Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark

Being the musings of a Yorkshire lass living in the USA. I'm a book geek, bird nerd, grammar Nazi, and hockey nut.  Sarcasm is my default setting. 

Cape Fear Murders - Wanda Canada

Staying out of trouble isn't a challenge, except when your Italian ex-father-in-law is involved with organized crime, the man in your life is a former FBI agent, and you have a penchant for finding dead bodies. In the past year, contractor Carroll Davenport's life was turned upside down when she found herself in a maelstrom of corruption and political intrigue. In search of tranquility, she begins volunteering at a local public garden.


Carroll thinks she's finally put her detective days behind her, until she stumbles across an indiscreet crime scene in the Arboretum's teahouse. As if finding the bodies of a well-known local politician and his latest flame isn't bad enough, Carroll's day just goes downhill from there. She arrives home to the news that heartthrob Ben Satterwhite is lost at sea. Then Davis, her young friend and part-time employee, turns out to have leads that might help expose the perpetrator, but the information doesn't come without a price. Suddenly Carroll is unwillingly drawn back into the kind of predicament she's sworn to avoid.


Sheriff Stan Council thinks that getting her out of town is a fine idea, before he learns that she's off to attend a Vitelli family funeral. She thinks he's just being overprotective, but nothing could be further from the truth. When an attempt is made on her life, she doesn't know if it's related to the Mob or to the murders. The danger escalates when she returns home, with one disastrous event after another. Someone is determined to destroy the life she's worked so hard to build, but who? And is Carroll next on the killer's list?



I was at the Arboretum just the other week. Didn't find any bodies in the tea house though.



2019 Halloween Bingo - BLACKOUT!!

And here it is. I have a blackout. I wasn't sure if I was going to get there, but I squeaked in right at the end.


Thank you to Moonlight and Obsidian for another fantastic bingo game. I thoroughly enjoyed it.





Read and called

Ghost Stories - The Looking Glass Portrait, Linda Hilton (read 10/1/19, called 9/1/19)

Amateur Sleuth - The Moving Finger, Agatha Christie (read 9/17/19, called 9/4/19)

Dystopian Hellscape - The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (read 9/29/19, called 9/6/19)

Black Cat - A Cat Affair, Derek Tangye (read 9/14/19, called 9/8/19)

A Grimm Tale - Fairest, Marissa Meyer (read 9/3/19, called 9/10/19) 

Creepy Carnivals - The Hourglass Factory, Lucy Ribchester (read 10/31/19, called 9/12/19)

Supernatural - One Fell Sweep, Ilona Andrews (read 9/6/19, called 9/15/19)

Cozy Mystery - Whisker of Evil, Rita Mae Brown (read 10/13/19, called 9/18/19)

Spellbound - Circe, Madelaine Miller (read 9/5/19, called 9/22/19)

Baker Street Irregulars - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J K Rowling (read 10/22/19, called 10/13/19)

In the Dark, Dark Woods - In a Dark Dark Wood, Ruth Ware (read 10/18/19, called 9/26/19)

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night - TBA (read 10/17/19, called 9/27/19)

Locked Room Mystery - The Murders in the Rue Morgue, E A Poe (read 10/20/19, called 9/30/19)

Free Square - London, Edward Rutherford (read 10/8/19, called 10/1/19)

Full Moon - Emily of New Moon, L M Montgomery (read 9/10/19, called 10/2/19)

Hallowe'en - Hallowe'en Party, Agatha Christie (read 10/28/19, called 10/5/19)

Sleepy Hollow - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving (read 10/19/19, called 10/6/19)

International Woman of Mystery - A Better Man, Louise Penny (read 9/12/19, called 10/9/19)

Romantic Suspense - Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews (read 9/16/19, called 10/14/19) 

13 - The Unkindest Tide, Seanan McGuire (read 9/17/19, called 10/17/19)

Grave or Graveyard - The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (read 10/23/19, called 10/22/19)

Doomsday - The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham (read 10/24/19, called 10/24/19)

Gothic - The Unburied, Charles Palliser (read 9/24/19, called 10/25/19)

Fear the Drowning Deep - Sea Change, Robert B Parker (read 9/11/19, called 10/29/19) 

Murder Most Foul - City of Bones, Michael Connelly (read 9/1/19, called 10/30/19)


Transfiguration spells used

Creepy Crawlies changed to Dystopian Hellscape

Magical Realism changed to In the Dark, Dark Woods

Truly Terrifying changed to Halloween


Halloween Bingo 2019 - Creepy Carnivals

The Hourglass Factory: A Novel - Lucy Ribchester

Oh, but this was so very, very good.


Britain in 1912 was an interesting place. Class barriers were slowly eroding, the trade unions were becoming powerful, and workers were striking for better pay and conditions. Horses were being replaced by automobiles, and women were making it known that they no longer considered their place was in the home and they would like a say in how the country was run.


I actually studied this period of history at school and I found myself returning to my old books to check up on facts. And Ms Ribchester's research was spot-on. 


The story itself is great, and I felt so angry on Frankie's behalf as she tries to make her way as a serious journalist rather than being confined to the 'women's pages'. 


Halloween Bingo 2019 - Creepy Carnivals

The Hourglass Factory: A Novel - Lucy Ribchester

1912 and London is in turmoil…

The suffragette movement is reaching fever pitch but for broke Fleet Street tomboy Frankie George, just getting by in the cut-throat world of newspapers is hard enough. Sent to interview trapeze artist Ebony Diamond, Frankie finds herself fascinated by the tightly laced acrobat and follows her across London to a Mayfair corset shop that hides more than one dark secret.

Then Ebony Diamond mysteriously disappears in the middle of a performance, and Frankie is drawn into a world of tricks, society columnists, corset fetishists, suffragettes and circus freaks. How did Ebony vanish, who was she afraid of, and what goes on behind the doors of the mysterious Hourglass Factory?

From the newsrooms of Fleet Street to the drawing rooms of high society, the missing Ebony Diamond leads Frankie to the trail of a murderous villain with a plot more deadly than anyone could have imagined…


This sounds like the perfect book to complete my bingo card.



Can't even use it for a bingo - update

Island Murders - Wanda Canada

Yes! Because the climax of the book takes place during a huge thunderstorm, I have been informed by the lovely bingo organizers that I am able to use this one for the Dark and Stormy Night square.




Well the unbelievably dumb heroine did live to fight another day, but I'm not sure I'll be picking up the sequel.


Too many clichés and stereotypes for my liking. And whenever the ex-father-in-law mob boss spoke, all I could hear in my mind was Fat Tony from The Simpsons.


2019 Halloween Bingo - Halloween

Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie

My librarian said this was one of her favorite Christies, and I can see why.


It's quite dark in tone, and has a world-weary Poirot at the end of his career. But the fabulous Ariadne Oliver adds plenty of light relief.


And I was waaaaay off with my deductions as to whodunnit.



2019 Halloween Bingo - Halloween

Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie

Look what has finally become available at the library!


I requested it at the start of the bingo game and was beginning to worry it wouldn't arrive until after the game had finished.


2019 Halloween Bingo - Doomsday

The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.


Damn, I was convinced this was going to get me my fourth bingo. But not quite, as I still need Murder Most Foul to be called.




2019 Halloween Bingo - Doomsday

The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

Can't have Halloween Bingo without John Wyndham.

Halloween Bingo 2019 - Grave or Graveyard

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

Well I swapped the coffee for a glass of white wine, and the comfy sofa for a deckchair, and spent a lovely afternoon in the sunshine reading The Graveyard Book.


And got myself bingo #3 too.

Halloween Bingo 2019 - Grave or Graveyard

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

I've read this one for previous bingo games, and it's always a pleasure to revisit it. So my plan for this afternoon is big cup of coffee, my comfy sofa, and this book.





2019 Halloween Bingo - Baker Street Irregulars

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone  - J.K. Rowling, Mary Grand Pré

Well that was a lovely nostalgic blast from the past. And it got me bingo #2 as well.


The only problem is I now want to read the next book rather than any of my bingo books.


2019 Halloween Bingo - Baker Street Irregulars

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone  - J.K. Rowling, Mary Grand Pré

'A letter?' repeated Professor McGonagall faintly, sitting back down on the wall. 'Really, Dumbledore, you think you can explain all this in a letter? These people will never understand him! He'll be famous - a legend - I wouldn't be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter day in future - there will be books written about Harry - every child in our world will know his name!'


I wonder if when she wrote this, J K Rowling realized just how true this was going to be.

Book Club Choice

Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty

I probably wouldn't give this one a second glance in a bookshop, as it doesn't seem like the kind of thing I normally read. But I'm up for the challenge. (And the wine and pretzels).

Meet my new neighbor!

I certainly didn't have this problem when I was in Boston.




2019 Halloween Bingo

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving, Tom Mison The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales (Penguin English Library) - Edgar Allan Poe

I read/listened to these two over the weekend.


The Murders in the Rue Morgue was read for Locked Room Mystery. And Tom Mison's narration of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was a very enjoyable way to cross off the Sleepy Hollow square.


Now I just need to check if these have got me another bingo.