Resurrection Sunday!

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightening stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!”

Luke 24: 1-6 ~NIV

Have a wonderful Easter!

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Classic Movie Friday!

 

Cary Grant in

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

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Josephine Hall

Jean Adair

Priscilla Lane

Raymond Massey

Peter Lorre

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

What a hoot! 🙂

Where do I begin? Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) and Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane) are newlyweds. The happy couple are so newly wed, the ink hasn’t dried on the license!  Just as they are ready to leave on their honeymoon, Mortimer learns his beloved aunts are murderers! That’s right, these delicate, kindly, sweet, endearing aunts are homicidal! And! Believe it or not, crazy becomes crazier in this madcap comedy!

lol. In my humble opinion, Cary Grant does his best work in comedy. I realize he is not a comedian, however, he is amazing in comedies. In this movie, he falls over a chair ~ bum sticking up! His facial expressions are rich, to say the least. He teases his aunts. His character is . . . well, I don’t really have a word for it. 🙂  And! I love the setting for the film. The sweet, little ladies live by a cemetery. On the other side of the cemetery is the preacher’s home which also happens to be the home of his bride. It’s Halloween night. Autumn is in the air, leaves are scattered on the ground.

And! To top it off, there is a dollop of creepy in this film!

CHARGE!!!

Have you seen Arsenic and Old Lace? I’d like to hear from you. 🙂

Maisie Dobbs

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Well! I’m not sure what I want to say about this book, but I’ll give it a try.

Georgina Bassington-Hope asks Maisie Dobbs to investigate the death of her twin brother, Nicholas. The authorities have ruled it an accident, but Georgina isn’t convinced it was an accident.

First, I’d like to say, I like Maisie Dobbs. I’m a fan! That’s right, I am. If you look at the reviews on goodreads, not everyone is a fan. Not at all. I think she’s fascinating. She’s the daughter of a costermonger. I don’t want to go into her entire history, but she had an interesting education and she served as a nurse during World War I. Now she is an investigator/psychologist. She investigates interesting cases and they all seem to lead back to the war at some level.

Billy is Maisie’s assistant and he is wonderful. He is always willing to help Maisie in any way he can and I think it would take Maisie twice as long to investigate and solve her cases if it wasn’t for Billy. He’s worth his weight in gold!

I’m reading or listening to the books in order and this is the fourth book. I liked it. I gave it five stars on goodreads. However, my favorite at this time is “Birds of A Feather.” That will probably change as I continue to read her books.

Happy Reading!

 

 

Tuesday Teaser! #TuesdayBookBlog

Tuesday Teaser is a weekly 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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Who doesn’t love Anne of Green Gables? There are three volumes in this one book and I am thoroughly enjoying them. I think this is the third time I’ve read these delightful stories! And! I have more than one copy of all these wonderful stories. The author is ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery!

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Avonlea

Anne’s House of Dreams

“She was a little lady with snow-white hair beautifully wavy and thick, and carefully arranged in becoming puffs and coils. Beneath it was an almost girlish face, pink cheeked and sweet lipped, with big soft brown eyes and dimples . . . actually dimples. She wore a very dainty gown of cream muslin with pale-hued roses on it . . . a gown which would have seemed ridiculously juvenile on most women of her age, but which suited Miss Lavendar so perfectly that you never thought about it at all.” ~Anne of Avonlea

Do you have a favorite quote from Anne of Green Gables? If you do, please, share that quote with me. I’d love to hear from you.

Has anyone seen  Anne of Green Gables (2016), with Ella Ballentine, Sara Botsford and Martin Sheen? I haven’t seen it and I was wanting your thoughts. Thanks.

Classic Movie Friday!

Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940):

Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)

Sidney Toler

Victor Sen Yung

An escaped convict!

Plastic surgery!

A dark and stormy night!

A dark, creepy wax museum!

Sinister Characters!

What more could you possibly want??? AND! We have Charlie Chan and his son, Jimmy, on the case!

I really enjoy Charlie Chan movies! Three different actors portrayed Charlie Chan ~ Warner Orland, Sidney Toler and Peter Ustinov. Of the three, Sidney Toler is my favorite.

In the midst of solving puzzling mysteries, Jimmy Chan and his famous dad have a comical relationship. In spite of Jimmy’s antics and bumbling, he can effectively skulk around and discover information his father needs to help him solve cases.   Jimmy is so proud of his father and wants to be involved in his dad’s sleuthing. The father and son have a comical relationship.

If you enjoy mysteries, I recommend Charlie Chan! 🙂

Have you seen any Charlie Chan movies???

Cozy Mystery Challenge!

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Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge ~ Goodreads

Yesterday I finished reading my first ten cozies in the cozy mystery challenge!

BANG THE DRUMS!

 BLOW THE KAZOO!

SOUND THE HORN!

Here are the ten ~

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culinary ~ A Pizza to Die For by Chris Cavender

****4 stars!

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animal related ~ The Cat Who Turned On and Off by Lilian Jackson Braun

****4 stars!

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craft related ~ Death by Cashmere by Sally Goldenbaum

****4 stars!

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paranormal ~ As many of you know, we can switch one genre. I don’t read much paranormal, so this was the sub-genre I did the switch. 🙂  I read ~

Just Killing Time by Julianne Holmes

****4 stars!

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British ~ The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

***3 stars!

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career based ~ To Have and To Kill, by Mary Jane Clark

***3 stars!

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holiday ~ Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicky Delany

****4 stars!

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travel mystery ~ Huckleberry Finished by Livia J. Washburn

****4 stars!

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historical mystery ~ Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

*****5 stars!

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freebie ~ Blown Away by Clover Tate

*****5 stars!

My favorites, in no particular order, were~ Just Killing Time by Julianne Holmes, Blown Away by Clover Tate and Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.

On to the next ten books of my choice! 🙂 I’ve already read a couple of books I intend to include in the next ten cozies.

Happy Reading!

Cozy Mystery Challenge!

I’m a little tired, so I’m not sure how this will go. There are ten sub–genres in the cozy mystery challenge and Level 2 was reading one mystery in each sub-genre. Well! YAY! I finished my last cozy in the ten! However, I’m not finished. I still need to read ten cozy mysteries of my choice.

The final sub-genre, I read, was one holiday based cozy (set during any holiday ~ Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc).

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany

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Rudolph, New York is all about Christmas. They live, breath, eat and sleep Christmas. Merry Wilkinson owns her own Christmasy business and enters a float in the Christmas parade. Well, the season begins to run amuck when the tractor pulling her float in the Christmas Parade doesn’t start. And then, to make matters worst, a man is found dead in the snow one night.

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen was a nice holiday mystery. It wasn’t captivating, it didn’t grab me, it was a nice Christmasy read.

There were a few characters who captured my interest. I like Merry’s parents. Her dad was the town’s Santa Claus and the former mayor. He was an intelligent man and had some good ideas and comments to make in the story.

Merry’s mother was a former diva in the opera. She no longer performs in said opera, however, she teaches voice lessons to anyone who wants to learn to sing.

I also liked Detective Simmons. She didn’t jump to conclusions. She listened to people and patiently did her job.

Overall, I liked the story. 4****stars.

Happy Reading!