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mabell

Joined April 2016

Nothing is more delectable than an English country house murder mystery. 🐶mom ❤️: ☕️🍷🧀❄️ https://graymyrtle.com/book-blog
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Turkey Trot Murder | Leslie Meier
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My siblings, Chris and I ran our first 5K this morning - The Turkey Trot!

Historic homes and gorgeous foliage (and pretty chilly temps!)

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍽🍁

TheSpineView Congrats and Happy Thanksgiving! 1d
wanderinglynn Awesome way to start the day! Congrats! 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1d
MaureenMc 👏👏 Happy Thanksgiving! 24h
mabell @TheSpineView @wanderinglynn @MaureenMc Thank you! It was “fun”! 🤣 17h
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A Bullet in the Ballet | Caryl Brahms, S. J. Simon
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Equally accurate title: Batty in the Ballet

British detective investigates a murder in a Russian Ballet Troupe. Full of satiric stereotypes and histrionics - overall an exhausting, completely ridiculous, entertaining read.

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The Religious Body | Catherine Aird
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Having read 4 of the books in the series, I am so excited to read the first Sloan and Crosby! Coincidentally, the mystery starts on Bonfire Night! It‘s always a little more atmospheric when the dates in a book coincide with the present.

PS Thank you for my bookmark, Chrissy!

Chrissyreadit 😘😘😘 2w
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The Toll-Gate | Georgette Heyer
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Unsurprisingly, I loved it! Georgette Heyer crafts the most delightful characters & lands them in the trickiest situations - it is impossible not to be swept up in the story & fly through the pages. Have your Regency phrasebook at the ready to keep up with the slang from bow street runner (police) to bridle cull (highwayman) to soldier, alongside the “refined” speech of the gentry. Adventure, mystery, romance & wit - I already want to reread it!

mabell Thank you for sending it @Chrissyreadit and thank you for my lovely book sleeve @Gissy ❤️ 1mo
Chrissyreadit Yay!!! 1mo
Gissy Yes! Lovely booksleeve, it match the book perfectly 👌 1mo
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LeahBergen Lovely! This one‘s still waiting on my shelves. 1mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
mabell @Gissy It did! It is the nicest booksleeve! Such a pretty pattern, and it is just the right size and padding. It‘s been to Europe and Costa Rica with me! 1mo
mabell @LeahBergen So much fun! I honestly would reread it now, but I also have The Grand Sophy waiting. 🤣 1mo
Gissy @mabell It has traveled☺️ 1mo
Gissy Hi! Is your Litsy tbr updated? I will be sending something this month as a belated birthday box🤗 4w
mabell @Gissy I‘ve been working on yours too!! 😄 My TBR is up to date - is yours? 4w
Gissy @mabell Yes!
I‘m training now for a small triathlon, they call it sprint because the distances are so short. But I‘m terrify for the swimming part. I‘m not a good swimmer at all. It is only 750 meters but it‘s in open ocean😬🥺I don‘t know what I was thinking when I submitted the inscription😟
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mabell @Gissy Yikes! I‘m a so-so swimmer, and I get tired very quickly, so that definitely sounds scary! 🤞 You fly through the swimming! When is the triathlon? 3w
Gissy @mabell It will be next December 19th. It is a local event. I‘m participating in the sprint category which should be the easy one🙄but not necessarily easy for me🥺The training is different and for me complicated because it includes practicing in the bike, swim and run and you can feel tire😓sometimes 3w
mabell @Gissy It sounds absolutely daunting! But good job for trying something new, different, and challenging! It will be totally worth it, and remember - you‘re a finisher! 💪 3w
Chrissyreadit How are you??? I was thinking about you today! My plants are mostly gone and I‘m ready for Spring 🌞🤣 2w
mabell @Chrissyreadit Doing great! How are you?? The plants are fading fast. I brought in the pots that can‘t stay out (Olive and fig trees), and grabbed a few green tomatoes before the freeze warning! I am avidly watching the forecast for the first snow!! ❄️🌧❄️🌧 2w
Chrissyreadit Ohh!! My fig tree grows outside in the ground but I‘ve been thinking about an olive tree! Is it hard? 2w
mabell @Chrissyreadit Well, I buy every plant on the expectation it‘s going to die, but these have been doing ok! We‘ll see how they do inside over winter. The watering balance is the hard part! 2w
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All Hail the Birthday Queen | Mary Engelbreit, Patrick Regan
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Happy Birthday to my book-loving (and super runner) friend @Gissy ! 🎉🎉📚📚🎂🎁🎈🎊

I hope it‘s a wonderful day! ❤️

Chrissyreadit 🙌💥🎉💥🙌 2mo
Chrissyreadit I think it‘s hysterical that 3/4 of my closest litsy friends were born in the fall. 2mo
AmyG Happy Birthday 🎂🎈🎁 @Chrissyreadit Not much to do in the dead of winter but….😂 (edited) 2mo
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mabell @Chrissyreadit I know!! My sister, niece and I are all October birthdays 2mo
mabell @AmyG 🤣😂🤣 2mo
Gissy Thank you! 🥰🍁🍂🎃🧡🤎👻🧙🏼‍♀️🖤🖤🖤 2mo
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Thank you for all the birthday goodies, Chrissy! You are so thoughtful and generous! Self care, fall decor, bookish fun, and a terrific cutting board! (I already have it in the kitchen, so I forgot it for the photo!) The pumpkin is so unique and striking! Thank you so much for choosing and wrapping and shipping all these gifts - it was a fabulous birthday explosion!

Chrissyreadit Yay! I loved the person who made the cutting boards and bought one for myself too. And the pumpkin made me think of you. Hope the books are fun! 2mo
mabell I‘m so looking forward to enjoying all of it! I love wood cutting boards (and pumpkins!) so they‘re perfect for me! Thank you so much! 2mo
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Thank you so much for my lovely package, Chrissy!

I‘m so excited to read this!! (I finished Toll-Gate a few weeks ago - review still to come - spoiler alert, I loved it!)

The coasters are perfect! Each one is unique and really sets off each of the flowers. I‘ve never seen anything like them, thank you! 🌺🌸🌼❤️

Chrissyreadit 😘😘😘😘 4mo
Gissy Yes! Everything is pretty coordinated!😍 4mo
annahenke How exquisite! 4mo
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mabell @Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️ Looking forward to your garden updates! 4mo
mabell @Gissy @annahenke Such a thoughtful, fabulous gift! 4mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 4mo
batsy So pretty! 4mo
mabell @LeahBergen @batsy It is so perfect! ❤️ 4mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
mabell @LeahBergen Thank you so much, Leah! 2mo
Chrissyreadit Happy Birthday a Day or two late! Some birthday fun should be arriving soon….😘💛💛💛 2mo
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Murder in the Museum | Simon Brett
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I didn‘t really care for this one. The mystery was interesting - you knew something shady must have happened far in the past, but you just couldn‘t figure out *what*. If not for that, I wouldn‘t have continued.

I didn‘t like any of the characters, and I liked them less as the author spent a lot of time on repeated psychological descriptions of their personalities, thoughts, reactions, interactions, it was almost more of a drama than a mystery.

mabell I started the tagged Simon Brett near Christmas, but DNF‘d after a few pages. Not my style at all.

I remember reading and enjoying one or two of his Mrs. Pargeter mysteries years ago - I would try one again, but now I‘m nervous to go back. 😬
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Miss Helma Zukas lives a well-ordered life. So regimented as to be quite boring. Fortunately, we meet Miss Zukas on a morning that does not go right - she forgot to close the sun curtains, she makes a mess, she is late for work, and finally she arrives at the library to find a police car in her spot and dead body in the fiction stacks.

Having been the only librarian to recognize the murder victim, Helma is uniquely situated to find a clue.

mabell Assisted by her best friend and antithesis, Ruth, Miss Zukas is drawn into the investigation (for certainly deductive reasoning is not solely the purview of the police, but a methodical mind could deduct just as well, or better.) As a result, she finds her well-ordered life begins to change. 4mo
LeahBergen There it is! 👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
mabell @LeahBergen I enjoyed it! Miss Zukas is definitely a unique protagonist. I‘m on the lookout for book 2! My local secondhand didn‘t have any in the series at all. I was surprised since it looks like there are quite a few. 4mo
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rubyslippersreads @mabell You and @LeahBergen have me intrigued … 4mo
mabell @rubyslippersreads Being from the 90s, it‘s a little different from the modern cozies, which is fun! But being from the 90s, there don‘t seem to be many copies floating around! 4mo
mabell @rubyslippersreads I should have said “current” rather than “modern” 😆 4mo
rubyslippersreads @mabell Looks like the whole series is available on Kindle. 😀 4mo
mabell @rubyslippersreads Ha, thanks! I never think of checking there! 4mo
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Death by water | Michael Innes
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Sir John Appleby, formerly the head of Scotland Yard, has retired to the country. An impromptu bachelor dinner with the new squire at the neighboring manor ends in the discovery of a body - the first in a series of “accidents.” Misdirection and unclear motives muddy the [Death by] Water.

Full of witty or erudite dialogue that rather smacked of superciliousness, and at times, I felt woefully inadequate as a reader. But, overall enjoyable. 😄

Gissy 4mo
mabell @Gissy 🤗 4mo
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The Dark Place | Aaron Elkins
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Set in the rainforest of the Olympic National Park in Washington, the mystery needs no contrivance to be perfectly creepy and atmospheric. A few lone hikers have been the target of a mystery killer, and their manner of the deaths unexplainable - Bigfoot? A hidden tribe of undiscovered indigenous people?

mabell The anthropologic forensics of Dr. Gideon Oliver make this a compulsive page turner. Though a little dark for me (and I don‘t want to read the details of his amorous encounters!), I enjoyed this one more than the 1st in the series. I was happy to see the return of his FBI friend, John Lau - their rapport, combined with the forensics, make the story! 5mo
Chrissyreadit Sounds so good!!! 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I like these - I read the 4th in the series a few years ago, and recently started with the first. I think I have 1, 2, 4, and 5, so I‘ll have to hunt up 3! 😆 5mo
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Chrissyreadit Ooh!!! I‘m going to check out the series. 5mo
Chrissyreadit What number is this one? 5mo
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The Murder at Hazelmoor | Agatha Christie
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I always consider it a win when I find a Christie that I don‘t remember reading!

Poirot and Miss Marple are fabulous, but my favorite Christies tend to be the standalones like Secret at Chimneys, The Man in the Brown Suit, and now the Sittaford Mystery aka Mystery at Hazelmoor. The setting is wonderful, the characters are terrific, and there‘s a strong heroine to pull it all together. Highly recommended!

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Though this is book 3 in the series, I had to begin here, as I am perpetually subject to Egyptomania.

Olive Belgrave, a gentlewoman earning her living as a private detective in 1923, is an engaging protagonist. In this one, she is hired to investigate the suicide of Lord Malvern, an Egyptologist. The historical aspects seem to be quite well researched, so it is informative on the time period, as well as an entertaining mystery.

CaramelLunacy This sounds right up my alley! 8mo
mabell @CaramelLunacy It was an enjoyable cozy. I‘m trying to decide whether to go back and listen to the first two or just go on with number 4. 😆 I also need to pick back up with Amelia Peabody! I only read the first, but I loved it! 8mo
Chrissyreadit Happy 5 years on Litsy!!!! 8mo
mabell Thank you so much @Chrissyreadit ! It‘s been so fun to meet lovely bookish friends here! Like you! 🥰 8mo
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What a cool surprise, Chrissy!! I didn‘t even know this was possible! The flavors you chose sound yummy! Unfortunately Chris brought in the box so I will have to share. 🤣

Thank you!!

Chrissyreadit It just looked like so much fun! I figured 2 for you 1 for Chris 🤣🥳 happy Spring!!! 8mo
MaureenMc 🤩 8mo
Crazeedi Awesome!! 8mo
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Bookzombie Are they cookies or like a creamy layer dessert? They look delicious. 8mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Well that‘s fair 🤣😂 Yum! The white chocolate is like confetti cake! 😋 8mo
mabell @MaureenMc @Crazeedi Very fun! The layers are so cool! 8mo
mabell @Bookzombie They‘re layered cake, icing and other ingredients - kind of like a trifle in a jar. Almost too pretty to eat! 8mo
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Fellowship of Fear | Aaron Elkins
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So much I loved about this, and so much I didn‘t.

This one introduces the reader to anthropologist Dr. Gideon Oliver. As a visiting professor for the Armed Forces in Europe, he is caught up in a deadly spy game.

Liked - Dr. Oliver (in spite of his foibles), John Lau, the anthropological forensics

Disliked - Sexy bits (way too personal and detailed, unnecessary), very violent attacks

Overall, I enjoy this series & will definitely read the next

mabell Thank you for sending it @Gissy ! 😊 9mo
Gissy We never know if we are going to like the book until we read it. It is like a lottery ☺️But this is a book less in your tbr and you killed the curiosity🤗 9mo
mabell @Gissy I‘m glad I read it! I really enjoyed seeing how Dr. Oliver got started being mixed up in mysteries. I read book 4 during Backpack Europe a couple of years ago and wanted to start from the beginning of the series - so thank you for sending it! 🥰 On to Book 2! 😄 9mo
Gissy @mabell I understand how it is because even when some books have low review ratings, if I like the premise, I will read it, and I don‘t care if it is a so-so. I will be happy because I read it. Then, if the cover of a so-so book is pretty, it will probably stay with me. I think I have a problem🧐🤣I know I have “unusual” reading taste☺️I will like to try the first book in that series too🤗 9mo
mabell @Gissy Ha I know what you mean about the cover! It certainly can tip the balance! I‘d be interested to see what you think of the series! The anthropological aspects are really cool. 9mo
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Thank you so much for the lovely chocolates, Chrissy! They are so pretty and smell divine!! ❤️❤️❤️

Chrissyreadit 😘😘😘😘 Im hoping to order from baker creek this week! Wouldn‘t it be great if we could go there in August? Are there any spas in that area? I will be 50 and am planning to do things I love for my bday! 9mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit That‘s exciting!! I would absolutely love to meet up there in August! The only spa I‘ve been to is by Kansas City - The Elms - 4 hours from here or Mansfield 😬 What a great way to celebrate - planning all the things you love to do! 9mo
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Murder for Christmas | Francis Duncan
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Invited for a grand country house Christmas party, Tremaine, a sentimental romantic, arrives in the midst of a delightfully seasonal snowstorm. Unfortunately, the amateur detective is dismayed to find malevolent undercurrents foreboding danger. A full roster of suspicious characters and red herrings made this enjoyable holiday mystery.

I immediately knew I would love the unassuming sleuth, Mordecai Tremaine. Thank goodness it is a series!

mabell Thank you for sending it @Chrissyreadit ! ❤️🎄 10mo
Chrissyreadit 😘❤️👏💕Im so glad! 10mo
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What a sweet surprise, Cynthia! Thank you so much for the lovely card! 🥰 And a BN gift card!! I will absolutely enjoy using it! Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️

CrowCAH Just a little something to say “thank you” to you for adding to the P&P collection and the surprise package! 🥰 10mo
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Vegan dinner success! We love our comfort food - and this plant-based nacho dinner was super rich!

Surprisingly, not book-related, as the blogger, pinchofyum.com doesn‘t have a book that I know of. Please let me know if she does!

Turnip/walnut “meat” (made in food processor), cashew queso, corn chips, cilantro rice, pico and guacamole 😋

Your family may like this @Chrissyreadit 😊

Chrissyreadit It looks amazing! I will check it out- is it IG or a blog/website? 10mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit It‘s a blog - she‘s doing a plant-centric January. I get her emails, so that‘s how it caught my eye! And I was like what in the heck am I going to do with the turnips that came in our CSA box 🤣 (her “meat” called for cauliflower but I swapped it) 10mo
Chrissyreadit I love that you are getting a CSA box in January! 10mo
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Gissy Looks yummy😋 10mo
mhillis That looks really good!! 😋 10mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit It‘s through a indie grocer here. Each box has meat(or vegetarian sub) and local produce, along with a dairy, bread, or pantry item. Coffee or tea once a month. It‘s fun to see what is in the box every other week. Lately the produce has been roots, greens and squash. They said the farmers are to the end of their stock, so I‘m not sure how it will be for the next few months. We just started in July. 10mo
mabell @Gissy @mhillis Thanks! It was easy and delicious - we‘ll definitely be making it again! 10mo
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Mystery in White | J Farjeon
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With their train stuck in the snow indefinitely, an intrepid foursome decides to strike off into the blizzard. They intend to try to get *somewhere* (the next day is Christmas, after all!) and to follow the odd man who suddenly dashed off the trapped train.

Struggling through the white, they find an abandoned house, inexplicably set for tea, with cozy fireplaces ablaze.

What proceeds is nothing like the country house murder mystery I expected!

mabell Thank you sending it @Gissy ! ❤️ 10mo
LeahBergen I liked this one, too. 😊 10mo
mabell @LeahBergen It was quite unique! 10mo
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Gissy I‘m glad you like it. Since I‘m watching the channel of the YouTuber I mentioned to you, Miranda, I think I am loving more that type of reading. She described these book with so much admiration that I just need to read more. I included one for this month.

@mabel I just received a box from you! At this moment I am writing this post, I‘m going to open it.🤗Thank you in advanced because I know I will love everything! 😘❤️❤️❤️

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mabell @Gissy I was just thinking today I need to still watch her videos!! I think I would definitely like them! 10mo
mabell @Gissy Yay! I‘m glad it arrived! 😄 10mo
batsy I enjoyed this! ❄️ 10mo
mabell @batsy It was fun! Interesting how it went on a completely different line than I thought it would. 10mo
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A relaxing, whisker-in-cheek watercolor journey through England. The tour, led by a cat, highlights many treasures from Harrods to Chartwell to Yorkshire. The narrator points out where the best smells or mice chasing may be found, but there also are quite a few sights this human reader added to her list for her next visit - such as the garden at Stourhead (bottom), opera picnic at Glyndebourne, and the Pilchard Inn, reached by a bus on stilts.

Chrissyreadit Fun!!! I am hoping to go to London Scotland, Ireland and Wales- we wanted to go this Summer but I think we will postpone one more year. 11mo
MaureenMc 😍 11mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit You‘ll love it! (I haven‘t been to Wales or Scotland, yet, but absolutely want to) I understand waiting a year, though the sooner you go, the sooner you can begin planning your next visit 😉 There is so much that is amazing and beautiful to see. I love the British Museum ❤️ And Ireland was gorgeous. 11mo
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mabell @MaureenMc My mom lent this to me, but I may need my own copy! I showed Chris a couple of pages of places we should visit, then he started reading the book from the beginning! 😄 11mo
Gissy There is a YouTuber that moved recently to Yorkshire and she posted some beautiful videos about small bookstores around the area. Her name is Miranda Mills in case you want to see her last 2 videos. She will post more videos after Jan 6th. The majority of videos are about books but she has some videos about the area she lives. Beautiful place! 11mo
mabell @Gissy I‘ll search for her! The videos about the area and bookstores sound great! 11mo
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Thank you so much for my lovely Christmas card, Robin!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! 🎄❤️

robinb You‘re welcome. I did, and hope you did as well! 😊 11mo
Gissy It is a beautiful card!📚😍❤️💚❤️💚 11mo
mabell @robinb I did! (And still am - Christmas keeps on going here! 😄) 11mo
mabell @Gissy I loved it! It‘s such a pretty print! 11mo
robinb @mabell Sounds good to me! @Gissy I loved the print as well! Thinking about framing one. 😊 11mo
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We Made a Garden | Margery Fish
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It‘s here, Chrissy!

Thank you so much! What a great find!

English cottage garden ✔️
A ramshackle-to-beautiful make-over ✔️
Humorous ✔️

This looks perfect for me!

Chrissyreadit Yes!!! It screamed your name! 11mo
Chrissyreadit I can‘t wait to hear what you think! 11mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I will absolutely report back! 😄 11mo
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Murder for Christmas | Francis Duncan
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Thank you so much for my self-care Christmas package, Chrissy! What a fun surprise! 😍

I‘m really looking forward to my festive murder mystery! 🎄🔪 And I didn‘t have a book light, yet, so that‘s perfect! Thank you for such a thoughtful gift! ❤️❤️❤️

Chrissyreadit There should have been another book- the delivery message I have is left in a secure location. 11mo
LeahBergen This is just lovely and that book looks good! 11mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit 🤞it shows up today! But I‘m so excited for this one! 11mo
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mabell @LeahBergen It sounds delightful! What is Christmas without a nice country house murder? 🤣 11mo
Gissy A hot bath, a cozy corner to read your mystery book with a cup of tea or coffee with a piece of chocolate! ☺️👌 11mo
mabell @Gissy The description of a perfect day! 💕 I‘m anxiously, hopefully, watching our forecasts for snow, too! ❄️🌨 11mo
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I just finished listening to this, my first festive read of the season! 🎄
I believe the hoopla version may only be the first story in the collection. But in any case, it was 💯% NOT what I was expecting! It‘s just an hour and half - listen and let me know what you think! 😄

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Thank You Friend | Tammy L. Bicket
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Thank you for my lovely package @Gissy !

I am so excited to try all the new turrones! (and I might even share 😉) and I‘ll enjoy having them with my new coffee!

Your book choices were great! I‘m eager to read them all! Lots of fun and adventures in store 😄 I really enjoyed the Aaron Elkins I read, so I‘m excited to be able to start the series from the beginning.

Oooo and my mug!! So pretty!

Thank you so much, friend! ❤️

monalyisha What an attractive package! 12mo
LeahBergen Ooo, this is lovely! 😍 12mo
mabell @monalyisha @LeahBergen I love it! So thoughtful! ❤️ 12mo
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Gissy What an adventure🤗I should write a short story☺️Last year was a mess then I couldn‘t find the turrón that is in the wood package. That is the best one. Then this year, everything was delayed due to COVID. I went to the store in various occasions waiting for that one but finally arrived😅Going shopping this year has been unique. The bookmark is from a small online store in Etsy. So glad you liked everything❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
Gissy I love the mug. I bought one for me too. I love Anthropology. They have some cozy, cute items❤️ 12mo
mabell @Gissy The wood box turrón is the BEST! The flavor is just amazing! Thank you so much for tracking it down - Chris and I love it! ❤️ And how cool the bookmark is from an Etsy store! So pretty and unique! Anthropologie is one of those stores where I go in and say I want that and that and that ... (then see the price! ??) Thank you so much everything! It was a perfect birthday box! ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
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As an Auntie being sent to find a Nintendo Switch - this is my reality... 😬🎄🤣

Thanks for the tag @rubyslippersreads !

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs @mabell 🤗🎄🤗 12mo
Megabooks That‘s a frustrating story! 12mo
mabell @Megabooks I hope it has a happy ending! 😅🤣 12mo
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Mystery Loves Company - Oxford | Oxford, MD (Bookstore)
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#bookmail 🎉🎉🎉 from a mystery-centric #indie

A signed edition of Donna Andrews‘ newest holiday mystery! 🎄

I‘m behind on the series (which I LOVE!), but I have books ready! 😄

batsy That looks so fun and festive! I've been meaning to read this series. 13mo
mabell @batsy You should! Witty humor, terrific characters, 100% wacky! The first one is 13mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy I‘ve been meaning to read it too. 13mo
mabell @rubyslippersreads I think you‘d like it! 😊 13mo
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Though I found Inspector Gently a clever and engaging protagonist, this mystery was not my cup of tea. At first I enjoyed the atmospheric setting, but it became entirely too gritty, with weird and uncomfortable musings. I fully intend to read another Gently - and I hope this one was anomaly due to setting and characters.

BookwormM I like the TV series never read the books 13mo
mabell @BookwormM I didn‘t realize there was a TV series! 13mo
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Henrietta Who? | Catherine Aird
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#2 in the Sloan & Crosby series, and a fun read.

A woman is found dead on a lonely village roadway, victim of a hit & run. What could be a sad but simple crime is complicated by the discovery that not only was the “accident” purposeful, but also that the woman could not have been the mother of her only daughter. Then who is Henrietta?
I found the dual investigations (By the police on side, and Henrietta herself on the other) to be very engaging.

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Signed #bookmail from Blackwell‘s 🎉

LeahBergen Nice! 👏🏻 13mo
mabell @LeahBergen It‘s so exciting to receive a package from the UK! 😄 And I thought this would be a timely read. 13mo
Chrissyreadit How was the book? 12mo
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mabell @Chrissyreadit Ha still TBR 😬 12mo
Chrissyreadit @mabell sometimes I have magical thinking that books work like osmosis. 🤣 12mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Let me know if that works! 😂 12mo
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The Stately Home Murder | Catherine Aird
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🎉 Newly-discovered terrific series 🎉

British cozy featuring Detective Inspector Sloan and his incorrigible Constable, Crosby. Quiet and witty, it‘s exactly what I was looking for. In this one, a murder victim is discovered in a manor house - during a weekly public tour. Along with the mystery, Ms. Aird weaves in historical details of estates and the gentry. Absolutely delightful!

AlaMich A buck 95?!? Ha! Those were the days... 14mo
LeahBergen This sounds like a great series! 👍🏻 14mo
mabell @AlaMich I know, crazy! (Though I got it used, so it was just a quarter. 😄) 14mo
mabell @LeahBergen I‘m reading my fourth one now! (I‘m a bit behind on reviews 🤣) This was the first I read, and my favorite so far, but all have been very enjoyable! 14mo
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Happy Birthday! | Ariel Books
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Happy Birthday to my friend @Gissy ! I hope it‘s a very special day full of books! 🎂🎉🎁📚

Gissy @mabell Thank you!! I love that print! So pretty! I'm answering now the comments because today, I was still celebrating my pandemic style Birthday! 😱☺️ 14mo
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His Burial Too | Catherine Aird
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Thank you for the tag @rubyslippersreads !
1. Mystery - worried daughter, missing man
2. Talking to my husband/family - they keep me sane-ish
3. 1904 - I would have loved to see the St. Louis World‘s Fair

#wondrouswednesday

rubyslippersreads Me too, since I‘m a big fan of “Meet Me in St. Louis.” 😊 14mo
Eggs All great responses ❣️❣️1904 - at the start of a new century! Thanks so much for playing 📚🤗👏🏻👌🏼 14mo
Eggs Thanks for the great responses 👏🏻📚👏🏻❤️ 14mo
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MaureenMc @rubyslippersreads Me, too! I used to bug my Mom by reciting along with the movie when we were watching it. 😆 14mo
rubyslippersreads @MaureenMc I‘ve seen it in a movie theater where audience members did the same thing. 😂 14mo
mabell @MaureenMc @rubyslippersreads My family still quotes the movie all the time! We love it too! ❤️ My brother in law is named Joe, so we maybe wore out the “Hello, Joe” quote 🤣 14mo
mabell Thanks @Eggs ! 14mo
MaureenMc @mabell Love it! I think my favorite is “Money! I hate, loathe, despise and abominate money!” “You also spend it.” 14mo
mabell @MaureenMc Yes!!! 😂 I need to watch it again now! 14mo
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Thank you so much for my birthday card @robinb ! And for the bookmark and note inside! ❤️

robinb You are welcome, Elizabeth! I hope you had a wonderful day! 🤗🤗 14mo
thebluestocking Happy belated birthday!! 💙 14mo
sisilia Happy belated birthday 🥳 14mo
mabell Thank you! @thebluestocking @sisilia ! ❤️ 14mo
mabell I did, thank you, @robinb ! ❤️ 14mo
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I love it all, Chrissy! So many lovely self-care things - I didn‘t know a bath salt push pop was a thing, and I absolutely need this 😆 Ted was super into my cozy aromatherapy set (I‘m going to have to keep those put up 🤣) I love your book choices, and I cannot tell you how ecstatic I am to have the Toll-Gate!! Thank you so much, sweet friend!

LeahBergen What wonderful gifts! I hope you had a lovely day (and hello to Ted 😆). 14mo
Chrissyreadit Happy Birthday!!! 🧡❤️🧡❤️🧡❤️🎉😘 14mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Happy birthday!🎈🎁🎉🎂 14mo
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mabell Thanks @LeahBergen ! My birthday is Sunday but Chrissy let me open them early. 😉 Ted says Hey! 🐶 14mo
mabell Thanks @Chrissyreadit ! I‘m excited to try my chamomile planter too! I thought it would be perfect to bring out mid-winter, but I don‘t know that I‘ll be able wait that long 🤣 14mo
batsy Happy early birthday! Lovely gifts. Ransome and Heyer 😍😍 14mo
Tanisha_A Happy birthday! 🎂📚 14mo
LeahBergen And Happy Birthday (today)! 📚❤️📚❤️ 14mo
rubyslippersreads Happy belated 🎂🎂🎂! 14mo
CrowCAH Happy belated birthday! 📚🎂🎈 14mo
BiblioLitten Happy belated birthday!! 🎉🥳 14mo
mabell @BiblioLitten Thank you! Still celebrating with pizza tonight! 😄🎉🍕 14mo
BiblioLitten @mabell Woohoo!! 😃🎉💕 14mo
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Chrissy!!! 😁😁😁🎉

Chrissyreadit Yay!!! Happy Birthday Surprises!! 14mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I‘m so excited, thank you!! 14mo
Avanders Awwwww 🥰🥰🥰 14mo
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mabell @Avanders Chrissy is so sweet! ❤️ 14mo
Avanders So sweet and thoughtful!! 💙😊 14mo
mabell @Avanders She really is!! Such a good friend! 14mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I have my opening party to look forward to tomorrow! 😄🎉 That‘s the longest I can be in suspense- I can‘t wait until my actual birthday! 🤣 14mo
Chrissyreadit @mabell It‘s your birthday🎶you can do what you want to 🎶🎂🎊🎉I think birthdays can be celebrated every day of that week or even month- 😘 14mo
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It‘s all so cool, Chrissy! The little lavender seed discs are so pretty and unique! And the face masks, bookish goodies, and bath bomb - I already feel truly pampered! What a fun surprise!! Thank you!!

Chrissyreadit Yay! It all just seemed like little ways to have r&r . The sage stick was just for fun- I liked the “idea” of smudging. 1y
Tanisha_A 😍 1y
LeahBergen How lovely! 💕 1y
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mabell @Tanisha_A @LeahBergen Such a fun surprise! My weekend is now planned 😄 1y
mabell @Chrissyreadit I forgot to include the card and sticker! LOVED those!! I‘m not familiar with smudging - is there a technique? 1y
Chrissyreadit @mabell smudging burns like incense but you waft it wherever you want to clear the air. You can smudge or not- see what you feel like. 1y
robinb Hi Elizabeth! Hope all is OK! Noticed you haven‘t been on for awhile...💕 1y
mabell Thanks for checking in @robinb ! I scroll through fairly often! I just keep putting off posting reviews! 🤣 1y
robinb @mabell Yay!!! Glad you‘re here! 😊👍 1y
Avanders ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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Ahhhh!! Chrissy, what‘s this!?? 😱😄

Chrissyreadit 😘😘😘🎉 1y
mabell @Chrissyreadit Thank you! This is so exciting! I‘ll open it while having my coffee in the morning! ❤️🥰 1y
Chrissyreadit You have a lot of patience!!! 1y
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mabell @Chrissyreadit Ha, not at all - I just love my package opening parties! 🎉🎁☕️🤣 1y
mabell @Chrissyreadit What a fun self care box!! I love it! The “It Will Be Ok” notepad is cracking me up! 😂😂 Is the candle company near you? It‘s such a pretty scent! 1y
Chrissyreadit Which candle is it? My short term memory often malfunctions! Especially when I have to remember stuff for school. 1y
mabell @Chrissyreadit It‘s the Hare Hill one! I‘m posting it now 😊 1y
Chrissyreadit Yes!!! I bought it in Davis WV at the cutest shop a few minutes from Blackwater Falls. I could have bought everything in that shop! 1y
mabell @Chrissyreadit How cool! I love it when little shops stock local things - it makes it so much more fun to browse! 1y
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First in series (each written by a different author) - Faith takes a new job as librarian at luxurious book retreat, Castleton Manor. She and her cat, Watson, will live in their own stone cottage on the extensive grounds, and the library is filled with valuable books - including 1st editions by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - a dream come true!

... But, what happened to the former librarian? Are some of those valuable editions forgeries? ⬇️

mabell And is her weathly, handsome employer involved?

Some over-the-top hostility, but overall enjoyable listen. I already started book 2.

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Librarybelle A library in a castle - sounds like a good setting! 1y
mabell @Librarybelle Complete with hidden passages! 😄 1y
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ferskner Oh wow, a different author! That's a fun idea!
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mabell @ferskner I thought that was interesting - I‘m on book 2 and so far there is fairly good continuity. It‘s part of a fiction club, and books are released on quick, set schedule. There are 24 already! I‘ve never heard of something like this before. (I checked it out in Hoopla) 1y
ferskner No, I haven't either! 1y
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The title should have clued me in, but there are a plethora of Oscar Wilde references - in his “Aunt Augusta”, his friend Oscar (who uses the voice of Lane the butler to screen his calls), and many witty quotes.

An entertaining dip into British village life - with a dose of murder.

#cozyinthesun

(I only purchased the first in the series awhile ago - now you can get episodes 1-3 for under $5!)

Librarybelle British cozies are fun to read! 1y
mabell @Librarybelle My favorite! 😄 1y
ferskner Oh my gosh that cover is fabulous! 1y
mabell @ferskner I agree! With a cover like that, I HAD to read it! 😄 (or listen, in this case) 1y
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Thank you for the tag @rubyslippersreads !

1. Hot dogs - filled with cheese! No bun needed or wanted.

2. Fireworks - most of the time.

3. Drink a lemon shake-up! 🍋

#ThoughtfulThursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ☺️⭐️🎇♥️ 1y
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The #staycationintimeswap was so much fun last year! Sign ups close soon!

And @Chrissyreadit runs the best swaps!! Check out her post for the link!

Chrissyreadit Thanks!!!!❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Chrissyreadit @mabell not this year? 1y
mabell @Chrissyreadit I‘ve been taking a hiatus from joining swaps for a bit. I‘m trying to get things in order, and I spend an inordinate amount of time obsessing over a swap. 🤣 1y
Chrissyreadit @mabell ha! I get it! This one is the one I have spent the most time on of all the swaps I‘ve been in and done- so I completely appreciate that ❤️😘 1y
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Blue Ribbon Cookies | Maria Polushkin Robbins
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Looking for a “winner” of a cookie recipe this morning 🍪🤓

MaureenMc I love cookbooks like this! 1y
mabell @MaureenMc I do too! You never know what gems you‘re going to find! 1y
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The Westing Game | Ellen Raskin
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In brief - a kids‘ version of Clue. But otherwise very difficult to encapsulate - intriguing, sad, equalizing, witty, snide, confusing, unsettling. I‘m not sure that I was happy with it (see the trend of the adjectives), but it was quite a tale, and well-told.

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Once again, I loved reading this story of the plight of Catherine Moreland - heroine. Our place as jaded, worldly readers is to smile and shake our heads at Catherine‘s innocence, but also to admire her steadfast and forthright nature. Our heroine finds life doesn‘t always imitate art - every abbey is not the setting for recreating Udolpho; the world is a confusing place (see quote); and adventures are not without hardship and heartbreak. ⬇️

mabell But, fortunately for our heroine, the world can also be a wonderful place when shared with the witty and charming Mr. Tilney. ❤️ (edited) 1y
mabell *Catherine also “learnt to love a hyacinth” 1y
mabell #bookspin - January! 🎉🎉 1y
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mabell @TheAromaofBooks I thought I tagged you, but I guess I didn‘t! 🤪 1y
TheAromaofBooks January!! 😂 That's fantastic! 1y
mabell @TheAromaofBooks I‘m trying to stay just shy of breakneck speed 🤣 1y
mabell Oh and thank you again for my pretty copy @Gissy ! I held it very carefully while reading to keep it nice. ☺️ 1y
Gissy @mabell That's nice! I'm doing the same with ones I received from you🤗📚📚❤️❤️❤️ 1y
LibrarianRyan @mabell yes it does! 1y
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What a sweet surprise! Thank you, Chrissy!! 🥰

Chrissyreadit Ha!!! This just posted. I literally just sent email to make sure it arrived! It seemed like fun!!! 2y
mabell It was! And such a nice surprise! ❤️😊 I‘ll reply to your email today once I‘m caught up with all the beginning of the week stuff 🤪 2y
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Saturnin | Jirotka, Zden?k
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1. I don‘t read very many books in translation. The tagged is the last one I can remember for certain. I highly enjoyed it!

2. I used to read novels in Spanish, but over the last 15 years, I‘ve lost much of it. My French was never as good, and unlike wine, it hasn‘t improved with age either. Le sigh.

#two4tuesday Thanks for the tag @CarolynM ! I‘m curious what your answers would be @MaureenMc 😊

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😊 2y
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Fortunately, the Milk | Neil Gaiman
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Starting Monday on a wildly imaginative note ✔️
Finishing my April #bookspin book ✔️

A fun story with great illustrations. I loved the kids‘ interjections and how the story adjusts to incorporate them. Great!

Also works for #bbrc #middlegrademadeeasy #lessthan120pages

TheAromaofBooks This one has been on my list for a while!! 2y
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 2y
mabell @TheAromaofBooks Same! Glad I finally got it! One #bookspin month down - just 3 to catch up on! 😄 2y
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mabell @LibrarianRyan My first Gaiman! I haven‘t read Coraline - the movie upset me, but this one looked goofy 🤪 2y
JaclynW I love this one!! 2y
mabell @JaclynW I really enjoyed it! I had no idea what to expect, so it was a fun ride! 2y
JaclynW @mabell The audio is really fun to have along with the book (and illustrations). You'll have to try again with that.😊 2y
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I‘m late to the #ispy party! But I found a gold cover (the lettering is gold ❤️😍) for @jenniferw88 and a white cover for @Eggs

Would anyone like to find a teal cover? 😄

Eggs Good one! 2y
jenniferw88 😊 2y
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