'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

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

This is a wonderful allegorical tale written in 1678. I have a very old print copy and I love it. Pilgrim's Progress is the best selling book in the English language of all time beside the Bible. The Guardian listed it #1 in a list the 100 Best Novels. John Bunyan wrote it while in prison for 10 yrs.

Bunyan was born on November 28, 1628 and in honor of his birthday a new unabridged edition of the original first part of his book is being release in digital format for FREE! There is also a short biography of Bunyan and the preface to this edition was written by John Newton in 1776 to introduce an old version of the book that included his annotations. This preface was discovered by Tony Reinke, biographer of Newton, and is included now in print for the first time in over a century.

If your interested in reading this classic and I think everyone should, you can get your digital copy here in 3 different formats.

Peggy Ann

P.D. James Died This Morning

Author P.D. James, creator of Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh, dies peacefully at her home this morning. She was 94.

Read the article noting her passing in The Guardian

Read her obituary  
I was so surprised to read that not only her mother but her husband were in asylums and that she was an administrator over 5 psychiatric hospitals!

Her bibliography

On this American Thanksgiving I'm thankful for all her good tales!

Peggy Ann

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Free Thanksgiving Book and More!

It's snowing lightly at my house this morning! Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I found this wonderful historical-fiction book free on Noisetrade! Sounds really good so I wanted to share it with you because I am thankful for all my wonderful blogging friends!

Thanksgiving by Ellen Cooney

Book Description:
One family. One meal. One table. 350 years.

This remarkable novel follows one New England family from 1662 to the present day in a series of stunning November vignettes. The novel opens with the killing of a turkey and a family secret that will be carried forward through successive generations. The reader comes to know the strong women of the Morley family, whose wisdom and humor is evident through each successive generation as they view the world mainly from their positions in the kitchen. Each chapter title is a food or ingredient used in preparing the Thanksgiving meal. As the reader moves briskly through time with the many generations, we come to know the family truths and lies, the meanings concealed in important family possessions, in ways not possible for the current Morley generation. This adds great appeal and presents us with a delicately crafted narrative quilt containing all the generations past and current in a way that says more about personal human history than the typical war-filled historical novel.

You do not have to join or form an account or use your Facebook account. Look at the bottom of the box that will pop up and click on 'No Thanks..." I am not sure if this will be available in the ,but if you try let me know if it does work for you.

Also today these mysteries are free! I'm not sure how long these are available free!

Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand
A missing girl.
A corrupt investigation.
They thought they could get away with it, but they forgot one thing:
Roland March is BACK ON MURDER
 Houston homicide detective Roland March was once one of the best. Now he's disillusioned, cynical, and on his way out. His superiors farm him out on a variety of punishment details...until an unexpected break gives March one last chance to save his career. And his humanity.
 All he has to do? Find the missing teenage daughter of a Houston evangelist that every cop in town is already looking for. But March has an inside track, a multiple murder nobody else thinks is connected. Battling a new partner, an old nemesis, and the demons of his past, getting to the truth could cost March everything. Even his life.

Without a Trace by Colleen Coble
Rock Harbor Series book 1

 Bree thinks a plane crash took the lives of her husband and young son, but her son Davy survived the accident. Can she find him before it’s too late?
 It’s been months since the crash. K-9 search-and-rescue worker Bree Nicholls knows the chances of finding her husband and son in the vast wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula grow more remote by the day. But her heart and her faithful dog, Samson, demand she keep searching.
Deep in the woods a young boy wakes in a tiny cabin. He’s being nursed back to health by a reclusive woman, but he can’t figure out why she calls him by a name he doesn’t recognize. Or why she’s calling herself his mother. He wants to leave, but as winter sets in, his very life depends on her care.
 Meanwhile, Bree’s relentless determination to find her family has uncovered a violent crime. With the help of Park Ranger Kade Matthews, she discovers the violence may be linked to the plane crash that took her family. Could solving the crime bring her peace with her own loss? Or, more incredibly, reunite her family?
 Set in the untamed beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Rock Harbor novels draw readers into the life and adventures of a canine search-and-rescue team as it unravels the secrets of an enchanting wilderness.

I've read this whole series and it is very good! Love the setting. This one is not available for free in the UK though.

Peggy Ann

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Free Books Today

File Size: 564 KB
Print Length: 324 pagesThis book has a 5 star rating with 45 reviews!
'Mrs. Mike' is a love story, a true story; the story of Katherine Mary O’Fallon, a sixteen year-old Irish girl from Boston, and Sergeant Mike Flannigan of the Canadian Mounted Police who meet at her uncle’s ranch in Alberta, Canada where she is sent to recover from pleurisy. They meet, they court, they marry and, following Mike’s orders, move to Hudson’s Hope far into the interior of Alberta.
But it is more than a love story between two people: it is also a love story of the land and animals, of the beavers and the ice, the northern lights and the fires, of whooping cough and whiskey running. It is a love story of the First Peoples and their struggles, the immigrants and their hopes and all the people who came and went through Mike and Kathy’s lives. 


There are puzzle books for ereaders free today too
Puzzles 100
Puzzles 101
Puzzles 102

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Hollow by Agatha Christie

Back cover:
Hercule Poirot was both annoyed and bored. Death was not amusing, and here, by way of a joke, they had arranged for him a set piece in extremely bad taste. By the side of the crowded pool a body had been artistically arranged with an out-flung arm; even some ghoulishly red paint dripped. The 'body' was spectacularly handsome, and several people stood round in unlikely poses. It was all really very amateurish.

But as he looked Poirot suddenly realised that this scene had a point of reality, a reality that hit him between the eyes like a hammer blow. For it was not red paint that dripped. It was blood.

He was looking at a dying man...

This book was first published in the UK in 1946. My Fontana Books copy was published in the UK in 1968. Although it is a Poirot book he really doesn't seem to be front and center in this story. This book is really more a story about love and relationships than the murder.

Dr. John Christow is an excellent doctor and everyone loves him. Outwardly he seems quite selfless and caring and kind, but in reality he is basically a very selfish, self-centered man. His wife Gerda worships him, waits on him hand and foot, frets over pleasing him. Yet when Poirot arrives for a luncheon date at the country home of the Angkatell's he finds Gerda standing over the body of her dying husband holding a gun. Henrietta, a family friend (maybe John's lover?) takes the gun from Gerda and 'accidentally' drops it in the pool when Poirot startles her by speaking and stepping toward her. Was she protecting Gerda or someone else? Who's fingerprints would have been on the gun besides Gerda's? Everyone in this story has a motive for wanting John dead and an opportunity to have done it, including Actress Veronica Cray his old love. She showed up after 15 years just the night before. But the whole thing looks staged to Poirot. Who was it staged for and why?

I enjoyed this Christie very much! I was convinced of the guilt of just about every character in it at some point or another and was fairly sure it was not who it was.

After reading a review for this on Pretty Sinister Books, I just had to have it. Read John's review too if you haven't already! He also has several of the covers this book was printed with through the years.

I read this book for Crime Fiction of the Year over at Past Offences. This month's year was 1946. A very good year I would say looking at all the other books reviewed for this!

Peggy Ann