Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Catching Up

I haven't stopped reading-just blogging. I'm reading manuscripts for an agent friend too. Anyway, let's see:
Alison Weir's new book, The Lady in the Tower is brilliant, but a slow read. You get a lot of background, then the events leading up to the imprisoning of Anne Bolyn. If you read the novel, Wolf Hall, about Thomas Cromwell, this is another look at the man-in nonfiction. He comes across as a master power broker, and the court of Henry VIII as a place crawling with factions planning and lying to riise in the king's favor. The phrase, "How the mighty have fallen!" rings through out the book. You might want to keep a chart of the characters. I'm fond of Alison Weir. Her fiction is so readable, and her biographies are excellent.
On a lighter note, Barbara Cleverly's Joe Sandilands mysteries are ones I always look forward to. The new one, Strange Images of Death, is worth waiting for. The books are set between the world wars. Sandilands is a Scotland Yard detective, wounded in WWI. IN this, he takes a young girl to Provence where her father is staying in a chateau with other artists. When he arrives, he is told that someone has destroyed the 600 year old tomb of the wife of a crusader. Hmmm. I've just started the book, and can't wait to get back to it, sooo......

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