Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

Saint’s Gate by Carla Neggers (♦♦♦)

FBI agent Emma Sharpe, former novice with the Sisters of the Joyful Heart, receives a phone call from Sister Joan Mary Fabriani, regarding a painting she has been given to clean. Within the hour from Emma’s arrival at the convent, Sister Joan is killed and the painting disappears. Subsequent events bring Colin Donovan, FBI agent specialized in undercover operations, and Emma together, when it becomes evident that what is happening has much to do with her and her family of art detectives.

I did like this book. It is relatively short by today’s standards and the literary images come to life to describe vividly coastal Maine in the fall. Also vivid are the descriptions of the works of art involved in the story. The characters are well defined and the romance is fun, though it sometimes takes much needed space from the main plot which is the murder and art theft investigation. I was relived at the end when the killer was exposed because I thought Neggers was going to bring about an unknown character; I’m glad she didn’t.

I recommend this book to people who love a good mystery mingled with art history.