on June 13, 2016 :
A new twist on an old mystery. Who was Jack the Ripper? And could he be responsible for a new mystery: who killed Dorcy Edwards' employer, Mr. Davenport?
Miss Mae is a very good writer who brings some fresh twists and turns to a dark and stormy night on an isolated island. I'm not sure the details of the Victorian-era social order were entirely accurate and I had a small issue with some of the romantic elements (which I won't describe because it would be a spoiler). But overall, a very enjoyable read with a satisfying ending.
My thanks to the author for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on May 23, 2016 :
I don't usually read Victorian mysteries, however, I was intrigued by the description of this one. The story takes place in 1888 and it reminds me of the game Clue.
When kitchen maid Dorcy discovers the body of her employer, she runs into the night only to be attacked. She is able to run from her attacker and what happens next is quite intense. As family, friends and staff are brought together, only being told that one of them is the murderer, they all suspect each other and it appears that no one is safe.
I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The story was well told and I could picture the characters in my mind. I was left guessing until the end and even then I was stunned when I found out who the murderer was.
If you enjoy this style of cozy mystery then I suggest reading this book. It is filled with secrets and of course, romance.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on May 17, 2016 :
Miss Mae continues to proved a gripping tale with her great scene setting abilities, hooks and endings. Her characters are carved out with a deft hand and one finds oneself rooting for the heroine. I loved the surprising twist at the end...it made this story stand out in its class.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on July 31, 2010 :
SEE NO EVIL, MY PRETTY LADY…felt like, "See no answers, my gullible reader!" Miss Mae packs a wonderful mystery punch reminiscent of Agatha Christie's classic writing style with her desolate island full of would be killers. Join the skittish but thoughtful Dorcy as she tries to stay alive and fight strange feelings of attraction for Gareth, a likely Jack the Ripper suspect. Miss Mae takes you from the foggy streets of London to the drawing rooms of the upper class as a dead man's will gathers his enemies for an after-death hunt of the White Chapel murderer. Having read several of Miss Mae's novels, I find her historical voice and her ability write a unique who-dun-it as appealing and as captivating as ever. A very entertaining read that will fool you completely!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery
on July 21, 2010 :
In a style reminiscent of mystery greats such as Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Miss Mae spins a “whodunit” with flair and suspense, and actually makes room to include a bit of romance in the mix. This is a book to be savored with a good cup of tea or coffee and will keep you guessing until the very last pages.
The plight of Dorcy, a sweet young woman newly arrived in London, is heightened when she is attacked by a man thought to be Jack the Ripper. The plot thickens when Dorcy’s employer is found murdered. The entrance of the estranged son of the victim, Gareth, completes a small group of characters who are possible suspects and also might be the White Chapel killer. The appearance of Inspector Sosby from Scotland Yard seems to complicate matters, rather than resolve them, as there is some doubt as to whether he is who he says. When all the suspects are thrown together in one location, the situation becomes tense and dire as accidents and pranks indicate the killer moves among them. And during all this, how could romance be blooming for one couple?
I give this page-turning, romantic mystery a big five stars. Dialogue, in-depth characters, just the right amount of suspense, and multiple twists and turns kept me guessing the entire way through. But Miss Mae succeeded in bringing all questions to a satisfying conclusion and left me eager for her next book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 31, 2010 :
It’s a foggy night, the mist is slowly falling, and the wind is blowing just enough to make that tree limb outside scratch upon the window by your chair, the chair where you sit, book in hand reading the newest novel by Miss Mae… “See No Evil My Pretty Lady”. As you read you wonder , what is that noise I hear.
London, someone is killing the ladies of the evening on the East end of town and it is getting the city in a panic. Arriving from Yorkshire Dorcy Edwards has just acquired a job as kitchen help with a Mr. Davenport. Only being in his hire for 3 days, she walks into the library to find him murdered. Fleeing from the scene, she runs out into the foggy night, only to be attacked by …the murderer? When she meets up with Gareth Davenport, the son of her now deceased boss, all clues point to him. When his will is read Mr. Davenport has plainly put it that one of the five mentioned in his will could be his murderer as well as the one attacking women. Alice, the cook, Dorcy, the new kitchen help, Gareth, his son, Matthew and Felicity Peabody, close friends of the family. They all had a reason to kill him and are reported to spend a fortnight on Hawkes Island accompanied by a police inspector where the killer would be discovered.
As they all approach the island and the fortress they would call home for a few days, events start to happen, As the fog blankets the island the telegraph lines are cut, the boat is set loose, no way off the island now. As clues point to each one, you may think you have it figured out. But guess again . As the tables turn , more and more as the clues change, you may think you know but do you really. With a surprise ending this book will grab the reader from the first page and hang on to the last. What was that scream you heard in the foggy night….
Miss Mae has a way of writing sweet cozy mysteries that are spellbinding and full of suspense. Chill bump stories. Hold on to that thought as with the sunrise the fog will lift as you reach the final page. I have read all of Miss Mae’s books and I have to say See No Evil My Pretty Lady rates right at the top with all the rest of them. Miss Mae ranks right up there with one of my favorite authors Mary Higgins Clark.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)