Friday, October 18, 2013

A match made in heaven or a literary crime?

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

All of Pemberley is getting ready for the annual Lady Anne Ball, and all seems to be going as planned. That is, until the carriage with Elizabeth's sister Lydia shows up. She's all in a tizzy, going on about gunshots in the woods and begging someone to find her husband, fearing for his life. When the search party finds Wickham, he is alive. However, he's covered in blood and standing above the body of his best friend, Captain Denny. So begins the mystery of the murder of Captain Denny, which will certainly bring scandal on Pemberley and the Darcys, and might end up with Wickham hanging from the gallows. This is "Death Comes to Pemberley" by P.D. James.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Many Collective Nouns for Rooks

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

William Bellman started his life humbly. With a father who abandoned him and his mother, and a grandfather who never approved of them, he still held no bitterness. Then his uncle took him on at the mill and he quickly proved himself to be intelligent and hard working with an excellent head for business. Soon he was prospering along with the mill. But everyone's life is touched by death. It was at those times that William began noticing a dark, cloaked figure - someone who disappeared as quickly as he appeared. When they finally meet, this mysterious man becomes William's partner as he takes on a new business venture, but at what cost? 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Trio of Girls and Their Off-Key Father

Finding Amos by Mason, Billingsly and McFadden  

Amos is the only connection between Cass, Toya and Tomiko. Back in the day, when he was making it in the music scene of Motown and blues, he was very popular with the women. These girls' mothers were among them, and he loved them all - but not in the way they needed him. So when his career called, he abandoned them, each in turn. Twenty years later, in a nursing home after an accident and diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and the only phone number he has is Cass's - the only one of these three girls, who isn't biologically his. And now that he needs them, the question is, will any of them forgive him. This is "Amos" by J. D. Mason, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Bernice L. McFadden.