My neighbours will be happy and stop painting rude notes on my garage door. I mowed the lawn today. Not that it was that bad, but the sheep that I had hired to graze seemed to get lost. OK, I'm kidding, but it was nice to finally get it done. :0)
The Missus' Music Challenge
Free Man in Paris by Joni Mitchell, from her Court and Spark album of 1974. Other songs selected included Follow You, Follow Me by Genesis (the missus's choice), Never Let Her Slip Away by Andrew Gold, Quiet Life by Japan, September by Earth, Wind and Fire, etc.
Today's challenge was Songs that Were Played at your Wedding or Songs You Would have Liked to have Played at your Wedding, appropriate given that most of the people providing suggestions are already married. Anyway, I chose Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel. Other selection were In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel (the missus), Stars by Simply Red, The Look of Love by Dusty Springfield (chosen by my sis-in-law Sue), Here and Now by Luther Vandross, etc.
Next category will be a Song that is Covered by Another Artist. I have a few in mind.
|The Blue Room / Maigret Mystified|
|Maigret in Exile / Maigret Meets a Milord|
I've been slowly collecting and reading them over the past 6 or 7 years. So far I've purchased 16 of the Simenon's books, of which one is a standalone mystery, The Blue Room.
I just today finished Maigret in Exile, originally published in 1942 and am starting Maigret Meets a Milord, the 2nd Maigret mystery. My review of Maigret in Exile is below if you wish -
"I've enjoyed the Inspector Maigret mysteries I've read so far. Maigret in Exile, originally published in 1942, finds the irrepressible inspector banished from Paris to a small coastal town for some unknown reason. An elderly woman shows up at his office and tells him that there is a body at her neighbour's house in a nearby town.
In his meandering way, Maigret begins his investigation. There seems to be no particular reason for what he is doing, but in his way, he slowly gathers the inspiration to solve the crime.
Maigret relies more on instinct than facts in working through the crime. There are many interesting characters in the story, especially the neighbour, Didine, and her husband, who seem to know everything that goes on in the village.
Maigret is a grumpy soul but also very intuitive. As he investigates he pretty well has everything sorted out but seems also to fly by the seat of his pants. It's interesting how he works through things, basically keeping things to himself until he comes to his resolution. An enjoyable series and story. (3.5 stars)"
|Maigret Loses his Temper/ the Saturday Caller / the Spinster|
Since I started collecting the books, I've read 7 of the books. There have been so many different publishers. I particularly the Harcourt books, such as those on the right. It has an excellent look to it, nice glossy covers and great cover photos.
I have read all of those three so far and enjoyed them very much. I found them at a Mystery book store in Victoria, The Chronicles of Crime, when I was stationed in Victoria.
|Maigret and the Nahour Case/ Maigret and the Killer|
"This is the first in the Inspector Maigret mystery series. It's one of those books that you can sit down and read in a day, it's that entertaining and interesting. The case involves the mysterious Pieter the Lett, who has made his way from Russia to Paris. Little is known about him, other than a brief description. As Maigret arrives at the train station to meet him, he finds instead a murdered man. This begins a chase across France as Maigret tries to sort out who Lett is and what he's up to. Maigret is an interesting character, grumpy, a bit of a loner and intelligent. He seems to work without sleep and food, in all weather conditions. It's a nicely, fast-paced case and a page-turner, one you'll find difficult to put down until the very end. A super introduction to Inspector Maigret."
|Maigret and the Wine Merchant / Maigret has Scruples|
Interestingly, Simenon spent 10 years, from 1945 - 1955 in the United States and Canada. He returned to Europe in 1955 and lived there until his death in Lausanne in 1989 of natural causes in his sleep.
|My most recent purchase|
You know, I think I'm going to stop here today and check the doggies' feet and then spend the rest of the evening enjoying some reading and TV, if anything good is on. Enjoy your week and stay safe!