This is the seventh book in the series featuring Flavia de Luce, our favorite 1950’s twelve year old English amature murder detective and self-taught chemist. This book was more complicated than usual, and left a few loose ends, but I loved reading it.
Today is the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Today is the Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle (died c.72), and today is the Observance of the Independence Day Holiday by the government of the United States.
We have no Saints to honor today, at this half-way point of the civil year, but on this date in 1839, Sengbe Pieh (later known in the United States as Joseph Cinqué) led 56 fellow Africans (52 adults and 4 children) captives being transported aboard La Amistad from Havana to Guanaja in a revolt against their captors.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Blessed Junípero Serra, Priest (died 1784) and today is the birthday of my daughter’s friend Kim (1986).
Today, on the day after the Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul., we have the Optional Memorial of the First Martyrs of The Church of Rome.
Today is the Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles (both died 64).
Today is the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr (died 202). And today is the only date each year where both the month and day are different perfect numbers.
This non-fiction book was published in 1992, the centennial year of the Borden murders. The author (who died the same year) promised that this book would lay out all of the facts, without a presupposition of guilt or innocence on the part of the only person ever charged in the murders. I think he did a good job in his quest, and I very much enjoyed reading this book.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Cyril of Alexandria (died 444). We also note that today is Lottery Day, according to Shirley Jackson’s 1948 short story “The Lottery”, and that it was on this date in 1957 when Hurricane Audrey made landfall in Eastern Texas and Western Louisiana.
We have no Saints this day to honor, but on this date in 1974 the Universal Product Code was used for the first time. Today is also the birthday of my Internet friend Lori in Wisconsin (1954).