I have a new type of audio narration for you today. I have a collection of books Called The Library of Wit and Humor. The different volumes cover American and British humor. I’m starting with Vol. I which focuses on American humor from Benjamin Franklin to Henry Ward Beecher.
Today’s narration is a letter written by Benjamin Franklin titled “The Whistle”. This is a short piece which I hope you will enjoy. If you have any suggestions for improvement, please let me know.
Maura, an American, has inherited a pub in a small town in rural Ireland. With the help of Mick and Jimmy, her employees, she has been figuring out how to be a pub owner and making friends in the community. Winter is moving in and Mick warns Maura that forecasters are predicting a major storm later that day. Maura scrounges up what supplies she can and prepares to wait the storm out at the pub. As the day progresses several other people wind up at the pub, including Diane, who 20 years previously had been accused of murder. Diane has never had a chance to tell her side of the story and as a way to pass the evening, Maura organizes everybody into a type of jury. When the storm breaks will they have new clues to this unsolved murder?
I really liked Maura and several of the other characters. The story line was creative and something different, what with the “locked room” with a suspected murderer in their presence. There was a nice mix of newcomers to the area and locals who were around when the crime happened. I felt like the first part of the book moved a little slow but once the trial portion of the story commenced the pace picked up. This book is part of the County Cork Series but it read just fine as a stand-alone. Overall, this was a nice story that will be appealing to cozy mystery readers.
John Milton is a government agent, a cleaner, someone who solves problems. Milton is called in when all else has failed, and his job description includes murder. But Milton has reached the point where his past is haunting him with nightmares, and he wants out, but just walking away in not an option. Then he meets Sharon, a single mother in the East End of London. Sharon has a teenage son who is being wooed by a local gang leader. Milton is determined not to let that happen.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I like the person of John Milton but not his profession. The story is complex with lots of surprises but there is a lot of gang activity and violence and I just find that hard to relate to. I think I was expecting more of a traditional spy story. That being said, I might have to read book 2 so I can find out what becomes of Milton. The narration was excellent and really enjoyable to listen to. Overall, I think the book is well-written and narrated, it just wasn’t quite to my taste.
Today’s audio is the a story from Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm titled “The Three Tasks”. I’ve only ever seen this one in the Journeys Through Bookland series. Runtime is about 11 1/2 minutes. Hope you enjoy!
Gemma is a Brit, who lives on Cape Cod and owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, where she sells all things remotely related to Sherlock. Jayne is her best friend and co-owner with Gemma of Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room next door. When Gemma finds a magazine, tucked into a bookshelf where it doesn’t belong, after her store closes, she has no idea that she will end up as the prime suspect in a murder. Gemma and Jayne try to return the magazine to its owner, who is staying at a local hotel, but find a dead body instead of a Sherlock fan. Then Gemma’s ex-boyfriend shows up as the detective-in-charge of the case and the story really kicks into high gear.
“Elementary, She Read” is a fun, cozy mystery. It is the first in a new series but. I found Gemma and Jayne to be delightful as best friends. Jayne is the extrovert to Gemma’s introvert but the two of them play off of each other in an enjoyable way. Ryan is perfect as the hunky ex. In this one, Ryan and Gemma aren’t quite sure what to do with each other or if they still have feelings, which adds a charming layer of complication to this story. The plotline has some surprising twists and moves along at a really good pace. This is a great reading choice for cozy mystery or Sherlock lovers and the length makes it a great day-at-the-beach read. Overall, a great addition to the genre.
It has finally gotten hot in North Dakota this week. It was kind of a busy week. My son turned 17 on Wednesday, and on Friday we went on a college tour. I came back impressed by the school and with a blister on my toe as a souvenir. So let’s get into what’s been happening in my little library this week.
I finished reading 2 books and I acquired 3, which brings the total TBR to 283. Ok, but in my defense I came across a bargain book bin while out shopping and those books just looked so sad that I had to give a couple of them a good home. I was performing a public service. My NetGalley score briefly saw 70% and then dipped back to 69% after I was approved for one of their books. It’s Kathy Reichs new book, and she’s one of my favorite authors, and the universe would have been very unhappy with me if I didn’t request it. Ooh, I am full of excuses today!
I do want to say thank you to my followers. I’ve had a little flurry of activity the last couple of weeks and my count is up to 149. If you’re not following me yet, I hope you will so I can pass the 150 mark.
Finally, I posted a couple of new narrations this past week. I hope you guys are enjoying them because I’m having a lot of fun making them.
Claire and Josh and trying to come to terms with their infertility. After years of trying everything, they have been told that they just won’t be able to get pregnant. Now they are near the end of a European tour and Claire is nervous about rejoining her everyday life. Her emotions still feel so raw. Back home, they throw themselves into the next series of the children’s books that they write and illustrate, but Claire starts having crippling headaches and spending much of the day sleeping. Her best friend Abby is also her doctor and when Abby gives her a diagnosis, it will rock their world to the core.
Well, I just loved this couple. The author has created two beautiful people in Claire and Josh and you can’t help but be drawn into their little world and cheer for them. I also really enjoyed how the storybook character, Jack, that they have created is incorporated into the larger story of their lives. The whole story just feels very natural and flows beautifully. The story progresses at a very comfortable pace and I liked how different chapters relate the story from the perspective of the characters. Some are narrated by Claire, some by Josh, and some by Claire’s mother, Millie. I really appreciated the way that Josh supports Claire during the story and never makes her feel like she is a burden. That being said, they do have some friction which they each handle in a very mature way. There is some marriage guidance hidden in the pages of this one. This one has romance and daily life, happiness and sorrow, and it’s a really good story. The setting is contemporary, if that’s something you look for. This would be a great summer read.