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Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Review: ANON, SIR, ANON

As you most of you know, I love a good mystery. So when Rachel Heffington asked me to be an influencer reader for her newest novel, ANON, SIR, ANON, I was bubbling with excitement!
Yet, beneath the excitement I wondered--despite Heffington's excellent story-telling abilities--would she deliver a good mystery?
The 12:55 out of Darlington brought more than Orville Farnham's niece; murder was passenger.
In coming to Whistlecreig, Genevieve Langley expected to find an ailing uncle in need of gentle care. In reality, her charge is a cantankerous Shakespearean actor with a penchant for fencing and an affinity for placing impossible bets.When a body shows up in a field near Whistlecreig Manor and Vivi is the only one to recognize the victim, she is unceremoniously baptized into the art of crime-solving: a field in which first impressions are seldom lasting and personal interest knocks at the front door.Set against the russet backdrop of a Northamptonshire fog, Anon, Sir, Anon cuts a cozy path to a chilling crime. 
I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from this book, but I was certainly surprised to find a warm, cozy theme winding its way through Whistlecreig's countryside. There were foxes, there were warm cups of tea on chilly nights. There were golden afternoons, forest walks, crackling fires, and scones.
But in the midst of all this whimsy, there was murder.
 From the opening line, I was hooked. Farnham is one of the most memorable characters in all the books I've read this year, and I absolutely loved his and Vivi's interaction together. The heroes were each so very endearing, and the mystery itself--well, I was stumped! 
And while much of the dialogue is playful banter, the murder is never taken lightly--something I appreciated in Heffington's writing. In many ways, I felt as though I was reading a human version of The Mistmantle Chronicles, or perhaps The Wind in the Willows. ANON, SIR, ANON captured that same delightful, whimsical feel. 
I recommend this book to lovers of P. G. Woodhouse and Agatha Christie--but beware! Once invested in this book, you just might find yourself developing a desire to visit the golden countryside of Whistlecreig, and a yearning to quote some Shakeskeare. 
I do hope you'll look for ANON, SIR, ANON this coming November!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The First Annual Blogger Awards!

Well, what a fun announcement I have for you today!
The clever Hannah Williams and Allison Ruvidich have come up with a fun, festive blogging party that will get everyone across the blogosphere involved!
I give you the...
Yes! The Blogger Awards will lead up to Christmas, and I'm already feeling Christmas cheer across the internet!
Here's how it works.
Best Book Design, hosted by Ghost Ryter (aka Beckah) on Thursday, December 18

Best Cover, hosted by Hannah Williams on Friday, December 19
Best Title, hosted by (me!) on Saturday, December 20

Best Heroine, hosted by Allison on Sunday, December 21

Best Hero, hosted by Hannah Williams on Monday, December 22

Best Author, hosted by Ghost Ryter (Beckah) on Tuesday, December 23

Best Book, hosted by Allison on Wednesday, December 24
Now here's the part that you all come into play, because the Blogger Awards just couldn't happen without you! We need some nominations! Just leave me a comment below and tell me what 2014 book you think has the best title. Easy, right? Then, if you'd care to, pop on over to--
--and let them know what books you'd like to see in the First Annual Blogger Awards. I'm super excited to be involved in this, and I hope you are as well!
Let the festivities BEGIN!

Lets all give Hannah Williams a BIG round of applause for creating these widgets!
So, folks, feel free to nominate away!