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text 2018-01-31 18:45
January 2018 Reading Recap
On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life - John O'Leary
Searcher of the Dead: A Bess Ellyott Mystery - Nancy Herriman
Murder in Bloomsbury: An Atlas Catesby Mystery - D. M. Quincy
How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life - Catherine Price
A Study in Death - Anna Lee Huber
A Death in Norfolk - Ashley Gardner
Dreaming of the Bones - Deborah Crombie
Where Serpents Sleep - C.S. Harris
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living - Shauna Niequist,Brené Brown

I read 9 books this month. Yay!

 

My reading goal this year is low because I want to be able to read with little pressure.

 

This month my favorite read was On Fire: The Seven Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.  I loved this book and highly recommend it.

 

I also enjoyed How To Break up With your Phone.  Great suggestions.

 

My mystery reads were all entertaining. I plan to catch up on these series in the months to come.

 

I am happy that three of my reads were nonfiction/self-help. 

 

My short-term goals are to read more classics, dive into the British Crime Mystery series and catch up on series I loved but have not gotten around to finishing.

 

Happy Reading!

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review 2018-01-16 14:38
A Death in Nofolk
A Death in Norfolk - Ashley Gardner

Author: Ashley Gardner

Series: Captain Lacey Mysteries #7

Rating: 3.5

 

A solid installment in the Captain Lacey series. I hadn't read this series in a while and now I remember why I was so crazy about it. 

 

The mystery was excellent. There are two mysteries going on in this book. A mysterious disappearance of a young girl many years prior and the disappearance of one of James Denis' men. Denis, who is Lacey's archenemy turned frenemy, is handled nicely. He is still a gray, mysterious character and in this book, you get to know more about his background. Though you can empathize with Denis, you are reminded in no uncertain terms that he is still a very dangerous man. I had not clue how either mystery would resolve, and it kept me turning the pages. 

 

On the personal front, Lacey is settling in nicely with his love interest. To say more than that would be spoilers for the previous books, but I like her. I love the secondary characters as well.  There is some insight as to Lacey's background which was surprising. I like the layers Ms. Gardner adds to the characters. This is a reliably good historical mystery series for me and it is still going strong as installments are coming out every year. I look forward to the next one. 

 

 

 

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text 2017-11-09 22:16
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 2 - Bon Om Touk

Tasks for Bon Om Touk: Post a picture from your most recent or favorite vacation on the sea (or a lake, river, or any other body of water larger than a puddle), or if you're living on the sea or on a lake or a river, post a picture of your favorite spot on the shore / banks / beach / at the nearest harbour.

 

 

 

 

 

I spent the last couple of days of my trip to England back in July on the Norfolk coast, so here are a few impressions from that part of the trip:

 


Snettisham Beach



Wells next the Sea

 


Cromer Hall (inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle's Baskerville Hall)

 


Norfolk Broads -- cruise in a historic steam boat

 


Horsey Windpump & Horsey Mew

 


Happisburgh beach & church (inspiration for the setting of P.D. James's Devices and Desires, and Arthur Conan Doyle's Dancing Men)

 


King's Lynn (town center, purfleet, and guild hall)

 

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And since I am blessed to live (and have grown up) in a beautiful part of the Rhine Valley, here are a few of my favorite spots on the Rhine in and near my home city:

 


Views of Bonn's city center from "our" (= the opposite) river front

 


Historic flood marker on the river front, and a replica of "the Bridge Manniquin", which used to be on a pillar on our side the main bridge connecting both sides of the Rhine, pointing its backside in the direction of Bonn.  Other places have city rivalry -- we have river bank rivalry!

 


Sunset on the Rhine, looking towards Bonn

 


Looking towards the "Seven Mountains" ("Siebengebirge"), south of Bonn

 

Drachenfels, the best-known of the "Seven Mountains"

 


Arp Museum, a modern arts museum south of Bonn (designed by Richard Meier, the architect who designed the L.A. Getty Center) -- and looking back towards the "Seven Mountains" from the patio of the museum restaurant (the lower of the two buildings in the left picture; a former train station)

 


Remagen and the ruins of the bridge (now a peace museum)

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