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On a Desert Shore By S.K. Rizzolo,

  • Title: On a Desert Shore
  • Author: S.K. Rizzolo
  • ISBN: 9781464205453
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Protecting an heiress should be an easy job for Bow Street Runner John Chase But the heiress daughter of rich London merchant Hugo Garrod and a slave housekeeper on his Jamaican property is no conventional society miss Educated to take a place among Regency England s upper crust and marry well, she has failed at London s social scene and lives isolated among the Garrod fProtecting an heiress should be an easy job for Bow Street Runner John Chase But the heiress daughter of rich London merchant Hugo Garrod and a slave housekeeper on his Jamaican property is no conventional society miss Educated to take a place among Regency England s upper crust and marry well, she has failed at London s social scene and lives isolated among the Garrod family in Clapham And someone is playing her malicious tricks, some of which recall her island heritage of Obeah.John Chase needs to determine whether Marina is indeed a victim or is herself a delusional and malicious trickster If the trickster is real, is it her rejected suitor and cousin Ned Honeycutt His demure sister Their devoted aunt who acts as the Garrod housekeeper A clergyman friend Everyone around Hugo Garrod has a stake in how he disposes of his immense wealth Meanwhile Mrs Penelope Wolfe, an abandoned wife, flouts convention by earning her living with her pen She s in love with barrister Edward Buckler and hesitant to further scandalize society by breaking any rules Hugo Garrod invites her to join his household and put her pen to work Her assignment takes her into an exotic world where menace lurks at every turn of the garden path and the fa ade of propriety masks danger To solve the case, Chase must grasp the enigma of Marina, an expert in self concealment, who challenges his assumptions and confronts him with difficult truths And, with the aid of Penelope and Edward Buckler, reveal a clever killer On a Desert Shore stretches from the brutal colony of Jamaica to the prosperity and apparent peace of suburban London Here a father s ambition to transplant a child of mixed blood and create an English dynasty will lead to terrible deeds.
    On a Desert Shore Protecting an heiress should be an easy job for Bow Street Runner John Chase But the heiress daughter of rich London merchant Hugo Garrod and a slave housekeeper on his Jamaican property is no convent

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    1. With On a Desert Shore, S K Rizzolo s fourth historical mystery set in the English Regency era, the author has reached a level of self confidence in her writing that is gratifying to behold This confidence can be seen in sure footed prose sentences like But at stray moments especially, when he was tired or the filthiness of human beings weighed him down like a stone, Joanna would rise again in his memory are pure pleasure to read and unpack, sending the reader off in pursuit of the threads of me [...]

    2. I ve only read one other book in the John Chase Penelope Wolfe mysteries and that was the third book of the series I didn t feel completely lost when I started the third book, but I will say that inevitably as the series goes on, it s clear that having a full understanding of the previous books and characters is helpful.Penelope, Edward and John obviously are all in other books in the series and they each have background stories that Rizzolo referenced throughout this book as well While I didn t [...]

    3. read in June about this book, of course, at myreading journal It s true that I don t normally find myself reading crime novels with a romantic edge to them au contraire, I seem to be on a steady diet of dark, no frills, edgy, psychological, existentialist bent, noirish, largely obscure and downright gritty, no holds barred but always well written crime fiction So, after having read several of these for a while, after having finished some even darker fiction and some even horrific because they [...]

    4. As I m sure anyone might realize by now, I love all types of mysteries and many times historical mysteries On a Desert Shore is the fourth book by S.K Rizzolo in her John Chase Penelope Wolfe Regency Mystery Series and I ve loved all the other books Rizzolo s mysteries are to me those for a very intelligent type of mystery reader, not the cozy type In each book, she increasingly takes on tougher social issues of the day with her characters Taking place in the early part of the 19th Century, duri [...]

    5. I seem to be reading very busy books of late so many strands woven into a whole and making a cohesive one is not very easy to do and in this Regency mystery even so.We have a society lady, daughter of a rich merchant but she is not a conventional, orthodox miss Expected to marry well and take her family further up the social ladder, she has failed to do so and now lives in Clapham And someone is being nasty and it is upto the Bow Street runner the very experienced John Chase to decide whether i [...]

    6. The fourth in a mystery series set in Regency era London, starring John Chase, a Bow Street Runner Mrs Penelope Wolfe, a writer abandoned by her artist husband and Edward Buckler, a clinically depressed melancholic lawyer I haven t read the previous three books in the series, but a most mystery series are designed to be dipped into without necessarily reading them in order, so I figured I d be fine, and b a particular element of this one s summary caught by attention.A diversion In Vanity Fair B [...]

    7. I ve been trying for many years to figure out why the Regency period appeals to me so much in both historical fiction and mysteries and real history but I can t quite put my finger on it My attraction to the era comes and goes back in my 20 s the dark ages , I was really into Regency historical fiction, then I fell off, then I went back to those and mysteries, then I fell off again and now I m back once It seems I can t stay away but I do know that part of my liking for it is a deep seated love [...]

    8. On a Desert Shore by S.K.Rizzolo reminded me of a Georgette Heyer novel Suspense, family secrets, and murder Fourth in the John Chase Penelope Wolfe Regency Mystery Series which has John and Penelope together again John is hired by Hugo Garrod to find out who is tormenting his mixed blood Jamaican born daughter Marina Penelope goes to stay in the household as added security.Not long after, poison is added to the sugar used for tea Someone put poison in the expensive sugar that was kept in a teap [...]

    9. This is an excellent historical mystery It is fourth in a series, and although it is the first one I have read, it was not a problem The relationships between the core set of characters, John Chase, Edward Buckler and Penelope Wolfe seem to hint at some history between them that was probably from the first three books, but I didn t feel lost at any time Bow Street Runner John Chase is hired to protect Marina, the illegitimate daughter of wealthy sugar baron Hugo Garrod, and to find the culprit b [...]

    10. This series featuring Bow Street Runner John Chase never ever fails to please A great mystery, interesting characters and attention to historical detail make this book a truly wonderful and engaging read.

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