Review of The Man With a Load of Mischief by Martha Grimes (1981) (Richard Jury Series)

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014

 Bottom line: A pleasant and intriguing read with a few murders thrown in for good measure. Rating: Recommended Blurb: At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, […]

It’s almost Christmas!

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013

Merry Christmas from all of us here (that would be me) at Lector’s Books! If the kids or in-laws are driving you crazy and you’ve run out of all your favorite Christmas books/movies, I’d recommend diving into The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – both the book and latest movie adapation are fantastic, and […]

Short Christmas Mystery

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013

Last night, my mom and I watched The Theft of the Royal Ruby to help get us in the Christmas spirit. It’s a perfect Christmas moment for those of you who like a little crime, and a little 1930’s England thrown in with your “bah, humbugs!” The Theft of the Royal Ruby is available to […]

Review of A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (2007) (Three Pines Mysteries #2)

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013

Bottom line: A strong continuation of a very good series. Rating: Recommended Blurb: CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone in the hamlet of Three Pines, right up to the moment she died. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache begins his investigation, it seems like an impossible murder: CC was electrocuted on a frozen lake, in […]

Happy Saint Nick’s Day!

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013
Happy Saint Nick’s Day!

Today is Saint Nicholas’s Day, which is celebrated in various ways across the world. Because nothing makes me happier than the idea of observing a full month of Christmas (Dec 6 to Jan 6 – Epiphany), I’ve decided to start observing this day with my family. My plan is to just do something small to […]

Review of A Rumpole Christmas by John Mortimer (2009) (Rumpole series)

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013

Bottom line: A fun holiday read with a little murder, theft and blackmail thrown in here and there. Rating: Recommended Blurb: Of the late Sir John Mortimer’s many beloved characters, it is widely agreed that Horace Rumpole was his greatest fictional creation. Here, collected in book form for the first time, are five delightful tales […]

Family Fridays – Pre Christmas Five

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013

I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving yesterday and has a respectable, but not overwhelming, amount of leftovers. Today is our last Pre Christmas Post! See below for links to all four previous installments. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is such a classic that it needs no introduction. So I shall simply say, if you don’t have […]

Family Fridays – Pre Christmas Four

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013

Here’s is the fourth in my Pre Christmas series. Have you started shopping yet? I’ve had my baby’s presents for weeks now. Not that I’m excited or anything… Angelina’s Christmas (1985): Amazon, Barnes & Noble I adore this book. The illustrations are beautiful and it tells a simple tale about wanting to make an old […]

Family Fridays – Pre Christmas Three

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013

Here’s the third Pre Christmas set of recommendations. By the way, how is it already mid-November?!? A Little House Christmas Treasury: Festive Holiday Stories: Amazon, Barnes & Noble This enchanting collection of Christmas stories will delight and entertain the elementary school aged crowd. If you have the Little House books, you could of course just […]

Family Fridays – Pre-Christmas Two

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013

I’m continuing with part two of our Pre Christmas series (you can see my twisted logic as to why this is ok here). Merry Christmas, Ernest and Celestine by Gabrielle Vincent (1983) It is perhaps unfair of me to recommend this book – it is out of print. But I have to. It is such […]