Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monday's books on Tuesday....that's me, a day late and a dollar short!

 I finished 2 books since we last chatted about books...maybe more but this was all I could remember! LOL!  I started reading this series several years back but lost track so I'm starting over.  I have a few of the books but want to read them in order per my usual obsession.  This is the first book, Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson and it was very good.  The main character, Goldy Schulz, is newly divorced, a single Mom and doing catering to make a living for her and her youngish son.  They live in Colorado and there are recipes included in the book which I haven't tried yet but plan on.  They should be great recipes as you wouldn't put bad ones in a book you're trying to sell, right?  (NYT's Bestselling author)
Catering a wake where her ex-father-in-law is poisoned, Goldy is accused and her catering business shutdown until the mystery can be solved.  Goldy can't wait for the police so she takes to investigating it herself which turns up family skeletons and secrets.
The next book I finished was If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell.  My book fairy, Sue, brought me this book and a few more in the series I think.  I really enjoyed it and it is the first book in this series.  The main character, Melanie Turner, has taken over her father's construction business and has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic homes in the San Francisco Bay Area.  At her newest renovation project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools.  Mel hopes that by tracking down the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man.  This would be a good read for Halloween!
The books I'm presently reading have no covers with pictures as some are old books which at one time probably had dust covers but not anymore!  One Acre and Security by Bradford Angier is a reprint of a book from the 70's about "how to live off the land without ruining it".  Bradford Angier was one of the pioneers of the "back to the land' movement of the 60's and 70's.  It tells you how to  build your own log cabin, raise livestock, garden and much more.  I may not have the energy to do this anymore but I still enjoy reading about it.
  I'm about 3/4's finished with it.
The dark blue book in the middle I picked up at the Thrift Store I think or a library sale.  I love old books and this one is excellent so far!  It is a biography of George Washington Carver by Rackham Holt and was published in 1943.  There's a book plate inside the front cover that states it was a book from the library of Doris and Allan Nash - Great Falls, Montana - September 15, 1945.  This book is fascinating and I've discovered I've been in many of the places that Dr. Carver frequented during his life.  I love biographies and this one is one of the best I have ever read!  There are also black and white photos interspersed throughout the book which truly make this book a "keeper" for sure!  I'm not even halfway finished and I know this will get 5 stars for sure!
As for the third book, Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie.....tis the season!  I just started this last night so we shall see.  It features Hercule Poirot and starts off with a murder at a youngster's Halloween Party and off we go!
If you're looking for some books to read for Fall or Halloween, the Cozy Mystery website  is just the place!  She has lists for Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and lists by geographic area and occupation of main character etc.  It is such a great website!  I looked on Pinterest but their Fall/Halloween lists tended to be really gross and more terror and some had nothing to do with Fall at all.  To me there's nothing like a good mystery (nothing graphic or horrid) on a rainy, foggy evening with a fire in the fireplace......ultimate cozy!  Enjoy your Fall!


  1. I'm reading the new Stephen King, Dr Sleep and really enjoying it.

  2. Love that you find time to read!!
    I want to find (make) time to read also. I have so many great books, and just picked up a few more on my birthday when we visited a thrift store.

    Spencer was looking up one of my thrift books " Moby Dick", and found out that my 1930's first edition book is worth about $600.00!!! Good night... I paid about $4.00 for it!

    Good luck like that, rarely finds me~~~LOL!

    Enjoy this day, my friend.



  3. Your like me Sam, the more books the better. I just ordered two this morning, and last week I was at Barnes and noble and picked up two. Love reading.
    Nancy Jo


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