Giveaway! First Book In A New Series!

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Hello Peoples! Berkley Prime Crime is giving away one copy of Singapore Sapphire by A. M. Stuart. This is the first book in a new series. If you are interested in winning this mystery, just leave a comment below, informing me you would like to be entered in the drawing. Don’t be shy!  🙂  The winner will be announced on this blog, along with my review of the book, Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

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

Happy Reading!

Ramblings And What Not ~

Hello Peoples! It’s Monday and I must confess, I have a problem.  🙂   Shocking! I know! Our driveway and our front yard run nicely together side by side. The way the gutter/downspout on our house works, it’s attached to the house and runs along the driveway in the grass of the front yard. I want this to change! Yes. Yes, I do. I keep running over the gutter with the car when I back out of the driveway! I have smashed so many gutters. The gutter in that location doesn’t last long with me hanging around here. When Rick meanders out into the front yard and sees yet another smashed gutter, he gives me a look. Mmmm. What to do, what to do? I’m going to call a gutter professional! That’s right, we have those in our city, so, I’m going to get professional help! Rick is giving me a look. *haha*

Bringing Up Baby: Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn

It has been a great reading month. I’ve read so many good books! Below are my July favorites, in no  particular order.  🙂


Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien


Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading 


Lulu’s Café by T. I. Lowe 


My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda Barratt

Your favorites at the cottage in July ~

July 16, The Pawful Truth by Miranda James

July 19, Classic Movie Friday, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

July 3, The Arch

July 26, Classic Movie Friday, Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

Much Love ~


Classic Movie Friday!

Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

Maureen O’Sullivan   Johnny Weissmuller   C. Aubrey Smith

James Parker (C. Aubrey Smith) and several men are heading out on an expedition to discover the location of an elephant graveyard. Unexpectedly, Jane, James daughter arrives. She’s determined to join them on the expedition, he wants her to return home. Jane loves Africa! She’s a tough girl with plenty of pluck, so she journeys with the men. They have a few challenges on the quest, but Jane is a trooper ~I would even say, she’s intrepid~ and continues on with the guys. During the jungle experience, Tarzan sees the expedition and abducts Jane. Maureen O’Sullivan is a good actress! She’s kidnapped by a scantly clad man with a well developed body. She’s terrified and wanting to cling to him at the same time!  🙂  Of course, she’s wanting to cling to him for protection from the big cats and other jungle creatures! We all knew that! *ahem* Anyway, I liked this movie!  🙂  I did. Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) can really swim! Of course, I read somewhere on the internet he is an Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming, so, I guess that might be why he swims so amazingly well!!!  🙂  He won 5 gold medals and a bronze! That’s incredible! I plan to watch a few more of the Tarzan films.


Giveaway! First Book In A New Series!

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Hello Peoples. Berkley Prime Crime is giving away one copy of, Death in a Budapest Butterfly by Julia Buckley! This is the first book in a new series.  🙂  If you are interested in winning this cozy mystery, just leave a comment below, informing me you would like to be entered in the drawing. The winner will be announced, on this blog, along with my review, August 1, 2019.

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

Don’t be shy!  🙂

Happy Reading!

Classic Movie Friday!

GIANNI E PINOTTO – Breve ricordo di una coppia comica del cinema degli anni ’40 e ’50 anche con video | IL MONDO DI ORSOSOGNANTE

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Bud Abbott   Lou Costello   Nancy Guild   Arthur Franz

Adele Jergens   Sheldon Leonard   William Frawley

Abbott (Bud Abbott) and Costello (Lou Costello) have just become private investigators when they find themselves involved in a case where a professional fighter, Tommy Nelson (Arthur Franz) is accused of killing his manager. All the evidence points to Tommy, however, he didn’t kill the poor man. His fiancé, Helen Gray (Nancy Guild) believes in his innocence along with a doctor (Gavin Muir) who has developed a serum that makes people invisible. Against the doctors advice, Tommy injects himself with the serum so he can investigate the death of his manager without being seen. Abbott and Costello manage to bumble their way through the investigation with plenty of antics. The doctor is concerned the serum will drive Tommy mad, so he is working on a re-agent to inject into Tommy to prevent insanity and to make Tommy visible again.

Such silliness! As my neighbor was known to say, never in all my born days!


The Pawful Truth by Miranda James


A Cat In The Stacks Mystery #11

“In addition to his library duties and his role as a doting grandad, Charlie has enrolled in an early medieval history course offered by young, charismatic professor Carey Warriner. Charlie feels a bit out of place- his fellow classmates are half his age- except for Dixie Bell Compton, another ‘mature’ student. When Charlie hears an angry exchange begtween her and their professor, his interest is piqued. He’s even more intrigued when she shows up at his office asking for a study partner. Charlie turns her down and is saddened to learn just a few days later Dixie has been killed.” ~Berkley Prime Crime

Charlie, our gossipy sleuth, has an incredible Maine Coon Cat!  🙂  I think Diesel, the cat, is the star of the book! Diesel and Charlie are well known in the community, at times if only by reputation. Diesel is a loving cat, with good instincts and well behaved. He’s trained to a leash and he goes almost everywhere with Charlie. Azalea, Charlie’s housekeeper, gives Diesel a steady stream of treats which Diesel never refuses. Diesel does have a kitty companion to annoy him, Ramses the kitten. Ramses is usually into mischief.

Charlie is widowed and a librarian. He’s a pleasant man and he loves his family. He’s a little self-conscious when he arrives at the college class he is auditing because he is a couple of decades older than the other students. I say, go for it!  🙂   Most of this mystery was gossip and questions. Charlie had so many questions swarming around in his brain, it was leaving me dizzy. At the end of the mystery, he had some pluck in him. 3 *** stars!

A BIG thanks to Berkley Prime Crime!  🙂

Announcing the winner of the book drawing ~

Pirate Patty


Go meet Pirate Patty and check out her blog!

Happy Reading!

Ramblings And What Not ~

Hello Peoples! It’s summer! Bright sunshine! Warm temperatures! Warm breezes! Icy tea! I guess you knew that! *ahem* After church, I walked to the bakery and took a couple of photos. Surprise! I’ve mentioned the bakery several times as I blog, but I’ve never posted any photos.  The bakery is located in a historic building and it’s big. I really like it there. I can read for hours and no one will disturb me. The employees are wonderful!  🙂   They have great bakery items. Their oatmeal cookie is the best I’ve ever had and their brownie is decadent! They have great scones, muffins etc. Just click on the photo and it will get bigger.

I don’t drink coffee, but they have a espresso/coffee machine and will make any type of coffee you could possibly want. I always enjoy the hot, dark chocolate or the tea.

Above is a photo of the icy tea and chocolate cookie I enjoyed today whilst reading a book. Right now I’m reading, A Spy in Exile by Jonathan de Shalit. It’s espionage! It’s an interesting story and is certainly keeping my attention.


How is your summer? Are you a coffee drinker? Or, do you prefer tea?

Much love ~