Sunday, 25 September 2016

Listening to my books - Murder in Mesopotamia

Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie was a little different to the other books on tape that I have listened to because it was actually more of a radio play than a straightforward reading of the book.  Several characters in the book Murder in Mesopotamia were dramatized, including good old Hercule Poirot, and the story was told from the point of view of one other character, the nurse Amy Leatheran.

I have seen a TV production of Murder in Mesopotamia, but didn't really remember the story, or "whodunit" so this was a great listen.  The story was told well, and I found it much more interesting than I do reading Agatha Christie books.  I listened to it in August during one of the days I spent sorting Man's papers.  It was great company and kept me sane and interested in what I was doing.  I thoroughly recommend it if you come across this tape.  It was well told and produced and the story is good too.

Murder in Mesopotamia tells the story of nurse Amy Leatheran who travels to the east to explore life and is employed to look after the wife of archaeologist Doctor Leidner.  Louise Leidner has been experiencing many strange things since the death of her first husband and now it seems that she is being haunted by the past once again.

Why could this be?  Who is doing it?  What will happen?  Perhaps Louise is imagining or making the whole thing up, or perhaps there actually is something going on.  Once Poirot appears on the scene more strange things happen and the story unfolds and is, of course, eventually resolved.

Agatha Christie actually travelled a lot in the middle east with her husband Max Mallowan who was also an archaeologist and so several of her stories are influenced by the time she spent travelling with him.  I thought that you could really see this influence in this story and it added to the realism and interest of the story.

Overall, a great listen and although this tape is going back to Lady to listen to again, I would certainly listen to it again.  I recommend it!


This is one of the posts that I wrote in August to be published in September but publishing it got delayed by my need to take a blog break.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Five On Friday

Hello Five on Fridayers!

Lovely to see you all.  Thank you for bearing with me last week even though I didn't post.  I do appreciate it.

The reason that I didn't post was because we have been away for a few days.  We had booked a holiday before all of the recent events happened and felt that it was important to still go away as we needed a break and change of scene.  I will share more about it in due course.  We had a good time and the weather was good, even though our minds were otherwise occupied.

Normally I schedule a post if I am going to be away for Five On Friday, but I had also been sick for a couple of weeks before we went so with that and everything else that has been going on I just had to let things slide last week.  I am on the mend now, but need to have some dental work done which isn't going to be fun.  Needs to be done though, but I am not looking forward to it.

As for things with Man, well we will know more by the end of next week.  The best that I can say is that he is so so.  He certainly isn't good, could be worse I suppose because things could quite often be worse, but it isn't looking good for him and I can't see that it could be much worse for the long term future.  I won't say more right now though, I will wait until we have more information.

That is all I have to share right now really.  I will tell you more about the holiday as and when as I said already.  Otherwise it is all really rather too emotional to contemplate really.

What I really want to say is thank you so much for bearing with me and for all of your kind thoughts, and prayers especially and little messages in your other comments.  I am humbled by your kindness and generosity of spirit and thankful for you all.  I can't say much else otherwise I will sob, but thank you thank you thank you.

Having said all of that, I do have some things to share this week.  Five of them in fact so that this is indeed a Five On Friday post.  Here we go.

These are all crochet related - what else did you expect!  Despite all that has been going on I have been crocheting when I can, in the car, when waiting for things and recently while travelling.  I haven't done a lot, but these are five things which are in progress or just completed.  All are, or will be scarves or shawls of some sort and are all my own patterns/designs and I will have more forthcoming about these in due course.

For now, just enjoy the pictures!

Oh, and there is a sneaky sixth!  These pumpkins which were made by loom knitting.  I still have to get the hang of it properly, but I like these in the meantime.

Sorry it isn't more exciting, I don't have much else to share right now.

Thank you for joining in, for linking your posts, for your comments and for doing the most important thing of going to visit and comment on the posts of other participants!  We all appreciate it.

Hope that you have a great weekend, whatever you are doing and that the weather is good to you.  Have fun and tell your loved ones that you love them.



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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Reading My Books - The House on Hope Street

It might seem as though I read a lot of Danielle Steel books, and that is because I do.  I get given them and have a big pile of them - along with the large pile of Agatha Christie books - so it seems to be the thing to do to actually read them.

Yes, they are sappy and formulaic and easy reading, but sometimes that is OK isn't it.  They certainly make good summer reading.

I finished this one in just over a week, which considering it has taken me months to read some books is pretty good going so I am pleased with that.  It make a light read, but was a happy story, easy to follow, and yes, with a guaranteed happy ending, but again, nothing wrong with happy endings is there?

I used to know someone who thought that if the book gave you the ending and it was a happy ending that it wasn't a good book because it didn't "challenge" you.

Personally I don't want my books to challenge me.  I want to be interested by them and to enjoy them.  I don't mind if there are some challenging ideas in the book, or things that I have to think about more deeply, but I have no desire to read books that are never happy and never give me the ending!

The House on Hope Street tells the story of Liz and her husband Jack who are both lawyers living and working in San Francisco.  Of course there is then the obligatory tradgedy, and then well, you know boy and girl meet, fall in love, fight, break up, get back together, all is well in the end.  As I said, formulaic.

It was a pleasant story though, and as I said a good summer read and I am happy with that.  Although I wouldn't suggest rushing to get this book, if it comes across your path you might well enjoy reading it.

This one is off to the charity shop, I am not going to read it again, but as I have said before that doesn't make it a bad read, I am just trying to limit the books that I keep to those I will read again and I have been there and done that with this one so it is someone else's turn now.

Another book read!

What did you enjoy about your summer reading?  Do you like your books to challenge you, or do you just prefer to enjoy reading them?

Do share and let me know.


p.s. please read this post if you haven't already done so.