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Book Review | BEYOND THE GRAVE, by C. J. Archer

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Beyond the Grave (The Ministry of Curiosities #3), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: November 4, 2015 (audiobook published February 1, 2017)
Published by: C. J. Archer
Audiobook Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
Length: 9 hrs 26 min (284 pages)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

At the request of Lady Harcourt, Charlie and Lincoln begin searching for her missing stepson. Still recovering from her ordeal at the hands of a diabolical villain, Charlie is supposed to be resting. But resting is dull, so she throws herself into the task at hand, much to Lincoln’s frustration.

The search leads them down a dark path littered with family secrets and titillating scandal. Using her necromancy to expose those secrets, Charlie unwittingly raises a spirit with the power to override her control. With a dead body on the loose in London, Charlie and Lincoln must work together to send it back before havoc is unleashed, and the committee members find out.

Because if they do, they will have more ammunition in their fight to send Charlie away from her home and everyone she loves.


My Review: 

Loved this one as much as the first two, although it felt a but slower with a more mundane mystery. I still enjoyed the characters, though, and am eager to start the next one in the series.

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Book Review | THE DIRE KING, by William Ritter

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The Dire King (Jackaby #4), by William Ritter

Publish Date: August 22, 2017
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers
Pages: 343
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

The fate of the world is in the hands of detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook. An evil king is turning ancient tensions into modern strife, using a blend of magic and technology to push the earth and the otherworld into a mortal competition. Jackaby and Abigail are caught in the middle as they continue to solve daily mysteries in New Fiddleham, New England—like who’s created the rend between the worlds, how to close it, and why the undead are appearing around town.

At the same time, the romance between Abigail and the shape-shifting police detective Charlie Cane deepens, and Jackaby’s resistance to his feelings for the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, Jenny Cavanaugh, begins to give way. But before the four can think about their own futures, they will have to defeat an evil that wants to destroy the future altogether.


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Book Review | HER MAJESTY’S NECROMANCER, by C. J. Archer

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Her Majesty’s Necromancer (The Ministry of Curiosities #2), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: August 24, 2015 (audiobook published August 6, 2019)
Published by: C. J. Archer
Audiobook Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
Length: 8 hrs 10 min (268 pages)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When bodies go missing from the cemetery, Lincoln and the Ministry of Curiosities investigate. But not Charlie. As a housemaid at Lichfield Towers, she doesn’t get involved in Ministry business.

Instead, she conducts investigations of her own. She searches for details about her real mother, and makes inquiries into Lincoln’s background. What she learns has the power to destroy the fragile trust they’ve built, or bring them closer together.

As secrets are revealed, and investigations don’t go as planned, Charlie finds her necromancy sucking her into a whirlpool filled with betrayal, lies and danger.


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Book Review | GHOSTLY ECHOES, by William Ritter

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Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3), by William Ritter

Publish Date: August 23, 2016
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers
Pages: 352
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Tread lightly, Miss Rook, warned Mr. Jackaby. It would not do to push Miss Cavanaugh too far or too fast.

Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder–her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny s fiance, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all.

Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.


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Book Review | THE LAST NECROMANCER, by C. J. Archer

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The Last Necromancer (The Ministry of Curiosities #1), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: August 11, 2015 (audiobook published October 27, 2016)
Published by: C. J. Archer/Spoken Realms
Audiobook Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
Length: 9 hrs (268 pages)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

For five years Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn’t raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time her father banished her. This time she brings even more trouble upon herself.

People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.

Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly “made” creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world – Charlotte – but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he’s been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will and for an organization she doesn’t trust?

Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they’re hunting.


My Review:

I really enjoyed listening to this one. Despite the fact that for a lot of the beginning it felt like nothing was happening, I still really enjoyed it and became completely invested in Charlie and the mysteries surrounding her. I loved the inclusion of V.F. in it and how that played out. Part of me felt like it should have been eye-roll inducing, but I was actually excited when I saw where things were going with the necromancy. The only thing I wasn’t sure about was her infatuation with Fitzroy – he just rubbed me the wrong way sometimes and also he is twelve years older than her. Still, I absolutely enjoyed listening to it and can’t wait to start the next one.

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Book Review | BEASTLY BONES, by William Ritter

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Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2), by William Ritter

Publish Date: September 22, 2015
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality . . .

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, are called upon to investigate the supernatural. First, members of a particularly vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens. A day later, their owner is found murdered, with a single mysterious puncture wound to her neck. Then, in nearby Gad’s Valley, dinosaur bones from a recent dig go missing, and an unidentifiable beast attacks animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Policeman Charlie Cane, exiled from New Fiddleham to the valley, calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.


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