'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon

Publisher: Poison Pen Press for British Library Crime Classics
Genre: British Library, General Fiction, Crime Classics, Mysteries/Thrillers
Paperback 256 pages
ISBN: 9781464204913
Publication Date: Sept. 1, 2015

My Source: Netgalley

'Richard Temperley arrives at Euston station early on a fogbound London morning. He takes refuge in a nearby hotel, along with a disagreeable fellow passenger, who had snored his way through the train journey. But within minutes the other man has snored for the last time – he has been shot dead while sleeping in an armchair. Temperley has a brief encounter with a beautiful young woman, but she flees the scene. When the police arrive, Detective Inspector James discovers a token at the crime scene: a small piece of enamelled metal. Its colour was crimson, and it was in the shape of the letter Z. Temperley sets off in pursuit of the mysterious woman from the hotel, and finds himself embroiled in a cross-country chase – by train and taxi – on the tail of a sinister serial killer. This classic novel by the author of the best-selling Mystery in White is a gripping thriller by a neglected master of the genre.'

A rollercoaster ride of 48 hrs. on the trail of a serial killer. It was love at first sight for Richard Temperley and he was determined to find the girl from the hotel and do whatever he could to help her and keep her safe. Three murders plus in just 48 hrs.! In a race against the police to find Sylvia first and a cat and mouse game with the killer to keep her safe, will Richard solve the mystery and get the girl? Richard takes us on a winding, frantic search from town to town. Will the police figure it out in time and be there when he needs them?

Having read and loved The Mystery in White by Farjeon I was delighted to get a chance to read this one.  Not as good in my option, The 'mystery' of what was done specifically to the killer by the person he was after wasn't explained enough for me. But an excellent, tense, read to the last page, good mystery! I highly recommend Farjeon and British Library Crime Classic, which we can now get here in the US through Poison Pen Press! Thanks!

Purchase this book:
Poison Pen Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Peggy Ann

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New Used Book Additions

I promised you a list of the books I recently acquired during our trip to Lake Erie so here you go...

Love Over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith, third in the 44 Scotland Street series
Detection Unlimited by Georgette Heyer
The Patient in Cabin C by Mignon G. Eberhart
The Nine Wrong Answers and The Corpse in the Waxworks both by John Dickson Carr
and three by Arthur W. Upfield, a new author for me!
The Mountains Have a Secret , Death of a Swagman, and An Author Bites the Dust

Also 3 books not pictured as I've already loaned them out...
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor

Friday we went to a local Flea Market and I picked up these two for a dime a piece...
No Love Lost by Margery Allingham
Charlie Chan Carries On by Earl Derr Biggers

This is why I gave up doing reading challenges that involve reading whats on your TBR shelfs!

Have you read any of these and what did you think if you did?

Peggy Ann

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Long and Short of It

New haircut in September 2012

3 years later!

Ready for Tennessee too! Go Vols! Their college teams are the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee is called the volunteer state.

Peggy Ann

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It's Official

Retirement is in. Bossman put in his papers today and November 30th is his last day! 38 years! Feeling excited and scared silly. Going to Tennessee the end of September to look at houses. I have to get busy finding a realtor and getting places lined up to look up. We'll stay a week. Hopefully we find something right away. This looking out of state is all new to us. Having the travel trailer to stay in while we do is nice though. Then we have to get this place sold! Exciting and scary!

On another note, the computer is dead. This morning I went looking and came home with a new one. I splurged and got a Mac. It was only $300 more so I thought 'go for it!' Can't wait to get it up and running. My, how technology has changed in just the 6 years since I bought my last computer.

We were away last weekend up in Erie at the lake. Found a used bookstore! But it's late so what books I found will have to wait until next time!

Good night!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It Could Happen to You by Isla Dewar

Rowan has always cherished an ambition to travel. She didn't just leave the small Scottish town where she grew up; she fled from it as fast as she could. Now she's become expert at metropolitan living; she could walk by a million faces and not notice any of them. and her dream is almost within her grasp.

When Rowan does start packing her bags, she has to find room for one very unexpected item. And she's headed not for exotic shores but back to Scotland. There, she feels at first like nothing more than a source of good gossip. But as she discovers that no on is quite who she thought they were, Rowan begins to see that home could be where she'll find what she was looking for after all...

This story delves into how we might not 'see' the whole picture when we look into other people's lives. Their circumstances and they themselves might not be what we perceive. Speaks to wishing we had someone-else's life or family or job.  When Rowan comes home from being in the 'big city'  those preconceived ideas start quite a few little ripples in the fabric of life in the village and everyone's lives are changed.  

I liked Rowan and I liked Ms. Dewar's writing. This is the first book I've read by her. I picked it up while I was in Scotland. I'll be looking for more! 

**Having trouble with the desktop computer. Keep getting the 'blue screen of death' as I've seen it referred to online. So far I've managed to get it back up and running but it eventually goes back to the blue screen. So I guess a new one is in the cards. Going away camping again though so it will have to wait. If you don't hear from me for awhile it's computer issues. 

Peggy Ann 

Friday, August 14, 2015

High Rock

I'm at my son's house in Maryland this week. His mother-in-law and I brought the kids bikes and a few other things that wouldn't fit in the car when they went home from their summer stay with me.
They live in a gorgeous valley right on the Maryland-Pennsylvania line and the Appalachian Trail crosses the mountain that their house sits at the foot of and spills right out almost at their doorstep. At the top of the mountain there is a place called High Rock and you can see absolutely the entire valley surrounded by mountains. We took a ride up the other night to watch the sun set and I just have to share these views with you!
It's a shame people over the years have written graffiti all over the rocks. Paul said young people party up there at night. The police go by regularly and move people along but it's a losing battle. People have fallen to their deaths there too. The rocks are very slippery because of the paint from the graffiti.

There is also a lake at the top of the mountain that was used for ice harvesting until the mid- twenties. They used it for shipping meat, dairy and produce. The land was later used as a National Guard training camp and then an intelligence training center during WWII. Now it is a park. It's for sale though and I have a feeling it may be luxurious condos one day soon!
We took blankets out late last night and laid in the yard and watched the meteor shower! Very cool! But I didn't get any pics of that. Went to bed vary late and then the kids and I couldn't stop giggling in bed and mom had to yell at us to go to sleep. Fun times!