A Lethal Lesson.

This author has been on my one-of-these-days
list for a long time but, based on this review, I think
it’s time for me to give her a try 😄

Hidden Staircase

A Lethal Lesson

By Iona Whishaw

Rating: 5/5 Stairs

Expected Publication: 27 April 2021

Which starts like this:

“Get out.” The driver’s voice was compacted with rage. The car was stopped in the middle of the road. Only the fan of light provided by the headlights made any inroads in the utter darkness. Any trace of that night’s half-moon was obliterated by the swirling snow. At near midnight, in those conditions, it was unlikely any traffic would be on the road.

A Lethal Lesson

Iona Whishaw is releasing a NEW Lane Winslow mystery this month and I couldn’t be happier! Lane Winslow is one of my favorite amateur sleuths. She’s smart, resourceful, and compassionate. This series is truly a favorite of mine and always a delight for me to return to the small town of King’s Cove and it’s latest mystery. A Lethal Lesson transported me to a winter wonderland…

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Just what I needed when I needed it!


Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!💜

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The Lions of Fifth Avenue. A mini review.

I’ve not heard of this book before but, after reading
this review, I’m excited to read it. I certainly
never knew that people used to live in New York’s
public library buildings!

Hidden Staircase

The Lions of Fifth Avenue

By Fiona Davis

Rating: 5/5 Stairs

Which begins like this:

She had to tell Jack.

He wouldn’t be pleased.

As Laura Lyons returned from running errands, turning over in her head various reactions her husband might have to her news, she spotted the beggar perched once again on the first tier of the granite steps that led to her home: seven rooms buried deep inside the palatial New York Public Library. This time, the beggar woman’s appearance elicited not pity but a primal fear. It was certainly some kind of ominous sign, one that made Laura’s heart beat faster. A woman on the verge of ruin, alone and without any resources. Unloved.

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

This is the first book I’ve read by Fiona Davis. After looking into some of her other books, it seems that she likes to write…

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Botanical Curses And Poisons

Thanks to this great review, everything about this book is calling my name and makes me wish I was a mystery author 😄

On The Shelf Books

In Botanical Curses and Poisons, illustrator, author, and folklorist Fez Inkwright returns to archives to uncover the fascinating folklore, lurid histories, and untold stories behind deadly plants, witching herbs and fungi. Filled with beautiful illustrations, this treasury of folklore is packed with insight, lore, and the revealed mysteries of everyday flora!

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for this fascinating book about the hidden nature of things that can be found in the hedgerows Thank you so much to Random Things Tours. for the invitation and I absolutely loved browsing through this book like a wise woman in a medieval manuscript!

The book is published by Liminal 11, a mind, body, spirit publisher and is so so beautiful – it would make a wonderful and special gift for someone you know who is fascinated by the unearthly side of life and would like to know more about…

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Overthinking It: What Makes a Strong Female Character

Interesting thoughts and I think I agree with Brenda’s
conclusions. One thing I find a bit aggravating is that
female characters are frequently described as “strong” but
that’s rarely the case with with male characters.It’s as if
male characters are assumed to be strong so nothing needs to
be said about that aspect of the character whereas
it’s kind of an aberration if a female is strong.

Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

Hello Friends! I am back with another overthinking it post, and today I am talking about what makes a strong female character.

Often in reviews, I see mention of strong women, and it makes me wonder if this is just an overused phrase or if there is some substance to those words. That led me to the question of “what makes a strong female character,” and I did a little digging around the internet to gather some thoughts about that question.

I think a lot about gender roles, how women are portrayed and represented in fiction. Do we see women strong because of their disadvantages, the actions of other characters towards them or the cruelty of men? Do we see women as strong for overcoming or surviving the violence of men? If we do, what about women who are struggling? Are they weak and considered not strong? What about brave?…

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Review of The Cousins by Karen M. McManus (hardcover)

I’m a fan of this author and I must say this book
sounds like just what I need to “stir the juices” 😲😀

Confessions of a YA Reader





The Cousins by Karen M. McManus


Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised… and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family’s past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

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…in the corner…

LOL, I don’t have a basement but my garage
is just like this plus all the kitty poop because
that’s where we keep most of the litter boxes.
We have two corners filled with hidden “gems”
and various critters, dead or alive, and it does
indeed take a good amount of fortitude
to venture into the depths 🤣


Stine Writing

JusJoJan 2021 and Stream of Consciousness Saturday are using the prompt “in the corner”. Check out Linda’s site for all of the rules and to read other entries. https://lindaghill.com/category/stream-of-consciousness-saturday/

My rambling contribution:
There is a place in everyone’s basement that is “the corner” where everything goes but no one wants to venture to recover anything. No one really knows what is back there. From the top of the stairs you can see boxes and you recognize the old Rubbermaid bin that you put there last summer. What was in that bin anyhow? Yeah, it’ll come to you at some point. There is probably some moisture now trapped between the layers of boxes and other crap stacked back there. If you move it you know what you will see…

You will find at least one, nasty-ass, giant spider who is just pissed that you have ruined a perfectly good bug-catching…

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