Ragtime in Simla

Facts:Date finished: 5-30-05Author: Barbara CleverlyCategory: Mystery (historical)Published: 2003Pages: 287 Basic Plot:Joe Sandilands is on his way up to Simla for a well-deserved vacation. En route to the town, his new traveling companion is shot and killed in a similar fashion to an earlier death. Joe teams up with the local…

Creature Cozies

Facts:Date finished: 5-21-05Category: Mystery (short stories)Published: 2005Pages: 306 Basic Plot:11 short stories written by some top names in mystery and crime fiction. Each story included as a key component the actual pet of the writer. My assessment:I don’t read many short stories. Not sure why that is. And there are…

The Rose Without a Thorn

Facts:Date finished: 5-13-05Author: Jean PlaidyCategory: Historical fictionPublished: 2003 (Originally published in 1993)Pages: 260 Basic plot:First-person narrative of the life of Katherine Howard, fifth wife to King Henry VIII. Katherine tells of her humble beginnings, her rise to court and the attentions of the king that led to their eventual marriage….

The Deadly Dance

Facts:Date finished: 5-10-05Author: M.C. BeaconCategory: Mystery (cosy)Published: 2004Pages: 233 Basic plot:Agatha Raisin leaves the world of amateur detective behind as she opens up a detective agency, giving her “official” status. Missing cats and straying husbands are getting her down when her first “real” case comes in the door — a…

The Skeleton in the Closet

Facts:Date finished: 5-9-05Author: M.C. BeatonCategory: Mystery (cozy)Published: 2001Pages: 218 Basic Plot:Fellworth Dolphin comes into money after his parsimonious mother dies and discovers an extra stash of cash in the locked desk. Circumstances lead him to believe the money may have come from a train robbery committed years before on his…