Monday, November 1, 2010

History and Mystery

Susan Holloway Scott has a knack for taking a royal mistress and bringing her to life. She does it again in "The Countess and the King, A novel of the Countess of Dorchester and King James II." Those crazy Stuart boys really knew how to woo the ladies during Restoration England. Katherine Sedley wasn't James' only mistress, but her unconventional upbringing makes her a very interesting figure. Not a beauty by the day's standard, she relied on her wit and intellect to navigate the court.  Good reading.

Deanna Raybourn crafts a nicely told Gothic mystery in "The Dead Travel Fast."  Theodora travels to the Carpathians to visit an old schoolmate who is engaged to marry the local Count.  Uh huh.  But, wait, all is not as it seems as science, reason, folklore and superstition clash. This plot has a nice twist, interesting characters and a wonderfully atmospheric setting.

The first week of the month is always extremely busy and this week in no exception. Between stocking the pantry, getting the oldest soccer girl ready for the state tournament, Friends stuff and more, the days are going to fly.  Better start making my lists.

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