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Tue Jan 17, 2012, 03:33 PM

19. Bedside book: Sacrifice by S.J. Bolton; purse book: No Name by Willkie Collins

Sacrifice: An obstetrician recently relocated to the Shetland Islands is digging a grave for her horse when she finds what at first appears to be a bog body. It turns out to be a more recent burial of a woman who had recently given birth and whose heart had been cut out. That's all I know so far. It's a first novel, and quite well written.

No Name (downloaded for free) is a lesser-known work by the Victorian author of The Moonstone and The Woman in White, both of which have been dramatized on Masterpiece Theater. This book, which I have just started, centers on a genteel country family, the parents, two daughters, aged 18 and 26, and their governess, who has stayed on. The parents make a mysterious 3-week trip to London, the younger daughter gets engaged to a neighbor's under-achieving son, and then tragedy strikes. The parents die within a couple of days of each other. Then the father's solicitor arrives with bad news. Instead of inheriting a comfortable income, as they assumed, the daughters receive nothing, because their parents were not legally married when they were born. That's all the farther I've gotten.

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