ARC Review: The Heartbeat Thief by A.J. Krafton

25153751Publication Date June 12th 2015 by A.J. Krafton

New-Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Paranormal, Greek Mythology

eARC provided by author for review

My Rating 4 Stars

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Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth—she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it.

In 1860 Surrey, a young woman has only one occupation: to marry. Senza Fyne is beautiful, intelligent, and lacks neither wealth nor connections. Finding a husband shouldn’t be difficult, not when she has her entire life before her.
But it’s not life that preoccupies her thoughts. It’s death—and that shadowy spectre haunts her every step.

So does Mr. Knell. Heart-thumpingly attractive, obviously eligible—he’d be her perfect match if only he wasn’t so macabre. All his talk about death, all that teasing about knowing how to avoid it…

When her mother arranges a courtship with another man, Senza is desperate for escape from a dull prescripted destiny. Impulsively, she takes Knell up on his offer. He casts a spell that frees her from the cruelty of time and the threat of death—but at a steep price. In order to maintain eternal youth, she must feed on the heartbeats of others.

It’s a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allen Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order to stay young and beautiful forever. From the posh London season to the back alleys of Whitechapel, across the Channel, across the Pond, across the seas of Time…

How far will Senza Fyne go to avoid Death?

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Review: Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering

22267202Release Date: July 1st 2014

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Series: Drew Farthering Mystery #3

Genre: Historical Mystery

Format: Paperback

Source: Publisher for review 

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Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has found smooth waters, Fleur Landis, an old flame, reappears in his life. She’s married now, no longer an actress, and he expects she’ll soon disappear–until she comes to him in dire need. The lead actor in her old troupe’s production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police’s number one suspect.

Drew would love nothing more than to just focus on his fiance, Madeline, and their upcoming wedding, but he can’t leave Fleur in the lurch–even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline dive into the murder, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. Nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between. It’s Drew’s most complicated case yet.



 This is my first Drew Farthering Mystery, and while I haven’t read the others, I was not oblivious to what was going on. These books can be read as stand-alones, simply because each book has it’s own mystery to solve. I was, however, not up to par with the romance aspect and wanted to know how Drew and Madeline started out. That being said, I can’t stress about the romance being good/not good, when I haven’t read the first two books in this series. Totally my fault.

This is a good series to read if you enjoy mystery novels. I love the historical aspects, as it is set in 1930’s England. It was like playing a game of “whodunit”. I love Drew as a character. He is a wealthy man, but he isn’t the snobby type. He genuinely cares for others and their well being. This story is so complex and it’s characters are construed nicely throughout. With the theater, actors, dead bodies, motives, and all around setting, it was like watching an old black and white film.

I now have to go back and read the first two books because I think this is a mystery series that I could easily get lost in on a rainy day. If you are looking for an Agatha Christie type mystery, then this is definitely a start. It gives the reader great visuals while reading, if you are the type to get lost in a story. Very well written also.