Archive | September 2017

Book Review of Mrs. Jeffries In the Nick of Time by Emily Brightwell

 

 

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In the nick of time is another Victorian mystery by Emily Brightwell. Mrs. Jeffries and her household servants once again use all their skills to help their master, Inspector Witherspoon solve another case. This ‘cozyis written in the style of all great English mysteries. These books, and there are many of them, are reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple.

 

The case they are trying to solve this time is a murder of an uncle while all the suspects and those with any motive are waiting downstairs for the uncle. They are all here for tea and all present in that room when the murder takes place and the shot is heard. There is a wealth of suspects if it wouldn’t be for the fact in the form of clues they were all gathered together and had alibis.

 

The plots in these books all involved a murder and every member of the household staff meets together to try to solve the murder without the inspector knowing it. They manage to help him by revealing bits and pieces to the inspector during a daily conversation with Mrs. Jeffries.

He doesn’t know he is being led and guided by his faithful and loyal household. When they have a case, that is the inspector has a case, in addition to their regular duties they are out gathering evidence. The source of their information are usually other household staff from other great houses.

 

Brightwell usually gives them a complicated case to solve in their own way. The stories are lighthearted and fun and even though mysteries do not focus on the blood and gore.

 

I highly recommend these this books for light reading and fun mysteries to solve.

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Book Review-A memoir of the craft- On Writing by Steven King

 

 On Writing Steven King

I have been quoting this book long before I read it. I found it with books on sale at a thrift store. I am so glad I found it because it is one of the best books about writing that I’ve ever read. The appeal for me was the biographical information of Stephen King that is responsible for who he is. I have little patience for writing books that reiterate the grammar and spelling rules that we learned in school. I am sure I have not mastered does but do not feel they are as important as some of the more elusive solutions in writing that most of us never think about. Rules are very important to know how the craft should be executed, but more important are what goes in to the actual writing not the mechanics or logistics of it.

 

This is an enjoyable book because it offers you suggestions, options and choices and how you produce the material. I like that about the book because every writer works in different ways. We are all not a like nor do we profit by cookie-cutter solutions.

 

The book is very interesting as you get glimpses into what went in to creating Stephen King. He had to work for everything and did not have anything handed to him and yet he is published dozens of books and many countries.

 

I think the hints given in this book are an insight into what we might look for in our own lives. I believe all experiences are reflected in our own writing.

 

I would recommend this book even to non-writers because it is entertaining. All authors and writers would find it helpful and a good resource to keep on your shelves. I highly recommend it.

 

Book Review of Trafficking by Bill Ward

Trafficking

 

Just the word trafficking makes your flesh crawl and the book by the same name by Bill Ward does the same. The subject matter is distasteful and one we would rather shun, but we must not. The amount of people trafficked daily is astounding.

Many unsuspecting women from impoverished countries are tricked into traveling to another country on the promise of a better life and a good paying job. They have dreams of having enough money to buy a few niceties for themselves and send much needed money home to their families who never have enough of anything. When they arrive in their new country, they are disappointed at first to see nothing is as promised. Before long not only is their promised job non – existent, but their life becomes dangerous, sordid and out of their control.

They are turned into sex slaves through prostitution or being sold on a human Internet auction which has no shortage of buyers. These unfortunate women are treated as a piece of property and are controlled by drugs, violence and threats to their own family back home. They are kept imprisoned for the most part and have no freedom, no money, no resources and no friends. This situation has most of all, no hope.

This book describes every tortuous minute of being used and abused and shows how easily someone can be manipulated to their will. The worse part of all of this is, the feeling of desperation and the beginning of devaluing yourself as you have no self -esteem after being put in this situation day after day.

When a young woman is killed her father goes looking for answers and finds himself in a world he never knew existed. The path for answers leads to a discovery of pain, humiliation and depravity as a way of life.

The characters are well drawn and the plot keeps your attention. I recommend this book for anyone wanting a better understanding of this constantly spreading problem.