Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Museum Mystery

I have always loved a good mystery.It can be in the form of a movie,an audio book,an e-reader or a good old fashioned, hold-it-in-your-hands book.I cannot get enough.I blame my dad.He was a mystery buff. 

Privy To The Dead is the sixth book in the Museum Mystery series by author Sheila Connolly. How I have missed this author in my cozy mystery readings is a mystery in itself! I will say upfront that I did win this book in a contest and am utterly glad I did :)

Nell Pratt is the main character in this series.She starts as the fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society and becomes the President of it along the way. The Society houses documents,furniture and other historic items of Pennsylvania,including a privy. Yes,you read that right,a privy.Now get that picture out of your mind. :)

Take an event of 100 years ago,throw in a present day murder,and what do you get? A daughter that may find out something she didn't want to know about her father and grandfather,a staff of researchers that may not all be who you think they are,an FBI agent that tries to stay out of things and a Society head that has her hands full!

Now a little about Sheila Connolly, taken from her book jacket. Sheila has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities,worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns,and served as a fundraiser for several nonprofit organizations.She also managed her own consulting company,providing genealogical research services.Sheila loves restoring old houses,visiting cemeteries and traveling.She does have first-hand knowledge of some of the things she uses in her books.

The Museum Mysteries are one of three series that Sheila writes. Orchard Mysteries and County Cork Mysteries are the other two series that Sheila spins her magical web to create. 

So, dear readers, if you find yourself looking for something new to read, why not try one of the series by Sheila Connolly. I guarantee you won't regret it.

Until next time, sit outside, soak up the sun, listen to the birds and broaden your mind by reading a book!


Friday, June 12, 2015

Trying something new

Good morning, everyone! 

Boy, did I take a break from the blog.  I would apologize, but truth be told, I just didn't write.  No excuses, just didn't do it. I can say that when I don't write, it feels wrong.  Same way I feel when I don't read and crochet daily.  I am truly trying to get into a routine of doing these things daily.  I feel a calming of my soul when I write, read and crochet.  What do you do to calm and nurture your soul?

I have also decided to review books on this blog, instead of starting a second blog.  Hopefully this will keep me blogging more, as I read a ton of books and write reviews on Goodreads and some on Amazon.

Since I last wrote, not too many earth-shattering things have happened.  The cat that we had adopted from a cat rescue didn't work out.  While he was a loving cat, he had way to many behavioral issues that we were not able to handle.  We did have some heartbreaking moments when we talked about what to do, but in the end, we knew that we would not be able to keep him. Broke our hearts, but it just was not to be. He has been placed in a home that is more equipped to handle his issues.  But, good news!  Two weeks ago, we adopted a kitten! He is now 10 weeks old and a ball of energy!  Laura named him Maynard Tubbs, no clue where that came from :) Hopefully, I can sneak a picture of him for you to see.  

One other thing, on the good news side:  Come February, I will be able to show you pictures of a new grandbaby!  My daughter Ashleigh, will be having baby #2!  I don't know if it will be a girl or boy, so all baby items will be pastel colours. For her last baby, I was knitting booties for a girl when she was in labour! This will be grandbaby #11, and if that doesn't make one feel old, I don't know what would!

It seems like summer finally decided to stick around.  The temps have been in the high 70's to the low 80's.  We have been having the occasional showers, but not the rains that other places seem to be having.  Most of the farmers have all their crops planted and it is lovely to look at.  I hopefully will be getting some flowers this weekend.  Still haven't planted much, which makes me a tad sad.  

What are your plans for the weekend?  I will be watching my granddaughter for a bit on Saturday and Sunday and that fills up the days!  At 17 months, she is a ball of fire!  She will be 2 years and a few weeks when her brother or sister arrives. I think she will make a wonderful sister :)

Well, I'll stop gabbing for now.  I hope all of you have a splendid day.  Get outside, listen to the birds, smell a rose. It's the little things that make life full.

Until next time,