Hildene, Manchester, Vermont
This past week we got to enjoy the beauty of Vermont. We stayed in Manchester, such a quaint town with lots to do and explore. We toured Hildene, the Lincoln Family home, saw a few covered bridges along the way, hit several shops, an Indie bookstore, great restaurants and The Vermont Country Store (a real blast from the past). Driving to Vermont is stress free too with very little highway traffic and well paved backroads. The foliage still has a way to go but, the Green Mountain State should be peak by the end of the month. Hope to return to VT, perhaps a different town, one more time before ski season.
Lunch with friends, yoga and the new Jennifer Lawrence movie rounded out the rest of my week. Have you seen the previews for the movie, "Mother?" OMG
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer
Overview: A couple's relationship is tested after uninvited guests show up and stay with them.
Opinion: The first hour of this movie was strange but wasn't bad. However, the longer we sat there, the more ridiculous the movie became. Definitely a movie that might appeal to fans of "experimental film", but we really disliked it ---pass
I finished (2) books this week, one was an audiobook that we enjoyed on our drive to and from Vermont - that one, The Old Man, Thomas Perry, was a big hit.
The Old Man; Thomas Perry -
Mysterious Press & Highbridge Audio - 2017
Dan Chase (AKA Michael Koehler) was once an Army Intelligence Officer. Some 30 years earlier he was supposed to deliver some 20 million dollars to Faris Hamza, an agent for rebel fighters, but things didn't go down exactly as planned. Now, Chase, a retiree in a sleepy Vermont town, with a grown daughter and two huge dogs is a wanted man and suddenly on the run.
This audio book, narrated by Peter Berkrot was an excellent choice for our recent road trip, we both enjoyed it. The story held our interest and there was plenty of action. The ending might have been a bit too neat but, so glad we listened to this one. This author was new to us both. 4/5 stars
Death of a Busybody; George Bellairs
Poison Pen Press - 2017
Originally published in 1942, reprinted in 2017 by the Poison Pen Press as part of their British Library Crime Classics.
The 'busybody" who ends up dead, her body found in the cesspool of Reverend Claplady, was Miss Ethel Tither. Miss Tither was a woman with more than a few enemies in the village of Hilary Magna. She was a woman who couldn't resist sticking her nose in the "affairs" of others, always trying to reform the sinners of the town. Inspector Thomas Littlejohn from Scotland Yard is called in and as he soon finds out, there is no shortage of possible suspects.
Humorous, witty prose, town gossip, a cozy town made for a good old fashioned mystery. I enjoyed the way this story unfolded, a well-scripted investigation. 4/5 stars
The Deep Dark Descending; Allen Eskens
Seventh Street Books - 2017
The Almost Sisters; Joshilyn Jackson
William Morrow & Blackstone Audio - 2017
Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.