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glass-time-michael-cox-hardcover-cover-artI found this book browsing through my library’s new books and thought I might as well give it a try. I doubted whether I’d finish it or, tell you the truth, if I’d even start it. You know how you check books out from the library and they stay on your shelf until it’s time to return them? That often happens in my house.

But not The Glass of Time.

Once I started I was pretty much hooked. It was that good. Usually when I read a long book (this one’s 583 pages)I find there are lulls in the story and my attention. Sometimes I skim or even skip ahead (I’ll confess!), but The Glass of Time had a tight grip on my attention. I didn’t want to miss anything! The slightest detail could reveal a clue into the mystery.

Here’s the synopsis:

The Glass of Time s a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady’s maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l’Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza’s own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor’s two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder.

Last week I said it reminded me of a Dicken’s novel and it still does, but even with the similarities to Dicken’s this novel stands on its own. There were twists and turns, the unexpected, and an increasing cast of characters who all play a vital role. That’s one thing I love about Dicken’s he’s all of his characters are so intricately woven into the plot that you couldn’t spare even the smallest cameo.

The Glass of Time was definitely worth the late night reading. It’s characters and mysteries kept be eager to continue reading until all was resolved. If you like a well-thought mystery then you’re likely to enjoy this novel.

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little-dorrit-2My husband and I love to watch Masterpiece Theater. Over the last five weeks we’ve been engrossed in Charles Dicken’s Little Dorrit. We loved it.

If you aren’t familiar with the story, here’s the synopsis:

Amy Dorrit’s (newbie, Claire Foy) gentle spirit has never been dampened by the confining walls of the Marshalsea Prison she’s lived in her whole life. Despite the dark shadow of debtor’s prison, Amy lovingly cares for her father 121_littledorritarthurclennammatthewmacfadyenWilliam Dorrit (Tom Courtenay), the longest serving inmate. A possibly redemptive light unexpectedly shines in the form of Arthur Clennam (Matthew Macfadyen, Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice), who has been left with the intriguing threads of a mystery after his father’s death — threads that will intertwine his family and fate with the Dorrits. Clennam’s exhaustive search for answers involves murder, fortunes gained and lost, the upper echelons and lowest dregs of society, and most surprising of all, a tender romance.

If you missed seeing it on PBS, it’s available online until Sunday, May 3rd. It’s definitely worth the time.

Each episode was a cliffhanger, but the end felt as if there were a few loose strings. Not all of the mysteries seemed adequately answered, which could be the difference between the novel and the film adaptation. But the cinematography was wonderful and the characters were delightful.

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