This is a continuation of the previous book, The Language of Bees, where Mary and her husband are separated, each conducting separate investigations aThis is a continuation of the previous book, The Language of Bees, where Mary and her husband are separated, each conducting separate investigations and protecting a traveling companion.
Mary and the wounded pilot and her step grand-daughter travel a perilous route from the Orkneys to London. Their plane is shot down and they are rescued by a puckish man named Robert Goodman. Goodman lives in harmony in the woods, collecting odd bits of this and that, carving animals and living simply. He and the child are instantly charmed with one another. Mary and the pilot recuperate and then the game is afoot again....
The mystery deepens and becomes even more complex with hidden plots, assassinations and interesting characters.
The narration of this book is superb, bringing all the characters to life (or death). The character of Robert Goodman is simply wonderful in a complex, bittersweet way....more
I love this series. Atticus O'Sullivan is a 2100 year old Druid living quietly in the US Southwest. Unfortunately after killing a god in the previousI love this series. Atticus O'Sullivan is a 2100 year old Druid living quietly in the US Southwest. Unfortunately after killing a god in the previous book, he is being sought to kill other gods. It seems everyone hates Thor. So far he refuses the quest.
Unfortunately, the actions of the previous book and the released demons are still coming back to bite him -- or at least try to bite him. At the same time he is developing a truce with the local coven of Witches, and he distrusts Witches a great deal.
In this case, the alliance helps him a great deal. With wry sense of humor, lots of popular culture references, this savvy 21st century Druid is living and surviving. We meet members of many pantheons as well as werewolves, and vampires. And he battles evil witches who have been pursuing him for decades...and demons. In the reading it all makes sense and with many a laugh along the way. His Irish Wolfhound, Oberon, can communicate with him, mind to mind. And Oberon is hilarious at keeping the Druid humble.
The book starts on the day of The Change, the day that all electricity stops working. Other things stop including firearms, mechanized vehicles, and aThe book starts on the day of The Change, the day that all electricity stops working. Other things stop including firearms, mechanized vehicles, and all sorts of other powered conveniences. At The Change (a big flash of white light), planes fall from the air, accidents happen, and all work stops. Many assume this is temporary and wait for help, while others either take opportunities or take action. With all production and distribution halted, food, medicine, and essentials become scarce. Widespread looting and criminal behavior ensues. Those who take action seize bikes, weapons, tools, horses, and other items not powered by combustion engines or electricity. Cities die or become feudal groups of thieves and conquerors.
This story follows the struggles and survival of two small bands of people; one lead by Juniper Mackenzie, a Wiccan high priestess and her friends and coveners. The other group is led by Mike Havel, an ex-Marine and pilot. The story details their struggles to protect themselves from bandits, starvation, cannibals, and the passage of time. Each group grows as they struggle to survive in the Wilamette Valley in Oregon. The first in a series, this book sets the stage for a confrontation of a growing menace from Portland....more
I read this when it first came out. And I read it again with just as much love and enjoyment as the first time. Amelia Peabody is a thirty something sI read this when it first came out. And I read it again with just as much love and enjoyment as the first time. Amelia Peabody is a thirty something spinster who spent her life taking care of her scholar father and bullying tradesmen and others to keep the household. It was no surprise that she inherited her father's last little bits and pieces and it was a surprise that his familial indifference did not extend to his investments. Amelia is now a rich woman able to do as she pleases. She is pleased to travel to the places she and her father studied. In Italy, she encounters a "ruined" young woman whom she hires as a companion and adopts as a friend.
It's in Egypt where the fun and adventure begins! There she encounters the formidable (and attractive) Radcliffe Emerson and his charming brother. What ensues is a mystery, adventure, love, story, and repartee....more
Baba Yaga is a title not a name and there are a few of them charged with guarding the gates to the Otherworld and hearing the calls of those who needBaba Yaga is a title not a name and there are a few of them charged with guarding the gates to the Otherworld and hearing the calls of those who need aid. She also kicks butt and takes names, particularly when someone has wronged children.
Barbara Yager travels the country in her Airstream trailer that, like so many magical things, is bigger on the inside than the outside. She is accompanied by a dragon disguised as a pit bull. Barbara is summoned to a small town in upstate New York where the community is devastated by the disappearance of small children. The handsome sheriff is at his wits end trying to solve these mysteries and is also carrying a deep sorrow of his own.
He is suspicious of Barbara at the beginning with her cloudy black hair, kickass atitude, and mysterious appearance. Barbara fights the attraction and pull of emotions as she learns there is something more magical involved in these disappearances. Something malevolent that threatens the balance between the world of humans and the Otherworld.
This is a terrific book. The characters are well-rounded, fun, and sympathetic. The dialogue is snappy, wise-cracking and very funny. The story and plot is terrific. I love this re-visioning of the Baba stories....more
This mystery featuring the delightful, precocious Flavia de Luce is sadder and more subdued than the previous ones. The mystery of her mother's deathThis mystery featuring the delightful, precocious Flavia de Luce is sadder and more subdued than the previous ones. The mystery of her mother's death is solved, or so it seems, at the very beginning of the novel. While waiting at the railway station for her body to be returned, a mysterious man gives Flavia a strange coded message. He is then killed --accident or murder-- that same day.
In the midst of grief and change, Flavia seeks to find new meaning to her life. This is very much a transitional novel as Flavia moves from precocious eleven year old, to a twelve year old. Her motherlessness is established, the reality of the family's grief is realized and understood.
It's a very good book especially for those of us who are very fond of Flavia and her family's eccentricities. I eagerly await the next one....more
This between the wars mystery featuring the British writer and playwright, Josephine Tey sees her and her detective friend Archie Penrose journeying tThis between the wars mystery featuring the British writer and playwright, Josephine Tey sees her and her detective friend Archie Penrose journeying to his home in Cornwall for a vacation. Unfortunately, it begins with a death and Archie is a pall bearer. The life of the Cornwall estate and village is picturesque and the people there are close knit, friendly, and content.
This death, however, sets off an investigation that uncovers many dark secrets and ferocity that belies the bucolic first impression.
This novel highlights the investigative skills of Archie and Josephine is more of the companion or side-kick. It is a very good, riveting mystery as secrets get revealed, misunderstood, and revealed again. There is a great deal of sadness and grief in this novel.
I highly recommend it. As an audio-book, the narrator is an excellent storyteller handling Scottish and regional accents very well while at the same time being understood by American ears....more
If you are looking for the Bones of the delightful TV series, this isn't it. If you are looking for a tough, persistent, and smart protagonist with aIf you are looking for the Bones of the delightful TV series, this isn't it. If you are looking for a tough, persistent, and smart protagonist with a scary, edge of the seat action, this is it!...more
Forget what you know about Baba Yaga, the ugly old witch living in a hut with chicken wings and flying around in a mortar and pestle. The old crone myForget what you know about Baba Yaga, the ugly old witch living in a hut with chicken wings and flying around in a mortar and pestle. The old crone myth is magically transformed into a sexy witchy woman with attitude.
The Baba Yaga is a title, not a name. There are three Babas in the U.S., each taking care of the natural world, working with the elements, and granting requests. The Babas also guard the gateway to the Otherworld. Barbara Yager travels is a university professor, botanist, and herbalist. She lives and travels in an Air Stream trailer that is bigger on the inside than on the outside. Her companion is a pit bull....er....dragon.....
In this delightful novella, she's called upon to find missing children, part of a custodial kidnapping, and gets involved in cults, magical items, and rockin' good adventure.
Well-written with a wickedly good sense of humor. Terrific conceptualization of a legend, a new look at the myths and stories that terrify us!...more