This Time There Had Been Flowers Scattered Over the Woman’s Body. Roses. Sweetheart Roses!

Today is the fourth anniversary of my blog Mysterious Eats.

We’ve reviewed all kinds of books, mysteries, short stories, recipes…

That’s a LOT…

The traditional gift for a fourth anniversary is flowers or fruit. I settled on sweetheart roses from Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Mary Higgins Clark

Happy Anniversary and a very special thanks to all my readers!

For more anniversary posts, go to It Was Brain-Tanned Leather, As Soft As a Horse’s Nose, and the Color of Butter Melting in the Sun

For more on Let Me Call You Sweetheartgo to Let Me Call You Sweetheart

For more on Mary Higgins Clark, go to I’ve Got You Under My Skin

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It Was Brain-Tanned Leather, As Soft As a Horse’s Nose, and the Color of Butter Melting in the Sun

Today is the third anniversary of my blog Mysterious Eats. We’ve been through a lot and reviewed all types of mystery books and recipes. I hope you’ve all enjoyed it as much as I have.

The traditional gift is leather-which at first seems hard to think of something, but then I figured all I needed was a Western mystery to find the perfect thing: a rifle scabbard from:

Happy Anniversary and a very special thanks to all my readers!

For more anniversary posts, go to A Loud Thud-Followed by the Unmistakeable Crash of an Enormous Ceramic Vase 

A Loud Thud-Followed by the Unmistakeable Crash of an Enormous Ceramic Vase

Today is the second anniversary of my blog Mysterious Eats. We’ve been through a lot and reviewed all types of mystery books and recipes. I hope you’ve all enjoyed it as much as I have.

Read it from the beginning!

As this is my two year anniversary, the traditional gift is cotton while the new one is china. I thought about what to give myself and decided to go with a China vase.

But as these are mysteries the vase isn’t for looking but for using.

Happy Anniversary and a very special thanks to all my readers!

For more on anniversaries, go to This Business of the Clocks was Curious

For more on Lillian Jackson Braun and The Cat Who…Mystery Series, go to The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

This Business of the Clocks was Curious

I’m sure you are all wondering, why am I posting on a Sunday?

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Perhaps it is some kind of Easter surprise?

Sad but true.

Well, no. I do want to wish you all a happy Easter,

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but there is another reason why I chose today. Today is the one year anniversary of my blog Mysterious Eats. We’ve been through a lot and reviewed all types of mystery books and recipes. I hope you’ve all enjoyed it as much as I have.

As this is my one year anniversary, the traditional gift is paper while the new one is clocks. I decided to combine the two and gift myself: are you ready?

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Two Agatha Christie novels (paper). The first being one of my personal favorites: The Seven Dials Mystery

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Who’s plot involves clocks. And the second book being, The Clocks. Would you like a little preview?

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Clever huh?

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Happy Anniversary and a very special thanks to all my readers!

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For more holiday posts, Irish Soda Bread

 

The Italian Wife

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The Italian Wife by Kate Furnivall

The year is 1922 and Isabella Berotti is a young, expectant mother living in Milan. She and her husband are visiting the outdoor markets when he is shot and killed. Isabella rushes over to help him, and is shot in the back, losing her baby and ability to walk.

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Ten years later, Isabella has used all that frustration and grief to motivate her into walking, only suffering from a slight limp, and achieve her dream of becoming an architect. She is currently residing in Bellina, helping to achieve Mussolini’s dream of reclaiming the marshlands for Italy, and creating a modern state.

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While life has been good, the day of the accident and death of her husband still haunts her. This anniversary she is spending her time reminiscing at a café, when a woman approaches her asking if she could watch her daughter Rosa. Before she can refuse, the woman whispers that “they” know who really killed Isabella’s husband and takes off. Intrigued as to what the woman may know, Isabella sits with Rosa, entertaining her. Everything is fine until Isabella sees the woman throw herself off a building Isabella created.

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Now Isabella finds herself caught up in a web of political intrigue, as Rosa proves to be a powerful piece both the fascists and the rebels wish to use. She teams up with a photographer, Roberto Falco, to protect Rosa, remain out of prison, bring to light the dirty deals in government, and finally solve who murdered her husband.

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Thoughts After Reading:

I absolutely loved this book.

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I thought it was thrilling, interesting, and impossible to put down. The historical truths of Mussilini attempting to control and reshape the land, even going as far as building cities and farms in impossible places, was a fascinating backdrop and made me interested to learn even more.

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The writing was extremely well done and the characters are multi-dimensional, lovable, and always exceeding my expectations as to what would happen next. In fact, I am not only looking forward to her next project, but planning on reading everything she has written prior to this novel.

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I would give it five out of five stars.

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For more stand alone mysteries, go to The Unsolvable Mystery: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

For more mysteries, go to The Silence of the Llamas