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A Maigret Christmas

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My introduction to the Maigret mystery series set in Paris, France. A Maigret Christmas by Georges Simenon, translated by David Coward adds foreign intrigue to holiday reading.  I am now on an inspired book hunt searching out additional titles. . .

Intrepid Inspector Maigret’s Christmas day is interrupted by the arrival of 2 neighbour women telling an unusual story of Father Christmas’ visit the night before.  Maigret’s attention is secured, his visit to the scene follows, and readers’ interest is piqued.  Interplay between Maigret and his wife adds to both plot and humanity of this couple as allusions are cast regarding something unspoken between them; a mystery in its own right.
First of three engaging short stories, the second offers intense policing drama involving two brothers and a young boy in jeopardy.
The third, accurately titled, A Christmas Story for Adults, presents a Christmas Eve tale of unusual human kindness in an unexpected setting.

All episodes fortify the mystique of Paris life and locales.

Available as paperback, hardcover, ebook – Penguin Classics.
Connect at inspectormaigret.com


Christmas Spirit Readathon WrapUp

Successfully completed
and Fun Enjoyed !

Books I read ?

  1. 1. Back Roads to Bliss Ruth Glover

2. The Beginning –Karen Kingsbury/January LeVoy – audio 
3. Little House Christmas – Laura Ingalls Wilder
4. A Matter of Justice – Charles Todd
5. The White Feather Murders
Rachel MacMillan-
6. The Christmas Train-David Baldacci/Tim Matheson-audio
7. A Christmas Hope – Stacy Henrie
8. Skipping CmasJohn Grisham 
9. This Side of Murder – Anna Lee Huber
10. A Patchwork Love – Stephanie Grace Whitson
11. A Family for ChristmasMona Ingram 
12. A Cmas Kiss – Elizabeth Mansfield/Colleen Prendergast – audio
13. Seams Like Love – Judith Miller
14. The Bridge-Karen Kingsbury
15. The Greatest GiftAnn Voskamp
16.Christmas Angel ProjectMelody Carlson
17. The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas-Madeleine L’Engle 
18. Jane and the Waterloo Map-Stephanie Barron

I’m carrying on with the
Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge
til January 6 2018

Add your Reading and Movies to the
Christmas Spirit Pinterest board HERE.

~*~ Join the Fun ~*~

SignUps continue HERE

Cmas Spirit 2017 reading challenge


Christmas Spirit Readathon 2017

This Year’s Christmas Spirit Readathon 
runs an Xtra week for our Xtra reading enJoyment!
November 20th to December 3rd midnight CDT

Your choice of reading selections are unlimited –
Christmas tales to mysteries
Childrens’ Christmas to Dicken’s !

Find all the details at Michelle’s Seasons of Reading
for SignUps NOW OPEN

Use #CSReadathon to connect to other social media opps
on Twitter, FB, Goodreads, Instagram, YouTube

2017’s prize will be a donation to a charitable organization
helping those in need.  Find details as linked above.
Thanks to Michelle for continuing to host this Annual Event!

Are you ready…?

Almost time for all those Christmas Favourites ….

Ready.  Set.  Read!

2017 Christmas Spirit #ReadingChallenge November 20 – January 6

Cmas Spirit 2017 reading challenge

SignUps Now OPEN 
for this Annual Feature
with Michelle of truexmasspirit blog

Running from Monday November 20 to Twelfth Night/Epiphany
{ Saturday January 6 2018 }

Lots  of opps for sharing your favs in movies, stories, books
{for children and adults}
full variety of genres – crafts, poetry, novels to short stories.
Looking forward to hearing your recommendations
and surprise discoveries

From Candy Cane Level –  Reading 1 book
Mistletoe – 2-4 books
Christmas Tree at 5-6 books

Add some Films you’ve viewed for Optional Levels
FaLaLaLaLa Film Fun
Visions of Sugar Plums
by reading books with children and sharing with us.

EnJoy this fabulous Season of Reading !

My Christmas Spirit Reading?

Last Christmas in Paris – Hazel Gaynor
A Lady Most Lovely – Jennifer Delamere
A Highland ChristmasMC Beaton
[annual read!]
The Greatest GiftAnn Voskamp
Jane + the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor
Being the First Jane Austen Mystery –Stephanie Barron
Back Roads to BlissRuth Glover
Doc Martin – Mistletoe & Whine – Sam North
At Legend’s End-Diane Moody
Elderberry Days: A Season of JOY – A Holiday Sequel
-Becky Doughty
The Christmas Journey – Donna VanLiere
Bookends – Liz Curtis Higgs
Mistletoe & Murder – Carola Dunn
A Very Merry Christmas – Lauren Cecil/Andrew Grey
[ 1 of many children’s books]
The Christmas Candle [movie] – Max Lucado


October’s Season of Readathons

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It’s an Annual Event hosted by Michelle,
now extended to the entire month of October.
A major reading time for me as days cool and the invitation
of a waiting mystery lures me to stay in and enjoy the reading …

Library requests and Little Free Library finds kept my time full.
My hoped for ‘scary’ [mystery] reads for me :
Now Completions :

Cruel Winter – Sheila Connolly – 2017 release completed Oct .1√
A Purely Private Matter – Darcie Wilde/Sarah Nichols – 2017  audio release 10.2√
The Cracked Spine – Paige Shelton/Carrington McDuffie –
new to me audio mystery series set in Scotland – 10.1√
Of Books and Bagpipes –  book 2 of this audio series era 60s pub’d 2017– 10.2  √
Mortal Arts – Anna Lee Huber – audio suspense, again a Scotland series – 3-4.10 √
Manna from Hades– Carola Dunn/Wanda McCaddon-series audio mystery set
in 60s era England–5.10√
Death of a Dyer– Eleanor Kuhns excellent 1700s era mystery series set in Maine  – 6.10√
A Grave Matter – Anna L Huber/Heather Wilds- audio 1800s era series
this novel exposing grave robbing in Scotland– 7.10 √
The Story Girl – LM Montgomery –a shortstory collection of Canadian childhood
of an earlier Prince Edward Island era – 8.10 √
Miss Marple’s Final Cases – Agatha Christie – more English mystery shortstories
8.10 – 17th 
The Art of Life – Edith Schaeffer – completion of a nonfic read
set in  Switzerland – 9.10
The Message- Proverbs Eugene H Peterson –my 12th  Canadian read
for this year’s Canadian Book Challenge which begins
July 1st annually.  nonfiction – 8.10- 22.10
The Moving Finger – 4th Miss Marple – Agatha Christie/Richard E Grant –
excellent audio narration and suspense in this English WWI era mystery– 9.10 √
The Borrowers – Mary Norton – childhood fav, genre fantasy
England era 1890s – 9.10 
Twice PromisedMaggie Brendan –mailorder bride era for this 1880s series
set in COOct 9-10.10
12 Days at Bleakly Manor – Michelle Griep/Nan McNamara – 2017 audio release
of this 1st entry of a very creative mystery series – era 1850 England– 11.10
A Murder is Announced -Miss Marple 5– Agatha Christie/Emilia Fox-
audio version era rural England series of mysteries – 12-13.10
The Secret Adversary – Agatha Christie/Alison Larkin –
audio version of Russian suspense filled hostage taking of
Tommy and his partner Tuppence’s efforts at solving this couples’
intro as sleuthing detectives.
The Space Between Words – Michelle Phoenix – 2017 release –dual timelines,
both scary suspense filled eras.  1600s barbaric actions of the King toward Hugenots
along with current description of recent terrorist attacks in France –
A top year’s read for me!  – 16-17.10
A Casualty of War – Charles Todd – 2017 pub of WWI era1918 series
excellent suspense in newest entry of series set in France/England – 18.10
To Whisper Her Name – Tamera Alexander/Tavia Gilbert – audio version
of an insightful series set in Tennessee era 1860s dealing with prejudices
of class, attitudes and expectations  – 21.10
A Study in Death – Anna L Huber/H Wilds – audio continued this mystery series
1800s era featuring female investigator in Scotland – Oct 21-2
Death of a Cad – MC Beaton/Antony Ferguson – audio of this Hamish Macbeth
police inspector series set in Highlands of Scotland – always enjoy the
accented narrators of audios – Oct 22
The Essence of Malice –Ashley Weaver/Alison Larkin- audio series takes
readers to investigate in France with unexpected family trouble – 23.10
Rosemary’s Glove – Shirley Raye Redmond – fun Regency era England– 24.10
Perfectly MatchedMaggie Brendan – 1800s era Colorado series completed– 27.10
The Divide – Jolina Petersheim/Tavia Gilbert –apocalyptic era series completion
on audio Montana winter setting- pub’d 2017– 28.10
Countdown in Cairo –Noel Hynd/Dick Hill – Russian Trilogy has kept the suspense
and my interest through murders, bombings, espionage, deceptions and disappearances.  Series conclusion traveled America, Switzerland, Italy, Egypt 28-29.10
The Storyteller’s Collection: Tales of FarAway Places – various authors and far off
locations featured in this collection of short stories– 30-31.10
Concluding the month with
Seeds of Deception-Sheila Connolly/Marguerite Gavin- audio –
while MCs leave for a brief time of travel , murders interrupt their plans and family involvement creates concerns in this American set mystery series – 31.10-1.11

A great month of reading as part of Michelle’s Seasons of Reading
#FrightFall Readathon
1 requisite scary read to participate – any variety from Gothic to suspense.
After that, it’s all about the reading!

Thanks for motivating the reading, Michelle!

all about the reading


It’s a JaneAusten #Bookstagram Challenge

Day 2 of our Celebration of Jane #AusteninAugustRBR
And we’ve only just begun…

Adam at Roof Beam Reader is hosting this annual event
now in it’s 5th year.
I am a happy participant.  Whether reading Jane Austen novels
or checking out the variations, this month’s for Jane.

Today is an intro to a new feature for 2017 ~
Austen in August on Instagram
[+ twitter – pinterest – fb – etc]
Adam has invited me to share the daily Jane Austen prompts
I have created to inspire those participants who do enjoy
or who might enjoy the creativity of book photography.
You may be joining us as an instagrammer,
or may already be a #janeausten #bookstagrammer joining us.
Each of you are most welcome to participate at your level of interest.
Cheerleaders are definitely valued!

The #Bookstagram Reading Challenge follows as listed.
Participants post a photo for the listed prompt,
tag it @faith.hope.cherrytea  as host, and hashtag it
#JAusteninAugust #AusteninAugustRBR #JaneAusten
so everyone can find and follow the new photos of JA related prompts.

Choose the prompts that inspire you.  Take your photos anytime,
then post your bookstagrams corresponding to
the day of the prompts you’ve chosen.
[Or use a scheduling service such as Later.com to post for you]
I’ve found it a creative focus that increases enjoyment of
my books on a new level.  This month, it’s our Jane Austen collections.

This also works for those who prefer to post photos to twitter, pinterest or fb.
Be sure to identify them with the same #hashtags as above.
Share your love and spread the word for Jane Austen in August.

Are you ready?
JANE AUSTEN IN AUGUST bookstagram challenge background

 Jane Austen in August 2017

1 – Ready Set Go – 1st #JA book you’re reading
2 – Resources – TBR stack for #JAusteninAugust
3- Travelin’ Band – fav JA roadtrippin’ reads
4- Silver Screen – any 5* JA movie recs?
5- 2nd Time Around – 2nd hand JA book find
6- Faith & Family – your fav JA quote
7- #BookmarkMonday – show your JA bookmarks
8- Tops – your top pick[s] of JA books
9- Party Time! – Anne Elliot’s 230th Birthday!
10- JA Geometry – worst JA love triangle[s]
11- Shopaholic – Best ever bookstore JA find
12- What’s New?- new JA  library find
13- Let’s Get Poetical – JA book spine poetry
14- On Deck – JA you’re reading right now
15- Day Out – show us your JA outdoors
16- Wordless Wednesday – JA book illustrations
17- Get Serious – nonfiction Jane
18- Showtime – show off your JA bookshelves
19- Most Wanted – your ‘must have’ JA novel
For Openers – fav JA chapter opening line[s]
21- Surround Sound – JA audio book lovers
22- Comfort Zone – your fav JA reading spot
23- Waiting on Wednesday – JA you’re anticipating
24- Unfinished Business – JA/variations you dnf
25- Up to Now – #JAusteninAugust read so far…
26- Villainous – least liked JA character[s]
27- Favouritism – most liked JA character[s]
28- Memorabilia – JA items / memorabilia
29- News – what’s new in the world of JA ?
30- Last Word – have your say #JAusteninAugust
31- That’s a Wrap – your #JAinA completions

      #JAusteninAugust     @faith.hope.cherrytea      # AusteninAugustRBR

I’m thrilled to be participating with each of you in the
#AusteninAugustRBR event and
so pleased to offer this new month long addition.
My “Thanks to Adam” for generously including me in the lineup of activities.

Cheers to each of you for beginning this
Jane Austen reading journey through August!

We’ll be watching for your
#JAusteninAugust   #AusteninAugustRBR   #JaneAusten
posts wherever you’re active on social media.

Jane Austen in August 2017….



austeninaugust roofbeamr-button (1)TIME for 2017’s Version of this ANNUAL CHALLENGE!August 1st opens the 5th year of individual Jane Austen
marathon reading during the month of August – info HEREand group reads,
this year’s choice being Northanger Abbey – details HERE
~SignUps remain OPEN until JULY 31st
for participation in any Austen in August events, giveaways, etc.
though reading Jane Austen, of course, is encouraged all monthand doesn’t require signing up.
~We look forward to sharing all things Jane together !
Hoping you’re part of the Celebration of Jane Austen.~*~THANKS to our returning host,
Adam at Roof Beam Reader ! ~Find us connecting using #AusteninAugustRBR
on Twitter and Instagram,
where we also have a NEW #Bookstagram Challengeusing #JAusteninAugust via @faith.hope.cherryteajane austen cushion quoteBe sure to follow if you’re on both or either .
We’ll be looking for your Jane Austen tweets and photos !~*~ FIND MORE FHC on BOOK DEPOSITORY | PINTEREST | TWITTER | GOOGLE+ | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK | NETWORKED BLOGS | | | INSTAGRAM | LIBRARYTHING | Follow |