'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


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bonus Song for Sunday!

Let them praise His name with dancing    Psalm 149:3

Song for Sunday

Jesus Loves Me by Chris Tomlin

I was lost
I was in chains
The world had a hold of me

My heart was a stone
I was covered in shame
When He came for me

I couldn't run, couldn't run from His presence
I couldn't run, couldn't run from His arms

Jesus, He loves me, He loves me, He is for me
Jesus, how can it be, He loves me, He is for me

And it was a fire
Deep in my soul
I'll never be the same

I stepped out of the dark
And into the light
When He called my name

I couldn't run, couldn't run from His presence
I couldn't run, couldn't run from His arms

He holds the stars and He holds my heart
With healing hands that bear the scars
The rugged cross where He died for me
My only hope, my everything

Publishing: © 2014 Worship Together Music / sixsteps Songs / S.D.G. Publishing (BMI) / 9T One Songs / Ariose Music (ASCAP) / SHOUT! Music Publishing (APRA)
Writer(s): Chris Tomlin, Reuben Morgan, and Ben Glover

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mystery in White A Christmas Crime Story by J. Jefferson Farjeon

The British Library Crime Classics reprints have beautiful covers and I really love this one. It makes me want to get a mug of hot cocoa and curl up in a big chair with it. Doesn't it you? The original book was published in 1937.

This book has a foreword by Martin Edwards, author of the Harry Devlin and Lake District series. He does a wonderful job and makes you want to dig right in!

back cover:
'The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house.'

   On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea - but no one is at home.
  Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst.
The whole story takes place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The main characters are five passengers from the snowbound train. A mild, nervous male clerk on his way to his aunt's for Christmas, a chorus girl, an elderly bore (with an eye for the chorus girl), a brother and sister team, and an elderly man who is a paranormal investigator. Another man, Smith, shows up. Was he on the train too? Why is he so secretive and hot tempered? Why is the tea laid, fires burning and no one there? Why is a knife laying on the kitchen floor?

This was a great read! Murder, mystery, a hint of romance, a blizzard, a deserted manor house and humor. A must read for a cold winter day. Reviews at The Passing Tramp and Past Offences made me HAVE to get this book. Thanks guys! I want to read more of Farjeon for sure! And it looks like there is plenty...

  • The Master Criminal. (London, Brentano's, 1924).
  • The Confusing Friendship. (London, Brentano's, 1924).
  • Little Things That Happen. (London, Methuen, 1925).
  • Uninvited Guests. (London, Brentano's, 1925).
  • No 17. (London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1926)
  • At the Green Dragon. (London, Harrap, 1926)
  • The Crook's Shadow. (London, Harrap, 1927)
  • More Little Happenings. (London, Methuen, 1928)
  • The House of Disappearance. (New York, A. L. Burt, 1928)
  • Underground. (New York, A. L. Burt, 1928)
  • Shadows by the Sea. (London, Harrap, 1928)
  • The Appointed Date. (London, 1929)
  • The 5:18 Mystery. (1929)
  • The Person Called Z. (1930)
  • The Mystery on the Moor. (London, Collins, 1930)
  • The House Opposite. (London, Collins, 1931).
  • Murderer's Trail. (London, Collins, 1931)
  • The "Z". Murders. (London, Collins, 1932)
  • Trunk Call. (London, Collins, 1932)
  • Ben Sees It Through. (London, Collins, 1932)
  • Sometimes Life's Funny. (London, Collins, 1933)
  • The Mystery of the Creek. (London, Collins, 1933)
  • Dead Man's Heath. (London, Collins, 1933)
  • Old Man Mystery. (London, Collins, 1933)
  • Fancy Dress Ball. (London, Collins, 1934)
  • The Windmill Mystery. (London, Collins, 1934)
  • Sinister Inn. (London, Collins, 1934)
  • Little God Ben. (London, Collins, 1935)
  • Holiday Express. (London, Collins, 1935)
  • Detective Ben. (London, Collins, 1936)
  • Dangerous Beauty. (London, Collins, 1936)
  • Holiday at Half Mast. (London, Collins, 1937)
  • Mystery in White. (1937)
  • Dark Lady. (1938)
  • End of An Author. (1938)
  • Seven Dead. (1939)
  • Exit John Horton. (1939)
  • Aunt Sunday Sees It Through. (1940)
  • Room Number Six. (1941)
  • The Third Victim. (1941)
  • Death in the Inkwell. (1942)
  • The Judge Sums Up. (1942)
  • The House of Shadows. (1943)
  • Greenmask. (1944)
  • Black Castle. (1945)
  • The Oval Table. (1946)
  • Peril in the Pyrenees. (1946)
  • Back To Victoria. (1947)
  • The Adventure at Eighty. (1948)
  • Prelude To Crime. (1948)
  • The Impossible Guest. (1949)
  • The Shadow of Thirteen. (1949)
  • The Disappearances of Uncle David. (1949)
  • Cause Unknown. (1950)
  • The House Over the Tunnel. (1951)
  • The Adventure For Nine. (1951)
  • Ben on the Job . (1952)
  • Number Nineteen. (1952)
  • The Double Crime. (1953)
  • Money Walks. (1953)
  • Castle of Fear. (1954)
  • The Caravan Adventure. (1955)
Peggy Ann

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Death of Yesterday by MC Beaton

A dead witness. A forgotten crime. Hamish Macbeth never had it so hard as in this newest Highlands mystery!
A dead witness. A forgotten crime. Hamish Macbeth never had it so hard as in this newest Highlands mystery!

When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he's not unduly worried. After all, she's been out drinking and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman.

But when her body is discovered in a ditch, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness - now dead - has forgotten... 

This is the 29th book in the Hamish Macbeth series. I've read them all. Light, easy read. I enjoy Hamish, but I think its time he actually gets married. How many times is he going to be engaged to Elspeth let alone other women? The books are getting a little stale for those of us who have been reading from the beginning I think. I did like this one better than Death of a Kingfisher. I really didn't like that one and swore I'd never read another. But Hamish is a charmer:)

Peggy Ann

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday's Muddle

A muddle is a miscellany, an unorganized mixture of various dissimilar items or elements.

This might be considered a Mega Monday's Muddle! I've been storing them up for awhile.

Don't fall for all that detox your body stuff, I always knew it was bunk. Just a gimmick to part you and your money. Here's the proof.

An eight point doe. Yes you read that correctly!

The Wooden Nickel, a book about a lobsterman and set in Maine. I want to read this!

There is a new four film version of Stephen King's The Stand coming out! Matthew McConaughey is starring in it.

Keep your eyes peeled for the publication of The In Cold Blood Files publication! The son of the Kansas law enforcement officer who investigated the crime in 1959 has finally gotten permission from a judge to publish his father's field notes on the investigation and it is going to contradict a lot of what Truman Capote wrote in his best seller.

20 Things you never knew your microwave could do

The Anglerfish is also known as the Black Seadevil is rarely seen and there are very few on film or video. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute got this great video of one off Monterey Bay in an area called Monterey Canyon. Pretty ugly fish!

How paperbacks helped the US win World War II

A Weather Thesaurus for writers. Weather descriptions for every weather event you can think of.

A West Highland Terrier got himself a little Rottweiler and they made the most beautiful puppies!

Someone discovered a big box of thousands of old Kodachrome slides at a charity shop and took them home. After looking through several hundred of them he finally came across the name Edna on one and Harry 1958 on another. As he continued peering into this couple's life he decided he needed to find out who they were and set up an experiment on Facebook to see if he could find anyone who knew who they were. It turned into a wonderful story.
Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna was born! I absolutely love this story and the photographs! If you don't look up any of the other links on this post today you HAVE to look at this one!

This article sorta made me mad. 'The Fattest Man in the World' Dies at age 44
This is the quote that got me fuming:

“That type of behavior is nothing new, but what is new is how easy it is for people in that situation to buy a lot of cheap food,” said Mannur, who urged the U.K. government to consider a fast-food tax to help the morbidly obese.

Because one person didn't have the self discipline or the drive to get out and go to work or to a counselor or try to improve his own life the rest of us are suppose to pay a fast-food tax to help the morbidly obese! It's not that I'm not a caring person or that I don't want to help people in need. Quite the contrary. But I am so sick of personal responsibility being thrown out the window in everything! Come on! Okay I've had my rant. You write your hate mail in the comments:)

Another book I would love to read! Alan Cumming's family memoir. I read about it in a Guardian interview and included in the interview was the full length video of his episode of Who Do You Think You Are? a British genealogy show. I really like Alan and his life has a lot of heartache in it. What he learned about his great grandfather was pretty shocking too. It's worth a look.

The Hinterkaifeck Murders
On a chilly night in 1922, the mass slaughtering of the Gruber family shook the German public to the core. Still unsolved today.

A delicious one pot, easy peasy dinner. We had it last week and loved it! I used hamburger instead Italian hot sausage and just added some red pepper flakes and used regular size pepperoni and cut it in fourths.

25 facts about lobsters

Val McDermid on the enigmatic writer whose dark, unsettling stories dragged the crime novel into the modern age

23 ways to transform an unused closet

It’s been called the Dance of Death. The Tough Dance. The Dance of the Underworld. It is violent; it is the infamous Apache:

Miss Marple and Miss Silver: a comparison

Hope you found something interesting here!

Make a good week!
Peggy Ann

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Challenge Wrap Ups

Looking back at my challenges for this year on this cold frosty morning. I didn't do to well this year. I signed up for 5 but one doesn't end until February so I am not counting that one in this wrap up. Too bad because I have met my challenge level in it.

Read Scotland 2014 I did really well in. I signed up for Ben Nevis 13+ books. Later in the year it was suggested to add a new level and Back O'Beyond 25+ books was born. I upgraded and did complete that level. I read 25 books written by Scots. I probably could squeak another one in before the end of the year, but with the reading slump I seem to be in I doubt that will happen.

Click here to peruse my list of books read for this challenge. So many good ones it would be hard to pick a favorite. I have to say I was quite surprised that I enjoyed the Janet Caird books so much and would have to rank them up pretty high for just plain enjoyable reads. The Jessica Stirling books were really good too and of course A Scots Quair.  Alan Jones' Blue Wicked stretched my comfort zone quite a bit, but it was a well written solid thriller with a nice twist at the end and I was glad I read it. I would have to say that Material Evidence by Bill Kirton was my least favorite. If I have to pick a favorite it would be a tie between these two books...
The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas Home
The Blackhouse by Peter May

Read Scotland will be back for 2015! There's just too many good books by Scots not too continue it!

Meet the Protagonist over at Littlequeen Rules was fun.  What is a protagonist? The leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text. JoAnne gave us 8 categories of protagonist to meet. I got 7 of them.

The Protagonist Categories:

A woman who is a mother.
A real life person who is written into a fictional story.
A person that changes forms.
A person who is from a country different than the one you currently live in.
A person who lived before WW1.
A person who lives by a body of water.
A person younger than 18.
A character that is in a book series.

I got all but A real life person who is written into a fictional story. List of what I read

Mount TBR 2014 hosted by Bev @ My Readers Block and on Goodreads. I signed up for this one on Goodreads. I did terrible on this one! You are suppose to read only books that are on your bookshelf and have been there prior to the beginning of the year. I signed up for Mt. Vancouver 36 books and I only read 17 books that have been on my shelf prior to 2014! I'll never get my bookshelves read at this rate! List of what I read.

I think my favorite reads for this challenge were The Case For Sergeant Beef  by Leo Bruce and Death at the Dog by Joanne Cannan and also Murder on Clam Pond by Douglas Kiker.

Vintage Mystery Bingo 2014 also hosted by Bev @My Readers Block. I usually do really well with her vintage mystery challenges, but I bombed this year! I only read 4 for this challenge! Didn't even fill one bingo! I don't really care for the bingo format. I didn't read many vintage mysteries at all this year and the ones I did, didn't fit anywhere on the bingo card.

Next year I'm not signing up for anything except the Read Scotland 2015 Challenge. I just want to read what I want to read when I want to read it and not worry about if it fits in anywhere. Maybe I'll get more read that way?!

Hope your year of reading was satisfactory for you and here's to next year's reading!

Peggy Ann