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Book Review | VEILED IN MOONLIGHT, by C. J. Archer

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Veiled in Moonlight (The Ministry of Curiosities #8), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: June 20, 2017
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 335 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When a young gentleman is murdered by a shape shifter, Charlie and Lincoln interrogate their contacts and uncover a plot with links to the royal family—and links to more than one member of the ministry’s committee. At the heart of the mystery is a sinister love triangle, corruption, lies, and treason.

As they close in on their suspects, the dangers close in on them, and Lincoln’s protective instincts come to the fore, setting Charlie on edge. The last time he worried this much, he sent her away from her home and the people she loved…


My Review: 

Sadly this was another one in this series where it just feels like the characters are running in circles around the overlying mystery of the plot. Continue reading “Book Review | VEILED IN MOONLIGHT, by C. J. Archer”

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Book Review | OF FATE AND PHANTOMS, by C. J. Archer

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Of Fate and Phantoms (The Ministry of Curiosities #7), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: January 24, 2017
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 266 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

As Charlie and Lincoln’s lives settle into a harmonious pattern, a new threat arises that could have far reaching effects for the royal family and Lincoln’s parents.

When a seer warns the Prince of Wales that his life is in danger, only Charlie and Lincoln take her seriously. After all, what sensible person would believe a gypsy who claims the danger will come in the form of the prince’s dead father?

A meeting at the palace sets them on a path that takes Charlie back to her old haunts in the London slums, on the hunt for a man who can change his appearance. The new threat is their most dangerous yet, but for Lincoln, the biggest concern isn’t confronting the shape-changer or meeting his parents for the first time, it’s whether Charlie will put his engagement ring on her finger.


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Book Review | FROM THE ASHES, by C. J. Archer

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From the Ashes (The Ministry of Curiosities #6), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: August 23, 2016 
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 309 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When Charlie returns to Lichfield, she steps into chaos. The killer is still on the loose, Lady Harcourt’s secret is out, Seth and Gus are gone, and Lady Vickers has come to stay. But nothing compares to the chaos inflicted on Charlie’s heart by seeing Lincoln every day.

Despite their frequent clashes, Lincoln and Charlie manage to work together to narrow their list of suspects. No one can be trusted, especially not the members of the committee who are not what they seem. Long buried pasts are dug up as Charlie and Lincoln attempt to restore peace to Lichfield.

But when danger enters her home, Charlie’s world is shattered.


My Review: 

I think this one dragged for me a bit too, more because it’s the third book dealing with the same murder mystery and I just needed that to be solved already. The beginning and ending were great – I LOVED the addition of Alice and the ending was chock full of interesting stuff, but the middle was a bit of a drag.

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Book Review | ASHES TO ASHES, by C. J. Archer

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Ashes to Ashes (The Ministry of Curiosities #5), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: April 11, 2016
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 126 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Charlie is gone, and Lincoln finds that Lichfield Towers offers no sanctuary. With reminders of her at every turn, and employees threatening to mutiny, he must try to find the murderer who is killing supernaturals on his own. And keep the murderer away from Charlie.

When the strongman from the visiting Barnum and Bailey’s circus is murdered, Lincoln suspects a link, but piecing together the clues becomes dangerous and difficult work. He can’t afford to be distracted, yet he finds he can’t concentrate fully on the task. Even worse, Seth’s mother, the incomparable Lady Vickers, has come to stay.


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Book Review | GRAVE EXPECTATIONS, by C. J. Archer

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Grave Expectations (The Ministry of Curiosities #4), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: February 14, 2016
Published by: C. J. Archer
Length: 252 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Charlie’s life is perfect. She has everything her heart desires. Until it all goes horribly wrong.

Charlie and Lincoln return to London to find two supernaturals have been murdered, and Charlie might be next. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the man who adopted her has escaped from prison, and the committee members have just learned some news that infuriates them. Now there’s talk of sending Charlie away again. Far away.

But the worst is yet to come. Charlie is kidnapped and forced to summon one of the murder victims – but she’s unable to send him back. With an angry dead supernatural on the loose and the committee determined to get rid of her, Charlie’s time with the Ministry of Curiosities, and Lincoln, is in grave danger of coming to an end.


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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.