Sleeping Murder: Miss Marple’s Last Case

by Agatha Christie

series: Miss Marple book 13

 

 

 

Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernize the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs. In her fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they were to solve a “perfect” crime committed many years before.

 

 

 

Sleeping Murder is a relatively unknown Miss Marple book, or at least for me it was. I hadn’t heard of this one but found it at Half Price Books when I went Agatha Christie shopping. The premise behind the book sounded so good. I enjoyed the slow to unfold story line and the cast of characters were great.This one reminded me a lot of my all time favorite of her’s And Then There Were None. Gwenda goes to England ahead of her husband to find and establish a house for them to live in. She is drawn to one in particular and starts to have visions of a time when she was just a toddler. She finds that a bit off since she grew up in New Zealand. Upon some sleuthing of her own she finds out she did indeed live in that house before. Her visions turn sinister when she see’s a murder through her 3-year-old eyes. Can her, her husband and new friend Miss Marple get to the bottom of things or should they just let it be…

Well if you know Miss Marple and Agatha Christie they can’t just let it be

Agatha Christie really is the Queen of Mystery and if you haven’t read her please try to pick up one. My middle grade reader loves Agatha Christie books and for the most part they are fine for her. This one does mention adult situation in 3 sentences for a total of 15 words. Nothing she hasn’t heard on Teen Wolf. I’m really glad I read this one and a bit sad as well. She wrote this as well as another one to be published after her death as a farewell to Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. I really wish she had written Sleeping Murder way before since I really enjoyed the husband and wife sleuthing team of Gwenda and Giles. Guess if I want a team I’ll just have to read the Tommy and Tuppence book series.

So if you are a fan of mysteries, thrillers and suspense grab Sleeping Murders from your local library or bookstore. If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie and haven’t read this one yet you simply must, it was so good!

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Pupcakes

by Annie England Noblin

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All she wants is a settled-down life.

What she gets is a dog—and a whole new normal . . .

There he stood in the doorway: overweight, depressed and nearly homeless—a pug named Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy was Brydie Benson’s latest problem, arriving on top of her messy divorce and sudden move. Brydie needed a place to start over, so this rent-free home seemed a great idea. She just never counted on Teddy, or his owner, the Germantown Retirement Village’s toughest customer, Pauline Neumann.

And because rent-free doesn’t mean bills-free, Brydie gets a night-shift job at a big-box grocery. Whoever guessed there were so many people who wanted baked goods after midnight?

Then, she gets an idea—why not combine her baking skills with her new-found dog knowledge? And so her store Pupcakes is born. Along with a new start comes a possible new love, in the form of Nathan Reid, a local doctor with a sassy Irish Wolfhound named Sasha. And as fall turns to winter, and then to Christmas, Brydie begins to realize that life is a little bit like learning a new recipe for puff pastry—it takes a few tries to get it just right!

The cover is what sold me on this book. I mean I’m not a pug person but Teddy is so cute on this cover I had to read it. I have had Sit! Stay! Speak! in my TBR pile for a long time again the cover sold me, but have never picked it up. I will be picking it up right away. If it is as good as Pupcakes I’m going to be upset I haven’t read it before now. Pupcakes has a great cast of characters and a sweet story line. This is one of those books that I just fell for and while some character’s had there moments I liked them all. Brydie needed to start over new after losing her bakery that she ran with her now ex husband and going through a divorce in a small town. She ran to her best friend’s town and there she was able to start a new life for herself. She was working in a bakery again on the next town over, baking dog treats on the side and building up quite alot of repeat and new customers. She was taking care of a cute little dog and house since the owner is in a nursing home. Teddy Roosevelt is just like every dog I’ve owned he get’s in the trash, has accidents after just coming in from being let out, he eats things that he isn’t suppose to and sleeps all day! I could relate to Brydie’s dog dilemma’s. I liked how each set of chapters was grouped by month, October, November and December, then you had a final chapter taking place 1 year later. Brydie finds love again in the doctor that makes he rounds at the nursing home that Pauline is living at. They are not all sunshine and roses they have some big fights and disagreements. I liked that it wasn’t always smooth sailing. So many romance books it is head over heels sunshine and roses from start to finish. That is partly why I’m not a fan of romance books. Brydie has to bring Teddy for weekly visits since both Pauline and Teddy miss each other. Through out the book Brydie and Pauline forge a great little friendship they are  just what each other needs to heal from the past and be ready to face what is ahead. I loved their friendship as well and it was almost like Pauline was the mom/grandma that Brydie has been needing as well as Brydie is the daughter Pauline never had. This was a great holiday book and I will be looking into reading more Annie England Noblin books.

I know this has nothing to do with the book. In a way it kinda does but I just have to say I really wish the elderly could take their animals with them to the nursing home. I know it would be total chaos with those animals and some can’t really take care of them but it just makes me sad. Pet’s become family both for us and them, and it makes all involved very sad to be separated. Have you ever looked at all the tags where the dog or cat at a shelter has been an owner surrender? It always makes me wonder if it is the case of an elderly person who couldn’t take them with them when they went to a nursing/assisted living home. OK I’m done this book just kinda touched base on it and it is something that I wish could change.

 

 

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Annie England Noblin lives with her son, husband, and three dogs in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated with an M.A. in creative writing from Missouri State University and currently teaches English and communications for Arkansas State University in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Her poetry has been featured in such publications as the Red Booth Review and the Moon City Review. She spends her free time playing make-believe, feeding stray cats, and working with animal shelters across the country to save homeless dogs.

Thank you so much William Morrow and Harper Collin’s Publishing for allowing me to read Pupcakes. I enjoyed every minute of this book and was sad when it ended. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

Noelle

by Greg Kincaidas

series: A Dog Named Christmas

 

 

In this fourth installment of the poignant stories of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas, matriarch Mary Ann McCray is determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the role as Crossing Trail’s first woman Santa Claus. Mary Ann, always a bit of a rebel, is looking to offer a more progressive voice in the staunchly conservative town at Christmastime and has a few ideas up her red velvet sleeves.

 

 

Noelle is a part of a series it is book 3. I also found out that Hallmark made these books into movies? I’m not sure about that but they would make for good Hallmark or Lifetime movies. I enjoyed Noelle and liked the story and enjoyed most of the characters. I didn’t really have all their backstories and all since I haven’t read A Dog Named Christmas, A Christmas Home or the prequel novella Christmas With Tucker. If they are as good as this sweet book I know I would enjoy them. This book works OK as a stand alone but I do think I would have really loved it more if I had read the previous books. I would have been more invested in the McCray family and the town.  I did like that the very first pages brings forth a hard to talk about issue of puppy mills. You learn that this is how Todd gets his puppy Elle. The author tackles many heavy subjects besides puppy mills. He tackles unemployment, divorce, alcoholism, and many more real life problems in this little book. If you like sweet stories, stories centered around families and pets or just looking for a good holiday read grab: Noelle as well as Christmas with Tucker, A Dog Named Christmas and A Christmas Home. This is a book I would recommend to anyone looking for some holiday themed books to read over holidays.  It will put you in the mood now if only I could have read it while it was snowing outside. 🙂

Thank you Blogging for Books and Random House books for sending me a copy of Noelle. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book. 

Chasing Christmas Eve

by Jill Shalvis

Series: Heartbreaker Bay however it is a stand alone

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I will say I haven’t read books 1 – 3 of the Heartbreaker Bay series. I usually don’t go for sappy romance books. Every now and then I will pick one up, however if it takes place during Christmas I’m all for it. I thought this book sounded really sweet and a nice light read. I was right I really enjoyed Chasing Christmas Eve. I’m going to be checking out more from Jill Shalvis and will read the rest of the series as well as grab books 1-3 from my library soon. If you’re looking for a holiday, winter themed book that is sweet than Chasing Christmas Eve might be just the book.

 

 

 

About the Book:   Meet cute…   Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long.

Make merry…

Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot—chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself… just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she “gets” Spence immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

…and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

 

 

 

Thank you HarperCollins and Avon books for allowing me to read Chasing Christmas Eve. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

The B.T.C Old Fashioned Grocery Cookbook

Alexe Van Beuren and recipes by Dixie Grimes

 

 

 

recipe-complemented tribute documents the transformation of a small Mississippi town from a crumbling shadow of past times to a vital railroad hub and agricultural business center, describing the pivotal role of a simple grocery and prepared foods store in promoting empowered community life.

 

 

What started as place to catch up with friend and family while eating some good down home food, it has become so much more. The B.T.C Old Fashioned Grocery has become the heart and soul of the little town of Water Valley Mississippi. The B.T.C. Old Fashioned Grocery has as motto “Be The Change” and it has done just that. This grocery and diner has brought the community together and is just a quint little mom and pop type store that use to be the heart of towns and cities.

The B.T.C Old Fashioned Grocery Cookbook is full of down home, comfort food. From Banana Bread that is super moist and very yummy, to skillet biscuits and sausage gravy. It also has the recipe for chocolate gravy that my husband grew up with and was very happy to know I now have the recipe. I tried it and I love chocolate but this is not a fave of mine. It also has  a recipe for tomato gravy which sounds yummy and a great way to start the morning off with some veggies.This winter I know the recipe for Vegetable Beef Soup with Butter Beans will be a staple in this house! Along with their Down Home Tomato Soup. I l really enjoy soups and make a big pot of it and eat on it through out the week. Add some yummy bread from the bakery and I am set! I added B.T.C’s Broccoli Salad and English Pea Salad to my end of summer menu, let me tell you they are just as good the next day!

The number 1 recipe I LOVE and make weekly is Coulter’s Red Beans and Rice! Oh my how I love a big old pot of Red Beans and Rice, I was so happy when I found good old chicken andouille sausage in my local grocery store. We have it but it’s usually so expensive but they now carry authentic andouille from the good ole south that is maybe a tiny bit healthier. Coulter’s Red Beans and Rice is just like you would get in Louisiana!  Plus they include the recipe for perfect white rice. I  know what your thinking brown rice is healthier and better for you, but for me white rice is Red Beans and Rice! 🙂

All and all I’ve used this cookbook many times and know it’s one that eventually I will have the recipes memorized from constant use. What sets this cookbook a part from other cookbooks is all the wonderful stories and tales! It makes you feel like you’re at The B.T.C Old Fashioned Grocery.

And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None was my first jump into Agatha Christie. I love a good mystery and classics so I’m not sure why it took me so long to read one of the legend’s books. This was a good one to start with because besides Murder on the Orient Express I believe this is just as popular. I also grabbed the recent movie remake from the library so I could watch the book come to life afterwards.

And Then There Were None (Book): This book was so fast pace and non stop action. Every time I thought I might know who it was they were no longer in the picture. This was a book I couldn’t put down and ended up reading it all in 1 setting. This book hooked me and I want to read and collect all of her books. I can see why she is called the Queen of Mystery. Even now so many years later her books are still so good. I’ve always said you can’t go wrong with a good classic and this proves it. The characters were all a little unlike-able but I think that was the point. They did horrible things and got away with it. What really made this atmosphere seem eerie and upped the mystery factor was the nursery rhyme and the little solider pieces. Each murder followed the nursery rhyme and then a pawn would be missing. I really liked the plot line of each character being a pawn in this persons game. It was an angle that I wasn’t expecting and really made the story fit together so well. It did read a little dated but not so much that it would be hard for the younger generations to read and enjoy it. My classic bookworm reader in the house loved it and she even figured it out. If any one ask me for some good thrills and chills books to read I will be telling them they have to read this book!

And Then There Were None (Movie): The movie did change-up some of the story line and while I knew the changes since I had just read the book it didn’t ruin the movie for me. I was fine with the changes. That being said there was  only thing I would have taken out. The party scene where they were all doing drugs. I mean yes drugs were around even back then but it didn’t really add anything important to the movie so I would have left it out. The characters in the movie seemed a little less evil and I liked them a tiny bit better than I did in the book. Most of the time I will say the book was better sometimes way better. In this case yes the book was better but for me the movie was just as good in its own right. I think if someone watched this having never read the book or any Agatha Christie books they might just go to their library or bookstore and grab some of her works.

This combination hooked my bookworm and I and we decided we are going to read and collect all of Agatha Christie’s books. We hope to find more movies or TV Shows based on the books so we can continue the Read and Watch with not only Agatha Christie but with more classics. We are making October Agatha Christie binge read and see just how many we can read. We also want to read Murder on the Orient Express before the remake comes out on the big screen November 10th.

The Perfect Recipe For Love and Friendship

by Shirley Jump

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The first book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump’s new series featuring the O’Bannon sisters.

Bridget O’Bannon is ready for a do-over. After years of pretending she had a happy marriage and denying that she missed the friends and family she’d left behind, she’s headed home to restart her life.

But working alongside her family every day at their bakery isn’t as easy as whipping up her favorite chocolate peanut butter cake. Her mother won’t give her a moment’s peace, and her sister Abby is keeping secrets of her own. And there doesn’t seem to be enough frosting in the world to smooth over the cracks forming between them.

Bridget can see the recipe for a happy life—including the possibility of a new romancewritten out before her, but first she and her family will need to lay bare their secrets and rediscover the most elusive ingredients of all: forgiveness, laughter, and love.

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When she’s not writing books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump competes in triathlons, mostly because all that training lets her justify mid-day naps and a second slice of chocolate cake.
She’s published more than 60 books in 24 languages, although she’s too geographically challenged to any of those countries on a map.