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I am Barbara, 57 years old, married and have two daughters. I live in Zürich, Switzerland and work full-time as a primary school teacher. Besides reading, I am interested in art of all kinds and traveling. You will also find something of all this on my thread in 2019.
I look forward to all visitors and look forward to a lively exchange.
Modern fountain on the Münsterhof in my hometown Zürich
Until the early Middle Ages, the Münsterhof was a wetland. With the pile of debris from the Sihlarm emerged in 873 with the construction of the Fraumünster first wooden buildings. Thereafter, the site was used as one of the three newly created cemeteries in high medieval Zurich, after the deceased were no longer buried in the cemetery of the Gallo-Roman settlement Turicum.
At the beginning of the 12th century, the first civil buildings were built of stone, probably with a majority of material from the late antique fort of Zurich and its successor buildings on the nearby hill of the Lindenhof. Presumably around 1300, the Münsterhof became an open space when the cemetery was lifted except for a small strip along the Fraumünster.
Proven from 1504 to probably at the beginning of the Reformation here were the Passion plays in honor of the city saints Exuperantius, Felix and Regula instead. Until 1667 the place served as a pig market. In 1676 it was paved and received essentially its present appearance. In the years 1627 to 1835 stood along the northern wall of the Fraumünster the stalls of grocer, which were under the supervision of the guild to Kämbel. A public fountain graced the square from 1766. Since the water pipes brought up little pressure, it was demolished in 1811 again.
In 1938, the Münsterhof received its present form by being redesigned on the south-western side towards Poststrasse. On September 19, 1946 Winston Churchill gave a short speech at the Münsterhof.
# 1 Bretonische Flut by Jean-Luc Bannalec (4 stars)
# 2 Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell (4 stars)
# 3 The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter (4 stars)
# 4 H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (4 stars)
# 5 Liberation Movements by Olen Steinhauer (4½ stars)
# 6 I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark (4 stars)
# 7 A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny ( 4 stars)
# 8 Finders Keepers by Stephen King (4½ stars)
# 9 Sworn To Silence by Linda Castillo (4 stars)
#10 A Mind To Murder by P. D. James (4½ stars)
#11 Nerve by Dick Francis (4 stars)
#12 Die Brillenmacherin by Titus Müller (3½ stars)
#13 The Black Tower by P.D. James (4 stars)
#14 Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong (4 stars)
#15 The Chessmen by Peter May (4½ stars)
#16 Young Blood by Sifiso Mzobe (4 stars)
#17 Kein Tag für Jakobsmuscheln by Catherine Simon (3½ stars)
#18 Friday on My Mind by Nicci French (4½ stars)
#19 Forfeit by Dick Francis (4 stars)
#20 Throttle by Joe Hill (3½ stars)
#21 The Strings Of Murder by Oscar de Muriel (4½ stars)
#22 Eine unbeliebte Frau by Nele Neuhaus (4½ stars)
#23 Innocence by David Hosp (4½ stars)
#24 Innocence by Dean Koontz (4 stars)
# 2 Read that nagging book: finished 2019-01-27
Liberation Movements by Olen Steinhauer (4½ stars)
# 4 Read the first book of a series/trilogy or saga: finished 2019-01-19
The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter (4 stars)
# 7 Read a book by a female author, in Rolling Alphabetical order: finished 2019-01-12
Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell (4 stars)
# 8 Read a book originally published in French or German: finished 2019-01-05
Bretonische Flut by Jean-Luc Bannalec (4 stars)
#18 Read a book where the author has a set of double letters in their name: finished 2019-01-28
I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark (4 stars)
# 3 Read a book by an author who has written both fiction and nonfiction books finished 2019-02-08
Finders Keepers by Stephen King (4½: stars)
# 4 Read A Book That Was Published At Least 10 Years Ago: finished 2019-02-03
A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (4 stars)
# 6: Read a book whose title includes at least two 4+ letter words starting with the same letter finished 2019-02-16
A Mind To Murder by P.D. James (4½ stars)
# 7 Read a book with a four word title: finished 2019-02-26
Tod einer roten Heldin by Qiu Xiaolong (4 stars)
# 11: Read a book whose cover has an image relating to the sea finished 2019-02-25
The Black Tower by P. D. James (4 stars)
# 12 Read a book where the title refers to a woman finished 2019-02-22
Die Brillenmacherin by Titus Müller (3½ stars)
# 16 Read a work by an author you read in 2018: finished 2019-02-18
Nerve by Dick Francis (4 stars)
#17: Read a book which was listed by the same challenger who started any of the previous February finished 2019-02-15
Sworn To Silence by Linda Castillo (4 stars)
# 1: Read a book whose title starts with the last letter of the author's last name of the preceding book finished 2019-03-03
Young Blood by Sifiso Mzobe (4 stars)
# 2: Read a Book where the author or a character has the name of "Joe" or a variation thereof finished 2019-03-23
Throttle by Joe Hill (3½ stars)
# 3: Read a Book that is in the "Recommended" section on your home page (either LT or member) finished 2019-03-10
Kein Tag für Jakobsmuscheln by Catherine Simon (3½ stars)
# 4: Read a book that starts with a quote for the semi-rolling alphabet challenge finished 2019-03-02
The Chessmen by Peter May (4½ stars)
# 5: ROLLING CHALLENGE: Read a book with a significant connection to the countries of the United Kingdom finished 2019-03-13
Friday on My Mind by Nicci French (4½ stars)
# 6: Read a book somebody else picked for you finished 2019-03-17
Forfeit by Dick Francis (4 stars)
# 8: Read a book by a woman who is born in the 20th century finished 2019-03-29
Eine unbeliebte Frau by Nele Neuhaus (4½ stars)
# 2: Read a book in which the author's name has a Scrabble point value of 22 or more finished 2019-04-08
Innocence by Dean Koontz (4 stars)
# 3: Either read 2 books with the same title or list a book with one title and get someone to read another book with the same title within 3 days. finished 2019-04-05
Innocence by David Hosp (4½ stars)
In the meantime there is something for a sweet teeth: Luxenburgerli, Champagner Truffes, Tirggel, Hüppen - all specialties from my hometown
SHARED READ: Saddle up for Dick Francis' horsy adventures!
And thanks for the treats!
>8 Ameise1: There are the champagne truffles I had in Zurich! I'd forgotten where I left them.
>18 mstrust: I hope you'll like them, Jennifer. It is a tradition in my family to enjoy these delicious champagne truffles during the feast day. As a child, my grandparents on my father's side always gave it to me.
>19 The_Hibernator: Thank you so much, Rachel. Here it takes nine hours until the turn of the year, but the first bangers can already be heard.
>20 FAMeulstee: That's what I wish for you too, Anita.
Interesting picture and story in your first post. I hadn't realised that Zürich is such an old city! (Amsterdam is from around 1200). Have you ever found an historical novel set in your town?
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised
I look forward to keeping up with you, Barbara, this year.
Wishing you and your family the best for 2019.
>8 Ameise1: Ooh yum! Thank you.
>1 Ameise1: Living in the US, it’s always a stunner for me when I read about documented history going back over a thousand years. Thank you for sharing.
>8 Ameise1: Yum. All of them.
>16 Ameise1: I’ve starred this thread and hope to re-read some of his books this year.
Yep, our history goes way back but I suppose you have a very long history before the USA too.
Aren't they delicious. I really like them all.
I like Francis Dicks' books. So I'm glad to have another opportunity to read some of them.
Also Commissaire Dupin's fifth case was very exciting. He investigates the offshore islands, where on the one hand he likes the landscape but on the other hand the stormy sea brings him great discomfort. The question comes up soon, does he have to deal with a serial killer? Which he doubted, even if many signs speak for it. Did the scientists have to die because they tested new fishing methods or found that the sea was poisoned or because they found a mythological cross? Once again, Dupin must recognize how closed the Breton island population is and therefore far from being helpful.
Es guets Nöis
I wish, that you may find a good and solid path in 2019
I need to continue the Underworld USA series after having read the first one, too.
I wish you a lovely weekend.
>64 Whisper1: Ah yes, Linda - nobody can resist these sweet Zürich specialties. I wish you a fabulous 2019, too.
>65 Copperskye: Thanks so much for stopping by, Joanne.
A little belated Happy New Thread.
I wish you and yours a year full of books, love, friends and health.
We‘re having such a storm here the last days, it‘s scary to go outside. Are you getting all those heavy snowfalls as well like Austria and Bavaria?
I hope the year brings health and happiness and books.
>68 msf59: Thanks so much, Mark. Happy Tuesday. We saw the musical 'Miss Saigon' on Sunday evening. It was a very good performance.
>69 Deern: Thanks so much, Nathalie. We also had snowfall over the weekend. The road conditions in Switzerland were very bad on Saturday. My older daughter and her partner needed twice as much for a journey that normally takes three hours.
>70 LovingLit: Thanks so much, Megan. I hope you'll have a year full of fabulous too.
If you have access to German TV, you have the possibility to watch Simon Brenner.
Der Knochenmann will be broadcast today at 22:45 in Bayern 3.
My television magazine gave the film a good rating.
I programmed my hard disk recorder and will watch the film later - with mixed feelings. It's rare that I like a book adaptation.
For once I was glad that I kept the order of the series. It was important to know the history to understand this episode.
As always, it has taken me away from the beginning. Kay is lured away from Boston. For a long time she does not realize what role she really plays. For a long time, it seems that her position and reputation are misused for other benefits. There are many dead in this story, all murdered by a crippling poison. Kay takes a long time to diagnose the cause and bring the loose threads of the cases together. At the same time she herself is endangered.
Love that illustration (? or is it a photo?) of the modern fountain on the Münsterhof up top.
Joining those inquiring - how's school? How is your wrist?
I loved H is for Hawk, too.
>80 charl08: Charlotte, I can well imagine, when you grew up there, that many memories come with the book. The author describes it very detailed.
>81 Donna828: Ha Donna, I would not be a good falconer too, I would miss the patience.
>84 The_Hibernator: Rachel, it's a quiet story and gets lost in the thousandth of details about training with a hawk.
>85 jnwelch: Thanks so much, Joe. It is a real photo. Thumbs up for H Is For Hawk
The Strangler Vine
What a great start to a new series. William Avery is young and not long in Calcutta. He works for the East India Company and is homesick for England. He is very well read and loves the books of Xavier Mountstuart. He spends the evenings in the casino, playing and drinking too much and is therefore heavily in debt. Then he gets an assignment together with Jeremiah Blake to find the lost Mountstuart. What he does not know yet is that he and Blake should be pawn victims for the Company. Blake is a weird guy and often does not talk to Avery, which irritates him a lot. Over time, however, a deep friendship grows between them and both know that they can trust each other blindly. In this story, you learn a lot about life in India in the 1830's. It also shows the inglorious role played by the East India Company for India.
Avery and Blake feel like Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holms. They are in a similar relationship to each other and react very similar.
The story grabbed me from the beginning and I will definitely continue reading this series.
>93 souloftherose: Thanks so much, Heather. I'm sure you'll like Avery & Blake.
>94 lkernagh: Lori, thanks so much for stopping by. You're doing much better than I. I'm happy to find time for some reading but haven't visited threads lately.
H Is For Hawk
My audio was read by the author, which makes the story even more authenic, because she herself knows best when to read the story at what speed and in which voice.
It took me a moment to immerse myself in the story. This has probably more to do with the fact that one can not just hear this story alongside. In addition to being very autobiographical, Mcdonald describes her experiences and observations as a falconer down to the smallest detail. Attentive listening is required. I'm impressed with how she trains her hawk, how she struggles with others and, as always, the memories of her father appear. Even though my knowledge of hawks used to be rather ruthless, I have the feeling that I have learned a lot of knowledge.
Even though this story is not fast paced, it grabbed me.
>91 Ameise1: Ilove Olen Steinhauer, but I have not read that one, so I'll be waiting for your thoughts on it.
Hoping your week is full of fabulous!
>77 Ameise1: I am so far behind on that series I do not think I will ever catch up!
>78 Ameise1: I own that one. I just need to get it read.
>88 Ameise1: I will be on the lookout for that one. Thanks for the review, Barbara.
It looks like your reading is going well and I am getting on well now I am back to the shorter books, they do feel different in my hands after the big ones, lol.
Sending love and hugs to you and the family from both of us dear friend.
BTW I did post my review of The Strangler Vine.
>99 alcottacre: Stasia, I'm sure you'll like Commissaire Dupin. I really enjoy that series. I jump around with Patricia Cornwell's books. I definitely haven't read all of them but still have some as audios. I hope you'll enjoy H Is For Hawk. It's definitely a completely different kind of book that I would otherwise read. Ah yes The Strangler Vine is a very good start into a newe series.
>100 johnsimpson: Hi John, thank you for stopping by here. January is always very professional and I do not have much free time. I've heard more audio books, as I'm always on public transport in winter. I only read two books for that. I'm glad when this stressful month is over soon.
Love and hugs to you and Karen xx
>102 mstrust: Thanks so much, Jennifer. My hand is doing much better.
>103 richardderus: Ha ha, Rdear. I hope you'll find the time to read them. *smooch*
>104 charl08: Thanks so much for the recommendation, Charlotte. I put it on my library list. I saw that my library has got copies of the first two of that series.
>105 figsfromthistle: Thanks so much, Anita. I hope you'll like it as much as I did.
Also the fourth volume of the Eastern Bloc series has been thrilling from the beginning. This part switched back and forth between the student riots in Prague (1968) and a few years later in Kiev and Istanbul. At first, I did not understand why this had to be so. Nevertheless, both parts were very important and over time, I also saw the connection behind it. Steinhauer has a main theme in every book in this series. This time it's about parapsychological experiments that were carried out on people who were in asylums by Russian scientists and their allies. Of course, the secret service has its fingers everywhere. The subject of homosexuality also gets its place, as this was of course strictly prohibited. If you were discovered you came in great danger for your life.
This story is great written and grabbed me until the end.
I'll Walk Alone
This was an exciting story. Two years ago, a child was kidnapped. The mother, an interior decorator, never got over the loss and still believes that her son is alive. There are photos of the abduction. The woman in the pictures looks like the child's mother. Everyone turns against her because they believe she has kidnapped her child herself. It is difficult to prove her innocence, especially as the kidnapper takes on the role of the child's mother again. Also, her bank account is looted. Purchases are made by a stranger. The situation comes to a head as the mastermind decides that the child and his kidnapper must die.
I'm crawling around the threads to say I'm not dead but woefully unread, both books and threads. Happy reading!
>113 Deern: Hi Nathalie, I wish you a wonderful February, too.
>114 msf59: Hi Mark, I hope the temperatures at your place are improving. Yep, I like the Bill Hodges trilogy too.
>115 tymfos: Terri, that would never happen to us, that we could not visit the school due to cold and snow.
>116 richardderus: thanks so much, Rdear. I hope you feel better.
A Fatal Grace
Also the second volume of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series captivated me from the first page.
In Montreal, a homeless woman is murdered. Shortly before, Clara spoke to her. While Gamache looks at this case file with his wife, he is called to Three Pines because a newcomer was murdered. It turns out that the people of Three Pines have their own ideas of what they should or should not tell. Gamache needs all the 'gray cells' to solve the case. In addition, it is bitterly cold and many snow do not make the investigation easier.
Also the second part of the Bill Hodges Trilogy, was very exciting from the beginning. King also made a link to the first part because a family was also affected in the accident.
This book is about a robbery with killing. The robber stole a reputed author not only his money but also the notebooks for two more books in a series. He buries everything and only keeps it in jail, knowing that the prey is waiting for him.
But he did not expect a teenager who finds the loot nearly 30 years after the robbery. He uses the money for his family. When there is no more money, he tries to sell the notebooks, which means a whole rat tail of dangerous situations for him and his loved ones.
Today I drove with Thomas to Davos. He already has his ski holidays from today. I have to go home tomorrow night, since I have to work another week until my holidays start. On Friday after school I will go back to Davos and spend a week skiing.
Yep, Sir! I'll try to stay safe.
What Richard said!!
That looks like a fun get-together in >125 Ameise1:. Good to hear your hand has improved. Have a great time skiing!
>130 BLBera: Beth, I have another work week ahead before my holiday is starting. So probably my first ski day will be next Saturday.
>131 Berly: Never mind, Kim. I haven't visited threads during the last few weeks. Work is very demanding in the gbeginning of the year. Thanks for stopping by.
>132 jnwelch: We had realy a splendid evening en familie. Yesterday evening they had a big party at our home. I hope coming back in the late afternoon it doesn't look like a war field.
>133 FAMeulstee: Thanks so much, Anita. I'll pass it over to her. I think we have Nele Neuhaus's books at home. Thomas read them. I asked him where they are. I have a look at them when coming home today. Probably could take one or two for the holiday.
Happy Sunday, Barb. We miss seeing you around. Have you just been busy at work?
I'm back home at Zürich for another work week until I can go back to Davos for my skiing holiday.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
>140 charl08: Thanks so much, Charlotte. Only four work day left until my holiday. Big grins.
>141 AuntieClio: Hi Steph, nice to see you. :-)
>142 vancouverdeb: Will definitely do so, Deb.
>143 richardderus: Rdear, today I did not miss anything in Davos because it was snowing all day long. Tomorrow does not look much better. From Wednesday, the weather should be fantastic and with the fresh snow Thomas will have a great pleasure in skiing.
Only four days until I'm back in Davos. :-D
If you're not done with the school day today, you're close, and then only tomorrow. Have a lovely holiday!
Sworn To Silence
Although I have read other books from the Kate Burkholder series, it was good to read the first volume. Kate is a young police chief. She's good with her staff, but the council and the sheriff's office think she's an inexperienced person. In this book, Kate is dealing with a brutal serial killer who brutally tortures and abuses his victims before he kills them. The only pattern that permeates is that he numbers the victims with Roman numerals.
Kate thinks she's chasing a ghost out of her past. Someone who once raped her in her teenage years but she thought he was dead. Therefore, she also does not request reinforcements from other authorities, which temporarily costs her suspension. Kate would not be Kate, if she continues to investigate and thereby brings the greatest danger to her own life.
Great and fast, it grabbed me from the first page and I could barely stop reading.
A Mind To Murder
Another good cozy mystery from the Adam Dalgliesh series. This time, the majority of everything takes place in one place namely the Steen Psychiatric Clinic. Miss Bolam the administrative officer is found dead in the archive. She was not very popular and therefore everyone had something to hide. Dalgliesh's job is to filter out all the negative emotions everyone has, so that he finds the essence. In this commissioner coincidence helps to put things into perspective. Dalgliesh has to hurry to prevent another murder from happening.
This story is psychologically very skillful and let me guess for a long time, who the villain is.
Have a wonderful Sunday.
>158 richardderus: Rdear, Davos is always worth a trip, especially in winter for skiing. The place itself is not very nice, but that does not bother us, we are during the day on the peaks.
>159 PaulCranswick: Paul, as we say here, I was born with skis on my feet. I skied all my life, except twice. The first time when I was pregnant with Marina and was about to give birth and the second time, when I broke some vertebrae. Otherwise, nothing could stop me from skiing. I no longer drive as many hours a day as I used to.
>160 lkernagh: Lori, a deep blue sky in combination with snowy mountains is really beautiful. I enjoy it much more today and take my time. In the past it was all about slope kilometers.
>161 ronincats: Thanks so much, Roni. I enjoy every single minute.
In the evening our youngest daughter Marina joined us. She will stay until Saturday.
>165 karenmarie: Many thanks, Karen. Ah yes the food, one of my favorite pastimes. Since it is so warm we can easily sit on the sun terrace and enjoy the beautiful view in addition to the fine food.
>166 thornton37814: Lori, I do not race as much as when I was younger. Meanwhile, I am more of the connoisseurs and only go skiing in fine weather. In the past, I went to the slopes in all weathers.
>167 BLBera: Beth, that's so true and the weather forecast until the end of the week are fantastic.
>168 Familyhistorian: Meg, snow in the mountains is mostly beautiful, especially when the sun is shining. Is not it great when you meet an old school friend and thanks to the holidays has plenty of time for a chat?
I love Dick Francis books and this was no exception. Already at the beginning a jockey shot himself. Nobody could explain why he did this. The young jockey Rob, who sees the whole thing emotionally from the outside, gets to know the highs and lows of horse racing and decides to get to the bottom of the cause of the misery of his colleagues. He discovers that the horses of these jockeys and his horses have been doped. He's out for revenge and does it in a subtle way. He's in grave danger. His will is stronger than all the pain he suffers.
A magnificently thought-out thriller that gives an insight into the world of horse racing.
I enjoyed Mind to Murder and the other Adam Dalgliesh mysteries way back when. Those would probably make for an enjoyable group re-read, like the Dick Francis group read this year. I enjoyed Nerve as much as you did, sounds like.
I had to take a double take of your high school friend, she looks just like my Aunt Lillian. What a joy to see your ole' friend so unexpectedly!
I hope you are having a fantastic ski trip, Barb.
>174 thornton37814: Lori, I know that there are series that are not for everyone. The good thing is that you are not forced to read everything, but only what makes you happy.
>175 figsfromthistle: Thanks so much, Anita. I am always so well rested when I have ski vacations.
>176 alcottacre: Me too, Stasia. thanks for dropping in.
I love both authors and have already read a lot of them. At the moment I am listening to The Black Tower and it fascinates me very much. Luckily for Francis books there are still some open for the sharred reading.
>178 Carmenere: Lynda, with great weather and good snow, it is not very difficult to spend great ski holidays. The food in the canton of Grisons is always good.
It's nice to meet old school friends. Fortunately we do not live very far away from each other, so we see each other from time to time.
>179 The_Hibernator: Thanks so much, Rachel.
>180 bell7: Thanks so much, Mary. Apart from today, the weather was gorgeous.
>182 mstrust: Thank you, Jennifer. I think my thread should be called rather books and holidays. ;-)
>183 ronincats: Lovely of you to stop by, Roni. I'm posting some more pics soon.
Thomas and I are waiting for the ski bus.
Thomas and Marina
Marina and Isabelle
Today only the girls are on the slopes. The view is miserable, nothing for us 'old'.
The story takes place in England in 1387. The point is that the outlawed Bible translator Hereford is protected by some knights who copy his translated Bible parts and hide them in other places in England. Hereford is also hunted by Archbishop Courtenay, who wants to prevent the translation at any cost. In the middle of it is the young eyewear maker, who wants to continue the profession of her murdered husband and at the same time wants to protect her daughter. She is the plaything between the knights and the archbishop and is constantly in danger.
The book has only partially convinced me. The medieval part is interesting and exciting. On the other hand, many questions remain open and the conclusion is written so that a continuation is almost necessary. Too bad, I like books that are self-contained.
>203 paulstalder: Dear Paul, thank you very much for the good wishes and the beautiful picture. I actually had a relaxing weekend after we left the drive from Davos home.
>204 ronincats: You're welcome, Roni.
>205 Carmenere: Thank you, Lynda. It's actually great to be able to eat outside and with the beautiful view it is twice as fun.
>206 lkernagh: Lori, it was actually perfect for years from the beginning to the end. Except on Friday it was very foggy and only our daughters went skiing.
The Black Tower
It was a pleasant hearing, although I would not classify this Dalgliesh book as excellent. Dalgliesh is in a recovery phase and visits an old friend at his request. Unfortunately, he is late because his friend died a few days ago. It is striking that Dalgliesh is always a tad too late in this book. He realizes that there is something bad at work, but there are dead before he finds out anything.
Death of a Red Heroine
I am glad that I read the first book of this series after all. It makes much of what Inspector Chen experienced more sense.
In his first case, many protagonists, which are also encountered in later books, are presented. Likewise, one becomes more familiar with the Chinese customs, which are enormously important to know, since a determination is not necessarily designed as you are used to crime thrill. The face on the political level has to be kept constant and this makes it very difficult when the villain comes from the establishment.
A young woman is found dead. She is a model worker and represents an important part of the Chinese working class. Why did she have to die? Did she lead a hidden second life that does not fit into political China? While Chen and Yu investigate, they often come up against a wall of silence.
Very exciting written, it grabbed me from the first to the last page.
Happy Wednesday, Barb. I hope your week is going fine.
Here's a greeting from our garden.
Glad to hear you had a relaxing weekend, especially glad to hear that you're listening to Friday on my Mind.
Greetings back to your garden! Sweet flowers and beautiful pictures.
With us it was sunny too, but now it is raining al little bit - good for the plants.
I wish you a wonderful weekend.
>221 SirThomas: Thanks so much, Thomas. Today it's rainy and windy but still too warm for the season.
>222 paulstalder: You're welcome, Paul. I love it coming back from the skiing holiday and seeing the first spring flowers.
Have a splendid weekend.
Happy Saturday, Barb. Enjoy your weekend.
Your comments on >210 Ameise1: reminded me about this series - there have been a BBC radio dramatisation which I really liked. That cultural difference, and how it shapes the way the crime story is told, makes for a fascinating read / listen.
We have had the Snowdrops out and now they have gone but Crocus are out and a couple of Narcissi are out with the Tulips sprouting through.
Hope you had a good weekend and have a good week ahead , sending love and hugs to you and the family from both of us dear friend.
>229 msf59: Every day you see more flowers here, thanks also to the rain. Today you can see the first willow catkins.
>230 Carmenere: Thanks so much, Lynda. I hope you're crocusses are showing up soon.
>231 charl08: Thanks so much, Charlotte. I really like this Chinese series even though I do not read the books in the correct order as usual.
>232 johnsimpson: John, it's great that your spring flowers are also blooming. I love camellias, but they do not have a big chance to survive here.
>233 vancouverdeb: Thank you, Deb. The temperatures here vary from 0C to 12C. At the moment it is very difficult to dress properly. I do it like an onion (different layers) at the time, and my hat, gloves and umbrella are always with me.
>234 FAMeulstee: Oh Anita, if the apricots were already blooming, they would have no chance of survival, even if the apricot tree were on a wall. The nights are still too cold and would freeze the flowers.
>235 BBGirl55: Thanks for the reminder, Bryony. I voted.
>237 Berly: Thank you, Kim. In the mountains it was really nice and here in the lowlands we enjoy the typical April weather. ;-)
The third part of the Lewis trilogy is great. It is told of today and at the same time it goes back to the past. Fin Macleod's life is taking on even more form and you understand him and his actions better and better. In this part, one becomes acquainted with his best childhood friend Whistler Macaskill. We learn that Fin and Whistler were always there for each other and went through thick and thin together. Each helped the other when in distress. In the harsh world of the Northern Scottish archipelago, such a warm and friendly friendship is worth gold.
This is a very interesting book about life and violence in a Durban township. A young man who breaks off school because it does not make sense to him and he is overwhelmed with the material comes through friends in the dark criminal machinations that brings a township so with it. His father earns little money in a fair way by mending cars. Sipho has learned this craft from his father, but he wants to get quickly to much money for his reputation to increase. At the beginning, everything is going according to plan and he does not see any big danger for him. Fortunately, he has good friends who watch over him like guardian angels. Only thanks to them he survives and comes out of the criminal milieu after many adventurous actions, during which he earned a lot of money, even if he loses it in the end.
Sifiso Mzobe tells so realistically that you as a reader have the feeling of being in the middle of it. You realize that he wishes his main character only the best, so he finds out unscathed from the mess.
Kein Tag für Jakobsmuscheln
This is the first book of the Commissaire Leblanc series. It plays on the Norman coast in the resort of Deauville-Trouville. One could call this book a cozy mystery. It is a simple act and even if there are dead, it is not bloodthirsty. Of course, the romance must not be missing and the very good food let me run the water in my mouth.
A woman who used to live in Paris, and from that time knows Commissaire Leblanc, since he was her lover, finds a dead man on her morning walk. This is how the paths between her and Leblanc inevitably intersect. Who is the dead man? Everyone knows him as a day labourer, who on the one hand seeks employment from the fishermen and, on the other hand, is an active member of the voluntary fire brigade. It is incomprehensible to everyone that he had to die. The author also brings up the subject of overfishing in this story.
Commissaire Leblanc loves the women and the food. Through a trauma he can not sleep alone in the night and therefore always finds in his address book a woman.
and, if yes, could you add comments to his site...? Thank you, Marianne Jackson
I wish you a wonderful weekend.
>245 karenmarie: Hello Karen, we have wonderful spring weather here and I'm enjoying my garden.
>246 PaulCranswick: Thanks so much, Paul. I hope you have a splendid weekend too.
>247 SirThomas: Thomas, the Lewis series is great. I am sure you will like it.
>248 paulstalder: Thanks so much, Paul. I'm spending most of this weekend in our garden.
Friday on My Mind
After Frieda's former friend was found dead, the suspicion fell on Frieda. She had to go down because the police were looking for her. Frieda would not be Frieda if she did not conduct her own investigations, which led to the death of her former lover. She was more or less on her own, only Joseph helped her.
Only with time did she get help from her nearest ally.
It was a very adventurous exciting reading.
Happy weekend to you too.
Also this Dick Francis was exciting, even if more ran next to the racecourse than on the racecourse. This time investigates a journalist unrealities in the horse betting. On a large scale, bets on horses are placed in advance, but shortly before the start these horses are deducted from the race. The bets always go to the same person, since the regulations do not provide for a return of the wagers made. Who is behind these mafia bets and how can this person be caught? With what means of pressure are the horse owners blackmailed so that they do not let their horses start? The journalist puts himself and his loved one in the greatest danger.
Exciting from the beginning to the end.
It took me a while to immerse myself in the story. I probably did not like the story so much. What I have to owe to the author is that his protagonists, as combative as they may be, show feelings that you almost get the feeling that they are softies.
The Strings of Murder
BB from Meg (Familyhistorian)
Meg, thank you for recommending this series to me.
What a great way to get started with the A Case for Frey & McGray series. Inspector Ian Frey is no longer welcome at Scotland Yard. But since he comes from a well-known wealthy home, you can not just put him on the street. So he's relocated to Edinburgh to help his new boss, Inspector McGrey. Having arrived in Edinburgh, Frey does not fit in and he's eager to get the case down as quickly as possible so he can go back to London. This is wishful thinking. McGrey picks him up at his house. The chemistry between the two is far from good. They argue like an old couple. While Frey strives for clear policing, McGrey is the one who also uses supernatural powers to help. In this case, a string of violinists are found dead and nobody knows how this could happen.
The story is very exciting and it captivated me from the first page to the last. I will definitely continue with this series.
Eine unbeliebte Frau
A respected prosecutor begins suicide and a young woman is found dead. What looks like two different cases at the outset soon turns out to be a case that can not be more confused. The Commissioners Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are fully busy pursuing the many loose ends of these cases, but have long felt that many of these ends repeatedly lead to a dead end. Many victims are silent and it takes a long time until someone breaks the silence.
This is a great first work and I will certainly read more books with this commissary duo.
>267 ronincats: Hi Roni, yep, on the reading front it was a good start into this year.
>268 PaulCranswick: Thanks so much, Paul. I hope your weekend goes well too.
>269 johnsimpson: Thanks so much, John. We are all fine. Isabelle's 27th birthday was last Sunday. But since she was with friends in the mountains, we celebrate today. We will have dinner tonight at a restaurant she chooses. Tomorrow we take off as the big spring festival 'Sächsilüüte' takes place. In addition, Thomas and I should finally book our flight for the spring break. We will travel to Portugal for about 10 days at the end of April.
Love and hugs to both of you. xx
This was a captivating read. Scott Finn and Tom Kozlowski not only try to uncover why an 'innocent' has been in jail for fifteen years, no, it's also about the survival of their loved ones.
Just before Christmas, Finn is supposed to help a young lawyer convict a convicted person years ago to prove his innocence. It soon turns out that the Boston police are corrupt and also their laboratories. They were bought by Central American Mafiosi. The judge who handles this case is not necessarily on Finns side and demands multiple proofs for the innocence of his client. But this is a dangerous venture. There are many dead and seriously injured, including Kozlowski's new girlfriend and coworker from Finn.
It was exciting from the first to the last page.
It is an unusual reading which allowed me to guess almost until the end.
Addison Goodheart is an unusual person. The midwife wanted to kill him shortly after birth, but the mother kept it with him for eight years before putting him out the door. When he arrived in the big city, he was picked up by a man whom he called Father. He has the same extraordinary looks as Addison. Therefore, they can only leave the underground at night. Father was already six years dead when this story began. It is told in the now and in the past. Addison encounters Gwyneth, who shares a similar fate as he does, except that her father had a lot of money and she does not need to hide in the underground because she has enough flats / houses available. Addison and Gwyneth are a kind of do-gooder who think of others first, rather than themselves. They can not leave injustices and must eliminate them. A priest helps them.
Hooray for your upcoming visit to Portugal 🇵🇹! What cities and towns are you planning to visit? I look forward to seeing photos from your trip here and on Facebook.
You travel to Portugal with Easter break?