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I’ve been busy working lately, so my reading has fallen off a bit. However, I did manage to finish The Observations, by Jane Harris, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s a Victorian-style ghost story, but so much more at the same time. Review to be posted soon.

Book buying has continued, with the purchase of The Lady Chapel and The Nun’s Tale, the second and third books in the Owen Archer mystery series. I read The Apothecary Rose in 2005, and never got around to the rest of the series because they’re so hard to find in bookstores or libraries. But I finally found inexpensive copies of The Lady Chapel and The Nun’s Tale through Powell’s Books.

Then, yesterday, I picked up two books in the Morland series: The Black Pearl (#5, about the reign of Charles II) and The Question (# 25; takes place during the Boer War). I also picked up a novel called Harriet and Isabella, by Patricia O’Brien. It’s about the relationship between Harriet Beecher Stowe and her sister Isabella Beecher Hooker, during the time that their brother, Henry Ward Beecher, went through an infamous adultery trial. It’s set in Brooklyn Heights, very near where I used to live. Currently I’m reading The Black Pearl. I’ve been told that I should start the series from the beginning, but I’ve found that I haven’t been too lost thus far.


S. Krishna said…
Hmm...I put down The Observations after reading about 100 pages. Maybe I should go back and finish it!
Anonymous said…
I have HARRIET AND ISABELLA here somewhere. Probably behind some of the double stacked items. Your comments reminded me of why I purchased it in the first place. Look forward to hearing your thoughts when you get around to it.
Sandra said…
I really enjoyed The Observations, I look forward to your review. I have copies of The Apothecary Rose and A Gift Of Sanctuary on my shelves waiting. I got them on ebay with some other books and never got to them. I'll try them next time I'm in the mood for a mystery. If you haven't read A Gift of Sanctuary and can't find a copy I'd be happy to send it to you when I'm finished reading it. I don't usually keep mysteries after I'm done with them. Just let me know.
Anonymous said…
That's funny. I got Harriet and Isabella this week, too. It sounds interesting, doesn't it? I hope that we both enjoy it.

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