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A Work in Progress

Adventures in (mostly) reading, and (sometimes) needlework and other artsy endeavors...

Published: 2017-11-20T10:00:00-06:00


Appointment with Death, Agatha Christie


Agatha Christie is not called the "Queen of Crime" for nothing! I am always amazed that a mystery written in the 1930s can surprise me. I thought I had the murderer pegged and an ingenious twist all figured out. And...

November 17: A Weekend Mishmash


Knowing that next week will be a shorter than normal week makes this weekend all the nicer (especially since the sun seems to have gone on vacation). Sometimes the anticipation leading up to something nice is almost nicer than the...

Yet am I in fact, a collector?


If I haven't already tempted you yet by this book, here is another teaser. I was going to refrain from sharing more quotes (because most of Browse is worthy of quoting), but Michael Dirda's wonderful essay "Snow Day" just tickled...

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, P.D. James


Before I get too involved with Mary Russell, I should probably tell you about Cordelia Gray, who I have only just met and and pleased to add into my circle of fictional acquaintances. First off, I like her very much...

Teaser Tuesday: Locked Rooms


Moving right along (though not terribly quickly it seems). The last Mary Russell mystery I read, The Game, was all of a year ago (in December to be precise). My how time flies, and it is most definitely time to...

The Joys of (Brick & Mortar) Bookstores


In his essays "A Tale of Two Bookshops" from Browse: The World in Bookshops edited by Henry Hitchings Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez writes about his love of and history with two favorite bookshops in Bogotá. They were places that...

Thornhill by Pam Smy


Pam Smy's young adult graphic novel, Thornhill, is a wonderfully atmospheric read. It's also a wonderful novel about bullying so is perfect for younger audiences as well. It's just a well told, haunted-type tale where any lessons learned are subtle...

Four Quotes, Five Books, Teaser Tuesday


Maybe it is just something I think about to keep the momentum going? Even as I am reading, and getting near the end of a story, I am thinking about the next book and it is often is just a...

New "Used" Weekend Bookstore Finds


I spent a long time this past weekend browsing in my favorite used bookstore. I had a free afternoon on Saturday with nothing else to do, so I had a nice, long, leisurely look at their shelves. If you stop...

November 3: Weekend Reading Notes


I think I have my reading mostly sorted for the moment and what you see on my sidebar (though perhaps I have not quite gotten a rhythm going with those two 'epic reads') is actually what I am reading at...