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08:02 pm - Distraction (Good): C S Harris's latest Sebastian St Cyr mystery
Today: busy busy busy, plus allergies-turning-into-cold, plus the Dangerous Dog's first obedience class (wherein he was a snarly little beast for fifteen minutes and wearily resigned to learning the last forty-five). Am mentally and physically exhausted and unhappy. I needed distraction.

And so I am pleased to say that C S Harris's latest entry in the Sebastian St Cyr series of Napoleonic-era mysteries, What Darkness Brings, is absolutely aces. The book gives me exactly what I've come to expect in terms of a historically interesting murder case (French crown jewels! Renaissance grimoires! English and French politics), gritty London details, and perhaps more important to me, it gives some real movement in the ongoing Sebastian-and-his-heart sweepstakes. (I am, I will note, rather picky when it comes to the series. And in case you're reading them, I will further note that I am Team Hero all the way.)

And now my brain is tired, and if I'm lucky I'll be able to read Georgette Heyer to relax. Or, possibly, I'll sit on the sofa and stare vacantly at the floor, wishing fruitlessly for the ability to breathe through my nose. La la!

(The Dangerous Dog is passed out on the floor, bless his heart. Obedience class is tiring.)

May you find the best distractions in your week!

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From:tx_cronopio
Date:March 6th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
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Which Heyer are you relaxing with?

I'm about ready for my yearly Venetia fix.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 6th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)
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I haven't decided! Except that since I've been listening to Richard Armitage read Venetia (A+++ audiobook; will listen again), it probably won't be that one. I'm thinking maybe Frederica, which is my happy place....

Cheers to you, Cronopio!
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:March 6th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
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I love reading about your dangerous dog!

My vote's for Arabella.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 6th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
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The Dangerous Dog would thank you, but he's snoring at the moment. (He also had a bath at home today, so it's been a v. full day for him.)

Cheers and hugs, and thanks for the Arabella vote! I do love Mr Beaumaris, and Ulysses. :)
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From:gwynnega
Date:March 6th, 2013 01:36 am (UTC)
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Well, at least the Dangerous Dog wasn't snarly for 45 minutes and resigned for 15!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:March 6th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
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We have five more classes, so we'll see how he continues to do. ;)

Cheers and a good evening, Gwynne!
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From:janus_74
Date:March 6th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
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Hopefully the next class is better. And that you can breath freely again soon :)
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From:laurawise
Date:March 6th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)
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I thank you for both hopes!

Cheers, T, and a happy middle of your week.
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From:stateless82
Date:March 6th, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
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It's so hard to choose a Heyer...

Fingers are crossed for easier breathing, and an easier day tomorrow.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 6th, 2013 11:47 am (UTC)
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I ended up with a dip into The Nonesuch. :)

Cheers to you, S, and hugs and a good day.
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From:anne_d
Date:March 6th, 2013 03:15 am (UTC)
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That does sound like an interesting series. I must see if the library has them.

Good for the Dangerous Dog, working hard at obedience!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 6th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)
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The series IS good -- although I didn't love the first couple nearly as much. It took a while for the very complex background to unfold...

Cheers and hugs, and the Dangerous Dog thanks you! Or he would if he weren't having a refreshing post-breakfast nap. ;)
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From:kathyh
Date:March 6th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC)
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I downloaded the first St Cyr mystery to my Kindle last week. I will bump it up my reading list.

My brother's dog aka the Exceptionally Greedy Dog always used to come bottom of obedience classes to my sister-in-law's deep embarrassment. The Dangerous Dog has nothing to beat!

I add my vote for Arabella as I don't think Ulysses ever managed obedience and will make you feel better.

If you're in the mood for mysteries have you tried Anna Dean. Her first book Bellfield Hall (called A Moment of Silence in the UK) has just been published in the U.S. I think. My mum and I both recommend it.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 6th, 2013 11:52 am (UTC)
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I don't respond to the first St Cyr mystery as much as I have liked the series starting with the third (or fourth, I can't remember) book -- basically when Hero becomes a major player. But there's a lot of good stuff even in the early novels.

The Small Black Dog of Chaos, blessed be her memory, was asked not to come to the final day of her obedience class, because the instructor quite rightly knew she'd fail. The Dangerous Dog is *already* far more obedient! He's just... truculent. ;)

I shall put Anna Dean's novels on my To Read list! Next up for me is Simone St James' The Haunting of Maddy Clare...

Cheers, K, and hugs!
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From:freixenet
Date:March 6th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
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Oh, poor Dog, and poor you--hope you can breathe soon!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 6th, 2013 11:56 am (UTC)
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The Dangerous Dog was unbelievably pugnacious for the first of the class, but luckily he was not as bad as another dog, so I didn't feel totally humiliated. ;)

Stay warm today, F, as the front rolls through! Cheers.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 6th, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, L, thank you and hugs! May it be a great Wednesday for you. :)
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From:paratti
Date:March 6th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
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(((Hugs)))

Passes fortifying tea.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 7th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
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Am drinking tea right now, actually! :)

Cheers and hugs, L, and a good Thursday ahead.
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From:roguedemon
Date:March 7th, 2013 07:25 am (UTC)
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Curse your allergies! That's an early start to allergy season :(. The book sounds good. I hope you feel better and the DD mellows out a bit. ((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:March 7th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
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The allergies here are off the chart and have been for several weeks, thanks to a) pollen numbers which are averaging 11 on a 12-point scale, and b) drought, which means there's nothing to wash said pollen out of the air. And now I have a Dangerous Dog to go out and roll in pollen-heavy grass, la la!

Hugs hugs, Nell. We persevere! May you have a great Thursday!

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