Category Archives: mysteries

Book Review: The Habit of Widowhood by Robert Barnard

Tra-la-la!  Robert Barnard makes murder look so easy.  And so tidy.  (But rather upsetting.) These seventeen stories of twisty turned plots make short work of winter evenings for you.  Try to limit yourself to just one a night to make … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Little Local Murder by Robert Barnard

Robert Barnard was born in 1936 and died this September 2013.  I wasn’t familiar with his work and grabbed one on a recommendation.  It was a lucky library grab—turns out to be the first “crime” novel he wrote. I’m not … Continue reading

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The Chicken Soup Mystery

I have a good recipe for chicken soup.  In fact, it’s called “Hearty Chicken-Noodle Soup” and it’s from the No Red Meat cookbook by Brenda Shriver and Ann Tinsley. I make it about every two weeks because O’Half likes soup … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Casino Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine

If all you want in a murder mystery is a bickering wealthy family, a ritzy casino, an anonymous letter, and lots of poisonings –all set in New York City—the casino’s on West 73rd—this one’s for you! Toss in Philo Vance, … Continue reading

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Barbie Mystery Play

Things change.  Every summer for four or five years my granddaughters and I would play Barbie.  We’d make a special trip to Target or KMart or Benny’s in Rhode Island to buy one special Barbie each summer–with a couple of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bachelors of Broken Hill by Arthur W. Upfield

Have you seen this woman? She is the suspect in the case of The Bachelors of Broken Hill.  We only know that she wears a gray hat, gray suit and appears to be looking over her spectacles when she looks … Continue reading

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