Thursday, February 18, 2010

Amelia Peabody Emerson Returns

My all-time favorite mystery series...due in stores April 6, 2010.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine Mysteries

Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert
Death of a Valentine by M. C. Beaton
The Broken Hearts Club by Ethan Black
Claws and Effect by Rita Mae Brown
How To Murder The Man Of Your Dreams by Dorothy Cannell
Red Roses for a Dead Trucker by Anna Ashwood Collins
A Catered Valentine's Day by Isis Crawford
Hard Feelings by Barbara D’Amato
A Catered Valentine’s Day by Diane Mott Davidson
Love With The Proper Killer by Rose Deshaw
The Saint Valentine's Day Murders by Ruth Dudley Edwards
Plum Lovin’ by Janet Evanovich
Happy Valentine’s Day by Michelle Fitzpatrick
The Living Daylights by Ian Fleming
St. Valentine's Night by Andrew M. Greeley
Caveman's Valentine by George Dawes Green
Bleeding Hearts by Jane Haddam
The Valentine's Day Murder by Lee Harris
Deadly Valentine by Carolyn G. Hart
Sugar and Spite by G.A. McKevett
Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz
The Valentine Victim by Dougal McLeish
Valentine Murder by Leslie Meier
Love You to Death by Grant Michaels
Cat Playing Cupid bShirley Rousseau Murphy
The Body in the Attic by Katherine Hall Page
A Judgment in Stone by Ruth Rendell
Valentine by Tom Savage
Murder of a Pink Elephant by Denise Swanson
Daughter Of The Stars by Phyllis A. Whitney

-Thanks to Janet Rudolph of Mystery Fanfare

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A True Valentine

Here is a Valentine written by Sullivan Ballou, a major in the Union army during the Civil War, for his wife, Sarah.
My very dear Sarah:
The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days—perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write again, I feel impelled to write a few lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more . . .

I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly American Civilization now leans on the triumph of the Government and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and sufferings of the Revolution. And I am willing—perfectly willing—to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt . . .

Sarah my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me unresistibly on with all these chains to the battle field.

The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them for so long. And hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when, God willing, we might still have lived and loved together, and seen our sons grown up to honorable manhood, around us. I have, I know, but few and small claims upon Divine Providence, but something whispers to me—perhaps it is the wafted prayer of my little Edgar, that I shall return to my loved ones unharmed. If I do not my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the battle field, it will whisper your name. Forgive my many faults and the many pains I have caused you. How thoughtless and foolish I have often times been! How gladly would I wash out with my tears every little spot upon your happiness . . .

But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the gladdest days and in the darkest nights . . . always, always, and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath, as the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again . . .

A week after this letter was written, Sullivan Ballou died from wounds sustained at the First Battle of Bull Run. The letter was found among his effects. He was 32 when he died, and his 24-year old widow never remarried.

thanks to Deanna Raybourne's blogspot

Monday, February 8, 2010

DH is going to be very happy when he sees what came in the mail today...

MacBook "Book" Cover

I have been looking for a cover for my Macbook to use while out and about and when I travel.
Twelve South products has made the perfect one for me! Thanks Janet Rudolph over at 'Mystery Fanfare' for finding this one! I'm thinking the red...

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Sweet Life in Paris

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz

(Broadway) Like so many others, David dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood.
But he soon discovered it’s a different world en France.
From learning the ironclad rules of social conduct to the mysteries of men’s footwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard not to sell you anything, to the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is David’s story of how he came to fall in love with—and even understand—this glorious, yet quirky city.

This is the best book on learning the rules of French social conduct when visiting France, plus it is a great read. Trust me, it will make your trip so much more enjoyable! Savannah, Leslie and I followed many of the guidelines suggested in the book and we did not meet a single French person who was not cordial, helpful and pleasant to us. Everyone should read this book before stepping on your Air France flight to Paris! -Julie

Friday, February 5, 2010

Perfect for a Valentine

You know how much I love every and all things Jane Austen. Someone over at Etsy is selling these lovely little gems. Most are quotes made by Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice and I love them!