Why This? Way back in April, Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness hosted a giveaway for Buy A Friend A Book Week, with the catch that whoever won would do a book conversation with her on Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession. I entered and said what a great idea it was and that I would like to do something similar here on Linus’s Blanket. Well, I won Kim’s contest! And one of these days we are going to have a conversation about The Orchid Thief. Actually, we were both supposed to have read it by May 31. Oops! I’m reading it this week Kim. I promise! I didn’t take into account having serious post-BEA fatigue.
Anywho…I pored and pored over a bunch of different books to figure out which one I would hold a giveaway and book conversation with, and I came up with Darling Jim, by Christian Moerk. It’s a Gothic murder mystery that involves two sisters and a mysterious man to whom they are both attracted. People end up dead, and a journal is discovered. Best of all it’s set in Dublin! And I just love reading about cities that I have visited. And I also love modern gothic novels. Yay! I never did post my giveaway though. Should I still do this book? Would anyone be interested in reading it along with me? I’ll send you a copy.
What’s it about? When two sisters and their aunt are found dead in their suburban Dublin home, it seems that the secret behind their untimely demise will never be known. But then Niall, a young mailman, finds a mysterious diary in the post office’s dead-letter bin. From beyond the grave, Fiona Walsh shares the most tragic love story he’s ever heard—and her tale has only just begun.