Daily Archives: November 18, 2009

Her Highness’ First Murder by Peg Herring (Review #2)

firstReviewed by Stephanie Nordkap

Jacob Malden, a well-known physician, and his son Simon, are called to Hampstead Castle in aid of a lady who had fallen of her horse and broken her leg. Nobody was more surprised than Simon to learn that the lady is lady-in-waiting to none other than Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, whose execution still continues to haunt the Princess’ dreams. An unlikely friendship develops between Simon and Elizabeth, and when several beautiful women are found dead, their heads missing, the bodies dressed as nuns, King Henry VIII is anxious to end the crimes.

When one of her own ladies-in-waiting becomes a victim, Elizabeth sets out, with Simon and Hugh Bellows, the captain of the guard, to solve the horrific crimes. It becomes evident that the murderer could be someone who is familiar with Elizabeth’s household and the stakes grow even higher. As Simon searches the London streets for information, we are introduced to some very interesting characters such as Peto the criminal, Pen the half-wit, Daisy, Hannah, Guy, Robin, Derwent, Mary Tudor, Catherine, and Isabella. I was mesmerized by the descriptions of London during this time period, the people, and the beautiful and humorous dialogue sprinkled throughout the novel. As the princess, Hugh, and Simon gather more information and get closer to the killer, he turns on them and those closest to him and enters the Princess’ home. Simon, Hugh, and Hannah must use all of their wits in order to save Princess Elizabeth and those she loves from this cunning and clever killer.

I, Alex Cross by James Patterson

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Feelin’ the Vibe by Candice Dow

vibe1Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Author Dow returns to her characters from Caught in the Mix in Feelin’ the Vibe. After going their separate ways, Devin and Clark have created successful lives of their own. But when fate has their paths cross again, they find some of the fire is still alive between them.

Devin had to put Clark out of his mind when Jennifer turned up pregnant, but that relationship was doomed from the beginning. Now, as much for political reasons as any thing else, Devin has married Taylor. Even though the quick wedding came as not necessarily welcome news to his parents and drove a wedge between Devin and his best friend Jason, the wedding took place. As for Taylor? While her mother may have been pleased with the match, her father, the well known pastor of a huge church, was not. And then, against Taylor’s wishes, Devin files to run for Congress. With the newlyweds on the outs, when Clark crosses Devin’s path again, will the old flames win out or will Taylor and Devin’s relationship survive?