The Burning Room by Kate Mosse

Having read And enjoyed Labyrinth, Sepulchre, The taxidermists daughter and Citadel I would like to read The Burning Chambers, Kate Mosse’s latest gripping historical novel which has recently been published in Paperback. It is Set in Carcassonne, Languedoc, France in 1562 during the Reformation when Wars were being waged in the name of Religion between the Catholic ruling King of France and the protestant Huguenots who are desperate to liberate France from the tyranny of the Catholics, however this conflict threatens to destabilise the whole of France.

Caught up in this explosive situation are the Catholic Joubert family. Bernard, the Father, Minou the nineteen year old daughter, Aimeris her brother and little sister Alis. One Day Bernard returns from his travels and refuses to leave the house, forcing Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert to take charge of his small bookshop. Minou Joubert then receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, so Minou tries unsuccessfully to decipher it.

Meanwhile an idealistic young Huguenot convert, named Piet Reydon, meets an ambitious old friend named Vidal, a high ranking Catholic clergyman who is intent on gaining power and authority in the French Catholic church and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Piet finds himself in grave danger when ferocious fighting breaks out between the Catholics and the Huguenots and decides to escape Carcassonne for Toulouse. Whilst fleeing Carcassonne Piet encounters Minou and their lives become inextricably linked. Then Minou and Piet also find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as sectarian tensions ignite across the city, the battle-lines are drawn in blood and the conspiracy darkens further. Piet needs Minou’s help if he is to get out of La Cité alive.

Elsewheree, a long-hidden document threatens the status of both Vidal and Blanche de Bruyere the mistress of Puivert who will stop at nothing to protect herself and is obsessed with uncovering its secret and strengthening her power. Soon Piet and Minou find themselves in mortal danger being pursued by both Blanche de Bruyere and Vidal through France.

The Punishment she deserves by Elizabeth George

Having read Well Schooled in Murder I would like to read The Punishment she deserves, the latest exciting crime mystery novel by Elizabeth George whose previous books include Well Schooled in Murder and the best-selling Inspector Lynley murder mysteries. It is Set in the historic Medieval south Shropshire town of Ludlow. Where the local deacon, Ian Druitt, one of Ludlows most revered and respected citizens–is accused of a serious crime. Then, while in police custody, Ian is found dead. The question is Did he kill himself? Or was he murdered?

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are sent to Ludlow to investigate the crime. As they investigate the chain of events that led to Ian’s death, all the evidence points to suicide. However Barbara can’t shake the feeling that she’s missing something. So She decides to take a closer look at the seemingly ordinary inhabitants of Ludlow–mainly elderly retirees and college students–and discovers that almost everyone in town has something to hide. They soon find themselves forced to confront the past as they try to solve a crime that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of a quiet, historic medieval town in England.

Dark Pines by Will Dean

I have added Dark Pines to my “To be Read” pile of books. This is a taut, dark, gripping and atmospheric Scandinavian crime noir thriller, by Will Dean and is the first of the Tuva Moodyson Mysteries.

It takes place in a remote town, Gavrik, in Sweden. It features A deaf reporter named Tuva Moodyson who used to live in London but moved reluctantly to Gavrik because her mother is terminally ill. Two people make life bearable for Tuva, her half-Nigerian editor, Lena, whom she admires and learns a lot from, and Tammy, her best friend and crucial support. Surrounded by forests, Gavrik is small, everyone knows one another, and there are a large number of gun owners and hunters.

The novel begins during week one of the Swedish elk hunt and the sound of gunfire is everywhere in the nearby Utgard forest, a dark eerie and menacing wood of dank pine trees, wet, soggy, rotten, cold, permeated throughout with clouds of mosquitos and other bloodsucking insects with the sounds of gunshots and the native wildlife all around. Then A pair of eyeless hunters found murdered in the dense spruce forest. This is reminiscent of a series of murders which took place Back in the 1990s, when three middle aged hunters were shot in the torso and had their eyes removed in Utgard forest. Known as the Medusa Murders, they remained unsolved. Could these latest murders be connected to the Medusa killings twenty years ago?

Then further murders take place amidst the growing tensions and febrile atmosphere in the town. Locals start to become hostile to Tuva’s press coverage, feeling that it threatens the economic livelihoods of many and hunting, which culturally defines the region. Tuva makes frequent visits to Mossen, a tiny village close to where the killings have taken place. Here The residents are eccentric, and include the weird and strange sisters that carve trolls, and the loner, David, an odd ghostwriter and the locals makes her feel like fish out of water.

Nevertheless Tuva is determined to get her exclusive, make her name and move back to a big city national newspaper. However Tuva is terrified of nature, and Utgard forest terrifies her, turning her into a nervous wreck, Then she discovers a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. nevertheless Tuva is obsessed with exposing the serial killer and is going to have to face her fears and venture deep into the woods in order to uncover this dangerous killer and write the story. However this could put her own life in danger.

Adam Clayton (U2)

Best known As the Bass Player with Irish Rock Band U2 Adam Clayton was Born 13th March in 1960. Clayton has resided in County Dublin since the time his family moved to Malahide when he was five years old in 1965. Born in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, England, his family moved from Oxfordshire to Malahide, County Dublin When Clayton was five years old, where Clayton attended boarding school first at Castle Park School in Dalkey, then at St. Columba’s in Rathfarnham. He later changed school to Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, where he met fellow bandmates Paul “Bono” Hewson and Larry Mullen Jr., and was reunited with his boyhood friend Dave “The Edge” Evans. Mullen had posted an advertisement on the school bulletin board for musicians to form a band with him; Clayton showed up at the first practice, which also included Dik Evans, Dave Evans’s older brother, Ivan McCormick, and Peter Martin, who were two of Mullen’s friends. McCormick and Martin left the band soon after its conception. While the band was a five-piece (consisting of Bono, The Edge, Mullen, Evans, and Clayton), it was known as Feedback. The name was subsequently changed to The Hype, but changed to “U2″ soon after Dik Evans left the band.

As a bass player, Adam Clayton’s most recognizable basslines include “New Year’s Day”, which evolved out of an attempt to play Visage’s song “Fade to Grey”, and “With or Without You”. His style includes Motown and reggae influences, and cites artists such as Paul Simonon of The Clash as influences on his musical style. When Clayton first joined the fledgling U2, he did not have formal training in the bass. In the band’s early years, he generally played simple parts in 4/4 time. He has also sung on several occasion, including on the song “Endless Deep”, the B-side to the single “Two Hearts Beat As One” from 1983. Clayton also sung backup vocals on “I Will Follow” during live performances in 1983 and 1984. He also spoke the last verse of “Your Blue Room”. Clayton can be heard speaking on “Tomorrow (’96 Version)” (a rerecording of “Tomorrow” that he arranged) a song from U2′s 1981 album October. He plays the guitar on a few occasions, most notably the song “40″, where he and guitarist The Edge switch instruments. He also plays the keyboard introduction to “City of Blinding Lights”.

Clayton is well known for his bass playing on songs such as “New Year’s Day”, “Bullet the Blue Sky”, “With or Without You“, “Mysterious Ways“, “Get on Your Boots“, and “Magnificent“. His work on No Line on the Horizon has been cited as his best bass playing. He has worked on several solo projects throughout his career, such as his work with fellow band member Larry Mullen Jr. on the theme of 1996′s Mission: Impossible. Clayton, as a part of U2, has also won 22 Grammy awards. and numerous other awards, including those for Best Rock Duo or Group seven times, Album of the Year twice, Record of the Year twice, Song of the Year twice, and Best Rock Album twice.