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‘No Substitute For Murder’ By Carolyn J. Rose

“Family.” She flailed at the innards with zeal that would have won her a promotion during the Spanish Inquisition. Bits of giblets went airborne, then plummeted to the countertop with soft slapping sounds. “Family’s a wonderful thing, isn’t it?”

Susan’s tone, bitter as hemlock, brought a picture of Iz to my mind. Resplendent in her satin blouse with smears of chocolate in the corners of her frowning lips, she pointed a reproachful finger. I shook my head. Enough with being a cheerleading Pollyanna, maybe what Susan needed was commiseration. “Um…well, I guess it can be wonderful, but it kind of depends on who’s in your family and…what their agendas are.” I hoped I managed to imply that I was sympathetic and that my own situation was less than wonderful.

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  • As you know, this one is in my Kindle and I hope I manage to get to it sometime during the coming year. I still believe it’s one I’m going to enjoy!

    I’m currently reading “The Red Queen” by Philippa Gregory (for book club) Like you, prior to reading “The White Queen” (also for book club), I’d only read “Wideacre” – and that was when it was a stand-alone book, before it became a trilogy(?).

    This is taken from pages 85-86:
    “We go to my mother’s house at Bletsoe and I am married in the little chapel with my half-sisters in attendance. This time, I do not ask my mother if I can be spared the wedding and she does not reassure me with false promises. I look sideways at my new husband and think that though he is twice my age perhaps he will be kinder to me than a younger man would be. As I kneel at the altar for my wedding blessing I pray with all my heart that he is so old as to be impotent.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      I realise that you have already made your mind up to read “No Substitute For Murder”, so thank you for continuing to stop by and support my posts. I always appreciate your visits and comments 🙂

      I found this little gem of a paragraph in the Goodreads premise for your book and thought it was most appropriate …

      “In a novel of conspiracy, passion, and coldhearted ambition, number one bestselling author Philippa Gregory has brought to life the story of a proud and determined woman who believes that she alone is destined, by her piety and lineage, to shape the course of history.”

      The world it seems, has always been full of scheming people, out to further their own ends by whatever means possible …. Some things never change!!

      Thanks for sharing. I will stop by for a visit very soon, but I have to take some time out to deal with a family emergency.

  • Loving the cover and the thought of a character ‘resplendent in her satin blouse with smears of chocolate in the corners of her frowning lips’. Sounds just like me except I’d also have smears of chocolate down my satin blouse.

    Like Kelly, I’m reading a Philippa Gregory – Three Sisters. Three Queens . Next up is a novel for the What’s In Name? challenge.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I’m certainly far too messy a cook to even think about wearing anything decent whilst I prepare food. I would have to do as much of the preparation in advance as possible, then go and change into my guest greeting clothes.

      If you read this whole chapter though, you will realise just how stressed Susan is and how worried Barbara is about the force with which she attacking the chicken with such an impressive cook’s knife. Barbara is definitely hoping to calm the situation before things get too far out of hand and the chicken is not the only thing in the firing line!!


      I checked out the Goodreads premise for “Three Sisters Three Queens” and couldn’t believe just how much double dealing and treachery went on in this dynasty of ruling women power – and we get stressed by what we hear about world politics now!!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

      • Yvonne, I don’t know if this can be said for you and your readers, but when I was a kid, my grandmother swaddled me in an apron before she let me help her cook. She had about a dozen of them–including frilly ones she put on after the main burst of cooking was done. I doubt I have more than one and I’d have to launch a search for that. I tend to pull on a sweatshirt or resign myself to consigning what I’m wearing to the pre-treat cycle in the washer. I’m not in Susan’s league, but I never grasped the “neatness counts” concept.

        • Hi Carolyn,

          I do own one apron I think, but I definitely couldn’t put hand on heart and tell you where it was! Like yourself, I tend to change into old clothes before I start preparing dinner and that definitely pays dividends!

          Susan is definitely a little out of control at this particular point in time and on reading the slightly eclectic concotion she is preparing for her guests I think I’ll pass on the dinner invitation, thanks!

          Also, with all the rather manic knife wielding going on, I certainly wouldn’t want to be in Barbara’s shoes as the reluctant assistant cook 🙂

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