DON'T GO HOME by Carolyn Hart

Here's what the publisher has to say:

Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, is hosting a party to celebrate successful Southern literary icon—and former Broward’s Rock resident—Alex Griffith and his bestselling new novel,Don’t Go Home. But after the local paper announces that Griffith aims to reveal the real-life inspirations behind his characters, perhaps the author should take his own advice. Not everyone in town is ready to give him a glowing review.

As Annie attempts damage control, her friend Marian Kenyon gets in a heated argument with Griffith. It’s a fight Annie won’t soon forget—especially after the author turns up dead.

Despite an array of suspects to match Griffith’s cast of characters—and a promise to her husband, Max, to steer clear of sleuthing—Annie’s not about to let the police throw the book at her friend when the real killer remains at large…

You know how it is when a new book grabs your attention?  You dive in and love, love, love the characters and the story lines. That's how it was for me and Carolyn Hart's DEATH ON DEMAND series. Back in 1987 when the first book, DEATH ON DEMAND, was released I had a brand new best friend in Annie Darling, owner of Broward Rock's mystery book store, also called Death on Demand. I was hooked.

Like real life, sometimes as the years go by, we lose touch of people who were very good friends, life takes us in different directions and we drift apart. We don't mean to, but we do.

That's how it was with me and Annie Darling. After the first few books, life took me elsewhere and my time to read dwindled. Sorry Annie, I didn't mean to abandon our friendship, but happens.

IMAGINE how thrilled I was to know that Annie and her precious Max are still solving murders down there in Broward Rock!  Lo an behold a new book in the series will be out in May!

I can't wait to catch up!

Here's the link to Carolyn Hart's page about the Death on Demand series.  Give them a try.  I'll  be looking up an old friend come May!  Hey Annie, remember me?  I'm back!

Cover image: Penguin

GO SET A WATCHMAN cover image released!

The highly anticipated second novel by TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD's Harper Lee will be released July 14 and Harper Collins is printing two million start with!

We finally have the cover image!

"Harper Lee says, "In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called Go Set a Watchman. It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout's childhood, persuaded me to write a novel from the point of view of the young Scout. I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn't realized it had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years."

Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

More from the publisher click here.

Cover image:  HarperCollins




Well, what else would I read to get into the St. Patrick's Day mood, but J.P. Donleavy's THE GINGER MAN!!

I was fortunate indeed to be able to speak with THE MAN himself for a couple of hours, and loved every minute of it. You can read what he had to say to me here.


*Cover image: Grove Press

Want more info about Mr. Donleavy? Check this amazing website the J.P. Donleavy Compendium.

Now for the best movie to watch for St. Patrick's Day?  

You just can't go wrong with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara!

Image found here.

DVD - Studio: Olive Films

Original film :  Argosy Pictures (as John Ford and Merian C. Cooper's Argosy Production)

Re-reading TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback) ~ Harper Lee (Author) Cover Art
*Cover image Grand Central Publishing

With the exciting news of the July release of Harper Lee's GO SET A WATCHMAN,  I figured I better read her first book again. So I'm about to crack open TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD...for the second time. 

After so many years, I realized that the images in my head were a jumble of bits from the book and most especially,  scenes from the classic movie with Gregory Peck. That just won't do. So, here I go, back to the world of Scout,  Jem, Atticus, and Boo Radley. They are dear, old friends and I am happy to get to know them all over again.

Never read it? Only know the movie?  Go find a copy, read it. The book holds the author's words. The film is the director's vision of the book. BOTH are wonderful, but hey, let's read what Harper Lee wrote.  

60 Postcards by Rachael Chadwick

I've been reading Rachael Chadwick's heart warming memoir and think this will be one of  those inspiring books that I like to keep on hand, just so I can share them for no reason, and also so I can share them for one specific reason.  When our Mothers die, a part of us dies with them. We are biologically connected, and that part of us that had been nourished by, housed by and kept safe by our Mother, yearns for what's no longer with us. The connection is broken. This is one young woman's journey, as she struggles to deal with that emptiness inside that happens when our Mothers die. 

Check out Rachael Chadwick's blog.

Info from the publisher below with more info found here on the publisher's page.

60 Postcards

60 Postcards

The heartfelt and uplifting story of how a project to scatter 60 Postcards in memory of her mother helped a young girl come to terms with her loss.

On 11 February 2012 Rachael Chadwick lost her Mother to cancer, just sixteen days after first being diagnosed, and her world shattered right in front of her. Utterly fed up of the milestones and reminders, in December of that year she decided she would do something different and created a project based around her Mum's approaching 60th Birthday. Desperate to spread the word about the wonderful person she had lost, Rachael had the brainwave of leaving notes around a city in her memory. Deciding she would take it a step further she wondered what would happen if she could ask people to respond to her? Full of hope and energy she hand-wrote sixty postcards, each with her email address at the bottom asking the finder to get in touch. But one question remained, where should she go?

Knowing how much she longed to visit Paris, the last gift that Rachael's mum had given her was Eurostar vouchers, and so it seemed fitting that this would be her chosen city. So off she went with a group of friends to celebrate, discover, and to scatter her memories. Filling their time in Paris with sight-seeing, food and drink, laughter, and of course postcards.
When Rachael returned to her London home, she desperately tried to switch off, switch off from the wondering (and hoping) whether she might actually hear from a postcard finder. And then, they started flowing in…

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Dead Wake By Erik Larson

One of several terrific books releasing this week!

Read more about DEAD WAKE here at the Random House website.


From the publisher:

"On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. 

Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain ofUnterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. 

Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history."

*Cover image copyright Random House Publishing

17 Carnations The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History By Andrew Morton

One of several terrific books releasing this week!

Read more about "17 Carnations" here at the publisher's website.

17 Carnations

17 Carnations
The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History
By Andrew Morton (Hardcover Book, 2015)
From the publisher:

"A meticulously researched historical tour de force about the secret ties among Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, the Duke of Windsor, and Adolf Hitler before, during, and after World War II.

Andrew Morton tells the story of the feckless Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor, his American wife, Wallis Simpson, the bizarre wartime Nazi plot to make him a puppet king after the invasion of Britain, and the attempted cover-up by Churchill, General Eisenhower, and King George VI of the duke's relations with Hitler. From the alleged affair between Simpson and the German foreign minister to the discovery of top secret correspondence about the man dubbed "the traitor king" and the Nazi high command, this is a saga of intrigue, betrayal, and deception suffused with a heady aroma of sex and suspicion.

For the first time, Morton reveals the full story behind the cover-up of those damning letters and diagrams: the daring heist ordered by King George VI, the smooth duplicity of a Soviet spy as well as the bitter rows and recriminations among the British and American diplomats, politicians, and academics. Drawing on FBI documents, exclusive pictures, and material from the German, Russian, and British royal archives, as well as the personal correspondence of Churchill, Eisenhower, and the Windsors themselves, 17 CARNATIONS is a dazzling historical drama, full of adventure, intrigue, and startling revelations, written by a master of the genre."

*Cover image copyright Grand Central Publishing

It's Oscar© Night! Let's look at the Best Adapted Screenplay nominees

What I love about the Oscars© is the "Best Adapted Screenplay" category, basically it's movies that are based on another source, usually a book or play. 

This year's five nominees are based on four books and one screenplay:


Cover art copyright Harper Collins


Cover art copyright Princeton University Press


Cover art copyright Penguin Press


Cover art Alma Books

WHIPLASH   Based on Damien Chazelle's autobiographical screenplay.

FUNNY GIRL by Nick Hornby is out now!

This is on my list of books to get this week!

Here's what the publisher has to say about Nick Hornby's newest novel:

"From the bestselling author of High FidelityAbout a Boy, and A Long Way Down comes a highly anticipated new novel.

Set in 1960’s London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingĂ©nue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby’s latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process."

Count me in!

I was blessed to be able to speak with Mr. Hornby back in 2005, about his book, A LONG WAY DOWN, you can read what he had to say by clicking here.

Book cover image copyright Riverhead Books (Penguin Group, USA)


Happy 148th birthday Laura Ingalls Wilder! 

Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of my favorite authors when I was a girl. Wilder brought live on the American prairie alive for me! I could see how the settlers made their homes and lived their lives.  I was captivated by such a remarkably different life and existence. 

Thank you Laura for giving the history of our country names and faces, through the Ingalls family we saw our own past generations of families. We saw them as real people, in a different time and place. When times were tough and survival on the dusty prairies was not guaranteed.

Thanks so much for feeding this young woman's imagination!

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This is the front cover art for the book Little House in the Big Woods written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The book cover art copyright is believed to belong to the publisher, Harper & Brothers, Later, Scholastic, or the cover artist.
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