Listening to Schubert's last three String Quartets.
It was my birthday and hubby cubby brought me flowers!! I love birthdays, they make me feel loved.
I've once again been reading books faster than I can write in depth reviews, so here are blurbs on the last couple of books I've read:
She asserts that before the government decided to tear down traditional, historical buildings and demolish neighborhoods, Christians and Muslims lived together in peace and with respect. After different government leaders decided to glorify themselves by destroying these buildings, and create horrible, lifeless, soul-less structures, it divided people and ushered in the war that has now ravished Syria.
She does not make it that simplistic, but that is the gist. Our living space matters in affecting how we think and live our lives.
I get that, but I also think that Isis and the government have other reasons for fighting each other. I think the destruction of the architecture was a symptom of a corrupt government that maintains power through terror. Isis are religious radicals who believe they have a God-given right to oust the leaders of Syria. The problem is their motives aren't to provide the people with liberty and opportunity, but to impose radical Islam on the country.
The people of Syria are caught in the cross fire. I wonder how it will conclude? After all of Syria is lying in ashes?
I just read the author died last year. A pity, because he's only written about twelve of these mysteries.
To complain: he hurls too many cheap shots at other denominations, but he does not spare the Episcopalian church and he lets his opinions be known about Nazi Feminists who become priests.
Willy, the curator is found dead in the choir loft. At first it looks like a heart attack, but then poison from the Oleander plant is found in his blood stream. Oleander is the plant that one of the choir members has been using to kill her neighbor's pet hedge hogs because they keep escaping into her yard. Then she cooks them into a stew to serve at pot lucks. Yuck.
But, the cook did not do it and it takes quite a bit of circling before we find out who did.
However, things slowly pick up (a man wants to find his son, but only because he wants his car back) another woman wants evidence her husband is cheating on her and a young woman about to be married has received a death threat.
The last case is when things really start to escalate. Agatha and her secretary, Emma Comfrey, arrive at the engagement party and help the lady narrowly avoid getting shot at by a sniper.
Why would anyone want to kill this girl? Agatha is determined to find out. Meanwhile her friends, Ron and Sir Charles arrive to help.
The secretary Emma, starts out as a good ally, but she begins to show signs of instability as the story progresses.
In this book, the relationships Agatha has begun to cultivate in her Cotswold village are beginning to ripen and blossom.
Another fun read.
After listening to Keith's wonderful voicing of all the characters, I don't think I want to read them anymore.
She's recently married, but her husband disappears. Not only that but the last woman he was seen with has been murdered. Did he do it? And where did he go?
Another great psychological study of psychopaths, but with the warmth and humor that makes me enjoy Beaton's novels.