Hello Peoples! I interrupt this hiatus to announce a book giveaway! Berkley Prime Crime is giving away one copy of, No Escape Claws by Sofie Ryan!
If you would like a chance to win this cozy mystery, just leave a comment below informing me you would like to be entered in the drawing to win! This drawing is for U.S.A. residents only. You must have a valid U.S.A. address to win. I will announce the winner on February 5, 2019 on this blog. I will also post my review of the book that day. My good looking husband draws the winner! He’s very good at it! 🙂 Don’t be shy!
Much love ~
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Dick Van Dyke Sally Ann Howes Lionel Jeffries Heather Ripley Adrian Hall
Caractacus Potts is an inventor, raising a son (Adrian Hall) and a daughter (Heather Ripley) without a wife. An eccentric Grandpa (Lionel Jeffries), lives with them. Dad’s inventions are great, unorthodox, but great! Their home is run down but so much fun! And! They have a windmill! I loved the windmill. 🙂 The Potts are broke. Even though they don’t have any money, Dad stumbles upon a way to earn the funds to purchase a less than desirable old race car and he turns it into an amazing piece of machinery. Caractacus, Jeremy and Jemima, along with their new lady friend, Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes) go on a grand adventure to save Grandpa! He’s been kidnapped! *gasp*
I love Dick Van Dyke. He’s a great entertainer. He can sing, dance, act!!! He didn’t disappointment me in this film. The story is silly, ridiculous and wacky but it is also touching in places and so much fun. I saw this film for the first time a few days ago. I know! This may sound odd, but I think, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was grateful to Caractacus and his children for saving said vehicle, and served them well for years and years! 🙂
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Kensington Books
Complimentary copy from Kensington through NetGalley.
Sister Lou is back with another mystery. In this story, the mayor is receiving threatening letters. Her campaign for re-election will soon be announced and someone doesn’t want the mayor to be re-elected. After the director of finance, Opal, falls to her death, the mayor decides to seek out help. She doesn’t want the local law enforcement or the public to know about the mysterious, threatening letters, so she turns to Sister Lou for help.
I liked it. It was a good mystery. It was nice to see Shari, Chris and Sister Lou back again. The mystery was written at a good steady pace and the author did a great job with the antagonist who was annoying Shari! Of course, a Sister Lou mystery wouldn’t be complete without the ever pushy Sister Marianna! 4 **** stars!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
The Strange Woman (1946)
Hedy Lamarr George Sanders Louis Hayward Gene Lockhart June Storey
This film transports the viewer to Bangor, Maine where we meet Jenny Hager (Hedy Lamarr). As a child she is raised by an alcoholic father. She knows, even as a child, she is going to grow up into a beautiful woman and she’ll marry a wealthy man. After the death of her father, she marries a wealthy middle-aged business man (Gene Lockhart). Jenny is a piece of work. She does use his money for good, however, even though she is married she manipulates men and seduces them.
This film had two surprises in it! I did like the film. The Strange Woman is the first movie I’ve seen with Hedy Lamarr. She is lovely. George Sanders was in this film and it is the first movie I’ve seen where his character is a good guy! 🙂 In the past he’s always been a cad or an antagonist.
Have you seen a film with Hedy Lamarr? What films have you seen?
I hope everyone is enjoying January! 🙂 I am taking a hiatus. I will be gone for a few weeks, but I will return. I will post a book review now and then and Classic Movie Friday! You are all great and I look forward to returning soon! Thanks so much.
Much Love ~
Publication Date: December 4, 2017
Publisher: Xpresso Book Tours
Glenn Lindsey Children’s Fiction, Mystery and Thrillers
Complimentary copy from Xpresso Book Tours through NetGalley.
Billy Fender is a great kid! He’s smart, energetic, personable, inquisitive and he’s crazy about Sherlock Holmes!
Oh no! The television broke and now he can’t watch the Sherlock Holmes marathon that is coming to TV. He talks to his parents about a new television, but there isn’t any money for a new one. So! Billy decides to start his own business, to purchase a new TV ~ Billy Fender Private Investigations!
Miss Applebee hires him to investigate his first mystery. She finds a body, in a shoebox, in her garden. When Billy accepts the case, he calls on his friends, Lisa and Raffi to assist him in his sleuthing, not realizing they are about to embark on a great adventure!
The Shoebox Mystery is a great book for kids. I really enjoyed it. It’s well-written and at a good pace. 4.5 stars!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Fallen Angel (1945)
Dana Andrews Alice Faye Linda Darnell Percy Kilbride Anne Revere
Eric Stanton (Dana Andrews) is asked to leave a bus because he doesn’t have the funds to travel any further. He finds a small diner and visits it frequently. There he meets Stella (Linda Darnell), the waitress at the diner. Eric is a con man. He’s really not a nice guy. He wants Stella and he believes that if he had money she would marry him. So, he marries June Mills (Alice Faye) for her money. Soon after they are married someone is murdered and Eric is a suspect. However, his new bride loves him, believes in him and supports him. He does some sleuthing and discovers the identity of the real killer.
I like a good Noir film. I don’t really have a favorite but I do like Dana Andrews. Remember him??? Laura (1944) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950).
The beginning of this film was questionable for me. I almost stopped watching it. I persevered and I was glad I did. It turned out to be a good movie and the ending was satisfying. Dana Andrews was a cad in this film, but the woman he married (June) knew he married her for her money and she loved him anyway. She believed in him and saw what he could become.
I felt sorry for the waitress (Stella). She’s a diamond in the rough. She was searching for a husband, home and family. That’s all she wanted. Her method of reaching said goal needed improvement.
I didn’t know who the killer was??? It kept me guessing. I suspected everyone at least once. 🙂 Good film.