Hi everyone! I hope that you are all enjoying a great weekend.
After the promise of some very wet and stormy conditions on Saturday, apart from a short downpour very early on in the morning, the day down here in the South of the UK,was fine, dry, sunny and very warm. It looks set fair for Sunday also, although it is a little on the breezy side this morning.
I haven’t written a ‘Sunday Salon’ post for many months, however as my posting in general has been very sporadic and infrequent over the past few weeks, I thought I would publish a catch up post, just to let you know what is happening in my ‘neck of the woods’.
THIS WEEK’S BOOKISH TALK
I have the last few pages to read, of an intriguing suspense thriller …
‘THROUGH A YELLOW WOOD’ by CAROLYN J. ROSE
Seven months after cheating death in the dark waters of Hemlock Lake, Dan Stone discovers a search dog trainer and his dogs shot down at a remote cabin in the Catskill Mountains. Only one young dog, badly wounded, survives the attack.
No longer wearing a badge and intent on rebuilding the family home and making a life with Camille, Dan feels an obligation of blood to Clarence Wolven, a distant relative. He arranges the funeral and adopts the three-legged dog he names Nelson.
When the sheriff’s investigation stalls, Dan returns to the cabin with Jefferson Longyear. They feel the presence of Clarence’s angry ghost and Nelson bolts into the forest. Trailing him deep into rugged “forever wild” land, they discover a serial killer’s dump site.
That grisly find is just the first. As summer wears on, Dan suspects the killer is taunting him and may even be someone he knows. Goaded by a ghost he only half believes in, Dan is drawn deeper into the investigation until his life and that of a young girl depend on a dog’s loyalty and a sniper’s aim.
(This is the sequel to Hemlock Lake.)
I have my next book all lined up and ready to go …
‘BURIED A MAN I HATED THERE‘ by ADAM PEPPER
Jack Maddox is distraught after the mysterious deaths of his wife and young daughter. His head constantly aches and his memories are hazy and lost.
Heidi, his wife’s twin sister, does her best to help Jack cope. Ever reliable and dutiful, she encourages Jack to move on with his life.
Each Valentine’s Day, they meet in a field in rural Vermont for a picnic in the snow.
Jack has a secret that’s buried deep. Heidi has a secret of her own. Will they unravel their secrets, or will their secrets unravel them?
Salvation lies hidden in the snow, and in each other.
I have almost completed my next review …
‘MAGS AND THE AARP GANG’ by NANCY LYNN JARVIS
Mags and her gang of renegade octogenarians have a deadline. They have to rob Bayside Community Bank, the bank about to foreclose on the mobile home park where they live, by a week from Friday so they can pay off the mortgage and save their homes. They’ve cased the joint, planned carefully, assembled their disguises, rehearsed their every move — what could possibly go wrong? Plenty.
Some people think they can take advantage of the elderly. They haven’t met Mags and the AARP gang or they’d know better. Sure, they’re older, but not too old for the adventure of a lifetime or to risk everything for the sake of friendship.
THIS WEEK’S PUZZLING TALK
This jigsaw puzzle was a bargain price find at just £3, purchased from the charity shop where I volunteer and which supports our local hospice. It seeems to have taken me an age to finish, but to be fair, I have only worked on it in very short bursts and quite infrequently.
FALCON DE LUXE JUMBO 1,000 PIECES
‘FOOD and BEVERAGES’
Part of the ‘Days Gone By’ range featuring beautiful and nostalgic images. This builds into a delightful montage of charming old food and drink adverts. This puzzle is made using Jumbo’s new DCM cutting technology for a high quality finish and with pieces that interlock extremely cleanly.
I had fully intended to post a review of the completed jigsaw, however it wasn’t until I sought to include the picture Amazon link, I discovered that, despite the excellent condition of both the puzzle pieces and its box, this was an item long ago discontinued from the Falcon Jumbo catalogue and no copies of it were left for sale at all.
The apparent age of the puzzle probably also answers the only criticism I was going to make about it, in that there is only the small amount of text as quoted above, which offers scant information about the origins of the brands and images used. On more modern jigsaws of this type, a comprehensive ‘synopsis’ is almost an integral part of the overall experience. Still, when all is said and done, at the price, I really have little cause for complaint. The finished jigsaw looks good and it was definitely a fun filled challenge to complete!
THIS WEEK’S GENERAL CHIT-CHAT
Not an eventful week to report from Fiction Books.
Apart from the multiple aches and pains, which seem to develop unwanted and in abundance, when you reach a certain age, much of my week has been taken up with my voluntary charity work, for our local hospice shop. Despite the many reports and publications to the contrary, thankfully printed books still seem to form quite a substantial part of our incoming donations, so there is always plenty for me to do and book sales have been making steady progress and contribution to the shop takings. Some of the ladies I work with can be seen in the centre picture, however I am pleased to say that my own face is not amongst them.
Family members who live about 40 miles North of us, had planned a ‘garden party’ and 30th Birthday celebration for Saturday afternoon. Everyone was unsure whether the event would be able to go ahead, because of the severe weather warnings being issued, however a dramatic and suddenly improving picture, allowed plans to proceed pretty much as organised, although by this time, the expected barbeque had become a finger buffet of gigantic proportions. Beautiful weather, scrumptious food and fantastic company, made for a lovely afternoon and evening …. Thanks Guys!!
Sundays are generally the day of the week for catching up on all those jobs which running a home and family entail, so not much to say about all that! ….. BUT NOT TODAY! … We have just decided to head off down to the Wylye Valley, to gather material and photographs for a new driving trail we are creating …. see you all soon!