Dragonfly In Amber (Outlander #2) By Diana Gabaldon

Book Description:

Published: November 2, 1993

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones … about a love that transcends the boundaries of time … and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his….

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart … in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising … and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves….

Review –

Five stars *****. That about says it all.

As I listened to this, the second book in the Outlander Series, I found myself often holding my breath as I traveled along with Claire and Jamie on their adventures and misfortunes in England, France and Scotland. I laughed and cried and at the end I was left with my mouth agape and a feeling of awe and wonder filling me.

Excellent series.




Death of a Chimney Sweep by M.C. Beaton ( a Hamish MacBeth Mystery )





Book Description

Series: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery | Publication Date: December 27, 2011
In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager’s fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn’t believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete’s body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it’s up to Hamish to discover who’s responsible for the dirty deed–and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realizes.
Review –
 Some don’t think that this installment of the Hamish MacBeth Mysteries  lives up to the other 25 in the series but I loved it because Hamish didn’t seem as bumbling and at loose ends.  He’s never really been appreciated by his superiors (until after he has solved a murder) and probably never will be but that just adds to the enjoyment of the series because I keep routing for him to get his due approval and acceptance. 
After reading the book I’m a bit unsure that the title was apropos because the chimney sweep was just collateral damage.  The murder that everyone was trying to solve was Capt. Davenport’s, the man who was stuffed up his own chimney, but I guess maybe that’s why the author named the book for the lesser involved-maybe she felt sorry for him.  I did, he maybe got a total of 3 pages written about him. 
No matter what the title, I love the story and found it to be a very pleasurable read.
If you’ve never read an M.C Beaton book you really should put it on your New Year’s Resolution List.