101 Books Read in 2017

Happy New Year!

It’s time for my traditional listing of the books I read in the previous year (2017). It’s easy to see that I read a lot of cozy mysteries. I tend to regard most of them like potato chips (reliable in story-telling, fun and easy to read by the handful, tasty-though without much nutritional value).

However, a few highlights from the year stand out (a couple of which are actually re-reads for me):

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart
Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Here are the 101 books I read last year, listed by month: Continue reading

Hidden Thorns Cover Reveal

My friend Melissa Bennett’s first book will be published later this year. The cover was revealed a couple of days ago by the publisher and I’m thrilled to present it here on my blog. Isn’t it lovely?

Hidden Thorns by Melissa Bennett

When newly-divorced Lil finds a second chance at love, a stalker threatens to destroy her happiness, her faith, and her life.

Congratulations Mel!

Did You Know?

Did you know that the Fifth Avenue Hotel at Madison Square in New York City, completed in 1859, was a marvel of its time?

Fifth Avenue Hotel 1860

The hotel boasted private baths for eight hundred guests, a fireplace in every bedroom, and a staff of four hundred. It quickly surpassed the once-opulent Astor House as THE hotel in New York City’s social scene.

It also had the city’s first steam-powered elevator —  “the vertical railroad” — which could carry guests and luggage up to the top (6th) floor. The elevator introduced a change in guest preference to rooms on the upper floors, which were located further away from the noise and smells of the street.

From politicians to entertainers, European royalty to American royalty (the ultra-wealthy), the grand hotels of the Gilded Age played host to the famous of the day. They were sumptuous worlds of luxury and mechanical ingenuity, built on a scale undreamed of just decades earlier.

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