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review 2018-05-26 20:22
Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose
Murder on Black Swan Lane - Andrea Penrose

Series: Wrexford & Sloane #1

 

 

I'm not sure what it was exactly, but this mystery didn't really work for me. Part of it may have been the alchemy references.; I was very pleased that the story didn't veer off in a woo-woo direction. And at least in this first book, there wasn't a silly romance. So in theory it gets points for that.

 

But I still felt pretty meh about it.

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text 2018-05-26 18:51
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 262 pages.
Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters

Here's hoping this will help me break out of my slump.

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text 2018-05-26 14:59
Reading progress update: I've read 59 out of 453 pages.
The Dead House (Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series) - Harry Bingham

Fiona off to question some monks who make beer.

 

yes, it’s part of the case. (but if she’s like me, she’ll pick up a few bottles before leaving...)

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text 2018-05-26 14:45
Reading progress update: I've read 49 out of 453 pages.
The Dead House (Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series) - Harry Bingham

a-ha! see, I knew somehow this book would have some kind of “summer” angle, and was perfect for my Summer Jamboree (silly, Titus) Reading List. sure it takes place in Wales at the end of October, but the woman found dead and laid out in a churchyard bier house (“dead house”) is wearing a cotton sundress—a summer dress, what the text refers to as a “July-only” dress. no coat, not even a cardigan. a clue? dunno—but Fiona won’t let it go, and what better way for me to launch my Summer Reading choices than with, um, The Mystery of the Summer Dress When It’s Not Summer! it’s like I knew, before I knew.

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review 2018-05-26 04:58
Be Buried in the Rain
Be Buried in the Rain - Barbara Michaels

I enjoyed this story. It was a lot better than Black Rainbow. I liked that the poetry mentioned in the book was real. I looked up the author and I plan to read some of her other poems. There was one detail that I figured out early but not too early to make the book enjoyable. I just wish the ending could have been better.

 

Justice Denied In Massachusetts

 

Let us abandon then our gardens and go home
And sit in the sitting-room
Shall the larkspur blossom or the corn grow under this cloud?
Sour to the fruitful seed
Is the cold earth under this cloud,
Fostering quack and weed, we have marched upon but cannot
conquer;
We have bent the blades of our hoes against the stalks of them.

Let us go home, and sit in the sitting room.
Not in our day
Shall the cloud go over and the sun rise as before,
Beneficent upon us
Out of the glittering bay,
And the warm winds be blown inward from the sea
Moving the blades of corn
With a peaceful sound.

Forlorn, forlorn,
Stands the blue hay-rack by the empty mow.
And the petals drop to the ground,
Leaving the tree unfruited.
The sun that warmed our stooping backs and withered the weed
uprooted—
We shall not feel it again.
We shall die in darkness, and be buried in the rain.

What from the splendid dead
We have inherited —
Furrows sweet to the grain, and the weed subdued —
See now the slug and the mildew plunder.
Evil does overwhelm
The larkspur and the corn;
We have seen them go under.

Let us sit here, sit still,
Here in the sitting-room until we die;
At the step of Death on the walk, rise and go;
Leaving to our children's children the beautiful doorway,
And this elm,
And a blighted earth to till
With a broken hoe. 

 

Source: www.poemhunter.com/poem/justice-denied-in-massachusetts
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