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Tuesday, June 18, 2002

We have liftoff!

After three frustrating days, including till midnight last night and from 5:30 to 7:00 this morning, I finally have high speed internet. So nice! I just open my browser and I'm up. Love it! My problem was a bad ethernet card but it took several customer service reps before I finally got one that spotted the problem since it seemed to be ok. So nice!

Why opening and closing and rebooting and waiting for the CSR to decide what to do next, and just waiting for someone in customer service to answer, I managed to read three books. The first book is "Styx and Stones" by Carola Dunn. This is a nice Daisy Dalrymple mystery. Her brother-in-law, Lord John Frobisher, asks her help in finding who's sending him nasty letters about a brief fling several years before. Since this is 1923 he can't possibly ask his wife so Daisy jumps in to help. Her fiance, a police inspector, inevitably gets involved when Daisy, his daughter and Daisy's nephew find a corpse. It's a nice cozy with a look at manners in the early part of the 20th century.

The second book was "Ten Little Bloodhounds" by Virginia Lanier. Jo Beth Sidden is busy with a litter of ten new bloodhounds, searching for a cat, trying to keep her ex from killing her and trying to find a downed plane. The cat's owner, a millionaire, gets killed and Jo Beth get's busy alienating her friends. She ends up in court, accused of murder, after killing her ex who was going to bash her head in. It was a very interesting book though Jo Beth is a very difficult person to be friends with and doesn't deserve all the friends who gather around to help her.

The third book was "A Finer End" by Deborah Crombie. This is a very good book. Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James go to Glastonbury to help Duncan's cousin Jack who has a seems to be communicating with a monk in the abbey one thousand years ago. This is not only a good mystery but a look at what is creativity and the tension between paganism and christianity. A murder brings up another murder several years before and tests the love of several varieties of couples.


Rachel Aschmann 2002.
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