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Do you believe in curses? Jane Carter doesn't, but when three of her acquaintances experience extraordinary strings of bad luck, Jane's disbelief in the unseen wavers. Jane grapples with a vandalized shop, a kidnapping, a creepy doll with seemingly supernatural powers, and a stolen diamond necklace. What do all these have in common? It's up to Jane to find out. About the Do you believe in curses? Jane Carter doesn't, but when three of her acquaintances experience extraordinary strings of bad luck, Jane's disbelief in the unseen wavers. Jane grapples with a vandalized shop, a kidnapping, a creepy doll with seemingly supernatural powers, and a stolen diamond necklace. What do all these have in common? It's up to Jane to find out. About the Jane Carter Historical Cozy Mystery Series: This quirky historical cozy mystery series is set in the fictional American city of Greenville during the 1920s, and features Jane Carter, a young widow who returns home to live with her father after the tragic death of her journalist husband. Jane’s father owns a local newspaper, and wants Jane to take it over someday, but Jane is adamant that she has no desire to be a reporter. Instead, she turns her talent for writing to concocting melodramatic romances for fly-by-night rags who almost never pay on time. This work pays so poorly that Jane supplements her income by becoming an agony aunt, soliciting letters from the lovelorn through advertisements in the back of women’s weekly magazines. Jane dispenses advice to all and sundry, but her personal life is in shambles. Jane claims that she's holding out for a millionaire before she marries again, but the only man who makes her heart beat faster is Jack, a reporter on her father's staff. Not only has Jane vowed she will never be a newspaper man herself, she's doubly insistent on never again marrying one. While trying to turn out enough column inches of overwrought romantic bilge to keep her old car on the road, and herself in shoes, Jane runs into the most extraordinary circumstances. In Jane's madcap world, it's a constant round of kidnappings, curses, stolen jewels, counterfeit paintings, and hidden stashes of gold. There's plenty of crime to go around, but nary a murder. Accompanying Jane on her adventures is her best friend, Florence. Jane and Flo may get into one perilous situation after another, but they are never damsels in distress, because, as Jane puts it, "A real lady always carries her own pocket knife." Neither Jane nor Flo think it beneath them to slip a cosh into their handbag, either, should the situation call for it. All this getting into harm's way alarms the Carter's housekeeper, Mrs. Timms. Mrs. Timms believes it's her mission in life to turn motherless Jane into a proper lady, but seeing as Jane has just turned twenty-four, Mrs. Timms considerable efforts appear to have been in vain. However, the housekeeper won't give up trying, just as Jane won't give up on seeing Mrs. Timms and her father center-aisling it to the alter and saying, "I do." If you like light-hearted historical mysteries with quirky characters and a bit of zany humor, this may be the series for you! These are murderless mysteries. Despite a constant crime wave, there seem to be no murders in the city of Greenville. There may be plenty of peril in the form of kidnappings, heists, and the occasional assault, but nobody ever dies, and justice is always served. There’s plenty of romance, but sex is strictly behind closed doors. Suitable for readers looking for a "clean" mystery novel. This series may be of interest to fans of: Lee Strauss (Ginger Gold Mysteries), Jaqueline Winspear (Masie Dobbs Mysteries), Patricia Wentworth (Miss Silver Mysteries), Jessica Ellicot (Berl and Edwina Mysteries Series), Clara Benson, L. B. Hathaway (Posie Parker Mysteries), Leighann Dobbs (Hazel Martin Mysteries), T. E. Kinsey (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries), Margarete Addison (Rose Simpson Mysteries), Emily Organ (Penny Green Mysteries), and the Phryne Fisher Mystery Series.


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Do you believe in curses? Jane Carter doesn't, but when three of her acquaintances experience extraordinary strings of bad luck, Jane's disbelief in the unseen wavers. Jane grapples with a vandalized shop, a kidnapping, a creepy doll with seemingly supernatural powers, and a stolen diamond necklace. What do all these have in common? It's up to Jane to find out. About the Do you believe in curses? Jane Carter doesn't, but when three of her acquaintances experience extraordinary strings of bad luck, Jane's disbelief in the unseen wavers. Jane grapples with a vandalized shop, a kidnapping, a creepy doll with seemingly supernatural powers, and a stolen diamond necklace. What do all these have in common? It's up to Jane to find out. About the Jane Carter Historical Cozy Mystery Series: This quirky historical cozy mystery series is set in the fictional American city of Greenville during the 1920s, and features Jane Carter, a young widow who returns home to live with her father after the tragic death of her journalist husband. Jane’s father owns a local newspaper, and wants Jane to take it over someday, but Jane is adamant that she has no desire to be a reporter. Instead, she turns her talent for writing to concocting melodramatic romances for fly-by-night rags who almost never pay on time. This work pays so poorly that Jane supplements her income by becoming an agony aunt, soliciting letters from the lovelorn through advertisements in the back of women’s weekly magazines. Jane dispenses advice to all and sundry, but her personal life is in shambles. Jane claims that she's holding out for a millionaire before she marries again, but the only man who makes her heart beat faster is Jack, a reporter on her father's staff. Not only has Jane vowed she will never be a newspaper man herself, she's doubly insistent on never again marrying one. While trying to turn out enough column inches of overwrought romantic bilge to keep her old car on the road, and herself in shoes, Jane runs into the most extraordinary circumstances. In Jane's madcap world, it's a constant round of kidnappings, curses, stolen jewels, counterfeit paintings, and hidden stashes of gold. There's plenty of crime to go around, but nary a murder. Accompanying Jane on her adventures is her best friend, Florence. Jane and Flo may get into one perilous situation after another, but they are never damsels in distress, because, as Jane puts it, "A real lady always carries her own pocket knife." Neither Jane nor Flo think it beneath them to slip a cosh into their handbag, either, should the situation call for it. All this getting into harm's way alarms the Carter's housekeeper, Mrs. Timms. Mrs. Timms believes it's her mission in life to turn motherless Jane into a proper lady, but seeing as Jane has just turned twenty-four, Mrs. Timms considerable efforts appear to have been in vain. However, the housekeeper won't give up trying, just as Jane won't give up on seeing Mrs. Timms and her father center-aisling it to the alter and saying, "I do." If you like light-hearted historical mysteries with quirky characters and a bit of zany humor, this may be the series for you! These are murderless mysteries. Despite a constant crime wave, there seem to be no murders in the city of Greenville. There may be plenty of peril in the form of kidnappings, heists, and the occasional assault, but nobody ever dies, and justice is always served. There’s plenty of romance, but sex is strictly behind closed doors. Suitable for readers looking for a "clean" mystery novel. This series may be of interest to fans of: Lee Strauss (Ginger Gold Mysteries), Jaqueline Winspear (Masie Dobbs Mysteries), Patricia Wentworth (Miss Silver Mysteries), Jessica Ellicot (Berl and Edwina Mysteries Series), Clara Benson, L. B. Hathaway (Posie Parker Mysteries), Leighann Dobbs (Hazel Martin Mysteries), T. E. Kinsey (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries), Margarete Addison (Rose Simpson Mysteries), Emily Organ (Penny Green Mysteries), and the Phryne Fisher Mystery Series.

30 review for The Curse: A Cozy Mystery From the 1920s

  1. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Grabas

    Having read the Peril at the Pink Lotus, I was confused when I was asked to review "The Curse". After comparing it, I find that apparently this book has more than one title. The book I read, Peril at the Pink Lotus, was very enjoyable and if we are talking about the same series, I would like to read more , but it seems that I may have a problem finding this series as the other books may have multiple titles. It would be nice if someone put all of this together, as even the cover picture on the o Having read the Peril at the Pink Lotus, I was confused when I was asked to review "The Curse". After comparing it, I find that apparently this book has more than one title. The book I read, Peril at the Pink Lotus, was very enjoyable and if we are talking about the same series, I would like to read more , but it seems that I may have a problem finding this series as the other books may have multiple titles. It would be nice if someone put all of this together, as even the cover picture on the one I read is different than the one shown for The Curse.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Enjoyable I love the golden age detective stuff and cozy mysteries, and this was a pretty good read. It was weird because it was very American, and it wasn’t heavily descriptive (could’ve been set any when in the early half of the 20th century in America) but it was pretty decent and I liked the plot! Witch dolls, whaaat!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nina Mintzer

    A charming and delightful cozy mystery. This book was just what I needed after reading two dismal and difficult to read mystery books. The setting feels like it took place about a century ago. The cast of characters include Jane, her father and her friend Flo. This cozy has a lot of different elements. Pathos and strange goings on, a weird doll that insists on reappearing, sinister people and suspense. I truly enjoyed this book and will now seek out another of Jane's adventures. A charming and delightful cozy mystery. This book was just what I needed after reading two dismal and difficult to read mystery books. The setting feels like it took place about a century ago. The cast of characters include Jane, her father and her friend Flo. This cozy has a lot of different elements. Pathos and strange goings on, a weird doll that insists on reappearing, sinister people and suspense. I truly enjoyed this book and will now seek out another of Jane's adventures.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Argum

    I read under a different title off Kindle Unlimited something with a Pink Lotus and much different cover that set a very different feel than this title and cover. Jane is the daughter of the newspaper editor in some town - maybe in California, at some indeterminate time with cars and telephones. The mystery was okay but just lacking in atmosphere and caring. Some twists but not done with nuance. Certain things had to be connected based on the ham fisted throwing in your face that they were which I read under a different title off Kindle Unlimited something with a Pink Lotus and much different cover that set a very different feel than this title and cover. Jane is the daughter of the newspaper editor in some town - maybe in California, at some indeterminate time with cars and telephones. The mystery was okay but just lacking in atmosphere and caring. Some twists but not done with nuance. Certain things had to be connected based on the ham fisted throwing in your face that they were which settled the whole mess together long before the storytelling got you there

  5. 5 out of 5

    George Floyd

    What happened the necklace? I really enjoyed this novel, fast paced and very readable. Characterizations were well done and the plotting was excellent. As I sit here pondering what next to read i will have to read the next book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Pretty fun read I'll read more. Not great literature but enjoyable and easy. It kept me interested and wanting to find out what happened next. Pretty fun read I'll read more. Not great literature but enjoyable and easy. It kept me interested and wanting to find out what happened next.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janice Fahrney-rudeen

    What fun! A lovely read with a surprise forme at ending. Jane and Flo would be very welcome in my circle of friends.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Good Cute mystery and fun characters! This book had lots of twists and turns leading to the conclusion. I would recommend this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    E

    Sometimes you just want to sit down to a light cozy mystery especially on a dreary day. Ms. Simpson’s “Peril at the Pink Lotus” is a delightful read filled with great characters, a good story, and just enough excitement to keep you turning the page. Jane is the lead actor; a young woman trying her hand at writing. Unfortunately the only writing assignment she gets is for a serial published in the Pitman’s All – Story Weekly. Jane’s best friend Flo, conveniences her to accompany her on a shopping Sometimes you just want to sit down to a light cozy mystery especially on a dreary day. Ms. Simpson’s “Peril at the Pink Lotus” is a delightful read filled with great characters, a good story, and just enough excitement to keep you turning the page. Jane is the lead actor; a young woman trying her hand at writing. Unfortunately the only writing assignment she gets is for a serial published in the Pitman’s All – Story Weekly. Jane’s best friend Flo, conveniences her to accompany her on a shopping trip to buy a doll. It is a gift for a poor young parishioner. When they reach the doll shop something is amiss. The shop has been ransacked and most of the dolls destroyed. Clara the owner of the shop is devastated. Jane believes something sinister is afoot. A so the mystery begins. A vaudeville actress is run off the road. Jane and Flo witness the accident and assist the actress in getting the theater in time. The actress later receives a witch doll; a warning or threat? Leo Silva conducts séances to the amazement of the locals. Patrons however are being robbed and Leo is chief suspect, especially when he disappears without a trace. When Clara disappears, Jane knows someone is orchestrating the disappearances and thefts. You will never guess who it is. No I am not going to tell you, it will spoil the fun of reading this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robynne Lozier

    This is an OK story but the main character (Jane Carter) who says she is 24 years old, acts more like a 14 year old girl detective. Her father owns the local newspaper so she is not lacking for money. If he can afford to hire a nanny/housekeeper who literally raised Jane from the time her mother died, then Jane has a very cushy life. This novel was more telling and less showing and there was several errors that editing clearly did not catch!! I was also disappointed to notice that there was NO m This is an OK story but the main character (Jane Carter) who says she is 24 years old, acts more like a 14 year old girl detective. Her father owns the local newspaper so she is not lacking for money. If he can afford to hire a nanny/housekeeper who literally raised Jane from the time her mother died, then Jane has a very cushy life. This novel was more telling and less showing and there was several errors that editing clearly did not catch!! I was also disappointed to notice that there was NO mention of what life was really like in the 1920s, other than the occasional mention of Rudolph Valentino. Otherwise the way these girls used their cars and the telephones, was written exactly how a girl in the 1980s would have used her car and the telephone (before the internet and cell phones came out). All in all, it read just like a contemporary novel, which was quite disappointing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    2 1/2 stars really. Things about this book seemed familiar but I didn't think that I had actually read it before. At the end, the author's note mentioned that these were reworked plots of the Penny Parker mysteries by Mildred Wirt. Even though the author is not trying to hide what she is doing and it is legal, I'm not sure how I feel about it. There are differences from the Penny Parker series. Obviously, the name, as well as the age, and she has no desire to be a reporter which Penny did. Some o 2 1/2 stars really. Things about this book seemed familiar but I didn't think that I had actually read it before. At the end, the author's note mentioned that these were reworked plots of the Penny Parker mysteries by Mildred Wirt. Even though the author is not trying to hide what she is doing and it is legal, I'm not sure how I feel about it. There are differences from the Penny Parker series. Obviously, the name, as well as the age, and she has no desire to be a reporter which Penny did. Some of the plot has changed as well. It is a breezy mystery and Jane definitely has spunk. She thinks having a good knife in her purse is more important than lipstick. The plot is complicated but it is not out of the realm of possibility. It is a fun read, overall.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Librarian Janet Reads

    Somehow I managed to read the KindleUnlimited version before it disappeared from Amazon. This is a perfectly competent amateur sleuth mystery whose heroine is neither pigheadedly trying to solve the case because she doesn't trust the police to do it, nor trying to avenge a loved one from wrongful accusations (two of my less-favorite storylines). The witch dolls added a touch of the macabre, much to my enjoyment. Somehow I managed to read the KindleUnlimited version before it disappeared from Amazon. This is a perfectly competent amateur sleuth mystery whose heroine is neither pigheadedly trying to solve the case because she doesn't trust the police to do it, nor trying to avenge a loved one from wrongful accusations (two of my less-favorite storylines). The witch dolls added a touch of the macabre, much to my enjoyment.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    I thought this was a delightful story looking back at the vaudeville days of the 20’s. Turning out stories on a typewriter for the newspaper. Good look at the characters to begin this series. Liking .jack and Flo. The mystery of why someone wanted to buy a doll shop. To the actress getting a witch doll. Looking to read the next story .

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Really enjoyable, and perfect for reading on one’s phone (I say this after a series of “meh” phone reading experiences). I’m looking forward to the rest.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Failed to hold my interest. Not sure why.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Margaret H

    Not a bad cozy mystery. It could have been set in any era. I wish it had touches of 1920’s that the cover makes it out to be.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Fill

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chantel

  20. 4 out of 5

    sandra s pickens

  21. 5 out of 5

    Irene L.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Peggy M. Jimenez

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diane Lending

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Dickinson

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mel

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beth Sullivan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Annette Schmidt

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jaana Nystrom

  29. 4 out of 5

    S

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Shepherd

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