Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh

Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh

Tied Up in Tinsel was a reread for me. I always enjoy Marsh's mysteries and this is no exception. Troy is spending Christmas at Hillary's manor house, painting his portrait. We meet all the other guests and staff, most of whom were former convicts. And then, of course, someone is killed. Well, someone disappears, but this is a Marsh book, we know he's dead, it's just a matter of finding him. Alleyn of course comes to the house and takes over the investigation. Reading Tied Up in Tinsel is like spending the holidays with old friends. Honestly, murders at country houses during the holidays are my favorites. The house guests and staff are an eccentric lot and almost all could be considered suspects. There were also enough clues that we could put it together, which is not always the case when Alleyn is investigating. We don't always know what he's thinking or clues he notices. Maybe I'll go back and...
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The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt

Isn't that cover adorable? If you read the blurb above, you know Andy's client, Pups. is clearly not guilty. Then it turns our the gun used to kill the neighbor was used a year and a half ago to kill Pups' husband. Someone is framing her, but who and why? The mystery is good. As Andy starts digging, he finds a prodigal son, a real estate broker, gang members, and a lawyer. I like Andy, especially as narrated by Gardner. He's smart and sarcastic and funny. The plot gets a little rambly for me and sports trivia is never going to be a clue I'll catch, but overall I enjoyed it. Really, how could I not enjoy it with dogs and humor, murder and Christmas? ...
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Uncorked Reading Challenge

This will be my first year doing the Uncorked Reading Challenge hosted by Christine at The Uncorked Librarian. Each month has a theme and a bonus challenge. You read as much or as little as you like. The hashtag is #UncorkedReading2022. January: Time Travel Books January Bonus Challenge: Books we love but critics don’t February: Books set in or about South Africa February Bonus Challenge: Books from your hometown, state, country, or where your ancestors are from March: Wine books/Books set on a vineyard March Bonus Challenge: Books with your favorite color in the title April: Baltic books April Bonus Challenge: Books with your favorite foods May: Hiking books May Bonus Challenge: Books by an author you think you don’t like but have never actually read June: Books about or set in Mexico June Bonus Challenge: Books by indigenous authors from a continent other than your own July: Dark academia books (usually set at a prestigious university or boarding school) July Bonus Challenge: Books where you next want to travel August: Books set in or...
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Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2022

I'm joining the Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge for 2022 hosted by Yvonne at Socrates Book Reviews. I'm aiming at being a snoop, reading 10 cozy mysteries, one from each of the categories below. One from culinary One from animal related One from craft related One from paranormal One from cozy mysteries based outside the US One career-based cozy mystery - Body at Buccaneer’s Bay by Josh Lanyon (bookstore owner)One holiday based One travel mystery One historical mystery One is your choice! ...
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A Murder Yule Regret by Winnie Archer

A Murder Yule Regret by Winnie Archer

A Murder Yule Regret is the 7th in the series, but the first I read. It worked fine as a stand-alone, but I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I knew the characters better. Ivy is a good character, curious, caring. She's a freelance photographer and an assistant in the bakery. Her photos are important to solving the case, but to be honest I was more interested in the bakery and the bread than I was about her photography business. I'm not sure if that's because I haven't read earlier ones in the series or not. Or because I really love bread and this book has inspired me to try some baking of my own - or at least plan to try some baking of my own. I have a recipe and ingredients, just haven't started yet. The first victim is a "journalist" found dead at the bottom of a cliff during a party held by film...
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2022 Nonfiction Reading Challenge

I’m joining the Nonfiction Reader Challenge hosted by Shelleyrae at Book’d Out again this year. The hashtag is #ReadNonFicChal. The challenge is to read nonfiction books from twelve different categories. I’m going with the Nonfiction Nipper option reading three from any three categories. The categories are: 1. Social History 2. Popular Science 3. Language 4. Medical Memoir 5. Climate/Weather 6. Celebrity 7. Reference 8. Geography 9. Linked to a podcast 10. Wild Animals 11. Economics 12. Published in 2022 ...
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