10 Classic Black and White Movies

10 Classic Black and White Movies I Never Want to See in Color These 10 classic films are etched in my memory so vividly, the cinematography so suited to the black and white medium, the lighting so perfect, that color would detract from the overall effect. As a woman of a certain age, I’ve seen my …

Charlie Muffin Mysteries in Order

Here are the Charlie Muffin mysteries by Brian Freemantle listed in order. If you like British espionage books, I think you’ll enjoy the Charlie Muffin mysteries by Brian Freemantle. Many reviewers call Brian Freemantle one of the top espionage writers today… possibly one of the best of all time. Some say he’s on a par with …

Bangkok Mystery Series by John Burdett

John Burdett’s Bangkok Mystery Series – Featuring Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep   Sonchai Jitpleecheep is a police detective… a devout Buddhist and son of a Bangkok bar owner and an American G.I. In fact, Sonchai is regarded by all – including his fellow police officers – as the only honest policeman in Bangkok. Even …

Chief Inspector Gamache Novels in Order

Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache novels (Three Pines Mysteries) are best read in order This is one of my all-time favorite mystery series and a heartfelt entry on my Uncommonly Good Mysteries list. If you haven’t tried the Three Pines/Chief Inspector Armand Gamache detective fiction series yet, you’re in for a treat. The characters become old friends and …

Kate Shugak Novels by Dana Stabenow

Kate Shugak Novels by Dana Stabenow: Set in Alaska, this is an uncommonly good mystery series by an Edgar Award-winning author Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak novels feature well-developed, interesting characters, a locale known to few (an Alaskan national park) and lifestyles even fewer of us could handle. This is one of the handsdown best mystery series I’m …

Inspector Shan Series by Eliot Pattison

The Inspector Shan series begins with The Skull Mantra, which won Eliot Pattison the 2001 Edgar Award for Best First Novel In fact, it was The Skull Mantra that inspired my “Uncommonly Good Mysteries” list, which I first started in 2011.  I had just read Eliot Pattison’s newest book Ashes of the Earth: A Mystery of Post-Apocalyptic America …

Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton

DI Marjory Fleming… a character I’ve learned to love Aline Templeton’s DI Marjory Fleming mystery series has been on my radar for four years, ever since one of my favorite mystery writers, Louise Penny, recommended it on her blog. Alas, my library didn’t carry the books, so I placed a sticky note in my “authors to …

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

My review of The Long Way Home – Louise Penny’s 10th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series Many readers of Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache/Three Pines books don’t know what to make of the newest installment in the series, The Long Way Home. Some found the conversations boring, others wondered where the action was, and quite …

Pancake Frying Pans – Plett vs. Cast Iron

Pancake Frying Pan Reviews: Plett Pan vs. Cast Iron Skillet My grandmother’s much-loved pancake recipes need two different fry pans. A couple of years ago, I went on a frying pan quest, when pancakes became an important food group in our soft foods diet. A dental appliance put soft pancakes front and center… but I didn’t …

My Book Holder Lets Me Read While Eating

An adjustable book holder for people who like to read while eating… and cooking I can now read while I’m eating and cooking… without spilling food on the pages. Are you an avid reader in search of an affordable, functional book holder? Or are you on the lookout for a fun, yet practical, gift for a …