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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
August was a great reading month for me. We started out with The BLEEDING HEART with Bryant and May. Author is Christopher Fowler.
Second came YOU CAN'T GET BLOOD OUT OF A SHAG CARPET by Juliet Harper. I never laughed so hard. This was a great stress reliever and it made me realize how much I have missed books with humor.
Then we move to THE WOLFE WIDOW by Victoria Abbott, all I have to say is what a wonderful book and for a couple of days I was so content. This series is chalk full of amazing characters and plot.
Next up was A STRANGER IN MAYFAIR by Charles Finch. Love my British Mysteries.
AUNT DIMITY And The WISHING WELL by Nancy Atherton. This was a relaxing read that made me feel cozy.
PLAYED BY THE BOOK by Lucy Arlington Now I love mysteries about books. This one is totally amazing and so are the all the ones I have read in this series.
THE BODY IN THE BIRCHES by Katherine Hall Page. Loved this mystery for many reasons. Her children are getting older and it adds so much to the plot line.
ARCHIE CAUGHT IN THE CROSSHAIRS by Robert Goldsborough. I loved Rex Stout and the A&E Nero Wolfe television series. Now that Robert has picked up writing the series it is truly an amazing moment that I feel like I am right back there with my old friend. This author is incarnation of Rex Stout. Love this series.
THE LONGEST YARD SALE by Sherry Harris: Sherry has yet again hit the spot. Her first book in the series was a diamond in the crown of cozy mystery/chick lit mystery and this one is the ruby of the series. I can' enough good things about this series. Sherry is truly a gifted author.
Lastly, I have read MURDER IN THE PAPERBACK PARLOR by Ellery Adams. Wow so much I want to live there, visit there and if I cant do that then I want to interview this author. I never ever wanted this book to end. It was a great way to wind up a reading month. I have been very lucky this month.
CURRENT READS : BEHIND THESE WALL by ELAINE ORR
THE BARK BEFORE CHRISTMAS I will post the review an interview with Laurien Berenson on the same day. It will be at the end of the month.
THREAD END by AMANDA LEE this is my before I go to bed book because I own it.
MRS. JULIA LAYS DOWN THE LAW by ANN B. ROSS
FRENCH PASTRY MURDER By LESLIE MEIER
STABBING in the SENATE (A Washington Whodunit) by COLLEEN J. SHOGAN This is a new to me author and series.
FATAL FAIRIES Joyce and Jim Lavene (A Renaissance Faire Mystery) this is my introduction to their series.
Okay that is my August and there might have been one or two from July but that is okay..
Your turn and my favorites are so many I can't list my very favorite one.
AUTHOR: ELLERY ADAMS
Jane Steward has full week. Valentine's Day isn't far off and neither is Regency Authors Retreat that will be so fabulous none of the fans will want to go home.
Someone obviously didn't read the schedule because there wasn't supposed to be room for murder.
Rosamund York is famous, writes fabulous Regency novels and has more enemies than she can count.
Storyton Hall is the perfect place for her to retreat to her room and write. Nestled in a valley in western Virginia there is the very small town some call it more of a village.
Part of the fun and intrigue of Storyton Hall is the manor that has many rooms. Some have been cornered off as apartments and Jane loves her cottage on the property.
For a while Jane has lived a double life. She has to sons Finn and Hem both boys named after the literary figures Hemingway and Fitzgerald. The boys love Storyton Hall and they also love horseback riding, reading and learning new lessons in many variety. Mostly they adore their mother and allowance day!
But this February they are in awe of all the people who are attending Roamncing The Reader Event. This also covers contest such has which man will win the coveted male cover model contest.
Even though Rosamund is dead they all try to carry on as usual but Jane takes personal offense at the romance author's murder.
Very few people know the secrets of Storyton Hall but Jane does, she know all of the hidden rooms, nooks and crannies and where all of the cameras are hidden.
If only someone had captured a picture of the murder's face. When another murder happens this is getting to be a bit much and Jane fears if she doesn't do something quick this will be the last retreat for anyone.
With time running out Jane has to embrace her role has protector of everyone, every book and guest. She hopes all of her training to this point will help her when the time comes to use her skills because above all instinct tells her that the skills will be used.
MURDER in the PAPERBACK PARLOR BY ELLERY ADAMS has me wanting to live at Storyton Hall. Or t least in the village.
For fear of giving away too much of the plot. I cannot delve too strongly into events and characters. I can say that this is one of the bet mystery series on The New York Times Bestseller List. It's mixes old and new worlds where hats, white gloves and computers provide every insight. However this retreat doesn't want anyone with cell phones, computers or any other electronics because Regency Readers need to ask in the era on all fronts.
I give this series and this book a ten out of ten. The cover makes me wish for winter, hot cocoa and a room filled with books like the library on the cover.
Come sit a spell and embrace Storyton Hall.
Monday, August 31, 2015
AUTHOR: SHERRY HARRIS
Paperback Series: Page count 344
Sarah Winston had no idea how successful her biggest event would be. The problem is while it is the largest yard sale in Ellington, Massachusetts history it is also pictured in drama.
First Sarah and her ex-husband CJ Winston have a difference of opinion of the huge sale. After all CJ is the Ellington Chief Of Police and he has to add more officers to do traffic, deal with parking and well just about everything.
When there are four fires that happen while the sales are going on which is bad enough nobody would have thought that stolen art was in the time frame.
Next of course is murder and I mean someone is trying to frame Sarah's best friend Carol for murder. Carol is an artist. Her shop and studio is not only a wreck but a dead man is found dead in the classroom behind the store. The body has his face framed.
So much for Sarah's bright idea but then people start showing up and all are suspect. The library's painting is worth a lot o money.
Now we enter Seth the local District Attorney who definitely sets Sarah's hormones on fire.
Returning to CJ who clearly wants Sarah back you have a love triangle that even Sarah wants to run from but there is nowhere to turn. At least not until she sorts out her feelings and finds out who is framing her friend for murder.
Are we done yet? Nope because there ends up being another murder. The base Charity shop has a new person running the shop and well all is not what it seems. Things are in need of being tracked down.
Okay then we have a mobbed up art collector, more cheating spouses and boyfriends. Sarah is also busy tracking down the right items to place in Seth's new home. He hired her to redo his new place. At least this keeps her hands busy while head and heart are working overtime on the two men in her life.
THE LONGEST YARD SALE by Sherry Harris, is absolutely getting your money's worth.
Sherry knows thing or two about the price of murder.
Don't miss this new series. THE LONGEST YARD SALE is the second book in the series.
I have so much fun reading this series. I am always inspired to get rid of more our junk. In other words in all ways this mystery is a winner.
Pamela James I give this one another ten out of ten.
AUTHOR: ROBERT GOLDSBOROUGH
Archie Goodwin has final won at his weekly poker game. Feeling too good to spend money on a cab he walks home from the game. When he reaches Nero Wolfe's brownstone a sedan rounds the corner an fires at Archie. The meaning is clear. Next time they won't miss.
Baffled and a little shaken Archie reports to Nero what happened.
Soon after a mystery caller calls and tell Nero he is after him by way of Archie. he will kill Archie, the dynamic duo intricately go through all of their past cases. They call in Saul Panzer, Lon Cohen and Fred Dirkin the help.
Meanwhile young woman calls because she is being blackmailed. She want Archie and Nero to take the case. They do take the case and soon there is arrangements for a payoff drop off. Archie will drop the case full of money at a certain location at night. His pals will cover him and just as he drops the case bullets are fired and Archie is shot. Nobody retrieves the case but the person suspected of ordering the hit on Archie is killed. Not by any of Archie's buddies.
Then later they find out the brownstone's living room (which anyone hardly uses), has two bullet shots. Long ago after another harrowing case they installed bullet proof glass. Although nothing will stop someone who is trying to murder you.
ARCHIE CAUGHT IN THE CROSSHAIRS is vintage Wolfe and I am happy to report Robert Goldsborough has nailed the atmosphere, vintage setting and the characters. I love this series and he is the perfect one to keep it going and we fans are all the better for it.
I give this one ten stars out of ten stars.
Pamela James (who is a very happy reader tonight). Kuddos to Goldsborough
Meanwhile, it is a year later and the police have no idea who killed Harlan and Biscuit is focused on her upcoming wedding and reconnecting with her sister.
This story is interesting in many ways. First, Marmalade comments all along on Biscuit's observations in a fun way. Second it is told through two linear timelines. The current day chaos that is Biscuit's life - filled with interesting characters and fun quirks. The other is told in flashbacks to the prior year leading up to the murder. Clues unfold in both.
This is also different than the usual cozy in that no one is actively investigating the crime, events just unfold and the pieces fall together.
Biscuit is engaging and a fun protagonist and I want to know more of her story. Marmalade is sassy and engaging. Orange as Marmalade
The book also includes two things as extras that I loved as well: Biscuit (and Marmalade's) daily gratitude lists and a book group discussion guide that is full of fascinating and fun questions.
I loved this book and will definitely be reading the rest of the series!
Friday, August 28, 2015
So we made it to Friday. This is such good news. I may guilt free finish a book I have been reading, I can cross stitch tonight, the Kansas City Chiefs are playing tonight. I am home free for a few days.
What are your weekend plans?
I look forward to the tacos I am going to have for supper.
Oh and the book/s I will finish I will review. I also have been saving up to review MURDER in the PAPERBACK PARLOR by Ellery Adams. I finished reading this book days ago but wanted to review it at the perfect time.
I supposed everyone has exciting plans although Florida may have a little too much excitement. Florida and surrounding areas stay safe. Tornadoes scare me as I have been in a couple of them, a flood etc....
I think my favorite part of every weekend is Saturday mornings. I watch quilting shows and cross stitch. This weekend is all about the Halloween cross stitch.