Tuesday Teaser! #TuesdayBookBlog

Tuesday Teaser is a weekly book meme.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following ~

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two or three *teaser* sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • Be careful not to include spoilers ~ make sure what you share doesn’t give to much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!

Share the title and the author too; so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teasers.

Without further ado ~

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“But in my room, he only stands in the corner and watches as I unload my shopping bag. I put my dress in the laundry hamper and then stare at the photograph of Lydia. The demure smile, the curled hair.”

“The Lost Girl of Astor Street,” by Stephanie Morrill.

Happy Reading!

Cozy Mystery Challenge!

We’re in the middle of a snowstorm, so Rick and I aren’t going anywhere today. I finished listening to my audio book this morning. I would like to give a hearty SHOUT OUT to my blogging friend, Laurie! She gave me this audio book! YAY! Thank-you Laurie!

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I usually read books in the order they are written, but I decided to jump into this one without reading the first book in the series. I do have the first book. I ordered it whilst listening to, Tea with Milk and Murder. So, I will be reading the first book soon.

The author transports the reader to Oxford where Gemma owns her own charming tea room and her mother bakes delectable treats. Gemma, our sleuth, is at an art gallery for her best friend Cassie. Cassie is having an art exhibition when a young woman stumbles into the gallery, making quite a scene, but soon dies. And yes, it’s murder. At first glance, I thought it was going to be easy to solve, however, it wasn’t! *ahem* It was more complicated than I expected and I didn’t solve the mystery. I was a little surprised when all was said and done. And of course, there is a good looking CID detective and a handsome doctor thrown into the mix.

This book left me with a smile on my face. 🙂 I loved Gemma and her quirky “biddies,” and of course her colorful mother! This mystery is sure to bring on the chuckles and put a smile on your face. *****5 stars!

Classic Movie Friday!

The Greene Murder Case (1929)

William Powell

Florence Eldridge

Jean Arthur

Eugene Pallette

On December 31, every year, the Greene family get together to verify the terms of the will. This particular year, one of the family members is murdered. Philo Vance (William Powell) is asked to investigate the crime.

What just happened here??? I think I need a couple of  hours to think about this one! This was a pretty good mystery, however, it was a shocking tragedy. I gradually, over the course of viewing the film, solved the case. The mystery is based on old psychology.

This movie is so old, I thought it was a silent movie when it started! However, I googled it and the first talking film was in 1927. So there you have it! 🙂

The Greene Murder Case (1929) With William Powell, Frank Tuttle, F Elridge, Jean Arthur.:

What is the oldest film you have ever seen? Have you seen a classic silent film? Did you like it? Don’t be shy. I’d like to hear from you.

Cozy Mystery Challenge!

8527018 Career based (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.) is the next sub-genre in the cozy mystery challenge. I chose “To Have and To Kill,” by Mary Jane Clark. This is the first book in the Wedding Cake Mystery.

Piper Donovan (I love her name), is our amateur sleuth. She’s a successful actress, however, she’s fallen upon hard times and returns to her parents home to live. Her mother owns a bakery and is having problems with her vision, so when Piper learns her best friend is getting married, and her mother can’t make the cake, Piper makes the cake and becomes a cake decorator.

Unfortunately, days before the wedding, at a fund raising event, someone is murdered. Poison!

This is the first in the series and it wasn’t a bad mystery. I gave it 3.5 stars on goodreads. I thought it was sluggish in the beginning, but the author was introducing the characters and giving background information. Then it moved along at a good pace. I read right through it. It’s a nice, pleasant, easy read, however I thought it was superficial. The characters were nice and I especially liked Piper’s FBI friend and her dad! Piper’s dad was an interesting man. I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from reading it, because it is a nice, easy cozy to read. Happy Reading!

Thank-you!

Good morning everyone! Yesterday I posted a Top Ten Tuesday about adventure. Well, my followers are the best! So many of you left comments and I loved each and every comment! I had so much fun reading *whether adventurer or not* everything everyone had to say and every time I read your comments, I had a big smile on my face. When my husband got home, I shared your experiences with him. You are ALL wonderful. Thank-you for giving me a smiley day! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday!

Do you enjoy a good adventure?

Or, do you agree with Bilbo Baggins?

“We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.” ~Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit

Well! They do make you late for dinner, I’ll give him that! 🙂

However, with some encouragement from his friends, he left his comfortable home and had quite an adventure.

You might know, I’m a bit of an adventurer. That’s right, I am. I’ve piloted a Piper aircraft, floated in a hot air balloon, hiked across mountain peaks, slept in a tent numerous times, woke up to temperatures in the 20’s and 30’s, listened to coyotes howl in the night, been lulled to sleep by an owl and on and on the list goes. Yes, I think I have a bit of an adventurer in me. So, I have created a Top Ten list titled, Would you do it???

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We’re coming in for a landing. My Awesome Photography!

~ Would you do a bungee cord jump?  Look out below!!!!!!!!

~ Would you hike up to Machu Picchu? *This might make you late for dinner.*

~ Would you swim with dolphins?

~ Would you harvest tea in the Himalayas?

~ Would you live on the space station?

~ Would you dive into the ice cold water of the Northern regions, in the winter?

~ Would you participate in a flash mob?

~ Would you zip line?

~ Would you explore the Amazon Rainforest? This might be “nasty,” “disturbing,” and “uncomfortable!” 🙂

~ Would you go hang gliding?

So! Would you do it??? Let me know if you’re an adventurer. Have you participated in any of the above listed activities? Which ones? Have you participated in something that is not on the above list? Let me know what it is! 🙂 I’d love to hear from you. Enjoy!

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My Awesome Photography! 🙂 This was a great ride. Loved it!

 

Cozy Mystery Challenge

I’m participating in the cozy mystery challenge. If you’re interested, you can take a gander at Cruizin’ thru the Cozies reading challenge on goodreads or you can skedaddle on over to http://www.socratesbookreviews.blogspot.com

One of the sub-genres we are required to read for the challenge this year ~ British Cozy Mystery. I would like to say, I had a difficult time finding a British cozy I wanted to read. Oh, they’re out there, it just seemed none interested me. I guess I’m picky. *gasp* 🙂 I searched high and I searched low. I looked here and I looked there. I started reading one author, immediately didn’t like her, so I moved on. I finally yelped for help and a friend loaned me a few Agatha Raisin Mysteries.

I started at the beginning and read, “The Quiche of Death,” by M.C. Beaton.

Agatha Raisin is a 50ish year old lady who owned her own business in London. She decided to retire early, sold her business, and bought a home in the peaceful (haha) village of Carsely. Retirement isn’t going as planned, so, she tries to become more involved in the community. She enters a baking contest. That’s right, she enters a quiche in said contest. How extraordinary. Things aren’t quite what they seem when the judge ends up dead after eating Agatha’s quiche! How rude!!!

I liked the idea, death by quiche. I thought, ok, I can do that. I liked the idea of a British village and all it’s quirky characters. However, I’m not sure I  liked Agatha. I couldn’t relate to her or connect with her at all. She was different. I thought she was rude, insensitive, overly direct with people and generally not likable. I like more plot than Agatha has to offer. I did solve the mystery. This book is in a two book edition and I solved the mystery in the second story also. Mmm.

Detective Constable Bill Wong is a pretty good character. Wong and Agatha have an interesting friendship, and I liked Mrs. Bloxby, the Vicar’s wife.

This is a mystery for adults. There’s profanity in the story and inappropriate comments. In my opinion, it’s not for kids of any age. The issues are adult issues. I gave it 3*** stars on goodreads. So, I will keep searching for a British cozy mystery.

Have you read the Agatha Raisin mysteries? Do you like them? I’d like to hear from you.

Oh! The second mystery in the book, “The Vicious Vet.”

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