'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


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Material Evidence by Bill Kirton

'The body of Stephanie Burnham is discovered by her husband when he returns to their neat suburban home after a day at the races. It looks like murder, and a particularly brutal one at that: the woman has been subjected to a savage assault and then shot at close range.

For Detective Chief Inspector Carston, newly arrived in the town of Cairnburgh, near Aberdeen, the case is a conundrum. all the evidence points to Michael Burnham as the murderer-it is common knowlede that his marriage had become a hollow sham-and yet, somehow, the pieces of the jugsaw just don't fit together.

Everyone Carston talks to paints a different picture of the victim-highflying businesswoman to middle-aged drunken depressive - and he slowly realizes that only when he has solved the enigman of Stephanie Burnham's personality will he be able to uncover the shocking truth about her death.'

241 pages

I have wanted to read this book for quite awhile. I loved the setting and the description sounded good and folks on Goodreads gave it 4 and 5 stars. For me it was only 3. I was slightly disappointed in it. Mind you, my grandkids were here and it took me a while to get it read so I was distracted. It seemed slow at first and then towards the end got more interesting and I found myself finding more time to sneak in some reading. But the end, even though it had a real good twist, was totally unbelievable for me. Disgusting actually.

Good writing, solid plot, great red herrings and I did like DCI Carston but the end blew it. The author seemed fixated with putting foreign objects in 'unmentionable places' too. Not just the main crime but the side case and another character in the book. A little over kill.

But that's just me, you can check out other reviews at Goodreads here.

This book did count for the Read Scotland 2014 challenge though! Number 17!

Peggy Ann

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Song for Sunday


 
My Jesus by Todd Agnew

Which Jesus do you follow?
Which Jesus do you serve?
If Ephesians says to imitate Christ
Then why do you look so much like the world?

Cause my Jesus bled and died
He spent His time with thieves and liars
He loved the poor and accosted the arrogant
So which one do you want to be?

Blessed are the poor in spirit
Or do we pray to be blessed with the wealth of this land
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness
Or do we ache for another taste of this world of shifting sand

Cause my Jesus bled and died for my sins
He spent His time with thieves and sluts and liars
He loved the poor and accosted the rich
So which one do you want to be?

Who is this that you follow
This picture of the American dream
If Jesus was here would you walk right by on the other side 
or fall down and worship at His holy feet

Pretty blue eyes and curly brown hair and a clear complexion
Is how you see Him as He dies for Your sins
But the Word says He was battered and scarred
Or did you miss that part
Sometimes I doubt we'd recognize Him

Cause my Jesus bled and died
He spent His time with thieves and the least of these
He loved the poor and accosted the comfortable
So which one do you want to be?

Cause my Jesus would never be accepted in my church
The blood and dirt on His feet would stain the carpet
But He reaches for the hurting and despised the proud
I think He'd prefer Beale St. to the stained glass crowd
And I know that He can hear me if I cry out loud

I want to be like my Jesus!
I want to be like my Jesus!

Not a poster-child for American prosperity, but like my Jesus
You see I'm tired of living for success and popularity
I want to be like my Jesus, but I'm not sure what that means to be like You Jesus
Cause You said to live like You, love like You,but then You died for me
Can I be like You Jesus?
I want to be like my Jesus

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. You can link up your new books or just browse the links to see what everyone else got last week!

These three came in the mail last week. Yummy!

Read about this series on a Facebook post. Vintage mystery with humor. Had to have one. Found it at paperbackswap.com

The Taste of Murder by Joanna Cannan
Read about Ms. Cannan's daughter's books over @ Pining for the West (by way of a Molly Keane post!) which got me thinking about Cannan's books. I have Death at the Dog and enjoyed it so I went in search of another one of hers!

The Woman who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home
Loved the first book in this series, The Sea Detective.

I also got several free Kindle mysteries...
The Trowie Mound Murders by Marsali Taylor
Five Six Pick Sticks by EJ Lamprey
Beyond Evidence by Emma L. Clapperton

Pretty good week all in all! Of course the grandkids are here so I don't get to read as much as usual. 

What did you get in your mailbox?

Peggy Ann




Monday's Muddle

Good morning Monday!

This is what's for dinner today! With these on the side made with zucchini from my son and daughter-in-law's garden.


15 Words That Don’t Mean What We Think They Mean. We’ve been saying it in the wrong context forever and now it’s time to stop.

Rare Tunes. Came across this when looking for a song mentioned in Treasures on Earth.  From there found this site about Scottish rare tunes. Internet Archive is pretty neat. It has all kinds of different things 'archived' from around the net.

You are more beautiful than you think! This is a must watch, ladies!

On that same note this one is just plain fun!

If you like silliness and random facts this is a fun channel. Good clean fun full of interesting stuff!

A book set in Maine I am looking forward to reading this summer! Free on Girliebooks.com

Have you ever heard of DorothyL? It's a discussion and idea list for mystery lovers. I subscribe to it and get it in my email. Lots of interesting things. Need to know how many 'sleuths' wear glasses? Probably can find out here if not you can ask and create the list for others. Sisters in Crime has a Discussion List too. And this is a brand new list that has just started up. Jim's list is specific about Books in Bookstores.

Update on the house explosion: The couple were killed from blunt force trauma and the source of the explosion was most likely a stove they had or were installing in the basement.

Fat flush water!

As the last few episodes of Hercule Poirot make their way to the airwaves in the US here is a nice interview with David Suchet.


Make a good week!
Peggy Ann

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Song for Sunday


Hold Me by Jamie Grace

(I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me)

I've had a long day I just wanna relax
Don't have time for my friends, no time to chit-chat
Problems at my job, wonderin' what to do
I know I should be working but I'm thinking of You and
Just when I feel this crazy world is gonna bring me down
That's when Your smile comes around

Oo, I love the way You hold me, by my side You'll always be
You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
I love the way you hold me, in Your arms I'll always be
You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
I love You more than the words in my brain can express
I can't imagine even loving You less
Lord, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa
Oh whoa, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa

Well Ya, took my day and You flipped it around
Calmed the tidal wave and put my feet on the ground
Forever in my heart, always on my mind
It's crazy how I think about You all of the time
And just when I think I'm bout to figure You out
You make me wanna sing and shout

Oo, I love the way You hold me, by my side You'll always be
You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
I love the way You hold me, in Your arms i'll always be
You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
I love You more than the words in my brain can express
I can't imagine even loving You less
Lord, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa
Oh whoa, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa

I'm so grateful and thankful for all You've done
Wish I could tell You in a short story or poem
But, all I have is my voice and this guitar
And You have my heart

Oo, I love the way You hold me, by my side You'll always be
You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
Oh, I love the way You hold me, in Your arms i'll always be
You take each and everyday...

Oo, I love the way You hold me, by my side You'll always be
You make each and everyday, oh so special
Oh, I love the way You hold me, in Your arms I'll always be
You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
I love You more than the words in my brain can express
I can't imagine even loving You less
Lord, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa
Oh whoa, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa
Oh, I love

(I love, I love, I love, I love the way You hold me)



brought to you this week by Isa, world's best granddaughter!

Have a blessed week!
Peggy Ann

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Little Things in Life