Oy. TGIF. Very glad and it's a three-day weekend though it doesn't feel like it. It is overcast out there right now; it would be so nice to have some rain.
Last night, my respect for Mitt Romney grew. He is a man who appears to be a do-er not a man who blows his own trumpet for his achievements. His best line: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.”
I have Say Yes to the Dress to watch and then we'll probably catch Strike Back on Cinemax. Steve has a gun class all day tomorrow and Sunday. I'm hoping to clean and read.
Cross-posted on 4MA:
I have only four completed reads this month, about one or two books behind in my average. From about mid-month onward this month, I was working my through a big biography that I’ve had to set aside now for some more pressing reads from the library (more on that at the end). August reads:
OUR LADY OF DARKNESS by Peter Tremayne. 9th of 23 in series featuring Sister Fidelma, a 7th century Celtic sister and legal advocate in Kildare, Ireland. “Sister Fidelma's beloved friend, Brother Eadulf, is charged with the murder of a young girl. By the time Sister Fidelma arrives, Eadulf has been found guilty-and faces execution in twenty-four hours. Now Fidelma must gather evidence worthy of an appeal. And behind the heinous crime is a shocking conspiracy that only she can stop...” It was published in 2000 and has 336 pages. This is a solid historical mystery series; I enjoy Fidelma immensely.
THE WICKED WINTER by Kate Sedley. 6th of 21 in series featuring Roger the Chapman, a medieval chapman (peddler) in 15th century England. “Despite the wintry weather, Roger the traveling Chapman is once again relishing the freedom of his calling. As he journeys west, he finds himself following in the footsteps of an itinerant preacher, Brother Simeon, whose fiery sermons are the talk of the countryside. Roger, who has met the Dominican friar before, and finds his zeal wearying, is less than enthused when they meet at Cederwell Manor, where Simeon has come to pray with Lady Cederwell and Roger to sell her his wares. But scarcely have the two men arrived when Lady Cederwell is found dead, sprawled on the frozen earth beneath the ancient tower she had converted into her private chapel, the circumstances strangely fulfilling the prophecy of a babbling hermit Roger had met on the road. Suddenly the friar and the Chapman are united by their aim-to discover the truth behind the death at Cederwell Manor.” It was published in 1996 and has 288 pages. This is another good, sound historical mystery series.
OFF THE GRID by PJ Tracy. 6th of 6 in series featuring Grace MacBride, founder of Monkeewrench, a game software company, in Minneapolis. “On a sailboat ten miles off the Florida coast, Grace MacBride, partner in Monkeewrench Software, thwarts an assassination attempt on retired FBI agent John Smith. A few hours later, in Minneapolis, a fifteen-year-old girl is discovered in a vacant lot, her throat slashed. Later that day, two young men are found in their home a few blocks away, killed execution-style. The next morning, the dead bodies of three more men turn up, savagely murdered in the same neighborhood. As Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth struggle to link the three crimes, they learn that there have been similar murders in other cities around the United States. Before it's all over, Grace and her partners, Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, find themselves in the middle of a shocking collision of violence on a remote northern Minnesota reservation, fighting for their lives.” It was published August 2012 and has 320 pages. Perhaps better than their previous book, but still just kind of “meh” for me.
A PLACE OF CONFINEMENT by Anna Dean. 4th of four in series featuring Miss Dido Kent, a 35-year-old amateur sleuth, starting in 1805 Regency England. “Dido Kent's sister-in-law Margaret is attempting to marry her off to the ghastly clergyman Doctor Prowdlee, with his abominable side-whiskers. Dido, however, is determined to refuse him. As punishment she is sent on a journey as companion to her rich, hypochondriac Aunt Manners - whom the family wants to keep on the right side of. When they arrive at Charcombe Manor, Aunt Manners' childhood home, they find a mystery lying in wait for them. The rich heiress Letitia Verney has disappeared while visiting the house, and Mr Tom Lomax is suspected of abducting her.” It was published in August 2012 (UK) and has 416 pages. I love this series and it's been two years since her last book.
Current reads: I’ve started or am in the middle of the following: BONHOEFFER by Eric Metaxas, MR CHURCHILL’S SECRETARY by Susan Elia MacNeal, WHY NATIONS FAIL by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson and THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny. My cup runneth over.
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