Tuesday Teaser! #TuesdayBookBlog

Tuesday Teaser is a weekly bookish meme hosted by http://www.booksandabeat.com

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read!
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two or three *teaser* sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • Be careful not to include spoilers ~ make sure what you share doesn’t give to much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.

Share the title and the author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teasers.

Without further ado ~

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This is the third book in the Wingfeather adventure. “The Monster in the Hollows,” is the third book I have read by Andrew Peterson. I have read the first two books in this series, “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness,” and “North! Or Be Eaten.”

“As they walked the clean streets of the city, they passed wagons and clusters of people walking in conversation. Many of the houses boasted gardens in the front so that one had to pass between bright flowers and totatoes on the vine to reach the front steps. Men and women sat outside on benches, puffing pipes or munching on grapes, laughing in the cool of the night.”

Yes, totatoes is spelled correctly! 🙂 Enjoy!

 

 

 

Reading Challenge 2017!

Greetings all! I decided to join the Cozy Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 again this year. I joined it in 2016 and had fun with it, so here I am again. You can find out more information at ~

http://www.socratesbookreviews.blogspot.com

or, just skedaddle on over to goodreads and take a gander at the Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge.

There are some changes for 2017, which I am excited about. 🙂 They have categories! That’s right! Fun stuff.

I’m Level 2 Investigator. So I need to read one cozy from each of these sub-genres.

~ One from culinary (anything dealing with food, restaurants, baked goods, etc.)

~ One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)

~ One from craft related (any kind of hobbies, knitting, crochet, scrapbooking, etc.)

~ One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.) We are allowed to switch one category out, only one time. Since I don’t read paranormal, I’ll be switching this category.

~ One from British cozy mysteries (example: Belinda Lawrence series.) I don’t have a clue who she is???

~ One career based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)

~ One holiday based (set during any holiday ~ Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, etc.)

~ One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)

~ One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present.)

~ One is your choice! freebie!

I will also read 10 cozy mysteries of my choice, so I will read 20 cozy mysteries in all! Alright then!!!

If you’re interested, check it out! Have fun!!!

“The Hammett Hex,” by Victoria Abbott

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Our heroine, Jordan, travels to San Francisco, the home of Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles. Wow! Does she ever become involved in a crazy mystery!

I liked it. It was difficult to put down! 🙂  I’ve read all the books in the Book Collector Mystery and I’ve been enjoying all of them. Oh! Read them in order! 🙂

I’ve always liked Jordan and her quirky but interesting family. She’s funny, loves her job and can handle her boss Vera. After all her crazy adventures she was in need of a vacation, hence the trip to San Francisco.

Here is a list of the Book Collector’s Mysteries

~ The Christie Curse

~ The Sayers Swindle

~ The Wolfe Widow

~ The Marsh Madness

~ The Hammett Hex

Enjoy!

Tuesday Teaser! #TuesdayBookBlog

Tuesday Teaser is a weekly bookish meme hosted by http://www.booksandabeat.com

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read!
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two or three *teaser* sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • Be careful not to include spoilers ~ make sure what you share doesn’t give to much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.

Share the title and the author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teasers.

Drum roll please ~

311135“Behold, Here’s Poison,” by Georgette Heyer.

 “My very dear sir, I’m the heir. Now do let us understand each other! There’s not the least need for you to ask me careful questions. I shall be delighted to answer anything you choose to ask me. In fact, I’m positively burning to assist you to track down the murderer.”

Enjoy!

“Christmas at Dove Creek,” by Scarlett Dunn

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Thorpe Turlow was stood up at the altar, so, he doesn’t have any interest in marrying anymore. He owns a ranch in Wyoming and he’s a good man but, he was hurt.

Lily Starr is searching for her grandfather, her only living relative. And! She joined up with a small group of people who were rejected by a wagon train. She was determined to make sure this band of misfits reached Wyoming by Christmas.

And of course, the trail has it’s challenges!

Thorpe meets this group of outcasts and decides to help them reach Wyoming. When Lily and Thorpe meet, under interesting circumstances, love is in the air! 🙂

This is the second book I’ve read by this author and it wasn’t my favorite. I liked the story and the characters, however, I thought the author was abrupt. Chapters and paragraphs ended to quickly and the reader moved on at a rapid pace without enough of a description of the events as they unfolded. ~Just my opinion.~

Marshal Stone was my favorite character. The small group of outcasts met him on their journey to Wyoming and he rode with them in their travels. I thought he was an honorable man and tender hearted.

I felt sorry for Isabelle. She was a sweet, young lady and she was taken advantage of, so her circumstances weren’t easy, but she remained pleasant throughout the story.

I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading it. 3.5 stars *** Enjoy!

Old Man Winter

Winter is bearing down on us! That’s right. There’s a 100% chance of snow! We’re suppose to get four to five inches of those blessed frosty white flakes. 🙂

Well! I’m ready for it. Bring it on.

I’m happy to say, a carpenter came out and installed a new window on the north side of our house. I will be able to sit on our sofa, toasty warm, with a steaming hot drink in hand and watch the snow fall to the ground *out, outside, through* our new window.

Happy Winter!

Top Ten Tuesday!

I enjoy classic movies. I watch more classic movies than current films! I do. 🙂 This Top Ten list was difficult, to say the least. In fact, I’ve tried creating a Top Ten list of favorite classic movies in the past and was not successful. Not to be deterred, I tried again. So, here it is, my Top Ten Favorite Classic films. This list could change next week. *ahem*

Just a note, Humphrey Bogart is my favorite classic actor and I don’t really have a favorite actress.

Without further ado ~

Casablanca ~ (1942) Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid BergmanAn incredible moment of movie history in 'Casablanca' ....:

Dark Victory ~ (1939) Bette Davis and George Brent

Dark Victory (1939):

Rebecca ~ (1940) Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier

Rebecca--Not only one of the best books, one of the best movies ever. I need to know about this.....:

 

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

"The Thin Man" films with Myrna Loy, William Powell and Asta  I love these movies.:

Barefoot in the Park ~ (1967) Robert Redford and Jane Fonda

Corie Bratter and Paul Bratter from "Barefoot in the Park".:

Laura ~ (1944) Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews

Laura ..based on book by Vera Caspari with Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price:

 

Roman Holiday ~ (1953) Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday:

Desk Set ~ (1957) Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey

Desk Set (1957, Su otra esposa). Katharine Hepburn (1907, Conneticut, USA)  & Spencer Tracy (1900, Wisconsin, USA):

The Maltese Falcon ~ (1941) Humphrey Bogart and Mary AstorHumphrey Bogart as Sam Spade and Mary Astor in The Maltese Falcon (John Huston…:

Suspicion ~ (1941) Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine

Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine in Suspicion (1941):

 

 

If you watch classic movies, I would love to hear from you. What are your favorites? Enjoy!

 

Tuesday Teaser! #TuesdayBookBlog

Tuesday teaser is a weekly bookish meme hosted by http://www.booksandabeat.com

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read!
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two or three *teaser* sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • Be careful not to include spoilers ~ make sure what you share doesn’t give to much away! You don’t wan to ruin the book for others.

Share the title and the author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teasers.

Without further ado ~

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“A Study in Scarlet Women,” is the first book I’ve read by Sherry Thomas. It is the first in The Lady Sherlock Series. I thought the first four chapters were difficult to *get into,* however, once I started reading the fifth chapter the story started moving along nicely and now I like it. I’m not finished yet, I’m half finished. 🙂

“The Devon coast was a lovely place. The cliffs that met the sea were high and dramatic — an almost startling reminder that Britain was but an island. The headlands along this stretch of the coast were a green patchwork of fields and sheep-dotted pastures.”

Enjoy!

“The Tryst,” by Grace Livingston Hill

Sadly, Patricia (Patty) overhears a conversation between her mother and her sister that causes Patty to leave home. One the train ride, she’s so confused and hasn’t had time to really think about her choices and what she wants to do with her life, now that she’s left her family. Fortunately, she lands on her feet and finds a job as a companion to a wealthy, elderly woman.

She believes she is safe from her family discovering her whereabouts when she encounters a childhood friend, John Treeves. Well, she’s scared he will reveal her location to her family, so she avoids him, but Patty’s memories of John and his mother warm her heart.

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The Tryst is a faith-based story.

My heart went out to Patty. The conversation she heard between her mother and her sister was horrible. When Patty fled her home, I was with her every step of the journey. I rode the train with her and was a little concerned with the uncertainty of her future and how she was going to make her way, on her own, in life. She is the sweetest girl and much tougher than she realized. I experienced a huge sigh of relief when she was hired as a companion.

John is a good man. He has integrity, values and courage. John successfully faced temptation.

He loved his mother and has tender memories of her.

Although this was not my favorite story by Grace Livingston Hill, I did enjoy it very much. *****5 stars.