[ARC] Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones


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London, 1818. In a short time Annis has notice of her father’s death and that all the money are gone. The only chance for the girl and her aunt is to leave their London house, to move to the country and to look for work.

Annis discovers to have a magic skill: she can sew glamours, so the dress she creates are able to totally disguise the people wearing them.

She wants to use her talent to help the english spies, also because she is convinced her father was a spy himself. Since at the beginning nobody gives her credit, she impersonates Madame Martine, dressmaker.

The novel has a good potential, but they could have been better exploited, like the idea to mix magic and spionage. Unfortunately, Annis spends most of the time in getting hold of her talent. She has great determination, but the main feature that emerges from the novel it’s her naivete, while minor characters take all the action. In the end I found it boring, because I expected something more.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

* Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones ★★☆☆☆½

*I read this book in english

The spy who came in from the cold by John Le Carré


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John Le Carré is a famous author of spy story novels set in the period from the second world war to the period of cold war. If one does not know about the author, maybe it’s better to recall the movies inspired by his stories:from the most recent adaptation is Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy to the older movies.

Since some months ago I was not interested in this kind of fiction (both movies and books), then I saw Thinker Taylor Soldier Spy, and I liked it A LOT, and then let’s come to the novels: the novels are stand alone but linked by some characters in common (like George Smiley), so I decided to begin with one among the first written by Le Carré: The spy who came in from the cold.

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