Saturday, April 23, 2016

A White House Chef Mystery by Julie Hyzy

I have discovered another cosy mystery series that I really like. It is not just a murder mystery story it is more like spies, terror threats, bomb threats etc. Security breaches at the White House. That sort of thing.

Screen shot from Fantastic Fiction

There are lots of books in the series so it will keep me going for while. I started with no.6 and have now gone back as my library goes. They don't have the first 3.

The life of the first female executive chef in the White House progresses through the series. You get to work through her relationship with the first families and her love life. She can do anything and is very brave and resourceful. I like this character. She is late thirties I think.


Happy Reading,


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Agatha Raisin in Deadly Dance

It has been way too long since I read an Agatha Raisin adventure.
I had forgotten what a feisty old gal she is and I thoroughly enjoyed the e-book I borrowed through my library.

The volume of e-books is slowly growing. At present there are only random selections from some of my favourite authors but this makes me try new ones.

If you haven't already clicked the link in the first line you must check out all the Agatha Raisin books by MC Beaton on my original blog post.

If you haven't already tried e-books on your tablet just visit your library online and find the e-books link. You will need to download the Bolinda app for one lot and the Overdrive app for another lot.

Happy Reading,

Friday, April 1, 2016

E-audio books from Bolinda

I love the library on-line.

In March I listened to Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly.
The narrater has a great voice and does all the characters really well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Just log into your local library using the Bolinda app and download from the catalogue. I use my iPad but you can also use your phone.

The choice is limited but I am sure they are adding all the time.

Happy Listening,

Friday, April 4, 2014

Pretty Little Presents - of the Pretty Little sewing series

Loved this book and the others in the series look just as good. They will soon be out as paperbacks at around $12. I got this one from my library. It contains project ideas with patterns and instructions from a variety of designers.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Amsterdam A History of the World's Most Liberal City

By Russell Shorto

What a great read. A history book tracing the growth of freedom, free will, tolerance and human rights in Amsterdam and how it influenced the world.



Friday, February 7, 2014

The Baking Book

Unfortunately this book is out of print. Amazon had one used one available. It is a great book.
Here is the Marbled Chocolate and Orange Loaf recipe.
You can also download the PDF.

Serves 6


50g/2oz plain dark chocolate
125g/4oz butter, softened
125g/4oz caster sugar
zest of one orange
2 medium eggs, beaten
125g/4oz self raising flour
2 tsp orange juice
1 tbsp cocoa powder

To Finish:
1 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 180 C or 350 F or Gas Mark 4. Lightly oil a 450g loaf tin and line the base with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of hot water. Stir occasionally until melted. Remove from heat and leave to cool a bit. I microwaved the chocolate squares 1 min on medium and one min on medium high. Stirring the last lumps until they melt.
  3. Meanwhile, cream together the butter, sugar and orange zest until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten eggs, beating well after each addition.
  4. Sift in the flour, add the orange juice and fold with a metal spoon or rubber spatula. Divide the mixture into two bowls. Gently fold the cocoa powder and chocolate into one of the bowls.

5.     Drop tablespoonfuls of each cake mixture into the prepared tin, alternating between the orange and chocolate mixtures. Briefly swirl the colours together with a knife to give a marbled affect.

6.     Bake in a preheated oven for 40 mins, or until firm and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 5 mins, then turn out and cool on a wire rack. Carefully remove the lining paper.

7.     Dust the cake with icing sugar and then with cocoa powder. Cut into thick slices and serve. I made some icing using the left over orange juice.

My husband says this is the best cake I have ever made :)

I have to show you my Botanic Garden cups and spoons. They are my souvenir from Iron Bridge in England. The gift shop had all sorts of nice things. I would so love the whole dinner set.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Quilted Mystery series

by Barbara Graham

Nice murder mystery involving the sheriff of a small town and his wife Theo who owns a quilt shop.
I quite enjoyed Murder by Music. A bit of humorous banter between characters. I liked the way the several deaths were woven together and the murderer was not revealed until the last few pages. As with most of the cosy mysteries there is no use trying to guess the killer from clues.
I will be looking for others in the series in my library.

Quilted Mystery
1. Murder By Serpents: The Mystery Quilt (2008)
2. Murder By Artifact: The Murder Quilt (2009)
3. Murder By Music: The Wedding Quilt (2011)
4. Murder By Vegetable: The Baby Quilt (2012)
5. Murder By Sunlight : The Charity Quilt (2013)

I have read:
Murder by Music - Nov 2013