Sunday, October 23, 2011

What I'm Reading Today: Under the Skin

I pre-ordered this book, having read five others by this author and hungering for another visit with the series' main character, Elizabeth Goodweather. The book finally arrived, and it feels great to be right there with Elizabeth (Lizabeth, Lizzie Beth), her family, and her neighbors as they untangle the threads of yet another mystery.

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By the way, the author, Vicki Lane, is a fellow blogger. I enjoy reading her daily posts at "Vicki Lane Mysteries," where she mostly writes about the same kinds of everyday things and events you and I do, with a little book talk (it's her job, remember) thrown in.

Good reading, everyone.


  1. You got a winner there girl!
    That Lizzie Beth is my girl! XO

  2. I read the first of the series while on our trip to the mountains of Appalachia. It was wonderful and I found myself speaking in the same dialect she writes for her North Carolina neighbors. Scott was about ready to leave me in the hills!

  3. Not familiar with the book, but wanted to comment on your previous post. I could not sit through the video, it brought me such emotions over losing Mom. Wow. Perhaps it was the sea and distant shore visuals of the song.

    I wanted to share something with you though, to share with your friend. It was on the back of a hospice sheet that we were given during Mom's last days and it provided me great comfort.

    "I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. she is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of a white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

    Then someone at my side says: There, she is gone!

    Gone, where?

    Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

    Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: There, she is gone! there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: Here she comes!

    And that is dying."

  4. Carol, I love that Elizabeth is so down to earth no matter what kind of drama is going on around her. Great character!

    Writing My Novel, that's funny. The dialect affected me similarly, although I didn't speak it out loud (at least I don't think so). But for several days after reading the first book, I found myself mentally translating phrases I read or heard into that dialect. I'm glad you liked the book.

    Duly Inspired, thank you for sharing that, and I will pass it along. Did you perhaps post that on your blog after your mother passed? I'm asking because I have a screen cap of that piece and don't remember where I got it. I do know that I saved it to provide comfort to my daughters when my own ship sails.

  5. Linda,

    Yes, I posted it on my website the night that Mom died. It provided tremendous comfort to know that my father was on the other side, saying "There she is." i

  6. I've got "Art's Blood" from the library, read a few pages before another book came in that I've wanted to read for a long time, so I put "Art's Blood" aside. But the few pages I read so far are good-can't wait to get back to it!

  7. Duly Inspired, I thought that might have come from you. Thanks for posting it then and now.

    Janet, I hope you like her books as much as I do. I finished one this morning and was so bummed out because I've already read them all and wanted more, more, more.


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