Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Crime Watch: Review: THE WAYS OF WOLFE

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The Digital Reader: Simon & Schuster’s Vanity Press Launches NaNoWriMo Writing Contest to Exploit More Authors

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Thanksgiving, Last Ballad, Indigo Girl...

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Thanksgiving, Last Ballad, Indigo Girl...: Reported by Jeanne Nevermore opened with a review of The Thanksgiving Book , a delightful browsing book which provides a history ...

In Reference To Murder Blog: Media Murder for Monday 11/20/17

In Reference To Murder Blog: Media Murder for Monday 11/20/17

Monday, November 20, 2017

SleuthSayers: Plotters and Pantsers

SleuthSayers: Plotters and Pantsers: by Steve Liskow Several years ago, I sat on a panel with three other writers and one of the patrons asked if we outlined or not. I said &q...

TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 11/20-26

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Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: Clubbed to Death by Ruth Dudley Edwards


At Bouchercon in October I learned that my friend Sarah Byrne and I share a mutual admiration for the satirical mysteries of the incomparable Ruth Dudley Edwards. I re-read one of them upon my return home and found it every bit as good as I remembered it. Clubbed to Death (St. Martin’s Press, 1992) is the 4th title in the Robert Amiss series. Later in the set of 12 books, released between 1982 and 2012, Baroness (Jack) Troutbeck joins him in blithely skewering the English establishment.

A historian, journalist, and prize-winning biographer, Dr. Dudley Edwards won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction for Aftermath: The Omagh Bombings and the Families’ Pursuit of Justice. Her mysteries have been shortlisted by the Crime Writers' Association for the John Creasey Award for the best first novel and twice for the Last Laugh Award for the funniest crime novel of the year.  Murdering Americans won the Last Laugh award at the 2008 CrimeFest in Bristol.

Robert Amiss is a former British civil servant, caught up in the economic roller coaster that was England in the late 1900s, always looking for some kind of revenue-generating employment. This chronic need for work sets him up beautifully to be sent undercover by his police friends into a long-established gentleman’s club to learn why the secretary of the group seems to have committed suicide in a very public, very messy way in full view of several members. That the secretary was attempting to bring order to the outdated and eccentric operations of the club, to the dismay of some of the members, only heightens police suspicions.

Amiss discovers that members of the ffeatherstonehaugh (pronounced Fanshaw) club live about 100 years in the past, consuming gargantuan meals and drinking exquisitely expensive wines while paying a pittance in membership fees. Where is the money coming from? And where is it going? He has begun to quietly sort through the club’s finances and to establish alibis while working as a live-in waiter when another board officer is killed. There is no question about suicide this time, and the police swarm the club looking for answers.

It would be all too easy to overlook the soundly contrived mystery amid the snickers and chortles that erupt as Dudley Edwards’ incisive wit pokes and prods London’s clubs, public schools, the English language, pomposity, and posh accents. I particularly enjoyed the joke about The Economist, Dudley Edwards’ former employer. Yet focusing only on the humor does this well-plotted amateur detective story a great disservice. Mystery readers unfamiliar with the series will find this title a good place to start.

·         Hardcover: 190 pages
·         Publisher: St Martins Press (September 1, 1992)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 0312081634
·         ISBN-13: 978-0312081638


Aubrey Hamilton © 2017
 
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal IT projects by day and reads mysteries at night.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Update

This has been a tough weekend. After perking up a little bit yesterday morning, by early afternoon Sandi was sliding back downhill and that has continued today. She might be worse tonight than at any point since she came home. Hard to tell.

It has suddenly hit me tonight that if you have Sandi's cell phone number, you may not be aware that her phone has been broken for a couple of months and does not work. If you have our old apartment phone number, you may not know that the number has not worked for weeks. So, if you had either number and want the landline phone number here at the house, email me for the number.

Lesa's Latest Contest: Christmas Mystery Giveaway

This week, I'm giving away copies of David Rosenfelt's The Twelve Dogs of Christmas and Emily Brightwell's Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women. Details on my blog at http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S. only, please.

Lesa Holstine 

Jerry's House of Everything: FORGOTTEN BOOK: THE MAGIC MIRROR

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sweet Freedom Blog: Fridays's "Forgotten" Books: The Links to the Reviews and More

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A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: INTERVIEW WITH LAUREAN BROOKS!

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Do Some Damage: My Big Ol' Texas Book Tour by Eryk Pruitt

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KRL This Week Update for 11/18/17

In honor of Thanksgiving we are mostly focusing on food mysteries this week in KRL-check out this article about the food mysteries written by Alexander Campion http://kingsriverlife.com/11/18/food-wine-sex-and-alexander-campions-capucine-culinary-mysteries/
 
Also in KRL this week a review & giveaway of "Secrets & Pies" by Jenny Kales, & a fun Thanksgiving guest post by Jenny which includes a recipe http://kingsriverlife.com/11/18/secrets-and-pies-by-jenny-kales/
 
And reviews & giveaways of a Thanksgiving feast of food mysteries-"Asking for Truffle": A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James, "Dead and Ganache": A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery by Colette London, "The Secret, Book & Scone Society" by Ellery Adams, "Assault and Buttery": A Popcorn Shop Mystery by Kristi Abbott, "The Great Chili Kill-Off": A Fresh Baked Mystery by Liv Washburn, and "The Quiche and the Dead": A Pie Town Mystery by Kirsten Weiss. http://kingsriverlife.com/11/18/food-mysteries-for-your-thanksgiving-holiday/
 
Also a review & giveaway of "Fixing to Die" by Miranda James, Author http://kingsriverlife.com/11/18/fixing-to-die-by-miranda-james/
 
We also have a review & giveaway of "Dipped" by Elaine Macko and a fun holiday guest post by Elaine http://kingsriverlife.com/11/18/dipped-by-elaine-macko/
 
Also up a review of "The Party Line" by Karen Alkofer. While it is a YA novel, it also is a bit of a spy novel with a different kind of twist http://kingsriverlife.com/11/18/the-party-line-by-karen-alkofer/
On KRL News & Reviews we have a review & giveaway of "Cold as Ice" by Julie Mulhern and the book involves Thanksgiving! http://www.krlnews.com/2017/11/cold-as-ice-by-julie-mulhern.html
 
And a review & giveaway of "Skeletons in the Attic" by Judy Penz Sheluk, along with a fun holiday guest post & recipe from Judy http://www.krlnews.com/2017/11/skeletons-in-attic-judy-penz-sheluk.html
 
Happy Thanksgiving
Lorie


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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller

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Mystery Fanfare: Thanksgiving Mysteries: A List

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Hospice Update

The first of what will be many visits by hospice staff just finished. The nurse spent an hour and a half with us assessing Sandi and our needs. The meds that were supposed to be here this morning won't be here until Monday or more likely Tuesday as they were not ordered yesterday as promised. Fortunately, most of the drugs she is still on I already have and the nurse had some stuff to give us in their "comfort kit" for pain and support.

The nurse also showed me a couple of tricks to make moving Sandi a little easier while she helped me change her and clean some things up. That should help as I had really been hurting myself trying to do things the way I was used to doing them.

It appears right now she will have an aide here four times a week to help with a shower and other things. Nurses will be here twice a week.

I am still overwhelmed, but not as much as I was last night.


The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 11/14/17

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 11/14/17

In Reference To Murder Blog: Mystery Melange for 11/16/17

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sandi Is Home


Sandi came home at just after six tonight and is now sleeping. This picture was taken by Scott in our den just after she arrived and the very nice ambulance crew had left. Hospice at home has begun and a DNR order is in place. I am beyond upset and feeling completely overwhelmed.