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Saturday, August 11, 2001

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What a week!

This has been a very frustrating week. It started with not being able to put my journal pages up on Globe. After sending upset emails to customer "support?" I got an email back suggesting I do everything I had already done. I decided to move them to Tripod, which I had been thinking of for a while because Globe sucks. I'm always having trouble getting my webpages up. I started moving my pages to Tripod and then, I got sick.

I was sick and at home Tuesday and Wednesday but couldn't concentrate on anything so I read mysteries. I read mysteries while I was redoing my webpages also as with just a phone line loading all those pages takes forever. Since I was sick two days I am also behind at work and still not feeling all that great.

It took me all week, what with being sick and working, to redo all the links in my pages and put them up on Tripod. I think I got all the links and then I had to redo the webrings so they would work also. I'm about finished and I like Tripod's address as it's much easier http://rachela.tripod.com/ and more personalized. Well I tried to get into globe again today and it says that no part of Globe will be accessible after August 15th. Why didn't they just say so?

So what books did I read? "Murder is an Art" by Bill Crider which is an easy on the brain mystery set in a community college in Houston. His mysteries are always enjoyable but not overtaxing. He does have engaging characters that don't quite fit the usual mold, which I like.

The next mystery was "The Whitechapel Conspiracy" by Anne Perry. This was a William Pitt mystery set in victorian times and was much darker as she brings out the incredible differences between classes and helplessness of those in the lower classes. This was a very interesting one as it had a different take on the Jack the Ripper murders. It was very good.

"Evan Can Wait" by Rhys Bowen features Constable Evan Evans and his girlfriend Bronwen. He is a constable in a small Wales town and has to deal with a documentary film company that arrives to raise a WWI german plane from a lake. Between the townspeople who want to be in a movie and the odd behaviour of the film crew Evan has his hands full, especially when he finds out that Bronwen's ex-husband is among the film crew. It's a good story with flashbacks to WWII.

"Little America" by Henry Bromell was a departure from mysteries. The narrator, Terry Hooper, was ten years old when his father, Mark Hooper, was with the CIA in Kurash. The King of Kurash, a young man who was brought back from his studies in England when his father was shot, is trying to understand who his tiny country should side with and all sides want Kurash on their side; americans, russians, british, arab nationalists. Terry wants to know what his father was responsible for and try to find out if his father is a good man or not. It's an interesting look at how open the CIA was during the cold war and the out of place americans that lived overseas in their own communities with their own bowling alleys and clubs.

Some things about their lives reminded me of living in Mexico and the american community in Mexico City that we brushed against. We never became that much a part of it since we spent too much time in the rural areas, but I do remember that most of the expatriots were rather strange and their children, like us, missionary children, never really fit into the mold. I suppose people in the states in the 50s were rather strange also but we always thought of them as normal.

"A Trust Betrayed" by Candace Robb was a very good historical mystery. Margaret Kerr of Perth goes to Edinburgh to look for her husband after their friend Jack, who went to look, was brought back dead. Margaret stays at her uncle Murdoch's inn and finds that she isn't all that welcome and that Edinburgh in 1297 is not a good place for a woman. The english are using John Balliol as a puppet king while the supporters of Bruce plot against both Balliol and Edward Longshanks, the english king.

Finally, "My Body Lies Over the Ocean" by J S Borthwick. This is a cozy mystery set on the Queen Victoria, a brand new ocean liner that is on her maiden voyage. Sarah, her husband Alex and her aunt Julia get involved with strange people and a strange deaths.

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Rachel Aschmann 2001.
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