Sunday, July 02, 2006
Just started reading The Intelligencer by Leslie Silbert.
This is what Publisher's Weekly had to say:
Silbert brings hands-on experience as a private eye to her entertaining debut thriller, which shifts deftly between the present and the late 16th century. In 1593 Christopher Marlowe, temporarily bereft of his artistic muse, takes on his final espionage assignment for the nascent intelligence agencies of the time-a smuggling case that may involve high-level individuals. In contemporary New York, Kate Morgan, English Renaissance scholar turned PI, is directed by her firm-which doubles as an undercover U.S. intelligence unit-to look into the attempted burglary from the home of a dashing London financial whiz of a leather-bound volume of 16th-century intelligence reports written in cipher. As she begins to decode the yellowed pages of the old volume, she is about to discover the truth behind Marlowe's sudden and puzzling death. Meanwhile, a mysterious Italian multimillionaire, who has had run-ins with Kate's father, a U.S. senator, is plotting his revenge. Even at its most belief-straining moments (and there are more than a few), the tale moves at a refreshing clip, and Silbert provides plenty of engaging backstory about Elizabethan history, ciphers, Iranian jails, the poison of the Australian blue-ringed octopus and much more.
It was touted as in the same vein as The Da Vinci Code and so far, it is far better!
I am going to spend most of today reading this and I am also starting a washcloth.
I finished that cute baby sweater in yellow cotton and nylon. The baby is due in 5 weeks and the mother-to-be looked pretty uncomfortable in church this morning!
She hasn't dropped yet so she has a while to go...
We didn't get that much rain last night so I'm going to water the flower beds late this afternoon too. All in all, should be a pleasant day!