The Square Root of Murder (Sophie Knowles, #1) by Ada MadisonThe only reason I finished this book was to eke out as many more books I could this year to get the tiniest bit closer to my 2011 reading challenge (which I have absolutely no chance of actually meeting). This book makes my boycott list, since its labeled as a Sophie Knowles Mystery #1 so Madison is obviously going to churn out at least a few more of these stupid books. And I, for one, wont waste any more of my time.
Not only is this not a good book, but Id go so far to say that this is a bad book. Its a case-in-point of how to tell instead of show. This book is overflowing with irrelevant details (about the boyfriends love of movies, the boyfriends job, the clothing the narrator is wearing during every single scene, the clothing every other character is wearing during every single scene, the narrators favorite color, the narrators favorite tea, and on, and on, and on, and on) but absolutely zero atmosphere or graspable setting. The dialogue is bad, and plot is unbelievable, and the characters are so bland that I almost cant care enough about them to dislike them.
Dont read this book. But if you ever want to make a quick buck with a mediocre mystery novel, send it to Berkley Publishing, since theyll obviously publish anything.
1953. Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II: 'The Crowning Ceremony'
Her father acceded to the throne on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII in , from which time she was the heir presumptive. She has reigned as a constitutional monarch through major political changes, such as devolution in the United Kingdom , Canadian patriation , and the decolonisation of Africa. Between and , the number of her realms varied as territories gained independence, and as realms, including South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon renamed Sri Lanka , became republics. Her many historic visits and meetings include a state visit to the Republic of Ireland and visits to or from five popes. Significant events have included her coronation in and the celebrations of her Silver , Golden , and Diamond Jubilees in , , and , respectively.
Since 9 September , Elizabeth II has ruled longer than any other king or queen in the history of the United Kingdom. The countries of which she is Queen are known as Commonwealth realms. Their total population is over million. Although Elizabeth II is the queen of each country separately, all are independent countries. Elizabeth II lives and spends most of her time in the United Kingdom. In all the other countries where she is queen, a person is chosen to represent her.
Think back a moment to your mids : you were likely just settling into postgrad life, landing your first adult job, and trying to balance fun nights out with paying back your student loans. Or maybe you're in your mids right now , trying to navigate the world after college , on the prowl for a significant other, and trying to balance your desire to travel the world with the responsibility of paying rent on time. Imagine at that time having the responsibility of running a country — wait, more like four countries — placed on your shoulders. At the time, she was only 25 years old — a year-old woman who, for all intents and purposes, was not expected to become queen; Elizabeth's uncle, Prince Edward, inherited the throne from King George V, and many assumed he would marry and have children of his own that would knock Elizabeth down the line of succession. But in , when Elizabeth was just 10, Edward abdicated the throne to marry his divorced mistress, American socialite Wallis Simpson , and George VI took over.
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history. Known for her efforts to modernise the institution of monarchy and for her love of corgis , Elizabeth has ruled for more than 60 years and celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in She has been portrayed in a variety of films and television programmes over the years, most recently by actresses Claire Foy and Olivia Colman in the popular Netflix series The Crown. But how much do you know about the monarch? Elizabeth was not expected to become queen. Read more:.