My last last book I read was by R.J. Koreto, Death on the Sapphire. He has a second call Death among Rubies. Lady Frances Ffolkes travels with her dear friends Gwendolyn and Thomasina to Kesrel’s eyrie. The estates belongs to Gwen family. Before traveling to the estates, Lady Frances learns her friends have been threaten and seeks to find the individual(s) responsible. As she and her friends make their way to the estates, Gwen’s father, a powerful diplomat is murder with his most valuable ruby dagger. Knowing that her brother wouldn’t approve of her getting involved in solving this case, Lady Frances along with her maid June Mallow get to work to finding the murder. Interviewing guest and the servants working at the estate, but also learning about the family relationship between Gwen and her Aunt whose task is to run the affair of the estate.
Death on the Sappire by R.J. Koreto. Lady Frances Ffolkes, a young lady who is intelligent, a very out going personality, and you can say a independent young lady. I would compare her to a Marry Poppins, but a younger version. Of course without the nanny like traits. Major Colcombe who is a war veteran and a close family friend dies from a mysterious circumstances. Major Colcombe was in the process of completing a manuscript about his war experience in South Africa. Detailing the lost of life from fighting the war, but now with his death, the manuscript are missing.
Lady Frances Ffolkes take task in tracking down the missing manuscript and to find who responsible for Major Colocombe death, along with her loyal lady’s maid, June Mallow. Not only facing society sexist views against women, she find herself in the mist of challenges trying to track down this missing manuscript.
For my third book of the New Year 2017, I decided to change it up a little and read about an important person in our nation history. The book called, What so Proud We Hailed by Marc Leepson. A biography about the life of Francis Scott Key. Key is the founder who wrote our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner. He wrote the song from his observation during the battle at Fort McHenry or known as the Battle of Baltimore.
I wanted to read a book about Francis Scott Key from recent event in 2016 the dealt with our national anthem. Pro athletes deciding to knee during the national anthem, people calling it racist and that Key was a racist himself because he came from a family who owned slaved and owned a few himself.
There a lot of history discuss in this book. What I got out of it personally was the Francis Scott Key wasn’t a racist. Yes, he was born in a family that had slave, he marry his wife whose family owned large plantation fields and owned many slaves. Keys owned only a few himself, but from the historical context, that how life was. It was the norm for that time, where today we know its wrong. Key represented many black slaves in court who were legally free, but wrongfully taken across states line to states where slavery was legal. Francis Scott Key did a lot for slaves whether you agree with it or not. At the same time he also prosecute slaves accordingly to the law.
There a lot more that you can judge the man’s character from, but you can’t deny that he did a lot for slaves and had an important role in the early years of the United States.
My 2nd book of the New Year is Devil’s Cold Dish by Eleanor Kuhns. This is the second book that I’ve read by Eleanor. The other book is Death in Salem which you should read before reading this one. I will tell you her book has me glued to continue reading. In Devil’s Cold Dish Will Rees and his wife have return home from Salem. Rees sister has been visiting, trying to convince him and his wife to alone her husband, her children and herself to say with them. Rees and Lydia refuse to allow them to say, but willing to help her so her children don’t starve. Rees learns that there a murder in town and is asked to assist, but later ask to withdraw from the case because of a conflict he had with the murder victim. Rumors being to surface the Rees’s wife Lydia is a witch and is physically attack. She is also accused of a 2nd murder that happen in town. Rees angry and eagered to solve this case and stop these rumors about his wife. Unable to leave his house and his family because fear for their safety. Can he solve this case with the majority of the Dugard town against him?
The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim, a novel that you will enjoy if you’re interested in the end of the world apocalypse that is not a zombie apocalypse scenario. Moses a pilot, whose small planes crashes just outside a small community because of power failure. Leora a resident within this small community witness the crash and not aware that her life and community is going to change. Two different groups of people are going to be tested and their beliefs will be challenge as they begin to learn why Moses crashed near their community. In a apocalypse world your beliefs will be challenge to the limit. With resources running thin and people holding strong to their belief, it up to Moses along with a few outside to convince the community what to comes and the danger that approaches their community.
Blood of the Oak by Eliot Pattison, I didn’t know this was the 4th book in a series. If after this small review, if it interest you, it would be a good idea to read the previous three books.
Duncan Mccallum is Scottish man who now has a daunting task in solving the mystery of who stole a native American artifact and killed a young boy who was trying to stop the thieves. At the same time Duncan is puzzled by the murder of a Oneida and almost claim the life of a dear friend capt. Patrick Woolford. Duncan goes out on his own, using his medical training for speaking with the dead to find the murders. During his quest to find the murder and seeking answers, he runs into men who are killing messengers from several different communities. These messengers working in secret and are led by Benjamin Franklin. All leading up to the American Revolution.
Death in Salem, by Eleanor Kuhns. When I first saw this book at the Library I thought this might be something about the salem witch trails. Well no, but it was a great book to read.
Will Rees traveling and visiting Salem looking to buy something special for his wife who is back at home looking after their children and is expecting a new addition to the family. Awhile in Salem, Rees comes upon a funeral procession for Mrs. Anstiss Boothe. At the same time he run into a old friend, Twig who fought with him in the war. Rees learns about Anstiss illness that lead to her death and meets Mr.Boothe. On his return home, Rees is chase down by his friend Twig to tell him that Mr. Boothe was Murder and the women he love is a suspect. Twig ask his old friend to help solve Mr.Boothe murder. Rees decide to help his friend and takes charge to solve the msytery death of Mr.Boothe. As he investigate and question people about Mr. Boothe he learns there a lot of history between the Boothe family and the family of Mrs. Anstiss.