3 out of 5 stars
I would like to thank Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a free electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley. Any reviews I give are done obligation free, and are unpaid… well, unless you count getting this book for free… but we won’t go there. 😉
This is the second book in the ‘A Change of Fortune Mystery’ series, and I really enjoyed the first – ‘Whispers Beyond the Veil’. So it was therefore a relief when the second book was just as good.
Though, saying that, you’re probably wondering why the mediocre rating. Well, the book was good… but there just seemed to be something missing in ‘Whispers of warning’ that had attracted me to ‘Whispers Beyond the Veil’. It was still an enjoyable historical murder mystery, and I want to emphasise that… But, I don’t know, something was missing for me.
Mind you, this was another book I read last year and am only now writing a review of so maybe the spark that was missing was in me? 😉 It would explain why I would got lost as to who was who within the book, kept forgetting why people were doing what they were doing… I don’t know, but I did just find it a little cluttered and confusing. So I feel it might just prove – don’t read while cluttered and confused as it leeches into the great story you’re reading! 😀
No, seriously, this was a very enjoyable story and I do not regret getting a chance to read the next book in the ‘A Change of Fortune Mystery’. To be honest, I had been hanging out for it and kept checking on Netgalley to see if it was going to appear. And was only mildly (VERY MILDLY) disappointed that the spark was missing for me. But I got over it, read on and still enjoyed myself. So no biggie, really.
The characters were still as engaging, the scenes still well described and the villains still nasty. Plus there is a good balance of mostly sleuthing, some enjoyable historical padding out, an undercurrent of supernatural, and that tantalising touch of romantic tension building between the two main characters. So, all in all, a good read.
Would I recommend this book to others?
Yes I would, as quite frankly any issues I found with the book I do blame on me, the reader. This is still a potentially good, and enjoyable, series and so I would recommend not only ‘Whispers of Warning’ but ‘Whispers from Beyond the Veil’. Yes this book could be read as a standalone, but I don’t think it would be as enjoyable without you reading book one in this series first.
Would I buy this book for myself?
Yes I would. This is still an enjoyable series with a LOT of potential and I would be silly not to stick with it. The setting, the era, the undercurrent supernatural theme… what more could a girl ask for?
In summary: Lovers of historical crime with a supernatural undercurrent will enjoy this book, and this series.
Until next time,