I've been reading, even if I haven't been keeping up with reviews. For about 6 weeks, I was in an apathetic phase. One of those "do the least possible and know that the doldrums/indifference will end eventually." This May has been the rainiest I can remember, and that probably had some impact on my attitude. There have been so many garden chores that needed to be done before the summer heat, and my frustration would mount when it was too wet and rainy to get them done.
The Mother's Day Weekend in New Orleans with Amelia, Bryce Eleanor, and Suzie (a wonderful girls' weekend) brought me out of that funk, and when I got back home, Fee had raised the fountain and moved the Happy Buddha in front, and I can't look at it without smiling.
AstersCoreopsisThen we had several days without rain, and I could weed and transplant and garden at will. It rained last night and the prospect is for more today and for the next several days, but that's OK now. I've finished the bigger chores, and Fee has done the even bigger ones.
Some of the books I've recently enjoyed.A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey was recommended by Ruthiella at Booked for Life. One of my favorite books from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction is Tey's The Daughter of Time, so it is not surprise that I enjoyed this one. I agree with Ruthiella that this not one of Tey's best, but it was only her second book.
from description: When a woman's body washes up on an isolated stretch of beach on the southern coast of England, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is on the case. But the inquiry into her death turns into a nightmare of false leads and baffling clues. Was there anyone who didn't want lovely screen actress Christine Clay dead?
Initially, I wasn't to taken with this one, but it turned into one of those books that I enjoyed more as I continued reading.
First published in 1936.
Detective Fiction from the Golden Age.
Mark de Castrique was recommended by Cathy at Kittling Books. I was looking for the character Virgil she described, but she also mentioned that readers should begin with the first in the series.
Blackman's Coffin (Sam Blackman #1) didn't have Virgil, but it was the beginning of a new-to-me series.
from description: Sam Blackman is an angry man. A Chief Warrant Officer in the Criminal Investigation Detachment of the U.S. military, he lost a leg in Iraq. His outspoken criticism of his medical treatment resulted in his transfer to the Veteran’s Hospital in Asheville, NC. Then an ex-marine and fellow amputee named Tikima Robertson walks into his hospital room.Tikima hints that she has an opportunity for Sam to use his investigative skills--if he can stop feeling sorry for himself. But before she can return, Tikima is murdered, her body found floating in the river.
When Tikima's sister comes to Sam with an old journal from 1919, things get really interesting. The Biltmore Estate figures largely in the mystery and Thomas Wolfe also figures into the old case.
I'm definitely in for more in this series!
Kindle Unlimited/ Poisoned Pen Press
Mystery. 2003; 2008. Print length: 256 pages.