Classic Movie Friday!

Gene Tierney and Glenn Ford: The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)

The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)

Gene Tierney   Glen Ford   Ethel Barrymore   Zachary Scott   Ann Dvorak

Barbara Bates   Helen Westcott   Richard Hylton

Jim Canfield (Glen Ford) is a man wrongly accused and convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Jim along with several other men escape a prison in Nevada. Jim is determined to kill the man who falsely testified against him in court. Jim leads the criminals to a small community in the mountains. When they arrive the convicts discover the men of the town are gone, leaving the women alone. The men want food and shelter and they have a young man sick with a fever. Jim soon finds himself in love with the fiancé (Gene Tierney) of the man he wants to kill. He also realizes the women need to be protected from his cutthroat companions. The situation becomes tense and it gets complicated as the husbands return home. There was a shoot out and they were all bad shots! Those guys couldn’t shoot the side of a barn at ten paces! It was a good story though. I liked it.


Death In the Stocks by Georgette Heyer

Publication Date: February 1, 2019

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Complimentary copy from Sourcebooks Landmark through NetGalley.

Who murdered Arnold? Not only did someone murder the poor man, his body was left in the stocks. There are several suspects ~ Kenneth, Rudolph, Leslie, Violet and Giles. Even though Giles is an attorney, I didn’t rule out Giles. They all have motive. According to all reports, Arnold was not a pleasant man, but who wanted to murder him? Inspector Hannasdye does not have an easy time investigating this mystery. The suspects babble on and on and on. Yes, there is a considerable amount of senseless talk in the story ~ such chatter! It takes a talented author to keep up with all that talk! There are a couple of surprises in the story and the plot is good. And! In spite of all the chatter, I did like the book. I liked the characters too. All of them. When the killer is revealed, I was not surprised. Goodness, nothing would have surprised me. 4**** stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Sourcebooks Landmark through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

The Coffee Club Mysteries ~ Collection of Short Stories

Publication Date: February 1, 2019

Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Complimentary Copy from Barbour through NetGalley.

This is a collection of six faith based mysteries from six different authors. All the mysteries involve the same friends who investigate and solve the mysteries. The stories are clean, no profanity and well written.

1st story ~ Coffee, Tea or Murder by Cynthia Hickey

Morgan Butler owns the coffee shop in the small town where she lives. She contacts the local handyman, Billy Bob Rankins, because she needs a new sign for her business. He orders the new sign, however, when he comes to the coffee shop to replace a lightbulb on the old sign, a temporary fix until the new sign arrives, he unexpectedly falls to his death.

It was a good whodunit short story. It did keep my attention. 3 *** stars.

2nd story ~ The Honey Hive Mystery by Dana Mentink

Penny Parsons wakes early one dark morning and hears someone walking on the gravel outside her home. After some consideration, she leaves her warm bed and cycles to the nearest neighbor’s house for help. When she arrives, she discovers he has been shot!

This one was suspenseful at times. I enjoyed it. I had three suspects and one of my choices was the killer, however, the murderous fiend was not my first choice. 4 **** stars!

3rd story ~ Chili Con Carne Murder by Candice Prentice

Evelyn Kliff discovers, Kirk Phillips, a church meal organizer murdered in the church! Evelyn’s late husband’s cousin Jonathan, is a suspect. She decides to investigate and solve the murder to help Jonathan. It was a good mystery. I didn’t solve it. 3.5 *** stars!

4th story ~ Nuts for Coffee by Darlene Franklin

It begins with a birthday party and ends with a murder! Jo Anderson is up for the challenge and does some good sleuthing to discover the identity of the killer. 4 **** stars!

5th story ~ In Hot Water by Elizabeth Ludwig

Harper and her friends go antiquing where Harper finds a jade-looking owl at an estate sale which she purchases. As a result of the owl, one problem after another is happening to Harper and her friends. They decide to learn what is so special about this mysterious owl before another incident occurs. 3.5 *** stars!

6th story ~ Nutty As A Fruitcake by Janice Thompson

Jeanine works hard in her bakery, giving whenever she can. It’s Christmas time and she’s baking fruitcakes as a fundraiser for children in Haiti. The money disappears and everyone is puzzled over this distressing thievery. Good story. It kept me guessing. 4 **** stars!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.




Ramblings And What Not ~ 2019

Hello Peoples! It’s a new year! *throws confetti* I woke up at 5:00 am!!! I’m good. Cortana tells me, it’s -5 degrees outside! Brrr. The high today is 7 degrees and sunny! I feel better already just knowing it’s going to be sunny. *haha* Rick and I decided to watch movies on New Year’s Eve. That’s right.  🙂  We tried to welcome in the New Year with movies! It was to cold to go anywhere. We normally stay home on New Year’s Eve anyway. I chose three (3) movies that had something to do with a New Year!

Still of Meg Ryan and Bill Pullman in Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless In Seattle (1993)

Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) and Walter (Bill Pullman) are dancing at a New Year’s Eve party!

After The Thin Man New Year's Eve

After The Thin Man (1936)

Nick (William Powell) and Nora (Myrna Loy) attend a New Year’s Eve party. Nick is unknowingly distracted. *haha*

The Lake House (2006)

Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock) and Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves) discover a magic mailbox that transports correspondence through time.

Yes, we did watch all three films. I kept dozing off and waking up.  🙂  I did finally fall asleep after 11:00 pm. *sigh*

I eagerly await all the adventures the New Year has to offer!

Your Favorites at the Cottage in December ~

December 14, 2018 Classic Movie Friday, Holiday Affair (1949)

December 14, 2018 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2019

December 15, 2018 Mystery Blogger Award

December 27, 2018 My Favorite Books In 2018

Bundle up in you wooly mittens, hat and scarf! Put on your boots, winter coat and hat! And trudge on over through the ice, snow and cold and visit ~

Maddy has a great blog with LOTTSA photos and friendliness!

Much love ~


Classic Movie Friday!

Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

Blossoms In the Dust (1941)

Greer Carson   Walter Pidgeon   Felix Bressart

Marsha Hunt   Fay Holden   Samuel S. Hinds

This film is the story of Edna Gladney (1886-1961). Apparently this is based on a true story. After the death of her adopted sister Charlotte (Marsha Hunt), Edna marries Sam Gladney (Walter Pidgeon). Sam operates a wheat mill. After they are wed, she discovers how unfair and horrible children without parents are treated and she decides to do something about this injustice. She fought for children in Texas. Apparently she visited every home in Texas for financial support. That’s a big task!!! The law discriminated against children whose parents were unknown and this stigma followed these children into adulthood. She opened an orphanage for these little ones and found homes for them. She had some opposition. It was not easy going at all. She leads the way to remove the stigma of illegitimacy on birth certificates and fights in the Texas legislature.

This is a story about tragedy, loss, sorrow, grief, injustice and victory!

My Favorite Books In 2018!

Hello Peoples. It’s the end of 2018 and we are in a snowstorm. The snowflakes are big and there isn’t any wind. It’s really a nice snowstorm. Below is the list of my favorite books for 2018, excluding the cozy mysteries. I participated in the cozy mystery challenge and I read more than 30 cozy mysteries this year, however, the cozies are a different list.

These favorite lists can be difficult to create, but I will do my best!  🙂  Since I liked them all so much, I didn’t list them in any particular order.

~ Paul Apostle of Christ by Angela Hunt


~ My Hands Come Away Red by Lisa McKay



~ The Trembling Hills by Phyllis A. Whitney


~ A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano


~ The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright


~ Peace In the Valley by Ruth Logan Herne


~ The Sunflower Girl by Rosanna Chiofalo


Favorite chapter books for kids ~

33413919   The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden

The VanDerBeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

The VanDerBeekers and the Hidden Garden

Much love ~