Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mue Mue and a Mystery

  Here are some pictures I took a couple of weeks ago while at Volunteer Park. The first one is of a bunch of people larping! They look like they are having fun. When I was in college, there was a club that I think was themed 'medieval' and sometimes while living in the dorms I would run across large herds of Medieval club members wearing knight gear and play-battling.

The tree just needs to grow a little bit more over the sign and then finally... Bicycles will be allowed in the pool. Grow tree, grow!

   Last night I had a very exciting Friday night.... it involved Mue Mue and a Mystery. A mystery book, that is! Ever since Mue Mue managed to sneak out the front door the other day, he has been  extra sweet. I think he expended all his feisty energy on his outdoor adventure. So while I finished reading my mystery book, he cuddled up with me.

    Last night was when I got to that point in the book where the mystery really starts to uncoil and the puzzle pieces start clicking together. In other words, the best part of any mystery novel! I couldn't put it down. And it helped that the book was a well written novel from page one with interesting characters and plenty of motivation to turn the page.
   It is called 'The Invisible Ones' and it is by Stef Penney. All the main characters in 'The Invisible Ones' are Romany (or in Ray's case, half-Romany.) So mainly the book is a mystery, but there was also exploration into the Romany culture and identity. The basic plot was one any mystery fan has come across a thousand times before. A private detective is hired to find a missing girl. But that is the only thing ordinary about this book. The twists and turns are unexpected. But it is not just a thrill ride the entire time. It is an insightful look into the way people deal with loss, tragedy and family loyalties.
  It is a story about private eye Ray Lovell who is hired to investigate they disappearance of Rose Wood. Rose disappeared several years prior, shortly after her marriage to Ivo Janko. Ivo claims that his wife disappeared on her own accord shortly after their son was born. Lovell is suspicious of the Janko family, but can he prove that the Janko's were involved in any foul play? You will have to read it yourself to find out! 


Optimistic Existentialist said...

I really love the shadows cast in that second pic - how cool!!!

Amber said...

Thanks! They were even cooler in person! I just happened to be there at the right time of the day for cool shadows.

Autumn Elixe said...

Why is this piece titled Feb. 22, 2014?

I like reading other peoples' comments, like the one for this entry. I thought for sure he was talking about the great pic with the tall trees and interesting shadows. But I went back and saw he was referring to another pic. I guess shadows are pretty compelling. I just saw on a blog today (bedlam farm) that a couple and their dog were performing dancing shadows on the road by their rural home.

What is a Volunteer Park?