REVIEW: Devil’s Bargain (Red Letter Days #1) by Rachel Caine

Release Date: 2005 (US Market); 2012 (UK Market).

Goodreads Summary:

Jasmine “Jazz” Callender is on the downhill slide to ruin. Once a decorated homicide detective, she’s lost it all: her former partner’s been convicted of murder, she’s been cashiered out, and she’s drinking away what little self-respect she’s got left.

But Jazz has a talent for trouble, and somebody knows it. When a mysterious, sexy stranger comes looking for her with a fateful red envelope in his hand, she’s about to make the deal of her life…for good or bad.

The deal requires her to enter into a partnership with a stranger and investigate cases that arrive in special red envelopes…which is odd enough, but gets weirder as she and her new partner Lucia realize that they may be working for someone with supernatural abilities.

And maybe they’re not on the side of the angels anymore.

Beverage: A Salty Frenchman (Tassimo skinny decaf latte with sugar free French vanilla and salted caramel syrup).

Music: fun. Some Nights

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Getting ready for Etiquette & Espionage


Gail Carriger’s first installment in her new YA series hits bookshelves and eReaders on Feb. 5th.

While I freely admit I am not as excited about this series as I am about her upcoming Parasol Protectorate Abroad series, I am still eagerly anticipating it.

I’ve pre-ordered my eBook from Kobo (thank you for finally getting pre-orders!) and the audiobook from Audible. I don’t like buying hardcovers, so I will get my print copy when it comes out in paperback. I do this with all my very favourite authors/series – get the book in 3 formats so I can support them as much as possible as well as maximizing my own reading enjoyment. Paperbacks are also really handy to have if you want to introduce your friends to a new series. My Sookie Stackhouse and Parasol Protectorate paperbacks, for example, are well loved from being passed around.

If you cannot afford to purchase the book/audiobook, request it at your local library. A lot of libraries are now hooked into eBook and eAudiobook sharing systems that make it easier for them to make bestsellers and popular books available in more formats. Just keep your eye on your ‘due’ date because after that, you won’t be able to access the files.

For more information about the book, you can head directly to the source: Gail Carriger’s post on 10 Questions About Etiquette & Espionage ~ Answered should give you everything you need to know, including how to obtain an autographed copy. If your question isn’t answered, don’t hesitate to leave Gail a calling card. She’s very fast with her response times (although she might be a bit slower now with the book launch so close).

Delicious Discoveries: Her Royal Spyness Series by Rhys Bowen


I just finished the first novel in the series and am eagerly reading the second. Set in the 1930s, this series follows Lady Georgiana, a minor royal and cousin to the King. Penniless and unmarried at 21, Georgie is trying to make her own way in London. This proves difficult as she has no skills and is easily recognized by her peers. It’s a delightfully witty book and full of rather funny passages. Witness our protagonist’s description of her royal lineage:

I sup­po­se I should in­tro­du­ce my­self be­fo­re I ven­tu­re any furt­her. I am Vic­to­ria Geor­gia­na Char­lot­te Eu­ge­nie, daugh­ter of the Duke of Glen Garry and Ran­noch—known to my friends as Geor­gie. My grand­mot­her was the least at­trac­ti­ve of Queen Vic­to­ria’s daugh­ters, who con­se­quently never ma­na­ged to snare a Ro­ma­nov or a Kai­ser, for which I am truly gra­te­ful and I ex­pect she was too. Ins­tead she was hit­ched to a dreary Scot­tish baron who was bri­bed with a du­ke­dom for ta­king her off the old queen’s hands. In due time she du­ti­fu­lly pro­du­ced my fat­her, the se­cond duke, be­fo­re suc­cum­bing to the sort of di­sea­ses brought on by in­bree­ding and too much fresh air. I never knew her. I never met my fear­so­me Scot­tish grand­fat­her eit­her, alt­hough the ser­vants claim that his ghost haunts Castle Ran­noch, pla­ying the bag­pi­pes on the ram­parts (which in it­self is stran­ge as he couldn’t play the bag­pi­pes in life). By the time I was born at Castle Ran­noch, the fa­mily seat even less com­for­ta­ble than Bal­mo­ral, my fat­her had be­co­me the se­cond duke and was busy wor­king his way th­rough the fa­mily for­tu­ne.

My fat­her in turn had done his duty and ma­rried the daugh­ter of a fright­fu­lly co­rrect En­glish earl. She gave birth to my brot­her, loo­ked around at her ut­terly bleak High­land su­rroun­dings, and prom­ptly died.

The Nitty Gritty:

Her Royal Spyness Series on Goodreads

Rhys Bowen’s Official Website