Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam

In the tenth installment of the Agatha Raisin mysteries by M.C. Beaton, former PR agent, Agatha Raisin, rents a small cottage in Norfolk after a fortune teller advises her that her destiny and true love, lies there.  It doesn’t hurt that her neighbour and former fiancé, James Lacey, has been off travelling and ignoring Agatha (so rude).

Shortly after Agatha arrives in the small village of Fryfam, she begins noticing strange lights at the bottom of her garden hedges that disappear before she can get near.  When she tries to bring up the strange lights with new acquaintances in the village, most change the subject, which naturally intrigues and infuriates Agatha.  Adding to the mystery, random objects begin to go missing from people’s homes—including a large vase from Agatha’s cottage.

Agatha Raisin from the Acorn tv series

Agatha is just beginning to feel fed up with the flat landscape and cold weather of Norfolk, and debating returning to her snug cottage and friends in Carsely, when the local ‘lord of the manor’, Tolly Trumpington-James, winds up dead with his throat slashed and his Stubbs painting stolen.  Intrigued, Agatha decides to stay on and try to find the murderer, with the help of visiting friend, Sir Charles Fraith.

Naturally, suspicion soon falls on Agatha and Charles for the murder, much to Agatha’s annoyance, and the villagers seem content to believe the twinkling lights are the work of fairies.

I must admit that I haven’t enjoyed a series quite so much in a long time.  Agatha’s pugnaciousness never fails to amuse me and the situations she ends up in often have me laughing out loud.  Every time a new Agatha Raisin novel comes in for me at the library, I always put aside whatever else I’m reading to focus on Agatha and her latest antics.

The Agatha Raisin mystery series are the only books I read where I don’t skip ahead to the end to find out who the murderer is!  I enjoy them so much I usually end up finishing each book in a few days and am always eagerly anticipating the next in the series!

Monthly Highlights

Hey everyone!  I’ve decided to change the format for how I handle Books of the Month.  Going forward, instead of selecting a book each month, I am going to be updating a new page called Monthly Highlights in which I give a glimpse into what books I’m reading, what television shows I’m watching, and what music I’m currently listening to.

For a sneak into what I’m reading, listening to, and watching this January, check out my new Monthly Highlights page here!

And for those of you interested in past Book of the Month entries, you will find them here!

Cheers!

Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge

Happy New Year dear reader!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday and were able to enjoy spending time with loved ones.

Now that the new year is upon us, it’s time to embark on my favourite challenge: The Goodreads Reading Challenge!

Last year was my first year actually participating in it and I was very excited that by the end of year I had completed my goal of reading 30 books in 2016 (I managed to read 34, hurray!).

This year I have set my reading goal at 32 books so hopefully I will be able to accomplish that by the end of 2017 (fingers crossed!).

One of my favourite things I’ve discovered by participating in the Goodreads Challenge is that they summarize the books you read for the challenge at the end of the year. Goodreads shows you stats such as the longest book you read, the most popular book you read, and so on. Very interesting to see in my opinion!

Are any of you participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge this year? I’d love to hear the reading goals you’ve set for yourself for 2017.

Cheers and Happy Reading!

October Book of the Month

October’s Book of the Month is: Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley

oct-2016-book-coverThe eighth installment in the popular Flavia de Luce mystery series follows our young heroine, the aforementioned Flavia, as she returns home to England after a stint in Canada at boarding school.  Upon returning to her beloved family home, Buckshaw, Flavia discovers that her father is ill.  Shortly after arriving home, Flavia stumbles upon a dead body, and is soon caught up in the mystery of his death.

As a huge fan of the Flavia series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the latest book.  My aunt introduced me to the first book, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, as she thought I would enjoy not only the mystery, but the fact that the main character is an avid chemist.  I’ve been hooked on this series ever since, and am about halfway through this latest one.  Like most of the Flavia books, I don’t have a clear idea of the killer yet, but love to keep guessing as Flavia slowly finds out more and more information.

Flavia de Luce in her lab.

Flavia de Luce in her lab.

Fanfiction Friday!

Hey guys!  Happy last day of September!

This week’s Fanfiction Friday pick was written by yours truly!  I debated using my own fanfic as my pick of the week for days, but then figured, why not!  There’s no better person to talk about my Wattpad fanfiction than myself 🙂  And what better place to promote it than my own blog?  So here goes!

my-wattpad-supnat-fanfic-coverThis week’s fanfiction is brought to you by my love for all things Supernatural and an ode to the fact that I have finally started watching season 11!

This week’s fanfiction: A Supernatural Grimm Tale by OffonaTangerine follows main character Jack Grimm, to small-town Wyoming where she is currently investigating a case she believes to be the work of a vengeful spirit.

While working the case, Jack bumps in to none other than Sam and Dean Winchester, who she recognizes right away as fellow hunters.  Jack decides that she wants to solve the case first and after several attempts at sabotaging the Winchester’s investigation, she reluctantly agrees to help them.

My fanfiction is currently a work in progress, and I update chapters as often as I can.  Typically on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  The story itself is drawing to a close and I have a sequel in the works.

Let me know what you think!

Fanfiction Friday….on Sunday

Sorry for the delay in last week’s Fanfiction Friday!  I know I promised it would be up by Friday, but nevertheless, here it is today!

strategy 2This week’s (or rather last week’s) Fanfic Friday is called Strategy (Oliver Wood) by kmbell92.  After reading the latest Harry Potter story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I’ve naturally been in a Harry Potter mood and so looked for some new HP fanfics to read.  As a big fan of Oliver Wood (and really, who doesn’t love our favourite Quidditch-obsessed Irishman?) I was immediately excited when I stumbled upon Strategy.

Strategy follows the friendly rivalry between two Hogwarts Quidditch players—Oliver Wood; Keeper for Gryffindor, and Melanie Anderson; Chaser for Ravenclaw.  I think my favourite thing about this story is how easily Melanie manages to get under Oliver’s skin, and she does so just to mess with him, not because she is particularly competitive, but just because she can.  The angrier and more frustrated Oliver gets, the more pronounced his accent becomes, and naturally, the more amused Melanie finds it.

oliver woodWhen it comes to this fanfic, I really enjoy who the author picked as her face claim for Melanie Anderson.  I think Zoe Kravitz (who I’m not particularly a fan of) is perfect for the fun-loving and easy-going Melanie.

Looking for a new Harry Potter fanfiction?  I definitely recommend Strategy!  Check it out dear reader and let me know what you think!

 


			

September Book of the Month

September’s Book of the Month is: Ghostly Echoes: A Jackaby Novel by William Ritter

Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

Ghostly Echoes is the third book in the Jackaby series, and I for one am very excited to begin reading the latest installment!  I can’t even recall how I stumbled upon the first novel in the Jackaby series.  Most likely I was browsing Chapters and saw it on the new books display, or perhaps it was on one of my many perusals of my library’s On Order list.  In any case, Jackaby is a series I am very glad to have found.

Book three continues seemingly where Beastly Bones left off, with our heroine, the intrepid Miss Abigail Rook investigating the decades old murder of her ghostly friend and flatmate, Jenny Cavanaugh.  With the help of her eccentric employer, the aforementioned Jackaby, Abigail begins looking into Miss Cavanaugh’s cold case.  Shortly after beginning her investigation however, a new murder occurs on the streets of 19th Century New England that closely resembles Miss Cavanaugh’s murder ten years prior, and Abigail realises she may be facing her deadliest enemy yet.

I admit that what drew me initially to this series is our titular character’s resemblance to Sherlock Holmes.  As a life long Sherlockian, I was pleased to find a similar character in a new series.  R.F. Jackaby is equal parts detective, mad scientist, paranormal investigator, and all around peculiar man, and I absolutely love him!

And of course there is our brave and independent heroine, Miss Abigail Rook.  A strong, female character that I liked immediately.  The daughter of a famed archaeologist, Abigail struck out for New England on her own, searching for adventure, and I admire her tenacity immensely!  We could all do to be a bit more like Miss Rook.

Are you going to be reading Ghostly Echoes this month?  Let me know what you think dear reader!

It’s Been Awhile

Oh my goodness guys! I realize that I haven’t updated my blog in ages! I promise that I am going to get myself back on track this weekend! Promise! So what do you guys have to look forward to?

  • a new fanfiction Friday for next week
  • a new book of the month for September
  • updates on how my wattpadding adventures are going

Thanks everyone for their patience and I promise to try and keep more on top of things in the future! To be honest, I’ve just been so uninspired lately to sit down and just write, which I know is no excuse, but there it is!

So stay tuned for new things up on the blog in the next few days!

Cheers!