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The Bear at Midnight: 4 (Orkneyinga Murders) by Lexie Conyngham – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The Bear at Midnight (Orkneyinga Murders #4)The Bear at Midnight by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is another season on Buckquoy where the death of prominent member of the island society occurs and although it was expected, it still jars those who were closest to them. As it is such an occasion, the family members gather from the far reaches of the islands and further to pay their respects to the dead.

As people gather, a decision has to be made and Thorfinn is again in charge of the decision which is who will inherit their place as the leader in the hierarchy. As relatives pursue their own agendas, those left with the fallout are the ones who have to aid Thorfinn in the process and so he calls upon his most faithful to observe the contenders and report back on their findings.

As this is ongoing, tragedy strikes and there is another death, although this one is much more mysterious as accusations and fists fly in the aftermath. With this new development, Ketil is called upon to help solve the mystery, especially when it is his old friend Sigrid who is in the firing line, but will they be able to work out who the culprit is before they take the fall, or will tragedy follow on their heels?

This is another mysterious historical crime where people are plotting behind the backs of others, while protecting their own, on a small island community filled with contentious individuals.

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Tomb for an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders Book 1) by Lexie Conyngham – Review by La Toya Lewis

Tomb for an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders #1)Tomb for an Eagle by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tomb for an Eagle is a wonderful and interesting historical mystery. I have read quite a few historical fiction but no historical mysteries. This book did not disappoint. This is a well-written, well-developed book with interesting characters. I enjoyed going along for the ride with Ketil and Sigrid. I got hooked on these characters from the start and could not put the book down. It is absolutely a page-turner. This was a different kind of mystery experience that I definitely enjoyed. I recommend this for anyone looking for unconventional historical fiction.

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The Bear at Midnight (Orkneyinga Murders Book 4) by Lexie Conyngham – Review by La Toya Lewis

The Bear at Midnight (Orkneyinga Murders #4)The Bear at Midnight by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Bear at Midnight is the fourth book in the Orkneinga Murder Books. I was so excited to read this book after reading book 1, Tomb of an Eagle. I was so excited to see Thorafinn, who I read about in book 1. Also like book 1, it is set in Scotland in the Viking era. This is not a time period that I would have thought I enjoyed reading about but just like book 1 the magnificent storytelling and details draw you in. Once again Lexie Conyngham keeps you guessing while enjoying this tale. I highly recommend this book and this series for an intriguing story that keeps you on your toes.

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The Bear at Midnight (Orkneyinga Murders Book 4) by Lexie Conyngham – Review by Amanda Glaspie

The Bear at Midnight (Orkneyinga Murders #4)The Bear at Midnight by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two deaths, one of old age, one of death, brings Ketil and Sigrid back together to solve who the killer is. Has long lost relatives compete to take over their deceased relatives home and power, things go awry and nobody is without suspicion. Although this is the fourth book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand alone. I’ve read the first and this book and didn’t feel like I was lost. The original characters continue to grow while meeting new ones in the series. It still amazes me how even after a few short paragraphs,I find myself disliking or loving a character. Just as you think you know the killer, bam, what a great ending.

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Tomb of an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders Book 1) by Lexie Conyngham – Review by Amanda Glaspie

Tomb for an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders #1)Tomb for an Eagle by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a nice mix of historical fiction and murder mystery. This is the first book in the series and is the introduction to the village of Orkney and all the people within the village. Book starts with Sigrid finding an unknown body and the hunt for the murderer is on. At this time Ketil rides in so speak to the Earl of Orkney, Thorfinn and some distressing news. This is when the who done it really starts. I’m not usually a fan of historical fiction but I really enjoyed this book. It had a good mix of character development, mystery, and twists and turns. Sigrid and Ketil make a good team and I hope they continue in reigniting their friendship.

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The Bear at Midnight (Orkneyinga Murders Book 4) by Lexie Conyngham – Review by Melissa Saxton

The Bear at Midnight (Orkneyinga Murders #4)The Bear at Midnight by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jump right into political intrigue and well done historical mystery crime solving.

The leader of the hall of Buckquoy dies. There needs to be a replacement but there is no male heir. There is an illegitimate son, a nephew and a local all who could assume the role and an Earl has to decide.

The leaders wife, now a widow has a daughter who seems to have her favorite to take over, but when the daughter turns up murdered so many questions ensue. Who killed her, and why? is it to influence the selection of the leader? is the mother involved, is it completely unrelated?

this story is a great historical crime novel which will both let you learn of culture, political intrigue and hierarchy but also have you lost in this story desperate to find out what actually happened.

You won’t regret this read!

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The Bear at Midnight (Orkneyinga Murders Book 4) by Lexie Conyngham – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Bear at Midnight (Orkneyinga Murders #4)The Bear at Midnight by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical crime novel and quickly got into the story despite not having read the previous books in the series. The storyline is set on the Orkney Islands during the Viking era and the author does a great job at bringing this period to life and making the reader feel immersed in the setting. Thorfinn has to appoint a new leader at Buckquoy but bitter rivalries emerge and a woman dies. Ketil and Sigrid must then work together to discover who the killer is, and defend themselves. Luckily this is not the first time they have found themselves in the middle of a murder mystery. I liked the main characters and found them likeable and relatable and could definitely tell they had chemistry between them, even if they didn’t. The book is written from both of their points of view which helped make me feel engaged with them and the story. The storyline flowed well and the plot had me hooked till the last page. I am keen to read the previous books in the series now.

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Tomb For An Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders Book 1) by Lexie Conyngham – review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Tomb for an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders #1)Tomb for an Eagle by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

On Orkney’s, a resident of the local village is going about their day to day business when they are informed of an animal being somewhere it shouldn’t be and that they will need to go retrieve it before dark. When they get there, however, instead of finding the animal, they find a body, a body which has been buried using the old ways.

When the village leader is notified, a party go down to the burial site and retrieve the body, however, nobody knows who they are or who may have killed them, so the villagers try to figure it out.

Meanwhile, Thorfinn Sigudarson is returning to his Earldom in Orkney and Caithness from his latest trip, only to find that there has been a killing on the island and that it has brought with it ghosts from his past. This is neither welcome or expected for Thorfinn and so he has both a mystery to since and a past to revisit in order to secure his future, but will he be able to do it all, or with his past catch up with him first?

This is a historical fiction centred around a crime which nobody has claimed and a mystery he is reluctant to solve in case his own skeletons are revealed.

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The Bear at Midnight (Orkneyinga Murders Book 4) by Lexie Conyngham – Review by Tara Johnson Barnes

The Bear at Midnight (Orkneyinga Murders #4)The Bear at Midnight by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Bear at Midnight is Book 4 in the Orkneyinga Murders series. Ketil and Sigrid work together once again to solve a mystery and find a killer in Orkney. When Einar passes away there are many in line to take over as leader. Ketil and Sigrid only want the best for everyone and to have peace in the land.

Sigrid and Ketil work beautifully together and really seemed destined to be a couple although neither one of them seems to realize that. The story is told from both sides and although neither seems to lead the story you can’t help but bond with Sigrid. She possesses many admirable qualities including her strength and determination.

The author weaves together a beautiful story of the lives and characters of the Vikings and beautiful Scotland. Often you feel like you were right there with the characters because the author so vividly describes the scenes of day-to-day life with the characters.

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Tomb For an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders Book 1) by Lexie Conyngham – Review by Tara Johnson Barnes

Tomb for an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders #1)Tomb for an Eagle by Lexie Conyngham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tomb for an Eagle is book one in the Orkneyinga Murders series. When a body is discovered in an underground tomb still clutching the knife that possibly killed him it sets into motion a chain of events that involves all the citizens of Orkney. Sigrid, who accidentally discovered the body on her property, is determined to solve the mystery of this unknown man. With the help of Ketil, she sets out to unravel the mystery of why this man was killed. Nobody from their small village has been reported missing which makes it even a bigger mystery. Where did this man come from? Who is he and how did he die there?

I loved the character of Sigrid because she was full of feistiness and determination. She doesn’t back down from a challenge. Although it was a bit challenging to keep track of all the names, I loved the historical detail that the author wrote into her book and thought it was very well written.

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