It was a dark and stormy night…

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents–except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.Edward Bulwer-LyttonPaul Clifford (1830)
English dramatist, novelist, & politician (1803 – 1873)


There it is, the often parodied quote, “It was a dark and stormy night..”. and tonight, at least here, it is.  But for me, no worries, home in bed with a cup of tea and  a stack of books and a book light too, in case of power outage.  Starting The Elegance of the Hedgehog tonight, finally.  I’ve had it about a week and am  just now cracking the cover.   I also have a few others in case I can’t get into it right a way.  The first sentence was enough to make me want to put it down for a minute, but I’ll give it a try.

Sue Ann Jaffarian: Twice as Dead

The Odelia Grey Mystery series is a favorite of mine.  I find the characters well developed and realistic.  The series has a great deal of humor and the mysteries are usually well done.  The character of Odelia Grey is what really drives this series.  She is not the stereotypical “big” girl.  She is confident, but yet has enough vulnerability to not be brash or arrogant.  She is a plus sized woman and yet still has sex appeal and also feels sexy.

I just finished Twice as Dead and I did enjoy it.  I would say that it was not my favorite of the series, that title still goes to Too Big to Miss, the first book from the series.  The mystery seems more serious in this episode than in the previous books.  There were twists and turns and visits from characters from previous books that add depth to the story.  Recommended reading for cozy mystery fans.