The Winter People by Phyllis A. Whitney

Dina Blake was working in a museum when she met Glen Chandler. They had a whirlwind romance, married and Glen took her to his family home known as High Towers. Soon after they wed, Glen’s twin sister arrived at High Towers and Dina soon discovered Glen and Glynis had a creepy relationship. Glynis had a power over her twin brother that was chilling. I shiver when I think about it.

I didn’t read three chapters in this story. It was to much for me. When I read the book I stopped, put the book down and had to walk and shake off the feelings I was experiencing. Glynis was a villain! I did read the last chapter and I can say it wasn’t a happy ending, but it was the ending I expected.

Eerie, creepy, suspenseful, chilling and frightening. I didn’t give it any stars because I didn’t read the entire book.

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When A Heart Stops by Lynette Eason

Hi! This morning it was snowing ~ a sloppy snow. This afternoon it’s sunny and cold. I spent my day reading When A Heart Stops. This was the first book I’ve read by this author. It’s not the first in her series. I was at a used book sale during the summer, I saw it at the sale and I bought it. I’m glad I did. It was good. I’m going to read the third book in the series and then I’ll read the first one. I thought When A Heart Stops was a good stand alone, even though it is second in the series.

Serena Hopkins is a medical examiner. She’s called to the scene of a murder and discovers she knows the victim. Serena is soon working with her childhood crush, Dominic Allen. As the two investigate the crime, they soon discover there is a serial killer committing the crimes and they work hard to try to catch the killer before he or she kills again. 4.5 **** stars!

This is a good fast paced book, creepy and it held my attention. It was difficult to put down.  And! There is a gentle romance in the story.  🙂

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Have you read any books by Lynette Eason??? Do you enjoy suspense??? I’d like to hear from you.  Enjoy!

Classic Movie Friday!

Gary Cooper High Noon

High Noon (1952)

Gary Cooper

Grace Kelly

Katy Jurado

Lloyd Bridges

High Noon is my favorite western. Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) on his wedding day, receives a telegram that a convicted murderer he sent to prison has been released and is arriving on the noon train. The ex-con has nefarious purposes! Three men with evil intent are at the train station waiting for the ex-con to arrive on the noon train. The Marshal, although he attempts to get support from the townsmen, soon realizes he will face the murderer and his three nefarious friends alone. I like the word nefarious.  🙂   The Marshal’s lovely wife (Grace Kelly) wants to leave town immediately and let the new marshal handle the miscreants. However, the new marshal won’t arrive until the following day. So, Will Kane , even though he did resign as marshal, puts on his badge again and meets the villains alone.

Really good film. If you like westerns and you haven’t seen this one, you should see it. 🙂 

Enjoy!

Kneaded to Death by Winnie Archer

A Bread Shop Mystery

Ivy’s mother is tragically killed in a hit and run accident. As a result of her mother’s death, Ivey comes home to Santa Sofia, California. So, Ivy and her family are trying to find their way without Mom.

Ivy, shattered from her mother’s death joins a bread baking class at Yeast of Eden, where she meets Olaya Solis the owner of the bakery. Shortly after the class begins, a member of the group is discovered murdered and thus begins the sleuthing.

This book is not only a cozy mystery, this story is about grief. I thought this was a good cozy, it certainly kept me thinking! While Ivy was baking bread and sleuthing, Buck Masterson is causing trouble in the historic district. Penny Bradford (an elderly woman living in the historic district) convinces Ivy to assist her in spying on Buck to determine what he is skulking around about. Penny and Ivy were quite a pair of detectives!

This cozy isn’t funny but it does have a message. I liked it and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

4.5 **** stars!

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Top Ten Tuesday!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Love Freebie (romances, swoons, OTP’s, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.) This meme is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. 

I’m going to list ten favorite couples. There are so many more than these ten, but these couples are definitely some of my favorites! I don’t read a lot of romance novels, so not all of these couples are from romance novels.

~ The Lady and the Lionheart  by Joanne Bischof

Charlie Lionheart and Ella Beckley.

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~ The Greatest Showman

P.T. Barnum and Charity Barnum.

While this wonderful couple aren’t in a book I read, I wanted to include them. I love this film and I love this extraordinary couple!  🙂

Step into the most thrilling world of showbiz and how it all began in the most anticipated musical “The Greatest Showman” overflowing with a talented cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya...

~A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

Rebekah Carrington and Nathaniel Whitcomb. 

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~ The Moon Stands Still by Sibella Giorello

I love Raleigh Harmon and Jack Stephanson. When I’m not reading one of their books, I miss them. 🙂  This is the Raleigh Harmon Series and I recommend you start reading at the beginning with the first book.  🙂

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~ Seeking Refuge by Ruby Mae O’Dell

Isaac Sawyer and Joyce Watson.

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~ The Cottage by Michael Phillips

Loni Ford and David Tulloch.

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~ The White Feather Murders by Rachel McMillian

Gem Watts and Ray DeLuca are in the Herringford and Watts Mysteries. Once again I recommend you start reading at the beginning. Although they are not a couple, I think Jasper and Merinda would make a great couple. Just saying!  🙂

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~ Finding Promise by Scarlett Dunn

Parker Sinclair and Jake McBride.

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~ The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

Sarah Hollenbeck and Pastor Ben.

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~ Murder at the Vicarage

Griselda and her husband the Parson are a hoot!  🙂  I love this fictional couple.

“She is not in the least meek.” ~Agatha Christie

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Happy Reading!!!

 

 

 

Ramblings and What Not ~

Hello. “Come in, — Come in! and know me better man.” ~Charles Dickens. Here, let me take your coat and hat. Sit down, make yourself comfortable. Would you like something hot to drink? I have tea, coffee and hot chocolate. It’s -2 degrees outside, which means there is a definite absence of warmth   🙂

The Olympics is off to a great start. I have been enjoying the snowboarding, figure skating and some skiing. I watch the games as much as I am able. How about Red Gerard!!! YAY!!!

Our border collie, Rowdy is 15 years old on Valentine’s Day! A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ROWDY! bc42a768-629b-4ab3-bb29-f2a82fff1474 There she is! She’s a very smart dog. She’s a border collie, of course she’s smart! *ahem* She plays Scrabble with us! 🙂  Just a few days ago, she visited the Vet for her every 6 months elderly dog check up. She’s doing pretty good for an old girl. She’s lost 50% of her vision and she has a few fatty lumps but she’s hangin’ in there pretty darn good. If Rowdy participated in an event at the Olympic Games, her sport would be ice hockey. She would herd all the participants into position and get the job done!!!

As many of you know, Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid, is my favorite classic movie ~ ever! Woe and alas. My copy of the film disintegrated or something. Mmm. I watched it a few days ago and there were big empty gaps in the film. But! All is not lost. I bought a new one! I watched it yesterday and the new copy is perfect. All is well in the universe again! *haha*

I have read 6 cozy mysteries in the Cozy Mystery Challenge this year!  Just a recap ~

Peaches and Scream by Susan Furlong

Engaged in Death by Stephanie Blackmoore

Here Today, Gone Tamale by Rebecca Adler

Kernel of Truth by Kristi Abbott

Murder In An English Village by Jessica Ellicott

Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge

Have a great day! Spring will soon be here!

Much Love ~

Kathy