Oh, thank heavens. Honestly, how is a girl supposed to keep up with the latest sales at Anthropologie when her internet won't cooperate? All I know is I am back online thanks to the persistence of the menfolk in my family. (The husband gets special mention here for service above and beyond the call of matrimony.) I'm finally able to start working through my e-mail backlog and check up on the Disapproving Rabbits. The car will be attended to tomorrow, the dog is doing extremely well, and slowly but surely, the things that were disordered seem to be tidying themselves up.
A few days back I mentioned a novel I was invited to read with an eye to blurbing and a reader (Roshni?) asked if I would share the title. Absolutely! It was Anna Dean's A Moment of Silence. It is a Regency mystery with a spinster sleuth, and I quite enjoyed it. (My quote referred to it as 'elegantly plotted'.) It is a quick read, but if you enjoy the Jane Austen series by Stephanie Barron this ought to be quite your cup of tea. I don't have a release date on it, but I know the hardcover UK edition is available now if you're feeling impatient. As soon as I find out when it's being released, I'll post a reminder.
I also recently gave a quote for Karen Harper's upcoming (Feb. 2009) Mistress Shakespeare. It's the story of Anne Whateley, Shakespeare's alleged first wife. It has an epic feel, spanning the second half of the sixteenth century, but it never bogs down with the weight of history. It's riveting--and it ought to be because I don't know anyone who is more familiar with the intricacies of Elizabethan times than Karen Harper. (And I actually DO know her. I got to meet her last August and she is absolutely charming--gorgeous skin, too...) Anyway, you might know her from her highly-enjoyable Elizabethan mystery series. I seem to remember one of them is set at Christmas, a perfect seasonal read right now while you're waiting for Mistress Shakespeare.
Note: I just checked, and the Christmas mystery is called, appropriately enough, The Queene's Christmas.