Today’s Friday Finds! so the three listed below are the ones that caught my eye this week:
Shades of Grey by Clea Simon
Twenty-something grad student Dulcie is having an awful summer. She’s had to put her beloved cat Mr Grey to sleep; she can’t decide on a thesis topic; and her best friend and room-mate has gone away, leaving her with a sub-letter, Tim, a boorish business school jerk. Walking home from her boring temp job she sees a cat the spitting image of Mr Grey and hears, in her head, a serious male voice saying, ‘I wouldn’t go in just now, if I were you’. Ignoring the cat’s advice she enters – to find Tim dead, stabbed with Dulcie’s own knife. Dulcie finds herself in the frame for murder, while the ghost of Mr Grey continues to appear, offering his cryptic advice. Then Dulcie discovers a ghostly Gothic novel, featuring a beleaguered heroine whose life is strangely reminiscent of her own…
Note: I attempted to ask for a review copy for this, unfortunately I was not lucky. No matter! I went to the store and picked up another one of Clea Simon’s works so that made me happy. I love kitties, so this mystery should be an awesome read.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey’s clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.
Note: More TUDOR ERA STUFF! YES!!!!
A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd
England, 1916. Independent-minded Bess Crawford’s upbringing is far different from that of the usual upper-middle-class British gentlewoman. Growing up in India, she learned the importance of responsibility, honor, and duty from her officer father. At the outbreak of World War I, she followed in his footsteps and volunteered for the nursing corps, serving from the battlefields of France to the doomed hospital ship Britannic. On one voyage, Bess grows fond of the young, gravely wounded Lieutenant Arthur Graham. Something rests heavily on his conscience, and to give him a little peace as he dies, she promises to deliver a message to his brother. It is some months before she can carry out this duty, and when she’s next in England, she herself is recovering from a wound. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother’s last wishes with surprising indifference. Neither his mother nor his brother Timothy seems to think it has any significance. Unsettled by this, Bess is about to take her leave when sudden tragedy envelops her. She quickly discovers that fulfilling this duty to the dead has thrust her into a maelstrom of intrigue and murder that will endanger her own life and test her courage as not even war has.
Note: I’m into mysteries and looking for good ones. This one caught my eye as I barely read anything having to do with WWI.
(All descriptions were taken from Amazon.ca)
What did you guys find?