Monday, May 31, 2010

Mailbox Mondays and Happy Memorial Day

In honor of the men and women who have served our country to help give us a better life, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy memorial day we do love you!

"Sailor kissing girl in Times Square - by Alfred Eisenstaedt, V-J Day, 1945

Alfred Eisenstaedt of LIFE took the photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse at the Times Square celebration on August 15, 1945, at the end of World War II. The photograph was one of many Eisenstaedt took that day, and he didn�t bother getting the names of anyone. Only after seeing the proofs did he realize that he had captured a decisive moment. On the 50th anniversary of the photograph, the couple was identified as Edith Shain and Carl Muscarello".

In my mailbox this week,  
 "Mistress of the Art of Death" by Ariana Franklin

"In medieval Cambridge, England, Adelia, a female forensics expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that has wrongly implicated the Jewish population, yielding even more tragic results. As Adelia's investigation takes her behind the closed doors of the country's churches, the killer prepares to strike again".

"Had Ellis Peters's Brother Cadfael been born a few decades later, he might have found a worthy associate and friend in Dr. Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar of Salerno, a short and short-tempered medieval coroner hired in secret by King Henry II to find out who's behind the horrific murders of Christian children in Cambridge, England. Prominent local Jews stand accused; Henry wants them freed, mostly for the sake of their tax revenue. As Adelia examines the children's bodies and gets to know the people of Cambridge, she has no trouble assembling a long list of suspects, but she encounters considerable difficulty trying to narrow it down, a struggle in which the reader gladly joins her. Not all of the plot twists are surprising and the romantic subplot is an unnecessary afterthought, but Franklin (City of Shadows) has developed a skillful blend of historical fact and gruesome fiction that's more than sufficient to keep readers interested and entertained".
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  1. I've had this book for awhile. I think I have the second and third book as well (it's a three part series). I really need to read looks and sounds so good. I actually think I do have it on a list for a challenge this year. I'll have to double check that!

    Also, wanted to let you know that I received the necklace on Saturday AND Mr. Gortner also included a SIGNED UK trade edition of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici. I was beyond very generous! The necklace is gorgeous too!

  2. Gautami, it is worth a peek. It is pretty dark for me but who knows I might really enjoy it if it is not too scary.

    Michelle, I had no idea it is a series, but that makes sense now because I have seen that there are others. I thought they were just similar. I just can not do too scary I am a big baby hopefully it is not that bad.

    I can not believe he sent you the UK one! Lucky lucky, is it not beautiful too... I love the cover. I am so happy for you and dose he not have excellent taste?

  3. I think you will like this but I much prefer her Diana Norman books. I highly recommend A Catch of Consequence if you have not yet read it.

  4. Thanks CLM I am writing it down right now to add it to the ever growing wish list.


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