Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries (2012 – present)
I’m not certain when I first heard of the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries. I decided to watch these mysteries when I noticed our library has them. I checked out season 1 and even though ~ I thought ~ the first season was dark, I was hooked. Warning: In my opinion these mysteries are not for teens or kids.
Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) is our intrepid detective. He’s a good guy. He’s a little quiet and he’s very observant. In the first season when he meets Phryne Fisher he really doesn’t want her help at all. But, they manage to struggle through and now they are working well together. He wears a coat ~ is that coat necessary in Australia??? He seems to have very broad shoulders. In the first season, he is married, although separated from his wife. Later he is divorced.
Phryne Fisher is the height of fashion! She can really dress in amazing costumes. She carries a pearl-handled pistol and she can whip that thing out so fast, I often wonder how she does that??? Mmm. Phryne is a wealthy woman and she takes in stray people. I really like that about her. Dot (Ashleigh Cummings) is Phryne’s companion and she is a stray. At least I call them strays. She has two men who work for her, they take care of her vehicle and do jobs requiring their skills ~ they are also strays. Later she takes in a young girl, Jane.
Phryne seems fearless. She, with Jack’s help, will tackle any mystery and work until it is solved. However, in one episode, in season three, the killer is using poisonous tarantulas to murder. *shudders* Phryne was screaming and jumping ~ so was I!!! Of course, Jack just had to tease her about it. In fact, I couldn’t finish watching that episode. I asked Rick to watch it so he could tell me who the killer was!!!
This is getting to long, so I will cut it short, the mysteries are good. I’ve never solved one and I’ve watched three seasons. There is nudity at times. There are times when I shake my head at Phryne. I’ve never read the books.
Have you seen the Miss Fisher Mysteries? Have you read the books? I’d like to hear from you.
Rick’s Opinion ~ Phryne is a good detective, so is Jack. Phryne can get information out of men because she uses her womanly ways on them.
Black Widow (1954)
Peggy Ann Garner
Well, this is a good movie. Peter Denver (Van Heflin) is a married Broadway producer. His wife (Gene Tierney) leaves town for a few weeks to care for her ill mother. While she is away. Peter meets a young writer, Nancy Ordway (Peggy Ann Garner) and decides to help her out with her career. A few weeks later Nancy is discovered dead in Peter’s home. And! Her body is discovered the day Peter’s wife returns.
As the police investigate the young woman’s death, they believe that Peter is involved. Peter soon finds himself on the run, just steps ahead of the police, trying to prove he is innocent of any wrong doing. This was some mystery. Nancy’s death caught me by surprise. I didn’t expect it.
I think this was the first time I saw Ginger Rogers in a film without Fred Astaire. It took me a few minutes to recognize her. When I realized she was Ginger Rogers, I laughed. I didn’t like her character, in the film, but she did a great job. With the exception of Gene Tierney and Ginger Rogers, I think, all the actors in this film were new to me. I didn’t know what was going on *clueless* but it was certainly a good job of manipulation ~ hence, black widow???
Color Me Murder, by Krista Davis is the first in a new series. Florrie Fox, an artist, is our amateur sleuth in this cozy mystery. She manages a bookstore owned by the adventurer, Professor John Maxwell. Unfortunately, the Professor’s nephew, Delbert, is discovered dead, murdered under a trap door at the bookstore. Well! The Professor is arrested for the nefarious crime and Florrie, knowing the Professor is innocent, must snoop around and discover who killed Delbert.
Florrie certainly has her hands full in this story, sleuthing, keeping the bookstore open, avoiding Norman. What? You might ask, who’s Norman??? ah ha! You’ll need to read the book.
I liked Florrie and I loved the descriptions of her artwork! I liked many of the characters in this story. There was Jim the homeless man. He was a sweetheart and so alert to his surroundings. I liked the Professor Goldblum, Bankhouse and Zsazsa Rosca. Jacquie was especially interesting! And of course, the Sergeant with blue eyes, I mean really, what’s not to like??? All of these characters, an interesting murder, a woman in hiding, a wonderful bookstore and a mansion with a carriage house. I really liked it! 4**** stars! I am looking forward to the next Pen & Ink Mystery! 🙂
Good morning. I didn’t have anything planned for today, so this is a spontaneous blog post. 🙂
As many of you know, I joined the Cozy Mystery Challenge ~ this is the third year I have participated. I signed up for Level 3, so I need to read 30 cozy mysteries in 2018! What was I thinking??? *haha* I like cozy mysteries, but 30!!!
I’m reading number eleven right now. ~ Class Reunions Are Murder by Libby Klein. It’s crazy and it has a TON of humor in those cozy pages. I love Sawyer and Aunt Ginny!!! I sat at the bookstore yesterday afternoon and read for two hours! I tried not to laugh out loud, but it can be difficult!!! 🙂
Cozies I’ve read so far ~
Peaches and Scream by Susan Furlong
Engaged in Death by Stephanie Blackmoore
Here Today, Gone Tamale by Rebecca Adler
Kernel of Truth by Kristi Abbott ~Favorite~
Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge
Murder In An English Village by Jessica Ellicott ~Favorite~
Kneaded to Death by Winnie Archer
Basket Case by Nancy Haddock
Murder With Lemon Tea Cakes by Karen Rose Smith
Mayhem and Mass by Olivia Matthews ~Favorite~
Class Reunions Are Murder by Libby Klein
I’ll reach the halfway mark in April. Here’s to cozy mysteries!!! *woot woot*
Have you read any of the cozies I listed??? Do you have any recommendations??? I still have a big TBR pile sitting here next to me and there are those cozies I’m checking out from the library. Happy Reading!
Hello everybody! Greetings, salutations and all that stuff! 🙂 It’s that time again. That moment you’ve all been waiting for ~ ramblings and what not!!! *haha*
March 15th is my birthday. Sound the horns, beat the base drum, blow the kazoo!!! A friend and I were going to meet for tea this morning ~ pssst come closer ~ she has a birthday gift for me. She told me. *big smile* So! We were going to meet for tea. I walked out our backdoor and much to my surprise, our patio and driveway have a layer of ice! When did that happen??? So, to make a long story short, we decided to meet this afternoon. we thought it was better to be safe than risk driving on icy streets. I love birthdays!
A few days ago I decided to go for a walk. I didn’t walk far. Nope, not at all. I walked to a coffee shop nearby. I don’t drink coffee, so I ordered a hot tea. I sat down. I was reading a book. I don’t know how long I’d been reading, maybe thirty minutes, when I looked out the window and we were in the midst of a snowstorm!!! It looked like a blizzard to me, but I’ll call it a snowstorm. And I walked??? What was I thinking??? Well, I was stranded in the coffee shop. It’s good they have food. There wasn’t much I could do, so I continued to read and decided to walk home if there was a break in the storm. The break did come and I walked home and what a walk! It was cold and I was trudging through the accumulation of snow. Gusts of wind came and went, but I made it! YAY!
So, that’s it for now with my ramblings. Have a great weekend! 🙂
Much love ~
Now, Voyager (1942)
I love Bette Davis. I think she was a wonderful actress and so versatile. So, when I saw this at our local library I grabbed it. I had to see this film. I was not disappointed.
Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) has a tyrannical mother (Gladys Cooper). Growing up with her tyrant of a mother didn’t do Charlotte any good. Dr. Jaquith (Claude Rains) is called into the home to meet Charlotte and after meeting her, decides to admit her into his sanitarium. Upon her release she goes on a six month cruise to South America. During the cruise, she gradually comes out of herself and becomes a classy woman. She meets Jerry Durance (Paul Henreiu) and the two fall in love.
This interesting film has a subtle drawing which drew me in and held me. Paul Henreiu was a great romantic lead. I was puzzled how this was going to end, but at the same time I was caught up in this romance and I was cheering them on for a solution where there appeared to be no solution. There isn’t a happily ever after ending but there is a right ending. It was a good movie! 🙂