Ramblings ~

Hello Peoples! It’s been raining and snowing here, off and on, for a few days now. Sometimes it’s COLD because of the wind. Yesterday afternoon I went for a walk. It was great to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. There wasn’t any wind when I strolled. ūüôā YAY!

Snoopy

The Mimosa Blossom has a fun little challenge on her blog. I thought I would participate. If you would like to see her challenge just click on the link ~

https://apudiem.wordpress.com/2020/10/21/spell-the-month-in-books-challenge/

Here we go! YAY!

Spell the Month In Books Challenge

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Open For Murder by Mary Angela

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Closely harbored Secrets by Bree Baker

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The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

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Of Literature & Lattes by Katherine Reay

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Beauvallet by Georgette Heyer

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Eat, Drink and be Wary by Devon Delaney

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Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks

And there you have it! All of these books are on my TBR list!

I’m savoring a cuppa cinnamon tea and it is tasty!

Have a great day!

Much love ~

Kathy

#TheClassicsClub ~ Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

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A Lord Peter Wimsey Novel

A couple of years ago, I read a book by Dorothy Sayers and I am sorry to say, I didn’t like it. So, that was the end of that. Recently, I found one of her books in a Little Free Library and decided to give her a second chance. I finished reading the mystery last night and I need to say, I had a very different reading experience. This time, I did like the mystery.

Harriet Vane is on trial for murder. She is accused of poisoning her former lover. And! I must say, it does look bad. Lord Peter Wimsey is present at the trail and is convinced she is innocent. He has one month to prove she is innocent or she will most likely be facing the hangman’s noose.

Dorothy Sayer’s certainly knows how to create characters! There are several good ones, Lord Peter Wimsey himself being one of them. Miss Climpson was exceptional. Her adventure in sleuthing was rich and so well described. I was with her every step of her journey, holding my breath and enjoying her newly found talent of lockpicking. She did so well under pressure!

Because I am new with Sayer’s mysteries, I don’t know much about Bunter, however, I did feel he was a strong presence and great support to Lord Wimsey.

Lord Wimsey is a fun character, honest and I believe his name fits him. He has a touch of whimsy in his person.

The plot is certainly interesting and is never lost. I solved the mystery right along side of Lord Wimsey. Because Harriet Vane is in court at the beginning of the mystery, the reader never views a crime scene, neither does Lord Wimsey.

Good mystery. I’m chuckling to myself now that I reflect on the story.

Happy Reading!

It Snowed!

That’s right. It was almost 8:00 am. Rick was outside feeding the birds. I was watching him, from our toasty warm mud room, and it suddenly started snowing! It didn’t accumulate.

Much Love ~

Kathy

More October Ramblings ~

Hello Peoples! Yesterday, early in the morning, Rick and I went out for breakfast. It was great. The restaurant was quiet. I had pancakes. Yummy. The mornings are chilly here. Brrr. So, we wore our woollies.

This is a shocking thought, but we usually have snow before Halloween, so I’m expecting it to snow anytime now. ‚õĄ Right now it’s 30 degrees outside. It will warm up when the sun comes up ~ a little.

Rick and I watched Arsenic and Old Lace last night.

Arsenic and Old Lace (Warner Brothers 1944) - Classic Monsters
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

I shake my head. If you haven’t see this classic film, I recommend it.

Since I was sick, I haven’t been doing much, however, I hope to go for a walk today.

I’m reading, Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers.

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Have a great day? Whatcha reading right now?

Much love ~

Kathy

Ramblings ~

Hello Peoples! Wow! Is it really Sunday, October 11th??? Already??? ūüė≤ It’s around 6:00 am here and I’m enjoying a cuppa. I’ve been sick and on medication prescribed by our doctor. The medication has side effects.‚ėĻ So, I’m plodding on through this dreadful business, but I am much better. It’s suppose to rain today and I welcome the rain! It’s been dry here for awhile.

While I have been resting, I’ve watched a few movies, more than once.

Myrna Loy and William Powell in The Thin Man (1934)
The Thin Man (1934)

The Wynant Case, the first Thin Man movie, is my favorite. Clyde Wynant went missing, disappears, vanishes. Of course, Nick Charles takes the case. I highly recommend it!

Patricia Heaton, Sarah Drew, Andrea Logan, and Abbie Cobb in Moms' Night Out (2014)
Mom’s Night Out (2014)

Have you seen Mom’s Night Out? Another fun movie. I highly recommend it! I’ve watched it several times. I’m sure I will again too.

Along with movie viewing, I’ve been sleeping and reading a mystery or two.

Because I’ve been under the weather, so to speak, I don’t have much to say.

I hope you are all well and enjoying these weeks of autumn. Smile!

Much love ~

Kathy

Top Ten Tuesday

Hello Peoples! I’ve been absent for a few days and will be gone again, however, I am here for a few moments to say, “Hi,” ūüėÄand participate in Top Ten Tuesday, from Artsy Reader Girl! It is Book Covers with Autumn Colors!

Apparently, wordpress has made some changes. I’m not really impressed, but I will do my best with this new editor.

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Wrong Side of the Paw by Laurie Cass

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Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks

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Deadly Intentions by Lisa Harris

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The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay

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Stone and Sunset by Sibella Giorello

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When The Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason

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Murder She Wrote Trick or Treachery by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain

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Protecting Tanner Hollow by Lynette Eason

I guess I will stop at eight. This new editor is a little strange.

Happy Reading! I hope you are all enjoying autumn!

Much love ~

Kathy

End of September Ramblings ~

Hello Peoples! Upon my word, it’s almost October! September was a quiet month for me. Not much to say about September. Rick did paint our bathroom Indigo and it looks great. I savored pumpkin chocolate chip bread at the bakery and I enjoyed a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie at the coffee shop. It was very good.

So Rick and I were at Target. We were wearing our masks, Target requires masks.

Rick breathing like Darth Vader: “I am your father Luke.”

I shake my head at his antics.

Your favorites at the cottage in September ~

Classic Movie Friday ~ “B Movies” ~ September 11, 2020

The Call of the Wild ~ September 12, 2020

The Sunshine Blogger Award ~ September 12, 2020

Classic Movie Friday! Well . . . Maybe. ~ September 25, 2020

At this moment I’m not reading a book! What??? Shocking! I know. However, later today, I plan to start reading ~

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Dorothy and Jack by Gina Dalfonzo

Much love ~

Kathy

Death On the Nile

David Suchet in Poirot (1989)

Death On the Nile (2004)

Davvid Suchet   James Fox   Emma Griffiths Malin   JJ Feild   Emily Blunt   Judy Parfitt

Daisy Donovan   Barbara Flynn   Daniel Lapaine   David Soul   Frances de la Tour

With the new movie soon to be released, I read this book a couple of weeks ago to refresh my memory. Rick and I were out and about late yesterday, and Rick discovered the movie. He bought it and we watched it yesterday. It’s a good book to film adaptation. They’re never perfect, but it is good.

Linnet Ridgeway (Emily Blunt) and Simon Doyle (JJ Feild) are on their honeymoon cruising on the Nile. Jackie De Bellefort (Emma Griffiths Malin) follows the newlywed couple everywhere they go, harassing them along the way. Jackie was a good friend of Linnet’s and is in love with Simon. Jackie believes she has been wronged. Linnet stole her love away from her and apparently Jackie won’t let the newlyweds forget it.

Linnet approaches Poirot (David Suchet) requesting assistance. He is on holiday, cruising the Nile also. He refuses assistance to Linnet, however, he does speak to Jackie. Soon, someone is discovered dead ~ murdered! Once again, Poirot finds himself embroiled in an investigation to discover the identity of the killer. There are certainly several interesting passengers on the boat he must question ~ all with something to hide.

David Suchet is my favorite Poirot. I am looking forward to the release of the new film.

Happy Sleuthing!

Classic Movie Friday! Well . . . Maybe.

Hello Peoples. Classic Movies have run a little dry . . . DRY! It’s a desert! *haha* So, I have taken a detour. Rick and I watched four Miss Marple Mysteries and I thought I would share two unsung heroines we noticed in these classic stories.

Miss Marple is a lovely older lady who lives in a charming cottage in St. Mary Mead. On occasion, when there is a murder, she is known to solve said murder. In two of the movies, a daring and courageous individual came along side Miss Marple to assist her in flushing out the nefarious person or persons unknown.

Agatha Christie's Marple (2004-2013)

At Bertram’s Hotel (2007)

Jane Cooper (Martine McCutcheon) is our first unsung hero. Jane is a maid at Bertram’s Hotel. Shortly after Miss Marple (Geraldine McEwan) arrives at the hotel, the ladies meet and become fast friends. When there is nefarious activity at the hotel, Jane, without hesitation, assists Miss Marple in any way she can, to discover the identity of the creepy one. Jane is a great sleuth and without a doubt our first choice as an unsung heroine.

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The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side (2010)

We have a live one here. This lady is highly entertaining and completely up for the sleuthing challenge! Oh yes! At a party of the rich and famous, a woman suddenly drops dead. Well! How inconvenient. Miss Marple (Julie McKenzie) is recovering from a sprained ankle and could not attend said gala. Dolly (Joanna Lumley) our unsung heroine, attends the soiree and is up for the task. She takes to sleuthing, like a duck to water. Not only is she courageous in her sleuthing abilities, she’s also fun and amusing.

Miss Marple was created by Agatha Christie, my favorite mystery writer. I recommend both of these classic reads. Happy Sleuthing!

Much love ~

Kathy