The Body in the Library

Reblogged from: BrokenTune

Review:

The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie

“What I feel is that if one has got to have a murder actually happening in one’s house, one might as well enjoy it, if you know what I mean.” 

This is a Marple story, but I love the book nonetheless.

 

The story follows the typical Christie formula – the impossible murder and a cast of suspects who all seem to have a connection to the victim. But who was the victim?

 

We have red herrings, we have murder, we have greed, jealousy, love, gossip, and everything else that village life has to offer – and that can be applied to the world at large. The cast of characters in this one is as superb as in Murder at the Vicarage – from Mrs. and Colonel Bantry to the young couple squabbling over their jealousies to Colonel Melchett, whose knowledge of the world is more pretence than anything.

“Colonel Melchett silently marvelled at the amount of aids to beauty that women could use. Rows of jars of face cream, cleansing cream, vanishing cream, skin-feeding cream! Boxes of different shades of powder. An untidy heap of every variety of lipstick. Hair lotions and “brightening” applications. Eyelash black, mascara, blue stain for under the eyes, at least twelve different shades of nail varnish, face tissues, bits of cotton wool, dirty powder-puffs. Bottles of lotions—astringent, tonic, soothing, etc.

“Do you mean to say,” he murmured feebly, “that women use all these things?”

Inspector Slack, who always knew everything, kindly enlightened him. “In private life, sir, so to speak, a lady keeps to one or two distinct shades, one for evening, one for day. They know what suits them and they keep to it. But these professional girls, they have to ring a change, so to speak. They do exhibition dances, and one night it’s a tango and the next a crinoline Victorian dance and then a kind of Apache dance and then just ordinary ballroom, and, of course, the makeup varies a good bit.”

“Good lord!” said the Colonel.

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A Review of LIMITLESS – a Charity Anthology, In a Nut Shell!

LIMITLESS – Charity Anthology, In a Nut Shell!

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In A Nut Shell!

LIMITLESS

 

LIMITLESS, A Charity Anthology of short stories and poems.

 

 

Limitless is a collection of stories and poems that reflects our own live and times in all it stages through a wide variety of themes and issues we all have known or have heard about.

In this book you may find stories or poems you agree with and that affirm your believes, while others might be reflective and thought provoking testing your emotions with soul searching on subjects like tolerance and if you have it yourself. In some of the stories about love I saw someone I’ve loved myself.

As a short story author and reader, I love to dive into stories from a wide range of situations and subjects as well as the other authors’ styles.

There were poems and stories that had deep meaning to me such as – Hidden Letter; To You; I Love You MOM, Now And Always; and, Dragonfiles And The Great Blue Heron. This is a 5 star read if ever I’ve read one.All profits for this book go to the Amar Foundation to help those scarred by was in the middle east.  ~JD Holiday

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074RM6XMH

http://www.mcgrathhouse.net/story-new-anthology/

http://jdswritersblog.blogspot.com/2017/11/limitless-charity-anthology-in-nut-shell.html

On THE BOOK REPORT: Dead Comic Standing by Karen Vaughan

With a chance at success quelling their fears, a slew of new comics are eager to have aDead Comic Standing chance, even with a psychotic serial killer out to get them all, to step on stage following each seasoned comic murder in Karen Vaughan’s, Dead Comic Standing. It’s a humorous whodunit full of hilarious comedy relief by many of the future victims in this tightly written book. You get the benefit of a cozy mystery, a sizzling romance and laughs all in one that keeps you reading until the end. I so enjoyed this book! 5 stars.
Karen Vaughan’s site: https://karenwritesmurder.com/

 

Book review of The Brownstone On West 53Rd Street, Rehearsal Club Memoir: In A Nut Shell!

Book review of The Brownstone On West 53Rd Street, Rehearsal Club Memoir: In A Nut Shell!

In A Nut Shell!
The Brownstone On West 53RdStreet, Rehearsal Club Memoir by Lora Mitchell

Lora Mitchell’s well-written memoir, The Brownstone On West 53Rd Street, Rehearsal Club Memoir, is an eye opener into the show business world in which she worked. The book is heart-warming even through the sometimes emotional distress and you see clearly through Lora’s eyes how life just moves you forward no matter what happens. We all heard about the hardships and demands on women models and actresses and I never acquainted it to my own teen years, but this book puts you right there and you see that there are comparisons that all young women share.

 For me, I was taken back to a time in my life, that at the time, I never knew I would miss. NOT that I had an exciting life, far from it, especially with Lora’s opportunity to work with the famous in her industry. But there were similarities in the innocence of youth, the friendships that were formed with women, men and teachers, the hard work and studying, and going full steam ahead while not knowing what to expect–and enjoying life. While many people around me only dreamed of having such a life it was a world we all knew about among my friends and family just living 13 miles away, over the George Washington Bridge in Paterson, New Jersey.
 I sincerely enjoyed this book like none other I have ever read!
That’s  The Brownstone On West 53Rd Street, Rehearsal Club Memoir, in a Nut Shell!          ~JD

My Interview with Lora Mitchell: http://jdswritersblog.blogspot.com/2016/04/a-talk-with-professional-actress-singer.html

JD Holiday: JD’s Writers Blog: Review of AFTER, a teen novel by Barbara Ehrentreu, In A Nut Shell!

JD Holiday: JD’s Writers Blog: Review of AFTER, a teen novel by Barbara Ehrentreu, In A Nut Shell!.

Review of AFTER, a teen novel by Barbara Ehrentreu, In A Nut Shell!

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    Review of AFTER, a teen novel by Barbara Ehrentreu, IN A NUT SHELL.  
Sometimes the people close to you are just there and it takes a major event in your life for you to see them in a new light. A crisis can change a lot of things in your life. For fifteen-year-old Lauren, her life under goes such an event ‘after’ the phone call telling her her father is ill.
Lauren struggles with her father serious condition and that crisis leads Lauren to realize her deep feelings for her best friend from childhood, Joey. All Lauren wants is for Joey to comfort her and her sadness slips away when Joey’s with her. Only Joey has a girlfriend who is mean and resents Lauren and her problem.
‘After,’is a believable account of the hardships and headaches of having a sick parent and a real emotion of blooming love from a true friend that grows through the sympathy of these events. You feel Lauren’s fear that Joey is not feeling the same. That unsurechaotic and warm all over of young love. From school to the hospital setting and that first hint of young love unspoken between lovers, you are there, a part of their experience.
The story moves and pacing is good. I applaud Ms. Ehrentreu’s achievement of capturing these feelings and events in the young life of a teenage girl. She gets it right how teens feel love; the uncertainty of how the other person feels about you in return and your fears that you are reading more into it than there is. 5 stars! 
Find out more about Barbara Ehrentreu at: http://barbaraehrentreu.blogspot.com/
 ~  That’s AFTER by Barbara Ehrentreu, In A Nut Shell! ~ JD

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