Wednesday, January 12, 2022

A Five Star Review

Five reasons I'm giving five stars to
the Wrexford & Sloane mysteries by  Andrea Penrose:

1. The setting - This mystery series takes us to
Regency London (aka Jane Austen time), both
to the glittering high society and the dark
underbelly, and dead bodies are everywhere.

2. The protagonists - Charlotte Sloane is a
satirical cartoonist with a complicated past;
the Earl of Wexford is a chemist with a 
complicated character. And they are both
wonderful characters that grow on you 
from one book to the next and a great pair.

3. Caring is sharing - Each book sees new
characters, many of them unconventional,
that join our little group of fighters for
truth and justice. Love the way they all
interact with out two main protagonists.

4. The history- The author likes to weave
important developments in science
and technology into the books. It is gently
done and adds an interesting background
to the stories.

5. In short - If you like a well plotted
mystery with excitement and twists, interesting
settings, attractive characters, a pinch
of history and a dash of romance,
they could well be the series for you.

Featured: I lined this crochet basket
with plastic lining to house a 
strawberry plant.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

A Rabbit with a Bad Habit

My little rabbit
has a very bad habit -
he likes to tweet 
while crossing the street!

I am very vexed, 
why must he text 
and not mind the way? 
has he that much to say?

Featured: A worried friend,
sitting by the window,
looking at the street.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Stay Out of My Room!

 They were really annoying,
they know what about,
I slammed the door to my room
and I'm NOT coming out!

Featured: I made door signs for 
my little nephews' rooms.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

A Five Star Review

 Five reasons I'm giving five stars to 
Murder at Madame Tussauds by Jim Eldridge.

1. The setting - We are in London, 1896, and one 
of the nightwatchmen at the Madame Tussauds museum 
is found dead while his colleague is missing. 

2. The protagonists - Daniel Wilson was once a 
Scotland Yard detective, part of the team that hunted 
Jack the Ripper. His fiancĂ© Abigail Fenton is 
an archeologist and Egyptologist. Together they are 
‘The Museum Detectives’ and they are great at it.

3. The history - There are many snippets of 
historical details in the book that never overtake the plot. 
I enjoyed learning more about the origins of the 
Madame Tussauds museum and the wax business. 

4. The tone - The tone of the book was spot 
on for me. This is not a gentle, cozy read. 
It is fairly fast paced with plenty of twists and a 
rising pile of bodies, but still not too gory or dark. 
A fun read.

5. More to come - This is the sixth book in 
the Museum Murders series (you guessed it, 
each book centers around a different museum) 
but perfect as a stand-alone. It is the 
first I've read and will now go back to read others.

Featured: I made stickers for some
handmade gifts.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Autumn Revisited

Autumn has arrived
and all were working hard
to clear the fallen leaves
and tidy up the yard.

The snail was going slowly
and chatting to the trees,
when suddenly he stopped
and gave a mighty sneeze.

The bees were not impressed,
who has time to sneeze? 
when he's so far behind,
"hurry, if you please!"

The snail was just about
to say "so sorry, bees" -
he opened up his mouth
and... gave another sneeze.

Featured: The yard is so tidy
I thought I'd do a bit of glamping
while the weather holds.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

An Ode to Autumn

Autumn has arrived,
that shy and bashful season,
it always enters quietly
as if it had no reason.

It won't outstay its welcome,
its time with us is brief,
you can see it on the sidewalk
in the face of a fallen leaf.

You can sense it in the morning
hidden in the gloomy chill,
and find it in the evening
as the day grows shorter still.

It is present in the sky,
guiding that flock of birds,
its beauty an inspiration
for prose and verse and words.

Featured: time to bring out
my winter blankets.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Lost and Found

 I lost my favorite bunny
my darling little friend,
and if I cannot find him
I think the world may end.

Featured: The little bunny
has been found, playing in the garden.
It is quite nice outside today.