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Four stories, each by a different author, and that move through the history of a certain cursed watch. Because each story jumps forward in time by decades or centuries, there are no recurring characters or plot elements so there's no chance of contradiction between stories. Thus, it should have worked better - and perhaps it did, if you are a romance fan. I expected a mystery. ( )
  ParadisePorch | Feb 2, 2021 |
I borrowed this anthology for Susanna Kearsley’s novella Weapon of Choice, which is set in 1733 and features a couple of characters from A Desperate Fortune (along with a couple of couples from a couple of her other novels). It has a different sort of plot from her other stories -- there’s no newly developing romance, and no contemporary storyline -- but it was interesting to see Hugh’s marriage from his perspective.

I glanced at the first pages of the other novellas and the only one which caught my attention enough to read was Siren’s Call by C.S. Harris, a murder mystery set during WWII.
  Herenya | Dec 27, 2020 |
I'm not typically a fan of anthologies or short stories, but this volume certainly made for fun reading. Following the adventures of a cursed pocket watch, this book features tales covering two centuries and a range of characters all connected to the watch and its deadly upheavals. Overall, fun reading and something definitely to be enjoyed for historical mystery fans. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Dec 21, 2020 |
I absolutely love the concept of this historical mystery story collection!! A cursed gold watch causes trouble as it passes from owner to owner over more than a century. Four owners -- four outstanding stories!

All of these writers (Susanna Kearsley, C.S. Harris, Anna Lee Huber and Christine Trent) were new-to-me authors. Not new as in I haven't heard of them...but new as in I haven't read anything by them. I have books from all four on my TBR list, but haven't gotten to them yet. This collection of stories made me move all those books closer to the top of my list!

The stories start in 1733 and the watch makes it way to Edinburg, London and Kent over the years, with the fantastic ending coming in 1944. I love how all of the stories are so different, but all tied together by the gold watch.

Normally I read books like this slowly, really savoring the differences in the stories, the awesome background story of the watch, and the plot nuances of each novella. I also take time to research the authors and add lots of new books/stories to my TBR stack. But because I was reading to write a review in a timely manner (All this covid19 stuff has my job revved up to insane, so my reading and writing time is really taking a hit this year), I had to hurry and spend much less time than I normally would on such a lovely book. BUT, I solved this problem -- I pre-ordered my own copy of the audio book and I'm going to listen to my heart's content as slowly as I choose and then add lots of lovely books to my TBR stack after each tale is completed.

Even with the somewhat rushed review read, I loved these four intertwined historical mystery stories. I couldn't pick a favorite -- all are wonderful stories. Well written, with interesting characters and period appropriate plots. I can tell I am going to enjoy reading more by all four writers! I'm on the lookout for more story collections woven together by a plot point like a cursed item -- that really added something extra to my reading enjoyment!

Awesome read!

**I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Poisoned Pen Press. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
I was drawn to this ARC because one of the stories is by Susanna Kearsley, and I’ve really enjoyed a couple of her novels. While I struggled a bit to engage with this collection, I ended up loving the last story by C.S. Harris, an author I’ve never read before, the most.

I find it hard to review collections of stories like this overall, especially when different authors contribute, so I’m going to review each story individually first.

Weapon of Choice by Susanna Kearsley

In the first story, it’s 1733 and we meet Jacobite Hugh MacPherson and his wife, Mary, as they travel by sea to Italy to meet and protect the Duke of Ormonde while escorting him to Scottish King James’ court in exile. A storm forces them to dock at Portofino, where they stay at an inn with an assassin and a pirate who carries with him ‘La Siréne,’ an elegantly engraved watch that is said to be cursed. Political intrigue, mystery and murder ensue before the travelers and the watch part company.

Hugh and Mary, as well as some other characters that meet at the inn, appear in some of Kearsley’s full-length novels I have yet to read. I’m sure I would have appreciated their presence here more if I had read those novels, but they were still well-developed characters. The writing is good, and the groundwork of the legend of the watch is laid nicely, but I had trouble engaging with the story until it was nearly over. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

In a Fevered Hour by Anna Lee Huber

La Siréne next appears in 1831 in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the watch’s curse is blamed for a sickness sweeping parts of the city. Lady Kiera Darby is a rather unusual detective who gets involved in tracking down the watch while trying to solve the mysterious deaths.

I’ve not read any of the Lady Darby mysteries (a google search tells me there are several of them), but I enjoyed the gothic feel, Kiera’s unconventional investigation style, and her relationship with her partner/husband. This story flowed along nicely, but I again felt I would have enjoyed it more if I’d read the background novels first. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Pocketful of Death by Christine Trent

La Siréne surfaces again in 1870, when English undertaker Violet Harper quite literally digs it up while exhuming a grave in Edinburgh. The watch travels with her back to London, where it becomes linked to a string of murders in a wealthy Victorian neighborhood. Violet apparently does some mystery-solving when she’s not undertaking, and she becomes involved in solving the crimes.

Again, I’ve not read any of Trent’s Lady of Ashes series, so Violet was new to me. I enjoyed this fun mystery and the quirky characters, and really liked how the watch was a central character as well, and I was only mildly perplexed by some of the backstories that probably would have made more sense if I was reader of the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Siren’s Call by C.S. Harris

The cursed pocket watch next pops up in 1944 in a war-torn seaside village in Kent. Someone who appears to be aware of the legend of La Siréne is murdering villagers in this small community, and museum curator Rachel Townsend-Smythe begins looking for the watch as well. At the same time, two MI5 agents, Jude Lowe and Remus Stokes, are in town trying to track down a German spy, and as it becomes apparent the spy and the murders are linked, Rachel finds herself working closely with Jude.

This last story was my favorite of the anthology, which I wasn’t expecting as I think I may have burned myself out on WWII historical fiction a few years ago. I really loved the WWII storyline, and Rachel and Jude were such great characters—they are also original characters for this story, and I think that helped me not feel like I was missing something. I especially love how this final story wraps up the journey (we hope?) of La Siréne and it’s curse. I’ve never read anything by C.S. Harris before, but I definitely plan to now, as I love her writing style here. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Overall, I am impressed with the collaboration between these four authors to bring La Siréne through time in such a cohesive and fascinating way. This collection is probably best suited for readers who are already fans of the characters in the first three stories, but as they are all written to stand alone, that’s not required. Good historical fiction mysteries with four distinct voices. Anthology rating; ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 ( )
  sprainedbrain | Nov 21, 2020 |
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