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      Msj wrote May 17, 2011
    • I just read Peter Straub’s “Mystery” and LOVED it! I had that book sitting 0n the shelf for a few years LOL and finally read it last week. I couldn’t put it down!

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      Victoria Davis wrote Jul 20, 2011
    • Reading is a special treat that keeps me sane.  I’m now reading “Drawing Conclusions” by Donna Leon.  She’s written several mysteries about Commissario Guido Brunetti working crime in the labyrinth of Venice.  I’ve read them all.  I have a crush on Guido because he actually likes women—of course, his character is developed by a woman—and he’s married, but it’s so nice to read about a man who respects and actually likes women.

      I recently discovered Arianna Franklin who wrote a series of mysteries set in the time of Henry II.  “The Mistress of the Art of Death” was the first one I read.  It was such a gruesome crime that I almost stopped reading it, but it was an intriguing book telling about the initial stages of our court system by trial developed by Henry II—so I finished it and read the rest of the series. Ms. Franklin’s real name was Donna Norman (other books available under this name), and she died this year.  

      A book that went on the back burner when I started “Drawing Conclusions” is “Moonlight Downs” by Adrian Hyland.  It’s another mystery set in Australia and the beginning is introducing me to the world of the Aborigine.  I’ll pick it up again after my Donna Leon “fix.”

      I don’t even own this book and I haven’t even seen a copy yet, but I just saw in the local newspaper that someone I know has written a book called “Sea Level.” From Amazon: “set in a remote area of the Delmarva Peninsula in 1980, tells the story of Brigid Peterson, the first woman minister in the town of Sand Hill. At a time when women’s roles are shifting and they are beginning to enter the clergy, Brigid’s idealism and emerging feminism begin to disrupt the church’s beliefs. She befriends Mary Bradley, an artist who has fallen hopelessly in love with an elusive carpenter. Mary’s belief in the goddess impacts Brigid, and when she speaks about the female aspect of God, the church is plunged into turmoil and divides into bitter factions over her. Sea Level is a story about ordinary small town life, the mystical landscape of the Delmarva Peninsula, and the passions that erupt over conflicts of belief.”  I’ll be reading this soon!!

      I love Barbara Kingsolver.  I’ve read most of her books and adore them.  “Animal Dreams” was a very important book to me many years ago.  More recently a nonfiction entitled, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” about growing our own food and eating locally.  I bought her latest book “Laguna” and just couldn’t get into it.  I know I’ll love it, because this is what happened when I first tried to read the “Poisonwood Bible.”  When I finally dipped it, I was hooked.  Funny how that works.

      Well, there’s five!!!

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