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review 2017-11-20 21:02
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 2 - Bon Om Touk: Murder on a Secret Island
The Lighthouse (Adam Dalgliesh, #13) - P.D. James
The Lighthouse - P.D. James,Michael Jayston

P.D. James's penultimate Dalgliesh novel, revisited courtesy of the splendid unabridged reading by Michael Jayston (known to fans of John le Carré as Peter Guillam from the adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy starring Alec Guinness as George Smiley).

 

I am, bit by bit, working my way through the Dalgliesh series, though not in chronological order but in the order I can get hold of the Michel Jayston CDs.  This book is one of my favorite entries in the series, not least because Kate Miskin finally gets to show her mettle when Dalgliesh is temporarily out of commission.

 

The story takes Dalgliesh and his team to Combe Island on the Cornish coast, a secret retreat for small select groups of government officials and VIPs, to investigate the murder of a an author who is (well, was) as arrogant and egotistical as he was brilliant as a writer -- in other words, your textbook classic mystery murder victim.

 

As I revisit this series, I am becoming downright nostalgic -- they just don't make 'em like P.D. James and Adam Dalgliesh anymore.  Probably Baroness James was wise to bring the series to an end when she did, going out on a high note with The Private Patient (2008), but man ...this is so head and shoulders above the vast majority of mystery writing published these days, it's not even funny.

 

Since this book fits the theme for Bon Om Touk -- read a book that takes place on the sea, near the sea, or on a lake or a river, or read a book that has water on the cover -- I decided to apply my audio excursion down memory lane to that square.

 

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review 2017-10-03 00:00
To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf https://msarki.tumblr.com/post/166001786448/to-the-lighthouse-by-virginia-woolf

What art was there, known to love or cunning, by which one pressed through into those secret chambers.

One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Not much to offer in the typical plot-driven genre, but a generous array of dream states in which only the best hallucinogens could induce.

…Her going was a reproach to them, gave a different twist to the world, so that they were led to protest, seeing their own prepossessions disappear, and clutch at them vanishing…

Mrs. Ramsey, even while dead, continues to submit her hold on them. And her husband, Mr. Ramsey, in his demeanor, perpetually exacts his indifference.

…Half one’s notions of other people were, after all, grotesque. They served private purposes of one’s own…

And Lily Briscoe, with an expressive brush to artistic fabric, creates nothing but her profound revision of this world.
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text 2017-03-31 07:58
The Lighthouse Keeper by Cynthia Ellingsen Blog Tour and Giveaway
 
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Book Title: The Lighthouse Keeper 
Author: Cynthia Ellingsen 
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction 
Release Date: April 4, 2017 
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
 
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Dawn Conners’s parents are famous for finding historic treasures, but she has a knack for losing things—her job, her boyfriend, and now, her reputation. Thanks to a mud-slinging exposé, Dawn’s late great-grandfather is assumed guilty of stealing silver from a century-old shipwreck. Hoping to clear his name, Dawn returns to Starlight Cove, her idyllic hometown on Lake Michigan, where the doomed vessel sleeps beneath the beam of a ramshackle lighthouse.
 
Her plan: remodel and sell the lighthouse while untangling the perplexing family mystery. Neither task is easy, especially once her well-meaning parents and the quirky locals—including nautical researcher and Starlight Cove’s most eligible bachelor, Kip Whittaker—get involved. Despite their attraction, Dawn is reluctant to trust Kip, or any of the close-knit townsfolk. But as she pieces together the truth, Dawn’s once-shuttered heart opens up. And if she’s willing, the lighthouse might guide her to a place she never expected to find, where the past entwines with a bright new beginning.
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“Dawn Conners?” a voice called.
 
I snapped out of my reverie and stared.
 
A gorgeous guy in his midthirties dragged a rickety rowboat through the water. His dark hair was windblown, cheeks rough with stubble, and his navy T-shirt clung to a strong upper body. He flashed me a smile I felt all the way down to my toes.
 
“Are you Dawn?” he called.
 
“Yes,” I said, smoothing my hair.
 
Who on earth was he?
 
 
 
I watched as he tossed a bowline knot over a metal pole and cinched it with a firm tug. The rope went taut, along with his upper arms. Then he jogged across the sand and came to a halt next to the boardwalk.
 
Midnight-blue eyes surveyed my fitted linen dress, bare legs, and low pumps. In a voice much too husky for polite conversation, he said, “You always wear high heels to the beach?”
 
I flushed.
 
Even though Libby liked to say that my fitted dresses and pinned-up hair made me look like a candidate for public office, I didn’t expect to hear it from a stranger.
 
“Depends on the day,” I shot back. “Do you always look like you just rolled out of bed?”
 
He grinned. “You’re already thinking about me in bed?”
 
“I have an appointment with Kipling Whittaker,” I said. “If you don’t mind, I’d like to—”
 
“You can call me Kip.”
 
Arrgh. I couldn’t believe this.
 
The fact that my mother had led me to believe that this guy was a gentleman of a certain age meant she was up to one thing: matchmaking. In her mind, I came to Starlight Cove for a fun, relaxing summer vacation. That assessment could not be further from the truth. The last thing I wanted to do was waste time flirting with some rumple-haired playboy.
 
Especially one named Kip.
 
meet the author
 
Cynthia Ellingsen lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and is the author of two previous novels: The Whole Package and Marriage Matters. She loves connecting with readers through her website, Facebook, and Twitter. Visit her at www.cynthiaellingsen.com.
 
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review 2017-01-15 11:50
The Lightouse Keeper by JC Braswell
The Lighthouse Keeper - JC Braswell


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Please follow me on my blog :) Review originally posted on Vellum Voyages

 

I just couldn't get into the writing style...Blurb sounded great, read for around 30% and it just dragged a bit to get into the story and by this time I had lost interest and skim read most of the book. Really couldn't tell you what happened...The cover is just beautiful though!

 

*Thank-you JC Braswell, Netgalley & Magothy Publishing for the reading copy.

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review 2016-10-11 00:00
Lighthouse Jive
Lighthouse Jive - Jonathan Dunne Lighthouse Jive - Jonathan Dunne I received this book as an ARC for honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Dunne has an unusual, quirky sense of humor that made for a laugh out loud good read. The unexpected, comedic turns the story takes makes for a book you don't want to put down. The tale is about a strange but loveable family, struggling with issues but finds a way, albeit unusual, to try to solve some problems, and come to grips with those they can't change. Characters include a father/husband tired of life in a world that has nothing but bad news, to a wife/mother who dwells too much on conspiracy theories, a daughter in love with a low I.Q. boxer, and a son who throws his voice through a dog, to a midget with a mouth from hell, and a hippy-hermit they call "The Island God" work to create a memorable story. I think this would make a rollicking good comedic movie. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a good laugh and a happy ending. : )
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