Friday, November 21, 2014

A Demographically Old Weekly Link Round-Up

Those of you who keep an eye on Kittling: Books' Facebook page know that I was a bit incensed when A&E decided to cancel Longmire, a wonderful series based on Craig Johnson's even more wonderful books. And all for more reality TV. (Pardon me while I gag.) I wasn't the only one who didn't like what happened, and many of us have been tweeting and Facebooking about keeping the series alive. Everyone-- from the author to the show's producers to its stars to its fans-- helped the powers-that-be at Netflix decide to take Longmire under its wing. Time to break out the Pappy Van Winkles and do a little celebrating!

However... if a few million television viewers who took umbrage at being called demographically too old can do that, just think of what else we can do.... round up some links. Head 'em up! Move 'em out!


Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
  • These two brothers recreated some of their childhood photos for their parents' wedding anniversary.
  • Something else we can blame the Victorians for: making topless females taboo. 
  • How many will follow suit? Navajo lawmakers have approved a junk food tax.
  • How animals hacked the rainbow and got stumped on the color blue
  • The disease of being busy.
  • How readers can avoid buying bad eBooks by indie authors. 
  • Some people in the book business believe eBook subscription services just won't work.
  • Should libraries develop their own eReader apps?
  • Find out how the book business in the UK is managing the shift to digital.
  • The reintroduction of wildlife goes well in some areas, but for some-- like the bighorn sheep near Tucson-- it's a different story.

Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones

The Happy Wanderer
  • 21 of the most breathtaking pools in the world.
  • Make me a not-so-happy wanderer when reading about this Hawaiian marine monument
  • Haeding for New Zealand? Don't forget to visit Hobbiton.

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That's all for this week. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Morgue Drawer Next Door by Jutta Profijt

First Line: I'm going to start this account with an incident that occurred before the plot of this book even began.

One of the worst things about being a ghost-- at least to former car thief Pascha-- is the loneliness. Medical examiner Dr. Martin Gänsewein has returned to work, but he still wishes he weren't the only person who can hear Pascha, and he's started trying to invent things that will make the young ghost keep his distance. Even Pascha's morgue drawer is occupied by a different body.

Things start looking up when Marlene is brought to the morgue drawer next door, but she's not the leggy blonde Pascha was hoping for. Marlene is the spirit of a nun who was killed in a fire that destroyed a wing of her medieval convent and home there in Cologne, Germany. Even though Marlene spends way too much time praying in the hospital chapel, Pascha does empathize with her because he believes that she was murdered. Now the two ghosts are determined to find the nun's killer, but there's only one problem: they can't do it without Martin's help. Yes, Martin... the man who wants to go back to the good old days when he knew ghosts didn't exist.

When I read the first book in this series, Morgue Drawer Four, I wondered just how long this premise would be able to last. After all, pairing the ghost of a poorly educated, outgoing young car thief with a highly educated, introverted and meticulous medical examiner does sound gimmicky. I'm happy to say that the premise is alive and well in this second book. The author keeps her idea fresh by changing it up a little. Martin is pretty much kept in the background, although he is at the heart of a running joke about his ghost-busting inventions. Instead, Martin's girlfriend Birgit has a much bigger part in the action-- and she plays her role well. 

Of course, the biggest change is bringing in a nun to pair with the irreverent Pascha. Marlene is such a polar opposite to the young man that it's fun to watch them get used to each other and finally begin to work together. While Martin remains a rather static character, Pascha does not. From being in the presence of people with much stronger morals and much more education than he's used to, readers can see how his language changes, how he thinks things through, and how his natural inclinations for compassion and doing what's right are growing stronger. It seems as though Pascha has to earn his wings before he can step into the light.

One scene in Morgue Drawer Next Door did not work for me. Pascha, Marlene, and Martin's girlfriend Birgit have gone off to try to catch a killer while Martin stays at home to work on an invention. I won't go into detail about the scene, but Martin's behavior just does not ring true to his character.

On the other hand, Pascha and Marlene find themselves in a situation that's familiar to crime fiction readers: they know whom the killer is, but there's no proof and a very real chance that the person will go free. However, these two crime fighters have a few tools unavailable to us mortals, and how they set about to force the murderer to confess is absolutely hilarious.

Jutta Profijt is proving to be a writer who can think outside the box-- and one who can make me laugh out loud as I read her books. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing with this series.

Morgue Drawer Next Door by Jutta Profijt
Translated from the German by Erik J. Macki.
eISBN: 9781611090406
AmazonCrossing © 2012
eBook, 296 pages

Amateur Sleuth, #2 Morgue Drawer mystery
Rating: B+
Source: Purchased from Amazon

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Off Kilter by Hannah Reed

First Line: Sometimes my best friend, Ami, can go way overboard.

To say that life's been tough for Eden Elliott would be an understatement. The long-term care of her seriously ill mother put an end to her marriage. The divorce is final, and now her mother is dead. Eden's made a deal to write a romance novel, but she feels as though she needs some sort of jumpstart. That's where best friend-- and bestselling romance author-- Ami Pederson comes in. Ami sends Eden on an open-ended visit to the village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands. There Eden plans to do some firsthand research and start writing that book. But fate has other plans.

The local sheep shearer has been murdered with his own shears, and the villagers in Glenkillen suspect Vicki MacBride, an outsider whose surprise inheritance of her father's estate put the future of her half sister and her brother-in-law in serious doubt. But Eden can't believe that her new friend is capable of murder, so in between bouts of research and writing, Eden determines to do what she can to catch a killer.

I simply had to read this first book in the Scottish Highlands cozy series because of its setting. Although I never did quite figure out where Glenkillen is supposed to be, I certainly enjoyed my vicarious trip to an area I love so much. 

This first book sets the series up well. Everything about the murder is leading us to believe that the evildoers are Vicki's half sister and her brother-in-law, but sooner or later readers are going to wonder if that solution is a bit too obvious. Or could it be meant to look obvious?  Hmm.... I began to wonder about that from the beginning and found the solution rather easy to deduce, but I was enjoying watching Eden Elliott try to adjust to the Highlands too much to care. (Which goes to show that there's always more to crime fiction than the answer to whodunnit.)

Eden is thirty-eight. After caring for her mother for so long, she's not flighty and she has common sense. I wouldn't say that she's all that mechanically inclined with her talk of "whatchamacallits," "thingamabobs," and "doohickeys," and it puzzled me that she didn't do a little bit of research before she headed off on her first-ever trip outside the U.S. For example, she flies into Inverness where she picks up a rental car to drive to Glenkillen. Only then does she learn that you have to reserve a car that has automatic transmission-- and those cars are at a premium. Being stuck learning a stick shift at the very same time that you're trying to remember to drive on the opposite side of the road and navigate roundabouts is not a recipe for success. The bright spot in all this is that a handsome Scotsman comes to her rescue when she becomes stranded. 

The further along Eden gets in her investigation, she finds herself with two handsome Scotsmen giving her the eye, and I have to admit that-- although I'm not much for romance in my reading-- Eden's two men are the best romantic interests I've encountered in a long time. (I may not care for romance in my books, but I'm not dead.) And as far as that investigation goes, my liking for Eden increased because she kept the detective inspector handling the case in the loop with everything she finds. That inspector happens to be saddled with a particularly annoying special constable, and his attempts to avoid the young man not only become a running joke in the book, the situation also has Eden becoming more involved with the local people and the community.

At the beginning of Off Kilter, that little village of Glenkillen had me worried because when Eden first comes on the scene, it's definitely a case of us (the villagers) versus her (Eden), but as they all get to know each other better, this changes, which is a very good thing for the book and for the series. 

Off Kilter has definitely "primed my pump" (so to speak) for more books in this series, and I'm also secretly hoping that Eden has to make a trip to certain areas of Glasgow, where the Scottish accent really is almost impossible to understand!

Off Kilter by Hannah Reed
ISBN: 9780425265826
Berkley Prime Crime © 2014 
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Cozy mystery, #1 Scottish Highlands mystery
Rating: B+
Source: Purchased at The Poisoned Pen.

A Bookaholic's Christmas List

I know. Here I go again posting Christmas things before Thanksgiving. But I've never been the sort of person who waits till the last second to decide which gifts I'm going to be giving. In fact, I was stitching on some of this year's Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve last year. (Be a hoot if I forgot to get 'em in the mail, wouldn't it?)

Although I've managed to greatly reduce the number of catalogs I get in the mail, there are a few companies who still insist on sneaking theirs in right around Christmas time, and I don't mind because they usually have a few wonderful little goodies for bookaholics. I thought I'd share a few with you now. Click on each caption to be taken (in a new window) to the website that sells the item. Whether these things are for yourself or others, they're sure to bring a smile.

Wardrobe Additions

For Toddlers or Adults: the Very Hungry Caterpillar t-shirt

For Toddlers or Adults: a Pete the Cat shirt

For Women: the I Heart Books t-shirt

So Many Books So Little Time Sleepshirt

Book Nut Sleepshirt

A Garden and a Library t-shirt

My Shelves Runneth Over Sleepshirt

Coffee, Tea, or Time?

Jane Austen literary mug

Edgar Allan Poe literary mug

Mark Twain literary mug

Kurt Vonnegut literary mug

2015 Reading Woman calendar

Bookcase Additions

Reading Gargoyle bookends

Reading Gargoyle

For the Tree

Stack of Books ornament

Reading Reindeer ornament

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Murder of Harriet Krohn by Karin Fossum

First Line: Dearest Julie, Do you read my letters?

Desperate to pay off his gambling debts, Charles Olav Torp ("Charlo") does the only thing he can think of: rob an elderly woman of her money, jewelry and silver. It's a robbery gone horribly wrong. Sure, Charlo's got enough cash to pay off his debts and to curry his teenage daughter's favor by buying her the horse she's always wanted, but Harriet Krohn-- the elderly woman with the money, jewelry and silver-- will always be dead. 

Charlo's got to live with that woman's murder on his conscience. He's got to turn his life around and become the good person that he knows he really is. After all, the only reason why his life became such a mess is that he can never catch a break. Charlo doesn't have much time left to change his life because he left behind one clue at the crime scene, and Inspector Konrad Sejer-- who's successfully solved each and every one of his cases-- is working that one item for every scrap of information it can provide. Charlo's feeling lucky, but it doesn't pay to underestimate Konrad Sejer.

Anyone who picks up The Murder of Harriet Krohn and expects to read a typical Konrad Sejer police procedural is in for a rude shock. This seventh book in the series is told from the killer's point of view. At the beginning, this is a successful ploy as we get to see just how messed up Charles Olav Torp's life is, how he's ruined his relationship with his 16-year-old daughter, how far he's willing to go in an attempt to straighten everything out-- and ultimately how self-deluded he is. Harriet Krohn isn't particularly sympathetic as a murder victim. She's abrasive, judgmental, and wrapped in a thick batting of entitlement. No, this book is all about Charlo... and the Sejer-sized shadow that looms ever larger in the background.

I've read the other books in Fossum's marvelous series, and as Charlo committed robbery and murder, I mentally cataloged each clue that he left for Sejer and his team to find. As certain things were released to the press, I smiled because I knew the inspector was closing in, and it certainly was interesting to see an interrogation through the killer's eyes. But Charlo just wasn't the right character to carry the entire weight of the narrative. Perhaps if he were an intelligent sort of killer capable of playing cat and mouse with a worthy adversary like Sejer, but he isn't. Charlo isn't particularly smart; he's self-centered, whiny, and pathetic, and after a while all his whining, all his complaints, all his justifications have gathered enough strength to pull a reader's interest right down into the dust. 

It wasn't until I'd had time to digest this book a bit more that I felt a chill moving up my spine. Most criminals are exactly like Charles Olav Torp. They're not very smart. They can never accept responsibility for their own actions. They whine and complain. The Murder of Harriet Krohn may be Karin Fossum's warning to us all: Be careful. There are many more Charlos out there than we can ever realize, and they're all bringing their clouds of disaster with them. To share.

The Murder of Harriet Krohn by Karin Fossum
Translated from the Norwegian by James Anderson
ISBN: 9780544273399
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt © 2014
Hardcover, 256 pages

Police Procedural, #7 Inspector Konrad Sejer mystery
Rating: B-
Source: Amazon Vine 

Monday, November 17, 2014

What Does Your Sleeping Style Say About You?

You're a Reluctant Sleeper


You are a naturally energetic person, and you sometimes have trouble calming down enough to fall asleep. You tend to be in high gear, and it takes you a while to calm down. You are often too wired to sleep.

You may have trouble sleeping some nights, but luckily you don't need much sleep to function. And you are good at power napping. To sleep a little better, practice some relaxation at night. You may be sleepier than you realize most nights! 

What Does Your Sleeping Style Say About You?

[I am a horrible power napper, and I'm not always in high gear!] 

Jenn McKinlay & Annette Mahon at The Poisoned Pen!

When Jenn McKinlay appears at The Poisoned Pen, I always know to head over there early so I can get my preferred seat. There was even more reason to be timely Saturday, November 8, because another local author, Annette Mahon, would be sharing the spotlight with her. 

When I arrived, I had to learn the area side streets a little better, since part of The Poisoned Pen parking lot was roped off, but that was a momentary blip on the radar, and I was soon in the store making my purchase, reserving my seat, and sitting down at the back to talk with Jenn from Tucson-- another McKinlay fan.

Standing: author Annette Mahon. Background: author Lea Wait

In this day and age, it's a fact of life that almost all authors have to do their own PR work. If I were an author instead of a reader, I'm not sure if I'd welcome the interruption so that I could connect with my fans, or if I'd begrudge the time away from my writing. (It could easily go either way with me!) Annette Mahon, author of the St. Rose Quilting Bee mystery series set in Scottsdale, was at the bookstore early, which enabled her to speak with everyone there. She's the dark-haired lady standing in the center of the photo above-- and there's another author in the photo, too. Take a closer look at the lady standing way in the back... purple blouse, long blonde hair. See her? That's Lea Wait, author of the Maggie Summer mystery series set in Maine. 

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Host Barbara Peters had been delayed by the Kidney Foundation luncheon so The Poisoned Pen's Event Coordinator David Hunenberg got the ball rolling, pointing Lea Wait out to the crowd and asking her for a short synopsis of her latest book, Shadows on a Maine Christmas:

Antique print dealer Maggie Summer is in Maine to celebrate Christmas with her beloved Will Brewer and his Great Aunt Nellie, who has also gathered together her group of lifelong friends. One of Nellie's friends has dementia and begins referring to long-buried secrets from their youth-- secrets that could relate to an old crime, blackmail and murder-- and wind up putting all their lives in danger.

As Lea gave that brief description of her book, you could see the interest come to life in many of the faces in the bookstore.

"How much can I say without giving something away?"

L to R: Annette Mahon, Jenn McKinlay, Barbara Peters

Originally from Hawaii, Annette Mahon writes romances set in that state as well as her St. Rose Quilting Bee mysteries which are set in Scottsdale, Arizona. When she's not writing, she's working on her quilts, preferring the Hawaiian and Baltimore Album styles. Her latest mystery, Bright Hopes, was inspired by something she heard on the news. 

Writer & Quilter Extraordinaire Annette Mahon
It's July. It's hot, and people in Scottsdale are having their sleep ruined by a series of very loud explosions. The explosions become serious when main character Maggie's police officer son is injured by one of them. Yet another explosion collapses a roof and kills a church member. 

Most of the members of the St. Rose Quilting Bee think bored teenagers are playing with fireworks, but one of them is convinced terrorists are at fault. That opinion garners a lot of laughs until a bomb at a power substation abruptly pitches them all in the dark.

Then terrorism doesn't seem so silly an option.

Author Jenn McKinlay was launching her latest Library Lovers mystery, On Borrowed Time. "I always have trouble knowing what to say without giving something away," McKinlay admitted, "but I do know that I can tell you what inspired the book. I was driving along in my car listening to NPR which was talking about coffee rust in Brazil

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"Now, I love coffee, so this rust blight is problematic for me. My character Lindsey has had a brother Jack since the series began, but he's only been mentioned; he's never been around. Jack is an economist who travels around the world fixing businesses, and I thought, 'What if he's dealing with this coffee thing?'"

Jack is loosely based on one of Jenn's cousins, who was available for the occasional phone call to answer questions.

When asked, Jenn said, "I get most of my ideas from the news and from stories that people tell me."

Annette agreed. "I get most of my ideas from the news, too. I always rework the actual event, and I make up a lot of the details. That's the fun part. I have been known to begin writing a story and then change the identity of the killer because my original idea didn't fit with the way the story was going."

"Never give up!"

The ever bubbly and fun Jenn McKinlay
Both authors were then asked about their writing styles.

Jenn replied, "I start out writing a ten-page outline for each book, and I've learned from experience not to deviate from it. The outlines are crucial because I write four different series. Before those outlines, it was easy for me to mess up and put the wrong characters in the wrong books!"

Annette Mahon, on the other hand, didn't hesitate to declare "I'm a seat of the pants style of writer who doesn't use outlines!"

These two have also had some of their ideas given the thumbs down treatment by their editors, with Jenn telling us that she'd wanted to have a teenage killer in one of her books, but she was told that that was a big no-no in the world of cozy, or traditional, mysteries.

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Annette works with a small publisher to whom she sends a completed manuscript. In the normal sequence of events, this means that she has a new book out every other year; however, things changed a bit this time around, and she'll have another new book out next October-- a Christmas mystery inspired by another news article. 

Most of her books are set in Scottsdale, Arizona, except for the fourth, St. Rose Goes Hawaiian. When Mahon was allowed to see the chosen cover art, it was obvious that her publishers didn't know a thing about Hawaiian quilting, and she had to have it changed. For her newest book, she submitted a photo she'd taken of the quilt she made for her daughter's wedding. Her publisher asked her to take a higher quality photo, and that was used for the cover of Bright Hopes, although it's blurred just enough so we can't read the messages in each square. Mahon makes a quilt for each of her books, and now it sounds like she'll be doing her own cover art as well!  

When asked what advice she would give aspiring writers in the audience, Annette said, "One: Read widely. Two: Never give up! One of Tony Hillerman's first novels was rejected with the comment 'This would be a pretty good book if you take out all the Indians.'"  

Jenn nodded in agreement as Mahon advised us to never give up. "The first time I met Charlaine Harris, she told me that her editor absolutely hated the first Sookie Stackhouse book and refused to send it out. Charlaine insisted that, if she could find one person who read the book and liked it, the editor would send it out. Guess who won?"

Jenn also mentioned spending eleven weeks at the Scottsdale Police Academy where she learned all sorts of things. She had originally wanted to attend the Phoenix Police Academy, but their scheduling for classes was too hit-or-miss for this very busy wife/mom/author.

The women were then asked how they get answers to their questions as they're writing. Jenn has a wide circle of acquaintances in all walks of life that she can phone up and ask, and Annette said, "The Paradise Public Service Officer is great about answering all my questions. I've also learned that the Yahoo Group for Crime Scene Writers is a good place to find answers-- especially since I didn't feel comfortable researching bombs online at home!

Better Late Than Never

Finally free from her luncheon engagement, Barbara Peters appeared on the scene, and the two authors shared some of their special Poisoned Pen memories. One of Jenn McKinlay's was the fact that her two sons had purchased all their Harry Potter books there at the bookstore. For Annette Mahon, her special moment came in 1994 when she ran in to tell Peters that she'd sold her first book. 

Jenn then told us that there would be a party at The Poisoned Pen on Valentine's Day next year for the release of her next Hat Shop mystery, At the Drop of a Hat. Plans are being made to make it a very special event. Then McKinlay pulled out an Advance Reading Copy of At the Drop of a Hat and proceeded to read the dedication aloud to Barbara.

Jenn McKinlay reading her dedication to Barbara Peters.

Jenn's next Hat Shop book is dedicated to Barbara Peters and the staff of The Poisoned Pen. You could tell how pleased Barbara was, and she made us all laugh by telling us that we could buy a copy of the book, have Jenn sign it, and then approach random Poisoned Pen staffers to add their own signatures as well. Sounds like a plan to me!

After that emotional scene, things settled down a bit while Barbara told us that she was mulling over adding some non-book release events to the bookstore's calendar from October to April-- some probably in the daytime. You folks out there who live in snow country may not realize this, but October to April is our High Season here with lots and lots of visitors-- and not all the accompanying wives, girlfriends or daughters want to follow their menfolk around for every round of golf or spring training baseball game. I'm going to be very interested in seeing what Barbara and her staff come up with!

Barbara did say that one of the ideas she's kicking around is afternoon tea-- and then she eyed Jenn in her black denim capris and said, "I'm convinced Jenn's so thin because of all the series she writes. When does she have time to eat?"

One of the last questions asked was about how each writer got her manuscript ready to send in to the publisher. Annette said, "I read my book aloud before sending it in to check for word repetition and to make sure that the dialogue works."

Jenn, who has such an expressive face, shrugged and said, "I read mine once. That's it. I don't think I could write just one book a year. The temptation to edit would be too great, and I'd wind up editing out everything that's good!"

We then heard from Barbara Peters, the editor. She'd recently been talking with a poet who's written two books. One book was filled with so much technical stuff that it was-- frankly-- boring, but the second book had promise. What she thought would work is to combine the two books-- use bits and pieces of the technical things to enhance the story in the second book. The author listened to what Peters had to say, and he was okay with those changes. Peters was surprised and pleased that he had such a professional attitude about his writing. "I may not have understood all his writing, but I do understand crime fiction!"

Oh yes. Barbara Peters does indeed know crime fiction, and I am one of the many people who are reaping untold benefits from her knowledge and expertise! If it weren't for this woman making up her mind that she wanted to open a bookstore, I wouldn't be walking in The Poisoned Pen to buy wonderful books, have great conversations with staff and authors, and be asked where Denis is. 

Bookstores are slices of paradise here on earth, aren't they?

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Weekly Link Round-Up in Flanders Fields

It seems as though everywhere I turn, I see photos of the poppy installation in the moat of the Tower of London. It was done to commemorate the lives of the almost 900,000 UK men whose lives were lost during World War I. 

Poppies at the Tower of London
I know I'm supposed to look at this display-- which has been creating nightmarish crowds in London-- and see how beautiful it is. How the red of the ceramic poppies is so brilliant and striking. But I can't. All I can see, before tears fill my eyes, is a moat filled with blood. The blood of hundreds of thousands of men whose lives were so senselessly lost in a war from which Great Britain never recovered.

It was touted as the "war to end all wars." If only. But we never learn our lesson, do we? We can understand that freedom isn't free, but we can't seem to find alternative ways of preserving it. It's just easier to point a gun or launch a missile. I am a patriot. I love my country. I thank all veterans for their inestimable sacrifice. But oh, the incredible waste....

On a brighter note-- let's not waste these links!

Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
  • Historical mystery writer Patricia Bracewell has written (and photographed) the two weeks she spent as Writer-in-Residence at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden, Wales.
  • Netflix will be filming a series based on Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Can books spark intimacy between lovers?
  • A forgotten John Steinbeck story is being published after 70 years.
  • In honor of Veterans Day/Remembrance Day, read why Stornoway deserves special recognition during the UK commemorations. 
  • If literary characters were lifestyle bloggers
  • The book Paying for the Past reveals a link to an infamous fraud case in the UK.
  • As researchers become more skilled in capturing and banding hummingbirds, we're learning more about the life span and travels of these tiny creatures. 
  • Happy 100th Birthday to Hedy Lamarr, a movie star who paved the way for Wi-Fi.
  • Do you read eBooks on your Smartphone simply because it's always available?
  • Yes, there are benefits to having an eReader!
  • HarperCollins is releasing an enhanced eBook edition of To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The military no longer controls Myanmar, and the country's love of literature is reviving.
  • Here's the scientific reason why you can get lost in a book.
  • Supercomputing comes to the world of genealogy.
  • Not many one-year-olds can boast that they fought off fourteen lions, but Hercules can!

Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones
  • An amphibious "sea monster" discovered in China could very well be a missing piece of the evolutionary puzzle. 
  • Researchers have discovered a shipwreck in Monterey Bay
  • Witch marks have been discovered in the floorboards of a 17th-century English house.
  • Dinosaurs had feathers long before any of them could fly, and now scientists know why.
  • Archaeologists have discovered a Roman pond in a West Sussex village. 
  • Scientists are busy examining mysterious tar mounds in the deep ocean off the coast of West Africa. 
  • A new gas pipeline is being laid in Belgium, uncovering the largest ever World War I excavation
  • 350-year-old high heels, tea, and goblets have been unearthed at an Irish castle.
  • A bronze bell from a long-lost Arctic shipwreck has been found.
  • A skeleton uncovered in the huge burial tomb of Amphipolis in Greece may finally reveal for whom the vast complex was built.

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That's all for now. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. Have a great weekend!