A Yankee Spy in Victorian London by Patricia Catacalos (Review by Michelle Stanley for Readers Favorite)  5 Stars



Playing the spy game in the 1860s is not entirely different from modern times as I observed some similarities while reading A Yankee Spy in Victorian London. The historical mystery is suspenseful with a few clever twists that made the story more captivating. This is Patricia Catacalos’ second book in the Victorian Spy Series. Her characters have strong personalities, and Cody possesses a sharp tongue when provoked. The story has a catchy beginning and there are a few scenes that are very touching. The dialogue is not stiff as expected for the period, but sometimes flirtatious and amusing, depending on the occasion. A Yankee Spy in Victorian London, Book 2 from the Victorian Spy Series makes an enjoyable read. Patricia Catacalos' book is recommended.

Reviews

The Mystery of Her by Patricia Catacalos (Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite)  5 Stars

The Mystery of Her: Zane Brothers Detective Series Book...

I found it impossible to put down The Mystery of Her; it is that good. The Zane brothers are three very different and very likeable detectives, and Kiera was the perfect distraction and assistant. I am extremely anxious for the next Zane Brothers book. Patricia Catacalos tells the story without violence, sex or obscenity, but instead includes light romance, suspense, and excitement in just a plain, good, historical mystery book. I cannot say enough good things about The Mystery of Her, the Zane Brothers, Kiera, and the rest of the characters that made this book so special. Read it; you won’t be disappointed. 

Love Letters to a Victorian Spy by Patricia Catacalos (Reviewed by Kelly Snyder - Sassy Book Lover Blog)  5 Hearts

AMAZING! The blurb does not do this book justice to how amazing the mystery is. I loved how everything intertwined so there is a good amount of romance and mystery. I had my suspicions about who was sending the letters but was not sure until it was revealed because of twists. The identity of Raven was a total surprise that I didn’t see coming and so was Peacock’s because I couldn’t even begin to figure it out. I love the matchmaking going on and the chemistry between them from the start. People that I guessed were involved were not and that makes for a great mystery. It does end on a cliffhanger but in a good way so that the mystery continues, but things are wrapped up in this one too.

Eliza is a woman that has no wish to marry again. I loved her from the start because she was open and honest when talking to anyone. She had a bit of a temper, but she was quick to realize when she was wrong. I loved what she did in the end to get his attention.

Colin has a reputation that is perfect for a spy. He is a charmer and even if he’s just being nice you still love him. I loved that he tried to protect everyone and that he wasn’t always the proper hide your emotions persons. He has a bit of a temper too, but it works for him.

This is going on my all-time favorites list and I highly recommend if you love a good mystery like I do.

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The Aura of the Crescent Moon by Patricia Catacalos (Reviewed by Lilly Charysma - Lilly's Book World Blog)  5 Stars

This book is a lovely combination between romance and 19th century England, whit its customs and language, all possible throughout a fantastic writing. It also covers some important themes, such as family, reputation, unconditional love. 

We have two main characters, each looking to start a new life: Charity, who’s running from her family, and Hugh Morgan, who’s trying to find room in his life and heart for a child that may or may not be his. Both characters meet when they need each other the most. The opening scene, when Charity requests an interview for the governess position is a good indication of their personalities and intelligence. There are two main themes on which I will insist upon in the following lines: family and pure love. 

Hugh’s uncertainty if the child is actually his daughter has affected not only his relationship with her, but as well the innocent girl, who has been abused by her aunt. I appreciated how well the author has treated this subject, offering it the attention it deserves. The fear, the panic and sadness were very well expressed. Charity has to help the little child regain her confidence and Hugh to accept her and offer his parental affection and guidance. 

We also have here the pure love element, the love that is beyond physical beauty, that grows in time and melts fears, that is based on respect and trust. I am an avid reader of romance books, so I really do appreciate seeing trust and respect coming forward. 

The author has adapted the writing and the language to the 19th century English and has managed to draw attention to the customs from this period. The importance of reputation and as well the need for young women to marry a rich, titled man are just two of them. 

All in all, I do believe this was an excellent read. I had so much fun and not a moment of boredom. The characters are complex and well developed and the plot has substance and meaning. Five stars and my big THANK YOU to Patricia Catacalos for gifting me a copy of this lovely book J  www.lillysbookworld.wordpress.com 

An Appealing Apparitionby Patricia Catacalos  (Reviewed by Stormi Ellis for Boundless Book Reviews Blog ) 5 Stars

Portia is a young woman staying at her cousin's country estate to escape the season and to get away from her mother who wishes to marry her off. While there, she begins to be visited by a ghostly figure. She has no clue who this man is, but the more she sees him and begins to care for him, she seeks answers. Is it a ghost or a real person reaching out for help? As the story unfolds mysteries are solved and her heart is won by a most unlikely suitor.

This book was awesome. You don't read many books like this. I'm all about ghost stories, but this book gave a little twist to that. The characters were real and easy to like and the story was gripping. The story of the straight minded Portia and her astral visitor gives this book a spooky feel. This feeling does not frighten but gives the reader a sense of mystery and desperation. Who is this man and why is he reaching out to her? I REALLY enjoyed this book. The characters, the historical setting, the storyline, all of it was simply awesome. It was full of drama and mystery and a great amount of romance. It was everything I love to read in a book.  I can't wait to read the other books in this series. Just based on this book alone I can say that Patricia Catacalos is going to be one of my new favorite author.  www.boundlessbookreviews.com 

A Yankee Spy in Victorian London - by Patricia Catacalos (Reviewed by Kelly Snyder - Sassy Book Lover Blog) 5 Hearts (5 Stars)

 

More twists and thrills! You will be sucked in with their instant connection and finding out who the double agent is. I could not predict how anything happened from the widow's reaction to the way everything ended. I giggled at her great uncle's match making and cried in the end. Any time I thought I had figured out who the double agent was another twist would happen to throw me off track. I had no clue at when it was revealed who it was and almost dropped my Kindle. They were meant to be together even though they didn't fully get along at times.

Cody is a very impressive woman. She could read people, handle a gun, and notice things that others didn't. I loved how she could create a scene when needed and that she was quick to pick up on the hint about Raven. I cheered for her in the end when she showed how well she could take care of herself and be a spy.

Jonas is one you instantly like even with his reputation. I've loved him since the first book and how the mystery still surrounds him. He wasn't one to hide from his feelings most of the time and he listened to the advice he was given. I loved how open he was about things and acted in the end. www.sassybooklover.wordpress.com 

The Greek Fisherman's Catch - by Patricia Catacalos (Reviewed by Mansha Bathla - Book is Zindagi Blog) 5 Stars

A bold, romantic, historical love story which involves hatred, softness, and passion.

I loved the way every scene has written, appears to be so real. It will nearly force you to be a part of the story and will take you into characters world.

I would highly recommend this to all those readers who love to read a historical romance novel or if not, then try this, it will surely make you fall in love with the characters and the author.

Hypnotic Love - by Patricia Catacalos (Reviewed by Stormi Ellis - Boundless Book Reviews)  5 Stars

In the first book in this series, An Appealing Apparition, we meet Charles, the cousin to Portia and best friend of Nate. In this story, Charles is visited at night by a young woman that he soon finds to be a young woman by the name of Elyse. Elyse seems to be in a hypnotic trance on these nightly visits as she appears to search for something, but what? Soon these two begin working together to solve the mystery of who is hypnotizing her and also the mystery surrounding the death of her mother years earlier. Elyse is very spiritual while Charles is not. So these two falling for each other during the investigation seems unlikely, but undeniable attraction may make this harder than it may seem.

When I first looked into books by Patrica this was the first one I came across and am so pleased to be able to review these books. This book was a great addition to this series and I love how it builds onto and joins with the first. Some series don't do this. This story was very pleasing to read. It was full of mystery and romance and was enthralling from the very first page. It had action and intrigue. It was written very well and was full of lovely characters. Elyse is a great beauty and I love her realism and attitude. Charles was a favorite of mine in the first book and this story
 just helped me like him even more.

I have come to love this series and this book was just as great if not better than the first. I hope to be able to read more from an amazing author. She is certainly becoming a favorite of mine.  5 boundless Stars www.boundlessbookreviews.com  

Staging Love - by Patricia Catacalos (Reviewed by Stromi Ellis - Boundless Book Reviews) 5 Stars

Serena is left alone after her father kills himself. Her guardian is a bad man and to get away from him she runs away and hides in plain sight as an actress. Her new name and identity put her in danger and someone tries to kill her in a fire, which forces her into hiding again. She hides within the walls of the theater that was supposed to be her place of death. Gabriel is buying this theater house that is in much need of repair. While there he finds the resident "ghost", Serena, in hiding. He and Serena and their friend Tucker search for the killer of Serena's friend and Serena herself. Along the way, an undeniable attraction between them, that has been present from their first meeting years earlier, keeps them from playing the roles they are dealt.

This book was awesome. I have really come to love Patricia's writing. Each book is captivating and full of mystery and romance. I loved this story. From the very beginning, it had me hooked. I loved the story line, the history, the mystery, and of course the romance between Gabriel and Serena. She pushes and he pulls. Together they are a great couple, it just takes a bit of time before they realize it. Honestly, everything about this book was great. It was written well, was full of lovable characters, and was captivating.

I can't wait to read more from such a great author. She has certainly become a favorite of mine.  www.boundlessbookreviews.com

A Devilish Saint - by Patricia Catacalos (Reviewed by Stormi Ellis - Boundless Book Reviews) 5 Stars

When Dylan St. Lawrence meets lady Isabella, he is struck by a crazy need to know her, but once she learns who he is, she runs from him in fear. The great mystery as to why slowly reveals itself as he searched for the truth. Along the way these two, slowly, but inevitably find a love like no other. They fight past battles that face their families and their future together.

I have loved each of the books in this series. This one was no exception. It was a great story from start to finish. Isabella is such a self-conscience person that it makes you connect with her. She has suffered hugh pain in her life, but with Dylan, she finds a love that she never expected to find. The romance in this story was so sweet and sincere. This story was written well. It had romance, family feuds, passion, mystery, and bits of the paranormal. I honestly found this to be my favorite of this series. I loved everything about it.  www.boundlessbookreviews.com  

The Mystery of Her Patricia Catacalos (Reviewed by Aimee Ann - The Redheaded Book Lover Blog) 5 Stars

The Mystery of Her was a book I was always destined to love thanks to the many thrilling themes it explores. The Mystery of Her, written by the fantastic Patricia Catacalos explores murder, crime, 18thCentury London and Jack the Ripper in her latest novel, The Mystery of Her and let me express now book lovers that this book is just as great as it sounds! The story of The Mystery of Her weaves the themes I listed above flawlessly which ensures that the book is stand out against the historical fiction genre, it is a sensational book that fans of the Jack the Ripper mystery and crime in 18th century London will love. Fans of crime and mystery will also adore this book, so I implore all lovers of this genre to read this piece of historical fiction as you will not regret it!

The Mystery of Her is a compelling novel that is set in London in the year 1888, a year in which poverty and disease were rife. The story follows three brothers who run a ‘business’ called the Zane Brothers Detective Agency, they have a talent for solving the unsolvable crimes, and the crimes that have landed on their desk recently is the peculiar string of killings of prostitutes. However, the Zane brothers will not only investigate this crime but a crime of a murdered father. Lady Kiera Everett’s father was murdered and Kiera believes that the nurse who was caring for her father committed the sinister act, and so she contacts the Zane brothers to enlist their help. The Zane brothers start to investigate the murder and when they do they discover some shocking truths, and it leads them down a path of danger and deceit; one that will have the reader captivated for many hours and this book lovers is the general premise of this exceptional story.

The story of the Mystery of Her is one that I love for many reasons. Of course, the primary reasons I love this book is thanks to the authors exceptional writing but before I discuss Patricia Catacalos’s talent at writing Historial fiction, I first want to discuss the general premise of the story and how brilliant it is. Mostly ever reader is fascinated by Jack the Ripper as well as how it was in London centuries ago so the fact that Catacalos explores these two themes and weaves a brilliant and incredibly entertaining plot around them make The Mystery of Her a sensational story.

Patricia Catacalos is a very talented author who clearly has a talent for whisking her readers back in time to the past. It is hard to transport any reader, even by a few years but to transport them back centuries is even more difficult; that is why Catacalos is wonderful for transporting her readers flawlessly. Catacalos manages to perfectly transport her reader to the damp, dark and sinister streets of 18th century London. Catacalos will place her reader right in the thick of the hustle and bustle of London so that the reader will be able to perfectly imagine themselves in the situation.

As The Mystery of Her is an incredible, captivating and brilliant book I have no choice but to award this sensational book a wonderful five stars! So please, if you are a reader who loves historical fiction and murder mysteries then The Mystery of Her is not to be missed!  

The Bloody Ruse - by Patricia Catacalos (KIndle Book Review - reviewed by Grady Harp)   5 Stars 

                        

New Jersey author Patricia Catacalos earned her BA in Theatre from Seton Hill University and a MA in Theatre from the University of Denver and worked as an actor and director in the Philadelphia area. She now writes historical romances – stories that blend history with fiction – as well as historical mystery thrillers. To date she has published over twenty novels since 2013 – THE BLOODY RUSE is Book 1 of her 1832 Regency Series.

The flavor of Patricia’s story is established in the opening lines: ‘ “You have agreed to a marriage contract..for me..to marry a spinster?” “I suppose at two and twenty years of age she is considered a mite ‘long in the tooth.’ But, she comes from a very reputable family,” Hamilton St. Lawrence, the Earl of Bennington, covered his mouth with his hand to hide his burgeoning smirk as he watched his only son grow more and more agitated by the subject of their discussion. “Mother, are you truly in agreement with what father proposes?” Simon St Lawrence, Viscount Waverly, grimaced as he appealed to his mother. Lily St Lawrence, the Countess Bennington, tenderly smiled at her handsome son presently looking quite pale. “Simon, dear, you have played the rake far too long. It is time for you to contemplate marriage. You are seven and twenty years of age and must think of the future…Perhaps she is slightly older that you might want her to be, but she is most likely quite intelligent and affable.” “Intelligent…? Affable…? What of beauty?” Abruptly turning to his father, an exasperated Simon demanded, “Arranged marriages are archaic. We live in modern times. Bloody hell, it is 1832.”

One of the several reasons Patricia’s stories work so well is her ability to adapt the manner of speaking, the conversational tone of the time of the novel. Her experience in the theater is evident in the manner in which she paces her tapestry of romance and intrigue. And it is that formal manner of nineteenth century language that transports us in time to experience the story as it is revealed.

The plot is outlined well – ‘London, 1832…Debonair Simon St. Lawrence, Viscount Waverly, lives a rakish lifestyle. So, his parents have arranged a marriage for him, much to his chagrin. Lady Marisa Denton is as opposed to the marriage contract as is Simon. Together, they scheme to dissolve the marriage arrangement but reluctantly fall in love. In the meantime, they are dangerously thrust into a search for a murderer in league with body snatchers selling cadavers to medical schools.’

This novel works well – and is a reminder of the genre of Poe, Austen, and Browning among others. A refreshing glance back to Victorian tales! Grady Harp, February 19

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