Book Blitz w/ Notes during #HistoricalMondays | Celebrating “The Golden Hour” (The Lady Evelyn Mysteries, Book Four) by Malia Zaidi

Posted Monday, 8 April, 2019 by jorielov , , , , 0 Comments

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Why I am spotlighting this during #Historical Mondays:

You might be curious why I hosting a book blitz rather than a book review during my feature for showcasing Historical narratives on Mondays? The keen reason for this today is the fact when I read the premise of this Cosy Historical Mystery series – I had a feeling I had stumbled across my next #mustread Cosy series and I wanted to take the chance to feature it during a #HistoricalMondays celebration ahead of being able to read it myself! A bit similar in a way to spotlighting and/or discussing books during #WaitingOnWednesday but this is strictly for the Historical narratives across genre which speak to my readerly heart and are the kinds of stories I am wicked thankful are being published for readers like me who can’t devour enough #HistFic!

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Book Blitz w/ Notes during #HistoricalMondays | Celebrating “The Golden Hour” (The  Lady Evelyn Mysteries, Book Four) by Malia ZaidiThe Golden Hour (Spotlight)
by Malia Zaidi

Lady Evelyn Carlisle has barely arrived in London when familial duty calls her away again. Her cousin Gemma is desperate for help with her ailing mother before her imminent wedding, which Evelyn knew nothing about! Aunt Agnes in tow, she journeys to Scotland, expecting to find Malmo Manor in turmoil. To her surprise, her Scottish family has been keeping far more secrets than the troubled state of their matriarch.

Adding to the tension in the house a neighbor has opened his home, Elderbrooke Park, as a retreat for artistic veterans of the Great War. This development does not sit well with everyone in the community. Is the suspicion towards the residents a catalyst for murder? A tragedy at Elderbrooke Park’s May Day celebration awakens Evelyn’s sleuthing instinct, which is strengthened when the story of another unsolved death emerges, connected to her own family.

What she uncovers on her quest to expose the truth will change several lives forever, including her own. With the shadow of history looming over her, Evelyn must trust in her instinct and ability to comb through the past to understand the present, before the murderer can stop her and tragedy strikes again.

Places to find the book:

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ISBN: 978-1543959499

Genres: Amateur Detective, Cosy Historical Mystery, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction


Published by Self Published Author

on 26th March, 2019

This is a self-published series through BookBaby!

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A Poisonous Journey (book one)

A Darker Shore (book two)

The Study of Silence (book three)

The Golden Hour (book four)

Converse via: #LadyEvelynMysteries + #HistoricalMysteries
as well as #CosyMysteries and #HistoricalFiction

Available Formats: Trade Paperback and Ebook

I was overjoyed seeing this is a self-published series through Book Baby as I used to participate in the Book Baby Twitter chats about self-publishing through their platform. It was one of the platforms I felt next to LuLu which worked well for authors and over the years, I’ve been blessed to read a few releases by Book Baby. I was first introduced to Book Baby though through my admiration and love of #CDBaby which is part of the parent company.

About Malia Zaidi

Malia Zaidi

Malia Zaidi is the author of The Lady Evelyn Mysteries. She studied at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Oxford. Having grown up in Germany, she currently lives in Washington DC, though through her love of reading, she resides vicariously (if temporarily) in countries around the world.

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about why I think i’d love reading this cosy historical mystery series:

I happen to love stories set during the World War eras and in particular, I love reading Cosy Historical Mysteries – a term I originated at some point during my six years as a book blogger here on Jorie Loves A Story for those stories of Crime Fiction which hold back the brutality of the crime descriptions and take on a ‘cosier feel’ inside the heart of their Mysteries. Sometimes I have a bit of an upper end of what I consider Cosy but for the most part, if you’re familiar with the traditional Cosy Mystery – you’ll know exactly what appeals to me with the Historical cousin side of the ledger!

Ever since I first started watching the #MissFisher Murder Mysteries series, I have wanted to find another series similar to it in fiction. I was going to attempt to read the entire series itself until I recognised the fact that being an appreciator of the show and the actors who play the characters inasmuch as the continuity of the their story-lines, there wasn’t a route for me to take into the books as there is a stark difference between the two versions to where I knew my joy of the interactions and the series itself would differ greatly between the original series and the adaptation I had come to love!

Thereby, ever since I realised this – I’ve had my eye out on new authors who are drawing my eye into their Cosy Historicals – where I could find the kind of character I could rally behind and really dig into their life whilst appreciating either the setting, the timescape or the route towards learning how they became an amateur detective as that is principally what I love the most about Cosies – how these stories are capitalising on the fact everyday sleuths can take the spotlight and be the leading heroes and heroines!

This series kicks-off in *1925!* which is positively smashing as I happen to love Flapper culture and the entire first half of the 20th Century! I generally gravitate towards this time period quite often – it was an era of change and a revolution of artistic and musical revelations. It was also one of the first periods of the 20th Century where women and men were becoming more individually unique and expressive about their sense of style in fashion, their independent natures and how they wanted to live a more Bohemian lifestyle where they were having a finger pulse on culture, art, music and an inclusively diverse life full of adventures or travel.

I liked how the series seems to follow Lady Evelyn – she’s a seemingly ordinary girl, whose friendships and family are wide spread and whose adventures into sleuthing simply ‘happen’ alongside her route of travelling and/or answering her correspondences! I love the light-hearted nature of this series – from the descriptions but also, how Lady Evelyn appears to have been written. I think it will be a smashing series to start reading and I am thankful I had a chance to ‘discover it!’ during this promotional tour!

I’m also delighted to no end these are released into paperback editions! As this is the version I’ll be seeking out to read – it is lovely to spotlight a new series you’re excited about finding and having the joyful expectations which go with finding it before your meant to read it!

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This Book Blitz is courtesy of:

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 I look forward to reading your thoughts & commentary!
Especially if you read the book or were thinking you might be inclined to read it. I appreciate hearing different points of view especially amongst readers who gravitate towards the same stories to read. Bookish conversations are always welcome!

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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Posted Monday, 8 April, 2019 by jorielov in #HistoricalMondays, 20th Century, Amateur Detective, Blog Tour Host & Reviewer, Cosy Historical Mystery, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, Indie Author, Lady Detective Fiction, the Nineteen Hundreds, the Roaring Twenties




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