Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
It began as a problem in one of Holmes’ beloved beehives, led to a murderous cult, and ended—or so they’d hoped—with a daring escape from a sacrificial altar. Instead, Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, have stirred the wrath and the limitless resources of those they’ve thwarted. Now they are separated and on the run, wanted by the police, and pursued across the Continent by a ruthless enemy with powerful connections.Unstoppable together, Russell and Holmes will have to survive this time apart, maintaining tenuous contact only by means of coded messages and cryptic notes. With Holmes’ young granddaughter in her safekeeping, Russell will have to call on instincts she didn’t know she had. But has the couple already made a fatal mistake by separating, making themselves easier targets for the shadowy government agents sent to silence them? From hidden rooms in London shops and rustic forest cabins to rickety planes over Scotland and boats on the frozen North Sea, Russell and Holmes work their way back to each other while uncovering answers to a mystery that will take both of them to solve. A hermit with a mysterious past and a beautiful young female doctor with a secret, a cruelly scarred flyer and an obsessed man of the cloth, Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, and an Intelligence agent who knows too much: Everyone Russell and Holmes meet could either speed their safe reunion or betray them to their enemies.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Alone, with Norah Jones whispering through the iPod, Laurel transformed a panel of fondant into a swatch of elegant, edible lace. She didn’t hear the music, used it more to fill the air than as entertainment while she painstakingly pieced the completed panel onto the second tier of four.
She stepped back to eye the results, to circle, to search for flaws. Vows’ clients expected perfect, and that’s exactly what she intended to deliver. Satisfied, she nodded, and picked up a bottle of water to sip while she stretched her back.
“Two down, two to go.”
She glanced toward the board where she’d pinned various samples of antique lace, and the final sketched design for the cake Friday evening’s bride had approved.
She had three more designs to complete: two for Saturday, one for Sunday—but that was nothing new. June at Vows, the wedding and event business she ran with her friends, was prime time.
In a handful of years, they’d turned an idea into a thriving enterprise. Sometimes just a little too thriving, she mused, which was why she was making fondant lace at nearly one in the morning. It was a very good thing, she decided. She loved the work.
They all had their passions. Emma had the flowers, Mac the photography, Parker the details. And she had the cakes. And the pastries, she thought, and the chocolates. But the cakes stood as the crowning touch.
She got back to it, began to roll out the next panel. Following habit, she’d clipped her sunny blond hair up and back out of her way. Cornstarch dusted the baker’s apron she wore over cotton pants and tee, and the slide-on kitchen shoes kept her feet as comfortable as possible after hours of standing. Her hands, strong from years of kneading, rolling, lifting, were capable and quick. As she began the next pattern, her sharp-featured, angular face set in serious lines.
Perfection wasn’t simply a goal when it came to her art. For Icing at Vows it was a necessity. The wedding cake was more than baking and piping, sugar paste and filling. Just as the wedding photos Mac took were more than pictures, and the arrangements and bouquets Emma created more than flowers. The details and schedules and wishes Parker put together were, in the end, bigger than the sum of their parts.
Together, the elements became a once-in-a-lifetime event, and the celebration of the journey two people chose to make together.
Romantic, certainly, and Laurel believed in romance. In theory, anyway. More, she believed in symbols and celebrations. And in a really fabulous cake.
Monday, April 26, 2010
So I'm doing the team fitness thingy with some of the ladies at work. Oh you know, that State thing they do every year. It's starts May 3rd. I just got my pedometer set up today. This only goes for 8 weeks but I'm very serious about getting back in shape and that will take a few months. But I've had enough and I'm doing it.
Halfway approximately through the Dorothy Dunnett. Tomorrow is release day for Nora Roberts and Laurie R. King.
Hey! It's Mailbox Monday! When you share what books came into your house in the past week! Okay, I got the Elizabeth George on the Kindle. And a book came in through paperback swap, another one in the Dorothy Dunnett Niccolo series that I'm trying to get all of, SCALES OF GOLD. And I think that was it. A so-so week.
Have a lovely evening .... Much love, PK the Bookeemonster
Sunday, April 25, 2010
“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way” Caroline Gordon
The setting is 1547, in Edinborough, Scotland. Francis Crawford of Lymond returns to the country despite the charge of treason hanging over his head. Set on redeeming his reputation, He leads a company of outlaws against England as he fights for the country he loves so dearly. Dangerous, quick-witted, and utterly irresistible, Lymond is pure pleasure to watch as he traverses 16th-century Scotland in search of freedom.
- SAVOR THE MOMENT by Nora Roberts
- THE GOD OF THE HIVE by Laurie R. King
- REVENGER by Rory Clements (U.K.)
- SHOOT TO THRILL by PJ Tracy
- THE TULIP VIRUS by Danielle Hermans
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Aggressively career-minded Isabelle Ardery, the new acting superintendent of London's Metropolitan Police, boldly manages to lure Lynley, who's been grieving over his wife's murder, back from Cornwall to look into a murder case. The body of Jemima Hastings, a young woman recently relocated from Hampshire, has turned up in a London cemetery. With suspects in both locales and numerous leads to follow and interviews to conduct, Ardery succeeds in raising the hackles of Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers, Det. Insp. John Stewart, and other members of the investigating team.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
This list just reflects my interests and is by no means complete. For a comprehensive listing, go to www.crimethrutime.com
Ted Stratton, a detective inspector in 1940s London
- Stratton’s War (2008) APA: The Innocent Spy (2009) 2008 Historical Dagger Award
- An Empty Death (2009) Finalist 2009 Historical Dagger Award
Maisie Dobbs, a psychologist and investigator based in 1920s and 1930s London
- Maisie Dobbs (2003) 2003 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, 2004 Macavity Award for Best First Novel, Finalist 2004 Anthony Award for Best First Novel, Finalist 2004 Barry Award for Best First Novel, Finalist 2004 Edgar Award for Best Mystery, Finalist 2004 Dilys Award
- Birds of a Feather (2004) 2004 Agatha Award for Best Novel, Finalist 2005 Dilys Award
- Pardonable Lies (2005) 2006 Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel. Finalist 2005 Agatha Award for Best Novel
- Messenger of Truth (2006) Finalist 2006 Agatha Award for Best Novel. Finalist 2007 Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel
- An Incomplete Revenge (2008)
- Among the Mad (2009)
- The Mapping of Love and Death (2010)
Marcus Corvinus, a member of the Senatorial class in first century Rome
- Ovid (1995)
- Germanicus (1997)
- Sejanus (1998)
- The Lydian Baker(1998)
- Old Bones (2000)
- Last Rites (2001)
- White Murder (2002)
- A Vote for Murder (2003)
- Parthian Shot (2004)
- Food for the Fishes (2005)
- In at the Death (2007)
- Illegally Dead (2008)
Benyamin Ben-Akiva, Talmudic scholar newly arrived from Poland in Prague 1592
- The Fifth Servant (2010)
Hugh Corbaille, a young Norman Knight, 12th century Norman England
Gideon St. Mars, a viscount who becomes the highwayman Blue Satan, and his friend Mrs. Kean, in early 18th century England
[r] = I've read it
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Almost forgot to post today. I'm taking it mostly easy today but I did walk Tug, did some laundry, and vacuumed upstairs. But I also napped and was generally lazy otherwise.
Spartacus last night was ... slaughter city. The slave rebellion has begun and it was looking like Carrie's prom night if you remember the movie with Sissie Spacek. Blood all ovah. And that little blonde rhymes with witch was evil again -- and lives. Otherwise, pretty much everyone who was not a slave was killed. Half the cast is now gone.
Oh! And they showed previews on HBO or was it Showtime of the upcoming miniseries Pillars of the Earth. Woo hoo! I've been keeping my eye on that from the UK from last year. It is based on the Ken Follett book set in medieval England and the building of a cathedral. Stars Ian McShane and Matthew Macfadyen. It will begin showing in July - mark your calendars.
Tonight, nothing on tv for me but I may suggest watching a movie. We still have Sherlock Holmes to watch and Gamer. I wouldn't mind an evening of reading per usual though. I was just thinking of the feature on Netflix where they recommend similar movies to the one you're interested in. So for the book I'm currently reading, A VEIN OF DECEIT by Susanna Gregory, I would recommend the historical mystery series by
- Margaret Frazer (featuring Dame Frevisse a medieval nun in Oxfordshire, England) or
- Michael Jecks Simon Puttock, medieval West County bailiff, and Sir Baldwin Furnshill, ex-Templar Knight, in Devon, England, or
- Bernard Knight (featuring Sir John de Wolfe, the crowner (coroner), in 12th century Devon, England) or
- Ariana Franklin (featuring Adelia (Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar of Salerno), a “doctor for the dead” working for King Henry II in 12th century England or
- Candace Robb (featuring Owen Archer, a medieval spy for the Archbishop, in 1300s Wales)
PK the Bookeemonster
Friday, April 16, 2010
Ahh Friday. The final episode of Spartacus is on tonight. Sigh. What will I do with Friday nights after this?
I left work early today - noon -- I already had my 40 hours in for the week plus some overtime. That cold is trying to get me so I left for home, walked Tug, and then napped for 3.5 hours. Totally zonked. Still feeling headachy, tired, and weird; I'll be taking it easy this weekend it looks like.
So Congress has extended the federal unemployment insurance program and a 4th tier became available in Montana today. It keeps me in a job which I totally appreciate and would not like to lose but ya just wish there'd be an end somewhere. This is not the place to take a stand on big government and nanny state politics but some people have been on unemployment since 2007 and no working. It has honestly not been THAT bad in Montana. I know I know. And I'm just talking about this because I'm tired and it's a big part of my job.
Well, maybe I'll be able to make time for reading this weekend, eh? To get on book topic, here are a link to check out -- because I'm not feeling creative this week:
The top 20 most annoying book reviewer cliches and how to use them all in one meaningless review : www.examiner.com/x-562-Book-Examiner~y2009m3d11-The-top-20-most-annoying-book-reviewer-phrases-and-how-to-use-them-all-in-one-meaningless-review.
And Glee is back on Tuesdays. Yay.
My brain is worn out. See you in the morning....
PK the Bookeemonster
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Yeah, so I didn't blog yesterday. Got home, walked Tug with Steve, dinner, and then Erik came over to watch The Pacific. I was bad.
Getting closer to Friday at last. This morning I was thinking, man, it would be nice to have a day off, you know, like a holiday, but we don't have one until the end of May. Oy.
So tonight we have Survivor to watch and then I'd like to read a little. Earlier I tried a method to unplug my ear. It may have worked. I'll let you know for sure tomorrow.
I'm just getting going into the Susanna Gregory book. I always like Brother Michael and Matthew. She could use some editing at times because she tends to go around and around on things but overall a very nice series. I've got the new Elizabeth George book on Tuesday so I can't dawdle.
PK the Bookeemonster
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Another Tuesday. A gorgeous dark and rainy day. Sigh. Spent at work.
Walked Tug, fixed SOS for Steve for dinner (yuck), and watched Deadliest Catch. Now about to read in bed for a bit. Tomorrow I have to give blood for labs and have a checkup in the afternoon.
Just starting A VEIN OF DECEIT by Susanna Gregory. This is 15th of 15 in series featuring Matthew Bartholomew, physician, and his colleague Brother Michael, in 14th century Cambridge, England. Here is a description:
Despite a new influx of well-heeled students, Michaelhouse has suffered from an acute lack of funds that has made itself manifest in a lack of decent provisions. It is only when the Brother in charge of the account books dies unexpectedly that an explanation is revealed: large amounts of money had been paid for goods the college never received. Although shocked by this evidence of fraud, Matthew Bartholomew is more concerned with the disappearance of a quantity of pennyroyal from his herbarium. Pennyroyal is known to cause a woman to miscarry, and a pregnant visitor to his sister's household has died from an overdose of the substance. Had she meant to abort her child, or had someone else wanted to ensure that she was unable to provide an heir to her husband's wealthy estates? When Brother Michael and Matthew learns that it was the dead woman’s husband who had received Michaelhouse's missing money, he begins to search for other connections and quickly exposes a deep and treacherous conspiracy.
It was published in 2009 and has 480 pages. I am so in the mood for a histmyst.
PK the Bookeemonster
Monday, April 12, 2010
I'm currently reading HAND OF FATE by Lis Wiehl and April Henry. This is 2nd of 2 in series featuring Cassidy Shaw, a reporter, Allison Pierce, a federal prosecutor, and Nicole Hedge, an FBI special agent, in the Triple Threat series. Here is a description:
When the host of a popular radio talk show is murdered, the suspects almost outnumber his millions of listeners. Outspoken radio talk show host Jim Fate dies tragically when poisonous gas fills the studio while his polarizing show, "The Hand of Fate," is on air. In the ensuing panic, police evacuate downtown Portland--and the triple threat of FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, crime reporter Cassidy Shaw and Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce begin piecing together the madness, motive, and the mystery of what just happened. And this time it's personal since one of the women was secretly dating the host and has access to his home...as well as possible evidence. In the days following Fate's murder, these three colleagues and friends must confront a betrayal within the team while unearthing the not-so-public life of Jim Fate. Together, they must uncover the stunning truth of who killed him, how close the killer really is, and the twisted motive for this cold-blooded murder.
Monday. Well, let me tell you ... oh never mind... it's probably boring anyway ...
PK the Bookeemonster
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Robert van Gulik
Judge Dee, magistrate in China during the Tang Dynasty (600s)
- The Chinese Maze Murders (1952)
- The Chinese Bell Murders (1958)
- The Chinese Gold Murders (1959)
- The Chinese Lake Murders (1960)
- The Haunted Monastery (1961)
- The Chinese Nail Murders (1961)
- The Lacquer Screen (1962)
- The Emperor's Pearl (1963)
- The Red Pavilion (1964)
- The Willow Pattern (1965)
- The Monkey and the Tiger (1965) [novelettes]
- Murder in Canton (1966) Finalist 1966 Gold Dagger Award
- The Phantom of the Temple (1966)
- Necklace and Calabash (1967)
- Judge Dee at Work (1967) [SS]
- Poets and Murder (1968)
Friday, April 9, 2010
Hey, Friday again, at last! Not much to write home about this evening. Waiting on Steve to come home -- he's working late. We'll watch Spartacus at 8. I hope to read a bit -- I feel I've spent too long on the Hill and it's time to move along to the others.
I finished a project I've been meaning to do: transfer my book journal info into a new journal. The old one will run out of room soon and is messy -- though it does have a lot of good messy history in it. :)
Tomorrow, I think I may have to do some shopping for shirts and maybe start scoping out b-day present for Steve (coming in May). Perhaps I could do that in the afternoon after I walk Tug. Steve will be gone in the afternoon for a gun tournament and probably sleep in quite a bit otherwise. It's a good thing I know how to amuse myself and don't mind him being gone so much. He'd be trou-ble if that were not the case, eh?
Have a lovely Friday evening, everyone.
PK the Bookeemonster
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Missed yesterday's blog. Erik came over after I walked Tug and got dinner at the Mustard Seed. We watched a couple episodes of The Pacific. A very nice visit and good food.
I'm coming to you from my office and on the desktop. Haven't been down here in ages. Sooo, this is the office, nice. I feel like a tourist.
We've got Survivor to watch tonight though now I don't know who I'm rooting for, dammit. After that I'll probably read for it a bit since I haven't put much time into today.
Weird encounter (again) with the one at work I'm having problems with but I dealt with it with humor so maybe I scored some points. Who knows. When in doubt, I fall back on the old humor schtick.
Otherwise, just another day closer to Friday and the weekend. I would really like to go shirt shopping again -- I had absolutely no idea what to wear this morning and yes, I can wear jeans which goes with everything but I just didn't know for what I was in the mood. I would like more long-sleeved to 3/4 length cotton Henley-ish tops. I'll probably have to do that Saturday and brave the crowds.
I lent a co-worker my DVDs of the first two seasons of The Tudors and she's completely hooked and talking to me about the real history -- of which I'm not an expert but I have read much. That's fun. She's not much of a reader but I'll be bringing her a book (fiction) that would be easy going with just enough truth to it that she might enjoy it. Also, I had lent another co-worker the first of the Brides quartet by Nora Roberts (yes, I'm a book enabler -- I mean, ambassador) and she loves it and almost done so I'm bringing her book two tomorrow. Book three comes out at the end of the month; one I'm looking forward to myself.
I'm about halfway through the Susan Hill book. Liking it overall. Next up will either be the Susanna Gregory or April Henry/Liz Weihl.
PK the Bookeemonster
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up a particularly exhausting and difficult case for SIFT - Special Incident Flying Taskforce - and is on a sabbatical on a far flung Scottish island when he is called back to Lafferton by the Chief Constable. Two local prostitutes have gone missing and are subsequently found strangled. By the time he gets back, another girl has disappeared. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter? But then one of the Cathedral wives goes missing, followed by another young married woman, on her way to work. Serailler follows lead after lead, all of which become dead-ends. The fear is that more women will be killed, and that the murderer is right under their
noses; meanwhile the public grow more angry and afraid.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Josephine Tey, the mystery writer, in 1930s Britain
- An Expert in Murder (2008)
- Angel with Two Faces (2009)
I'll take this to mean more along the lines of influenced my reading world. The books are in no intended order.
- THE INTELLIGENCER by Leslie Siebert
Started my current love of historical crime fiction
- OUT ON A LIMB by Shirley McLaine
sparked my personal spiritual journey
- author Isaac Asimov - no particular book, maybe all
nonfiction is easy, enjoyable, approachable
- THE BODY by Richard Sapir
I think this is the one that got me into liking stories of religious/political/Da Vinci Code-like intrigue thrillers -- way before Da Vinci Code came out -- mid 1980s maybe
This is where it is getting difficult ..... I can't really name any more specific books that influenced. I'm sure there have been many that affected me in ways I can't really fathom. What *one* book turned on the voracious love of reading in me? I don't know. For some, they could say the Harry Potter books maybe, but I've always loved reading since I was a kid. Well, perhaps this is as far as I go for today on it. I'll have to think more on it.
PK the Bookeemonster
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Medieval forensic pathologist Adelia Aguilar has been an enjoying a quiet life in the countryside with her daughter and friends. Then Henry II demands that she accompany his daughter and her formal procession to Sicily and offers to “keep” her daughter with Queen Eleanor until her safe return. But death stalks the procession, and Adelia and her loyal friends soon realize that the killer is someone from her past bent on revenge.