The Irish Inheritance by M.J. Lee engaged my interest with the Easter Rising and the subsequent Irish problems over the years. Jayne Sinclair, former police detective and current genealogical researcher, agrees to help an adopted American billionaire by discovering who his father was.
Jayne "has only three clues to help her: a photocopied birth certificate, a stolen book and an old photograph. And it soon becomes apparent somebody else is on the trail of the mystery. A killer who will stop at nothing to prevent Jayne discovering the secret hidden in the past." (from description)
With little time and little to go on, Jayne puts all her efforts into discovering the answers, to both the past and present questions.
I'm glad I began with the first book, and I'm happy to know that there are plenty more in this series for me to discover. :)
Mystery. 2016. Print length: 332 pages.
Patricia Wentworth is the Golden Age of Detective Fiction author of the Miss Silver series. I saw this stand alone offered free on Kindle Unlimited, and since I wanted to read more from the Golden Age period, this one sounded like a good beginning.
Anne Belinda is as much an old-fashioned romance as it is old-fashioned mystery.
In 1917, after he’s released from the hospital, John Waveney is headed back to the trenches in France when he decides to visit the land of his ancestors dating back to the Crusades. There, he meets a young girl who, upon learning he’s all alone in the world, tells him she’d be sorry if anything happened to him at the front.
Nine years later, John inherits the estate and returns. His first thought is to meet Anne Belinda again, but he can't get any relevant answers. Where is Anne and why is everyone giving him the run-around?
The novel is definitely old-fashioned and frequently frustrating. I didn't hate it, but it doesn't compare to the best of the period.
Open Road Media
Golden Age Crime. 1927; 2016. Print length: 208 pages.
My third panel for 25 Million Stitches is finished and ready to mail. I've spent countless hours on these three panels and enjoyed some binge-watching of Netflix, a number of good podcasts, and some silent meditative stitches. As soon as I finished, I had to begin another stitching project with no purpose other than to have the peaceful process of "needle pulling thread."
This is encouraging!