Garden chores have been taking some of my time. The temperatures have been warm, and I've been digging up cannas that are threatening to overtake an entire area, moving shrubs, and other chores. This morning is much colder and rain is expected this afternoon, so I'm busy with some laundry and other household repeat performances.
In addition to my little "pocket" sketchbook, I purchased a larger one that mostly stays on my desk. Sketching real and imaginary items has become addictive. I'm not participating in the 100 Day Project, but it was what inspired me. I'm sketching lots of ideas for my postcards, envelopes, and letters. It doesn't have to be accurate, if the item is recognizable, I'm happy. :)
Lots of reading. :)After reading The Adventures of the Murdered Gypsy, I got a copy of the first book, The Adventures of the Murdered Midwife. Although I prefer reading a series in order, it doesn't always work that way. Now, however, I've read both books in the young Sherlock series and eagerly await a third.
Scandal rocked the Holmes family.
A cache of documents has been recently discovered detailing, in Sherlock's own hand, his early forays into criminal investigation. With The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife, the game begins as Sherlock faces his first case."
Thirteen-year-old Sherlock is summoned home from Eton because his mother has been accused of murder! Sherlock, who has not been enjoying Eton, is eager to help determine the real culprit; Mycroft, on the other hand, can't wait to return to Oxford.
I thoroughly enjoyed another visit with the Holmes family. The young Sherlock is a interesting character, as he struggles with the culture of the times, his own curiosity and coming of age, and his love and fear for his mother. He also gets some insight into his parents' marriage--Sherlock is surprised at the nuances of relationships.
Recommended: both books, but read this one first if you can.
Historical Mystery/Sherlock Holmes. 2020. Print length: 346 pages.
Requiem for Innocence, the second book in the Scott Drayco series, was as good as the first.
Drayco, former piano prodigy until an accident put an end to his concert career, joined the FBI like his father. At present he works as a crime consultant.
From description: "Crime consultant Scott Drayco is in the middle of a thorny case in Washington, D.C., involving murder victims who were all wheelchair-bound. Then, out of the blue, he gets a worried call from a friend on Virginia's Eastern Shore about an attack on an innocent disabled girl. Working once again with Sheriff Sailor and Deputy Nelia Tyler, Drayco discovers almost everyone believes the girl's attack was an accident."
Requiem for Innocence takes Drayco back to the small Eastern Shore town of Cape Unity, where he renews his friendships with the characters in the small town as he investigates the attack on twelve-year-old Virginia and looks for connections to his D.C. case.
Character-driven, good plotting, interesting element with synesthesia--I'm really enjoying this series. I like the way the characters are developing and new ones are added.
Mystery/Crime. 2015. Print length: 292 pages.The Girl from Silent Lake is one of those books that make the most of violence toward women. The kind of thriller that likes shocking torture and abuse. Of women.