I meant to write full reviews for these two books, but the further I get from reading them, the less likely that becomes. Instead, here are quick thoughts.
Indian Maidens Bust Loose by Vidya Samson
Borrowed this via Kindle Lending after it was reviewed by Sunita & Jayne at DearAuthor. The first chapter didn’t immediately draw me in, so it wound up just sitting on my Kindle for a few weeks; when I was clearing out samples, I found it and decided to read it before returning.
There’s no romance on the page, although there are marital machinations, so the blurb about waiting for Prince Charming is misleading and not great marketing IMO. Pretty standard for chick lit, even with the Indian aspect. The pacing was a little wonky: it could’ve used some editing or trimming; as the end of the book approached, it felt like a string of slapstick moments strung together. Despite very slow pacing through the middle, the end arrived very quickly and wrapped everything up a little too neatly. Over all, an enjoyable read by an author I would try again, but not a keeper.
Lessons for Survivors by Charlie Cochrane
This is another Cambridge Fellows Mystery, set post WW1. It’s published by Cheyenne Publishing; the series had been with Samhain for the last several books, so I’m kind of curious about what prompted the publisher change. Price-wise, it was a little expensive ($6.99) for the length (185 pages) compared to earlier editions. I enjoyed the book as I read, because I like The Adventures of Orlando and Jonty, and yet in some ways it felt needlessly convoluted and also as if some opportunities were wasted. The blurb mentions the huge threat of the sleuths being outed by a rival, yet that aspect of the story didn’t get much attention. Not bad but not the best installment of the series IMO.