I'm afraid this has been the week of uninspired posts and you may have to bear with me for a few more days. I've been reading the same few books for the last week or so, and enjoying them, but I can't seem to actually finish them. Hopefully I'll have time this weekend and will write about them properly next week. I'm not really a winter person and to be honest I think I'd like nothing more than to hibernate for a few months. Even Chispa and Dulce have been cold. I think Dulce (the calico) was sleeping on the chair when Chispa came and plopped down in front of her. At least they look contented all snuggled up together. They've got the right idea if you ask me.
I brought home a copy of Elizabeth Chadwick's The Greatest Knight from the library last night. It looks like I'll be able to read her William Marshal books in order (I already have the sequel, The Scarlet Lion lined up). I've already started reading! I also brought home The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 5 only to discover I already own season five and it's season six that I wanted. Over the break I thought I'd have a mini Inspector Lynley marathon (or watchathon as the case may be), but I'm missing the last two episodes. As I no longer belong to Netflix I guess I'll have to skip them as my library unfortunately also doesn't have the last season. The thing is PBS added the last two episodes to the season five DVD (which I had already bought), and I don't want to duplicate episodes. Annoying.
I had to place an order with Amazon for Christmas gifts, and I was bad and included a little gift for me! The box came today, so I ripped it open and took out my book and stuffed the rest in the closet (ugh...wrapping this weekend...). I got Elizabeth Ironside's The Art of Deception. I really enjoyed her Death in the Garden and this one looks good, too. The Sunday Times of London is quoted as saying, "The plotting is deft, the characters interesting, and the passages about authenticating paintings are as exciting as the book itself." I love books that combine a good story with art or art history. As a matter of fact I need to read more books about art.
But first I need to find out the mystery behind an old manuscript in Emili Rosale's The Invisible City, a rather dense read but also compelling the further into it I get.