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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 3

I didn’t end up reading either of the books on last week’s discussion. I did a lot of sampling this week and then this last time I went to read, my kindle needed recharging. What is up with that! (I left the wifi on. The battery drains much faster when it’s on because Amazon downloads ads and checks on me.)

So what are the possibilities for this week!

The Murder Wall – This might be a bit too dark for some, but I’ve heard the author and books described as the English version of Nordic mysteries. I do like the occasional Nordic crime novel if they aren’t too depressing. It can be a fine line. The characters have to carry it and always have a sense of hope and cleverness. This one also happened to be on sale, so it seemed like a good book to investigate!


After the above seemed a bit dark, but a possibility, I came across this one! Dead Dancing Woman – Not British or Nordic, but intriguing!

Following an ugly divorce and the death of her father, Emily Kincaid decides what she needs most is peace and quiet and time to think, so the part-time journalist and full-time struggling mystery writer relocates to a remote house in the woods of northern Michigan. When a severed head shows up in her garbage can, Emily knows she’s been singled out, and suddenly her peaceful solitude feels a lot like isolation and vulnerability.

Discovering that the victim was a member of the Women of the Moon, a group of older local ladies who sing and dance around a bonfire in the woods late at night, Emily’s at a loss to know why anyone would want to hurt one of them. The women claim it’s a harmless act in praise of Mother Earth, a way to feel young again, but certain townspeople don’t see it that way. As Emily digs deeper, more of the women are turning up dead.

Knowing she’ll have to root out a killer to save her peaceful paradise, Emily teams up with the cantankerous Deputy Dolly and begins navigating between eccentric town gossips and reclusive neighbors who would rather be left alone. When the killer gets too close for comfort, Emily knows she’ll have to put aside her fears before the natural life she’s chosen comes to a grisly and very unnatural end.

Here’s a cozy pick. I don’t generally like antiques mysteries. No idea why. Maybe I haven’t found a good one? Death is a Cabaret has a great cover and it’s also on sale for a very cheap 99 cents. And I love the cover!


Okay obviously I’m undecided this week because I also came across this one. It’s ALSO on sale and this series is usually 6 or 7 dollars! Miss Silver Deals with Death

Update: When I went to sample the above, it was no longer on sale, but book 3, Lonesome Road, is on sale so I am sampling that one instead!

Maud Silver, governess-turned-sleuth, investigates a case of blackmail in a once-grand London apartment house.

Vandeleur House was great once. The home of a prominent court painter, its ballroom and parlors hosted the brightest of the Victorian era. Now divided into eight flats, it is an apartment building whose glorious façade conceals a nest of diabolical intrigue.

There is Maude, a young woman who was crossing the Atlantic when her steamer was struck by a Nazi torpedo. She survived; her husband did not. Then there’s Ivy, a sleepwalking maid with a curious past. And last there is Mrs. Underwood, a snobbish woman dreadfully embarrassed that she is being blackmailed by another resident. And all that drama in just one flat. There are many secrets in Vandeleur house, and it will take the full force of gentlewoman detective Maud Silver’s intuition to unravel them.

Lotions: Lavender versus Citrus

As you know, I make various lotions and can make them to order. I can create a special blend with just about any oil requested (although I do not keep a lot on hand, which means some requests will cost more). The two most popular scents are lavender and citrus. The last batch I made for a client was lavender. I always make enough to test the batch before sending it and I noticed that with the lavender/geranium blend, you get a very nice skin toning/tightening effect. I usually make citrus (grapefruit blend) for myself. I don’t get that same toning effect and at my age, I need it! I am certain I can get the same toning by adding clary sage to the grapefruit, which I do sometimes and sometimes not. But I found it interesting that I noticed the difference with this new batch with the lavender added. I only use pure essential oils. Lavender is known to be good for the skin. Citrus has other good properties such as being antiseptic, cleansing and invigorating. I love the smell of it no matter what time of day. But this lavender lotion has great toning properties (reduces wrinkles!) and is quite soothing. As a side benefit it repels mosquitoes. With as much gardening as I do, that’s an important benefit. Rather than stimulating, lavender is considered a relaxing scent. Maybe I should use one for daytime and one for night!

Just thought I’d share because over the years as I’ve made different lotions, I generally concentrated on just making it smell nice. But the benefits of essential oils shouldn’t be overlooked!

Posted: August 5, 2017
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