This is why I don’t do FridayReads

I’ve ditched Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble.  I was rolling my eyes before I finished page 2.   It will probably be a DNF, but I’ll hold off in case my mood becomes more benevolent (Ha!).

Instead, I started A Perilous Perspective by Anna Lee Huber, which is one of my favourite Historical Mystery series.  Or was, until the last book when the MC spawned a daughter.  Now it’s all blah, blah, blah, baby, blah, blah, blah, motherhood, blah, blah, blah, feedings.  I realise that motherhood was an undeniable consequence of living in the 1800’s, and I mean no disrespect to all those that think motherhood is all that and a glass of wine, but I dislike motherhood mixing with my mysteries, and the couple in this book have more than enough resources to do the historically accurate thing and park said kid with nanny and wet nurse and lets get on with the mystery solving.  But noooo, Lady Darby is going to be one of THOSE mothers, who insist on dragging the child (and her nanny) all over god’s creation while she and Gage investigate.  One big happy family.  UGH.

I’m going to hold out and see if the novelty wears off for the main characters, or Huber just runs out of raptures over motherhood; the mystery, when we finally got around to it, is about art forgery.

In the meantime, I’ve also shopped my TBR shelf and found 2 more books: Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen, and The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett.

The Man Who Loved Books Too MuchThe Man Who Loved Books Too Much
by Allison Hoover Bartlett
isbn: 9781594488917
Publication Date: January 1, 2009
Pages: 274
Genre: Books and Reading, Non-fiction
Publisher: Riverhead Books

Rare-book theft is even more widespread than fine-art theft. Most thieves, of course, steal for profit. John Charles Gilkey steals purely for the love of books. In an attempt to understand him better, journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett plunged herself into the world of book lust and discovered just how dangerous it can be.

Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed "bibliodick" (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him. Bartlett befriended both outlandish characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure.

With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, she has woven this entertaining cat-and-mouse chase into a narrative that not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes, where he stashed the loot, and how Sanders ultimately caught him but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them. Immersing the reader in a rich, wide world of literary obsession, Bartlett looks at the history of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages, to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love.

Still Life with Bread CrumbsStill Life with Bread Crumbs
by Anna Quindlen
isbn: 9781400065752
Publication Date: January 1, 2014
Pages: 252
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Random House

Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

Brilliantly written, powerfully observed, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.

A Perilous PerspectiveA Perilous Perspective
by Anna Lee Huber
isbn: 9780593198469
Series: A Lady Darby Mystery #10
Publication Date: April 19, 2022
Pages: 389
Genre: Fiction, Historical, Mystery
Publisher: Berkley

Argyll, Scotland. July 1832. After a trying few months in Edinburgh, Kiera and her husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, are eager to escape to the Highlands with their three-month-old child. Kiera is overjoyed for her cousin Rye and her detractor-turned-friend Charlotte who are being wed in a private ceremony at the estate of Rye’s great-uncle, the Marquess of Barbreck, in what seems to be the perfect wedding party.

But when Kiera is invited to peruse Barbreck’s extensive art collection, she is disturbed to discover that one of his most priceless paintings seems to be a forgery. The marquess’s furious reaction when she dares to mention it leaves her shaken and the entire house shocked. For it turns out that this is not the first time the word forgery has been uttered in connection with the Barbreck household.

Matters turn more ominous when a maid from a neighboring estate is found murdered where the forged painting hangs. Is her death connected to the forgeries, perhaps a grisly warning of what awaits those who dare to probe deeper? With unknown entities aligned against them, Kiera and Gage are forced to confront the fact that they may have underestimated their opponent. For they are swiftly made to realize that Charlotte’s and Rye’s future happiness is not the only issue at stake, and this stealthy game of cat and mouse could prove to have deadly consequences.

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