Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Miracle at Speedy Motors and Alex Cross's Trial

It's weird; I get more reading done during school weeks than during vacations.  I finished one and read a whole other one and started one more.

I so enjoyed my visit to Botswana!  Mma Ramotswe and the rest of the crew never get stale.  There is such dignity and sweetness in this series that shows it's the little moments that should be honored in life: red bush tea, pumpkin, tiny white vans that keep on running, good employees, cases that turn out wrong but ironically right, and the hope for miracles.

I thought this would be a novel about a trial that Alex Cross is part of but it turns out to be a book written by Alex Cross about a trial his ancestors were involved with back at the beginning of the 1900s.  So, it turned me off mometarily...but just for a moment. 

Ben Corbett is a white lawyer from Mississippi now living and working in Washington D.C.  He's commissioned by President Teddy Roosevelt to investigate the lynchings that have been occuring back in his hometown of Eudora, MS. 

On the surface, it's a sleepy, pretty southern town but the more Ben searches, the more the rotten underbelly of the town is exposed.  He befriends Abraham Cross, Alex Cross's great uncle, and his family, and takes a stand with them against the sickness spread by the KKK.

So, even though I had to go back to school this week, I still got to enjoy two good books.

1 comment:

Literary Feline said...

It's been awhile since I last visited Botswana. I need to return. I miss Mma Ramotswe. I keep watching the HBO website, hoping the second season of the tv show will start up soon.

Hmm. That's an interesting way to go--in terms of Patterson's latest. I am glad it worked in the end.