Celebrate Christmas with Ornaments with Love

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I am shamelessly in love with Christmas. I love the tree, the decorating, the cookies, the ornaments and the twinkling lights. Every year I like to get a special holiday ornament that commemorates something that made me smile – this year when Ornaments with Love came calling I thought of Harry the Farm cat and all of the mousies he caught so he is the star of this year’s special creation.

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Baudelaire’s Revenge by Bob Van Laerhoven – Blog Tour and Spotlight

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Publication Date: April 15, 2014

Pegasus Books

Formats: eBook, Hardcover

Genre: Historical Mystery/Thriller

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It is 1870, and Paris is in turmoil.

As the social and political turbulence of the Franco-Prussian War roils the city, workers starve to death while aristocrats seek refuge in orgies and seances. The Parisians are trapped like rats in their beautiful city but a series of gruesome murders captures their fascination and distracts them from the realities of war. The killer leaves lines from the recently deceased Charles Baudelaire’s controversial anthology Les Fleurs du Mal on each corpse, written in the poet’s exact handwriting. Commissioner Lefevre, a lover of poetry and a veteran of the Algerian war, is on the case, and his investigation is a thrilling, intoxicating journey into the sinister side of human nature, bringing to mind the brooding and tense atmosphere of Patrick Susskind’s Perfume. Did Baudelaire rise from the grave? Did he truly die in the first place? The plot dramatically appears to extend as far as the court of the Emperor Napoleon III.

A vivid, intelligent, and intense historical crime novel that offers up some shocking revelations about sexual mores in 19th century France, this superb mystery illuminates the shadow life of one of the greatest names in poetry.

Praise for Baudelaire’s Revenge

“[An] intense historical crime thriller. The intricate plot, menacing atmosphere, and rich evocations of period Paris have undeniable power.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Vigorous. A finely-tuned balancing act between style and content. Add to all this the extremely convincingly painted tragic characters and the multitude of mysterious figures, and what you get is a winner who gives added luster to this jubilee edition of the Hercule Poirot Prize.” (The jury of the Hercule Poirot Prize)

“Van Laerhoven packs much complexity into 256 pages, giving this historical mystery the heft of a far longer work ( …) The book’s main preoccupation is the conclusive demonstration that everyone is guilty of something—the only mystery is, to what degree? The flowers of evil, sketched in lurid botanical detail…” (Kirkus Reviews)

“(A) decadent tale….Commissioner Lefèvre’s philosophical discussions with artists and poets and a creepy Belgian dwarf are fascinating….” (NY Times Book Review)

“Published for the first time in English, this roman policier isn’t so much a straight detective story (although there are two detectives in it) as an evocation of a mind-set that now seems extravagant: the 19th-century poet’s fascination with sex and death. It’s no wonder this title won the Hercule Poirot Prize: the author is Belgian, as is the prize, and the twisted plot is as complicated as Agatha Christie’s most convoluted mystery. Mystery aficionados will love this pastiche of Wilkie Collins and Edgar Allan Poe.” (Library Journal)

“(A) gritty, detail-rich historical mystery novel involves the reader in a subtle narrative web. This complex mystery from an award-winning Belgian author joins history and literary history to create a sly, smart revenge tale.” (Shelf Awareness Pro)

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About the AuthorBob Van Laerhoven

Bob Van Laerhoven became a full-time author in 1991 and has written more than thirty books in Holland and Belgium. The context of his stories isn’t invented behind his desk, rather it is rooted in personal experience. As a freelance travel writer, for example, he explored conflicts and trouble-spots across the globe from the early 1990s to 2005. Echoes of his experiences on the road also trickle through in his novels. Somalia, Liberia, Sudan, Gaza, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar… to name but a few.

During the Bosnian war, Van Laerhoven spent part of 1992 in the besieged city of Sarajevo. Three years later he was working for MSF – Doctors without frontiers – in the Bosnian city of Tuzla during the NATO bombings. At that moment the refugees arrived from the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica. Van Laerhoven was the first writer from the Low Countries to be given the chance to speak to the refugees. His conversations resulted in a travel book: Srebrenica. Getuigen van massamoord – Srebrenica. Testimony to a Mass Murder. The book denounces the rape and torture of the Muslim population of this Bosnian-Serbian enclave and is based on first-hand testimonies. He also concludes that mass murders took place, an idea that was questioned at the time but later proven accurate.

All these experiences contribute to Bob Van Laerhoven’s rich and commendable oeuvre, an oeuvre that typifies him as the versatile author of novels, travel stories, books for young adults, theatre pieces, biographies, poetry, non-fiction, letters, columns, articles… He is also a prize-winning author: in 2007 he won the Hercule Poirot Prize for best thriller of the year with his novel De Wraak van Baudelaire – Baudelaire’s Revenge.

For more information please visit Bob Van Laerhoven’s website. You can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Baudelaire’s Revenge Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 6

Review at Just One More Chapter

Tuesday, October 7

Review at Shelly’s Book Shelves

Saturday, October 11

Guest Post at The True Book Addict

Monday, October 13

Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Tuesday, October 14

Spotlight & Giveaway at Booklover Book Reviews

Wednesday, October 15

Guest Post at The Writing Desk

Friday, October 17

Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Saturday, October 18

Review at With Her Nose Stick in a Book

Wednesday, October 22

Spotlight & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, October 23

Review at Bookish

Friday, October 24

Spotlight at Historical Tapestry

Guest Post & Giveaway at Bookish

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Casual in a Cashmere Sweater

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I had a doctor’s appointment and then we were heading into Missoula for some shopping so I wanted to be comfortable. It’s been a little bit cool but not cold so I thought I’d break out my new to me cashmere sweater from Fashion Project. As you know by now I’m in love with this site! I found this gorgeous orchid Ralph Lauren sweater for $35! Other than not having tags I would swear it had never been worn.

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One Evening in Paris by Nicolas Barreau – Book Review

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About the Book:

Alain Bonnard, the owner of a small art cinema in Paris, is a dyed-in-the-wool nostalgic. In his Cinéma Paradis there are no buckets of popcorn, no XXL coca-colas, no Hollywood blockbusters. Not a good business plan if you want to survive, but Alain holds firm to his principles of quality. He wants to show films that create dreams, and he likes most of the people that come to his cinema. Particularly the enchanting, shy woman in the red coat who turns up every Wednesday in row 17. What could her story be?  One evening, Alain plucks up courage and invites the unknown beauty to dinner. The most tender of love stories is just getting under way when something incredible happens: The Cinéma Paradis is going to be the location of Allan Woods’ new film Tender Memories of Paris. Solène Avril, the famous American director’s favourite actress, has known the cinema since childhood and has got it into her head that she wants the film to be shot there. Alain is totally overwhelmed when he meets her in person. Suddenly, the little cinema and its owner are the focus of public attention, and the red-plush seats are sold out every evening.
But the mystery woman Alain has just fallen in love with seems suddenly to have vanished. Is this just coincidence? In One Evening in Paris by Nicolas Barreau, Alain sets off in search of her and becomes part of a story more delightful than anything the cinema has to offer.

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Broken Teepee is Moving to WordPress!

Big news here at Broken Teepee!
The blog will probably be down for a good part of the weekend but it’s for good reasons.
It will be moving to WordPress!

It’s something I’ve been thinking of for quite a while but I finally made the decision.
It really won’t change much for those of you that read the blog in bookmarks because the address won’t be changing. Obviously it won’t show up in Blogger feeds and it might take me a little to get RSS sorted so please be patient while I get the bugs worked out.

Email subscriptions should remain uninterrupted.

I thank all of you who are loyal readers and have helped me build the blog to this point. I’m hoping for many more great giveaways, book reviews and stories from the farm in the coming years.