Friday, March 19, 2010

Weekly Finds: 3/19/10

A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel by Mel Starr - received an early review copy from

From the back of the book:  Alan, the beadle of the medieval manor of Bampton, had gone out at dusk to seek those who might violate curfew.  When, the following morning, he had not returned home, his young wife, Matilda sought out Master Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff of the manor.

Two days later Alan's corpse was discovered in the hedge, at the side of the track to St Andrew's Chapel.  His throat had been torn out - his head was half severed from his body - and his face, hands and forearms were lacerated with deep scratches.

Master Hugh, meeting Hubert the coroner at the scene, listened carefully to the coroner's surmise that a wolf had caused the great wound.  And yet...if so, why was there so little blood?

Roses by Leila Meacham - won from a contest hosted at Book'in With Bingo

From the inside cover: Spanning the twentieth century, Roses is the story of the powerful founding families of Howbutker, Texas, and how their histories remain intertwined over the span of three generations.

Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick fell in love, but because of their stubborn natures and Mary's devotion to her family's land, they unwisely never wed.  Now they must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies that surround them, and the poignant loss of what might have been - not only for themselves, but also for their family legacies.

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