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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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Sorcery and Cecelia: An Epistolary Fantasy by Patricia C. Wrede, Caroline Stevermer
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Summer Moonshine by P.G. Wodehouse
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Death in Cornwall by G.M. Malliet
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Here's England: A Highly Informal Guide by Ruth McKenney, Richard Bransten
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Some Die Eloquent by Catherine Aird
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Slight Mourning by Catherine Aird
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A Late Phoenix by Catherine Aird
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Buried for Pleasure by Edmund Crispin
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The Long Farewell by Michael Innes
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Death is No Sportsman by Cyril Hare
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Untimely Death by Cyril Hare
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Moonspinners by Mary Stewart
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Witch Miss Seeton | Heron Carvic
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Though I at first had reservations about continuing, I ended up enjoying this mystery immensely. Seasonally appropriate with a cult religion, witchcraft and bonfires, Miss Seeton saves the day (literally).

“Keep Miss Seeton under control? There was no such animal. She‘d go capering off armed with innocence and an umbrella, and everything‘d be backsides-up from here to Land‘s End in no time flat”

1971 for #192025

Librarybelle Sounds like a perfectly themed book for this time of year! 7d
mabell @Librarybelle Absolutely! 5d
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The Novel Neighbor | St. Louis, MO (Bookstore)
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This sounds like so much fun! It will be quite a few months before I partake of the boozy, but I‘m here for the ‘Witches! And the book fair 😄

https://thenovelneighbor.com/events/boo-zy-brews-and-witches-book-fair?mc_cid=68...

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The latest in the Paws and Claws series, and a good one! A dead tree near the new town convention center is dangerously dropping limbs. In removing it, a 20 year old mystery is revived…

Many of the familiar Wagtail characters play a part, and we meet a few new ones, including Holly‘s mom! And Officer Dave is finally able to use common sense to eliminate a murder suspect, instead of staunching sticking to the “facts.”

2022 for #192025

Librarybelle I need to try this series by her! 1w
mabell @Librarybelle One of the few series that I‘ve kept up with! It isn‘t my favorite, but it‘s cute - with the whole mountain resort town dog & cat friendly. The definition of “cozy!” 1w
Librarybelle 😁 1w
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Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief | Wendelin Van Draanen
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The fun cover caught my eye, and it‘s a fun story too.

Sammy Keyes is a spunky girl facing a number of challenges - not the least of which is starting 7th grade! She lives with her grandmother, but shouldn‘t, as it‘s a senior housing facility. Limited on what she can do since she has to lay low, she checks out the neighborhood with binoculars. And that is when she sees a man riffling a purse in the apartment across the street, and he sees her…⬇️

mabell Sammy is a smart detective, and I loved the comeuppance she served to her personal bully. A little overly MG at times for me, like watching Disney/Nickelodeon show, but overall enjoyable.

1998 for #192025
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Librarybelle Fun choice! 2w
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Another good installment in the bedtime reading genre.

A heavy dose of Egyptian history, with a description of ancient sites. The book primarily covers the area of Nubia (now under Lake Nasser) and Thebes/Luxor. The commentary on the sites struck me as a bit odd until I realized the book is meant to be a tour guide, as well. There is a lot of - “And on your left, you will see a relief of Ramses II on his chariot in battle.”

mabell One unresolved question regards the defaced tomb of Menna. Why was his face erased in all the depictions? The book gives a reason (Menna usurped the tomb, and the family members of the original owner got revenge); however, I cannot find confirmation of that theory!

1983 for #192025
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Librarybelle Yay for good bedtime reading! And I love armchair traveling! 2w
mabell @Librarybelle I agree about armchair travel! Sometimes it‘s more enjoyable then the real thing 😆 2w
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Murder on the Half Shelf | Lorna Barrett
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Potty time has been taking a bit lately, so I grabbed a cozy to read while we wander. 🐶💕

Golly this was not good. There was nothing cozy about this. (*wait* there are a few recipes in the back 😆)
Trisha, the MC, seems to have a fairly depressing life, the town is full of unpleasant people, and there is more out-of -left-field drama than you can shake a stick at. I can‘t think of anything positive or cozy about it.

mabell The writing is average, not witty or clever. Even the murder investigation doesn‘t save it, as the denouement was unable to be deduced from anything the reader had been told. It was as if the author didn‘t know how to tie a motive, so she fabricated a nonexistent back story in the last 10 pages.

2012 for #192025
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tpixie Sad the book was not good 3w
mabell @tpixie That‘s ok - my shelves are full of plenty more to try! 😄 I love the cozy genre; I just don‘t seem to love many of the examples. 🤷‍♀️ 3w
tpixie @mabell yes there‘s always more to read! They can‘t all be 5 stars ⭐️ 3w
Librarybelle Like @tpixie said - definitely not all 5 stars. Sad this one was poorly done 3w
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Witch Miss Seeton | Heron Carvic
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Happy Fall! (around here fall starts at least by mid-August 😆)

I love my mug @Gissy ! 🎃

I almost bailed on this one immediately, as it kicked off with a victim of animal sacrifice. 😖 But reading a bit more, I got pulled in - it‘s so much fun to see how Miss Seeton innocently always comes out on top.

Gissy So nice to know that you liked it🤗I‘m also using my fall mug. Here is still so hot but in my mind autumn is in the air🍁🍂 3w
mabell @Gissy It‘s cooler, but it still gets pretty warm with the sun. It was low 80s today, which doesn‘t feel very fall! Good thing we have all our fall accessories to help us pretend 😄 3w
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A series of child murders, and the Sup. Delphick, without any leads, grasped at a straw by requesting Miss Seeton draw one of the child victims. A newspaper caught wind of the experiment and stationed a reporter on the scene to see what the “Battling Brolly” may be up to. It turns out, Miss S‘ village is about to become the center of attention (again!)

I didn‘t enjoy this one quite as much as the first, partially due to the subject matter ⬇️

mabell and partially that there was a little too much going on. I enjoyed seeing the development/participation of the characters from the first and seeing how new characters may join the village fold. ⬇️ 3w
mabell I just found a bit a trivia looking up the publication dates! The author Heron Carvic, Geoffrey Rupert William Harris was an English author and actor, who voiced “Gandalf” in the BBC reenactment of the Hobbit for radio. I have books 1-3, and Heron Carvic wrote 5. The popularity of the series led to other titles being written after his death. 3w
mabell 1969 for #192025 3w
Librarybelle Fun but of trivia! 3w
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Erin Coleridge owns a bookstore in Yorkshire & is a member of a local Jane Austen Society. The society is in turmoil - member infighting and power struggles - and the murder of the president! Was her death related to the society, her prickly personality, or something she knows about one of the many villagers hiding secrets? Erin‘s avid interest in crime leads her to investigate, to the consternation of the police.

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2019 for #192025

mabell On a positive note, these pumpkin cupcakes were yummy! The book - Not my favorite. The physical descriptions began to get on my nerves, and certain themes were so emphasized that they negatively affected the flow of the narrative, such as multiple examples of atheism (just odd) and, for the MC, almost every situation, scent, or sight brought to mind her father or the loss of her mother. ⬇️ 4w
mabell I‘m probably being overly critical, and I‘m sure it was just the cumulative effect of once you notice, you can‘t un-notice. But I‘m not too interested in reading on. 4w
Librarybelle At least the pumpkin cupcakes were good! 4w
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Crinoline_Laphroaig I just finished audiobook. It was over 8hrs. I think it should have been 6 Hrs tops. It dragged but overall I liked. 4w
mabell @Librarybelle Oh yes! 😄🧁🎃 4w
mabell @Crinoline_Laphroaig I listened to it too, and sometimes I wonder if I would have enjoyed a book more if I had read it vs listened. Or vice versa! 4w
tpixie The book may have been so so but those cupcakes look yummy! 🧁 4w
mabell @tpixie They were! I‘m in full fall mode already - on to apple cake! 😄🍁🍎 4w
tpixie @mabell yes!!! I need to get my pumpkin spice latte this weekend!! Apple cake sounds delicious also! I don‘t think I‘ve ever had that! 4w
mabell @tpixie Oh I need to get my PSL too! This is the apple cake recipe that I‘m going to try 😊 https://alexandracooks.com/2011/11/16/cooking-with-my-mama-teddies-apple-cake/ 3w
tpixie @mabell my daughter is picking up my first pumpkin spice latte now after church!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks delicious!! I may have to try it after I get back from Paris!! 3w
mabell @tpixie I hope it was yummy! I‘ll pick up mine soon 😄 Have a wonderful time in Paris! 3w
tpixie @mabell 🥳🌺🇫🇷♥️ 3w
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It‘s here, Sarah!

#LMPBC #GroupL

Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍 1mo
LeahBergen You‘re in for a treat! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! It was a fun read!! 1mo
mabell @LeahBergen @TheAromaofBooks @Chrissyreadit I‘m looking forward to it! It has been on my TBR for quite a long time! 4w
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Murder on "B" Deck | Vincent Starrett
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Not as much fun as the other transatlantic cruise book I just read!
The author was a journalist, fiction writer and Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, so I had high hopes for this ocean-based mystery (especially since the back blurb mentioned “humorous.”) However, the plot, writing, and dialogue struck me as amateurish, and the classist tones overshadowed the little enjoyment I had in reading it.

1929 for #192025

Librarybelle That‘s a shame! 1mo
batsy That's a bummer! These editions have such cute covers, though 🙂 1mo
mabell @Librarybelle It was worth a try! I‘m always on the lookout for a “forgotten gem” mystery 😊 1mo
mabell @batsy Yep, I was completely sucked in by the cover 😆 The was the first American Classics mystery I‘ve come across! 1mo
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The Girl on the Boat | P. G. Wodehouse
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A fun summer-y jaunt that follows a quirky set of characters from NY to a transatlantic ship to the English countryside. Full of fiancés, misunderstandings, and hijinks - only Wodehouse could contrive to have it all turn out right in the end!

There was a movie in the 60s, which I have to see! ?

I‘ll get it on its way to you, Chrissy!

#LMPBC #GroupL
1922 for #192025

Chrissyreadit 🙌🙌🙌🙌 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
mabell I forgot to tag you @Librarybelle ! 🤦‍♀️ 1mo
Librarybelle No worries! Hooray for Wodehouse! 1mo
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Always love Pratchett‘s witches! 🧙‍♀️🖤
I enjoyed this introduction to Tiffany Aching (who would have thought so much trouble could arise from one dance?!) Though I did feel a bit icky that she was 13 😬

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The Girl on the Boat | P. G. Wodehouse
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Looking forward to starting the next #LMPBC read!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I hope you enjoy it!! 2mo
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Regency Buck | Georgette Heyer
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Newly orphaned Miss Tavener and her brother, Sir Peregrine, are now under the care of their guardian, an acquaintance of their father‘s who must be quite old and disagreeable…

So much fun! Not a book to start when you can‘t sit and read it through. One situation pops up after another, and you just have to know what happens next!

It took a little longer to finish than it otherwise would because I had “help.” (Just a few more pages, Ted!!)

Chrissyreadit Can‘t wait! 😘🙌🤣 2mo
julieclair Yay! You finished! Can‘t wait until it‘s my turn. 😀 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I'm starting my book today, but it should read pretty fast!! 2mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit @julieclair @TheAromaofBooks I think you‘ll all enjoy it! 😊 2mo
mabell @TheAromaofBooks For you, definitely! 🤣 You are one of the most prolific readers I know! 2mo
Chrissyreadit @mabell I agree prolific is exactly the right word to describe @TheAromaofBooks 😘 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @mabell @Chrissyreadit - haha well thank you! I blame my mother, who taught me to read at the age of 3 😂 I've been hooked ever since!!! 2mo
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Regency Buck | Georgette Heyer
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Seriously tempted to throw over all plans for the day to finish this! Really, I think that may be the more responsible thing to do. I thought about the story all day yesterday, so finishing it would help my productivity. Right? 😆 #LMPBC #GroupL

julieclair You should absolutely finish it! You would be too distracted to do anything else anyway. 😉 2mo
mabell @julieclair Oh exactly! 😄 2mo
LeahBergen Do it! 2mo
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mabell @LeahBergen Litsy friends always give the best advice! 😁 2mo
Chrissyreadit Yes!!! Read Away! 2mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Ha! I was just about to post my review! 🤣 2mo
Chrissyreadit Cant wait! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Her books always keep me wanting to read just one more page 😂 2mo
mabell @TheAromaofBooks I thought that too - reading her books compulsively is pretty much the norm 😆 Have you read The Toll-Gate? 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I don't think I've read that one, actually! 2mo
mabell @TheAromaofBooks I really liked it! I mentioned it because it was one that didn‘t follow the “formula” quite as much. It was quite an adventure! 2mo
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Roman Britain: Outpost of the Empire | Howard Hayes Scullard
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The sales pitch for this book could be “Perfect for Bedtime!”

1. Interesting enough to keep your attention
2. Boring enough you begin to feel drowsy
3. No temptation to read “just one more page”

In all seriousness, this is quite an approachable book on Roman Britain, a time period I knew absolutely nothing about. The only prior knowledge I had was Bryson stumbling across a mosaic in Notes from a Small Island. Britain may have been an outpost ⬇️

mabell but it still was run with the singular Roman efficiency. I find what the Romans were able to accomplish quite fascinating, especially with regard to infrastructure like the Roman Roads and Hadrian‘s Wall. 2mo
mabell Just one of many points I found interesting - Romans tended to blend religiously better with polytheistic territories, as they generally took the stance, “We‘ll accept your gods, and we expect you to accept ours”, a principle which obviously would not be satisfactory to monotheistic religions. 2mo
Librarybelle Love the sales pitch! 😂 Glad you liked this one! 2mo
mabell @Librarybelle I did! And I‘ve moved on to Egypt, which will hopefully have the same tagline 😆 2mo
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Blandings Castle | P. G. Wodehouse
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I hate to be curmudgeonly about a Wodehouse, but I didn‘t enjoy this audiobook. The reader, with a deep, ponderous voice, didn‘t fit the sprightlyness of the characters that makes Wodehouse fun. (Though his voice was well suited for McCallister, the gardener!) But I didn‘t care for the book itself either. Only the first half was dedicated to Blandings, and the other half are random and Hollywood-based stories.

mabell I liked my first introduction to Blandings, however; and my favorite story was probably Lord Elmsworth and the Girl Friend. ❤️ 2mo
Librarybelle The wrong voice narrator can certainly make a book less enjoyable. I‘ve not read anything with Blandings - very interesting! 2mo
mabell @Librarybelle I liked the Blandings stories, but for truly ridiculous humor, I still think Bertie and Jeeves can‘t be beat! 😄 2mo
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DCI St. Just is investigating a murder at St. Michael‘s College, Cambridge. It‘s a fundraising weekend, which began by feting a group of well-heeled alumni, but ended in murder. The language is a bit colorful for me at times, but I really enjoy how St. Just questions everyone involved, not just eliciting the facts, but probing for perceptions and feelings. How he manages to piece these together results in a surprising resolution to the crime.

mabell My first read that counts toward #192025 ! This one is #2010 2mo
mabell My only quibble is that the victim was strikingly similar to that of the last book, Death and the Lit Chick. The murderer‘s identity and motivation is very similar as well, now that I think about it. 2mo
Librarybelle Hooray! I‘ve not read any in this series yet…I have the Max Tudor series on my tbr. 2mo
mabell @Librarybelle I do too! I saw they were available in hoopla, so they‘re on my radar to try out. I was a little nervous they may be a more serious cozy. 2mo
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The Novel Neighbor | St. Louis, MO (Bookstore)
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My mom was visiting today, so we went to a new-to-us bookstore! It was such a welcoming place, where you could easily lose hours browsing! (And not just books - candles, games, kitchen items, drinks and mugs - everything a book lover might need 😊)

This is my book haul that I‘m quite excited about! 🎉

mabell The first in a fun and unique sounding cozy series: 2mo
mabell A century old mystery reprint set on a transatlantic liner: 2mo
Gissy Nice and the perfect day! 📚🙌 2mo
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mabell @Gissy It was! And it was over 100 outside 😳, so a good day to be in a bookstore! 2mo
Gissy @mabell The best place to be📚📚📚📚🙌 2mo
MaureenMc I love The Novel Neighbor. 🥰 2mo
mabell @MaureenMc My mom and I did too! No idea how we‘ve missed it since it‘s 5 minutes from my house 😆 2mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Cynthia, thank you for a fabulous gift package! I love it all! The cute book pouch, pens and journal, and the cozy socks! Plus the “I didn‘t know this existed but I absolutely need it” - book fan!

I especially loved your PnP packet with the tiny book journal you made! You put in so much time and care into the little touches, it‘s lovely! 😍

MaureenMc 😍 2mo
CrowCAH Yay it made it! You‘re so very super welcome! 🥰 Great gifts to an amazing co-host!!! 2mo
mabell @MaureenMc Such a pretty Jane parcel! ❤️ 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH So thoughtful! And I loved the note! Thank you! ☺️ 2mo
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2mo
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Knitty Magazine‘s First Fall Surprise Issue arrived in my inbox this morning. Looking at the details of the cute dog rug pattern, I read the author‘s bio, and found she is the editor of the tagged book. It‘s a story of a WWI family, with patterns updated from that time. The hats! 😍

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A relaxing Sunday evening 🛁 - thank you for the bath salts, Chrissy! The grapefruit scent is scrumptious!

I love crosswords, but I‘m picky. I want to be able to guess the answers. 😆 The puzzles in this book strike a pretty good difficulty balance, but my all-time favorites were Maura Jacobson‘s in NY Mag ❤️

LiteraryinLawrence Maura Jacobson is my favorite too! It was challenging but doable for my family to collectively do while on vacations. 3mo
Chrissyreadit 😘😘😘 3mo
mabell @LiteraryinLawrence Exactly! That‘s how I felt about them too. I have a small stash, torn out from my old issues, that I save for when I travel! 3mo
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mabell @Chrissyreadit ❤️ I hope you‘re still having a fabulous trip! 3mo
Chrissyreadit @mabell I am- there is a lot to do in Portland, and my brothers house border a state park- pretty hikes outside the door, and a botanical garden 5 minutes away I have not made it to yet! But we did get to the Japanese garden and Rose Garden! 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit That sounds absolutely perfect 😍 Portland is on our list to visit! 3mo
Chrissyreadit @mabell it is a city of extremes and contradictions- but filled with things to do 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit That‘s interesting! Not how I pictured it at all. 2mo
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Miss Seeton, a pleasant art teacher, recently inherited a cottage in the country. The night before repairing there, she intervened (with her umbrella) in a murderous domestic dispute. Her sketch of the murderer puts the police on his track, but Miss Seeton‘s involvement puts the murderer on hers. ⬇️

mabell The Battling Brolly (an erroneous sobriquet applied her by the press) is repeatedly plunged into danger, from which each time she is inexplicably extracted. Also inexplicable is her uncanny ability to foresee or interpret events into her drawings, and Chief Inspector Delphick (The Oracle) finds them quite useful in their investigations. 3mo
MaureenMc This sounds fun! 3mo
mabell @MaureenMc It‘s really a unique premise! 3mo
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The Camelot Caper | Elizabeth Peters
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I picked up the tagged book at this cute little used bookshop, the Literary Lizard, in Placenia, Belize. The owner brought many of the books from Canada, packed in suitcases! Most books were available for purchase, but she also keeps a selection for check-out. A fun find! (Though a bit warm for extended browsing - no AC 😅)

JamieArc Cute! 3mo
mabell @JamieArc It was! The decor was so welcoming and cozy - I wish I‘d taken more photos! 3mo
CarolynM Enjoy the book - it‘s not my favourite visit with my book boyfriend (called “Cousin John” in this one) but still fun🙂 3mo
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mabell @CarolynM Is this a Vicky Bliss? The description sounded like a standalone. “Not my favorite” doesn‘t move it up the TBR 😆 3mo
CarolynM I‘d call it a standalone, although it‘s sometimes listed as the first Vicky Bliss (even though she doesn‘t appear🤷🏻‍♀️). It‘s a fun story, so don‘t let the “not my favourite” put you off🙂 3mo
mabell @CarolynM Ha, interesting! 🤔 It does sound fun - reminded me of a Mary Stewart-like plot. 3mo
BiblioLitten So cute! Reminds me of those nooksy ice cream places. 💚💕 3mo
mabell @BiblioLitten It does! She did such a good job making it eye catching and fun. There were lounge chairs and tables with games. She also said she could make Italian sodas - she was talking to my husband and I was browsing, so it didn‘t really register. I wish I had taken her up on it! 3mo
CaramelLunacy I don't specifically remember this one, but I enjoy Elizabeth Peters' novels, so I hope you have a good time 3mo
mabell @CaramelLunacy I really enjoyed Crocodile on the Sandbank! This one sounds intriguing. Do you have an favorites? 2mo
CaramelLunacy @mabell Crocodile on the Sandbank for being such a fun intro and I am very fond of The Falcon at the Portal as well. 2mo
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Black Sheep | Georgette Heyer
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These are a few choices I found for our #LMPBC #GroupL

If you‘ve read these, or they don‘t appeal, I can definitely pull other selections 😊

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Chrissyreadit I think I would really enjoy Regency Buck, but any of them work for me!!! But, especially Heyer. 3mo
LeahBergen Ooo! 👀 3mo
julieclair These all look great! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm good with any of these!! I have read all of them, but it has been at least five years so I don't remember any of the details so I'm 100% happy with rereading them haha I do remember The Mating Season being one of my favorites. 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit @julieclair @TheAromaofBooks Great! Let‘s say Regency Buck as the pick. This should be fun! 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen Have you read these? All the Heyers are on my TBR 😄 3mo
mabell @TheAromaofBooks The Mating Season is my favorite! I thought it would be fun to reread and see what others think along the way 😊 But all the Heyers sounded good too! Do you have many Heyers left that you haven‘t read? 3mo
LeahBergen I‘ve only read Black Sheep but own the other three. 😆 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I had to pull up Heyer's list of works to see what I have left!! I haven't really read any of her mysteries or non-romance writings, although my sister read a mystery of hers and really enjoyed it, so I'm still planning to check those out as well!! Otherwise, it looks like there are still maybe 10-12 I haven't read yet. And I've yet to find one I wasn't excited to reread as well haha 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen I have so many left to read 😄 Black Sheep looked like fun! 3mo
mabell @TheAromaofBooks I LOVE her mysteries! They are my comfort rereads 😊 (except Penhallow) I‘m surprised you still have that many left to read! And I‘m glad Chrissy found one you hadn‘t read yet 🤣 I‘m looking forward to all the books chosen! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I know, I think this is going to be a really fun round!!! 3mo
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Nothing But Wodehouse | Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
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So exciting - my first time joining the #LMPBC !

@TheAromaofBooks created Group L for “happy fiction” - such as Wodehouse, Heyer, etc. - some of my favorites! 🎉

The tough part will be narrowing down my “possibles” stack 🤣

TheAromaofBooks Same!!! I have soooo many good ones!!! 3mo
Chrissyreadit What a great idea!!! 3mo
mabell @TheAromaofBooks I‘m so glad you thought of it! 3mo
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mabell Yay @Chrissyreadit !! So glad you‘re joining us! 3mo
Chrissyreadit Oh- are there a few Heyer books neither of you have read? @TheAromaofBooks @mabell ? I will probably order a book because I think I‘ve read all the ones I have. I have not read any Wodehouse. 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit There are lots I haven‘t read! But I don‘t think it‘s limited to Heyer or Wodehouse, so if you have others that would be happy 😄 - that‘s fine with me! 3mo
Chrissyreadit Ok- but I do love her! Have either of you read Venetia or The Grand Sophie? Just thinking ahead…. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @Chrissyreadit - YAY!! I'm always happy to read with you!!! I think I may have read The Grand Sophy, but definitely back in the mists of time! 😂 And I don't think I've read a single Heyer that I wouldn't be happy to reread, so there's that. I'm planning to choose a Wodehouse and I'm excited to introduce you to him!! His books can be a little madcap but are just so fun and happy. 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I haven‘t read either one! (Though I have a lovely copy of The Grand Sophy I‘m looking forward to reading 🥰) 3mo
Chrissyreadit @TheAromaofBooks @mabell since both of you have a connection to The Grand Sophy I May order the other one, and hope our 4th person has not read it. But either way I will have a new Heyer. I‘m so glad you introduced me to her Elizabeth. 3mo
Chrissyreadit I ordered Frederica too- have either of you read that one? Honestly they all sound so good to me. 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit No I haven‘t read that one yet 😊 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @Chrissyreadit - I have read that one, but it's been several years and I remember thoroughly enjoying it, so I am totally down for a reread!! 3mo
Chrissyreadit @TheAromaofBooks have you read Venetia? 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @mabell @Chrissyreadit - Woohoo!! We have our fourth member!!! Glad to have you join us @julieclair !!! Here is some of the discussion we've been having about our possible books!! Also, Chrissy, I just realized I never answered your question 😅 I have NOT read Venetia yet!! 3mo
Chrissyreadit @julieclair welcome! Have you read Venetia by Heyer? If not that will be my pick. 3mo
julieclair @TheAromaofBooks , @mabell , @Chrissyreadit I‘m so excited to join this group! Thanks for pulling me in to this discussion. Believe it or not, I have never read ANY Georgette Heyer books. 🫣 So yes, Venetia is just fine with me. 😀 I have read (and loved) several of Wodehouse‘s Jeeves books, but have never read any of his other works. 3mo
julieclair Have y'all read any of these already? Thoughts or preferences? 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair - These all sound fantastic!!! I have read An Accomplished Woman but it has been several years and I quite enjoyed it, although not as much as another novel by Morgan that I keep meaning to reread. I would be happy with any of your choices!! 3mo
mabell Great to have you join us @julieclair ! This is going to be a fun group! 😄 I love your choices! I‘ve been wanting to read Diary of a Provincial Lady, so I‘m leaning toward that one. But any you suggested would be perfect! 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Venetia sounds good to me! 3mo
Chrissyreadit @julieclair I love your choices! And have not read any- I will go with whatever all of you choose. I‘m really looking forward to this ❤️ 3mo
julieclair This group will be so much fun! I think I will go with 3mo
julieclair It was my first choice, and since @mabell has been wanting to read it and @Chrissyreadit and @TheAromaofBooks have not read it, it was an easy decision! 📗🤔😀 3mo
Chrissyreadit 🙌❤️🙌 @julieclair 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair - Sounds fabulous!!! 3mo
mabell @julieclair Perfect! 😄 3mo
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The Thin Man | Dashiell Hammett
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Stray Rescue (which enriched our lives with Bell and Ted 🐶❤️) is having an art auction.

This is one of the pieces! 😍😍

“Nick, Nora & Asta too”
Artist - Maxine Thirteen

I‘m already afraid I will be outbid! 😭

https://e.givesmart.com/s/:g9XV6bOhFNH/e/qRf/i/

MaureenMc Good luck! 🍀🤞 4mo
mabell @MaureenMc Thank you! 🤞 4mo
Avanders 🤞🏽🤞🏽🤞🏽 4mo
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LeahBergen Ohhhh, my Johnny would love that one! 😆 Here‘s hoping you get it!! 🤞🤞🤞 4mo
mabell @Avanders @LeahBergen Isn‘t it terrific?? At least, even if I don‘t win, it‘s supporting a great cause! ❤️ But I hope I win 😆😆 3mo
Chrissyreadit Did you win? 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I did!! I‘m so excited! It isn‘t available to pick up until the end of the week, so I haven‘t seen it in person yet 3mo
Chrissyreadit I bet your house is so much fun! Do you know where you are putting it? 3mo
Chrissyreadit I have to send you pics of my garden - I‘m way behind this year and the weeds have overtaken most of it 3mo
mabell Not yet! My house is a hot mess 🤣 And my garden sounds like yours! 3mo
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1. 👵🕵️🌂🎨🏡🐓

2. I can‘t think of a novel off the top of my head, but I would love a sequel to Bread Toast Crumbs. Beautiful photography, and more important, delicious recipes!

3. Made for a few highly enjoyable lunches! (Tagged in comments)

Thanks @robinb for the tag! ❤️

#wondrouswednesday

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This is a truly “feel good” cozy mystery. A start-over story for Kate, a NY pastry chef, who lands unemployed in a small town in FL. She is reluctantly given a job at The Cookie House (no cookies for sale, just bread!), but she is quickly drawn into the small town family when her new employer is charged with murder. I love the friendship between Kate & Maxi, the flower shop owner next door, and the positive vibe of all the characters. 🥰

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The Grasshopper Trap | Patrick F. McManus
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Quite entertaining 😄 I was intrigued by the title & blurbs: “high class humor” & “immortalizing the ridiculous”, but I was unfamiliar with the book & author. Patrick McManus was a writer of outdoorsy humor & a frequent contributor of pieces to periodicals. This book is a collection of stories about his misadventures - hunting (including grasshoppers), fishing, etc with friends. Fun as bedtime reading, but LOLing isn‘t good for winding down 😆

MaureenMc My brother loves this author. 😊 4mo
mabell @MaureenMc I will definitely keep my eye out for others by him! 😄 4mo
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Ramona and Her Mother | Beverly Cleary, Alan Tiegreen
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Just found this in a secondhand shop! 🥰 My French isn‘t quite there, but I could muddle through. 😅

I thought of you when I saw it @BennettBookworm - The thing about Tintin is it has more pictures 🤣

MaureenMc 🥰 4mo
BennettBookworm Ahhhh I love this so much!! 😄 4mo
mabell @MaureenMc @BennettBookworm I love the cover, too - It‘s a keeper! (even if unread 😆) 4mo
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Cocktail Time | P. G. Wodehouse
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Billed as “Part 3 of the Jeeves and Wooster Series”, and read by Jonathan Cecil (my favorite!)

It turns out Jeeves & Wooster are not in the story, but still a lot of fun! As is customary in a Wodehouse tale, quite a few characters are in a jam. The fun is seeing how the jam really gets sticky before it is all worked out! The unconventional Lord Freddie Ickenham undertakes to remedy the little problems and bring the sundered hearts together.

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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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Your recipe cards were lovely @BennettBookworm ! The bell pepper and cinnamon rolls drawings are fabulous, and make the recipes even more special! 😊 I haven‘t ever had potato knish, but I‘m already reading Smitten Kitchen‘s post, and I have to try those too!

mabell PS @BennettBookworm I speak a teensy bit of French. I was a Spanish major, but always loved French (it wasn‘t offered in school growing up), so I took a few classes in college. I‘m always trying to learn more and become at least conversational 😊 4mo
LeahBergen These are lovely! 4mo
BennettBookworm Yayyy I‘m so glad you like them! Lol that‘s so cool, I‘m the opposite where I studied French in school and now am trying to learn Spanish! I was predicting the French connection based on all of your Tintin TBR books 😂❤️ 4mo
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mabell @LeahBergen So pretty! These I cannot spill food on while cooking 😆 4mo
mabell @BennettBookworm Ha! That‘s funny! Are you learning Spanish for fun? Do you get to use your French often? Tintin is so much fun! I found I could read the French fairly well with the picture context, so I thought that‘s a perfect way to practice. Plus it‘s the original language, so I could read it untranslated! 😄 4mo
BennettBookworm That‘s awesome! Yeah I‘ve just wanted to learn Spanish for a long time living in NYC, and French I try to use as much as possible 😍 4mo
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Red House Mystery | A A Milne
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Suzanne, I love it all! The book came in cute wrapping with a card. So nice! ❤️ The cover is so cool, and I‘m excited to read AA Milne‘s mystery! The recipes you chose sound so good! Chris (husband and partner-in-food) is particularly looking forward to the cinnamon rolls. 😄 Your cards are gorgeous! They will have their own post!

Thank you so much!

LeahBergen This is a book I‘ve been meaning to read for years. And what a pretty edition! 4mo
BennettBookworm I‘m so overjoyed that you like them!! And this book looked so fun! ❤️ So happy we were partners!! 4mo
mabell @LeahBergen I hadn‘t heard of it until recently! I might just dive right in. 😄 It is a striking cover! 4mo
mabell @BennettBookworm I am too! Thank you so much for hosting! I‘ll keep you posted as I make the recipes! 😊 4mo
BennettBookworm Same here! 🙌🏻👩🏻‍🍳 4mo
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The recipes are here! #recipeswap

BennettBookworm Hooray!! 5mo
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1. The next Miss Zukas mystery! I‘m currently reading the tagged, and I‘ve read the previous 5 back to back! They are fabulous! 6 more in the series 😊

2. No need for music - I quickly get immersed in the world created by the book.

#Two4Tuesday

I‘m late on this - but 👋 @Gissy and @Chrissyreadit

Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 5mo
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My #recipeswap package is on its way!

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Chrissy, what a fun surprise! The tea and vinegars sound really interesting (and look so pretty!), and the soap smells perfect for spring! The story on the nonpareil chocolates was very cool, too! And I love grapefruit, so the bath salts are perfect! Thank you so much!

Chrissyreadit Glad you like it. They immediately made me think of you. 😘 5mo
Avanders 😍🥰 5mo
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Murder After Christmas | Rupert Latimer
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Reminds me of a mash-up between a British classic cozy and vaudeville. Miss Marple meets the Marx Brothers? Mystery and misdirection

Quite fun! Knowing the plot and resolution, I plan to reread next Christmas to see how that changes my perception of events. (And how much I remember in 10 months! 😆)

batsy Yes! That does sound fun. 6mo
mabell @batsy Wacky, unconventional, unpredictable characters - I‘m looking forward to reading it again! 6mo
batsy I'm making a note to order this for my December mystery reads 😆 6mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Now, we are celebrating #200PnPcovers, and our favorite #soldier has returned! This year, he is joined by Lydia, lovely and glowing, fresh from a #walk! (Poor Ted)

[Unfortunately, we could not get them in the same photo, as Lydia kept attempting to disrobe Wickham. 😆]

Congratulations, Cynthia! I‘m so glad I got to celebrate your 200 party with you! ❤️

LeahBergen I was just recently looking at the previous photo of Wickham from the 100 Covers Challenge and laughing to myself. 🤣🤣 And quit being such a little trollop with the militia, Lydia! 🤣 6mo
LeahBergen Oops! I kept scrolling and just saw your other photo. It was 150 covers! 6mo
mabell @LeahBergen Bella was not excited to reprise her Wickham role - she thought she had seen the last of that costume 😂 “Little trollop” - Oh Ted 🤣🤣 6mo
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CrowCAH Awww they are too adorable!!!😍 Lydia trying to disrobe Wickham; yeah sounds about right 😂 6mo
GondorGirl These photos are adorable! 🥰 6mo
Gissy Lovely photos!🐶🐶❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
MaureenMc 😍 6mo
batsy 😆😆 6mo
mabell @CrowCAH Right?? Too fitting! 😆😆 6mo
mabell @GondorGirl @Gissy @MaureenMc @batsy They‘re good sports! As long as I only try this every 4 years 😆❤️ 6mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Four years ago, Wickham came to town to celebrate Cynthia‘s #150PnPcoverparty ! (Poor Bella)

Well…

LeahBergen The contest winner!!! 🤣🤣 I can‘t believe that was four years ago. 😮 6mo
mabell @LeahBergen I know!! It doesn‘t seem like 4 years at all! 6mo
CrowCAH She was the best 😁 What a trooper!!! Yes, four years ago; slooowly the collection grows! 6mo
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Cathythoughts 😂♥️ 6mo
mabell @CrowCAH She was a trooper! 😂 6mo
mabell @Cathythoughts Poor Bella 😆❤️ 6mo
Karons1 🤣🤣 6mo
mabell @Karons1 She was not a fan of the costume! 😂 But treats were involved, so it wasn‘t all bad 😄 6mo
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“Young ladies must guard their reputation at all times; a male relative or servant should accompany you when travelling.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh insists it would be ‘highly improper‘ for Elizabeth Bennet and Maria Lucas to #travel unaccompanied by post: ‘Young women should always be properly guarded and attended, according to their situation in life.‘ Elizabeth reassured her ladyship that her uncle would send a servant for them.”
#200PnPcovers

CrowCAH But that male chaperone could take advantage of lone females! Hopefully not, but it‘s best to be in ones guard. 6mo
mabell @CrowCAH 😬😬 6mo
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“You‘ll begin your day writing letters, or perhaps going shopping before breakfast, which is served about half-past nine or ten o‘clock. Ladies usually breakfast on a dish or cup of fragrant #tea or coffee, chocolate and rolls or toast in the breakfast room, or in front of a roaring fire in the family library; or the servant may bring you breakfast in bed. Gentlemen tuck into heartier fare: eggs, fish and meat.”

#200PnPcovers

BookBabe Love that painting and the quote!! Is the painting from the book cover? 😍 6mo
Gissy That painting is gorgeous 😍👌 6mo
mabell @Gissy @BookBabe Isn‘t it striking? I should have noted the artist. The painting is “Tea and Toast” by Noah Verrier. 6mo
CrowCAH I‘ll take the chocolate! ☺️ 6mo
mabell @CrowCAH Likewise! 6mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Using the traditional vows from the Book of Common Prayer (1549), we assume Mr. Bennett took Mrs. Bennett “in #sickness and in health … til death do us part” and it‘s death‘s parting the Bennetts fear. For then, “Mr. Collin‘s may turn you all out … as soon as he pleases”

#200PnPcovers

CrowCAH And what is to become of all the women?! Mrs. Bennett‘s poor nerves. 6mo
mabell @CrowCAH Oh my yes! 6mo
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Primogeniture has unfortunate consequences for an eldest son‘s siblings. Younger brothers must find themselves a profession: the army or navy, the church, a government sinecure, the law, or if there is no alternative, commerce (not genteel)

In Northanger, you have the rakish Captain Tilney as the elder son and heir, and Henry as the clergyman. Henry is very comfortably placed - the only unfortunate circumstances are his #sibling and father!

CrowCAH It‘s been awhile since I read Northanger. I remember the ambiance of a gothic tale, taking fright by ghosts! 6mo
mabell @CrowCAH Yes, that‘s true! So much fun! 6mo
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“In Emma, Mr Knightley‘s estate manager, William Larkins, is very pleased when lots of apples are sold from Donwell Abbey farm. If you have plenty of land but little spare cash like Mr Knightley, you can dine on luxuries like fresh strawberries from the gardens.

#Rich landowners, like Pride and Prejudice‘s Mr Darcy, have hothouses for growing tender fruits such as grapes, nectarines and peaches.”

#200PnPcovers

CrowCAH Fresh picked Michigan strawberries warmed by the sun are delicious!!! 6mo
mabell @CrowCAH Same down here! A luxury! 6mo
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My favorite story from this book! And it covers a few prompts 😉

Jane was helping to nurse her brother through a nasty illness when one of his doctors, who also attended the Prince Regent [ruling in place of his #parents] realised that Jane was the author of #Pride and Prejudice. One day he told Jane that the Prince ‘often‘ read her #novels and ‘kept a set in every one of his residences.‘ Accordingly he informed the Prince she was in London. ⬇️

mabell His Royal Highness asked the librarian of Carlton House, James Stanier Clarke, to call on her. Clarke duly appeared the next day and invited Jane to Carlton House, so that he could show her ‘the library and other apartments, and pay her every possible attention.‘ Although Jane disapproved of the Prince Regent‘s immoral lifestyle [in spite of her #prejudice], she felt unable to turn down this high honour [#proposal]. 6mo
mabell During her visit, Clarke declared that the Prince had given her permission to dedicate her next novel (Emma) to him, and upon publication Austen‘s publisher, John Murray, sent the Prince a handsome copy of Emma for his library. #200PnPcovers 6mo
LeahBergen Whenever I open Emma and see that dedication I think how she was “bullied” into it. 😆 6mo
CrowCAH I agree @LeahBergen . But I guess it‘s not bad to have the Prince Regent as a sponsor! 6mo
mabell @LeahBergen @CrowCAH Not exactly a glowing dedication 😆😂 6mo
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#Music is considered an ideal accomplishment for young ladies and Jane Austen‘s brother Henry recalled that when at Chawton, she ‘practised [the pianoforte] daily, chiefly before breakfast.‘”

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CrowCAH Wow piano playing before breakfast?! I‘m not always fully functioning before lunch! 😆 6mo
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Jane was quite pleased her books earned #money

“Austen‘s books turned a modest but welcome profit, even though they were published at her own expense. By the summer of 1813 she had received 648 for the copyright of Pride and Prejudice, plus another 660 profit from Sense and Sensibility (which had sold out). … ‘I have now, therefore, written myself into 6a8, which only makes me long for more,‘ she wrote to her brother Frank.

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LeahBergen Love this! 6mo
CrowCAH That was quite the sum for her time. I‘m glad she got to see some reward from her writing in her lifetime!!! 6mo
mabell @LeahBergen I did too! Her comment is great 😄 6mo
mabell @CrowCAH Yes, both financially and with accolades! 6mo
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