Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Broken Teaglass giveaway

I want to thank Cheryl with Pump Up Your Book Promotion for letting me be a part of this blog tour as well as allowing me to give away a copy of this book to one reader.












My review:


Young Billy Webb has just started a new job. He will be working as a editorial assistant for Samuelson Company. He quickly becomes friends with one of his co-workers, Mona Minot. It helps to make a friend for such a boring job or not so boring job as Billy and Mona soon discover.

One day Mona discovers the word “Editrix”. It is used in the following example:

Mrs. Hopkins was one of the only editrixes at the journal, but she was one of the most valuable members on staff. She had a unique ability to spot and foster young writing talent. Male colleagues patronizingly referred to her style as “the motherly touch”.

At the bottom of this example was the following reference:

Dolores Beekmim
The Broken Teaglass
Robinson Press
14 October 1983
5

The above information was referring to where the editor got the word “Editrix” from. The problem was that neither Billy nor Mona could locate an author by the name of Dolores Beekmim of The Broken Teaglass. In addition that Robinson Press did not exist as well. This wasn’t the only passage that Billy or Mona found that was taken from this ghost novel. As Billy and Mona investigate they uncover that somehow these passages are relate in connection with a murder.

I liked that author, Emily Arsenault incorporated her experiences working in the editorial department at Merriam-Webster dictionary company into her debut novel. One thing I really found interesting about this book was the profession that Billy held as a lexicographer. I knew nothing about what a lexicographer was and had to do research on the topic. There are two different types of lexicographers…there is practical lexicography, these are the people who compile all the words and meaning to write and edit the dictionaries. Then you have theoretical lexicography. These are the people who really do all the work. They have to research the origins of the word and the vocabulary language. Both of these lexicography’s were featured in this book. Mrs. Arsenault really knew her stuff. I appreciated this fact.

Though I wasn’t fully invested in Billy and Mona, the intrigue was enough to keep my interesting till the end. Mrs. Arsenault gave me a new refreshing twist on a murder mystery. I liked that hidden within the explanation of vocabulary words in the dictionary laid …deceit, deception and devotion.



Must be a follower. Open to US and Canada only. Share why you would want to read this book or what you found interesting on author Emily Arsenault's website. I will pick a winner October 24th.



7 comments:

edmontonjb said...

I find it interesting that Emily worked with the Peace Corps
dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

holdenj said...

This book looks so fascinating. I was really impressed by Emily's biography--in addition to the lexicography and Merriam Webster job, she was in the Peace Corps and actually wrote the first draft of The Broken Teaglass over in Africa. Wow. Glad to have a chance to win! I follow you!
JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

Madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

I don't think I have ever read a lexicographical novel before so this will be a treat. I love Emily's website and her bio is so unique. For someone just out of college she has really racked up some adventures.

I'm a follower of your blog

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

shopannies said...

I have always been a fan of murder mysterious and that has rubbed off on my siblings and children would love to win this book read it and then be able to share
I am a follower as well
shopannies@Yahoo.com

Indigo said...

The whole idea of a ghost novel pertaining to a murder is intriguing in itself. Please include me in this drawing. Thanks! Indigo

ravensquietscreams@gmail.com

CherylS22 said...

I'd like to read this books because it looks like a good mystery with a premise that's a little different from most books out there now.

I follow ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

Sarah said...

I think it would be very interesting to learn about the field of lexicography while reading a mystery book! I know nothing about lexicography, although the subject sounds fascinating given my love of words.

I am a follower.

saemmerson at yahoo dot com

Sarah Emmerson