|Our puppies in one of their favourite spots.. lol|
|We have had some snow this season|
|It's getting there|
|The skylight at the top of the stairs|
|The newly updated Master bedroom|
January 2017 Book Purchases
So, moving on to my January book purchases. I'm doing this a bit earlier than usual as we're planning to go to Victoria soon and I will probably visit a few of the local book stores there and I'm sure buy a few. I don't want to let this list get out of hand. The books listed below are books I've purchased since January 1st but also includes some books that Jo purchased on line for me for Xmas. They just didn't arrive in time for Xmas itself. A couple of my gifts for her were the same. Anyway, let's take a look. In no particular order, here they are.
"The naked body of a man is discovered entombed in the walls of the Split Point Lighthouse on Australia's South East coast. Taking up investigations, Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is curious to know why a coffin is moved in the night, who was the girl seen struggling with Dick Lake on the cliff top.... and why the Bully Buccaneers came to deal in death.
Superintendent Bolt said 'It's the toughest job we've ever had;.. but Bony never was an ordinary detective."
"When the discovery of a mass grave in northern Maine (Ed note - I never stated that he set his books in Ireland. :)) reveals the grim truth behind the disappearance of a religious community, private detective Charlie Parker is drawn into a violent conflict with a group of zealots intent on tracking down a relic that could link them to the slaughter. Haunted by the ghost of a small boy and tormented by the demonic killer known as Mr. Pudd, Parker is forced to fight for his lover, his friends... and his very soul."
"'We slid through the claws of the horrible creature and went circling downwards into the abysmal depths...'
Down into the silent world under the Atlantic, went Doctor Maracot and his two companions. In their cage of steel and glass they gazed on a world of strange life-forms and unknown terrors...
From the deep came the fierce crustacean giant, the Marax, and in vicious battle their life-line was severed.
Stranded on the ocean floor, Maracot's expedition emerged into an even stranger world - the living remains of the lost civilisation that gave the ocean its name.. Atlantis."
"This sumptuous volume (published by Victor Gollancz Ltd of London) celebrates the 80th birthday of one of the best-known and most-loved storytellers in the English language today, Daphne du Maurier.
Here are six masterpieces of the imagination, illustrated in glowing colour by prize-winning artist, Michael Foreman.
Don't Look Now, a classic story of the macabre, opens the collection, followed by The Apple Tree, The Blue Lenses (I've read this before and it was excellent), The Birds, The Alibi and Not After Midnight."
"The cold walls of Jamaica Inn smelt of guilt and deceit. Its dark secrets made the very name a byword for terror among honest Cornish folk.
Young Mary Yellan found her uncle the apparent leader of strange men who plied a strange trade. But was there more to learn? She remembered the fear in her aunt's eyes...
Out on the wild, rough moors there were only two people to befriend her - a mysterious parson and an insolent, likable rogue who broke the law every day of his life."
(Brief weather update - Just got back from our noontime walk. What a beautiful, sunny, mild day. It's days like this that make me happy that I moved out here back in 2001. )
"Prosecutor Helen West's relationship with police officer Geoffrey Bailey is becoming more serious, but the couple is at odds because Bailey's protégé, Sergeant Ryan, is suspected of rape. As the evidence mounts against Ryan, West and Bailey examine the seemingly open-and-shut case; a terrible crime warrants justice regardless of their feelings toward Ryan. But as they dig deeper, a new suspect emerges - one who possesses a cold-blooded intuition about women. West and Bailey quickly find themselves trying to clear Ryan's name and avenge a series of crimes with no evidence."
"There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. When psychic Manfred Bernardo finds himself embroiled in a scandal and hounded by the press after one of his regular clients dies during a reading, he turns to enigmatic, beautiful, and dangerous Olivia Charity for help. Somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight..."
"I wasn't there when I died.
I'd returned from one of those out-of-body dreams, the kind where you feel your spirit has left your body and it isn't really a dream.
But somebody murdered me while I was away. Mutilated me. Left nothing for me to come back to.
Who did it? The serial killer terrorising the city? Or someone closer, someone known to me? But I had no enemies. At least, I didn't think I had.
And it's scary when you meet the serial killer, when horror is followed by even greater horror, when your own family is threatened and only you can stop the killings.
So what do you do? You have no substance, no real power. You cannot even touch.
What the hell do you do?"
"Twenty years ago two young women disappeared whilst holidaying in the peaceful resort of Fjallbacka. Now their remains have been discovered, along with a fresh victim, sending the town into shock.
Detective Patrick Hedstrom, whose partner Erica is expecting their first child, has personal reasons for wanting to find the killer. When another girl goes missing, his attention focuses on the Hults, a feuding clan of misfits, religious fanatics and criminals. Which of this family's dark secrets will provide the vital clue?"
"In present day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a "Sparrow," a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency's most important Russian mole.
Spies have long relied on the "honey trap," whereby vulnerable men and women are intimately compromised. Dominika learns these techniques of "sexpionage" in Russia's secret "Sparrow School", hidden outside of Moscow.
As the action careens between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy and the United States, Dominika and Nate soon collide in a duel of wills, trade craft, and - inevitably - forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but those of others as well. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate's game reaches a deadly crossroads. Soon one of them begins a dangerous double existence in a life-and-death operation that consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to Washington, D.C."
11. The Fiend by Margaret Millar - Since I discovered her books, Canadian Margaret Millar has quickly become one of my favourite mystery writers. She had such a unique way of telling a story and all of the books I've read to-date have been excellent. I'm always happy when I can find another of her books. I discovered this one during our visit to Qualicum Beach, at the Book Case.
"Your daughter takes too dangerous risks with her delicate body. Children must be guarded against the cruel hazards of life and fed good, nourishing food so their bones will be p;added. Also clothing. You should put plenty of clothing on her, keep arms and legs covered, etc. In the name of God, please take better care of your little girl.
Kate Oakley received this strange letter in her morning mail. It marked the beginning of a campaign of terror waged against Kate, her little daughter, and an entire community."
"'I wanted rebirth; my birth had been a mockery. I wanted liberation from myself...' The narrator of this curious and fantastic novel is a young man born to a rich, selfish and desperate mother, who pursues a nightmarish life in which the compulsion to humiliate both himself and others, and to degrade conventional values through profanity and perversion, is seen to be an attempt to exorcise an horrific childhood.
Mariana, a beautiful girl who resembles his mother, becomes the catalyst towards which he gropes in his search for a rebirth. Before all the ghosts are laid he and Mariana explore completely the 'human hell' necessary for his final purgation."
The final three books are also Xmas gifts from Jo and are by one of my other favourite mystery writers, Minette Walters.
"In this hypnotic novel of psychological suspense, a homeless man is found starved to death in the garage of a ritzy London home. The police chalk it up to an unfortunate accident, but a journalist, Michael Deacon, is intrigued. Amanda Powell, a socialite whose wealthy husband vanished five years ago after being accused of embezzlement, is just as interested as Michael in finding out who died in her garage. They have no idea that this simple story will unveil a web of deceit that is as appalling as the people behind it."
"It was a slaughterhouse, the most horrific scene I have ever witnessed... Olive Martin is a dangerous woman. I advise you to be extremely wary in your dealings with her.
The facts of the case were simple: Olive Martin had pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering her sister and mother, earning herself the chilling nickname 'The Sculptress'.
This much journalist Rosalind Leigh knew before her first meeting with Olive, currently serving a life sentence. How could Roz have foreseen that the encounter was destined to change her life - for ever?"
"'I could never decide whether 'Mad Annie' was murdered because she was mad or because she was black...'
November 1978. Britain is on strike. The dead lie unburied, rubbish piles in the streets - and somewhere in West London a black woman dies in a rain-soaked gutter.
Her passing would have gone unmourned but for the young woman who finds her and who believes - apparently against reason - that Annie was murdered. But whatever the truth about Annie - whether she was as mad as her neighbours claimed, whether she lived in squalor as the police - something passed between her and Mrs. Ranelagh in the moment of death which binds this one woman to her cause for the next twenty years.
But why is Mrs. Ranelagh so convinced it was murder when by her own account Annie died without speaking? And why would any woman spend twenty painstaking years uncovering the truth - unless her reasons were personal?"
So there you go... More to follow on my January reading, further book purchases, etc. Have a great weekend!