Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Death of a Nightingale

DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnette Friis was ok.  I found it confusing because the characters were changed often and had to flip back and forth to remember who was who.  The time also switched from present to past. Also there are references to many historical events from Stalin's time.  I am not really a history lover.


BELLMAN AND BLACK by Diane Setterfield is different.  I enjoyed it until the last hundred pages.  They seemed to drag on and on.  It is a story of man meets death eye to eye.  At first, I thought it was going to be The Devil and Daniel Webster, but Mr. Bellman never made a bargain with Mr Black.  I'm not sure exactly what the deal was but Bellman saved or begged for his daughter's life after all of his family had died from the plague.  He did eventually pay with his life but I guess, in a way, we all do.  It was said he could figure a way to make the sun shine all day and night.  Maybe that is what he did.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

THE TULIP EATERS by Antoinette van Heugten

THE TULIP EATERS by Antoinette van Heugten is set in present day but we learn a lot about World War II.  Nora, a doctor, comes home to her little girl and mother, but she finds her mother dead and her daughter missing.  What could be the reason someone would want to harm her mother?  It can't be the baby's father because he doesn't know he has a daughter and lives in Amsterdam.  But, after finding a locked metal box Nora begins to wonder if the murder and kidnapping could be related to World War II.  Nora finds out many secrets her mother and father have carried with them for years, but cannot tell her now.  She must travel to Amsterdam to find the leads she needs to find her baby daughter.