Cozy Mysteries

Hello Peoples! The weather has been cold, icy and snowy. It started with rain, then sleet, then snow. So! We were at home by the fire reading. This has been a cold, crazy winter. During our wintry weather, I read three cozy mysteries and I thought I would share a brief comment about them.  🙂  Oh! The temperatures are warming up.

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I loved it! Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass is a fun mystery! Minnie is a librarian in charge of the bookmobile. Eddie is her cat. Minnie talks to her cat and  tells Eddie everything.  🙂  When Minnie and her cat find a dead body, the adventure and the mystery begin. Loved Minnie! Loved Eddie! Great characters and a good mystery. I will continue reading this series. I’ve already ordered the next book, in the series, from the library. 5 ***** stars!

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Live and Let Chai by Bree Baker, is another fun mystery. Charm is a wonderful, quaint, seaside town. The characters are quirky and lovable. I enjoyed getting to know Everly and her aunts!  🙂  Grady is great too! Everly finds a dead body and it is thought, the deceased drank her tea and died. She decides to investigate to prove her innocence and save her tea business. I’ll be reading this series in the future also! Loved it.  5 ***** stars! I did solve this one.

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Expiration Date by Devon Delaney is a good mystery. It is loaded with food! If you love food and you enjoy a puzzling mystery, this might be the book for you. Sherry is a finalist in a cooking competition. One of the judges is murdered! Sherry is a suspect. 4 **** stars! I didn’t solve this one.

Enjoy!

Much love ~

Kathy

 

Classic Movie Friday!

How Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood beauty of the Golden Age, became a first-class inventor, creating a visionary device that led to Wi-Fi and GPS

Dishonored Lady (1947)

Hedy Lamarr   Dennis O’Keefe   John Loder   William Lundigan

Morris Carnovsky   Natalie Schafer   Margaret Hamilton

Madeleine Damien (Hedy Lamarr) is the fashion editor of a magazine. She’s a tough woman. At night she’s a party girl. As such, she has a reputation. As a result of the stress of her job and the men she meets ~ not great guys ~ she tries to commit suicide. After seeking help from a psychiatrist (Morris Carnovsky), she quits her job, changes her name and moves to a flat. She wanted a new start on life. She meets her neighbor, Dr. David Cousins (Dennis O’Keefe), who is a good guy. He’s relaxed, fun and a hard worker. When he discovers she is an artist, he asks her to do the medical artwork for a paper he is working on. She agrees and the two become friends and soon fall in love. She wants to tell him of her past, but can’t seem to bring herself to do it. Everything changes when she is accused and arrested for murder.

This was a good film. When I started watching it, I didn’t think I was going to like it, but it is a very good movie!  🙂  My heart went out to Madeleine. She was gossiped about and judged, not everything that was said about her was true. The trial was horrible, full of assumptions, accusations and falsehoods. It was a messy, messy trial. David was hurt and struggled to understand. David and the psychiatrist were the only two people who believed in her innocence.

Hedy Lamarr was a lovely lady. I loved most of the costumes she wore in this film. She looked great in everything. I especially liked the costume she wore in the above image.

Enjoy!

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

I’ve seen the classic film, The Big Sleep (1946) several times so, I decided to read the book. I think it’s a good book to film adaptation, but there are some differences. I can’t say the book is better. I like the book and the film.

In the book, Phillip Marlowe, a private investigator, is hired by General Sternwood because he is being blackmailed again. The blackmail is in regard to Sternwood’s younger daughter, Carmen. She is one troubled girl. When speaking with the General, Marlowe discovers Shawn Regan has been missing for a month. Regan is the General’s son-in-law. He’s married to Vivian, Sternwood’s oldest daughter. In the film, Vivian isn’t married to Regan. As Marlowe begins the investigation into the blackmail, he meets some nefarious characters and finds himself in the midst of kidnapping, murder, extortion, etc.

I do like Marlowe. He confronts some sinister characters and lives to tell about it. He’s loyal to General Sternwood and his family. He stays true to his ethics and he stays with it until he gets the job done. He’s not easily discouraged and he’s not intimidated.

There is some profanity in the story.

4 **** stars!

The Big Sleep (1946 film)...you can see the steam....!

The Big Sleep (1946) Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall

Giveaway Time!

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Hello Peoples!  🙂  Berkley Prime Crime is giving away a cozy mystery!

All you need to do is, leave a comment below informing me you would like me to enter your name in the drawing to win, Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods by Emily Brightwell.

 I will then enter your name in the drawing.

This giveaway is for residents of the U.S.A. only. You must have a valid U.S.A. address to win.

My hubby will draw the winner. I will announce the winner on this blog, along with my review of the book, March 12, 2019. Don’t be shy!

Much love ~

Kathy

Broken Bone China by Laura Childs

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“Theodosia and her friend Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot air balloon rally when the sky starts to fall — literally. A drone starts buzzing menacingly close to the balloons, and suddenly crashes into an occupied vessel. Sparks begin to fly and an explosion erupts, causing the balloon to plummet to earth, killing all three of its passengers.” ~Berkley Prime Crime

Theodosia, Drayton and Haley are back in another Tea Shop Mystery. The first two chapters of this book grabbed my attention! Theodosia and Drayton are caught up in the midst of a horrible ballooning tragedy and the chaos that ensued. Detective Tidwell is soon on the scene and thus begins the investigation. The police believe that Don Kingsley was the target of the attack. He’s the CEO of a software company. He’s also the owner of a valuable Revolutionary flag. While Theodosia, Drayton and Haley are busy running Theodosia’s charming tea shop, Theodosia is investigating the crime. I thought it was a unique way to commit a crime. With the exception of the psychic, I especially liked the Nancy Drew tea they held. I don’t normally read books with psychics, however, occasionally there is one in a story that catches me by surprise.

This mystery has a considerable amount of information about teas and delicious food. And! Of course, Charleston, South Carolina is aptly described. There were several suspects in the mystery and I did not solve this one. 4 **** stars!

A BIG thanks to Berkley Prime Crime!  🙂

Classic Movie Friday!

Barbara Whitfield (Jean Wallace) gets Howard Malloy (Franchot Tone) to buy her a long-haired black cat named Bennie (short for Benvenuto) in the noir thriller Jigsaw (1949).

Jigsaw (1949)

Franchot Tone   Jean Wallace   Winifred Lenihan   Doe Avedon

In this noir film, the owner of a printing shop is discovered dead. The police believe it is suicide. Howard Malloy (Franchot Tone), Assistant D.A. believes there is a political group known as the Crusaders involved in his death. When a journalist, who has been known to attack the Crusaders is discovered murdered, Malloy is convinced the Crusaders are involved in the death of both men. So, he investigates on his own. A judge’s widow becomes involved in the investigation and Malloy soon meets a night club performer and a political boss with nefarious intent.

It was a good noir, however, I didn’t care for some of the acting. I was surprised when the identity of the killer was revealed.

Do you like noir films? Do you have a favorite?