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All the Oscar Wilde quotes ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

It‘s fun
It‘s like Nancy Drew
Or the game of clue
Thoughts ?

Happy SUNDAY!!! Can you believe this is our last read of 2023 together?!

I thank you so much for Sundays!!! 😘

Librarybelle It‘s a nice light mystery for this time of year! 20h
IndoorDame Thank you for looking after us on Sundays!!! All the photos and recipes and articles you bring make our reading so much more fun! 20h
vonnie862 So far I'm enjoying it! 20h
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vlwelser I love the Oscar Wilde quotes. Excellent addition. Though there's a lot to choose from. 19h
vlwelser Honesty time.... Did you pick this because there's a bulldog on the cover? 19h
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 🤣🤣🤣 a delightful bonus! I read an article what to read if you don‘t want to read romancy books for Christmas last year and this was mentioned! I did a little research and was sold! @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick did a little research too and found it and that it could be a stand alone, so here we are! 19h
vlwelser It's very fun. We may have needed a break from the fluffy xmas themed books after last year (or was it the year before?) You must have had this planned before we read the one last year. 19h
mcctrish This is just delightful! Better than Christmas fluff romance ( I‘m already reading one with another Litsy group) because it‘s so fun. I can hear all the banter and chatting in my head and it is totally getting me in the Christmas mood. Well Done @TheBookHippie you take such wonderful care of us 19h
Sargar114 I‘m enjoying the fun deviation from romance but still a little Christmas themed. Thank you for our Sundays!!! 19h
TheBookHippie @vlwelser ah yes before last years 😵‍💫 I had this. Good thing 🤣. Next years YA short stories hopefully will be okay 👀🤷🏻‍♀️ then back to murder 🤣😳 18h
vlwelser I'm sure the YA stories will be fun. But also looking forward to what you find for a new holiday murder. 18h
kspenmoll Really really enjoying this book! Now I do want to read the series. 18h
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll it‘s fun to have a new one! And with so many books!! 18h
Karisa Oscar Wilde 😍 It‘s fluffy detective fun and nice seasonal tie ins. Now I do want to re-read some Wilde. He‘s so clever. Thank you, @TheBookHippie 17h
TheBookHippie @mcctrish 🩶🩶🩶🩶 17h
TheBookHippie @Karisa ❤️🙃 I‘ve not read Wilde in so long and I‘ve been eyeing new copies so this is my permission right? 🤣😵‍💫😅 17h
DebinHawaii Loving the Oscar Wilde quotes for sure! Thank you for hosting & picking fun books. I like the turn from romance but still seasonal. ❄️🎄 17h
Deblovestoread Love the addition of the quotes, the setting, the whole thing. It‘s a nice break from reality. 16h
CatLass007 Thank you for all the hard work you put in to hosting. So much detail! I‘m enjoying the book very much. 13h
TheBookHippie @Deblovestoread I agree it‘s a lovely escape! 10h
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii 🙃🩶❄️ 10h
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Librarybelle Love it! I recently read another manor house mystery set in the 1920s. 20h
IndoorDame One of my all time favorite settings! 20h
vonnie862 I like it. 20h
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vlwelser I was just at one of these places last weekend in Ipswich MA. Made it easy to imagine this one. 19h
mcctrish I want to move in and read this while I‘m there #fullimmersiveexperience 19h
Sargar114 It‘s not my preferred setting, but can very enjoyable if done well. 19h
kspenmoll I enjoy this time period & setting. 18h
Karisa I like it too. It‘d be interesting to see one some day. 17h
DebinHawaii I love this era & the British manor house setting is always fun, especially during the holidays! 17h
CatLass007 I guess I never thought about preferring one time period over another for the setting, as long as the setting feels authentic. 13h
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A key in the snow
A mysterious woman….

Any guesses yet?!

Librarybelle I think the key is to something Canning either smuggled or blackmail evidence. As to the woman…we know for sure there was one woman he wronged, and I suspect there are others. So, 🤷🏻‍♀️ 20h
IndoorDame I‘d never heard of a magnetic key before, fascinating. No theories yet. 20h
vonnie862 She's an accomplice? With who? 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ 20h
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vlwelser @Librarybelle I love the blackmail idea. 19h
mcctrish I never work too hard to solve the mystery, I like going along for the ride ( I think those runs for hand warming are delightful and less garbage-y than hot pockets) 19h
Sargar114 No guesses yet, just along for the ride! 19h
kspenmoll I also like to let the story unfold. If Its blatantly obvious I can guess. 18h
Karisa Those seem to be the biggest clues and Cannings‘ words to her and argument before the race. I wonder who took his clothes after the race. If he had changed before the race, they should have still been in the room. 17h
DebinHawaii No big guesses so far. @IndoorDame I think the magnetic key is interesting too! @Karisa Good point on the clothes & her conversation with Canning. I may have to go back & reread that. (edited) 17h
TheBookHippie @Karisa OH!!!! Good catch! 16h
CatLass007 I prefer to let a mystery unfold. If it‘s really obvious and I‘m able to guess the murderer before the sleuth, I‘m not impressed. I like to have my “aha” moment at the same time as the amateur sleuth, when all the pieces come together. 13h
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Cornad Canning dies 👀

The Reverend lets poisonous plants grow ?!
Poison bee stings?

The Reverend had something with the deceased?! Upset over the treatment of a woman and her “situation” what woman?
Also hell, have no fury like a woman scorned …


Digitalis is used to treat congestive heart failure (CHF) and heart rhythm problems (atrial arrhythmias).


Librarybelle I thought it was interesting that Clifford brought up he felt Ellie‘s uncle was also poisoned. It made me initially wonder if he had been a victim in one of the prior books, but it seems like his death was off page. Anyhow…Canning does not sound like a good person. 20h
IndoorDame The reverend is a strange fish, but I can‘t decide if he‘s sketchy or just quirky 20h
vonnie862 The Reverend is strange but I'm not sure if he's the one. 20h
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vlwelser It does seem like he's too obvious to be the killer. Despite the hatred and the crazy garden. 19h
mcctrish @vlwelser hatred and crazy garden 🤣🤣 he sounds like a witch ( also he holds a grudge big time )and I agree with @Librarybelle the possibly poisoned uncle is an interesting turn in this mystery 19h
Sargar114 Yeah, he seems like a red herring. But still sketch for sure! I do wonder if it‘s a woman scorned. I think Clifford mentioned that poison is a woman‘s weapon, so possibly. 🧐 19h
kspenmoll Agree with you all & possibly poisoned Uncle is a quite the new turn in the story. That Rev is a wild character- lending an eerie vibe, hi t of evil in disguise 18h
Karisa I‘m thinking the Rev is too obvious for this early in the book. Canning certainly seems to have many enemies. I don‘t see how Clifford even jumped to him being murdered so quickly. People do puke from over exerting while running and if he had a heart condition it was strange for him to run anyway (and to work carrying big bags of coal all day too). I guess they needed a murder to solve though 🤷🏻‍♀️😅 17h
DebinHawaii Yes, the reverend is too obvious. @Sargar114 That‘s where my thoughts are going although Clifford mentioning it may be another red herring. 17h
CatLass007 Digitalis is made with Foxglove, if my memory from other mysteries is correct. It‘s not necessarily poisonous unless it‘s taken or given as an overdose. I‘m not convinced at all that it‘s the Reverend. But the French woman seems like a viable suspect. 13h
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Inspector Detective
We may get a love story anyway 🤣
You think ?

Librarybelle I have a sense that there is a budding interest between him and Ellie… 20h
IndoorDame I definitely see that happening, but it feels like a slow burn so maybe not till later in the series…? 20h
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame from what I‘ve read there are 17 books so far and although you can read as stand alones you learn more by reading 1-17 but not much. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 20h
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IndoorDame @TheBookHippie that sounds about right. I haven‘t read any of the others and while sometimes it‘s clear this isn‘t the first, I‘m definitely not missing anything vital 20h
vonnie862 It's a very slow burn because this is the 4th book in the series. 20h
vlwelser Agreed. Seems like a very slow burn. Maybe we can skip the awkward sex scenes this time. 19h
mcctrish The slow burn is another reason to get me reading these for sure @IndoorDame @vonnie862 19h
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 19h
Sargar114 I get a big Stephanie Plum vibe, so definitely imagine an on and off again romance. Or a love/hate thing with her getting involved or countering his investigation. @vlweser I very much worry about Simone St James awkward love scenes given the time period and setting, lol
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Wow! 17… 18h
Karisa He‘s not very warm and fuzzy. Of course her response to him showing up at the party was pretty awkward too. 😅 17h
DebinHawaii Definitely seems like a slow burn cozy series romance, so probably little danger of awkward sex scenes! 🫣 17h
Deblovestoread Just a heads up there is a different love interest in books 1 - 3 but he hasn‘t made an appearance yet. Possible love triangle . 17h
CatLass007 I had the impression from something Clifford said that she had hoped to have seen the detective sooner and not related to a murder. 13h
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IndoorDame Yum! I don‘t think I‘ve ever had anything resembling those pickled walnuts and now I‘m obsessed! Also how organized do you have the be to make dessert a year in advance!!!!???? 20h
Librarybelle It sounds like an amazing gathering! Lots of work too! 20h
vonnie862 @IndoorDame right?! I guess they took their dessert making seriously. 20h
vlwelser Pickled walnuts? Yes! 19h
mcctrish I was so hungry while reading this part! I want to light a fire and have something delicious served to me while I read in front of it 19h
kspenmoll This part was fun & had me yearning for food.my mother made something like a yule log but we just called it chocolate roll. Delicious!!‘ (edited) 18h
kspenmoll I love parsnips-the recipe sounds delicious. I plan to make them for Christmas now! 18h
Karisa Sounds wonderful and like a ton of hard work! Definitely would need a full staff to pull this day off! 18h
Karisa Oh my gosh! I just look at that parsnip recipe—I‘m a sucker for goat cheese… I need to make that! Thanks! 17h
DebinHawaii Loving all the food in this one! @kspenmoll my mom made chocolate rolls for Abraham Lincoln‘s birthday/President‘s Day & we called them Lincoln Logs. 😆 I would request them for my birthday too. 17h
TheBookHippie @Karisa I added it to my list too!! So much yum. 17h
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii forever more calling them Lincoln logs … ❤️❤️❤️ 17h
kspenmoll @DebinHawaii Thank you so much it was Lincoln log not chocolate roll that she called it. I could‘ve called my older sister she remembers everything. 15h
DebinHawaii @kspenmoll Hah! That is so funny! I just thought we were weird. 😆 Like at my house eggs-in-a-hole were “ding dong eggs!” 14h
CatLass007 The menu sounds scrumptious. If I were any kind of a cook, I‘d be more interested in the recipes. But it seems like I‘m in the minority of just not liking to cook. I think the only time I‘ve ever enjoyed cooking, it was a joint effort. 13h
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Clifford-thoughts? Me the butler did it 😵‍💫🤣 my first thought
But that‘s way to obvious 👀
And I don‘t think for now he did …
Also phew, that‘s a lot of staff 😅
Your thoughts ?

Librarybelle I like Clifford…there‘s more to him than we know. He has the stereotypical butler ambience, but there is also a sparkle underneath us facade. 20h
IndoorDame Pretty sure he could have organized a murder easily enough 😆 but I don‘t get a ‘the butler did it‘ vibe from him yet 20h
vonnie862 A lot of characters for sure. At first I was like, the butler did it! But learning more about his character has changed my mind. 20h
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vlwelser So much staff. But I love Clifford. He seems like a more grounded version of the butler in the Flavia de Luce books. 19h
mcctrish I am aghast at all of you! Clifford is upstanding - he‘s the perfect foil for Eleanor in her sleuthing 19h
TheBookHippie @mcctrish Such a jaded bunch we are! 🤣 19h
Sargar114 Clifford is great! I like that there seems to be more to him than he lets on. He‘s a good balance for Eleanor and a way for them to explain their investigation.
kspenmoll I agree with @mcctrish @Sargar114 . He is a great foil for Eleanor & his suggestions seem to be quite helpful & on target for any situation. 18h
mcctrish @TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣 18h
Karisa It reminds me of Downton Abbey with all the people working on her estate. Eleanor is well taken care of for sure! Some parts also reminded me of Mrs. Maisel when Rose goes home and is fussed over. Clifford is really the one in charge. I agree with @mcctrish. He‘s one step ahead of her always. Her Watson (edited) 18h
DebinHawaii Clifford is awesome & definitely her Watson as @karisa said. No way he‘s responsible for the murder! I do believe he has some secrets & layers though. It feels like her uncle & Clifford have a colorful past-it seems like he has a lot of good knowledge that came from somewhere like SIS or MI6. 17h
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii ooooo good thoughts!!!! 17h
TheBookHippie @Karisa Maisel ❤️ yes Watson for sure. 17h
Deblovestoread Love Clifford! I‘m as curious about his backstory as I am about Eleanor‘s. 17h
CatLass007 I never even thought of Clifford as the culprit. He‘s a wonderful character. He seems to enjoy the sleuthing as much as Eleanor does. And I hadn‘t thought about it, but I like the idea suggested by @DebinHawaii. It seems like Clifford, and maybe her uncle as well, could have had a history of doing intelligence work. 13h
Catsandbooks He's a good sidekick 3h
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Eleanor -
Well how do you like our main character ?

IndoorDame Spoiled. But I love strong spunky women! And the 20s produced some of the best, so I‘m finding her charming. 20h
Librarybelle I wish I had taken the time to read the first three in the series to see how her character developed. I get the sense that she has learned a lot and is still learning. She also has a good sense of adventure. 20h
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle I think most of the series is free on kindle unlimited may be worth a months purchase and bindge reading 👀 20h
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TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I feel the same! I love this time frame. 20h
Librarybelle @TheBookHippie I purchased the first 5, so I can read them! 20h
vonnie862 I love the time frame. Eleanor is rich but still likeable. 20h
vlwelser She just seems young. I like her a lot. 19h
mcctrish I have loved this book from the first page and I want all the books in the series (edited) 19h
TheBookHippie @mcctrish RIGHT?! What a find! I love it. 19h
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle HA! I think a lot of us are going to have a new series 👀😅. 19h
Sargar114 I‘m kind of middle of the road. She‘s fine, maybe the earlier stories would have a little more character development but I‘m not sure. This feels intended as a fun romp and I can‘t imagine a ton of character depth.
kspenmoll I like her character. She is intent on hosting the village in the Manor‘s Christmas traditions she is very interested in the village people and and sees them as individuals. 18h
Karisa @Sargar114 I‘m with you. She seems nice and fun, but more of a character sketch. I was a little confused that she seems to not know how to be a lady but said her uncle had sent her to boarding school at a young age. Then in a different spot it mentioned she‘d been raised by bohemian parents abroad… Maybe reading the other books would make it more clear. Probably thinking too much though since it is a cozy. 18h
DebinHawaii I like her so far & generally enjoy books with women in the 1920s too. I am mad at myself for not reading the previous series books before this one because I have “issues” with reading series out of order but I am trying to get over it & just enjoy it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 17h
Deblovestoread I read the first 3 first because I must with a new series. The details of her backstory are doled out slowly but she definitely is spirited and is still learning her role as lady of the manor. 17h
TheBookHippie @Deblovestoread 🤷🏻‍♀️ ha. My daughter would too. Since it was says we could read it as a stand alone I picked it for the seasonal aspect. So far I don‘t feel like we‘re missing anything. Kind of like the old soap operas it didn‘t matter where you started 🤣🤣🤣. @DebinHawaii I‘m here to take us all on a wild ride of not following rules 😳🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. Or daily life for me. 😵‍💫😅😘 16h
CatLass007 I don‘t like reading books out of order but I have with this book. I may have to go back and listen to the first three. I like Eleanor. She‘s working hard to live up to her title but isn‘t overdoing it. She genuinely cares about her staff and anyone else who needs her help. Kindness is something I strive for and Eleanor is successful in being just that. 14h
Catsandbooks I think she's fine. She seems nice but I'm not totally invested in the character. Just she is what she is 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3h
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Bulldogs, Gladstone I imagine is a French bulldog ..
Any book with a bulldogs antics…
Is good fun! 🙃
Also willful and bulldog together is an oxymoron !
Do you like animals in books?

IndoorDame Gladstone is awesome!!!! Love animals in books! With the one quirky exception of adult books told from the POV of the animals themselves. 21h
Librarybelle Gladstone sounds like a hoot! As long as the animal does not die, I‘m good with animals in books (animals dying in books is really my only trigger…go figure!). 20h
vonnie862 I love dogs so I'm glad there's one in this one. And with @Librarybelle as long as the dog doesn't die, I'm good. 20h
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vlwelser Gladstone is so fun. The graphic on the cover is a Frenchie (most likely) but it made me think of your Winnie and her funny antics. 19h
mcctrish I am loving all the Gladstone antics ( he makes me wish this was a show - it‘s perfect for PBS/BBC Murder mysteries ) 19h
Sargar114 Gladstone is delightful and the best part of the story in my opinion.
kspenmoll Gladstone‘s antics are wonderful & add so much to my enjoyment of this book! 18h
Karisa I like Gladstone too. He works to show just how much time is going by if he can accomplish all those antics. He must be sneaky to get those things done with no one noticing. Kind of funny with her being a detective and not so observant of her dog. 😂 18h
Karisa @vonnie862 @Librarybelle Oh! I hadn‘t worried about that… Now I‘m remembering her calling him geriatric. He still seems to have a lot of life in him though 18h
DebinHawaii I love Gladstone 🐶❤️ & like @Librarybelle & @vonnie862 I love animals in books but don‘t deal well with animal deaths in books & avoid them when I know about them. 😥 17h
Deblovestoread Love Gladstone! 17h
CatLass007 I‘m not just a cat lover, I‘m an animal lover. Gladstone is wonderful! I know this is fiction and is a book that‘s supposed to be representative of a certain time, but I‘m not familiar with any breed of dog (or cat). I prefer mixed breeds. But can you imagine someone of Lady Eleanor‘s standing having a mixed breed? I sure can‘t. I‘m in agreement about the death or injury of an animal being a total negative. 14h
Catsandbooks I like animals in books but like everyone else, the animal can't die otherwise it absolutely ruins it! 3h
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A Murder Yule Regret | Winnie Archer
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Here are my #December1 #WinterGame stats for #TeamEvergreen! 🎄

4* A Murder Yule Regret
3* The Ghost of Christmas to Come
3* Home for Christmas
2.5* Starry Night

I haven‘t figured out all my points yet, but I read for a total of 8 hours!

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