Friday 28 June 2024

Strong Temptations (A Sophie Strong Mystery Book 2) by Amy Renshaw


Aspiring reporter Sophie Strong uncovers deadly secrets lurking in the aisles of a 1912 department store. Will she risk everything in her quest to expose a killer? 

In 1912 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, aspiring reporter Sophie Strong yearns for a thrilling undercover mission that rivals those of her idol, journalist Nellie Bly. Her dreams of adventure are dashed when her cautious editor assigns her to the seemingly mundane role of a shopgirl.

But appearances can be deceiving. What starts as an ordinary job takes a sinister turn when a fellow employee meets a tragic end. Suddenly, Sophie and her coworkers fall under suspicion. Determined to prove their innocence and driven by insatiable curiosity, she embarks on her own covert investigation. Detective Jacob Zimmer urges her to leave the pursuit of criminals to the professionals, but she can’t resist plunging into the perilous web of secrets, lies, and hidden motives. Sophie explores the shadowy corners of one of the city's most popular department stores, and each step closer to the truth lures her into more danger.

In this gripping historical mystery, Sophie Strong's relentless pursuit of justice sets the stage for a heart-pounding race against time. Will she expose the killer’s identity before she, too, becomes a victim? Perfect for fans of Rhys Bowen, Victoria Thompson, and Ashley Weaver.

Strong Temptations is a brilliantly executed historical murder mystery. As much as I loved the first book in the series, I loved this one even more. I am familiar with the characters and I anticipate all the interactions Sophie has with Detective Jacob in the hope that their friendship will develop into something more. 

I thought I had the mystery solved very early but I obviously fell for every red herring the author put in front of me because I didn't figure it out at all! 
The author builds up a lot of suspense and tense moments as there are multiple possible suspects. The sense of threat is always there when she is looking for clues or questioning her co-workers.

I thought nothing could top the dramatic scenes at the end of book one but I was blown away by the nail-biting action and heroics of everyone involved at the end of Strong Temptations. Jacob shows his mettle yet again in pursuit of justice. Determined to make that final arrest whilst making sure that the people he loves are safe.
I enjoyed every minute of this book. I have grown to love these characters and I hope there will be many more in the series to follow.

Strong Temptations is available to buy now.

Sunday 16 June 2024

The Secret Life of a Lady by Darcy McGuire BLOG TOUR


Never Underestimate a wallflower!

Lady Hannah Simmons is a quintessential wallflower, unassuming, dowdy yet ignored by most. But underneath her plain exterior, Hannah is hiding a thrilling secret! Unbeknownst to the rest of the ton, she is Queen Victoria’s leading femme fatale, slipping unnoticed through the streets of London and listening to scandalous whispers from lords and ladies. But with daggers in her stockings and pistols in her pockets, Hannah's mission is to apprehend a deadly killer.

Private Investigator to the Prime Minister, damaged, yet devastatingly handsome ex-war hero Duke Robert Killian always puts duty first. However, when he finds himself competing with the intriguing Lady Hannah on the same daring task, his blood boils with frustration - and desire! Is it possible to seduce this vexing woman whose not afraid to put herself in danger and achieve the upper hand?

Hannah enjoys Killian's attempts to distract and tempt her, but she has never faced an adversary she couldn’t overthrow. And Killian has never met a challenge he couldn’t conquer...until now. The gauntlet has been thrown, can they finish their jobs and resist the temptation?

Keep your friends close…and your enemies even closer!

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The Secret Life of a Lady was great fun and a lighthearted read. The story sucked me in pretty quick and I found myself having it read in no time.
I love a good historical mystery romance so this book ticked a lot of boxes for me. I love that Lady Hannah is right, front and centre of the action, tasked with a mission by the queen herself.
She builds a relationship with Robert Killian, the Duke who is also a private investigator and finds Hannah irresistible. Things develop very quickly between them, leading to quite a steamy read that sometimes overshadows the mystery. 
The story is fast-paced with interesting side characters who will hopefully get their own books. I'm looking forward to reading more of Drake in particular. 

Author Bio 

Darcy McGuire is an award-winning New Zealand-born writer now living in the Pacific Northwest. She will write a five-part Victorian romance series for Boldwood, focused on a group of ‘Deadly Damsels’.

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