Saturday, August 30, 2014

Here are a couple of great websites for you reading pleasure:

Stop Your Killing Me is a wealth of information about mystery novels. You can find books by author, genre, and award winners to name a few.

Book Bub is a fun site for book lovers. When you register, you can choose your favorite genres and if you use Kindle or Nook,  and receive daily emails about new books YOU may enjoy. They range in price from $0 to $2.99. There are even complete sets of books for FREE. Great way to try authors you may never have heard of. I have gotten some great deals and enjoyed several new authors through Book Bub.
Have you been watching the Longmire series on A&E the past three summers? This series is based on the books by Craig Johnson:

Excellent show and books about a sheriff in Wyoming named Walter Longmire, friend Henry Standing Bear, and Deputy Victoria Moretti. The first book in the series of eight is The Cold Dish and was the basis for the t.v. series.

It looks like the series has been "cancelled" but may be picked up by another network. Fans hope so. The weekly series takes place out west. There are several standing colorful characters each with their own mysteries in their background. Small town. Living and working with the neighboring Cheyenne reservation.

If you are a fan, let A&E know you want it to continue next summer!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Just finished Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr. This is the 18th Anna Pigeon novel.

Anna is a ranger for the U.S. Parks Services. She, two of her friends and their daughters head to Minnesota for a remote camping  vacation. Anna leaves the campsite one evening to canoe on her own. Upon her return she finds her four camping companions are being held captive by, (my words) four despicable characters.  Why are these men interested in the group?  Anna keeps hidden to try to rescue her friends. As this is remote camping, there is no one else in the area and very limited resources. Oh, and they didn't bring a cell phone because the wanted to "get away from it all'. Did I mention that one of the women is a paraplegic?

This is a story of the human instinct to survive despite all odds. It is so well written, that even I was exhausted at the end of the book.

Check it out! (Sorry for the pun)

Friday, August 22, 2014

What about Poirot on Masterpiece Mystery series?

I was very disappointed to realize we only saw two of the last five episodes filmed for Season 13. And out of order, no less.

You can watch them all on - a British site for streaming TV.

The remaining 3 episodes should be released in November 2014 to PBS. Hopefully we will see them in the U.S. soon after?

The special on PBS, "Being Poirot" shown Aug. 17, 2014 was excellent. I liked the interview with David Suchet, never having seen him out of character. He took the audience on a tour of Agatha Christie's summer home in Torquay, Devon, England and introduced us to her grandson. This home is featured in the episode " Dead Man's Folly." We saw memorabilia of her home and writings. Then on to Belgian, home of Hercule Poirot. We also went for ride on "The Orient Express"!  It is very clear why David Suchet was Hercule Poirot for 25 years. He was wonderful.

 I really enjoyed learning more about Agatha Christie and her life, since she may be my all time favorite authors. Fascinating....

Hoping to see the remaining episodes soon.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

These are some of my favorite authors that I always go back to.

Susan Wittig Albert writes two series that I especially like.

The China Bayles series is set in current day Central Texas. China used to be an attorney in Houston and has given up that life to have an herbal shop in a small town.  Each of the books has an herb connected to the major theme. China also ends up in the middle of mystery and often with her friends and family.

 The Darling Dahlias set in 1930's Alabama.
The Dahlias belong to a garden club that seems to have a nose for solving mysteries in the town of Darling. I love the references to that time period. There are also old fashioned recipes, of which I have tried a few.

M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series is a hoot.
Agatha was a publisher in London who takes early retirement and moves to Carsley in the Cotswolds in England. It is a small village where she hopes to live a quiet live. But she quickly becomes bored and gets into the middle of lots of trouble. These books are quite humorous to me.

These three series are very entertaining and quick reads. Give them a try. I would recommend you start with the first book in each of the series to get the background of the characters. But each book does give a brief background of the story line also.

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah is a book I enjoyed reading last month. It may not be categorized as a mystery but the story is mysterious.

As children, a mother tells pieces of what seems to be a fairytale to her two daughters. The fairy tale is about peasants, a prince and the Black Knight. They have never heard the entire story.

On his deathbed, their father has their mother promise to tell them story. The story goes back 65 years and tells of the struggles of a family and a young girl during the war...."a captivating, mysterious love story that spans sixty-five years and moves from frozen, war torn Leningrad to modern-day Alaska."

 It is wonderfully written. This is a book that is hard to put down because you want to know the answer to the mystery!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This was my favorite thing to do in the summers when I was a kid.

The Book Mobile came once a week and parked a block away from our house. I always checked out as many books as allowed.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Messenger of Athens

I took a Mediterranean cruise by book, last month and read Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi.
This is the first in the Greek Detective series with Hermes Diaktoros as a detective from Athens.
The story takes place on a small Greek island. Hermes arrives from Athens to investigate the death of young woman whose body has washed in from the sea.

The local chief of police lets him know there is nothing to investigate and dismisses Hermes from the island.  But Hermes is sure something is amiss and carries on his investigation nevertheless. Since the local police are not interested in justice being service, Hermes serves it in his own way.

Called "the fat man" Hermes is an interesting, quirky character. He helps those that need help along with "taking care of business" when no one else will.

The description of the villagers was very interesting. Although the story seems it was set in modern day, the village ways and people still live by their old customs, which get in the way of Hermes trying to do his job.

I also liked the descriptions of the island, the homes, and the FOOD!

A great summer read.


Welcome to my blog about books!

I am a nurse by profession, but I am a book lover. I am a wannabe librarian. Or at least I “wanna” hang out in the library, look at the new books, read the books and talk to people about the books. Or the local bookstore; I could do that.

 I am not: a writer, an editor, or a publisher.  I just love reading books.

My favorite type of books to read are mysteries. But I will read the occasional other type of book as long as there is something mysterious about it.

My motto is - always take a book. You never know when you will have an opportunity to read that book you are currently reading and just don’t want to put it down.

I belong to an awesome Mystery Book Club that meets once a month. If it hadn’t been for joining this book club, I probably wouldn’t have read many of the books I have read. I tended to read the same two or three authors. I still have my favorites that I make sure I get the book next in the series but I have now found many other favorites. 

Many of my coworkers and friends ask me what I am reading now, and ask for recommendations. So I decided I would start this blog and share what I have read, authors, and information about upcoming books. 

I also have some mystery television shows that I may share.