|Good day and welcome to Monday. I hope you a good weekend.
As I predicted back in April when we had temperatures in the 90's we are
now having a week of lows in the 40's at night and highs in the sixties
and low 70's.
Last night after a fine dinner of barbecued ribs on the grill with
broccoli and cheese I started a new book. This is one that Bob had just
read and said I might like. Well, he was right on this one. I could not
put it down. Even though I went to bed at my usual reading time of 9:40 I
will still reading at 12:30. I was tempted to sit up until I finished it
but decided I better turn the light off and finish it later.
The Scold's Bridle by Minette Walters is probably one of the
best mysteries as well as one of the best books I have ever read. I could
not put it down. The plot begins with the death of Matilda, a wealthy lady
found dead in her bathtub with her wrists slit and her antique scold's
bridle on her head.
A branks or
was a device used in ancient times consisting of a metal frame for the head
and a bit to restrain the tongue, formerly used to punish scolds, a
loose tongued or rude woman. You can read a very good essay about this
type of woman's torture here.
I am not sure from the description in the book which one of the those on
the web site pictures is the one referred to in the book. In addition to
the wonderful history of this particular device, which by the way was used
on both Matilda and her daughter when they were growing up. Matilda used
it for a planter.
As the story unfolds Matilda's doctor is called after the body is
discovered. It seems that Matilda's daughter and grand daughter are so
horrible to Matilda that she had rewritten her will to leave her entire
estate to her doctor. As police began investigating what looked like a
suicide but is believed to be a murder, the likely list of suspects grows
from the doctor, her daughter, and granddaughter to include some rather
unsavory characters who in some way had connections with the victim.
As I progressed through the book Walters would constantly bring in
another exciting component of the story that just would not allow me to
stop reading. You will either like or dislike many of the characters but
at this point I have no idea who the killer is. Now, I am not as an experienced
mystery reader as some others so I may have missed a clue somewhere that
you would pick up. However, the writing is superb along with an action
packed plot that keeps readers moving through the book at a very fast
pace. Walter's even throws in some quotes from Shakespeare by her
characters to add to the mystery surrounding the scold's bridal. We have
not checked with the library to see if they have any of her other books
but I do want to read them. I hope they are as well done as this one
published in 1994.
No gym today. I am not completely over my latest sinus whatever? It did
not become a full blown infection but I have been battling a sore throat
and tiredness for the past few days that represent the common symptoms
that I get when I know one is trying to take over my body. I felt much
better yesterday but do not feel well enough this morning to work out.
I did promise Lenore I would take her to AC Moore craft store today.
Donna comes today so she can bath and dress her and we can leave later
this morning before traffic gets too bad. Tonight I have a home visit with
a family that wants to adopt one of CBCR dogs that is being fostered in
Asheville. The family live here in Winston and of course Duncan will get
to go along.