'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

Friday, November 27, 2015

Free Finds Friday

Recent additions to Project Gutenberg's library!

The Nine Days' Queen, Lady Jane Grey, and Her Times by Richard Davey

Dick Kent with the Mounted Police by Milton Richards

Get it HERE

Another cover I love! This book is written by Margaret Marshall Saunders, a famous Canadian author of children's books. I have read Beautiful Joe, a Canadian classic, and it was lovely. Read my review here.

Get this book HERE

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you all a wonderful day full of food, family, friends, love and thanksgiving! 

The Post will probably be fairly quiet the rest of the year as I will be very busy with the move and I'm not sure how often I'll have internet service until the first of the year. I'll post when I can and try to peek in on you all. 

Giving thanks for all my lovely blogging friends!

Peggy Ann

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dead White by Gwen Parrott

'During the harsh winter of 1947, Della Arthur arrives at a remote Pembrokeshire village in the middle of a snowstorm to take up her new job as headteacher of the local primary school. Losing her way from the train station, she comes across a farmhouse and takes shelter there. After finding two dead bodies inside, Della struggles to discover the truth behind their deaths. She soon realises that in this close-knit community, secrets and lies lurk beneath the surface of respectability.

Della must choose who to trust among the inhabitants of this remote village – should she reveal what she knows to the sardonic minister of the local chapel, Huw Richards, or the Italian prisoner of war, Enzo Mazzati? Della finds herself under siege on all sides, and encumbered by an unwelcome lodger, a missing colleague and a disturbed pupil. It is only when her own life is threatened that she understands how dangerous her discoveries in the farmhouse really were.'

This is the first in the popular Welsh crime series, Della Arthur Murder Mysteries.  Now available in the English language in digital format.  Many thanks to Pageturners Crime Publications for bringing this wonderfully written book to us and giving me a review copy for my honest opinion! I'd love to have this series in paperback to keep on my shelf! 

Well researched period novel.  You are transported back in time to the days of WWII and rationing. With fully developed characters that you connect to, a vivid sense of place and a solid whodunit with lots of twists and turns to keep you interested. You'll have a hard time putting this book down. I did!

I wasn't sure how to pronounce the Welsh names and towns, but enjoyed the flavor they added. A pronunciation glossary might have been a help for those of us who don't know Welsh. I can't wait to read more of Della Arthur and re-visit Pembrokeshire. 

If you enjoy 1940's crime fiction then this is one you will definitely want to pick up!

Amazon US

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Another Dash O' Doric by Norman Harper and Robbie Shephard

Back of the book:
'Great Grandma peered into the week-old bundle of humanity that had been pressed into her bosie. His little hand grasped her crannie and she allowed herself a wee smile. Then she frowned and looked up. 'And fit are ye ca'in him?' she demanded. 'Nathan' said the proud young mum. 'Aww ye go,' she snapped. 'Ye'll hae ti ca him something.'

Bill Mowat turned up at his Peterhead local with his arm in a sling. The regulars looked him up and down and demanded to know how the accident had happened. 'If ye must ken,' said Bill, 'It got broke fechtin for a lassie's honour.' 'Is that so?' 'Aye, she wintit ti keep it.'

Norman Harper and Robbie Shepherd follow the best selling A Dash O'Doric with another collection of over 200 humorous stories gathered from throughout the North-east of Scotland, continuing their exploration of one of the country's most distinctive senses of humor.'

I picked this book up while in Scotland. A lot of the humor went over my head as I think it is specific for the north-east region of Scotland and their particular type of humor. But, I still had fun reading it and got quite a few laughs out of it. I enjoyed peeping into another culture's style of humor and learning all the wonderful Doric words with the help of the glossary at the back of the book as well as the fun cartoons sprinkled throughout.

I could definitely relate to this funny...

 Aggie and Sandy, from a crafty not a million miles from Lonmay, had been together 45 years when Sandy retired from his life as a farm-worker. It was to be a big upheaval for Sandy, who was set in his ways. The same would have applied, presumably, to Aggie, having been left on her own for most of the days.
  A neighbor ventured to ask as to how she was looking forward to retirement.
  'Ach,' she said, 'it'll jist mean twice as muckle o the man and half the siller.'
(translation: twice as much of the man and half the money)

That's what I have to look forward to starting Dec. 1st!

Peggy Ann

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Murder of Quality and Moving Update

Book summary:
George Smiley is called by a wartime colleague, Miss Brimley, who now edits a small Christian magazine and in this position has received a letter sent by Stella Rode, a reader who claims her husband is plotting to kill her. Terence Fielding, the brother of a classics professor who was one of Smiley's close wartime associates in intelligence services, is a house master at Carne, the public school where the woman's husband teaches. Smiley finds out that the woman has already been murdered and decides to go investigate.

The town of Carne was the youthful home of Smiley's estranged wife Ann, and Smiley is both the subject of snide gossip and witness to a rural "town and gown" gap that doubles with a religious divide: Church of England vs Nonconformists. The town police focus on a homeless madwoman as the murderer, but both Smiley and the investigating officer believe her to be innocent. Smiley discovers the hiding place of the murderer's blood-stained clothes, while the police find a second murder victim, a boy in Fielding's house. The clues, and a confession about the secret, delusional vindictiveness of the murdered woman from her husband, lead Smiley to the real murderer.

I listened to the audio of this book on the recent trip to TN. I've never gone in for spy and espionage so I've never picked up a le Carré novel before, although I am familiar with them from the movies made of them. This one caught my eye while scrolling the library's audio books for the trip as it said a murder mystery featuring George Smiley. I thoroughly enjoyed it and think I might pick up one of the spy novels now and give it a go. I liked George Smiley.

I see this book was also made in to a movie in 1991. Hope someday I can get a chance to watch it.

I started a second book on the trip home, a Feathering Mystery by Simon Brett but kept falling asleep, so I gave up after chapter 2. 

Moving update: 
We got the living room walls cleaned and prepped for painting and the knotty pine walls cleaned in the den this last trip down for the weekend. The ceilings are painted in both of those rooms now too. Gave the fridge a good cleaning and got it running. The house has sat empty for over a year and they left the fridge doors closed :( but it cleaned up like new. We also purchased a new washer and dryer and had that delivered. 

The bathroom is cleaned and ready to move stuff in now too. The shower in the bathroom is going to need a minor repair though. No one had used it in years, they always showered down in the basement. So Bossman had me go first to see how it worked. Water sprayed every direction but down on me when I got it on. The knob was very tight and hard to get turned on to begin with! Water even sprayed backwards out from where the shower head was screwed on. Bossman was yelling turn it off, turn it off and I was yelling I can't it won't turn! I felt like I was in a Laurel and Hardy movie! It's the original hardware from 1961 and he's hoping he doesn't run into trouble finding parts to fit the small pipe coming out of the wall. I'm sure it will be fine.

We were hesitant to use the one in the basement as there is no drain in this basement floor. Just a sump pump that we have been assured will remove all the water. The washer drains that way too! The neighbor told us his basement is the same way, it is common there. Bossman wasn't too happy about that. But they lived there like that for 54 years and the basement is really nice with no mold or water damage so it's just getting use to a different way of doing things I guess.

Going back down the first of December to paint the living room and hallway and see about the kitchen. What to do about the kitchen! Yuk! 

Met the neighbors this trip and they seem like they will be wonderful neighbors. Julie said she was hoping for someone to go running with and have coffee with and play scrabble with!! We are going to get along great! 

Peggy Ann

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bryant & May and the Secret Santa by Christopher Fowler

Series: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Story
Publisher: Alibi (Random House Publishing Group)
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Format: ebook only
Length: Novella - 22 pages
ISBN: 9781101968970
My Source: Netgalley

'The streets of London are covered in twinkling lights and freshly fallen snow, but the mood inside the Christmas department of Selfridges is decidedly less cheery. Bryant and May have arrived there to investigate the death of an eleven-year-old boy who inexplicably fled the store after a routine visit to Santa's Wonderland. Their only clue is a torn scrap of blue cloth discovered at the scene. Now, Bryant and May are making a list of suspects, but they'd better check it twice to catch a shifty culprit in disguise.'

For Peculiar Crimes Unit fans this is a sweet short story for holiday reading. True to the series tradition of filling us in on true facts about real places, Bryant reminisced about going to Gamages Department Store as a child in Holbern Circus at Christmas. Those were the days!

Read about Gamages and see pages from their famous Christmas Catalogue 

Need a quick read to get you in the spirit? Get this little gem...
Amazon US
Penguin Random House

This does not appear to be available in the UK.

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