This novel is hard to describe properly, but you should not miss it. You need to experience it, feel it, and taste it. The author, Alice Walker of The Color Purple fame, leads you on a journey. The journey takes you to exotic places from ancient times through the present. Walker presents part of the trip as solely in your shared imagination. You do not dare disbelieve for even then it offers truths.
Alice Walker’s theme is love and marriage, the man – woman, husband- wife relationship. It examines up close the dynamics of the male-female in marriage and without it. It speaks of the struggle that is being a woman. It talks about our needs and wants especially in relationship to the men in our lives. You will follow an interesting study of two marriages, their failures and their successes throughout the book. The black experience is also a recurring theme in this novel
Alice Walker creates fabulous characters, explores their uniqueness, and shows us however, off the wall they are we are like them. Humanity shares many things even with those we could never identify with or feel like we have anything in common.
I recommend this book highly. It is worth your time to read it and it may even enrich your life.
This is a Victorian mystery reminiscent of the Miss Marple tales of the Agatha Christie fame. However, instead of just one amateur detective, there is a whole house full of them. All the servants of the small household want to help their master Detective Gerald Witherspoon on his more difficult cases.
Their plan as always is to snoop around on their own and meet daily to compile their information and attempt to solve the mystery before he does. They do this unbeknownst to their employer. They need to do it on the sly and between their usual tasks as those who keep the household running. They love their employer who looks upon his household staff as family and treats them very well indeed.
Their methods are sometimes not as above board as they should be, since stretching the truth and downright lying are acceptable and they fully believe the end justifies the means.
It is surprising that their network comes through for them usually. The underground of the servants in the best houses know more than they should about their masters and their upper-crust guests. Much knowledge is available at the cost of a cup of tea or maybe a couple of those renowned tarts of the cook, Mrs. Goodge.
If you enjoy a mystery filled with the cleverest ways of obtaining information and a group that pieces together information like a jigsaw puzzle, you will love this band of conspirators. I highly recommend this book and it is a happy day to discover that she has produced many more Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries.
Waterlilies Over My Grave by Patricia A. Guthrie is another book you must add to your TBR list. I highly recommend it and you won’t be sorry your read it.
Annie O’Brien had a very bad marriage, in fact a violent one. She obtained a divorce but her ex did not recognize it. The scary phone calls and the stalking would not stop, so Annie accepted another position in a different state and finally thought she could breathe easy again.
She first met Mark when he was her patient. He was a detective, who was on leave. Mark Driscoll had recently been involved in an incident where he killed a kid. He was not doing well and he was required to see Annie. Their first meeting did not go, as it should since he hated and did not believe in psychologists.
Annie worked with his mother, Julia Driscoll and soon found their relationship to be warm and friendly. They began to feel very comfortable with each other in spite of her son’s combative relationship with Annie.
When the calls and the symptoms of being harassed returned, Annie grew very frightened. Only she knew what her ex – husband was capable of doing and how evil he truly was, when it came to getting what he wanted at any cost.
Mark Driscoll’s assignment was to protect Annie. Due to his job of protection and their constantly being thrown together, started to change their relationship.
No matter their best efforts, it took forever to track her husband Duncan’s movements. Duncan had been an actor on the stage and a master of disguise, which made the whole investigation much harder.
If you like mysteries with lot of twists and turns than you will love the book, Waterlilies Over My Grave