Cozy Mystery Challenge!

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One sub-genre in the cozy mystery challenge is historical mystery (a cozy mystery not set in the present). And WOW, what a cozy mystery I discovered, thanks to one of my blogging friends. I have seen the Maisie Dobbs mysteries many times in bookstores but I had never read one until now. It was very good.

As a result of the death of Maisie’s mother when Maisie was young, her sweet dad, Frankie Dobbs found Maisie a job as a maid in a good home. When the Lady of the house, discovers Maisie reading in the library early one morning, her Ladyship, after discussing it with her husband and a doctor, decides on a course of action to educate Maisie.

I loved the characters in this story. I’m going to mention a few, but there were several I loved. Maisie Dobbs is smart, hungry for knowledge, patient, compassionate and easy to like. Her dad, Frankie loves Maisie so much, misses her mother and tenderly and loving cares for his horse, Persephone.

Lady Rowan Compton is an interesting woman. I liked her very  much. I actually thought she was funny. She takes great interest in Maisie and believes in her young maid.

Doctor Maurice Blanche is the man responsible of the education of Maisie Dobbs and it is an interesting education. He does the job right, she’s accepted into Cambridge.  Well, enter World War I and everyone’s life is changed. Maisie becomes a nurse during the war. After the war she becomes a private investigator and it all begins when a client asks Maisie to investigate his wife, whom he believes is unfaithful.

This book is well-written, however, the descriptions of the men injured in battle is a little shocking to take in.  I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. 5***** stars!

Have you read the Maisie Dobbs books? I’d like to hear from you. Happy Reading!

Classic Movie Friday!

The Rage Of Paris (1938)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Danielle Darrieux

Mischa Auer

Louis Hayward

Helen Broderick

The Rage of Paris -a virtually unknown classic! With the great Douglas Fairbanks Jr.:

Nicole (Danielle Darrieux) has fallen upon hard times. She can’t find a job and she can’t pay her rent. The landlady is throwing her out! How rude! Nicole’s good friend Gloria (Helen Broderick) thinks of a plan for Nicole to marry a rich man, Bill Duncan (Louis Hayward). Bill’s best friend, Jim Trevor (Douglas Fairbanks Jr) knows Nicole is marrying for money and tries to save his friend. Comedy ensues! 🙂 Honey, I say, marry Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Oops? Did I say that out loud??? He is sure easy on the eyes! 🙂 Of course, Bill Duncan ain’t bad. *ahem*

Well, the ending of this film is predictable, but I enjoyed it. It’s comical.

Cozy Mystery Challenge!

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One of the sub-genre in the cozy mystery challenge is a travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, traveling in another area, etc). I chose “Huckleberry Finished,” by Livia J. Washburn.

After reading this book, I am ready to take a cruise on a riverboat on the Mississippi River!

Delilah Dickinson has her own literary tour agency. This is the second book in the series and once again I read the second book before I read the first book, so I am going to reserve the first book from the library as soon as I can.

Delilah and her clients are having a great time on the Mississippi when a body is discovered on the riverboat! Delilah is smart. She begins her own investigation into the murder right away. I liked her. She’s personable and enjoys her work. She has an adult daughter and son-in-law who run the office while she is on the riverboat cruise and they are both great people. They help Delilah a LOT! There were several characters in this book I enjoyed getting to know and there are references to Mark Twain and Hannibal, Missouri in the story. The book even has a man who impersonates Mark Twain. Good mystery. It’s a fun, easy read.  I gave it 4****stars on goodreads! Happy Reading. 🙂

Screwball Comedy!

I have discovered, I like screwball comedy! 🙂 I didn’t really know the exact definition of screwball comedy, so I googled it. I knew they were fast-paced, hilarious, rambunctious, always seemed to involve unwanted romance and said comedies had a happily, though hilarious, ever after ending.

According to google screwball comedy is ~

” a movie, a Hollywood comedy of the 1930’s, featuring the amusing antics of appealing characters in a glamorous world.”

Wiki tells us ~

“a female that dominates the relationship with the male central character, whose masculinity is challenged.” Mmm.

“fast paced repartee”

“farcical situations”

“escapist themes”

“plot lines involving courtship and marriage”

One of my favorite screwball comedies is ~ “Bringing Up Baby.” Oh yes, Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this crazy comedy. They meet on a golf course, of all places! Cary Grant is engaged to another woman and Katherine Hepburn wants to marry Cary Grant. A merry chase is the result of said meeting!

Bringing Up Baby: Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant:

Recently, I watched for the first time, “My Man Godfrey.” Oh! My! Word! If that isn’t a merry chase . . .

My Man Godfrey: William Powell and Jean Dixon:

Wiki has a list of screwballs that I have not seen! Nice. I look forward to viewing them.

Have you seen any screwball comedies? If you have, which are your favorites?

Classic Movie Friday!

 To Catch a Thief (1955)

Cary Grant

Grace Kelly

Jessica Royce Landis

John Williams

This is a Hitchcock film!

Cary Grant in 1955 as John Robie,

John Robie (Cary Grant) is a reformed jewel thief. When a copy cat starts stealing jewels, of course, the authorities suspect John Robie. He’s on the run and determined to catch the thief and clear his name.

I was a little surprised when I watched this film. It isn’t as suspenseful as I thought it would be. I didn’t think this was Hitchcock’s best film. And! I didn’t like Frances Stevens (Grace Kelly)! *gasp* Now, I saw “High Noon,” with Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly and I loved her in that film, but I didn’t like her role at all as Frances Stevens. I did like Jesse Stevens (Jessica Royce Landis), the mother. 🙂 I thought she was fun and entertaining. I knew who the jewel thief was from the beginning of the film, however, my conundrum??? How was John Robie going to catch said thief???

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Have you seen this film? I love to hear your thoughts.

Rapid Fire #Book Tag #Books #Reading

Cathy at Between the Lines Book Blog tagged “anyone who wants to have a go.” So, I thought I would have a go! 🙂 Thanks Cathy!

ebooks or physical books?

Physical books

Paperback or hardback?

Hardback

Online or in-store shopping?

In-store shopping. I’m so tired of ordering. 😦

Trilogy or series?

Either are good.

Heroes or Villains?

Heroes! 🙂

A book you want everyone to read.

Oh my word! I love “The Chronicles of Narnia,” by C.S. Lewis.  I know that’s more than one book, but I still choose Narnia!

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Recommend an underrated book.

Mmm.

The Last book you finished.

“Malcolm,” by George MacDonald. It’s two books in one and I read both books. It was my second time reading them.

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Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

Money. I’ve used one dollar bills as bookmarks.

Used books, yes or no?

Yes, if they’re in good condition.

Top three favorite genres?

Mystery Suspense and Espionage

Characters or Plot?

Both. 🙂

Short or long book?

Both.

Long or short chapters?

Probably short chapters.

Name the first three books you think of.

The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill. I’m reading it right now.

Wildfire at Midnight, by Mary Stewart. It’s sitting on my nightstand and I glanced at it.

Huckleberry Finish by Livia J. Washburn. It’s a cozy mystery I’m going to read for the cozy mystery challenge.

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Laugh. I don’t normally know if a book is going to make me cry when I start reading it.

Our world or fictional worlds?

Both.

Do you ever judge a book by it’s cover?

Yes, I do believe so. It’s the cover that attracts my attention.

Book to movie or book to tv adaptation?

Either one if they’re well done.

Series or stand alone?

Both are good.

I nominate anyone who reads this! Have a great day! 🙂