaviour towards servant girl, Molly, he is haunted by her in his dreams which are not abated by a mission to Austria, where he finds himself in a strange castle deep in the Austrian countryside. As the plot progresses theContinue reading “The Pierced Heart by Lynn Shepherd #BookReview”