Classic Movie Friday!

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)

Bud Abbott   Lou Costello   Boris Karloff

Craig Stevens   Helen Westcott   John Dierkes

My my my. Or! As my neighbor would say, “never in all my born days.”

Tubby (Lou Costello) and  Slim (Bud Abbott) Americans, are in London learning the police procedures of British law enforcement. If you can imagine??? Of course, they find themselves in a jam. The two bunglers end up in jail!  🙂  Dr. Jekyll (Boris Karloff) bails them out. *mighty kind of him* Jekyll has a ward, Vicky, (Helen Westcott) who has become engaged. Jekyll is in love with his ward, unknown to her  Jekyll has also been conducting experiments in his laboratory. As always, in an Abbott and Costello film, this movie is crazy from beginning to end. Tubby is accidentally injected with the serum that transforms Jekyll to Hyde. And! Jekyll wants his ward for himself. Good times ensue!  🙂

Have you seen any Abbott and Costello film? Which ones have you seen? Do you have a favorite?  🙂





Death Waits In the Dark by Julia Buckley


A Writer’s Apprentice #4

“Writer’s apprentice Lena London is back and better than ever when her friend, bestselling suspense novelist Camilla Graham, needs help solving a town murder that hits a little too close to home. It’s summertime, and Lena and Camilla are busy working away while a town vandal runs amok. Things get even more complicated when an acquaintance pays Camilla a not-so-friendly visit and gives her an ultimatum: reveal Camilla’s husband’s family secret, or she will. Lena assures Camilla that nothing will come of the woman’s threats, since the family has no secret’s to hide. When the woman is later found dead, they’re convinced that whatever secret she was planning to expose led to her death.” ~Berkley Prime Crime

I’ve been enjoying this series from it’s beginnings. Camilla Graham is a successful, suspense writer. She is also my favorite character in all the mysteries. There is a list of Camilla’s best selling books at the beginning of the mystery. Lena London is her assistant. Together, along with the help of very good friends, they solve the community’s mysteries.

Camilla is a strong female. Confident, self-assured, poised. She’s professional and when there is an issue to resolve, she finds the strength within herself to resolve said issue. She is a widow and does have a gentleman friend she is seeing on a regular basis.

In this mystery, a friend from the past, Jane, pays a visit to Camilla informing her, she wants justice for her family and if Camilla doesn’t do the right thing, she will publicly expose her husband’s secret. Camilla has no idea what Jane is referring to. When Jane is discovered dead, Camilla and Lena decide to investigate.

This “secret” Jane was referring to, although not murder, is a very cold case. Camilla and Lena are investigating a forty year old mystery. There are dangers along the way and someone is trying to stop Camilla and Lena from discovering the truth. Good story! Well written! I highly recommend the entire series, but, please read it in order. 5 ***** stars!

A BIG thank-you to Berkley Prime Crime!

Announcing the winner of the giveaway ~



Happy Reading!




An Artless Demise by Anna Lee Huber


Lady Darby Mystery #7

“November 1831. After fleeing London in infamy more than two years prior, Lady Kiera Darby’s return to the city is anything but mundane. A gang of body snatchers is arrested on suspicion of killing people from the streets and selling their bodies to medical schools. Then Kiera’s past rises up to haunt her. All of London is horrified by the evidence that body snatchers are at work in their city. The terrified populace hovers on a knife’s edge, ready to take their enmity out on any likely suspect. When Kiera receives a letter of blackmail, threatening to divulge details about her late husband’s involvement with the body snatchers and wrongfully implicate her, she begins to apprehend just how precarious her situation is, not only to herself, but also her new husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, and their unborn child.” ~Berkley Prime Crime

An Artless Demise is the first book I’ve read by Anna Lee Huber. I’ve seen her books on the shelves of our local bookstore many times, and have contemplated reading one, so, when my bookish friends at Berkley Prime Crime offered me the opportunity to read one of her mysteries, I went with it.

London is scared and aghast when it is discovered criminals are killing people and selling their bodies to medical schools. Kiera’s deceased husband was involved in these atrocities and Kiera’s past comes back to haunt her during this time of fear. Kiera and her new husband Gage are expecting their first child and Kiera fears for her baby and her husband. It’s a stressful time for the young couple. She receives a blackmail letter which could send shivers up anyone’s spine and the young heir of a prestigious family is discovered murdered. The heir’s father asks Gage and Kiera to investigate his son’s death and find the killer. As tensions rise in London Gage and Kiera must stop a killer before there is another victim.

This story could have been macabre or morbid with gory details, however, the author did a wonderful job writing the mystery with a very minimal amount of gruesome details. Kiera is a lovely lady with a considerable amount of strength, however, I don’t think she realizes how strong she is. Anyone who knows her, would soon realize she couldn’t possible be guilty of the heinous crimes her former husband was involved in. Gage and her friends are completely supportive and assist her in any way they are able. I thought Gage was an interesting man. He’s a “take charge” kind of guy while loving and tender toward Kiera. The streets of London and the escalating mobs are well described.

If you enjoy historical mystery, this might be the mystery for you. 3.5 *** stars!

A BIG thank-you to Berkley Prime Crime!  🙂

Announcing the winner of the giveaway ~


Congratulations Belinda!!!

Ramblings And What Not ~ Woe is me!

Hello Peoples! I have been sick for eight days! It is early in the morning. I’m drinking a cuppa hot tea and honey. I am SO very tired of hot tea and honey. When this evil disease is gone, I won’t be drinking tea for a long time. Been to the doctor twice, there isn’t much they can do ~ it’s virile. So, I suffer. 🙂  Whilst I suffer, I sleep, cough, then sleep, then cough. I start to feel better, then I relapse, then I feel better, then I relapse. It’s a miserable existence. *ahem* Rick is bearing up well whilst I suffer. How canst that be??? I think he should suffer with me! *haha*

Getting through the week.

Your favorites at the cottage in March ~

March 6, 2019 ~ Giveaway Time, Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods by Emily Brightwell

March 29, 2019 ~ Classic Movie Friday!, Live A Little (1948) Robert Cummings, Hedy Lamarr

Favorite Read in March ~


Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass

A Bookmobile Cat Mystery

Word of the Month ~

putrefy  🙂 

Much love ~






Classic Movie Friday!

Lets Live A Little, Hedy Lamarr, 1948 Photograph

Let’s Live A Little (1948)

Robert Cummings   Hedy Lamarr   Anna Sten

Robert Shayne   Mary Treen   Norma Varden

This is one crazy film!  🙂  I never thought I’d see Hedy Lamarr in a comedy, but here she is! Now! Let me see if I can get this straight. Duke Crawford (Robert Cummings) is an overworked advertising executive. The poor guy meets himself coming and going! Michele Bennett is (Anna Sten) his former fiancé. She wants him bad! She is pursuing him and that woman has tricks up her sleeve! She doesn’t give up easily. She’s in the perfume business and he wants her to sign a contract for his advertising agency. She won’t sign unless he marries her. Poor Duke is running from his former fiancé. His newest client, Dr. J. O. Loring (Hedy Lamarr) is a psychiatrist and has written a book. Of course, when the over worked Duke goes to meet the doctor, he doesn’t realize she is a woman ~ until he meets her! Oh no! Another woman!!! He doesn’t seem to want another woman in his life. He can’t sleep. He’s hearing things! Is he going crazy??? My my my. I recommend it!

I’m not sure I knew who Robert Cummings was until I saw this film. That’s him, in the photo, on the newspaper Hedy Lamarr is holding in the above image. He’s a funny guy.  🙂


Another Giveaway! Death Waits in the Dark


Hello Peoples! Berkley Prime Crime is giving away one copy of Death Waits in the Dark by Julia Buckley. This is the fourth book in the, Writer’s Apprentice Mystery.

If you would like to be included in the drawing to win this cozy mystery, just leave a comment below informing me you would like to be entered. I will then enter your name in the drawing. The winner will be announced on this blog, along with my review, Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

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

Happy Reading!

Much love ~


Giveaway! An Artless Demise


Hello Peoples! Berkley Prime Crime is giving away one copy of, An Artless Demise by Anna Lee Huber. The cover art is beautiful!

If you would like a chance to win this mystery, just leave a comment below, informing me you would like your name to be entered in the drawing. I will then enter you in the giveaway. Rick will draw the winner. He’s very good at it.  🙂

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

I will announce the winner on this blog, along with my review of the book, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Don’t be shy!  🙂

Much Love ~