Hi Everyone. We’ve had a nice quiet week here in Windsor, Califonia. Thanks for stopping by.
Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo was an Audible Daily Deal. I listened and loved it. I’m now off on another new mystery series: Murder In Amish Country. The main character is one I love. Kate Burkholdeer is the Chief of Police in a small northeast Ohio town. The area is a mix of Amish, Mennonite and “English.” Breaking Silence featured the gruesome deaths of three members of an Amish family in the manure pit of the barn. Kate did a great job working through all the details and the suspects. Because she was raised Amishe has a good “in” with local Amish. They know her, plus she speaks Deutsche – the old German language.
This book is the third in the series, which means I have to go back and catch up. There are actually nine books all together so I’ll be busy for awhile. I don’t mind as the writing is quite good and it doesn’t seem to matter that I’m reading them out of order. My husband said he saw a TV series called Murder In Amish Country on Netflix, but it doesn’t seem to be there any more. I’ll have to try some of the other services. Have you read the books or watched the show?
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I also read A Pocket Full of Rye — a good mystery by Agatha Christie. My favorite character, Miss Marple is the star of this story. There are actually three deaths, but it starts with the poisoning of the head of a business empire. Within a few days his young second wife is dead as is a young housemaid. The murders follow an old rhyme. Do you remember this one?
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.
There are grains of rye in the pocket of one victim and the Blackbird Gold Mine is featured in the possible motive. The murderer is supposed to have followed the rhyme in committing the murders, but it seemed a stretch for me. There is an Inspector Neele assigned to the case, who I liked a lot. Of course, its really Jane Marple who solves the case.
Away From the Blog:
This past summer I read The Plainsong Trilogy. three novels by the late Kent Haruf set in eastern Colorado. I absolutely loved them. They really touched my heart and I wanted more. I went in search of more and found Our Souls At Night. For some reason it didn’t grab me and I set it aside. Then this week I saw a film by the same name on Netflix. It turned out to be the same story. I was still sceptical as it starred Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. I thought they would be too Hollywood-ish to play eastern Coloradoans. I gave it 15 minutes and if I didn’t like it, I’d turn it off.
Surprise! I loved it. The two stars did an excellent job of fitting right into roles of Addie and Louis — two elderly people, both widowed. They’ve lived next door to each other for years, but barely know each other. Thing change when Addie asks Louis if he will come a sleep with her at night. It’s not about sex. She jusr gets lonely with no one to talk to at night. It’s such a sweet story that I’m going to go back and read the original. I strongly recommend this one.
That’s all for this week. Have a great week ahead, and Happy Reading.