Saturday, October 3, 2015

"Buckingham Palace Gardens"

The Prince of Wales has asked four wealthy entrepreneurs and their wives to the palace to discuss a fantastic idea: the construction of a six-thousand-mile railroad that would stretch the full length of Africa. But, alas, the prince’s gathering proves disastrous when the mutilated body of a prostitute hired for a late-night frolic (after the wives have retired to bed) turns up among the queen’s monogrammed sheets in a palace linen closet.

With great haste, Thomas Pitt, brilliant mainstay of Special Services, is summoned to resolve the crisis. The Pitts’ cockney maid, Gracie, is also recruited–to pose as a palace servant and listen in on the guests’ conversations, scan their bedrooms, and scrutinize their troubled faces for clues to hidden rivalries and attachments that could have lead to murder. If Pitt and Gracie fail to find out who brutally murdered the young woman–as seems increasingly likely–Pitt’s career will be over, and the scandal may just cause the monarchy to fall.

My Thoughts...

To be fair, this is the first book I've read by this author, Anne Perry. I don't very often read a book out of my comfort zone, but this book was definitely out of my comfort zone. It has been on my TBR pile for two or three years, so decided to read it this week.

I wasn't surprised by much in this mystery. It just surprised me that it took the police so long to figure it out. I didn't enjoy the book at all. I thought it drew on and on for way to long. I know many like the descriptive writing in their novels, but I just enjoy the storyline, and would liked the story so much better if a lot of the filler were deleted from the story. But I am not a writer so what do I know? I am just a reader with an opinion. Like I said this is the first book I've ever read by this author. I will probably never read another one by her. But I hung in there and read the book to the very end. Since I didn't enjoy it I will only be awarding it two  stars.

This book is a part of my personal library, I picked it up one day while meandering around at Barnes and Nobles. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"L" Is for "Life" My Life I Lived According to Books I've Read in 2015" (ABC Wednesday)

Photo of Gigi Ann by Tony

This is a fun meme 
to do at the end of
the year as you reflect on all the book 
titles you've read throughout the year.

Using only titles of books that I've read
this year (2015), complete the prompts
below. Try not to repeat any book
titles. Think creatively and have fun!

Describe yourself: "Almost Perfect" by Diane Daniels Manning
How do you feel: "Forever In Love" by Lee Anna Morgan
Describe where you currently live: "The Beach House" by Jane Green
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: "I Heart Paris" by Lindsey Kelk
Your favorite form of transportation: "Boats and Bad Guys" by Cindy Belle
Your best friend is: "Jane Fairfax" by Joan Aiken
You and your friends are: "Friends and Lovers" by Barbara Delinsky
What's the weather like: "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell
What is life to you: "Reflections of Yesterday" by Debbie Macomber
Favorite time of day: "Midnight Bet" by Jodi Thomas
Your fear: "When Lightning Strikes" by Brenda Novak
What is the best advice you have to give: "Never Trust a Cowboy" by Kathleen Eagle
Thought for the day: "Taking Love in Stride" by Donna Fasano
How I would like to die: "Demise In Denim" by Duffy Brown
My soul's present condition: "Can't Stop Believing" by Jodi Thomas.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

"K" is for" Katie Up and Down the Hall"

Katie is about a cocker spaniel and the family she forms around herself in an apartment building in Battery Park City. For those of you not familiar with New York City neighborhoods, Battery Park City is a community on the southwestern tip of Manhatten. It was formed from the soil and rocks excavated when the World Trade Center was built.
The book opens with a description of Battery Park City and how the author, Glenn Paskin, ended up moving there and then later adopting Katie. From there we meet some of the neighbors in the apartment building, and learn how Katie created a family from some of the others who lived  in the building: Pearl and Arthur, an elderly couple, John and Ryan, a single Dad and his son, Lee, a woman who befriends Pearl during the confusion of 9/11, and a few other people who come in and out of Katie and Glenn’s lives.
It’s a heartwarming story that spans all of Katie’s years, including a compelling, description of September 11, 2001. Battery Park City borders the World Trade Center, putting the story almost at Ground Zero. I found this part very captivating, as Glenn Plaskin recounted his escape from the frightening destruction of the Twin Towers. I almost felt I was there racing down the streets with him. Very scary account of his real life experience. 
His descriptions of Katie and her antics with the book’s other characters were very entertaining.
This is a true story, "true" in the sense that it happened. The book is fun to read, and I don't think you would necessarily have to be a dog lover to enjoy the book. I really liked it.

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