'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Another Thursday is here. Lets 'throwback' to my childhood again! On my profile pic you see I have white hair now. It started turning gray about 10 years ago. Check out this little redhead! Too bad its not still that color!

First trip to see Santa!

Fourth grade pic

Me and my brother spinnin' some tunes

Do you want to participate in Throwback Thursday and post old 'stuff' too? Could be a song, book, painting, a TV show or pics, whatever you want.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Death By the Book by Julianna Deering

Drew Farthering Mystery Book 2
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 9780764210961
Genre: Christian, Mystery
320 pages
My source: Netgalley

Author's Website

Book description:
Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest.

Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem--except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin.

Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?

I read the first book in this series and reviewed it earlier. I was so tickled to get to review the second book as I really enjoyed the first. I was not disappointed. Another excellent mystery from Ms. Deering. 

Each victim has an antique hatpin holding a cryptic note stabbed into the victim. The notes are from Shakespeare. But what do each of the victims have in common? And what exactly do the notes mean? Is Drew the final target? Or his beloved Madeline? Will Madeline agree to marry him in this episode or not? I love that the main characters in this series are mystery readers. I love the little bookshop where they go to get the 'latest' mysteries from Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and others. Well plotted, engaging characters, lots of suspects and a really good 'I never would have guessed' ending. 

With a thread of faith through out the story Ms. Deering never makes it the overly happiness, sunshiny stuff so much 'Christian' fiction have. I stopped reading them because of it. Life just isn't always that way. 

Well done, excellent read!

Coming in July Book 3 - Murder at the Mikado

Peggy Ann

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mail Call!

Four books in the mail! The first 3 of them are for the Read Scotland challenge!


Thanks Evee for recommending this one!


Thanks Alan for recommending these next two!

I can't remember who for the life of me I saw Andrew Taylor on and decided I had to have one. But thank you!

It was Margaret @BooksPlease!  A different book than this one, but all of his sound so good.

Click on the books if you want to see what they are about!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Saw Throwback Thursday on Fox News today. They were showing old pics of each of them. Sounded like a fun idea! I've just spent a day sorting through old photos my mom had sent over here so it was perfect timing!

Seeing how Joan over @ Planet Joan just did a post with a pic of her as a kid on a pony I thought these would be suitable!

This is me and my cousin Jimmie and my pony 007. He was a shetland pony. When we first moved to Florida in the mid '60's my aunt and her family had horses. They were determined to make me into a cowgirl! Uncle Bud went right out and bought me this pony and a full cowgirl outfit. I must have been around 9-10 I would guess in these photos.

007 was a retired circus pony and he did tricks. I remember he would kneel down and pray. But he also would buck wildly on a certain command too. You can guess, Jimmie would make him buck everytime I got on him to torture me! Eventually I got afraid to even get on him, so that ended me being a cowgirl! It's a shame cause I would have loved him other than that.

He was very gentle and good around people and small! That was important, being small, you know:) I was not a very brave kid. Of course their old mare Dolly had already bit me on the shoulder and terrified me of horses too!

Another time when I was a little older myself and a girlfriend went for a horse ride, me on my cousin's horse Shorty. 007 was gone by this time since I wouldn't ride him! Shorty was a gelding and quite nice. But halfway through our ride he decided it was time to go home and he just turned and ran full speed for home. I dropped the reins and just held on for dear life. Thank goodness he took us straight home and stopped dead at the barn gate! That was it for me and riding horses! I love to look at horses and watch them run, but I'll leave riding for someone else!

Have any old throwback pics you can share? Maybe next week we can link up!

Peggy Ann